Category Archives: blog surfing

Superhero GPOY

I love how creative some bloggers can be.

Let’s take a few moments to look at some of the pieces I’ve come across on Tumblr.

Man of Steel fan art
Originally posted by Blogman

I love this GPOY (Gratuitous Picture Of Yourself) that Superman took. I mean, how else could this shot have been taken?

It looks like Superman started something here. All the superheroes are doing it now.

Dark Knight Rises fan art
Originally posted by Blogman.

I can’t believe Batman got wrapped up in this Instagram trend. In nothing sacred?

And if that weren’t enough, it looks like superheroes are even getting their own cameras now.

DC cameras

Just do your job and go save the universe already. That’s what we look to you for.

Point Out the Positive

Larry Ferlazzo is a dedicated teacher who has a weekly practice that I can’t help but admire. It only takes a portion of his lunch time and it probably really makes someone’s day.

“I walk around campus spotting students — either ones I have now or have had in the past — and they are usually with some of their friends. I go up to the group, point out that student, and say something like, “Did you know that there is no harder worker in my class than _______?” or “Did you know that there are few other students who help their classmates more than _______?” or some other comment singling out that particular student for something that they do especially well.

Those students, though they may feign embarrassment, love it.
In fact, it’s not unusual that one of their friends — who I don’t know — will say, “What about me?” I quickly respond, “If you were in my class, I’m sure I could say the same thing about you.”

I have, and continue to have, many students who face lots of challenges, and it’s safe to say that many don’t get the kind of positive feedback they deserve.

A little public acknowledgment can go a long way.”

I am going to try this. I think there are all sorts of things we can say to our students that point out their strengths. Making a point to do this at least once a week is a great idea.

Find out more about Larry Ferlazzo by reading his blog, or head over to this original post and leave him a comment on this very subject.

And why not check out this video too. It’s pretty cool!

I Thought It Wasn’t For Me

It’s no secret that I don’t like social networking sites. I’ve written about this topic several times here on Silent Cacophony. That’s why you will probably be surprised that I have been won over by one of them.

That’s right, I am on Twitter and enjoying it. At first I didn’t get it and I thought about quitting the site several times but I hammered on anyway. As I did, I realized that Twitter can actually be a useful device.

Twitter is essentially a microblog reader. You post small updates that can be no longer than 140 characters. It sounds really limiting and when I first heard of Twitter, I immediately decided that it wasn’t for me. But I tried it out for a while and began to see the benefits.

So what won me over?

1) I have picked up more readers and subscribers to my blog since I have been on there.
2) It isn’t difficult to get updates. If you decide to follow someone, their posts end up on your homepage and it is quick and easy to scan them.
3) You can find out some interesting things about your favourite artists. MC Lars posts regular updates about his tour. They are cool to see.
4) It is quick and easy to post things up.

Here are the latest Tweets that I have posted there;

“I’m working on my short story for the contest that @writerdad is hosting. Entries are due Friday. Look for my story later this week.”

“I’m glad most people here write in sentences. I don’t get text message lingo. I’m too old school but not old enough for Twitter, it seems.”

“I should be writing now. I said I was. Maybe just knowing that you know I’m working on this story will get me moving & get in done in time.

“Just joined a twibe. Visit to join”

“Still working on my short story. I don’t know why I always find it harder to write one of these than an entire novel.”

“Watching Sopranos Season 3 DVD. Episode 1 is amazing. I love the way it is cut and the music editing is brilliant.”

“Check out this intriguing blog post about the “Privitization of the English Language” and trademarks on @zen_habits

If you are intrigued or like what you see. Head on over to and follow me.

Blog Surfing

It was one of those rare occasions where I had time to surf for blogs. Here are a few that I found today that I thought might be of interest. Thinking Out Loud – humour, observations, etc Self help advice, etc Daily Rambler – info on blogging, advice, etc Advice and tips for writers Nathan Bransford is a Literary Agent and his blog has tonnes of advice and tips.

Silent Cacophony is Third in Line

Silent Cacophony was born a long, long time ago. It was originally a title of a book I tried to write when I was a teenager. This book was going to be the ultimate guide to life; boy was I naïve. It was full of personal observations, stories, anecdotes, commentary, etc. It was quite effectively everything that my blog is today, except that it was on paper.

Recently I have discovered that my blog entries can appear on regular Google searches. At first I was amazed when this happened and I wrote about it here. Then I thought I should Google the title of my blog “Silent Cacophony.”

I was quite disappointed to see that this brilliant title that I have owned in my head for over half of my life, isn’t completely original. In fact, besides my blog, there are two other blogs that have this title. And the worst part is that they are listed above mine on the search results. Here is what I found . . . – First Google Hit – Second Google Hit – I’m third in line

I don’t want to retitle my blog. Silent Cacophony seems like it is mine. I feel like I have a right to it. I just love how well that two-word phrase incorporates everything that writing is about. I first discovered the word “cacophony” during a random dictionary fishing expedition. And of course, being a teenager who loved to play with words the oxymoron “silent cacophony” jumped into my head almost immediately.

I don’t know if I can change the search results so I can be first in every search engine. My blog isn’t as old as the first one listed either. But my old coil notebook version probably predates his.

I want this blog to be the REAL SILENT CACOPHONY but I guess I might have to settle for sharing it with others. Too bad!

Blog Catalog

Networking seems to be what the Internet is all about these days. Whether it is sites like Facebook or MySpace, it seems that people want to connect with other people online. I have let it be known on this blog that I don’t much care for these two particular websites.

I enjoy the community that seems to have naturally come together here in the blogosphere. I have a circle of friends that regularly read and comment on my blog and I do the same on theirs. It is a nice little community. It is a great feeling to know that people are reading and enjoying my blog.

How did we find each other though? It seems like it was completely random. I don’t know how to do a specific blog search. Every blog that I have found and enjoy, I stumbled across by either following a link or reading comments on different blogs and following up on those.

Recently I came across a blog that was listed on Blog Catolog. This site seems to be like MySpace because it allows you to put up a profile and a link to your blog. It also lets you add “friends.” I decided to sign up for this service and create an account. I hope it works out better than facebook did for me. I think it will. It seems like a service to help get exposure and readership.

So I have joined this new community. There is a logo on the sidebar for you to click on and find out more about it if you are interested. Or you can see my profile so far. I will update it more over the next week.

Blog Surfing

I have been writing this blog for a few months now and I enjoy it profusely. I love writing entries and posting them up for people to see. I yearn to have readers like I did when I wrote for the university newspaper during my undergrad. Truth be told, I was never a journalist. Writing was just a hobby of mine.

I have written a personal journal for the past ten years and occasionally I will still write an entry in it. For the most part though, this blog has taken the place of that journal. My journal was labelled as personal. This blog is public. I want readers. I long for people to read my words and respond to them.

I have three readers that I know of. All of whom are personal acquaintances of mine. This changed yesterday though when I had several new comments posted up by someone I didn’t know. He posted some very thoughtful and intelligent comments. I surfed to his blog and read some of his posts. I was impressed with his writing too. I have added a link to his blog. Check it out In Search of Isis.

I clicked on a few of his links. I surfed to some recently published blogs and posted up comments. It was a very nice distraction reading all those different entries from different people. I spent an hour and a half doing my blog surfing but time just flew by. My journey took me to some blogs that I had no interest in whatsoever but I was able to find a few good ones.

Here are a few of the ones I enjoyed last night;

Maybe you will enjoy them too. Read on and please interact with your reading by posting a comment. Thank you.