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A New and Little Bit Different Blog

Hello good and faithful followers and readers of The Hillbilly Blogger. It has been quite some time since I have made a meanigful post here.

A lot has happened in my life since that time. I’ve had a lot of health issues, I lost my mom in January, I’ve been bustin’ my butt tryin’ to find a job that I can do from home, which I finally have done and a few other things that have been and still are goin’ on.

I’ve had a lot of time to do a lot of thinkin’ and make a few life changes since mom’s passing. I’ve had to re-think and re-purpose my life since then and it has not been, and still isn’t, an easy road to travel.

I start my job Monday, well actually it’s orientation week and I will only work for two hours a day the first week but it’s not gonna be bad because I’ve done a job like it before, I just have to learn their system.

Anyway, I’m gonna retire The Hillbilly Blogger offically. I’m not gonna take it down but I won’t be posting here anymore after this. I’ve kinda grown in my blogging world, branched out you might say into video and and podcasting as well as writing.

I’ve had a good run with THB, met a lot of good people and I’m hoping you’ll follow me over on my new and final blog, which will have all of the aforementioned methods of blogging all rolled into one neat little package. (And it’s not self hosted this time)

The link to the new blog is Whispers from the Holler, it will resemble THB in that I will be posting about growing up in the mountains, hills, and hollers of the Appalachian Mountains and in this little coal town I live in.

I’ve really just started it so there are only a few posts on there right now, I’m still settling in as it were, gettin’ things fixed up. I’m not in no big hurry and I will only be posting when something inspires me to do so. Something like a memory or a person I once knew or perhaps a place or places I frequented growing up.

Some stories you may have already read, or parts may be familiar to you if you’ve followed along with THB, mainly because some stories will be the same, just written differently and with a somewhat different perspective. As I said, a lot has happened since my last real post here.

And also like I mentioned, I would love to see all my friends and followers from here at THB over on Whispers from the Holler. If you liked the stories here, I’m pretty sure you’re gonna love the new one.

So check it out, follow along, spread the word and I hope to see a lot a familiar faces and names soon. If you choose not to just let me say that it has been a real priviledge knowing you, writing for you and sharing bits and parts of my life with you.

I will be following the your blogs from Whispers from the Holler from THB, so be on the look out for a new follower soon.

Again, thank you and I hope to see you soon!



People Are Addicted To Food

This blog just turned into a toddler, yep, that’s right. The Hillbilly Blogger is two years old as of yesterday, and what a journey it has been.

What does that have to do with the title of this post? Well, I’m gonna tell ya.

During these last two years, since I opened this blog, I have created somewhere around 20 other blogs, most were all on different topics and all but two of them failed miserably.

Of those two, both were recipe blogs, one made what I consider a hit. And that’s what this post is about.

For some reason, a recipe or food blog is extremely popular among the masses, especially if you promote it correctly. My very first recipe blog is about 4 years old now but I don’t administer it anymore, but it still get upwards of 30-40 hits a day. I know that’s not a lot compared to, say, A Good Blog Is Hard To Find, but to me, it’s pretty impressive.

Of the newer recipe blogs, the two I mentioned earlier, the one that has performed the best gets 10-20 views a day.

Compare those with this blog, which I’m lucky to get 10 views a week on, and I have to sit and ask myself why I don’t keep up the recipe blogs more? It’s a no-brainer really because people are addicted to food and a large portion of the online population is out there looking and searching for recipes.

One of the issues I have with the recipe blogs is the fact that, although they are getting a lot of views, there is no feedback, other than complaints and a few questions about measurements or substituting one thing for another.

I like interaction, I like it when someone reads one of my posts and responds to it, even with negativity. I don’t have a social life in the real world due to the situation with mom, so I crave social interaction here.

Maybe if I posted more often and followed more blogs, instead of going off half-cocked and creating a new, and fairly useless blog, I would get more readers, followers, and interaction. Perhaps taking the newest recipe blog and giving it a facelift, do some house cleaning, and giving it more attention, I might get more interaction if I do it right.

After all, like I said earlier, People Are Addicted To Food.

Blogger Must Haves

Are you a blogger like me? Do you spend time sitting in front of your computer, trying to put into words what you have on your heart and mind? If you answered yes, then here is a wonderful article on tools you will need to be a successful blog writer.

On my recipe blog, the one that I got over 100,000 hits in 6 months, I used several of these tools and this article hadn’t even been written yet. For instance, MailChimp, the free newsletter site that lets you have a free account for up to 2,000 email recipients, is essential if you wanna reach your audience.

Another great tool is Evernote. You can load an extension in Chrome and its as simple as cut and paste. I recommend it to any serious blogger.

There are many more in the article. You don’t have to use all of them but the majority is a must. Just go here to read the article. You won’t be sorry that you did.

Thanks for reading.


PUBLISHED: March 25, 2014

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