High Praise Indeed

Sometimes you get a comment on a post you published that makes you swell with pride. You know that feeling, right? Well last night I received three totally amazing comments on a few of my posts. And now I feel compelled to share these remarkable comments with you.

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Wow, just wow.

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OMG, Alan, I’m verklempt.

Finally, the night’s crowning achievement came from Scotty Michl, who wrote:

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Oh, Scotty, you’re so, so welcome.

It’s comments such as these that make writing and posting on our blogs worth it. Am I right or what?

Blogging Insights — More About Prompts

Blogging insights

In this week’s edition of Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya continues to want to know our thoughts on prompts. She asks…

Before you have written a prompt post, if you read someone else’s response that has the same idea as yours, do you abandon the project, modify it, or continue as before?

As I mentioned last week, most of the time, I don’t read other bloggers’ posted answers to prompts before I post my own, as I don’t want how others responded to the prompts to influence how I will respond. However, if I do happen to read another blogger’s response and it is similar to what I was thinking about writing for the prompt, I will go back to the proverbial drawing board and try to come up with a different angle for my response.

We are all fans of Q&A prompts. How do they spark creativity in you?

I try to come up with witty responses to the questions. But except for Fibbing Friday, where our answers are not supposed to be actual correct answers, I do answer the questions honestly, but still in a what I hope is a humorous manner.

Blogging Insights — Reading Prompt Posts

Blogging insightsFor this week’s edition of Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya wants to know about our reading habits vis-a-vis prompt posts. She asks:

Do you like reading posts written for prompts? If so, what kind?

Yes, I do. I host a number of prompt posts and I read every post from those who respond to my prompts when they link back to my prompt post. I am fascinated by the variety and range of responses.

When you publish a piece in answer to a prompt, do you read entries by other bloggers? If so, do you read them before or after you have written your own?

Most of the time, I don’t read other bloggers’ posted answers to prompts before I post my own, as I don’t want how others responded to the prompts to influence how I will respond. But it also depends upon timing. For example, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields publishes her Friday Fictioneers prompt on Wednesdays. I never post my response to it until Friday because, well, it’s called Friday Fictioneers. But a number of bloggers I follow also respond to Rochelle’s prompt, often starting on Wednesday. Since their posts show up in my Reader on Wednesdays and Thursdays, I can’t help but read what they’ve posted in response to Rochelle’s prompt before I begin to compose my own response on Thursday night or Friday morning. The good news is that my memory is so bad that by the time I start to write my own Friday Fictioneers response post, I usually can’t remember what others have posted in their responses.

Also, I schedule my daily one-word prompt for midnight my time and most of my other prompts for 3 a.m. my time. By the time I wake up in the morning, some bloggers have already posted their responses to my prompts and they’re in my Reader. But other than including my own one-word prompt, along with those of other daily, one-word prompters, in my some of my posts, I don’t often respond to my own prompts, anyway.

Bottom line, for the most part, I try not to read responses to prompts I’m participating in before I’ve written my own response. And, time permitting, I do try to read the responses to those prompts from other bloggers.

Blogging Insights — 2021

Blogging insightsIn this week’s edition of Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya wants to know what we are planning for our blog in 2021. She asks…

How do you see your blog in 2021? What are your hopes and aspirations for your blog this year?

How do I see my blog in 2021? The same way I’ve always seen it — with my eyes.Sorry, I couldn’t resist that. I’m a very literal guy, you know.

Anyway, let’s get to my hopes and aspirations. From a content standpoint, I don’t see much changing, although I do hope that, after January 20th, I won’t be complaining about Donald Trump as much. And perhaps not at all.

I hope that WordPress won’t totally decommission the classic editor in 2021 and that I’ll be able to continue using the it throughout the year, either on my iPhone’s iOS app or on the wp-admin site on my laptop. I also hope that WordPress will finally get around to fixing the bug in its iOS app that causes me to be unable to like and comment on some other bloggers’ posts when I visit their sites.

I plan to continue my prompts and I hope to continue to interact daily with the WordPress community. Were it not for you folks, I might have quit my WordPress blog after they forced the block editor down our throats.

And I hope, both in the context of blogging as well as in your lives, you all have a fulfilling, rewarding, and happy 2021.

Four Thousand

Dear Followers,

I discovered yesterday that my blog has reached a milestone. According to WordPress’ accounting, 4,000 of you are now following my blog.

I know that in the grand scheme of things, the number of followers a blog has is a rather dubious number. After all, my blog has nowhere near 4000 visitors per day. More like between 250 and 350. Where are the rest of you who supposedly follow my blog? Did you follow my blog, read a post or two, and then decide that my blog is not your cup of tea? Or did you follow my blog in the hope that I’d return the favor and when I didn’t, you lost interest?

Well, whatever the case, a milestone is a milestone, right? I want to express my genuine gratitude to the 4,000, 400, or 40 of you who have chosen to follow my blog, and to especially thank those of you who actually regularly visit my blog, who like my posts, and who leave your comments.

You are a prized community of fellow bloggers who have motivated me, despite the games the powers that be at WordPress have played with us (and yes, I’m talking about the block editor among other matters), to stand fast and to continue blogging. I really do love to write and I love to post what I write, but without your encouragement and support, I’d probably have called it quits earlier this year.

So, once again, thank you, thank you, thank you. I know that for many of us, blogging and being a member of this blogging community has helped us to make it through the shitshow that 2020 has been. I hope that the new year will prove to be a better year for all of us.