Hello, all you rock ‘n’ rollers! Welcome to the new and improved Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette, an online girlie magazine that features the videos of Naked News.
You know you can’t beat that with a stick!
Videos by Naked News are not the only enticements you will find on this site of culture for adults only. Take the topic of how to blog for money for example.
I’m a blogger (obviously) and I know many of you reading this are bloggers, too. I also know that many of you would like to make some money from your blog, just like I’m trying to do. So, I thought why not document my own successes and missteps as a professional blogger to give you some useful insights about your own journey as a blogger trying to monetize your blog.
This version of the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette went online February 2014; and after a very slow start this magazine is now averaging 6,000 to 7,000 visitors and 24,000 to 29,000 views every month. I’ve learned a great deal since February 2014 about blogging for money. Now it’s time to take this blog to the next level.
What is the next level for my little girlie magazine? The next level would be 8,000 to 10,000 visitors and 30,000 to 35,000 views every month. I’m happy to report that yesterday the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette got 1,560 views, the most views it has ever gotten since going online February 2014.
And I want to thank each and every one of you for visiting this blog whether you’re a regular reader or a new visitor; because a magazine ain’t shit without readers.
Today in Pittsburgh there will be a mix of clouds and sunshine with a high around 60 and no chance of rain. Outside my windows the morning fog has finally burned off and I think I’ll stroll into Little Italy and sit at the bar in Armand’s and search for inspiration for this blog at the bottom of a 24 ounce mug of Pabst Blue Ribbon while scanning Liberty Avenue beyond the big window in the front of the bar.
Don’t forget to check out my book in the sidebar. The stories in the book helped get me into the graduate writing program at the University of Pittsburgh in 2003; and then the stories won me a fellowship valued at around $60,000 (with a $1,000 dollar a month stipend for three years) that allowed me to finish my MFA in 2006. Every reader and writer of flash fiction should read this book. Be sure to save the file.
Hail to Pitt!
This is Guy Hogan reporting from Pittsburgh. All photos of Jess From London were sampled from Egotastic All Stars.
PS The East End Book Exchange in Little Italy is now the White Whale Bookstore under new management. And since it’s across the street from Armand’s, I plan to visit the store often. The store is going to have different events for book lovers that include readings by local authors.
You know you can’t beat that with a stick!
Back From Armand’s In Little Italy
Well, I’m back. I was only there for one big 24 ounce mug of Pabst Blue Ribbon. It was a very pleasant walk and I had my pocket notebook and two pens with me. A local bar in the late morning can be such a restful place. Since I’ve been retired I need places like Armand’s in the morning. Now that I’m a professional blogger, I need safe places for reflection about life and writing, especially now that I’ve committed to publishing a 1,000 to 1,200 word-long blog post every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Then on Saturday I change the four featured posts on the front page and Sundays are set aside for rest & relaxation and cleaning my apartment when the spirit moves me.
But I daw on everything for content for this blog: from what I read online to what I hear on the radio to the books I borrow from the public library to long walks down to the Pitt campus and Schenley Plaza and even long walks through Schenley Park.
That I draw on my experiences in Little Italy (hanging out at Armand’s and karaoke at Sonny’s Tavern the first Sunday night of every month) goes without question.
This blog has turned into a lifestyle magazine of a struggling blogger/writer. My immediate professional goal besides achieving at least 1,000 views every day is to reopen the submissions department of The Gazette as soon as possible; because this is a paying market. But The Gazette cannot continue as a paying market until it starts operating in the black. If all goes well, this magazine will begin operating in the black sometime next year. I hope it’s early next year. In the meantime you will find literally hundreds of short narratives on this site. Some of the narratives deal with sex and some do not. Some of the stories are written by me; but many are written by others. If you’ve ever wanted to explore a publication on the very cutting edge of literary, erotic flash fiction this is the magazine for you.
You get posts on blogging, on karaoke as an art form, on movies, on how to write flash fiction, on television and photos of the female nude. And even though The Gazette is Pittsburgh centric, it does have an international audience for very good reasons.
So, just scan the sidebar and check out the front page. And then take the plunge. If you are not already a regular reader now is the time to become one. Bookmark or subscribe to the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette and enjoy the ride.
I’ve been blogging for more than 10 years. I eventually shut down all my other blogs because all I was doing was venting about my lot as a starving artist (oh woe is me); and then I realized that I had to offer more than my lamentations about how difficult it was to be a struggling artist. That I needed to entertain, inform or inspire. Thus was born the online girlie magazine that you see before you today. And The Gazette is still evolving and it’s still finding its audience, one that continues to grow.
One of the things I’ve learned about blogging is that if you want a large audience, you can’t just blog for yourself. You have to blog for your readers.
Thank you for your valuable time. I’ll try not to disappoint you.