WTF Blogger?

87F16EF0-7E93-4291-B36F-5BCED8510096I periodically receive comments on my posts from Blogger bloggers. And when I read their posts on Blogger, I would occasionally like to be able to “like” their posts, to post a comment, or even to follow their blogs. But I don’t know how!

I don’t see (or can’t find) anything that looks like a “like” button on Blogger. Neither can I find a way to indicate that I want to follow a Blogger blogger. And I can’t even figure out how to leave a comment on a Blogger’s posts.

When I attempt to comment on a Blogger’s post, I’m presented with this:9AA1F39D-9EA3-4449-A02A-01631625C9E5I can type in my comment, but since I don’t have a Google account for my blog, I have to, as shown above, select a “profile” by either entering my name and URL, or to post the comment anonymously. And so I select “Name/URL.”

That brings up this screen:F32A08F4-1572-48E1-8776-2447460C39E9I dutifully type in my name (Fandango) in the first field and my blog’s URL ( in the second field. But when I go to publish the comment, the comment disappears and nothing happens. Nada! Zippo! Where did my comment go?

So can anyone who is familiar with how Blogger works please explain to me, a WordPress blogger, how to “like,” follow, and/or comment on Blogger’s blog posts.

There’s got to be a way, right?

Wedding Day, Wedding Night

1E7AF551-4CCC-429D-B9A6-ECEF2A64855CAmanda watched her older sister, sitting in front of a mirror in her wedding gown admiring her reflection. “Do you like what you see?” Amanda asked.

Joyce, surprised by her kid sister, turned and gave Amanda’s dirty look. “Shouldn’t you be doing your homework or playing with your dolls or something instead of spying on me?”

“What? And miss watching you preen in front of that mirror?” Amanda said.

“You’re such a child, you just don’t understand,” Joyce said. “Tomorrow is my wedding day and I want to make sure I look my best, since it’s my day and all eyes will be focused on me.”

“Well, duh,” Amanda said. “That’s a safe assumption, since you’re the bride and it’s your wedding day.”

“Do you want to see something really sexy that I bought to wear on my honeymoon?” Joyce said. “Go to the closet and pull out the black and red garment that’s hanging there.”

Amanda walked over to the closet, threw open the curtain and and pulled out a skimpy teddy that Joyce asked for. “Ooh, that’s insidious,” she said.

“Insidious?” Joyce said. “Oh no, little sister, that is total seduction.”

“Well, if you really want all eyes to be focused on you tomorrow, Joyce,” Amanda said, “forget the wedding gown and wear your wedding night teddy.”

“Now that would be insidious,” Joyce said, laughing.

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver prompt, where the tale is suppose to consider the notion of a wedding. Photo credit: Guilherme Also written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (homework), Ragtag Daily Prompt (preen), Word of the Day Challenge (safe), The Daily Spur (curtain), and Your Daily Word Prompt (insidious).

Dumb and Dumber

2A9C450C-B8CE-4AB2-9594-43EF6E7A0781Donald Trump said in an interview yesterday with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News that he would accept foreign information on political opponents. He said that the origin of opposition research would not overly concern him and that he may or may not go to the FBI if such an offer came from abroad.

“It’s not an interference,” he said, describing such information as “opposition research.” “They have information — I think I’d take it.” He would call the FBI only “if I thought there was something wrong.”

When Stephanopoulos pointed out that the FBI director has said a candidate should call the FBI if approached by foreign sources with damaging information on political opppnents, Trump snapped, “The FBI director is wrong.”

Yes, that was a dumb thing for Trump to have said. Almost as dumb as when he told Lester Holt of NBC News in 2017 that he fired then FBI director James Comey over “this Russia thing.”

But as dumb as what Trump told Stehanopoulos, this post is not about that. It’s about something even dumber. I submit to you this tweet from the President of the United States of America.8AF075FE-3D58-4F1D-9370-F944734E8BF6Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce to you the Prince of Whales.1E8550AC-C16E-4E4F-819F-1943D322B012Okay, okay. I know this was probably a typo. Or maybe POTUS was victimized by autocorrect. Or more likely, he really does think that Prince Charles is the prince of a country in southwest Great Britain named Whales.

And that might explain why Trump calls Charles’ wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Dolphins.

My Blog is Intact

969E3DE3-E1CD-47BF-8B8F-BA51DAE2B174You may recall that almost three weeks ago I wrote a post (here) in which I told you about a comment in my spam folder from someone who threatened to do all kinds of horrible things to my online presence if I didn’t pay his ransom.

My “hosting account and domain” would “be blocked forever” and I would, in an awkwardly worded threat, “receive tens of thousands of negative feedback from angry people.” I would be ruined and banned from the internet for life.

But for the low, low price of one-half a Bitcoin (approximately 4,060 US dollars), I could avoid having my site blocked for life, losing everything, and earning the reputation as a malicious serial spammer. All I had to do was send him the half a Bitcoin by June 1, 2019.

So naturally, I wire transferred this culprit his half a Bitcoin in order to keep my blog, my domain, and my sterling reputation intact.

Just Kidding!

I ignored the ransom threat and deleted the spam comment and nothing bad happened. Here it is, June 13th and my life is not in tatters, my site is still functioning, my reputation is no worse than it was before the ransom threat, and I still don’t really understand what Bitcoins are or how they work.

By the way, my reputation is okay, isn’t it? You’re not part of a horde of tens of thousands of people who are angry with me, are you?

FOWC with Fandango — Homework

FOWCWelcome to June 13, 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 “homework.”

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.