This week, Dr. Tanya, over at Blogging Insights, wants to know…
How do you think a blogger can inspire others in the blogosphere?
First, let me apologize for my cynical mood today, but with being surrounded by wildfires and air that is extremely unhealthy, with temperatures still ranging from the upper 90s to the low 100s, with COVID-19 still raging, with Donald Trump and his cronies still trying to destroy America, and with WordPress forcing us to use its convoluted block editor whether we want to or not, I’m not a happy camper.
Now, about how to inspire other bloggers, let me first say that, when I first starting blogging in 2005, I didn’t realize that inspiring other bloggers was part of the job description. My goal was simply to have a platform to express myself. But I have since learned that we all, at times, need someone or something to help us get our creative juices flowing.
My first experience with prompts came from Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday and Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompts. Also from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers and Kat Myrman’s Twittering Tales. And, of course, from the WordPress Daily Post before they shitcanned it at the end of May 2018. And that was when I started my own daily prompt, FOWC with Fandango — to help inspire myself and other bloggers.
From there, I added four other prompts that I hoped would help other bloggers find inspiration. I was thrilled with the reception to my various prompts and enjoyed seeing the amazing responses from other bloggers when I read their posts.
Sadly, as I recently wrote here, the thrill is gone and I’m contemplating stopping most of my prompts and possibly even halting my blog entirely. While I haven’t lost my inspiration for blogging, I am just not into having to learn a whole new paradigm, particularly one that is not optimized to work on a smartphone, which is my device of choice for blogging. Trying to do so (use the block editor on my iPhone) is burdensome and just not fun.
Today, for example, I was attempting to use the classic block of the block editor to write this post, but right in the middle of writing it on my iPhone, I saved it, previewed it, and after seeing that it looked good so far, I closed the preview. But the editing screen that opened when my preview page shut down, was blank. No text, no images. Nothing. So I had to go to my laptop, boot it up, and sign into WordPress, hoping that the draft was actually saved.
Fortunately, it was there on my laptop. And I discovered that using the block editor on a laptop is, in fact, a whole lot easier than using it on an iPhone, which is close to impossible.
But you may recall that last week’s Fandango’s Provocative Question post asked, “Do we control technology or is technology controlling us?” Well, in this case, I think technology is controlling us. I don’t want to change my blogging habits from using my iPhone, which I’ve been doing very successfully since I started this blog in 2017, to having to use my laptop in order to be able to post using the “new and improved” editor that WordPress has foisted upon us.
Okay, rant is over. I’m sorry, Dr. Tanya, for answering your very excellent question in this manner, but as I said, I’m not a happy camper right now.