I started writing seriously in July, 2006, and by the end of 2010, I could not have imagined when I started that I could write over 215 articles! This number just boggles my mind.
Since I built my website several years ago, I developed a section, which is entitled, VIP (Very Important Person) Gallery, and I have used it to thank my visitors over the years, and especially those who have sent me those precious emails. The (3) pages can be seen at the following links;
Very Important Person Gallery;
"God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one time to say 'thank you?' G.B. Stern
This page is a little similar, but it's more about a trip down Memory Lane, and to thank the readers who visit, that their caring has allowed me to accomplish what I have done over the last four years. This page is a sort of a behind-the-scenes look at how some of my articles came about since I started writing, and I certainly hope the reader finds the information useful and inspiring.
This page is not an attempt to 'toot my horn' or show my obnoxious, self-serving behavior...it's more of an attempt to 'toot my horn' and display my obnoxious and self-serving behavior...up close and personal for all to see! (yawn, here!)
"The fellow who isn't thankful for what he's got...isn't likely to be thankful for what he is going to get, either." Frank Clark
Here's the Skinny On How I Lost 40 Pounds; http://www.authorsden.com/visit/viewarticle.asp?id=26219
This has been my dominant article over three years, and has been #1 at three different sites and for over three years. I never thought it would give up its #1 position, (this piece leads by over 8,000 hits/views at the directory) but the following article took over the #1 spot.
Making a Difference In People's Lives By Writing;
Everyone wants to make a difference in a person's life, whether it be by volunteer work, their job or by writing...and I want to make a difference, too! I wrote this piece over two years, after I wrote the weight piece (as described above) and when I wrote it, I was just hoping that it would do alright. To my surprise, it started at the bottom (#188) just like all the other articles, and quickly climbed the list...and in May, 2010...it took the #1 spot and never looked back...leaving all the other articles in the dust! Words cannot express the joy this article has given me!
Halloween Party; The Two-Headed Monster:
This is also a #1 article, having been published on the most websites on the Internet...and it being 39. For over 8 months, I couldn't find this piece published anywhere...and finally...it appeared all over the place!
The Negative Side of Humor:
I wrote this piece in late 2006, and I wrote it in a 'tell it like it is' approach, and very strong words, and I thought I would have to tone it down. But, before I came into the world of writing, I was in the world of art, and so I've always taken chances, and so I decided to leave it alone and see what happens to it. To my amazement, this piece has climbed the charts and has settled in and occupies the #7 spot! This could be the most important piece I have written and because of its success, it has allowed me to write other pieces in the same manner.
Diabetes On the Rise:
This is the only article on hand, that debuted at #1 in late 2006. Granted, I only had about 30 articles at the time, but this piece had about 250 hits overnight, and that won't happen today.
"Praise the bridge that carried you over." George Coleman
Legacy: A Gift of Writing:
This is the only piece that I wrote three times. Two versions were about 1,200 words and both bombed and went no place. I then cut the words in half, and changed it to a humor piece and it took off and began to climb the charts. A message to young people out there...do what you have to do to make your writing pieces successful.
The Importance of Praise:
I liked the title for this article, but the only problem for me, that there was not anything else for this article. For over a year, I just had the title, and a page full of notes. This had never happened to me...that is to struggle with a piece like this. Then one day, as if the words fell out of the sky...I began to write...and I wrote the entire article (1200 words) in about 40 minutes...amazing!
"Gratitude is the best attitude." Unknown
The English Language Is All 'Greek' To Me;
I first wrote this back in the late 1980's and turned a similar version into my writing instructor. He didn't think it was funny...and rejected it! He told me I would have to turn in something else, if I wanted to pass the writing course. Whining and pouting, I wrote another piece and passed and completed the writing course.
In 2007, I wanted to see what the general public thought of this piece, so I wrote it again. With 100 articles on my article directory, this piece climbed into the #10 spot and has settled in about the #13 spot! So much for the opinions of writing instructors, etc. So the message here is to young people, and people starting out in writing...go with the pieces you believe in...take chances with your writing...and the general public should be the final judge.
Everybody's Going To Die Sooner or Later:
When I first wrote this piece, it was a bomb for months and was going to the grave! So much so, that I pulled it and put it on the back-burner. Over a year later, I changed the title to what it is now, and re-arranged the furniture...and it's now doing better! A message to all young people out there and beginners in writing...if at first you don't succeed...
Constipation: Saying Hello To an Costly Enema: http://www.authorsden.com/visit/viewarticle.asp?id=48149
Never in my wildest dreams, would I have thought that I would write an article on constipation, but here it is. At 65, I have never suffered from constipation, and later we found out it was caused from the medication I was given for diebetes. (metformin). I wrote this piece in the summer of 2009, and it has shown a lot of life, as it has climbed into the top ten and now occupies the #5 spot, which amazes me. There must be a lot of constipated readers out there reading about this delicate subject...
"There is no difference between men (and women) than being grateful and ungrateful." R.H. Blyth
As I said earlier, to write over 215 articles in a four year period, boggles my mind, but I could have never done it without the help of the reader. For it is the reader who makes you...or brakes you!
Say goodnight Gracie.
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