New Year: Blogging thoughts

I really think these words are of great value for anyone starting off blogging. I myself have only a small number of readers but I am happy any time I can connect with them. I’d personally have a small but interested blog follower group than just ones who like everything without reading. It’s not that I mind the likes, it’s just not my reason for blogging if that makes sense. But anyway, definitely read through this post. It’s immense!

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I suspect that many people will be thinking of starting a blog as a new year project. There may also be many who might be considering giving up on blogging too. In the summer of this year, I will have been blogging for five years. My blog is just an average thing, something I do for my own pleasure and amusement. It does not attract daily views of 1,000+, and cannot boast a following approaching 500,000, like so many of the busy blogs out there. However, it is enough for me, and I have some thoughts and tips for anyone embarking on a blog in 2017.

Don’t blog just to make money. It rarely happens.

Don’t be attracted by SEO bloggers, or Spam bloggers promising to increase traffic on your site.

Write about things you are interested in, not what you think others will like.

Keep it personal, and only…

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Getting into the Christmas Spirit

Wow it’s the most wonderful time of the yearrrrrr! Ho Ho Ho! Yep it’s me. Jolly old David (well not really that old) and I am spreading the Christmas cheer. Seriously, I am really ready for Christmas now. I can’t emphasise how crappy a year this year has been so actually having something fun to celebrate is going to be a life saver.

I mean seriously, this year has been AWFUL. I have been ill for the whole year (again), and there has been no light at the end of the tunnel. My uncle, who I was so incredibly close to, passed away after a long battle with cancer. This man, gosh, he was just amazing. He was brave; he was a fighter. He was so inspirational. And to think that he is no longer with us is just the most painful thing I have experienced in a long long time.

If that wasn’t all, my brother and father have both been in hospital and my Mum has battled along through all of it. She’s also so strong and an unbelievable trooper. She’d do anything for the family. In fact, both my parents would and they are such amazing parents and people. So it’s been hard seeing them suffer with their ailments in addition to the tragedy my family has had to bear with this year.

And then, I have been single for a LONG time.  Dating is a nightmare. I tried online dating but that was not a good experience. I never knew so many people were so vain and superficial. That or I am just incredibly boring and ugly. I don’t think that’s the case. at least I think it’s not.

So with all the bad stuff that has happened this year, it’s time for us to have a break from it all and I fully intend this Christmas to be as amazing as possible. I only have a few days left now before the end of my working year (7 I think) and then I am free to relax, be merry, drink copious amounts of alcohol and eat lots of good food and watch many a good movie. I intend to also do everything I can to ensure that my family have the best time. I have already sorted their presents out and I’m so excited to give them. I really hope they like them. And I am doing everything I can in the interim to reign in my OCD and depression for the holidays. Now I know that it isn’t something that you can just switch off but I am going to fight it for all its worth to make sure I can be there for everyone.  I also intend to make contact with all of my old university friends and non-immediate family. At a time like this, it’s important for us to remember who we care about and I intend to let everyone know that I am thinking of them. And for the time being, well let’s just say that I am watching every Christmas movie I can get my hands on. Today I watched “White Christmas” with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. The old movies are pretty great. I love Christmas films with snow!

But let’s hope that we all can have an incredibly last stint before a fantastic new year. I for one hope it brings some positivity and change and the best of health for everyone I know, including all of you fine people. If an attractive woman turns up my way as well….well, I wouldn’t say no!

Looking forward to sharing these next few weeks with you folks!

David

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The dark side of the internet: the rise of sextortion

I don’t know how many of you follow the news but over here in the United Kingdom, we have been witnessing a rise in an online sex blackmailing scam known by the police and media as sextortion
Victims are being lured into exposing themselves or committing sex acts online by pretty young women after accepting their friendship requests on social networking sites.

They then face payment demands of hundreds of pounds – or threats that recordings of their behaviour will be sent to work colleagues, family and friends whose contact details they have unwittingly given access to. The scams, which have been on the rise for the past 18 months, has led to tragedy with as many as four men having recently committed suicide because of the threats. At least two of the suicides were kids of no more than 17 years old. 

Martin Hewitt, of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said: “We started to see it emerging about 18 months ago.

“Last year we had about 300 offences recorded in the UK and we’re now this year over 900, and I suspect there’s a significant number that don’t get reported because the crime is preying on people’s embarrassment and their humiliation of being caught out doing something like this.”
Schoolboy Ronan Hughes, 17, was tricked into sending intimate photographs of himself, then faced a demand for £3,000 to avoid exposure.

He killed himself even though he had revealed the threat to his parents and police in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

Daniel Perry, from Dunfermline, also 17, took his own life after threats to reveal his compromising online conversations.

Organised crime groups in the Philippines, Morocco and Ivory Coast were discovered running many of the sextortion scams, some using British girls.

Most of the UK victims are men aged 18-24, the eldest was 82 and the youngest 14. Some women have also been targeted.
Police have issued advice to victims, urging them not to pay or panic, but to shut down their social media accounts and report what has happened. Senior officers insisted they will investigate and will not judge victims’ behaviour. The fear at the moment is that people are not reporting these crimes because of the fear of embarrassment but it is important you act. The internet is what it is. It can be a great place to network with other people from all around the world. It is a great place to share experiences and be all the best things humans can be. But there are also some very devious people out there. So make sure you act safe and think about what you share. Maybe I’m old fashioned but perhaps it would be better to save the nakedness for people you know and meet in person.