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Mission Possible! Resurrect the Zombie Blog

It’s official. I’ve killed my blog.

But no pity parties – I do this every few years. I must have a Messianic complex, because I have so much fun resurrecting the thing.

Sometimes, of course, I do it just by pushing the wrong button.  Hence, the “2013” in the URL – I very creatively named it for the year of its last resurrection from the ashes of my nuclear annihilation of its predecessor. That wasn’t as much fun as merely allowing it to wither from neglect and writer’s block; in fact, though it is now 2016, I am wary of renaming the thing. It will stand, “2013,” like Prince’s “1999.” While the analytics would have you thinking that I had succeeded in reviving the patient, it is merely shuffling along in its mortal coil like a zombie. That’s where you come in, Dear Reader.

Google won’t take me seriously without backlinks. Being too stubborn, proud, and smart to buy the damned things, I figure asking, outright, for your help is the best option.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is as follows:

  1. Read (really read) five posts here on It’s All a Matter of Perspective.
  2. Leave a thoughtful comment on each one. (If you have a blog, please take advantage of the CommentLuv field to leave a link back to your own posts! After several have been approved – once I’m sure you’re not a bot or a purveyor of porn – the links will be dofollow links. If you entice me to read and follow them, either with your comments or your catchy titles, I may feature one or more in a future post.)
  3. Use the sharing buttons to share (on one or more sites!) three posts from this site that you particularly liked. If you can’t find three posts you like enough to share, please comment here or email me and tell me what you hoped to find here and didn’t.
  4. If you blog, add a link to any of the posts on this blog to a post on yours – either a topical post or “round-up” type post.

Thank you!

And apologies if you were expecting a blog about zombies. Feel free to comment below to complain about it. At least I’ll know you read this far, and may write you a zombie story for your troubles.

 

 

HollyJahangiri

Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle; A Puppy, Not a Guppy; Innocents & Demons; and A New Leaf for Lyle. You can find her books on Amazon at http://amazon.com/author/hollyjahangiri. For more information on her children's books, please visit http://jahangiri.us/books.

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10 Responses to “Mission Possible! Resurrect the Zombie Blog”

  1. Debbie D.
    Twitter:
    says:

    I was always wondering why your URL had 2013 in it. Thanks for clearing that up. 🙂 Pushing the wrong button can have devastating effects, for sure! I’ve been immersed in a website re-design and can attest to the consequences of selecting the wrong thing. So many tense moments! 😮 Will do my best to accommodate your request, but it might take awhile. Good luck with it. Cheers!
    Debbie D. recently posted…THE GREAT UNVEILING: PRESENTING THE DOGLADY’S DEN 2.0!My Profile

    • Thank you, Debbie! (Yes, it was time to ‘fess up to that little bit of blog history trivia. I don’t know what possessed me – did I think it was going to be an annual THING, and that I’d issue a blog in yearly volumes, all neatly numbered? I think I wasn’t thinking, which is why I had that problem in the first place!)

  2. Alana
    Twitter:
    says:

    So, I have the power of life and death. Broahahahaha! Should I comment or not comment? Ah, that is the question. And I’m not going to answer that. I am going to keep you hanging. I like the idea of a zombie blog….

    • You see how much I trust you? Yes, yes you do have the power over life and death – of a blog, anyway. 😉

      How interesting to use a comment to ask if you should comment or not. Kind of an Inception thing – a comment within a comment and an observation about commenting all wrapped up in a comment. Or something. But of course you already knew how it would end – because we started with this post, and my answer to your as-yet unasked question.

      There are plenty of blogs ABOUT zombies. This may be a first, though – a zombie BLOG.

  3. I’m not sure I get the point of throwing away everything you already had – my blog has only been around since 2012 and I’m not discarding anything any time soon.

    Couldn’t you recycle your more favorite posts? I have so much stuff I would clean up and repost – and will be trying to organize it a bit.
    Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt recently posted…The curious incident of the train in the nighttimeMy Profile

    • I think you misunderstood; I’ve never deliberately thrown away anything. I blew up my WordPress database at the end of 2011 – it was totally an accident (call it blog maintenance while caffeine and sleep deprived – I literally deleted the WRONG blog database, and there was no backup). I’m really not planning to do that again. I just – well, in hindsight – have no idea why I named the new one for the year of its inception. It was the least forward thinking thing I’ve done in many years, and I should have absolutely known better. But it will forever be “2013” if I have my way – because I like it and recreating it is a PAIN. So no, it’s not getting discarded if I can help it. (Never say never – someone could switch out my coffee with decaf…)

      The point of THIS post is simply to say “HELP!!” Seriously, I think about ten of you are reading and the rest of the visits are from Google crawlers. Alexa loves me. But I don’t love Alexa half as much as I love flesh and blood readers. Realizing that my blog is in the “no niche niche” and most of my readers are not MMO bloggers, I decided a step-by-step call to action would be more helpful than just yelling “Uncle!” If people don’t know what you need, they can’t help. 🙂

      Naturally, I’d be happy if they’d just head on over to Amazon and buy and review my books, too. Totally a choice – lots of options here. 🙂

      I’d keep writing no matter what – I’d write for you, if you keep coming to read, Alicia. Only when the last person stops coming will I turn out the lights – and even then, I’d probably come back in a year or two and launch another zombie and see if I could bring it to life. Because it amuses me to watch the stats – it’s a bit of a challenge.

      • What I don’t understand is what you want to market with your blog. Which would give me a context for what you’re trying to do. Is it your kids’ fiction?

        I’m sure you already know how little interest I have in web and blog design – compared to energy I’m willing to spend on fiction, so it won’t be much of a surprise.

        I haven’t found my blogging correlating very strongly with sales. I didn’t start the blog for that – and some readers of my other fiction might wonder about my capability to write what I must label ‘literary fiction’ by contrast with, say, ‘paranormal romance’ – but I’ve met a lot of people, most of them writers, on blogs, and I enjoy having a place to compose stuff for and sometimes get feedback from.

        I am an outlier in any universe you care to name, as I have discovered, and am looking for eventual viral marketing.

        I hesitate very strongly to use what I have – disability in a character (and the writer) – but haven’t found, in a year, any other way to market, so one of these days that may come up. If I do it first, tastefully, maybe I won’t hate it as much. Staying anonymous, as I originally intended, doesn’t seem to be working much lately (cf. the Elena Ferrante news), so people will eventually know who I am anyway… but I was hoping to delay it until I was famous, and fame seems rather slow.

        I wish I could have finished the trilogy by now – which would make the whole marketing thing easier – but wishes are just that.

        Working on it! they will carve on my tombstone.
        Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt recently posted…Vacation and chronic illness: the goal is survivalMy Profile

      • I think it’s very interesting that you are writing about fictional characters dealing with the added challenges of disability. Yours gives you authority and an authentic voice. I see nothing wrong with using that.

        I find it much LESS interesting when writers capitalize on their own disability to indulge in what might best be called, “pity marketing.” I’ve not seen you doing that, ever. You know the ones I mean, though – the ones who talk more about their disability than their books, and make readers feel obligated to buy books so that the writer might eat (always by vague implication, of course, that straits are dire and the next book sale is all that’s keeping them from dying of starvation). It may be true! It’s still not a good marketing ploy.

        I’ve seen almost no correlation between blogging and book sales (even during online blog book tours). That’s not to say it has no value – it builds up name and title recognition, for sure. If no one’s heard of you, they won’t find your books among the billions on Amazon.
        HollyJahangiri recently posted…How to Write for ChildrenMy Profile

  4. Rasheed Hooda
    Twitter:
    says:

    As soon as I get my blog back up on the new server, I will go about taking care of the business.

    And, no thank you, to zombie stories unless it is outrageously humorous.

    • Would I even be able to write any other kind? I mean, I write horror, but when it comes to zombies – how else can you really sustain a story about animated, rotting-before-your-eyes corpses, without outrageous humor? They’re slow. They’re stupid. They drop body parts – you know, how could you fear something eating your brains if, when it reaches around your throat for the kill, drops a hand? Or a jawbone? On the ground? Naaah, zombies are a laugh riot, really, if you think about it and aren’t just grossed out by putrefaction. Can you imagine the pranks they must play on new FBI recruits at the Body Farm? LOL
      HollyJahangiri recently posted…Mission Possible! Resurrect the Zombie BlogMy Profile

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