b6905cf2-2498-407c-a024-e5199cc4815bWhen I was drinking coffee this morning while reading the newspaper, my wife commented that nothing has been done since the 2016 election to fix the issues with voting machines being hacked, to combat Russian interference, to address voter suppression, or to fix state gerrymandering where Democrats receive more votes but Republicans win more seats.

“I have no doubt that, given all this, Trump will be re-elected in 2020,” she said. And then she suggested that Trump is positioning his daughter, Ivanka, to run in 2024, hoping to keep the Trump dynasty going. “That would also make Ivanka Trump the first woman president,” she added.

Ugh. Talk about a worst-case scenario!

We’re doomed!

And then, on a totally unrelated topic, I read an article on a site called Daily Writing Tips that “Google likes 1,500-word posts now, and dislikes 500-word ones.” 1,500 words? Seriously? Dislikes 500 word posts? Oh crap. My average post length so far this year is only 227 words! So much for having any of my posts show up highly ranked in Google searches.

I’m doomed!

Dammit WordPress

b558d83d-f9dd-4807-b3d0-dc6ebf12b60dThis is what I’m talking about, WordPress! What is going on with the Reader in the iOS app? I know that there wasn’t a five hour gap where no blogger I follow posted anything last night! So why the fuck aren’t their posts showing up in my Reader on the app.

Hang on a second, WordPress. I’m going to log into Safari on my iPhone. Give me a second, okay?cda1004d-9aa2-4bb8-9e9a-bee5864797c0Okay, I’m back. Do you see that, WordPress? The “missing” posts are there in the Reader on the web browser, but not on your app.

Get your shit together, dammit.

Wonky WordPress

5b27ffd4-6941-42e4-8573-1247401e1208As we all know, the keepers of our platform, those hapless — I mean happiness — engineers at WordPress, have been doing some wonky things lately. Unexpectedly changing colors on the site, for example. Apparently hot pink is a favorite of some of those happiness engineers.

And on the WordPress iOS app for the iPhone, there are gaping holes in my Reader. I’ll turn on my iPhone when I wake up, go to the WordPress app and start reading posts of the bloggers I follow. I’ll read a few posts that the Reader shows were posted 8 hours ago and then the next post I see in my Reader shows that it was posted 3 hours ago. WTF? Why is there a five hour black hole into which a bunch of posts got sucked into.

So I open up my iPhone’s web browser, log into WordPress, go to the Reader via my browser, and voila! All the missing posts are there! Wonky.

But last night I discovered that I was no longer following at least half a dozen bloggers who I’ve been following for months. There seems to be no rhyme nor reason for those blogs that were dropped from my list.

This is frustrating to me because I try to read each day the posts of the bloggers I follow, but given that I follow about 160 bloggers, I don’t always notice right away if the posts of a blogger I follow suddenly doesn’t show up in my Reader. And in some cases, not seeing posts from a blogger I follow might be legit. Perhaps the blogger decided to throw in the towel, or to take some time off from blogging. But it seems that WordPress just randomly stopped following some bloggers on my follow list.

So if you haven’t heard from me (likes or comments) in a while, that may be the reason why. Sorry about that.

My Blogging Career

a84839e2-80b8-4b96-b09f-93aba8c1ec4aCalmkate, at Aroused, has posed a series of questions about our blogging “career.” I thought they were kind of interesting. So….

What led you to start?

When I first started to blogging in 2005, it was (1) to exercise my writing chops, and (2) to feel the rush of publishing posts in the blogosphere.

Has your motivation changed since starting?

I’m more political than I was when I first started. I also write more flash fiction and respond to a lot more prompts. Now my rush comes when people read, like, and comment on my posts.

What has the experience been like?

Well, I’m still at it after 13 years, so yeah, it’s been good.

Have you learned anything?

I’ve learned to let critical comments by trolls roll off my back.

Has your writing style changed?

I write more flash fiction and respond to more prompts, as I mentioned before. But my overall writing style hasn’t changed much.

Are you planning to write a novel or are you already published?

Nope and Nope.

What advice would you give to a new blogger?

Do your own thing and don’t ask for or take advice from experienced bloggers. We don’t know what the fuck we’re talking about.

Who else wants to take on Calmkate’s questions? Be sure to pingback to her post. Here’s the link again.

JusJoJan — Questions About My Blog

266CF94E-D32A-4ED3-A2BE-F74196B7A7EEFor today’s Just Jot It January post, Linda G. Hill asks us to jot about our blogs. She has posed these questions:

Why did you start blogging?

I started THIS blog in May 2017 because I had retired at the end of 2016. By May, my constant presence around my wife (i.e., always being underfoot) prompted her to say to me, “Why don’t you start a new blog?” I also needed a vehicle to vent about the horrible mess known as Donald Trump.

This blog isn’t my first blog. I initially started blogging in October 2005, as I noted here. It was more of a personal journal back then. I just wanted to do some creative writing and to express my views and observations on life, politics, and society. Hmm. Pretty much the same things I write about now, thirteen years later. 

How did you come up with your theme, if you have one?

I’m not sure if by “theme,” Linda is asking about the appearance of my blog, like which WordPress template I use, or if she’s referring to my niche (i.e., the subject matter of my blog). So I’ll answer both ways.

As to my blog’s physical appearance (or in WordPress speak, blog theme), I wanted something simple and straightforward, where the appearance wouldn’t detract from the content. And I also wanted a theme that was mobile phone friendly — one that suits reading and writing on a smartphone — since I do almost all of my blogging from my iPhone.

As to the theme or niche of my blog, there isn’t one. As my blog’s tagline says, my blog is “random musings on life, politics, and society,” along with a whole lotta flash fiction. 

How has it changed your life?

Blogging has actually become an important part of my life. It occupies many hours a day spent writing my own posts and reading those of the other fine bloggers I follow. I enjoy the act of blogging and the interaction with my fellow bloggers.