100 Stories about Aliens and UFOs
Today's blog article is my 100th. The number 100 is mainly significant because we have ten fingers which gives us a base 10 number system. If we were all born with eight fingers instead of ten I would have reached 100 posts several months ago. Here is a cool number base converter tool for doing the conversion. But in most people's minds doing 100 of anything is an achievement. I am patting myself on the back as I type this - figuratively, of course. I do not have three hands.
100 articles and over 4000 page views about Alien Philosophy and UFO Culture. And you may ask yourself, well, how did I get here? Here is what I will write about on this momentous today:
- The short history of this blog
- The daily blog writing routine
- Where the blog is going
The Short History of This Blog
I have been re-reading each post, over the past week, because I learned that I should be doing certain types of Search Engine Optimization on each page, not just on the site as a whole. It was fun to go back through and see some of the ideas I brought forward to people. Most of the first ten stories were about why I decided to do this and the efforts I was making to put together a UFO podcast. The podcast sort of fizzled out for a few reasons. At the time I was teaching five college course in addition to running my business. It was just too time consuming. I also felt like I lacked the production tools to do it right. Maybe that is because I worked in radio, back in the 1990's, and I am too much of a perfectionist when it comes to quality audio production. I have a few friends who do podcasts and the production quality is not great. But they keep doing it because they are having fun. Maybe I should give it a shot.
I also expected that my podcasts would be about UFO sightings and I would interview people who had their own Sighting Stories. I wanted others like me to have the opportunity to get the word out, anonymously if they needed to. But then this blog began to take on a life of its own. I started to build a steady and loyal following. People wanted to read more.
One of the first break-out stories was Some UFO Psychology. To date, it is still one of my highest ranking articles. When I first posted it, though, it was not well received. A friend of mine told me I was going in the wrong direction, that nobody wanted to read about stuff like that. I value the feedback I get from my readers, especially those whom I know personally, but sometimes you just have to go with your gut. Plus, I saw the response the story got in the number of hits it received. It seemed like I was on to something.
It was the alien Columbus Day story that really set the tone of the blog, though. I wrote about what it would be like if someone like Christopher Columbus "Discovered" Earth and brought a wave of conquerors to our planet. That too was well-received which told me I should do more of that. This was my niche, philosophizing about aliens. I know I am not the first to do it. Sometimes after I have posted an article I will discover that others have written about some of the ideas I come up with on my own. But I have been having fun writing and my readers seem to have enjoyed it, so that was the direction I headed in.
Blog Writing Routine
Where do you find the time to write a blog? That is just it. You need to find time. Think about all the time you spend doing things that are not productive. You may spend hours looking at your phone at night or binge-watching TV shows that you forget about a few days later. I enjoy writing. It is what I want to do to pass the time. But writing is much more mentally taxing than looking at my phone, which I also enjoy. Some people are able to sit down at 10:00 at night and do what they need to do. Not me. At 10:00 I am fighting the Zzz Monster, trying to keep my eyes open. But at 5:00 in the morning, my eyes pop open and I bound out of bed, like I am spring-loaded.
I am a morning person. I love the quiet, alone time, one to two hours before anyone else gets up. That is my time. I cherish it. I get up, turn on the coffee maker, take my vitamins and medication, put on a sweater, and sit down at my desk with a cup of hot coffee. I then immediately begin writing. It just pours out of me. If nothing else happened all day, that would be a perfect day for me. That never happens, of course. I have a business to run. I have to get the kids ready for school and get them on the bus. I have a million things to do. But those first 90 minutes of the day are the best part of the day. That is where I have found the time to do this.
Once the blog is posted and the Tweets are Tweeted and the Facebook is um... Faceded, I forget about blogging and do all the myriad other things I need to do. It is a busy day, each day. The word "done" is not in my vocabulary. There is always more to do. That was what made my recovery from the cancer surgery so hard for me. It was not the pain or the difficulty in doing regular activities of daily life. It was the fact that I feel compelled to always be productive and I was not able to. But I believe this is also what made the recovery so short. I refused to sit still. I paid for it. I often felt like I had been punched in the stomach, after doing too much. But fortunately, the seams on my wounds held tight and they healed and here I am today, back at nearly 100%, and in the routine I had two months ago.
Are we there yet?
Where is this blog going? Last week I put up a poll on Twitter, asking people to vote on where they would like to see this blog go. There is some interest in seeing more current events about UFOs but overall most people responded positively to all the topics I am writing about.
The poll is closed and has been removed from Twitter so if you missed it you can reach out to me directly and let me know what you think.
I have a list of about ninety topics I want to blog about. That should keep me busy for another six months. It looks like about half of the topics are Alien Philosophy, a quarter are UFO Culture, and the rest is a mix of things including additional details of my own sighting and issues tangential to that.
I also have renewed interest in doing the podcast and maybe a YouTube channel. I was already thinking about it when a friend (whom I did not know read the blog) texted me suggesting I should do just that. Perhaps this is the week. Yes?
I am thinking now that this podcast/YouTube show should be a weekly Alien/UFO Digest. It could be something which includes a little of everything I write about, in addition to a collection of interesting stories. I just did a quick search and found the only websites that are similar to that are rife with conspiracy theories and fake news. I could not find any current YouTube sites. Maybe the time has come.
Thank you, everyone who has been following this blog, for all the support over the past six months. I have received many accolades and always appreciate hearing from people. I look forward to the next six months and beyond.
As always, keep an eye on the sky.
If you have seen an alien spaceship or any type of unidentified flying object (UFO) contact me using the Contact form on this page or call me at 401-315-9102 between 6:00am and 7:00am Eastern USA (New York) time, any weekday.
You may remain anonymous if you want. I will not ridicule you or try to tell you why you are wrong. I get it, I saw one too.
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