I’m honored that the editorial staff at Microsoft again chose World Adventurers to feature on this week’s “What’s Your Story?”  I also want to send a shout out to fellow bloggers Ladybug’s Life, A Teacher’s Teacher, and Healthy Cooking, whose blogs were also featured this week by Windows Live Spaces.  As Jim Carrey said while portraying Stanley Ipkiss, a man bestowed with powers by the Norse God Loki in the movie, “The Mask“–You love me!  You really love me!  Someone on the Spaces.live.microsoft.formerlyknownasmsnspaces.canwemakethisdomainanylonger.com staff must like what I write (I’m only kidding MSN–you know I love you).  World Adventurers was initially featured on “The Best of MSN Spaces” in September 2005 and again in February 2006.  From time to time, Windows Live Spaces features the same blogs again.  Because this week is Chuseok, one of Korea’s most important holidays, I think it’s fitting that Spaces chose to highlight a blog about Korea this week.

Dear Reader, thank you for stopping by to peruse World Adventurers and posting your comments.  Stop by anytime.  I’ll try to respond to as many comments as I can.  Lately I haven’t had as much time to write as I would like, so any extra time I have will be devoted to posting entertaining content and responding to your comments.  If you have a blog on Spaces that hasn’t yet been featured, you might be wondering…hey, how come this guy’s blog gets featured so often when my blog has never been featured?  Well, never fear.  Here are some suggestions that might help you curry favor with the Spaces editorial staff:

  1. Choose a theme for your blog, and write about related topics.  Pick a theme you think your blog audience will find interesting.  Some themes are more interesting than others.  Religion and politics always seem to attract attention, for better or for worse, while niche topics do not.  Travel and adventure are popular themes.  Sports, technology, fashion, and day-to-day insights are good.  Zany, quirky blogs do well, as do blogs chroncling quests to achieve challenging goals and objectives (e.g. if your purpose is to document your travels across the Sahara Desert or fight to overcome adversity, readers will be interested).
  2. Write frequently, and write well.  Frequent postings is definitely a plus.  Write in complete, grammatically-correct sentences.  Throw in a few witty remarks and some seldom-used words for good measure.  Don’t be too long-winded (I’m guilty of this) or too terse brief in your postings.  If your focus is on photography or art, then consider posting intriguing, high-quality photos or sketches like my fellow blogger mars_wolf.  If you’re an artist, try posting samples of your work.
  3. Add original content and document references.  It is better to document your own ideas than to recite from other sources.  Citing other sources is fine, but be sure to give credit when you refer to other people’s work.  I always use italics when I quote other sources.  If possible, avoid posting copyrighted material without permission.  Minimize the amount of recitation in a blog entry, unless it fits into the theme of your blog post.  For example, on Martin Luther King’s Day in 2005, I cited Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s entire “I Have a Dream” speech because few have read the speech in its entirety. 
  4. Unless it is absolutely riveting, avoid focusing too much on your personal life.  Expand your blog entries beyond discussions of your personal life, whether it be personal photos, discussions of friends, or family matters.  If you write about personal matters, tie it into your blog’s theme (e.g. your quest to win a marathon, taking care of children, or getting a good job).  You can also feature friends, family, and acquaintances on your blog.  I have occasionally bantered on this blog with readers I know, and each month I feature the blog written by someone I know.  Maybe you have a crazy uncle or a quirky friend.  People love soap operas, so decide up front whether you want to play out your life on a blog.  You’ll get a lot of hits, but you may regret playing your life’s drama out on the blogosphere.
  5. Enhance your blog with photos, lists, music, and a variety of topics.  Blogs are entertaining.  It is good to post entertaining content appealing to all five senses.  If you post a blog entry, try adding photos.  Photos truly are worth more than 1,000 words.  Adding a song is also good, but don’t loop it so that it plays on and on and…on.  No one wants to listen to “I Will Survive” five times in a row while they finish reading your last 10 blog entries.  As soon as the Internet can transmit smells, I will post a dallop of kimchi for you to enjoy.  Start an e-mail writing campaign.  If you think you have a good blog, don’t be shy!  Let MSN Spaces know Also, you can encourage your avid readers to submit your blog to Windows Live Spaces for a “What’s Your Story?” feature.
  6. Harness the power of the blogosphere.  The Internet is about interconnectivity.  Feature links to your favorite bloggers, and ask them to link to your own blog.  This will encourage cross-traffic.  Korea’s top blogger, R.J. Koehler (aka “The Marmot’s Hole”) and I are acquaintances, and we have links to each other’s blogs.  Linking to top bloggers or web sites typically do not increase traffic to your site because they don’t know you and probably won’t return the favor by linking to your blog.
  7. Be kind to the Spaces editorial staff.  I have referred to the Window Live Spaces staff off and on since I started this blog, because I know they read our blogs–or at least troll for good content.  Sometimes I pass along my preferences (I still prefer the old MSN Spaces format), and sometimes I’m complimentary (thanks for letting me blog for free).  One of these days, I will take the Spaces editorial staff to lunch to thank them for liking this blog so much. 

Blog Notes:  Dear Reader, you might be wondering, “OK, so, what’s your story, World Adventurer?”  I’m often intentionally vague about personal details, but in an upcoming blog entry I will tell you more about our life and what I do as a Foreign Service officer.  Check back again soon!

* This is an updated blog entry posted February 11, 2006.

 

Books by MG EdwardsMG Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service to write full time.

Edwards is author of six books. His memoir, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, was finalist for the Book of the Year Award and the Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: Alexander the Salamander; Ellie the Elephant; Zoe the Zebra; and a collection featuring all three stories. His book Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is an anthology of 15 short stories.

Edwards lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his wife Jing and son Alex. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at www.mgedwards.com or contact him by e-mail at me@mgedwards.com or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

© 2017 Brilliance Press. All rights reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted without the written consent of the author.

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9 Comments

  1. Cynthia's Gravatar Cynthia
    October 3, 2006    

    I started my blog as an example for my teachers but now I enjoy it just for myself.
    I love your music
     

  2. Ladybug's Gravatar Ladybug
    October 3, 2006    

    Thanks for swinging by my Space and congrats to you…again! 

  3. Cassie's Gravatar Cassie
    October 3, 2006    

    Wow! Congrats! I was featured last week but that was the only time. I thought it was never going to happen! haha You have a great space here, so it’s no surprise. 🙂

  4. Hasan in Japan's Gravatar Hasan in Japan
    October 3, 2006    

    Greetings,
    I just wanted to convey my congratulations to you. Your blog is really cool. Thanks for the tips. Keep up the great work.

  5. Zeynep's Gravatar Zeynep
    October 3, 2006    

     
    Thanks for your feed back. I liked this blog and will come whenever have time.
     
    Congratulations again,
     
    Zeynep.
     

  6. Chef's Gravatar Chef
    October 3, 2006    

    Greetings World Adventures, I would like to comend you on your blog, and thank you for kind words and support.

  7. Jenni's Gravatar Jenni
    October 4, 2006    

    Congrats again! Welcome back to the Best of Spaces! And thanks for the tips – see you later!

  8. Angeline's Gravatar Angeline
    October 4, 2006    

    Congratulations!  You deserve it. 

  9. Elizabeth Larene's Gravatar Elizabeth Larene
    October 6, 2006    

    Just stopping by to congratulate you on being featured this week on "What’s Your Story".

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