Congratulations to our blog site CleverJourneys for overcoming our single day readership record to reach over one million page views.
“We are thrilled,” said Dodie Dennis, now a retired Registered Nurse and one-half of the CleverJourneys team with husband Jack Dennis.
“It’s a blogger’s dream,” Dodie noted. “Jack has been writing a dozen years for other social media sites (Examiner, AXS Entertainment, Rowdy and News Legit) that have come and gone, so he has an idea what readers want to read.”
“We complement each other well,” Jack said. “Dodie’s ‘Herd it Through the Grapevine’ tips, tidbits and hacks has brought in a whole new segment of readers.”
Most Frequently Asked Questions: Three Each
Question 1: How do you get such reliable sources?
I’ve been writing for over 45 years and was a private investigator for eight. Investigation is in my blood and I originally learned the basics from a police homicide detective, my father.
Watching my dad, I developed an instinct for reading people, gaining trust and building rapport. Protect your confidential sources and document facts.
Eventually, your sources bring you more sources. When they know they can trust you, over time, it grows.
Question 2: How do you protect your sources?
Before Obama, it was much easier. There was unprecedented surveillance on reporters like James Rosen. Every phone call, email and movement was monitored.
Today, when I meet sensitive informers, the phones remain behind. Meetings and interviews may take place at a park, golf course or other safe location. No tracking.
Fortunately, most articles don’t require that much extreme.
Question 3: How long does it take to write an article?
It varies. Some can take weeks or months depending on the complexity. If it’s serious, verification takes time. Some sources I’ve learned to trust. Depending on subject matter and sensitivity, I must be aware and keen on secret agendas, covert intentions and the integrity of the source.
I’ve always been a fast and furious writer once I begin typing. I can finish an article quickly. Actually, it’s posting and designing each post that consumes my time.
The key for readers is to simplify complex situations. Don’t try to impress with big words. Just help people understand truth, offer real facts and insight.
Question 1: What is your role for CleverJourneys?
As a nurse, I’m interested in and research health–good food, supplements, herbal remedies and alternative solutions.
My passions are Bible reading, spiritual motivation, family and living simply. The CleverJourneys Creed explains it best.
My key role is proofreading. Like Jack says, he is a fast and furious writer. He’s writing even when he’s not typing. Sometimes he has a multitude of articles buzzing around in his head at the same time. Keeping up and cleaning his copy after him can be a chore.
2. Where do you get your ideas for Herd It Through the Grapevine and why that name?
We live in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Wildlife is abundant with deer, squirrel, hogs, wildcats, turkey and so much more.
Also, near us are herds of buffalo, bison, zebras and exotic animals. Well, living in the country, news is spread through the grapevine. So we herd it through the grapevine!
I get my ideas–the tips, tidbits, hacks and trivia–through the grapevine. Just talking with good folks, visiting our local library and learning new ideas is natural.
3. What is your favorite part about CleverJourneys?
I enjoy reading comments and corresponding with our subscribers. Many, we will never meet, but some of our regular readers are like cyber friends.
When Facebook and other sites banned or censored us, we were initially concerned about losing readership–especially with family and friends. It didn’t happen. We persevered. We grew despite the censorship.
Many of our fellow bloggers are experts and focus on single topics–and they are good. We elected to broaden our offerings and it works. Besides Herd It Through The Grapevine, JackNotes, Old West Tales, True Crime and Top Ten Memes continue to be favorites in our readership community.
I also like that we have limited advertising–a maximum of three ads per article placed at the end of the copy. We only place ads for businesses and entities we believe in. You can be sure only the best advertise with us and are highly recommended.