Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Solutions (Elements of Blogging) #AtoZChallenge
The internet has changed the ways most of us do things. Now, you're probably much like me when you need help with something or need a question answered. When I'm seeking solutions for just about anything, I turn to Google, YouTube, or some other internet source. Often I'll find great solutions for things that might have been vexing me by reading blogs. Bloggers sometimes offer wonderful solutions that I haven't thought about before.
There are some blogs that specialize in solutions. You can find blogs helping to answer questions about writing, crafting, travel, personal issues, or what have you. Answers to what you want to know are all over blog land. Don't worry about any saturation point if you're considering starting a blog that offers solutions since there is always a need for new perspective and knowledge. Solution blogs are valuable and if you're interested in finding a topic that is easily monetized then this might be a blogging specialty that you might want to look into.
This can tie in with the topic for "R", "research", since oftentimes solutions are found as the result of research. A blog post can act as a research source for finding solutions to specific problems or questions. Solutions relating to money management --saving or spending can also be developed into fine blogging themes which again lends itself well to monetizing (hmm--maybe I'm dabbling in some word play here--sorry).
Do you ever offer solutions on your blog? What kinds of things do you think people might be trying to find solutions for? When you need help doing something or answering a question where do you usually go first?
Battle of the Band Results!
My recent Battle of the Bands contest was another close one. I wasn't sure which way this contest between Michael McDonald and the Strokes would go McDonald's version of "Mercy Mercy Me" was closer to the sound of the original recording by Marvin Gaye while the Strokes put a harder rock edge to the tune.
For my own tastes I did enjoy the laid back jazzy sound and smooth vocal by Michael McDonald. Nothing too wrong with this version other that the fact that it didn't really add much to the original version. This was a good copy of the song.
I thought The Strokes added a nice modern touch to the song giving it more energy. I especially liked the guitar solo toward the end that cleverly mimicked the sax in the Gaye version. It was mostly that guitar solo and the upbeat sound that earns my vote for the Strokes.
And my vote makes this face-off a tie. It was a tight race throughout with fans on both sides
Michael McDonald 16 votes
The Strokes 16 votes
With the end of April comes the end of Blogging from A to Z for another year. In May I revert back to my regular Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule. Next Battle of the Bands post will be on Friday May 1st. The song in my next Battle will be a nod to an A to Z theme used by a few bloggers this year as well in past Challenges and also to one of the other Battle of the Bands participants who likewise shows an interest in this topic.