Blogging Insights — Art or Science

Blogging insightsThe latest edition of Dr. Tanya’s Blogging Insights prompt asks us three questions about the nature of blogging

1. Is blogging an art or science?

Having a blog requires bloggers to possess the technical skills to use a personal computer, a tablet, or a smartphone and to access the internet and to use the website or app of the blog hosting platform to create and publish posts. That said, blogging, to me, is not a science. You can know how to do all of what I just described, but that doesn’t mean you can put two coherent sentences together or craft a post that anyone would be interested in reading. So my answer is that blogging is not a science, it’s art.

2. Can people without a “natural talent” for writing become bloggers?

I suppose it depends on the nature of the blog. If the blogger is using his or her blog as a personal journal or a diary of their lives, or if it has a very specific, narrow niche, then I’m not sure a “natural talent for writing” is a prerequisite. But I do believe that in order to be a successful blogger, you do have to have the talent to be a storyteller and you have to have a talent for telling your stories in a compelling way that grabs the reader.

3. Have you ever taken or taught a blogging course?

My one word answer is “nope.” Okay, that was actually a six word answer. No wait, now we’re up to 22 words. No, 24 words. Damn. 26 words. Fine, I need a blogging course on how to give a one-word answer. But there’s a pattern here. My response to Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompts are never just one-line. Anyway, my answer is still “nope.” It just took me 71 words.

FOWC with Fandango — Valid

FOWCWelcome to January 21, 2020 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 “valid.”

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.

What Do You See? — Born Again

9B95A56B-10B4-48EF-B467-FBB7D93BA2ECShe certainly didn’t look anything like a prototypical storybook witch, or at least not how I envisioned what a typical fairytale witch would look like. Quite to the contrary, in fact. She was breathtaking, statuesque, stunning, beautiful. She was simultaneously dawn and dusk, day and night, water and earth, the sun and the moon, fire and ice.

And yet there was no doubt in my mind that she most assuredly was a witch. A real witch, the genuine article. She surely had me under her spell. I was completely and totally mesmerized. I couldn’t take my eyes off of her. I couldn’t look away, even if I did want to, which I did not.

And then the strangest thing happened. Suddenly I was shrunk down so small that I could fit in the palm of her hand, which is exactly where I found myself. I have to tell you, I was scared. So scared, in fact, that I curled up into the fetal position, right there in her outstretched hand. She held me up into the air and I seemed to burst into flames. But there was no pain, no heat. Just a nice, warm, cozy feeling. A feeling as if I were back in my mother’s womb, ready to be born again.


Written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. Image credit: Pixabay.

Share Your World — News and Expiration Dates

Share Your WorldIt’s time once again for us to answer Melanie’s Share Your World questions for this week. So, without further ado, let’s do this!

Where do you get your news?

My primary sources for news are: The San Francisco Chronicle, The Week magazine, the newsfeed on my iPhone, and MSNBC. And the Daily Show with Trevor Noah, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and Real Time with Bill Maher.

What ‘old person’ thing do you do?

As I am an “old person,” I would say that everything I do is an “old person” thing. I guess the most telling, though, might be that we typically time our dinner meal for as early as 5:00 pm and no later than 6 pm.

When was the coldest you’ve ever been? The warmest?

Coldest: my wife and I went to Barrow, Alaska, also known as Utqiaġvik, in 2007 to visit our son, where he got a job as a state court magistrate, his first job after graduating from law school. Barrow is one of the northernmost public communities in the world and is the northernmost city in the United States.

Warmest: Death Valley, California, where it hit 118°F when we visited it a few years back. But it was a dry heat!

Do you eat food that’s past its expiration date if it still smells and looks fine?

My philosophy is that if it’s not discolored, not fuzzy (assuming it’s not a peach), and doesn’t cause me to gag when I smell it, it’s still good to eat…for me, anyway.AAAD632E-CD95-4171-88F8-2B99BF32C9B9

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #50

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 the New York Public Library at Unsplash.com.733729F9-B458-4A54-BD61-68E0D127E920For the visually challenged writer, the black and white photo shows an old movie theater box office and part of the marquee with drawn images of movie stars.

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 so far. Your posts have been very creative. Please take a few minutes to read the other responses to this photo challenge.

Please create a pingback to this post or manually add your link in the comments.