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Carrie Bradshaw

I discovered the TV form of Sex and the City when I was in college. I remember being a child when the show first aired, and how it was known for being one the most vulgar and inappropriate show on television.

Of course, fast forward more than 20 years, this is definitely no longer the case.

I have watched this show with every chance I have been given, while not having cable or an HBO subscription. Over the years, I have seen bits and pieces of the lives of Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte.

My Fiancé and I recently renewed our HBO subscription to watch the last season of Game of Thrones (more on this later, I have lots of opinions on this just as everyone else, stay tuned). I scrolled through the list of series and there I found Sex and the City once again.

As a female in the dating world (now as one who is about to get married WOOHOO), I find the plot intriguing, but also very Hollywood and non-relatable. This is probably why it was so popular.

I have not read the published collection of essays that gave this show the female sex drive so much power.

I bring this show up not as a book review for my fellow readers, but as an influence for my fellow writers. The content compels me as a blogger, go figure.

Although it is still referenced today, I missed out on all they hype and pop culture innuendos from when it was still running. Nevertheless, I have named myself as one of the characters as women everywhere did nearly 20 years ago- I am SO Carrie.

Small disclaimer: I am not submerging into the cliche that as a blogger, I got my inspiration through Carrie Bradshaw. Well, I hope not anyway.

But it could be the idea that the content the show brings is so intriguing to me because it is all content for a writer’s column. She constantly has people coming up to her in the street raving about her column and the publicity she gets in Manhattan is every writer’s dream, isn’t it?

Carrie’s attention, however, is not the appealing element in her writer’s world. She took advantage of her surroundings and created a career out of it. As bloggers, this is our destination. Sex in Manhattan, who could imagine? Well, everyone can.

The writer’s of this show and author Candance Brushell found the prefect way to exemplify this topic, by putting it in the hands of columnist. The show would not have caught my eye otherwise, I admit. Carrie is an inspiration, after all.

So, I conclude it’s the Hollywood version of a writer that intrigues me, and not the Hollywood version of the female libido.

Let me ask you, how often do you get inspired from Television, writers?

Readers, I haven’t forgotten, books still have the best content, of course, but let’s not leave out this useful resource.

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Motivated Blogging

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Hey Readers!

We all experience the same struggles as writers, and especially as bloggers. Not knowing what we are doing wrong when can’t get followers- it’s hard to get noticed! Especially in the beginning.

I read this book yesterday that is basically the months we have all spent gathering information on how to blog from the internet, all rolled into one book.

Amazing right! Too bad we didn’t all find it earlier.

Although the first half of the book is teaching you how to physically start a blog (picking a domain, a hosting site and figuring out what you want to write about), there are still some amazing tips in here that help out even us who have been blogging for several months (or years)!

For instance,

  • Tips on how to make money (which I think we can all appreciate)
  • Tips on social media- how to take advantage globally!
  • Examples of what great blogs look like
  • What Google looks for with SEO
  • How to stay organized! (thank you for that one)
  • Staying motivated through all the mess we call life
  • And of course, how to get and keep followers

That last one is what we all really want, right? To BE READ. Not all of us are here for the money or to come off as know-it-alls about our subject. We all simply want to be influences on other thinking-minds and to be noticed by our peers. We keep typing away and hope that it makes a difference.

This book told me that it does, usually, make a difference.

There are 250 million blogs online, and a majority of them are abandoned after year 1. The trick is to keep moving forward because it takes time as all things do. What we are passionate about, we are definitely not the only ones, and grouping ourselves with like-minded people and their blogs can really make a difference in your view of your own purpose.

Sitting at the screen and not knowing what to write, or if people even care what you say, is just you in your own head. All the rich bloggers out there KNOW that you care, otherwise, they wouldn’t be such awesome blogs, right? HELLO. EARTH TO BLOGGERS. You are here for a reason. Tell us about it, whatever it is.

And tell me, what do you struggle with the most? Also, read this book.

“Blogging for Writers” by Robin Houghton