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Autumn’s Enchantment

Merry meet all,

Alas, the dark half of the year is here. I looooooooooooooove this time. I am suddenly beset with all this writing for horror markets because that’s what I do, even all year round. But when it comes to horror fiction and Halloween, the 2 have gone hand in hand for many  years.

The trees’ leaves are turning. Pumpkins appear bedecking grocery carts and front decks of houses. My garden is readying for fall and a well earned rest. Well I have had my 3 months of rest and I am only too eager to be on my feet. The stores are starting to carry Halloween stuff and horror movies fill the theater screens. I’m only too eager to visit my fave shops for a new supply of spooky Halloween gear. I also want to get my ouija board going. It does not seem to want to work. I am surprised because I thought I would have a good time with the ouija board. I shall keep trying. I watched a few videos on how it’s done to see if I had done anything wrong but no. Hmmm

I know my apartment is haunted. I have seen spirits/ ghosts / strange things with my own eyes. I have felt them too. For instance, last Samhain, as I performed a  ritual, something hit my foot and it wasn’t my cat. I backed away in fear. I looked and saw nothing but I sure felt something tap my foot. So that is why when I ordered the ouija board, I was sure something would happen. It may take a long time for the board to get used to me or for a spirit to have the energy to contact me. But contact me they can.

When I held the Halloween/ Samhain fortune telling supper, I saw them – the spirits , had also invited themselves over for the spooky Samhain soiree, and I was pleased. I had no  problem with that. I gifted someone the ouija board and I kept the cat one. I want to buy some selenite for my ouija board. I don’t know who handled it before me or how old it is.

But then let us not forget I do have a cat. Cats protect the home and even more importantly, protect the home from negative spirits. That may be why I haven’t seen many spirits in my home. Perhaps the closer it gets to Samhain, the higher the chance of that changing. I prefer to call on the more ancestral positive  spirits. They will help you and guide you.

Let’s honor the spirits this year during the autumn enchantment.

Blessings, Spiderwitch )O(

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Necropolis of the Undead

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I visited the cemetery recently.  Now the tides turn to autumn. Since I am more mobile now, I made sure I returned to my fave spot. I offered apples to the spirits.  I like to work with the energies and spirits in my garden, my  home and the cemetery. They gifted me an oak leaf and I leave them offerings.

I am one of those strangely fortunate souls who is clairvoyant. I believed I was cursed until I connected with people like me and I realized I was gifted. Now thanks to Sacred Mists, I am with others who are more or the same talented as me. I love Sacred Mists. But I digress. Back to the necropolis of the undead….

October is almost here. I mean I love Mabon but I exist for October. I know you all do too!! I have a pumpkin on my kitchen table. The spirits in the cemetery are present there all year, but I think the energy is peaked during October when the veil is thin. I aim pen more poetry there, thanks to my healed body. I want to complete a book of poetry. I love the fact that the cemetery is so close to where I live. I leave the nature trail, walk down a street, cross another street to get there and there I am.

I once left the cemetery and sensed a spirit wanted to leave with me. I said no. I do draw boundaries because if I let every spirit come home with me, they will take over the house. I don’t let that happen.

The cemetery is a good spot to also work with Hekate. I hoped the spirits didn’t think I forgot them at the cemetery. I reassured them I didn’t forget anything or anyone and once I get the OK from the doctor about my foot, I will don cloak and grab my quill and parchment, and a journal and be back.

Is there a special way you all want to celebrate Mabon and Samhain?
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Mabon Blessings to you all

Blessings Spiderwitch )O(

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Dem Bones

Greetings,

Mabon is almost here!! I welcome the second of the three harvest Sabbats. Mabon is a time of polarity and the much loved beginning of fall. I love this time of year. I look forward to pumpkins, gourds, cider, apples and spooky stories. I do believe Mabon is magickal. How do you, dear readers, celebrate Mabon? I plan to attend the public Mabon rit and the meet and greet. I also plan to attend the Sacred Mists Online Mabon Sabbat. Much to anticipate!!

Call me creepy for this but it works for me….

I recently roasted a chicken. I wanted an offering for Hekate and Morrigan. So I set aside some bones from the chicken that were in good condition. I cleaned and purified them. I got the meat off them. I boiled them with bleach and saltwater. When they were done, I let them air dry. That is the best things to do with bones, letting them air dry. The bones are porous. They could crumble as time passes. There is a website that sells bones for those who are into necromancy and the darker side of witchcraft- www.boneroom.com. I then offered the bones to Hekate and the Morrigan. I sure hope they were pleased. I can’t see Hekate objecting to such an offer. She rules over the darker realm of the Underworld and the Crossroads.

I have a fake human skull and an animal skull on my altar. I have no problem with this. They have special meaning to me. Animals naturally trusted my grandfather. So that is why when I found the animal skull, I was so excited. The skull always rests near the framed photo of my late grandfather.

It is nearing my fave time of year. The human skull I found at a home decor shop. It has no lower mandible and is so cool. The skull is adorned with glitter and a pearl in one of the eye sockets. Too cool.

A ritual for Mabon could be where we give thanks for the bounty we acquired since the previous Mabon. Write a list of what you got and what you are thankful for. That can be anything metaphysical or literal, or even a gift from a stranger- like someone let you ahead in the line at the cash at the crowded supermarket. Then review the list. You can burn it in the cauldron and release the ashes outdoors to the four winds or keep it for next Mabon. Have fun with this ritual.

 

Many Mabon Blessings,

Spiderwitch )O(

 

 

 

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The Dark Times

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Finally! It is the time of year I love so deeply. I feel like I can finally exhale. It is not long till Mabon and Samhain. I am not letting my injury stop me from enjoying Samhain. To get us in the mood for aspooky season- one we’ve all been waiting for, here is a post I think you will enjoy. Credit to the author for the article.

thechronicle.com.au

OPINION: There’s nothing quite like a good ghost story

JOSH PRESTON

IT doesn’t matter whether you’re a believer or a skeptic – there’s nothing quite like a good ghost story.

I’ve been in my element with all the recent talk about ghosts, ghouls, local haunted houses and everything in between here at The Gympie Times office, and it’s probably for this reason that I had my own creepy little experience one night after work last week.

Do you believe in ghosts?

Do you believe in ghosts?Contributed

Approaching the Nash St stop sign with nothing much other than a hot plate of pasta on my mind, I was startled to see the figure of an old man very suddenly appear to the left of my car – as if out of thin air.

I saw the man pass behind me in my peripheral vision, but lost him as I turned onto Lawrence St and headed towards five ways.

It couldn’t have been more than three seconds before I craned my head around to locate him as I drove away, but he was gone – as if he’d vanished.

I’m not saying this man was a ghost, but…

There’s no way he could have moved beyond the boundaries of my eyesight in the time it took me to turn and look for him.

He would’ve had to sprint to get that far, and anyone would have noticed a random old man sprinting down a quiet street bathed in overhead lights.

Ron West believes the Pomona Majestic Theatre is haunted.

Ron West believes the Pomona Majestic Theatre is haunted.Renee Albrecht

Granted, it was the end of a long work day – a day in which I’d heard multiple ghost stories – and my brain was exhausted.

I could’ve simply missed him. I could’ve been seeing things.

I didn’t feel weird at all about the experience, and I guess I’ll never know what I really saw, but…

Sometimes it’s better when you don’t know.

Lake Alford fountain appears to channel the ghost of Lady Mary.

Lake Alford fountain appears to channel the ghost of Lady Mary.Contributed

We’ll probably never know whether Frances Klein’s 10 most haunted Gympie places really are haunted.

We’ll probably never know whether the alleged spectre caught in a spooky Lake Alford snap was that of Lady Mary, but that’s the fun part.

There’s a magic in the unknown, there’s a magic in those mysterious tales we’ve always told, and that magic will never die.

This has occurred to me too. Have any of you experienced this?

Blessings to all my darklings,

Spiderwitch

 

 

 

 

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The Tides of Lammas

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Merry Lammas!! Some witches refer to it as Lughnasadh. I hope you all have a bountiful harvest and a memorable Lammas. I love the harvest season for obvious reasons. I get to enjoy Lammas now that my sinks are cleared and my apartment is spiffy. I still have a cast but at least I can use my sinks. It is all working one step at a time.

The harvest season brings pumpkins, autumn leaves, that magic in the air, and anticipation of Halloween/ Samhain. I love this time of year as do millions of others. So I plan to post more here and hope you all keep posted.

Soon pumpkins shall adorn decks and colorful leaves shall regal trees. I feel like the earth just woke up. July is such a hard sluggish month for me. Now for  the anticipation  of Samhain…

Blessed Lammas

Spiderwitch

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The Slender Man- Real or Demon Thoughtform?

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Today we are going to share a blog post written by someone else about the Slender Man. I love what this man has to say about the Slender Man.  I am giving credit to the author of this article. Read on to find the myth behind the truth!!!

Slender Man Is Real: From Cultural Conversation to Paranormal Topic

Follow Aaron Sagers on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/AaronSagers

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Slender Man graffiti in Raleigh, North Carolina by unknown artist. Photo taken by Flickr user mdl70.

Slender Man is real. The product of a creative mind, cross-pollinated across the Internet, he is a fictional creation. But when two young girls tried to kill their friend as an offering to him last week, followed by two more attacks referencing him, he became a large enough part of our cultural conversation to make him reality.

Two 12-year-old girls in Wisconsin stabbed another girl 19 times to become “proxies” of Slender Man. A Cincinnati mother believes a Slender Man obsession is what led to her 13-year-old daughter attacking her. And a neighbor said the man who, along with his wife, killed two police officers and a civilian in Las Vegas on Sunday used to dress as Slender Man.

Much like violent video games, rock music, comic books and horror movies before him, Slender Man is on track to becoming the devil du jour, the newest “won’t someone think of the children?” scapegoat.

Anyone who has been to a Halloween party in the last few years can tell you Slender Man costumes aren’t unheard of, but this particular scapegoat is different. Especially because these attacks involve, not violent behavior supposedly stirred up by a medium, but by a literal monster. Also, this monster “lives” on the Internet, which some think of as an entirely scary place where bad things happen. So Slender Man is a Bogeyman from Bogeyman Land.

Still, while I don’t know of a Slender Man story where he encourages sacrifices (which is not to say it doesn’t exist on the big wide Web), there is more to this creature than just being an online creation. In fact, a contingent of the paranormal community believes this creature actually exists – either as a manifestation of our collective thoughts, or that he has been always been present in our world.

Appearing as a very tall, thin man with white, featureless face and tentacles spreading from his back, and always wearing a black suit, Slender Man was created by Eric Knudsen (posting as Victor Surge) and made his debut SomethingAwful.com in 2009. This past January, Knudsen told WNYC”s “On The Media” he wanted to create “a creature that causes general unease and terror,” and the being does indeed represent a mysterious danger whose intentions are unclear.

Though not exactly a fringe character on the Internet in the five years since he debuted in response to Something Awful’s “create paranormal images” challenge – and subsequently became a topic for a lot of stories, Photoshop images, videos and so on — Slender Man only became a household name last week.

Yet the concept behind Slender Man taps into something very old and familiar.

Modern myths and paranormal theories are rife with beings clad in black, and many times in black suits. Slender Man shares his DNA with folkloric beings like the Grim Reaper — the personification of death — ghostly monks, shadow people, Hat Man, Men In Black. These creatures have at times been thought of as harmless or even considered helpful guides, but much more often they represent a vague malevolence. They are seen out of the corner of the eye, darting around, or looming over someone as they sleep, and have been considered both supernatural and extraterrestrial.

Even within popular culture, we’ve seen a lot of dark, creeping creatures with odd features similar to Slender Man. (Cenobites from Hellraiser; Observers in Fringe; Strangers in Dark City; The Silence from Doctor Who; etc.)

Speaking of pop, I began Paranormal Pop Culture in June 2009. My purpose was to “explore the entertainment of the unexplained.” I am not a ghost hunter or paranormal theorist, or even much of a believer. But from an academic standpoint, I am fascinated by how our legends and beliefs influence, and are altered by, popular culture. Slender Man is a pretty perfect example of that — and the coincidence that he was created the same month of my launch is not lost on me.

But in the five years since I launched the site, and began speaking at events about various elements involving the crossroads of paranormal and entertainment, I’ve received numerous accounts from people claiming to have encountered Slender Man. Many of these stories supposedly took place before Knudsen first introduced his monster on Something Awful, and most of the “experiencers” claimed they had never heard of a “slender man” before.

Granted, I am incredibly skeptical. These stories could be the products of over-active imaginations or created by people desperate to feel special and receive some attention. Maybe they were mistaken in what they saw, were experiencing pareidolia, or had even become aware of Slender Man in some way and used that image to fill in mental blanks from their past. They could have been outright charlatans and liars as well – though I tend to doubt this applied to most.

One thing I definitely believe to be true is that, after a decade of paranormal programming and reality TV, ghosts have lost some of their entertainment value. If specters, and even demons, have become mundane, then a new kind of entity will become more popular. Just like vampires and then zombies, paranormal pop culture will look to a new extreme as another begins to seem pedestrian.

Further, it is curious how many similar accounts I’ve learned of from paranormal researchers. David Weatherly relays a few Slender Man stories shared with him in the final chapter of his book Strange Intruders. And “paranormal pastor” Robin Swope devotes an entire book to the phenomenon in Slenderman: From Fiction to Fact.

For those within the paranormal community who believe in him, of which there is a significantly increasing amount, there are typically two main ideas regarding Slender Man’s existence.

One is that he has always existed. The suggestion is that either people are paying more attention to the unexplained, and discussing these topics, or that he is only now choosing to reveal himself. If the latter is true, the thought is he may have nefarious plans that are close to fruition.

The other theory is that we created Slender Man by thinking about him. Not entirely unlike Tibetan Tulpas, Slender Man may be a so-called “thoughtform.” Through people dedicating energy to him, crafting stories, fleshing out characteristics, and talking about him at length, the theory is we may have collectively given life to the monster and allowed him to enter our realm.

If this sounds like something out of a Hollywood movie, it sort of is. Both the recent flick The Quiet Ones and 2012’s The Apparition play on the notion of creating a supernatural force through scientific experiments and the focus of a group. But the films are in turn loosely based on the actual Philip Experiment.

In the 1970s, a group called Toronto Society for Psychical Research (TSPR) set out to create a ghost. The group crafted a fake biography for a 17th century nobleman they named Philip Aylesford, sketched a portrait of him, surrounded themselves with images of castles a noble man from that time might have lived in, and held a séance to summon him.

By visualizing Philip, they’d ask questions and claim they received answers in the form of raps on a table. The team supposedly experienced a mist forming over them, reported the table would move on its own and that Philip could dim lights on command. Eventually the experiment was performed in front of an audience of 50 people and a television crew.

This was not a paranormal home run and it remains contested. None of Philip’s “answers” revealed substantial facts about him the team wouldn’t have already known. But some believers think the team actually created Philip with their minds. Others say they summoned a real entity who just answered when they were trying to conjure Philip. And many others think the whole thing was fixed and a lot of bad science.

However, this is an especially creepy idea that, if a group of eight could manifest a tapping ghost, countless millions could manifest a Slender Man. Even if we don’t bring him to life in a literal, physical sense, we have made him real. After all, we did it with Santa Claus.

The legend of the jolly old elf was collected and combined by several stories and folklore to become the benevolent seasonal visitor who shares top billing with Jesus every Christmas. We have taught children what Santa looks like, who he hangs out with and where he lives (and what his address is, since we send mail to him). Parents use him as a reward for good behavior, a threat for bad, and even take their kids to visit him – though they sometimes explain that the guy at the shopping mall is actually a “helper” dressed like Santa, who reports back to the big man. Paranormal author Jeff Belanger even interviewed Santa and got more details about his history than you could pry out of a particularly private celebrity.

We have made Santa Claus real, but that was done over the course of multiple generations. Meanwhile, Slender Man is getting there in just a few years on a high-speed connection.

Even if your older relatives have never visited sites like 4chan, CreepyPasta, the Reddit thread dedicated to him, or watched/played the Marble Hornets augmented reality game revolving around his legend, you can bet they are going to start asking about Slender Man. He might even become a topic in Washington, D.C. As politicians are wont to do, he may be further invoked as a need for online regulation or some such legislation.

Although I question how much the Las Vegas shooter was involved in Slender Man mythology, it is as necessary to look into with him as it is with the stabbings. But I don’t think a fictional creature can force people to head down a violent path. I would rather discuss that under the topic of mental illness and how we’re addressing it before blaming a demonic thoughtform.

Still, Slender Man is real. He may not be a physical being, but what began as a creepy story told on the Internet has made the leap into our cultural conversation. Sadly, that makes him real enough.

Blessings, Spiderwitch

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Magickal Shopping )O(

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I recently bought an ouija board online. I love ouija boards, especially the one with that design. I can’t wait to get it in the mail. I suspect I have certain spirits in my apartment and so I am quite excited to get my mitts on it.

I searched many metaphysical shops online because they have many different prices. There are so many shops online with different pricing. They all want to sell. They all sell relatively similar merchandise. That is why I believe it is a good idea to check which magical witch shop has the best price and product available.

I really wanted the ouija board but the more I examined the prices and the shipping rate, the more critical I became of the total prices. This is one thing to be aware of. It is ok to be satisfied with a price you finally pay after searching for the best price. You can change your mind. The fact that there are so many different shops should encourage a shopper to be careful before hitting the checkout button. You try on several pairs of shoes before selecting the pair you love, so why not be the same with the prices of candles or stones?

It’s OK to compare and contrast prices. We have to remember that we are not just consumers, but customers. Customers have rights and the right to be happy with a product. I was dismayed to discover that it cost more for me to buy the same ouija board online locally than from the States. Yup I love to buy local but the ouija board was more expensive than the one I finally decided on. That was unfortunate.

I encourage you all to read the shipping and handling policies before hitting the checkout button. This can help you understand the total price you are paying in more depth. Consider reading the policies of shipping and handling of every store that you browse. They all want to sell and it is a good idea to be aware and savvy.

Check out what payment methods they accept before buying something. Keep in mind any hidden fees too. Keep in mind that you may have to check the currency rate too if buying from a different country. Make sure you have enough cash or credit to cover the cost once you calculate the currency rate and shipping and handling. That is where the costs suddenly escalate and the object you wanted to buy something seems less appealing. If you can, get candles locally. I usually only buy something unusual I can’t buy here. The rest of my witch loot I buy from a nearby store or I make it myself. I am out to save money.

If you shop and follow these tips, you should have a much better and satisfying time shopping and browsing magical witch shops. I hope you do have fun as that’s the way its meant to be.

BB Spiderwitch

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In Memory of Paranormal Radio Show host Art Bell

Merry meet all,

I am in the midst of a setback in my life. I have broken my foot and now have to rest. Mercifully, I can sit and type, which is what I’m doing now. It is torture to sit still but I must if I hope to heal. I can’t be in my garden. The minute I can be, I will be there. While I am healing, I still sent a story to an editor. I can still sit and type. It is a royal pain but not for an eternity.

The next turn in the Wheel of the Year is Lammas, or Lughnasadh, depending on which way you look at it. I look forward to this. It always makes me think of the fall harvest, my fave time of year, yet it is still summer. It feels like time to prepare for fall before it is fall. Yay!! We who truly love fall wait a long time for our fave time of year to roll around.

Just a word of caution: be careful what you wear. Don’t get heatstroke. Don’t lock your pets up in cars. Make sure that you and your loved furry ones/ furmiliars stay hydrated. July is a hot month, the hottest of the year. Take care of your health.

The paranormal radio show host, Art Bell, passed away. To those who ever heard of him or his show, this might be sad news. I didn’t know him but I can respect his interest in the paranormal. Here is a link if you are interested in learning more: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/art-bell-death_us_5ad23ac0e4b0edca2cba533b.

Here is the article posted about him, copied courteousy of the website listed above.

‘(Reuters) – U.S. radio host Art Bell, known for his discussions of conspiracy theories and paranormal phenomena during his popular syndicated show “Coast to Coast AM”, has died at his home in Nevada aged 72, the local sheriff’s office said.

The show developed a cult following after he created it in 1993 and was touted as the country’s most listened to overnight radio program. It featured Bell expounding on topics as diverse as UFO sightings, Bigfoot and crop circles.

Bell retired in 2015 citing safety concerns for his family. His studios were located in his hometown of Pahrump, in Nye County, Nevada.

Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly announced the death of the “longtime resident” in a brief video statement. She said he died on Friday, and that an autopsy was scheduled for later this week to determine the cause of death.

The current host of the show, George Noory, said in a statement: “Art was a legend – a radio icon who went against the grain and developed an amazing show … His impact on my life is beyond words. He will be missed, but I know he is now on another journey.”

“Coast to Coast AM” airs on more than 600 stations nationwide and is broadcast Monday through Sunday from 1-5 a.m. ET, according to Premiere Networks, a subsidiary of iHeartMedia, the leading audio company in the United States.  ‘

I am sure many listeners enjoyed his radio show and will remember him long after he is gone.

Blessings, Spiderwitch

 

 

 

 

 

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Update

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I am in the midst of trying to write a proposal for a Dark Poetry Scholarship offered by the Horror Writers Association. I want to study poetry to write better poetry and thereby develop better creative writing skills and once I get those skills, finish another book of poetry. That is my goal. I hope I manage to achieve it. I am going to do everything I can to have this opportunity.

I also want to remind my blog fans here that the book of poetry Untimely Frost featuring my poem, Encounter with Death, is available on Amazon!! Please do buy a copy. I posted a link in an earlier blog post but here it is again: https://www.amazon.com/Untimely-Frost-Unthawed-Multiple-Authors/dp/0998748900/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1529075469&sr=8-1&keywords=untimely+frost

I wish I could sign copies for all  you readers. I can’t wait to have my own copy of the book. I can’t wait. I am so happy to be a part of the project. Magically speaking, tonight is New Moon!! Hekate loves New Moon. I think that tonight would be a good time to thank Hekate and the nature spirits for their help in my garden. But I might watch some shows with my best friend Mark.

Summer is here! I hope you are all enjoying it. I will be back with more posts. Till then, keep reading and growing your magickal herbs, or whatever it is you do.

Blessings, Spiderwitch )O(

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How it’s done in the grave

 

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A lot of people  have asked how I have managed a blog and have a blog page theme and so forth. I decided that I would write about how I have created my blog. I hope you all enjoy reading this post. I run the Pilcrow theme. There are a few theme options to design your WordPress available in the Appearance section on the left menu.

Basically, I never gave up on trying. If you want to have an excellent blog, never give up. You have to be willing to learn, to fail, to try and keep trying. You have to type when you are inspired and when you really really don’t want to. You have to be willing to be adaptable and learn new things. You have to be flexible and hard working. I have been blogging for years now. I have struggled through the whole steep learning curve and learned almost everything there is to know about blogging. I am sure I still have much more to learn.

WordPress is the best blogging site ever. I used to be on Blogger but one day my account was hacked. I transferred all my blog posts over to WordPress and the rest as they say is history. I have written under 1000 blog posts in total. I am dedicated to my blog. WordPress has tutorials and helpful help sites. The information for help on how to manage a blog on WordPress can also be googled online.

I try to think of a topic for my posts. I try my hardest to make it interesting. I like to include a photo with each post. I think a writer can cultivate their own style, their own voice. You will find your own voice after a while of writing. I sign each post and I use keywords to enable a viewer to find these posts easily. I write each post from my heart. WordPress has many helpful things to make writing posts easy for the writer such as adding photos, movie trailers, links to sites or writing your post all in bold (which I don’t recommend but anyway), or italics. You can schedule when a blog post will be published or have several posts published on a certain date. You can preview your posts before publishing them or save the drafts if you are too busy at the time of writing them.

If one day you are seated at your laptop, steaming java next to you, and you feel drops of blood dripping down on your face as you try to think of a topic. relax. By the way, never get your laptop wet. Instead, go on Google to see new ways of how to come up with blog posts topics. I’ve been faced with the same problem. Googling that has helped me greatly to get great blog topic suggestions. You could keep a list of blog post ideas on your desktop or update an old blog post. Ask your readers what they want to read. Give them no choice but to read your blog post. If a favorite movie of yours is coming soon to theaters, mention that. If a new occult store opened in your neighborhood, mention that. If a Sabbat is approaching, promote it to the world. Enter a major keyword of your proposed post topic on Twitter and see what results show from that to generate ideas. You might be surprised at how that can scare up good ideas.

It is good writing practice to write blog posts. Blogs are looked down on and don’t deserve that. Any writing practice you can get is still practice. I also found a theme for my blog. I thought of what I wanted to talk about what I was passionate about. That is how I came up with Paranormal & Witchy Fiction which reflects a huge passion in my life. The photo on my main blog page of the moon is one I took myself. I thought it was really cool and I put it on my blog. Since Paranormal and Witchy Fiction is a bit spooky, I added the photo to portray that. I love the spooky.

I added the About me page to show more information viewers might want to know about me. I included interviews with editors and testimonials from other people about my writing. One afternoon I saw another writer’s blog page of his writing bibliography and was seized with inspiration. I noticed that the pictures of the published books were thumbnail size. Next to the picture of the book was a small blurb. I immediately set out to create my own blog page of a bibliography of my published works. I posted a thumbnail size photo of my own published book of poetry or anthology and wrote a small and here was yet another thing to learn- small blurb of the book. Keep it brief and simple. I love how it looks now and I also learned how to add a hyperlink to the picture of each book. I also included a reviewer’s words about my writing at the top of the page. This draws the reader/s in and hopefully makes them want to read more.

There are so many things that WordPress lets you do to create an awesome award worthy blog site. You can control and enhance the appearance and the settings. After a while, if you have done a good job and worked hard, you may start to get comments on your blog. I keep the good comments and decide what I want to do with the rest of the comments. You can request feedback on your drafts before publishing them.  You can connect your blog site or posts to social media. When the post is published, it is immediately posted to Facebook, for example. Post your efforts on Google once or multiple times to get readers to create awareness of your blog posts. You have to promote your blog on your own. You have to be your own sleigh driver, so to speak. It is effort but over time, it is worth it. The blog site rewards come over time, this is not instant reward.

Media – I like to add photos to my posts as I mentioned above. I like to center the photo to attract the reader’s eye. I keep the photo size a reasonable size. I like that the photos are in color and I try to keep copyright in mind. I never want to be accused of stealing a picture but thankfully that has not happened yet. If I do add movie trailers that may be of popular interest, then I post that at the end of the blog post. That is also where I add links of interest for readers if they want more information on a topic or just for fun.

Be yourself when creating your blog. People like it when you demonstrate your passionate, whether it is soccer or drama. You could offer your readers a contest and offer fun prizes. Or book or movie reviews, or interviews with editors or even movie directors. The sky is the limit. Use your imagination and remember to have fun with it.

The reason why my blog posts are all in bold ( which I said don’t do earlier) is that I noticed that if the posts are in bold, they stand out more. I have the free WordPress account but you can pay for a WordPress blog. If you do, there are extra features offered such as getting to post in pdf. I use the standard format for my blog posts. I like to keep it simple. There are so many awesome features on WordPress. The only way to manage a blog is to slog through and learn all you can. Be fearless and creative. Let out that Lord Byron or Poe in you. Your blog may even inspire an idea for a novel or a book of poems. Many writers who write blogs often move on to successful writing careers.

One more thing: Learn how to proofread your own posts. You want to attract readers to your blog over and over again? Proofread. No one else will do it for you. Don’t write in cliches. Instead, cultivate your own voice. Use verbs and nouns. Learn where a prepositional phrase belongs. Use adjectives and adverbs sparingly. You could try using editing sites until you master editing and proofreading on your own. You can return to your blog post/s and edit them to  your satisfaction should you choose to.

I can’t emphasize enough how important proofreading is. It is what keeps viewers glued to your blog. That and great content and evidence of effort on your part.There are many other competing blogs out there. Over time, you will see how to keep them coming back to yours if you follow all these tips.  Good luck blogging!!!!

Blessings, Spiderwitch

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