Today I’m welcoming Jeffrey Scott to Write with Fey. He’s telling us about his R.A.N.T. feature and Titanic. Sit back and hang out with us for a while. :)
1. What is your blog feature R.A.N.T.? How did it start and how can people join in on the fun?
R.A.N.T. (Rage Against Nothing, Typically) was started in 2004. I maintained my own website and for a few weeks, tried something new. I would rant about something in my forum and asked who else felt the same. With little to no replies, I gave up. Fast forward to 2005 when I messed with Myspace. It had a blogging feature which I toyed with briefly and did a few rant style short posts. This (in a way) drew me to the blogging world. In 2008, I finally did so. I began with the rant feature once more, but I started blogging so much about other things, it fell by the wayside. I was also writing Doctor Who and Biggest Loser episode reviews.
Finally, in 2012 I broke my blog into three separate entities and I once more picked up the rant feature. Unlike the first few attempts, this one stuck and I’ve been continuing my r.a.n.t. feature to this day. For the time being, it’s a monthly feature rather than weekly, but I welcome any who wish to participate in one or more months to follow along. I rant on the second Monday of the month. I try to keep my ranting lighthearted and whimsical if possible. Full details can be found on my blog under the R.a.n.t. tab, along with my archive of past rants. i.e. (Super Bowl commercials, TV shows jumping the shark, Stores selling ground coffee).
2. I participated this past Monday. :) What was your very first blog post?
Armadillo Walkers – It was a rant about people who walk into the street as you are driving past them.
3. You’ve visited the Titanic Experience in Belfast and blogged about your experience. Tell us about your fascination with this fated ship.
I’ve always loved learning about histories tragic events. None have fascinated me more than the Titanic. I could, and have, spent hours researching. I’m not sure why exactly. Perhaps because I think the majority of the suffering could have been avoided and I wonder how I would have reacted in the same situation. The stories of how different ones survived or perished in the experience are fascinating. Would I have been one to play an instrument as the ship sank or would I be first in line for a lifeboat? Knowing most lifeboats departed without being filled to capacity still amazes me to this day. When I was 13, I wrote a short story called The Titanic 2, it also sank, but because of an alien invasion.
4. An alien invasion sank the Titanic? Nice! You’re a member of Battle of the Bands and always have interesting matchups. Which of your battles has received the most feedback?
My battles have been a mix of just about every genre; jazz, reggae, country, top 40, 80’s, and such. However, the one most viewed and has received the most comments was one I did on early morning super hero cartoon shows of my youth.
5. What are the top 5 most-viewed posts on your blog?
My evening with Diana Krall – Concert photos.
Early in my blogs history, I was doing CD reviews.
One of a few poems I wrote about an unrequited love.
Selected photos from my solo European vacation.
Another in my series of CD reviews.
6. Share your number one tip to bloggers just starting out.
Advertise, advertise, advertise. If you are looking for readers and want a successful blog, you need to reach out to others and let them know your blog is active. This means you need to visit other blogs, reply to comments and get involved in the blogging community. Blog hops are a great way to meet new bloggers. You are also going to need patience. Nothing happens overnight. When I first started blogging, I received little to no traffic. Only after a joined a few blog hops and became a regular reader and commenter to other blogs did I start seeing traffic.
1. Favorite time to post blogs? Early morning.
2. Blogger or Wordpress? Blogger
3. Do you host guests? Yes
4. Where are you when you’re blogging? Airport, coffee shop or recliner at home.
Jeffrey Scott has lived in Milwaukee Wisconsin his entire life. He is divorced with two children, both of whom have already moved out. This leaves much time to pursue his interests which include writing, photography, music, travel, poetry and comedy. His dominant interest is writing. Besides blogging, Jeff has kept a personal journal since 1984.
In High School, Jeffrey wrote a YA series of eight short stories that he passed around to his friends. Though they all seemed to enjoy reading it, he never sought out the possibility of having it published. Now, nearly 30 years later, Jeffrey has returned to the series to update, drastically rewrite and possibly have it published.
Twitter: Twitter: @Jeffrey__Scott
Note: That is 2 underscores not one.
Thank you for chatting with me, Jeffrey!
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