Do You Read Me?

I’m going to assume that if you’re reading these words that you read my blog, at least occasionally. I’m curious, though, how you’re reading my blog.

(I was going to include a poll in this post to ask you how you read my blog, which is something I could do using the old classic editor. But inserting a poll into a post does not seem to be an available block in the block editor. At least not on the iPhone version of the block editor. So I guess I’ll have to ask my questions the old fashioned way.

Do you read my posts…

  • from the WordPress reader?
  • from a laptop or desktop computer?
  • from a tablet?
  • from a smartphone?

The reason I’m asking this question is that I blog from an iPhone using the WordPress iOS app. I always preview my posts before I publish them. And when I preview them, the app gives me the option of previewing the post from a mobile device view, from a tablet view, or from a desktop view.

Because I use my iPhone to read posts, I preview my posts in Mobile view to make sure it looks the way I want it to. But I’ve noticed that if I go to Desktop view, it sometimes looks weird. Sometimes the images aren’t centered in desktop view as they appear to be in mobile view. Or the text, which looks fine when aligned left in the mobile view, seems lost in the desktop view.

And then there’s the reader view, which is pretty much non-formatted — at least via the iPhone app — and looks nothing like what the post looks like when you actually visit the site. I hate the reader view.

So, back to my question. When you read my posts, do you mostly read them from a desktop/laptop, from a tablet, or from a mobile device? Or do you read them via the WordPress reader?

And, for what it’s worth, I read all of your posts from my iPhone in mobile view.

Truthful Tuesday — Late or Never

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts, and this week Frank wants to know…

Is “better late than never” always true, or are there times where never would be the preferred option?

It’s kinda funny that this was the question Frank asked, given that he admitted that he was late getting this week’s Truthful Tuesday prompt posted. Did his being late with this prompt post drive this question? Or was this his question all along and he was intentionally late in posting it to illustrate his point? Tell us, Frank!

At any rate, I think, in most cases, it is, in fact, better to be late than never. However, there is a countervailing saying that goes “too little, too late,” which means that not only were you late in doing whatever it is you set out to do, but whatever you ended up doing was inadequate.

There could be some situations where perhaps never is better than late. Like revealing that you’re in love with someone after they’ve committed themselves to someone else. Or showing up to vote on the day after election day.

Bottom line, though, if depends upon the circumstances. That said, if you’ve committed to doing something by a specific date and/or time, you should do it on-time and do it well.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #120

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

In my formative years and through the late twentieth century, I got most of my news from primarily from four sources: radio, local and national broadcast TV news stations, newspapers, and news magazines (e.g., Time, Newsweek).

I considered these news sources, perhaps somewhat naively in hindsight, to be relatively reliable purveyors of objective truths and facts. Today, however, thanks to the internet, there are myriad “news” sources (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, cable news channels, right-leaning websites, left-leaning websites, blogs) and truths and facts seem to have become quite subjective.

My provocative question this week is simply this:

Where do you get most of your news from? Do you consider your primary news source (or sources) to be objective purveyors of truths and facts?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ 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. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Pristine

FOWCWelcome to June 2, 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 “pristine.”

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.