5 Unconventional Ways to Promote Your Blog

This is a different take on the usual blog advice. Very helpful and insightful.

The Art of Blogging

If you are trying to reach more readers, chances are you’re already familiar with search engine optimization (SEO) and building a presence on different social media networks.

There is nothing wrong with those methods, and you should probably give them a try, but if you have already exhausted all the common methods of promoting your blog, then here are 5 unconventional methods that will get you more readers.

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baleenIf you do not have teeth and you need to eat tons of food each day, how do you get your food?  If you are a whale, you may use baleen to filter the small plankton, shrimp and fish that flow into your mouth, along with the sea water.  The sea water flows out through the gaps in your baleen while the food gets trapped within the baleen.  One flick of your enormous tongue gathers up the trapped food and transfers it into your throat.

Although I knew about baleen from volunteering at the

Tide pool table
Note the California Grey Whale in the bin on the left hand side.  Grey Whales are also baleen  whales.

Tidepool Information Table at Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego, I learned even more during a recent dolphin watch adventure at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach.  Between April and September, the Atlantic Explorer takes guests out of Owl Creek, through Rudy Inlet into the Atlantic Ocean for a 90 minute trip to see juvenile Humpback Whales, Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins, perhaps some sea turtles and maybe some rays.


DSG_9828 Lady in krill costume in blue whale jaw

I knew that baleen was made from keraton, the same material that makes up your fingernails and hair.  (It look sort of like the bristles in a push broom.)  What I did not know was how the whale got the left-behind seafood from  its baleen into its gullet.  I also did not know that the Humpback Whale  (49-52 foot female  or the 43-46 foot male) had a throat the size of a grapefruit.

From Wikiepedia

Depending on the species, a baleen plate can be 0.5 to 3.5 m (1.6 to 11.5 ft) long, and weigh up to 90 kg (200 lb). Its hairy fringes are called baleen hair or whalebone-hair. They are also called baleen bristles, which in sei whales are highly calcified, with calcification functioning to increase their stiffness.[1][2] Baleen plates are broader at the gumline (base). The plates have been compared to sieves or Venetian blinds

humpback whale

May Days to Celebrate

Screenshot_2019-04-22 Asian Pacific American Heritage MonthMay is Asian/Pacific-American Heritage month.   From the Asian Pacific Heritage Month about

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

Like most commemorative months, Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month originated with Congress

Choose Privacy Week is May 1-7. Why privacy? “Because the freedom to read and receive ideas anonymously is at the heart of individual liberty in a democracy.  Librarians defend that freedom every day.” from the ALA Choose Privacy Every Day

chose privacy week

May 1 is Mother Goose Day. Mother Goose Day was founded in 1987 by Gloria T. Delamarmother goose in tandem with the publication of her book, Mother Goose; From Nursery to Literature.
To learn more tips on how to enjoy Mother Goose Day, click here.

How did you do with this Mother Goose quiz?  I got 9 out of 10 correct.

May 4 is Star Wars Day.  It stems from the “May the Force be with you” so “May the Forth be with you.” Celebrate a galaxy far, far away.

National Pet Week is May 5-11.  National Pet Month is a celebration of the benefits that pets bring to people’s lives – and vice versa. It is observed annually in the United States in May and during the month of April in the United Kingdom.

From the American Veteranarium Medical Association Website.

A survey conducted by the AVMA every five years reveals that the top 10 pet-owning states are: Wyoming where 72 percent of households owned a pet; West Virginia with 71 percent; Nebraska, Vermont, and Idaho with 70 percent; Indiana and Arkansas with 69 percent; and Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Colorado with 65 percent.

The 10 states with the lowest percentage of pet-owning households are: Rhode Island where only 45 percent of households owned a pet; South Dakota with 46 percent; New Jersey with 47 percent; Maryland, Illinois, and Massachusetts with 49 percent; New York and Connecticut with 50 percent; Georgia with 51 percent; and New Hampshire with 52 percent.

What Do I want in 2020?


What do I want in 2020?

Take a seat, ’cause I want plenty.

More inclusiveness all around

Less bite when making sound.

More humility and less conceit,

A bit of truth would be quite sweet.

Even making more frenemies

Is better than making more enemies.

Kinder, gentler, more points of light

Instead of perceiving every slight,

Especially when it’s  unintended.

Retaliation can’t be rescinded.

SS Jeremiah O’Brien


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Currently docked at Pier 45 in San Francisco

Dedicated to my father and the other civilians who sailed in these (mostly) unarmed merchants ships during WWII

  Living symbol of the Arsenal of Democracy

Built in 56 days.

Launched in 1943.

One of three remaining Liberty Ships

Out of the 2,170 built during the war.

A rare survivor of the D-Day armada,

Operation Overlord.

After D-Day, transferred to the Pacific Theater

Outlasting most of the people who built her

The crew who served on her

The enemy who tried to sink her.

Mothballed in 1946.

Restored as  museum ship in 1979.

 Returning to Normandy

for the D-Day 50th anniversary.

Still serving in 2019.

Facts from Wikipedia