Streak

I woke up this morning to see in my notifications that I have reached a significant, in my opinion, milestone here on WordPress. Today marks two-thousandth straight day that I have posted at least one post on my blog. Pretty impressive, if I do say so myself.

I was thinking that maybe I should take tomorrow off and start a new consecutive days streak on Thursday. But I can’t because I already have three post scheduled to be published tomorrow.

Well, maybe I’ll try for 3,000 straight days…if I live that long.

Blogging Insights — Intuition

It’s Monday and Dr. Tanya is back with her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. She provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and asks us to express our opinion about said quote.

This week’s quote is from Kelly Thoreson, a self-proclaimed “Killer Content Queen” and creator of Blogfiti, a place for bloggers to learn to write unicorn content that ranks high on Google and moves their businesses forward. Here’s her quote:

“Here’s the only blogging tip you really need: always follow your intuition.”

Let’s see. The quote Tanya gave us last week told us that the only two attributes that make someone a good writer/blogger are talent and the ability to avoid being distracted by the internet, and 97% of that is the latter. This week’s quote is that the only thing a good blogger needs is to follow their intuition. Forget about talent or the ability to avoid being distracted by the internet. That’s so last week This week it’s only intuition!

Come on, Kelly. All you need is intuition? How about commutations skills? Or language skills? Or the ability to tell a story — one that is engaging, interesting, informative, and/or imaginative? Nah, those things are not necessary. All you need to do is follow your gut…and hope it doesn’t give your readers indigestion in their guts.

Sadje’s Sunday Poser — Comments

For today’s Sunday Poser, Sadje wants to know…

How important it is to you to answer comments on your blog posts? Do you think responding to comments is an important part of blogging?

I really appreciate it when someone takes the time to read and comment on one of my posts. And I do read each and every comment. Sometimes, I will simply Like the comment to acknowledge that I’ve seen it. Other times I will simply say “Thanks.” And time permitting, I may respond with a longer comment.

But the point is, I will do my best to read every comment or link-back to my posts and respond with a Like and/or a comment. Because, yes, both commenting on other bloggers’ posts and responding to comments other bloggers have made on my posts are not only important, they are quite possibly the best thing about blogging.

Spam Comment of the Week — Week 47 2022

I get some interesting spam comments on my blog, most of which are captured by Akismet, WordPress’ spam blocker. I generally do a mass delete of all of my spam comments after checking to see if any legitimate comments got caught up in Akismet’s spam-catching net.

I thought it might be fun to select a particularly interesting or unique or outrageous spam comment and highlight it each week.

This week’s spam comment was in response to my Spam Comment of the Week #44.

The very heart of your writing whilst appearing agreeable originally, did not really work very well with me personally after some time. Somewhere throughout the paragraphs you actually were able to make me a believer unfortunately just for a very short while. I nevertheless have got a problem with your leaps in assumptions and one would do nicely to help fill in all those breaks. When you actually can accomplish that, I could definitely be impressed.

Given the post that this comment was in response to, perhaps this spammer is the same one whose spam comment I featured there. He was very complimentary there, though. But apparently I have “fallen very short” since then. Maybe I insulted him.

Anyway, have you read some catchy spam comments that you’d like to share with us? If so, put them in the comments or create your own post and tag it #FSCW.

Blogging Insights — Distractions

It’s Monday and Dr. Tanya is back with her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. She provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and asks us to express our opinion about said quote.

This week’s quote is unattributed, but given the quote, it’s a little ironic because I’m sure it’s something Tanya got on the internet. Here’s the quote:

“Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the internet.”

It’s no wonder this quote is unattributed. It’s an awful quote. I hate it when people quote percentages for qualitative factors that are impossible to measure quantitatively. Where did the 3% number come from? Are there only two attributes that make someone a good writer: talent and the ability to avoid being distracted by the internet? Must be, according to this quote, because 3% plus 97% adds up to 100%, leaving no room for any other attributes for making a good writer.

Im not a professional or even a “serious” writer. Im a retiree who enjoys writing, and blogging gives me that opportunity to exercise my mind, express myself in writing, and have fun. It also enables me to interact with people around the world. And what enables this? The internet!

I rely on the internet. It’s where I can find interesting, timely subject matter for my blog, as well as photos, music videos, quotes. It provides a wealth of information so I can research my topics that I post about. And WordPress.com is accessible through the internet.

I do agree that being a good writer (and a good blogger) does take talent, but it takes a lot of other attributes, including leveraging the internet as needed.