Write About What You Know…or Not

6BD0137E-85D8-4FDD-9CE2-FBD0B72A0BAFYesterday I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by the lovely blogger over at Magnoliajem. I really do appreciate the nomination, but I have declared my blog to be an “award-free blog.” That said, it’s nice to be recognized and I’m happy to answer questions asked by such nominations.

In the case of this award nomination, we are asked to give a brief story of how our blog started and to give two pieces of advice to new bloggers. So here goes.

How this blog started

I started this blog in May of 2017. It’s not my first blog. I started my first blog in 2005, but quit my last (fourth) blog in 2015 when it began ruling my life. I needed to break away from blogging in order to maintain both my sanity and my marriage.

By May of 2017, I was obsessing about something else: Donald Trump as President of the United States. My obsession with Trump was driving my wife crazy and she suggested that maybe, as a distraction, I should start a new blog. But she also suggested that I avoid posting about politics and Donald Trump.

So I started this blog, “Fivedotoh,” so named to reflect that this was my fifth iteration of blogging. It served as a way to escape some of what is going on in Trumplandia, especially when I write flash fiction in response to prompts or to whatever other ideas pop into my imagination.

But, unfortunately, the insanity of Trumpistan has permeated my blog and far too many of my posts are rants about our Moron-in-Chief. But I think my wife, at this point, prefers that I rant about him here rather than while sitting at the table across from her at breakfast and dinner.

Two pieces of advice for new bloggers

In my opinion, the best part of blogging is interacting with the community of bloggers. When you’re new to blogging, it takes a while to build up an audience. Sometimes it can feel like you’re talking to yourself, but if you write well, and have something to say or stories to tell, you’ll be discovered and become part of a community. So my first bit of advice is to stick with it.

My second piece of advice is to write about what you know. Or if you don’t want to do that, just make shit up and write stories.

Thanks, once again, to Magnoliajem for the honor of the nomination.

21 thoughts on “Write About What You Know…or Not

  1. syncwithdeep July 23, 2018 / 9:35 am

    Trumpistan.. I love this nick name..

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  2. Léa July 23, 2018 / 9:36 am

    From what I have read here so far, and what I know about the situation here, you would have exploded had you not picked up the gauntlet. Fortunately for us, you did.

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    • Fandango July 23, 2018 / 11:55 am

      Sometimes I feel like my head has exploded. 🤯

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      • Léa July 23, 2018 / 1:01 pm

        I do understand. I believe I would have were I still there. However, there are still many I worry for and what is going on, nobody should have to live like that.

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  3. Paula Light July 23, 2018 / 9:43 am

    Love your blog and am glad you’re here! Sometimes my cat complains about the time I spend blogging and not worshipping him, and he prefers I blog about him exclusively when I do write anything, so I can relate to some of this domestic pressure. 🐱

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  4. Suze July 23, 2018 / 10:30 am

    i like the second suggestion….just make shit up. ROFLMAO!

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  5. Marilyn Armstrong July 23, 2018 / 10:31 am

    In this world, it can be difficult to know whether it really happened OR you made it up. My life is pretty funny that way!

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    • Fandango July 23, 2018 / 12:05 pm

      You can’t make this shit up. If someone tried to write a fictional, political novel about what is happening today, no one would have believed it. It would have been too nonsensical. But our current reality is too nonsensical.


  6. magnoliajem July 23, 2018 / 10:39 am

    Apologies again for not realizing your blog is award-free. Thanks for being a good sport anyway!

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    • Fandango July 23, 2018 / 12:07 pm

      Again, no worries. No apologies necessary.

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  7. Marleen July 23, 2018 / 10:58 am

    I was sitting across the table yesterday at brunch and tears just popped out of my face when I talked about our culture. Not a tear or two. This isn’t rare in the current situation, even if I’m saying something good — as I wonder if we will get it together. I think I read that you need more comedy or humour to make it through this. I like Colbert. Do you like any late-night comedians? And can you recommend any comic strip type diversions?

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    • Fandango July 23, 2018 / 12:57 pm

      We record Colbert, Kimmel, Seth Meyers, and the Daily Show with Trevor Noah on the DVR every night and watch them the next day. We also record Samantha Bee on Wednesday nights, John Oliver on Sunday nights, and Bill Maher on Friday nights. These shows help keep us sane in these insane times.


  8. theministryofshrawleywalks July 23, 2018 / 1:58 pm

    Sometimes, especially these days, making shit up and writing stories is not as crazy as what seems to be going on in Trump’s tiny little mind.
    But I agree with the blogging, just keep on keeping on.

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  9. Sight11 July 23, 2018 / 5:04 pm

    It would be cool, if we are not monochromatic in our writings. But then again, we are humans.

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