Before I get to the topic at hand on this Weekly Squawk, I need to give you some background. What brought this post on is that my viewer counts here at RJsCorner have been plateaued for a while now and I have been trying to figure out how to get more people to my site. What if I did this… What if I did that… Most of the “How to get more views” stuff that is online tells me to find a niche to fill and to stick to the subject. But I just don’t have a one-track brain, most of the time I am juggling a dozen thoughts at the same time. I’m sure there is a psychological term for this condition, but I don’t really care to dive into that idea. At least not for this post. Like Popeye’s old mantra, I am what I am, and it’s kinda too late to change things now even if I wanted to. 🙂
I guess you could say that my niche is that I have learned some valuable lessons in life due to my somewhat unique circumstances. So, here is my niche as I see it:
You can learn some valuable life lessons from a 70+ Year Old Deaf Aspie
What are my qualifiers to claim this mantel? I am definitely 70+ years old. I have a birth certificate to prove it. I am definitely deaf, I lost my hearing thirty years ago, and I can’t hear a damn thing except for the constant ringing in my ears. I may or may not be an official Aspie (part of the autism spectrum). I know I have a lot of the typical characteristics of Asperger’s Syndrome but have never been officially diagnosed. I have had some say that I shouldn’t tell people I am deaf or that I might be an Aspie as that will drive people away. I kinda think there are enough open-minded folks around that could be attracted by these labels instead of turned off by them. Those are the kind of people I want to attract so I will ignore any conventional wisdom and claim provisional ownership of these labels.
All that being said, I genuinely think you can learn from my personal lessons in life and especially from the mistakes I have made, and looking back I have made a lot of them. At the very least you might get a laugh or two from my approach to life. I have put together a list of some of the more fundamental lessons I think I have learned. Here they are:
- Think for Yourself, Question Everything.
- You are not alone.
- Adversity builds character.
- Embrace Change.
- Break down myths that put people in suffocating boxes.
- Never Stop Learning or Growing
- Live & Let Live.
- Be humble, be honest, be committed.
- Don’t lose yourself in your fear, worry or anger as it will destroy you.
- Treat everyone with respect, even those who don’t treat you likewise.
I’ll be getting into each of these, and many other topics in future “Weekly Squawks” and of course they will almost always be present in the “Morning Cackles.”
I know this is supposed to be a niche, but I can’t help also giving you some things I just think are beautiful, funny, or worth noting. Some of my life stories will also be on the venue.
But really the meat and potatoes of RJsCorner is the wit and wisdom I spew out in my Daily Cackles. That is where I give you snippets of “my view of the world.” It is where I have my say. Sometimes it is off-the-wall, sometimes it is common-sense, and yes sometimes it is just weird. 🙂
I hope I have enticed you enough to want to stick around and maybe even more importantly, to share your life lessons here on RJsCorner.
We can all learn from each other if we just listen.
4 thoughts on “(WS) Life’s Lessons”
One suggestion is to start following and commenting on other blogs and they will in turn look at yours. I don’t have a blog, but I follow many and have found those through looking at the commenters and then following them. It’s a rich world to me.
Social, political, humanist and philosophical blogs are my personal favorites, but there are hundreds of ideas to write about….I do think finding a niche attracts more people than being all over the place, but ultimately you do what feels right for you.
Thank you for the ideas Mary. I do comment on several blogs but could do more. About one-fourth of my traffic comes for Satisfying Retirement. I comment there rather frequently and Bob has been so gracious to put me in his blogroll. There are about 400 million blogs out there and about 50 million of them are active on at least a weekly basis. So, as you say Mary, it is a rich world for blog viewers out there and a lot of competition for us bloggers. 🙂
I think that the best blogs are a place for dialogues. I enjoy your thoughts but without some level dialogue in the comments I will probably just drift away over time.
What makes these blogs more interesting is seeing others comments or having a dialogue with them or the author (sometimes challaging them) and enriching the post.
Is this part of your thinking?
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Yes, almost all blogger crave participation in their websites. It is know that around 2% of viewers comment on any one blog post. I try to keep my viewers involved but could probably do a better job of that. Thanks for the thoughts.