The Little Jazz Baby

Good day, readers!  I have a huge announcement just in time for Christmas!  My new blog, The Little Jazz Baby, is now open for business and looking for readers and subscribers!

Jazz Baby

If you love old jazz, art, fashion, silent film, and the 1920s in general, this blog is for you.  And for those of you who have missed the weekly feature Silent Star Saturday on this blog, it’s making a comeback on The Little Jazz Baby, so stay tuned, folks!  I promised you (repeatedly :p) that this was coming, and now it is here.

Please, please, please drop by and tell me what I am doing wrong and what I am doing right.  I really appreciate feedback from you guys.  You’re the best readers ever.  I’ve missed you!

Coming Soon On the New Blog

  • Silent Star Saturday (as promised over and over again for the past several months)
  • Special offers/giveaways/promotions  I am still in the planning stages on this one, folks.  I am planning on perhaps featuring one star for the whole month and giving away memorabilia related to that star.  And I am looking for anyone who would like to have their projects promoted.
  • Jazz Age art, music, fashion, and more Posts and resources for all things related to the 1920s.  This could even include modern things that have a Jazz Age flair to them…good, bad, or indifferent.

If you have any suggestions or questions, please feel free to get a hold of me at any time and left me know what’s up.

To check out the new blog, just follow this link~~> The Little Jazz Baby

I can’t wait to see you there!

Come Visit My New Blog, Favorite Quote Friday!

As you all know, I have given up on my daily posts here at the Daily Hottentots.  I am no longer able to keep up a regular daily posting habit.  I work evenings now and reserve most mornings and afternoons for the causes I am involved in.  (I am an activist first, blogger second.)

Conrad Veidt

Random screen capture of Connie Veidt in The Beloved Rogue…right before he goes the hell off on his little effeminate barber for cutting his throat.

I love blogging and sharing information with others, so I am not willing to give it up all together.  I have the Silent Star Saturday project in the works.  I plan on launching that in the early part of next year…maybe in time for Conrad Veidt’s birthday on 22 January.  If so, my first post will be about him. 😛  (Any excuse for Connie crack….)  I might not be able to get it up that quick, though. It all depends on what my $$ looks like as this will be a self-hosted blog and I have to put out a wee expense for it.

What is available now is my new weekly blog Favorite Quote Friday, based on the weekly series on this blog of the same name.  So if you liked the posts in that series, I invite you to drop by the new blog and leave your two cents.

The first post You Can Help Eradicate a Deadly Disease Called Puritanism features a quote from journalist and critic H. L. Mencken. Follow the hyperlink there.

Additionally, you can join the Facebook page for updates and links, or follow my good ol’ Twitter account.

Bear in mind that Favorite Quote Friday is a brand new blog and there are still a lot of tweaks I need to make.  I hope to see you all there!

Daily Blogging Breakup

Have you ever come to a point in your life where you have to break down and admit that you just can’t continue doing something anymore?

When you start a project, you jump right in, all gung-ho about it.  Then, suddenly, after several weeks or several months, it feels like work. Your mind becomes occupied with other things and the thing you were so enthusiastic about in the beginning is not doing it for you anymore.  You find that you are uninspired all the time and do not even want to bother with it.

That is the point I have reached with this blog.  I tried to deny that I was getting burned out with it, but looking at some of my content lately, it is obvious to me.  I have posted because I feel that I have to.  Even when I am uninspired.  The result is mediocre at best content.  Yuck.

I always do this to myself.  When I embark upon a new blog, I feel that I have to blog every day to keep my readers entertained.  Then I burn out within months…if I last that long.  I have to remind myself that daily blogging is not for me.  I cannot do it, especially now that I have a full-time job (when I started this blog I was unemployed) and my time is extremely limited.

I am also not blogging about my passions.  I like motivational/inspirational things, but it isn’t what I am most passionate about.  My passions are old Hollywood/movies in general (especially silent films, film noir, German expressionist films) and art.  That is one fatal mistake many bloggers make—they do not blog about something they are truly passionate about and then they burn out before they know it.

Has that happened to you?

I am most happy when I am lost in a black and white world, watching flickering images of exaggerated gestures from actors in heavy makeup.  And I believe that is why Silent Star Saturday was my most popular post through the week on this blog.  People saw how much I loved what I was talking about every week.  Oh, and do not think that I have given up the idea of starting a whole new blog dedicated to Silent Star Saturday.  I am in the middle of doing research and preparing other things before I launch that blog.  It’s coming, brothers and sisters, but just a little later than I originally thought.

The one thing I got from the Ultimate Blog Challenge this month is that I am better off when I am posting about once or twice (at max three times) a week.  I cannot force myself to do the daily blogging thing anymore, especially now that the time I am able to spend online has been cut in half.

I will keep this blog up, for sure, but I will only post on it from time to time to keep people updated on the launch of other blogs I have in the works.  I hope all my readers understand and appreciate the fact that I have burned out on daily blogging and just cannot do it anymore. 😦

Don’t Let Writer’s Block Destroy Your Life

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(Photo credit: Sharon Drummond)

The blinking cursor of death is haunting you again, isn’t it?  You have sat there staring at a blank screen for what seems like hours, but nothing is coming to you.

You have that horrible affliction that every writer experiences at least once in his or her life—writer’s block.

You dread it, yet you think you are full of such good ideas that it will never happen to you.  But then it hits you, and you are devastated.  You begin to wonder if you will ever write again.  Then you begin to wonder if writing is even worth it.  No one ever reads what you write anyway.

Your self-esteem is shot.  Your potential career as the world’s biggest blogger or hottest dime store romance author is doomed all thanks to that damned blinking cursor on your screen.

Do not despair, my friend.  As with anything in life, this too shall pass.   You will get over it and come back better than ever.  This writer’s block is good for you.  It forces you to look for new ways to be creative.  So do not let it destroy your life.  Embrace it…and take comfort in the fact that you are not alone.

If you have gone to any of the 5 fantastic places to find inspiration (or any number of websites that were created with the writer in mind) and still cannot think of anything to write about, just step away from the computer and take a deep breath.  Something should come to you eventually.  It’s not the end of the world, my babies.

When all else fails, why don’t you try writing about writer’s block?  Have you ever thought about doing that?

Maybe, or maybe not.  I’ve found that when I have writer’s block and start rummaging through the internet for advice, the people giving it rarely ever mention anything about writing about writer’s block.  I wonder why;  it is an effective way to finally get rid of  the affliction.

When you write about your writer’s block, the ideas start flowing again.  Y0ur hands and eyes are moving along with the cursor on your screen, or the pen on your paper.  And then voilà!  You have nearly 400 words written about something that someone somewhere is going to read, even if it is not all that newsworthy or earth-shattering.

After you have finished putting a period at the end of your last sentence, you sigh contentedly.  You feel accomplished.  And you are ready to start all over again tomorrow.

Shameless Self-Promotion Is a Good Thing!

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Give yourself a “thumbs up”! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Are you someone who is a bit shy about promoting your website, your business, the new book you are writing (Joan, that is you), or something else that you wish other people would find out about and spread the word about how fabulous you are?

You do not want to come off as too obsessive or pompous, so you just sit and wait for the right opportunity to come along.  Or the right person who is willing to promote your work for you.

Stop doing that….

The whole month of October is dedicated to self-promotion, making people aware of your presence.  So if you are working on a project that you think people would benefit from in some way, LET THEM KNOW ABOUT IT, damn it.  What is the point in creating anything if you do not share it with the world?

Some people want you to think that self-promotion is a bad thing, but it is not bad at all.  It is telling the world, “Hey, this is important to me, and I hope it is important to you, too.”

Do not be afraid to go out there and shamelessly and incessantly promote your hard work.

Take my friend, the aforementioned Joan, for instance.  (She will probably kill me for talking about her, but oh well…) She has been diligently working for over a year to collect information about the life and murder of Carl Switzer, who was famous for his role as Alfalfa in the Our Gang series.  Lately she has become a bit protective of her work for whatever reason.  She does not know if she wants to keep a blog to update others who might be interested, or share any other information with people on this project.

What Joan and other people like her need to realize is, that some (even if it is minimal) promotion of this type of thing is necessary to get people interested in the project and help spread the word about it.  If Joan wants people to know the truth about Switzer, she needs to start promoting her work…but as I told her, she does not want to give everything away because then there would be no reason for people to buy the biography.

Remember that, folks:  shamelessly self-promote, but do not give everything away.  Tease people.  Entice them.  Make them want to find out more.   And do not be so overprotective that everything you have done becomes useless.

So how can you shamelessly self promote this October?  Try some of the following things that will put you in the public’s eye.

  • Start a blog. Even if it has a small following, blogging about your passions or your upcoming project will help people connect with your work on a more personal level.
  • Start a Facebook fan page or Twitter account. Do you have any updates you want to share with people about your project?  Put them on Twitter or a Facebook fan page.
  • Send out a press release.  Have you got something newsworthy? Let the media know about it.  There are plenty of resources online that can help you set up a free press release and get the word out.
  • Put your links everywhere.  If you have a blog or website you want to promote, put the link everywhere—in letters, in e-mail, on business cards, on fliers you attach to a lamp-post on the street or on a bulletin board at the supermarket.
  • Recruit friends and family to share your stuff for you. Unless you are working on something that you would be embarrassed to tell granny about, then give her a ring and ask her to tell a friend and have them tell a friend about what you are doing.  Repeat this with everyone you know.  It is surprising how quickly the word will spread.

There are countless other things you can do to shamelessly promote your work.  Do you have any tips and tricks for anyone who needs to get out and get something done this October?  What has worked and what has not worked for you?

The 31 Flavors of October

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October (Photo credit: ccrrii)

Happy Monday and Happy October, everyone!  *sniffs the air*  MMM…I love a new month smell, don’t you?  October is especially pleasant because the days are shorter and autumn is in full swing.  The leaves turn brilliant colors and then fall dead from skinny tree branches.  And pretty soon, adults and children alike will build bonfires and dress up in bizarre costumes to get money and candy…and loads of attention.

The freaks come out at night in October, my babies…. (more…)

Silent Star Saturday is Moving

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Clara Bow was the first star I wrote about on this blog. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I know I promised you all that Silent Star Saturday would be returning this weekend…but I kinda told you a lie.   It will never be returning to this blog.

Now you all are thinking, “Holy cow, Angie, why would you kill one of your best liked series on this blog?  Are you dumb or something?”

Sure, I might be dumb…or something…but before you think I have lost my mind, I am not completely getting rid of Silent Star Saturday.  I’m not that stupid!  I love doing the research for it and sharing my favorite stars with all of you.  However, I am making a lot of changes to this blog and am trying to see what works and what doesn’t.  Silent Star Saturday definitely works as far as bringing in traffic, but it really does not belong here, does it?

Knowing that it is out-of-place here, I have decided to give Silent Star Saturday a new home on a brand new blog.  It will launch on October 6, 2012 at 4am CST.   I only plan on updating the blog once a week on Saturdays, but will be creating a Facebook page for it that will have regular updates, trivia, photographs, video, etc.   My older blog posts for this series will also be available on the new blog.

Details about the brand spankin’ new Silent Star Saturday blog will be coming soon on The Daily Hottentots, so please stay tuned and tell me what you think!

Dear Daily Themes, I’m Sorry, but I Am Not That Into You

How many of you out there have daily themes for your blog? How long have you been doing it? How do you keep from getting bored?

I know I am asking a lot of questions, but the first thing I thought about when I woke up this morning was that I am just not into the daily theme thing that I started once I got back to the Daily Hottentots. Trending Topic Thursday is especially hard for me because it just does not fit in. This blog relies heavily on motivational/inspirational things, music, and quotes, so a trending topics post close to the end of the week seemed very out-of-place.

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Readers Get Ready, There’s a Change a Coming….

I’m in an exceptionally good mood today, my babies.  The weekend is almost here, the Ultimate Blog Challenge ends in less than a week (and I have posted EVERY day since July 1…go me!), and a lot of changes are coming to The Daily Hottentots starting this Sunday!  I hope you like everything I have planned because I do write with you, the reader, in mind.  Your input is important to me.

So what sort of changes can you expect here?  Well, for one thing, I am getting rid of the weekly themes that I haven’t paid much attention to.  Since it’s not working for me anymore, I have decided to switch to daily themes.  Here is what the week is going to look like from now on—let me know what you think! (more…)

Are You Guilty of Using the Copy/Paste Headline?

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I’m not the best when it comes to writing headlines.  In fact, I think I really suck at it. Out of over 30 posts on The Daily Hottentots, I’ve only found three that really capture my attention.  I know that’s better than a big fat zero, but still, that’s less than 10 percent.  Not good.  And I am working to improve that.

Even though I am not pleased with the headlines on my blog posts, I can at least say they are original thoughts.  I’m not going to name names here (frankly, I don’t remember names), but there are a few people floating around the blogosphere who use what I like to refer to as the copy/paste headline. (more…)

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