Attention WordPress Bloggers

8AC25EE7-C442-4968-B53E-8F125BFE30BFWe’re rich! That’s right, we just got $300 million! Automattic, the parent company of WordPress, scored a $300 million investment from Salesforce Ventures, marking one of the single largest investments to date by the software giant’s venture arm.

As a result of the infusion of funds, San Francisco-based Automattic, which owns and is in a deal expected to close in the next few days to buy Tumblr — did you know that WordPress bought Tumbler? I didn’t — saw its valuation soar to $3 billion.

According to, WordPress now hosts 34% of the world’s top 10 million websites. I’d imagine that that percentage is likely to grow with all that new cash.

I wonder if any of that money will be used to address the glitches and quirks of Automattic’s flagship product. Ha! Don’t hold your breath, fellow bloggers.

By the way, that very happy looking guy in the photo at the top of this post is Matt Mullenweg, CEO of Automattic. I’d call that a $300 million dollar smile on his face.

Pop of Positivity — Don’t Worry, Be Happy

29771592-F78E-4069-891F-C6E3C906F7E3Sadje, over at Keep It Alive, tagged me for this “Pop of Positivity” thing that was cooked up by Beckie over at Beckie’s Mental Mess.

According to Beckie, “Pop of Positivity is based on one simple thing: Life doesn’t have to suck all the time. “Let’s face it,” Beckie said, “there is a helluva lot of negativity in the real world, and it’s pretty hard to escape it.” So she thought of this as a means to brighten up everyone’s day from thinking negatively for a moment out of their day. Perhaps, share some smiles along the way too.

The rules (because every prompt has to have rules) are:

  1. Each Thursday, Beckie will pick a theme (naturally, of something positive).
  2. Beckie will tag two bloggers to continue the themed positive message along.
  3. The recipients of the tags can select anyway fit on how you want to share this positivity.  (Examples: Quote, Affirmation, Music Video, Memes, Pictures, etc… As long it sticks to the theme).
  4. The recipients of the tag will create a pingback to Beckie’s original post, as well as notify their two tagged bloggers that they have been selected.

The theme for this week is:

Time to be happy!

I have two items for this challenge. The first is a humorous quote about being happy and taking the time to laugh.C65E84C3-BB5F-4AE6-9778-FC3F312C3853The second is this video of a happy song.

Here’s where I am going to diverge from the rules. Instead of tagging just two bloggers, I’m going to tag any bloggers who would like to brighten up other bloggers’ days with a Pop of Positivity. Go for it!

Fandango’s Friday Flashback — September 20

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of you earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember?

Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 20th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This bit of nonsense was originally posted on September 20, 2014 in a now defunct blog of mine.

Above and Below

above and belowRonald is not just your average Joe. Not by a long shot. He is seriously above average. Just ask him. He’ll tell you.

Oh wow. You must think that he is one conceited SOB to make such a claim. He must really be full of himself; quite the egoist, right?

The truth is that, by almost any measure, Ronald is, in fact, a highly accomplished individual.

He has earned several graduate degrees. He has a fulfilling, high-paying job. He’s highly regarded, both at his job and in his community. He lives a comfortable life. He pays his bills on time and in full each month and still has plenty of money left over to enjoy some of the finer things life has to offer.

He and his wife have been happily married for three decades and together they raised three wonderful children who have grown up to become above average adults in their own rights.

So yes, Ronald feels pretty good about all that. Sure, there are other aspects of his life about which he might not feel so good, but this is neither the time nor the place to discuss such matters.

It’s very clear to anyone who is paying close attention that Ronald is above average. And I mean that quite literally.

I know this about Ronald because he has introduced me to the occupant of the apartment directly beneath his own. That occupant is a gentleman by the name of François Averagé.

His name is pronounced ah-vuh-RAHZH-ay. He’s French, according to Ronald. Or Belgian. Ronald’s not sure.

So you see, because he lives in the apartment directly above Mr. Averagé from France or Belgium, it cannot be denied that Ronald is, indeed, above Averagé.

Interestingly, the woman who lives in the apartment directly above Ronald is Victoria Arness. She recently got married, though, and now lives the apartment above Ronald with her husband, Samuel Belt.

Thus, while Ronald is above Averagé, he is also below the Belts.

FOWC with Fandango — Gregarious

FOWCWelcome to September 20, 2019 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “gregarious.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.

They Were Not Gods

070D62D7-B273-497C-9AA7-FC3C154B5F8FSamantha Bee is a very funny woman and she showed this great, entertaining, and informative video on her show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, last night.

Many Americans, particularly those on the conservative/Republican side, consider our Founding Fathers to be almost god-like. But they were actually just a bunch of old, white, 18th century, slave-owning, misogynist men. Not gods, just men. Very smart, somewhat prescient men, but men nonetheless.

What I liked about this video is that it humanizes these men and demonstrates that they were not infallible. And they were not gods.

I think it’s worth four minutes of your time. Let me know what you think.