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Dear… Series: Dear Members Of The U.S. Congress

Have you ever want to tell someone something yet you just couldn’t bring yourself to say it to their face? Well this is my place to do just that. Perhaps its too late and they happen to be deceased already. Maybe because the odds of me meeting a celebrity are few and far between or maybe the people I’d like to communicate with are out of reach for whatever reason. There are many reasons for starting this series and as it evolves maybe I’ll figure it out and you can help.

I have a pet peeve that I have been dealing with in my head. I am quite sure my friends back in Washington are tired of hearing me complain even though the issue is effecting them. The Dear… Series this time around deals with the unemployed Americans and the apathy Congress is showing in addressing this massive problem.

Dear Members of the United States Congress,

I was sitting alone a few weeks ago reading a few blogs and I came across a blog with a post about the Philippine hostage drama. I began cogitating on the meaning of the word ‘hostage’. Still on the same blog, I read a post on the state of the economy and the millions of unemployed who have exhausted their unemployment benefits.

They are called the 99ers. The post addressed the issue of adding a fifth tier of emergency benefits. Members of Congress, are you aware that “The number of unemployed persons (14.9 million) and the unemployment rate (9.6 percent) were little changed in August. From May through August, the jobless rate remained in the range of 9.5 to 9.7 percent” (source, Bureau of Labor Statistics).

I’m know that with that many people and a significant number of long term unemployed, children are the ones suffering the most. The parents that are unemployed have children who need new clothes, food, and other basic creature comforts. The American workers have exhausted their compensation, employers are not hiring and you are holding those people hostage.

In my world hostage-holders are criminals. There is money available for NASA. There was money for Haiti and Chile. We are fighting two wars and spending billions of dollars doing so. All very good and noble causes, save NASA and I’m not suggesting to stop funding those programs.

Charity begins at home and if we have money to help the hurting people of the world, we should undeniably and wholeheartedly have money to give to our own. They have earned it by working all of their lives.

Hey, here’s an idea, let’s fine BP for all the mess they made of the Gulf of Mexico and use that money to help our unemployed. I might be oversimplifying the situation, but there is money some where that can be used. There is still stimulus money left over that can be used for the cause. Why the debating, why the stalling. I’ve heard people say that since the situation hasn’t probably hit your homes then it isn’t a huge priority for Congress.

Why aren’t American citizens as important as a year long trip to a barren planet? People are not eating. People are being evicted from their apartments and put out of their homes. People are losing their cars, their dignity and who suffers the most? Again, it’s the children. Mars will still be there in a decade or two. Cruise the heavens later and help the children today.

Tom Baker

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Open Letter: Dear Sony Entertainment

Have you ever want to tell someone something yet you just couldn’t bring yourself to say it to their face? Well this is my place I do just that. Perhaps its too late and they happen to be deceased already. Maybe because the odds of me meeting a celebrity are few and far between or maybe the people I’d like to communicate with are out of reach for whatever reason. There are many reasons for starting this series and as it evolves maybe I’ll figure it out and you can help. For me, I guess right now its a little bit of fun and a little folly but this and the first one I did for my parents are serious ones.

Dear Sony, Epic Records,

RE: Michael Jackson

The greatest entertainer in the history of history has passed and he was contracted to your company and your record label. Mr. Michael Jackson needs to be honored in a way befitting his stature. I submit to you a list of songs and artists that I and a few family members friends and friends from the blogging community agree would make a great tribute album to Michael.

I don’t know what you are planning. I don’t know if you plan to find unreleased material and release that first or release songs from his memorial service, however, what I do know is the compiled list below is something a few hundred people or so who have seen it, would like to see come to fruition in your recording studios. We request humbly that you, the powers that be at Sony please do whatever it takes to bring this project together.  In your own words from your website, “Michael Jackson, one of the most widely beloved entertainers and profoundly influential artists of all-time, leaves an indelible imprint on popular music and culture.

Much Love To Michael Jackson

The Lady In My Life – Ne Yo
Billie Jean – David Cook
The Way You Make Me Feel – Justin Timberlake
Break of Dawn – Charisse
Heal The World – Yolanda Adams
Bad – Jamie Foxx
The Girl Is Mine – Chris Brown and Usher
Gone Too Soon – Janet Jackson
Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ – Maroon Five
Human Nature – Lee Ritenour
Man In The Mirror – Prince
Stranger In Moscow – Michael Bublé
Farewell My Summer Love – Carrie Underwood
Beat It – Sam Tsui with Slash
Medley – The Jacksons

Thanks and thanks for your consideration. Tom Baker and company

I actually sent this letter. If you would like to send your own version of this letter to Sony, Epic Records here is the address.

Epic Records
550 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10022-3211
Phone: 212-833-8000
Fax: 212-833-4818


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61 Great Blog Post Ideas: Curing Writers Block

laptopSo few ideas, so many days ahead. That’s how I feel sometimes when I sit at the computer to make a post. I must admit that when I do get an idea, I write as much as I can and then decide when and where I want to post it. Right now I have post ideas written and ready to go up until January 6, 2010. There are about five days in December where I have nothing and three days this month where I still have to complete my ideas. Even though I am months ahead I still come up writers block when it comes to adding more posts. This post today will fill one of those November days!

Because I’m having difficulty I would imagine I’m not the only one. I’ve been out driving and an idea would come to me and when I got home it was gone. I’ve been in the kitchen cooking and hit with an idea but by the time I got back to the computer, it was gone. Since then I decided to carry a pad and pen with me where ever I go. When I get back to the computer I create a new post, pick a date and schedule it for publishing. To make it easier for everyone else I have come up with a list of ideas that I feel comfortable sharing with those who visit here.

Why would I share my ideas before I even use them? You reap what you sow my blogger friend and I’m hoping one day to reap the benefits of being a nice guy to the blogging community. [Hint hint!]


60 Great Blog Post Ideas

1. You found a way to save money? Share it with the world.

2. Write about your pet peeve(s).

3. Give your blogger friends ideas on great post ideas just like I’m doing here.

4. You found a way to get visitors to your site that really works; share it.

5. If your blog has a specific audience or you have a niche, contact some other bloggers in the same niche and review each other’s site.

6. Write separate posts about your favorite childhood, teenage, and/or adult memory.

7. Give some relationship advice that may have helped you.

8. Discuss your favorite TV show, Blog, Music Artist, Book, Celebrity or Food.

9. Post a favorite recipe you don’t mind sharing.

10. Create a bucket list of at least 20 ideas.

11. Create post about lists. People enjoy reading lists and they will love commenting on your list especially if they disagree.

12. Post your controversial ideas about a subject dear to you. Maybe why you believe in stem cell research.

13. Lie in your blog headline. Create a great headline like NEW Britney Spears Nude Photos! or Michael Jackson Is Alive: I’ve Got The Pictures To Prove It! Then thank everybody for increasing your visitor base and apologize for the joke.

14. Describe a scenario and get answers from the scenario you created. For instance, you’ve placed the reader on a deserted island and all they have is their iPod and a way to recharge the batteries and the iPod only has ten songs. What songs are on the iPod?

15. Explain to your readers why the Morning Erection blog is the blog to read!

16. Talk about why you believe all the great blog post ideas have already been taken.

17. Discuss why you chose to blog.

18. Educate bloggers on how they too can make money blogging.

19. Tell your readers why you decided on WordPress, LiveJournal or Blogger over the other providers of free blogs.

20. Find a newspaper headline and complain or praise the news story or the subject matter.

21. Share this list (mine) with the utmost haste with your readers!

22. Describe to your readers why you chose to “Go Green” or not to.

23. Praise your parents or your grandparents.

24. Let your readers know which celebrity you would like to have dinner with and what you would discuss.

25. Interview someone in your neighborhood. You know how USA Network has the Characters Project? Everyday people could add some spice to your blog if you know the right questions to ask everyday people. Make it a monthly series and gain a local reader base. You just might make your local newspaper one day.

26. Pick a challenge. The movie Julie and Julia is based on a real blog and a real girl. Challenge yourself and maybe Hollywood will pick up on it.

27. Write about a special blog or blog post you visited.

28. Write about how a certain smell takes you back to your childhood and describe those memories.

29. Post your favorite desktop wallpapers. Explain why you like them and how often you change your wallpaper.

30. Describe the best time for you to write and under what conditions (radio on, daytime, with a cup of coffee, first thing in the morning, or in the nude).

31. Complain about how many visitors you don’t get.

32. Complain about the great many visitors you do get but how they fail to leave comments.

33. Educate your readers on how you have been able to increase the amount of people who now do leave comments.

34. Pick a captain and tell why they were the best: Kirk, Picard, Sisko, Janeway, or Archer.

35. Discuss why Star Trek is better than Star Wars or vice versa.

36. Talk about how you plan to protect you and yours from H1N1.

37. Discuss Rap music or Country.

38. Explain the Internet and Blogging to people new to the Internet, especially the elderly.

39. Tell how you plan to or have already lost weight.

40. Describe your sexual fantasy.

41. Remind your visitors how important catchy headlines are.

42. Create a list outside of your blog roll of your favorite non blog websites and why.

43. Bring back an old post series you used to do.

44. Start a blog series. I started a Dear Series where I write to people who will never get my letters, yet I had the outlet.

45. Review a product that you found extremely useful or hopelessly useless.

46. Describe your methodology on how you were able to get big business to listen and respond to your concerns.

47. Educate young readers on outdated technology, like cassette tapes or typewriters.

48. If you can afford it, run a contest and give away a prize.

49. Conduct a poll and discuss the results in a later post. (Two post ideas for the price of one).

50. Talk about your favorite childhood cartoon.

51. Why something is better than something else. For instance why McDonald’s fries are better than anybody elses.

52. Give advice. Start an advice column where the questions might be serious but your responses are always humorous.

53. Tell how money can be made on the Internet and how to avoid scams.

54. Leave a vacation post blank and ask people to comment on where they think you are. When you come back, read their comments and post where you’ve been.

55. Ask someone (another blogger) to write a guest post.

56. Repeat #15.

57. Explain your posting style and schedule. I try to post every other day and if something comes up I can always add on my off day.

58. Share the good news about your blogs milestones; (one millionth reader, blog post with the most comments or publishing your 100th post).

59. Post your own photographs.

60. Joint post with a blogger friend about the same subject on the same day and share the link love.

61. Make your comments post specific when visiting other blogs. I went to blogs that had similar topics to my post that day and there seemed to be more comments when they visited my site. Check out my Michael Jackson Tribute Album page. The day This Is It was released I used the URL to that post instead of my blog’s regular URL of Other than my About page, the Michael Jackson Tribute Album post has received more comments than any other of my posts.

Your welcome!



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