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Blog-It-Out, Blog for You

So, you have been given a mandate to write and post a blog once a week. But, you are not blogging.

You are not getting paid to blog. You are not expecting many readers will read your blogs. You are continually asking yourself why should I blog? What useful purpose does blogging serve? Even your friends and family rarely read your blogs. You receive few comments.

But the mandate remains so you must deal with this, one way or another.

Write one last blog and declare that you are not going to continue your blog. Accept the consequences. Take control. Problem solved!

Or, disregard all the reasons not to blog and focus on a few good reasons that support blogging.

Periodic blogging helps a writer develop the writing habit. One periodic writing habit will lay the foundation for writing largerĀ  projects.

Blogging can be the repository for your praises and your rants. Blog-it-out through the process of writing.

Blogging provides writers with a forgiving platform for experimentation.

Blogging provides a opportunity for the mini-reports. Each week you encounter numerous small questions. What is that word? How did that idea originate? What is that thing? Who was that person? How does that process work? Blog-it-out.

Blog for you.

Pick a day and time for writing that weekly blog. Enter it on your schedule and put it on your calendar. Use green ink, not red ink. Your laundry gets done each week and your teeth gets brushed each day. Your blog will get written and posted each week.

You certainly carry a reporter’s note book. In the back where you list your story ideas make a page for blog ideas. All you need is one idea per week, per blog.

Place a green note ‘WATCH FOR BLOG IDEAS’ in your daily schedule . Enter this into your schedule for each day of the coming week after you complete your blog each week.

After posting your weekly blog do something (else) that is fun.

Blog-it-out, blog for you.


Blogging on Amtrak – Photography, Engine of Perspective

When taking photographs it is important for the photographer to establish dimensional perspective of the subject.

Take a look at this model steam engine.

Steam Locomotive

Steam Locomotive

Oh, really?

The humans in the foreground of the photograph accentuates the enormity of the steam locomotive that sits on display at the train station in Havre, Montana.

Steam Locomotive 2584

Steam Locomotive 2584

Locomotive number 2584 was acquired in 1930 by the Great Northern Railroad from the Baldwin Locomotive Works for service on the Empire Builder Line running between Chicago and Seattle.

The president of Baldwin, Samuel Vauclain, claimed this was the most powerful steam locomotive built at the time. It was operated for passenger service up to 1947 then pulled freight until retired in 1955.

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Blogging on Amtrak – Montana

Traveling east on Amtrak from Spokane to Kalamazoo we are rolling through the mountain country of western Montana. I took this picture just west of the small community of East Glacier at about 5,700 feet altitude.

Near East Glacier, Montana

Mountain near East Glacier, Montana

The train has three sleeper cars, five coach cars, cafe car, dining car, baggage car and diesel-electric engine with 8,000 horsepower. The big gripe from most of the passengers is a lack of AC outlets.

My biggest complaints are the continuous waft of one unpleasant odor that smells like soap and the constant sound of blowing air from the air conditioning. The conductors and attendants are friendly, helpful and attentive.

The people using Verizon have connection nearly all the time. My Sprint drops in and out but it provides more coverage than I expected.

Now we are entering the western plains of Montana with brown, low rolling hills. Temperature is in the upper 40s with low overcast.

Plains of western Montana

Rolling plains of western Montana

From time-to-time we stop at a siding to let freight trains roll past. Freight pays more the passengers and the freight trains are too long to fit on a siding.

The pictures are being taken with a Fuji FinePix S700 digital camera.

I upload the photos using a USB cable to my laptop and resize the images for the web from 200 to 300 pixels and output as a .JPG with compression set so file sizes are 30 to 50 KB.