Langley Writes

about her rich and random life

Happy St. Patrick’s Day March 17, 2011

Filed under: for fun,general drivel,happiness,holidays,writing — Langley Writes @ 11:04 am
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There are so many good Irish quotes I could post today. Some of my favorite Irish quotes are deep and meaningful, while others are just plain funny. Guess which one I’ll choose?

“May those who love us love us; and those who don’t love us, may God turn their hearts; and if He doesn’t turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles so we’ll know them by their limping.”

Over the years, I’ve written a lot of content for St. Patrick’s Day. Every year, when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, I’m amazed at the number of page views the content gets. Most of the stuff is silly; limericks, short stories and leprechaun fantasy fun. For me, St. Patrick’s Day and Halloween are the two biggest holidays – as far as page views are concerned. Before I started writing for the internet, I would never have guessed that. So here’s a tip, if you don’t already know. Write light and breezy content for St. Patrick’s Day and people will read it.

It’s nice to be able to write fun stuff right now, there is so much horror and devastation in the world. Sometimes I feel like it’s disrespectful to write kiddie stuff when there are world issues that demand serious attention. But then I think there needs to be some happy and upbeat things to think about. A short escape, we all need a break sometimes.

Speaking of Irish quotes, I whipped this out for today: The Top Five Irish Quotes for St. Patrick’s Day.

It’s posted on List My Five, which is a fun and easy site to write for. The website is just starting out and it’s a rev share site, so I can’t offer an opinion about whether it will be profitable or not. But it’s a good place to get started – either as a first venture into web writing or as a start to your day. If you are a seasoned writer, banging out something light on LM5 gets your creative juices flowing. I use it as a warm-up for some of the more complicated things I’ll write about throughout the day. Give it a look.

And if you want a short break from the heartbreak in Japan or the failing economy, here are a few lighthearted St. Patrick’s Day ditties:

How to Catch a Leprechaun – a St. Patrick’s Day Get Rich Quick Scheme

An Old Irish Guy from Nantucket – a St. Patrick’s Day Limerick

Okay, I’m out. Off to write some serious stuff…


Hello world! March 16, 2011

Filed under: general drivel — Langley Writes @ 7:19 pm
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Hello world is an appropriate enough beginning, so I think I’ll leave it at that. In fact, it bears repeating. Hello world! It’s about time I got into this blogging business. I’ve got a lot to say and you *might* find some of it interesting. If not, let me know. All feedback is appreciated and I know I can learn from what you have to say.

So this is me jumping in. This is a blog about my rich and random life. I say rich because the opportunities and experiences in my life have exceed my wildest dreams. I say random because the opportunities and experiences are so varied that the only way to describe them is random.

A college professor once told me:

“Langley, you’re pretty good at a lot of things but not great at any one thing. People who are only good at one thing have an easier time in this life. Their path is clear. You’ll have tough choices to make.”

That’s pretty heavy to say to a college kid. At the time, I really didn’t get what she meant. Was that an insult, a compliment or simply an observation? Now that, um, several years have passed, I know exactly what she meant. And it was an insightful observation. Because I am pretty good at a lot of things, I’ve done a lot of things, which results in a rich and random life.


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