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WQ #2 January 11: PIQUES INTEREST

“I really do think inspiration comes from day-to-day life. I think there’s things that pique our interest – not necessarily aha! moments – but things that just kinda make you raise your eyebrows. And those are often the moments that are the seeds of inspiration. Sometimes they’re in a great conversation with friends, sometimes they’re things you see live, something you read, a movie trailer you watch… I think inspiration is kind of laid out there. One thing we have to practice is recognizing when it happens, and recording that moment so we can come back to it.”

~ Phil Kay
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How to Pique Someone’s Interest in Your Blog

Less is more

Many of us spent time during the holidays and even the month of January changing up our blogs. Terri had a quick recommendation in her Sunday Stills post about resizing and deleting pictures to save blog space. Piqued, I spent a good part of the day on Monday looking at pictures in recent posts that I thought had been resized in Lightroom. I revised and added alt texts to them in WP. The biggest improvement – one picture went from 3 MG to 100 KB.

“Good profiles mentioned characteristics that would probably be true for all of us, such as: “I want someone who will make me laugh.” About Me sections with fewer than a hundred words tend to be clearly popular. Short profiles that express just enough information to pique someone’s interest work best.”

~ Amy Webb

I love the tip of shorter profiles and picking characteristics to share that would “probably be true for all of us.”

Write Titles Using Unwonted Words

“With the words, a lot of things start with questions. Some word kind of piques my interest, and I love the way it sounds, but I really don’t know what it means. And I honestly don’t care for a while.”

~ Andrew Bird

While we might not have time to look up synonyms for every average word in our post, we can pick one piqued word for our title. I like the word wont because it doesn’t mean what it looks or sounds like it should mean.

Create controversy

“If someone starts agreeing with me, I don’t like it. Out of pique, I become something else.”

~ Alexei Sayle.

I like people agreeing with me, so I’m not good at using this technique. It’s also great for titles. I spend more time commenting on a post that makes me think rather than simply telling me something. (That is unless a sentence, story, or poem they wrote piques my interest.)

An everyday moment that raised my eyebrows.

“I really do think inspiration comes from day-to-day life. I think there’s things that pique our interest – not necessarily aha! moments – but things that just kinda make you raise your eyebrows. And those are often the moments that are the seeds of inspiration. Sometimes they’re in a great conversation with friends, sometimes they’re things you see live, something you read, a movie trailer you watch… I think inspiration is kind of laid out there. One thing we have to practice is recognizing when it happens, and recording that moment so we can come back to it.”

~ Phil Kay

The first quote bears repeating because “day-to-day life” is the key to finding compelling pictures. It is not necessarily great processing that makes a good picture. My husband walked by my computer as I inserted the second picture.

“That’s a good picture,” came the rare compliment.

YAY! SCORE!

man trying to pique puppy's interest in a ball
Toby’s dad trying to pique his interest in a red ball.
puppy playing with red ball
It worked.
…for a while.

Piqued interest may not last long as demonstrated by Toby. Or it might be the start of something wonderful, as in the case of all of us blogging.

Sometimes Longer is Okay

The first quote inspired this poem. It is not only a Senryu poem but a Found one as well since some of the words of the poem came directly from the quote. A Senryu is a syllabic poem dealing with the human condition.

Random acts
Beyond aha - pique
Raise eyebrows

Make us laugh
Conversations seed
Brilliant thoughts

Daily acts
A couple dancing
In the street

Heart wrenching
Heroine who dies
Saving her love

Inspiration
Record the moment
Don't lose it!

©Marsha Ingrao
2023 Senryu Sequence

Now it’s your turn.

Are you revising your blog, starting a new hobby, spotting the perfect picture, looking for a new mate, or looking for a good book to read? Create (or find) a post on your blog that piques your interest and link it here in the comment section. Or talk to us (my WQ readers and me) in the comment section.

Upcoming and Ongoing on Always Write

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  • WQ #3 January 18: BELLY LAUGH/WHITE OR GRAY COLOR CHALLENGE ALIGNED WITH AN UPCOMING SUNDAY STILLS
  • WQ #4: January 25: ENVELOPED/WRITER’S CHOICE/DOUBLE DIP CHALLENGES/
Happy Quoting!

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  1. I have a bit of a block with my blog at the moment. I’ve been busy publishing my novel and the blog got pushed aside. But after the launch next week, I’m hoping to get back on it. I miss the regular interaction with all my blogging buddies.
    Christmas time always muddles my writing routine though. I always feel quite unfocused during the month of January. (I just chickened out of using the word ‘discombobulated’.)
    I’ll use it some day! 🤣

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      • Hi Marsha. The launch will take place in my hometown, which is where my story is set. It will be in the old courthouse. Our library when I was a child was in a small room in the courthouse so I have lots of nice memories of the place.
        Some of us will dress up 50’s/60’s fashion to keep in theme with the book. Afterwards, we will party in a local pub and a two-man band will play traditional Irish music. We will serve sandwiches and sweet treats, made by friends and family, just like back in the old days! Everyone is really looking forward to it.

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        • How fun! What a great idea. That’s what I should have done with my book about Woodlake, or something like that. People would have loved it. I can’t wait to read your book!

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  2. I’m sure my blog could use some refreshment, but I seem to lack motivation. I like my format. What I lack is inspiration. I’m not (finally) schedules for two iron transfusions next week and the week after. Let’s see if getting my anemia under control gives me back some of the energy I seem to be missing. This lack of energy may not be mental. It might actually be physical.

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    • Marilyn, if your blog functions, don’t worry about it. You have plenty on your plate, right. Besides, if you are chatting with the people you enjoy, what more do you need? It can get onerous to do blog cleanup. My friend Janet ordered premium to get more space on her blog rather than to spend time cleaning up pictures. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!!!! Lots of love and best wishes getting you anemia under control.

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      • Thanks! I’m not paying anything more to WP. I’ve paid them a LOT over the years for which their gratitude knows no bounds (not). And you are right. My plate is VERY full right now. I’ve got so many doctor (and a few dentist) appointments, there’s little time for anything else. I need to get my physical self in better order. Right now, I’m not even thinking straight. I was told that I’m really (no kidding) not getting enough oxygen, so I’m “dull.” I’m not thrilled about these infusions. I have no decent sized veins, so it’s going to get ugly. But on the other hand, if I don’t do something, I’m going to gradually fade away. A stupid thing given this stuff is actually treatable. My not wanting to deal with it isn’t a viable answer, even though I just want to wake up when it’s all over. Oh well. Life is what it is.

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    • Someone said our house smelled musty. We were piqued and our interest was piqued. What could they be smelling. The AZ high desert is anything but damp smelling. LOL Try as we might, we couldn’t smell anything musty after their visit. They must have taken it back with them. They didn’t buy our house.

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  3. A great example of a post that piques our interest, Marsha! For many, the New Year invites us to try or learn something new. I had jumped the gun with my Sunday Stills Plunge post with your theme this week, so I remedied that just now. I also love that quote by Paul Kay–it demonstrates how we never know when inspiration will strike! I’m glad Vince recognizes your efforts, I know Hans rarely does :/

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  4. This might be one of my favorite posts of yours. Give me a lot to think about and I especially like that Kay quote. I like that “pique” can have two very different meanings. Yes, I’m a word geek. I want to resize my blog photos too, one of an ever-growing list of things I want to do. And then there’s the need-to-do list.

    I try to pique people’s interest in everyday things with my photos by making them appear not to be everyday things. I believe there’s a lot of beauty that gets overlooked every single day because we’re too busy or we’re driving and we can’t take time to see things or walking and we’re on our phones or something like that.

    Anyway, you piqued my interest with this post. Lol. See you later.

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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