And the beat goes on…
I go to sleep at night (and wake up during the night) and I wake up in the morning (usually before dawn) with this question on my mind: What am I going to blog about next?
I’ve read a good bit of literature about blogging and all of the experts (all of the big-time bloggers who make a good living at blogging) agree on one thing if nothing else: Content is King.
So, publishing good content (an endless stream of good content) in the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette consumes me. I tap several sources for good content. And it can’t be any old content. It has to entertain or inform or inspire my readers (I learned this from the literature on blogging, too) and it also has to fit in with this blog being set up like a girlie magazine for writers, a magazine that celebrates female sexuality. And because this blog is set up like a magazine, I can cover a variety of subjects (crock pot cooking, karaoke as art, flash fiction, movie reviews, discount stores, the environment, the VA hospital system…) and this blog can still be a girlie magazine. As a matter of fact, topics that have nothing to do with sex make the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette a better girlie magazine. Of course, I use my own life for content, but I can only get so much useful content from my own life. Beside, writing too much about myself would make The Gazette more of a personal journal than a magazine. If I was a celebrity, even a minor local celebrity, publishing a personal journal would be okay. But I’m not a celebrity.
One of my most important sources of content for this blog (a source that gives me plenty of ideas for content) is the public library.
Yesterday, I checked out Alibaba’s World, How A Remarkable Chinese Company Is Changing The Face Of Global Business by Porter Erisman (Former Vice President, Alibaba).
I love to read (if you’re a writer and you don’t love to read, you’re probably in the wrong business). Books like this one (it’s about e-commerce) do two very important things for me. They give me ideas for content and they help to make me a better blogger, a better editor/publisher of an “online” magazine.
This is Guy Hogan reporting from Pittsburgh.
Hail to Pitt!