Blogging Insights —Impact of COVID-19

Blogging insightsIn her latest installment of Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya wants to know how this coronavirus crisis has affected our blogging/writing.

1. How has the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic affected your blogging? Are you posting more or less than you used to?

I don’t believe this whole pandemic has materially changed my blogging much at all. I’m still posting 3-4 times a day, although I’m responding to fewer prompts than I used to, but it’s been that way since preparing for my move back in early January. I’ve had less blogging time on my hands while we were settling into our new home and I haven’t yet gotten back into participating in all of the daily prompts like I used to before the move. And that has nothing to with the pandemic.

2. What is the tone of your posts these days: happy, sad, serious, worried?


3. Have you written any posts specifically about the crisis and its effect on your life? If so, please share a link?

Quite a few, actually. For example, here’s last week’s Provocative Question post.

4. What kinds of posts do you like to read these days?

No different than the kinds of posts I liked to read in the Before Times: well-written, engaging, informative, and witty.

Also includes today’s WordPress Discover Prompt, “hands.”

Share Your World — Ozzie & Harriet

Share Your WorldIt’s Monday and the start of a brand new week. And that means it’s also time for Melanie’s Share a Your World prompt. So, without further ado….

If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make them?

No one wants to make mistakes, and mistakes can be costly. But the fact is that everyone makes mistakes and if you’re going to make one, it’s best to learn from it so that at least you don’t make the same mistake twice. I just hope that American voters will remember that when they cast their ballots this November.

How do we know that pleasure is good and pain is bad?

Because pleasure feels good and pain feels bad? Duh! Well, unless you’re into S&M, that is, and if you are, you are one sick sonofabitch, in my humble opinion.

What problem or situation did TV / movies make you think would be common, but when you grew up you found out it wasn’t?

That’s easy. Parents who sleep in separate twin beds, like Ozzie & Harriet or the Beaver’s parents.

If you drive, do you speed when no one is watching? Have you ever run a red light late at night on purpose, particularly if it doesn’t seem to change very quickly? If you don’t drive, what minor law may you have broken?

I have been known to be heavy-footed, so I speed most of the time except in my neighborhood where kids are playing, riding bikes, and people are walking their dogs. I always drive at or below the speed limits in such neighborhoods. And yes, I have occasionally run a red light. But these days, with cameras mounted at many intersections, I don’t anymore.


I feel the same way and couldn’t possibly have said it any better than Marilyn did, so here’s what she posted earlier today.

Trump is an awful man. I can’t seem to find something positive to say about him and for me, that’s unusual. I can always empathize, even with very …


E is for Even

A2Z2020For this year’s A to Z Challenge I’m going to attempt to post an old saying or adage each day of the month of April (except for Sundays). I’m going through the alphabet, with the first letter of the adage beginning with the first letter of the alphabet (A) and continuing for 26 adages in alphabetical order until I get through the entire alphabet by April 30 — from A to Z.

I don’t know if it can be done, but I’m going to give it the old college try. Here’s my April 6th adage and it starts with the letter E.

Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #60

FFFCWelcome to “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.” Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenge bloggers to write a flash fiction piece or poem inspired by the photo. There are no style or word limits.

The image below is from Sideboard at Instagram.14B63DB6-EB36-4DCA-9D16-AE2D8998383CFor the visually challenged writer, the photo shows food wrapped for take-out from a restaurant.

If this week’s image inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post. I hope it will generate some great posts.

Thanks to all of you who have participated in these challenges. Your posts have been very creative. Please take a few minutes to read the other responses to this photo challenge.

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