Posted on April 7, 2013 by pittsburghflashfictiongazette
Gold-toned Ben Wa balls. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
He gave me ben-wa balls for Christmas
encased in a black velvet box.
It might have been a wedding ring
but I knew right away that it wasn’t.
Lifeless globes of icy brass
throbbed hot and molten inside.
Their transformation, temporary,
Reminded me of him.
He gave me ben-wall balls for Christmas.
He must have known I was planning to leave.
He joked that they might replace him one day
and shortly thereafter they did.
*Japanese masturbation equipment for women
Marcy Sheiner has written five novels, ghost written eight full-length works of non-fiction and one ebook, and edited a dozen anthologies of women’s erotica. She maintains tow blogs: DIRTY LAUNDRY at http://www.marcys.wordpress.com and BOOKBUSTER at http://ww.marcysbookbuster.wordpress.com. She is available for ghostwriting, editing and other jobs pertaining to the written word and the business of publishing.
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Posted on September 16, 2012 by pittsburghflashfictiongazette
Woman As Art
The Old Soldier has had several blogs in the past 10 years. The Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette is by far the most successful one of those blogs. The other blogs are now deceased.
Now I know that everyone with a blog may not be concerned about traffic. If the blog gets a few hits here and there that’s just fine. I’m speaking to bloggers who want to get as much traffic as possible.
In January of 2012 this blog got around 5,000 hits. In August of 2012 this blog got over 19,000 hits. My long-term goal is for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette to get at least 30,000 hits every month.
I am in no way a big-time blogger, but I can tell you what I’ve found out about increasing the traffic to this blog.
- Don’t blog for yourself. Blog for your readers.
- Pick a subject that you are or can become an authority on and that you are passionate about and blog about that.
- Blog often. Every day is the best.
- Post content that offers real, practical solutions that your readers can actually use to solve problems that they have or that will benefit them in some way. These solutions will deal with the subject that you blog about which is the reason your core audience comes to your blog in the first place.
- Although you can change-up and blog about different things to add spice to your content never forget what the focus of your blog is. Your core subject should always be your focus.
- Build links within your blog and external links back to your blog, too.
- Your blog has to be unique in some way that distinguishes it from all the other blogs in your niche.
- Have an immediate goal, a mid-term goal and a long-term goal for your blog.
- Building a blog that gets hundreds of hits a day is a long-term commitment. This blog averages at least 600 hits every day. This accomplishment took four years.
- Don’t think of yourself as just a blogger. Think of yourself as an online publisher.
- Check out the more successful bloggers in your niche and learn from them.
- Don’t try to write all the content yourself.
Two women knitters with blogs, holding up their knitting. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This list is just to point you in the right direction. Run your blog just like a business. And you will see your readership grow. Whatever your subject of interest is, you can be sure there is an audience on the Internet who share your passion. They are waiting for you.
This is the Old Soldier blogging out of Pittsburgh.
PS These tips are for blogs that have URLs that end in .com. If your blog does not end in .com and you are serious about blogging you should think about upgrading your blog so that the URL ends in .com.
In other words you do not want your URL to look like http://myblog.wordpress.com. You want it to look like http://myblog.com.
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Posted on October 15, 2011 by pittsburghflashfictiongazette
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One may ask what the “Mayday Malone Principle” is? Sam Malone was a bartender on the NBC hit series Cheers back in the 80s and early 90s. “Mayday” was the nickname given to him in his so-called Major League Baseball playing days. “Mayday” was a smooth ladies man who never seemed to be short on dates. Beautiful and the not so beautiful would flock to him. Was it because of his so-called career in baseball or was it because he owned a bar?
Bar owners have a certain mystique that surrounds them. Most everyone who comes into a bar judges the place and critiques the owner. Why does he sell these drafts? Who picked the color scheme? Why did he lay out the bar in this fashion? Etc…Women tend to be a bit more judgmental than men. Why, I have no idea why but when I go to bars I analyze the layout and theme myself. I guess it’s human nature to do so.
Back to the “Mayday Malone Principle”. For some strange reason there is a certain type of woman who finds bar owners very intriguing. These women come in all shapes and sizes both young and old and also from all classes of society. The women know what they want and go out of their way to flirt and pursue bar owners. Whether the owner is married or single, the women have one thing in mind. How am I going to get the owner in bed? The lengths that some of these women would go to are incredible. They range from bringing home cooked meals to actually flashing owners and groping them. Personal experiences with me are and were women walking into the men’s room while I was going to the bathroom, wandering into my office in the basement, walking into my kitchen flashing me and the ever so clever just grabbing my crotch and telling me at the bar that they would like to screw my brains out.
All encounters start with harmless flirtation on both the owner’s and customer’s part. More often than not it leads to a sexual encounter. It’s scary for an ordinary looking guy such as myself having this occur to me. At first it was a little scary and then it became common place and now it’s a pain-in-the-ass. In the first year of owning my little dive bar I went through over 40 women. A lot of them knew each other, a lot of them were friends. I found out that they would talk to each other about their encounters with me. The more I tried to end the “Mayday Malone Principle” the harder the women tried. I found out that not paying attention to them fueled the fire inside of them more and more. The more I resisted the crazier they got. My second year I slept with over 60 women. I could have slept with a bunch more but I couldn’t stand it anymore. I was tired of living this lifestyle, the thrill wasn’t worth the new-found headaches that it caused. It’s also not good for business, lesson learned.
With the Old Soldier’s permission, I shall submit one new encounter every month starting with the soon to be written “Stripper’s, Booze and Tap Handles” a dive bar owner’s tale……..
The author is a shot and beer small Tavern owner. He has been in business for over 14 years at the same location. He is middle-aged but lives life like a 22-year-old.
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