Share Your World — 05/30/2022

Melanie has given us another round of eclectic Share Your World questions to consider. So let’s consider her questions and craft our answers.

Has anyone ever tried to scam you?

I once get an email from some “girl” in Russia who wanted me to send her money so she could come to America. And I still get occasional emails from what appear to be legitimate companies telling me that I need to log in by clicking on a link provided in the email to update my personal information or to change my password. Fortunately, I have yet to fall for one.

What’s the best thing about parties?

When someone else is hosting them.

Do you listen to people’s advice if you didn’t ask for it?

I don’t listen to people’s advice even when I do ask for it!

Why is it impossible to spell funeral without fun?

For the same reason that if you drop the letter “f” in funeral and switch around the letters “e” and “r,” it spells “unreal.“

How was last week for you?

Not the best, not the worst.

Fatherly Advice

“You need to learn to apply yourself, Teddy,” Alan said. “Don’t let anyone block your path or you’ll be in jeopardy of failing. Life offers us a preponderance of evidence that sometimes lines must be crossed to achieve your goals. You should avoid acting on impulse and instead carefully plan how to scintillate and to stand out in order to get what’s coming to you.”

Elizabeth looked at her husband and said, “Jeez, Alan, he’s not going into politics. He’s three years old and he’s starting pre-school today.” Then she looked at her young son and said, “Would you like me to make you a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch, honey?”

“Thanks, Mommy,” Teddy said and hugged his mother.


Written for these daily prompts: Scott’s Daily Prompt (apply yourself), Ragtag Daily Prompt (block), Word of the Day Challenge (jeopardy), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (preponderance), My Vivid Blog (lines), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (impulse), Your Daily Word Prompt (scintillate), and The Daily Spur (jelly). Image credit: istockphotos.com.

I Need Some Advice

Back in August, my wife and I made the move from a gas-powered car to an electric vehicle (EV), and we couldn’t be happier with that decision.

Now we are thinking about moving from our human, pedal-powered bicycles to e-bikes. We are senior citizens and we live in a fairly hilly area, and managing those hills on our traditional bikes ain’t so easy anymore. So we hardly ever ride them.

But with electric bikes, we can use the power-assisted functionally to help flatten some of those more challenging hills while still giving us a nice cardio workout using pedal-power on the more manageable terrain.

So I’m reaching out to you all. If you own, have experience with, knowledge about, or recommendations to offer regarding electric bikes, I’d love to get your advice or hear your stories.

Over the Top

“I read your column in the local newspaper today,” Jess said to her father.

“Oh yeah?” Ted said. “What did you think?”

“Are you sure you want me to tell you?”

“Well, Jess, since you brought it up out of the blue, I assume you have something to say about it,” Ted responded. “It’s certainly your right to express your opinion, sweetie, whether you agree with me or not, but if you’re going to impugn the way I wrote my column, there’s no question that the behavior of the woman I wrote about was out-of-line.”

“I don’t mean to criticize your perspective, Dad,” Jess said. “In fact, I think you’re right. But, Dad, it’s not so much the subject matter of your column as it is your style of writing. You’re very confrontational and I’m not sure it wasn’t over-the-top. I know you are trying to transcend writing for a local paper and are hoping to get noticed so you may someday write a column for one of the big, national newspapers, but I think you need to do some heavy-duty internalizing, Dad, about your niche.”

“What do you mean by that, Jess?” Ted asked. “I think my column today will get noticed and I’m sure I’m on the brink of being recruited by a paper like the Post or the Times.”

“Maybe so, Dad,” Jess said, “but you write an advice to the lovelorn column and I’m not sure there is a big demand for such columns if you’re striving for the big-time.”


Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (column), Your Daily Word Prompt (impugn), The Daily Spur (style), MMA Storytime (national), Word of the Day Challenge (internal), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (brink).

I Have Been Recognized

Sadje, who blogs over at Keep It Alive, was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award. So congratulations, Sadje. Well deserved. Sadje was kind enough to nominate me, among others, for that award, so thank you for recognizing me and my blog, Sadje.

Naturally, like everything else in life, there are some rules. I will follow four of the the six rules. I will:

Thank the blogger that nominated you and give a link to their site. (Done)
Do a post to show your award. (This is that post)
Give a summary of how your blog started. (See below)
Give two pieces of advice for any new bloggers. (See below)

But I will not follow these two rules:

Select at least 15 other bloggers for this award.
Let each nominee know you’ve nominated them and give a link to your post.

So, here goes.

A summary of how my blog started.

“This, That, and the Other” is actually my fifth blog (which explains why its URL is “fivedotoh.com”). I started my first blog in 2005 because I like to write. I like to express myself. And I write better than I speak. And unlike speaking, where my words often come out unfiltered, and once spoken, cannot be edited or taken back, I can edit my posts before I publish them.

I really didn’t know much about blogging until a friend of mine said that he blogged and I read some of his posts. I thought to myself, I could do that. So I started my first blog. And when I saw that someone I didn’t already know had read my post and even commented on it, I was through the roof. I was hooked.

Since 2005, I’ve had four other iterations of my blog. My first two blogs were on Blogger, then my third blog was on a platform called TypePad. And before “This, That, and the Other,” I had a different blog on WordPress. I keep blogging because I’m retired and I still have things that I want to say and blogging helps keep my mind sharp and my creativity flowing. And I have also found a wonderful community of other bloggers that I love to interact with.

Two pieces of advice for new bloggers.

My first bit of advice is to be you. Write about things you want to write about. If you have a niche, great. If not, don’t worry about it. I don’t have a particular niche. I write about, well, this, that, and the other. You should write about whatever comes to mind and interests you. You might also consider picking a few prompts (e.g., word prompts, photo prompts) that other bloggers post and responding to them. And, at the same time, make an effort to proofread your posts before you publish them. You probably won’t catch every spelling error or grammatical faux pas, but do your best.

My second bit of advice is to ignore advice from other bloggers and just do your thing. Just try to be genuine.

As I mentioned, I’m not tagging at least 15 other bloggers for this award. But if you wish to share the story of how your blog started or pass on your advice to new bloggers, please feel free to do so. But also link back to Sadje’s award blog. (And to this one.)