Thursday Inspiration — Words Matter

When I first started blogging way back in 2005, I wrote long, rambling, meandering posts. My average post length back then probably ranged from around 1100 to 1400 words. To say that I was verbose would have been an understatement. I was never at a loss for words.

I enjoyed writing those long winded posts, but no one — other than me — ever seemed to read them. I put a lot of time and effort into my posts and I thought most of them were pretty plum.

So I asked myself why I wasn’t getting either traffic or traction on my blog. Was I on the wrong blogging platform? Was I letting my words runaway with me, resulting in boring, meandering posts? I decided it was time to set in motion some fundamental changes to the way I blogged. If I were to continue blogging, I needed to give my blog a shot in the arm, kind of like a vaccine.

First, I moved my blog to WordPress. Then I decided to write more concise, focused posts. No more rambling, multi-topic posts. I was going to keep my posts short and simple. Ideal for the short-attention-span blogging community.

The results of these adjustment were illuminating. My shorter posts — rarely exceeding 300 words — published on WordPress began to get read. They started receiving likes. And comments. And followers. I started interacting with people from all around the globe via our blogs. Woo hoo!

Lesson learned: words matter…and apparently so do word counts.

Written for Jim Adams’ Thursday Inspiration prompt, where the word is “why” and the musical inspiration in Del Shannon’s song, “Runaway.”motion never verbose plum vaccine illuminate
Also for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (verbose) , The Daily Spur (never), Ragtag Daily Prompt (plum), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (motion), Word of the Day Challenge (vaccine), and MMA Storytime (illuminate).

FFfPP — Exposed

She took one look at me and she knew I was lying, and she knew I knew she knew it.

She gazed upon me with her ancient eyes; eyes that bore a hole right through my forehead and into my brain. And that toothless smile, with her sardonic grin, let me know that I wasn’t getting away with anything.

She didn’t have to utter a word. She saw through my denial. Her scrutiny of me was intense and I was guilty. I had to confess to this woman who was wise to me.

Shaking and on the verge of tears, I said, “I’m sorry, Grandma. I should have told you the truth. I should never have lied to you. I’m so sorry.”

She reached out with her gnarly fingers and placed them on my cheeks. “I know, child,” she said, “but you must learn to always be truthful.”

“Yes, Grandma,” I said. “I’m sorry to have disappointed you.”

She looked at me and this time her eyes were kind and her smile was warm. “I know, and I forgive you, because you are my grandchild and I know you will learn from your mistakes. And because I love you.”

“And I love you, too, Grandma,” I said.

Written for Roger Shipp’s Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner. Photo credit:

FOWC with Fandango — Motion

FOWCWelcome to May 6, 2021 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 “motion.”

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. Please 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.