Creativity

I am finally convinced that I am a pretty creative person as my mind constantly wanders into unimagined areas of thought. In my retirement¬†years, I have done a pretty good job of cultivating my creative processes.¬† But I am always looking for ways to unleash my creativity to new areas and levels. When I ran across this article from the New York Times it gave me a different way¬†to think about creativity. We all have fantasies or, if you prefer, ideas. I will give them a different word: ‚ÄúSeeds.‚ÄĚ These seeds are the germ-line of books, short stories, songs, the … Continue reading Creativity

Writers Should Make People Uncomfortable..

One of the axioms of¬† writing is that it should make people uncomfortable. If it doesn’t then you are not stretching the horizons of those reading your words.¬† Even before I heard this it was in my heart. One of the foundations of RJsCorner is that I try to get people to think outside their boxes to other possibilities.¬† I am constantly looking for ways to stretch my horizons and I think everyone else should do the same. Being stuck in place is one of the primary causes of where we are today. Why do I think that maybe I … Continue reading Writers Should Make People Uncomfortable..

I Am Just Not a “Niche” Guy…

¬†¬†For my weekly bio post I thought I would talk a little about my blogging processes in particular but more generally¬†about my thought processes which due to Aspergers is probably different than yours. Many of the more successful blogs around the Internet are niche blogs, that is they concentrate on one particular topic. Many that I read are of the retirement genre. Their readers pretty much know what they are going to get when they go to their sites. As they say like-minded people like to congregate together, especially during these trying times so they don’t want any surprises and … Continue reading I Am Just Not a “Niche” Guy…

Old Guys Just Aren’t Very Popular on the Web…

Being the beginning of a new year I am going to try and get some things off my chest so maybe I won’t fret about them all year. This is one of those posts. Take it with an ounce of truth and a pound of jest. ūüôā Maybe I should erase my “About Me” page here as it probably quickly pushes some people away from my blog site.¬† If I made up a story about being¬† a troubled teenager or maybe a struggling artist I would probably get more readers and especially more “likes”. I run across so many blogs … Continue reading Old Guys Just Aren’t Very Popular on the Web…

Looking Back…

Here it is the end of another year and time to look back to how I spent it.¬† So here goes: Blog wise I made a decision about mid year to start things over again. It might not have been too obvious to some of my readers here but I abandoned my old blog of five years and moved it here in order to start fresh. I also wanted to incorporate the five blogs I was then running into one and to do some basic changes.¬† With that decision I left 300+ hard won followers on the old site. Some … Continue reading Looking Back…

Rising Again…

This blog has been in a three month hiatus due to me just getting tired of the political dialog. I have made some basic changes to prevent that from happening again. ¬†One thing is that while I will continue to allow comments, at least for now, I will not¬†reply to many of them. ¬†I know this is not good blog etiquette but that is the way it has to be for me to continue here and keep my sanity. This is my longest running blog and has over 2,000 posts so it has become an important part of who I … Continue reading Rising Again…

An Audience of One….

Those of us who blog have many tools at our disposal to see just how many people are reading what we write. Those statistics are always lurking on the edges of the page we use to generate our daily posts. They seem to be whispering “look at me”.¬†How can we not do push the buttons? There are also hundreds¬†of books out there telling you what you need to do to increase your post visits. They tell you to blog about niches where others don’t and you will be toward the top of the search engine listing in that category. They … Continue reading An Audience of One….

Falling By The Wayside…

It seems that many of my blog friends are falling by the wayside lately. They are slowly disappearing from cyberspace. I used to read a dozen or so blog posts every day, now I read less than a handful. Some who seem to have maybe a thousand followers or more are calling it quits. I wonder what is happening? Many of these past blogging friends say it is just time to move on to other things. Some I imagine expected to make spending money from their writing and that just didn’t happen to any degree. Some maybe had grandiose thoughts … Continue reading Falling By The Wayside…

Best Of Times, Worst Of Times….

One of the first books I read as a young man was Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities. The opening words of that book has been in my mind since that time. It would not be the last book by Dickens that I would read. Many of his books were about social reform. When his father was thrown into debtor’s prison Charles had to step forward. I think maybe my avid social conscience was at least partially formed by my early exposure to his writing. But as usual, the main topic of this post is not about Dickens but about the … Continue reading Best Of Times, Worst Of Times….

Why I Blog – The Real Reasons…

The last post I gave you some reasons why they say people blog and how I fit those categories. ¬†This time I am going to give the three main reasons why I blog. ¬† ¬†Some might think the contents of RJ’s Corner and my other blogs are a mishmash of topics but I think they hold a few of common threads. 1) ¬†I blog to give a voice, even if it is a very¬†small¬†one, to those who are the most affected by our collective decisions but for various reasons have little time, resources, or experience to have their input heard. … Continue reading Why I Blog – The Real Reasons…

Why Blog???

  My young Romanian blogger friend Cristian Mihai stated recently that one of the reasons he blogs is because he is lonely. Another is that he has to blog/write. ¬†To not do so would deny his very existence. After reading those words and others from various bloggers I have started to think at a deeper, more fundamental level, just why do why I put so much energy into blogging. Some Blog for fame. My readership is meager by many standards so I do not blog for fame. Fame seems to corrupt most that accomplish it anyway so maybe the lack … Continue reading Why Blog???

My Blogging Philosophy….

I will be as honest as I can. I will sometimes tell you the weirdest truths I won‚Äôt talk down to you I will assume that you are just as smart and compassionate as I am I will not scream or rant with the unreal belief that doing so will change your mind. Sometimes I wonder why I blog so much. Is it to soothe my ego? Is is to gain fame? Is it to get you to understand some alternate truth? Is it just to pass the time of day? In reality it is probably a little bit of … Continue reading My Blogging Philosophy….

Why Do I Blog??

I got to thinking the other day that I spend quite a bit of time blogging. I presently maintain two very active blogs (this one and another related to being a follower of Jesus). ¬†In the past I have run six blogs at the same time. ¬†Am I crazy or something? When I got right down to it I realize that blogging is now my creative outlet. My body continues to degrade as the months go by. While I am still a pretty active guy I find I have more and more pains and conditions as time passes. When I … Continue reading Why Do I Blog??

How to deal with the Internet’s biggest morons…

The more popular my blog becomes the more I am open to the morons who troll around on the Internet. ¬†While I have the best readers in the world (thanks Bob for the phrase), I also have my share of moron trollers lately. ¬†Most end up on my blacklist who are blocked from further comments (thank heavens my blog host has that and it anti-spamming capability). ¬†So, when I came upon this article about how to deal with these guys it got my attention. ¬†Here are my two favorite ones from the article: Source:¬†Top 10 ways to deal with the … Continue reading How to deal with the Internet’s biggest morons…

Its All In The Editing….

Now that I have passed the 1,000 post mark on this blog and have managed to get a regular and growing following I thought I would give you some “secrets”on blogging. ¬†Even though I am just an ordinary guy and not a Pulitzer prize winner I think I have some wisdom to offer beginning bloggers. Continue reading “Its All In The Editing….”