SoCS — Que Será, Será

It seems like 2021 just started, yet here we are at the end of the second week of the third month, on the 13th day of the new year. There are only two and a half weeks remaining in the first quarter of 2021. Can you believe that?

We change our clocks to Daylight Saving Time tonight. Well actually at 2:00 am tomorrow morning, but since I’ll be going to bed well before midnight, I’ll be moving all my clocks up by an hour before I go to sleep. I still don’t see the purpose for changing our clocks twice a year — an hour ahead in the spring and then an hour behind in the fall. Who thought that was a good idea? All it does is fuck up my sleep patterns, which are pretty fucked up to begin with.

Oh, the other thing this stupid semiannual ritual of changing the clocks fucks up is the timing for my scheduled posts. For example, my FOWC with Fandango prompt is scheduled to post at one minute past midnight Pacific Time tonight. And my response to Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday prompt is scheduled to post at 3:00 am tomorrow morning. But it seems that every year, WordPress somehow manages to screw that up. So my FOWC with Fandango prompt will like be posted either tonight at 11:01 pm tonight or tomorrow at 1:01 am. And my Song Lyric Sunday post will be published at either 2:00 am or 4:00 am tomorrow.

Well, I’m not going to lose any sleep over it, either way. Hell, maybe WordPress will get it right and the posts will actually be published at 12:01 am and 3:00 am, respectively, when I want them to be. But, whatever will be will be. Que será, será.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. Linda give us “day/week/month/year,” and asks us to use one, use them all, use them any way we’d like I our posts.

AtoZ 2021 Theme Reveal

In a few weeks I will be commencing my fourth AtoZ Challenge. This is an annual blogging event that occurs each year during the month of April. April has 30 days. Four days in April are Sundays. The English alphabet has 26 letters. Conveniently, if you exclude Sundays, April has 26 days.

Okay, now that we’ve gotten the math out of the way, the idea behind the April AtoZ Challenge is to post every day during the month for this challenge (except for the four Sundays) leveraging the alphabet. So on April 1st, the post should incorporate the letter A. On April 2nd, the letter B, and so on until April 30th, when the post should focus on the letter Z. Get it? Got it. Good.

The purpose of this post is to reveal my theme for your AtoZ Challenge this year. FYI, there are a number of preset categories (or themes) for this challenge that are available when you sign up, which you can do by clicking here. You can choose any theme you’d like, or if you’re like me and don’t want to get pigeonholed into a particular category for your posts because you’re spontaneous and don’t know what the hell you will be posting for this challenge until that same day, you can, as I did, choose “Other and Miscellaneous.” So, in essence, my theme/category is “this, that, and the other.”

Anyway, I encourage you to consider participating in this month-long, alphabetized challenge. It’s fun and, in case you’re going through a case of writer’s block, it gives you something to write about. Just be sure to practice your alphabet and remember to not post for this challenge on Sundays in April.

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.

Who Won the Week? 01/03/2021

FWWTWThe idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

Just about everybody agrees that 2020 was a terrible year.But 2020 is finally behind us and as we turn the calendars page to 2021, most people are feeling a sense of relief that the worst year in our lifetimes is over. But even more than relief, 2021 is offering us a sense of hope. Hope that we’ll see the end to this pandemic that has been crippling us for the past year. Hope that some degree of normalcy will return to our lives. Hope that we will put aside the differences that have divided us and come together for the sake of humankind.

And so, I am designating hope as this week’s Who Won the Week winner.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Photo credit: MLPFAN3991 at DeviantArt.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #102

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.

2020 is finally drawing to a close, something most of us are grateful for, since this year has been such a clusterf*ck. I think that many of us are looking forward to 2021 being a better year all around.

My provocative question this week, with the end of 2020 just ahead of us and as we anticipate the upcoming year, is simply this…

What do you fear the most?

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.