Blogging Insights — Change

For this week’s edition of Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya want to know about change. She asks…

How comfortable are you with change?

That depends upon the context. Are we talking about life, or specifically about blogging? I’m going to assume that, since the title of this series is “Blogging Insights,” I should focus on the latter.

Generally I’m okay with change, except when it’s change for the sake of change and especially when it’s not change for the better. And WordPress met both of those negative criteria when it introduced its block editor and then essentially forced us to “shit or get off the pot” by “decommissioning” its classic editor.

But even though I’ve spent the last year vocally resisting the change to the block editor, I am writing this post using the block editor. I’m still not happy about having to succumb to that change, but in the immortal words of J.E. Lawrence, who, in The Nebraska State Journal, when describing the difficulty faced during frontier-era life in Nebraska, wrote, “It is what it is.”

How often do you like to change your blogging style or the topics or format of your blog?

Since I started this blog almost four years ago, not much has changed. My style of writing is essentially the same and I’m using the same template (theme) for my blog. The only meaningful change to my blog over the past four years is that I now host a small number of prompts that are intended to tickle the imaginations and stimulate the creativity of other bloggers.

Of course, being as open to change as the next guy, if anyone would like to suggest changes to my blogging style or my blog’s appearance, let me hear from you.

Tale Weaver — Time for Change

Michael, who has served as the host for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver prompt for 320 weeks, has said that it’s time for change. To that end, he will be handing over hosting this prompt to another yet to be named blogger going forward. Good luck, Michael. Thank you for hosting Tale Weaver over the past six-plus years. We’re going to miss you.

And speaking of change, I’ve been very vocal regarding my disdain for the switch to the block editor that WordPress has been forcing upon us. And I’ve been so resistant to that change that I had been considering ending my blog on WordPress.

Well, as of this morning, the “wp/admin” functionality is no longer available to me on wordpress.com. And I guess that means it’s the proverbial shit or get off the pot time.

So, I’m looking change right in the eye and I’m not going to blink. I’ve decided to go all in on the dreaded block editor. In fact, I’m on my iPhone right now composing this post in block editor mode. Yes, that’s right. I’m actually using the block editor. Because Fandango is not the kind of blogger who will let adversity stand in his way. And I refuse to allow the block editor to drive me away from something I love to do.

It’s time for change.

24-Hour Question — Would I?

The ever curious Rory posed another 24 Hour Question. This time he wants to know…

If no one ever read your blog would you still write, keep and maintain the blog or would you change the way you write so as to keep your blog and be read?

He also asked…

Would you change your style to be read more often or would you simply take more steps to encourage readers to read your actual style and build up your own like minded community – or would it not bother you in he slightest?

I started blogging in 2005, first on Blogger from 2005 through mid-2008 and then on TypePad from mid-2008 to mid-2013. During my days on Blogger and TypePad I hardly got any views, visitors, likes, or comments. I didn’t post regularly, averaging maybe five to ten posts a month, and I sometimes went for a month or two with no posts at all.

In fact, so few people read my blog that my daughter gave me this mousepad.Yet I continued to write and publish posts, telling myself I didn’t care if anybody read them. Why? Because I like to express myself in writing and because I got a bit of a narcissistic thrill seeing something I had written posted to the internet. Woo hoo!

In mid-2013 I migrated my blog to WordPress. And even though I didn’t really change the way I wrote, I began to find an audience for my posts. I slowly started to get likes, comments, and followers. And I really enjoyed that interaction. It was much more fulfilling and rewarding than “writing for myself.”

I did change my style after moving to WordPress. On my old blogs I used to write long, rambling, multi-topic posts, often ranging from 1,000 to 1,500 words. But I noticed that my views and comments on WordPress were much higher on shorter posts, those at or under 500 words. So I changed my style to shorter, more concise, and single-topic posts. I also started to respond to prompts, like the WordPress Daily Prompt. My stats jumped when I wore shorter posts and responded to prompts.

In mid-2015 I stopped blogging because I had some personal matters that I needed to focus on and I abandoned my blog.

But in May 2017, with my personal matters behind me, I returned to blogging with “This, That, and the Other.” I continued to keep my writing relatively short and crisp. I began responding to even more prompts. And when WordPress stopped its Daily Prompt in June 2018, I started my own one-word prompt, FOWC With Fandango. And since then I have introduced a number of weekly prompts.

So, after this long-winded, rambling introduction, let me finally answer Rory’s questions.

If suddenly no one read my blog anymore, I’d probably stop blogging. Because the best part of blogging, in my opinion, is the interaction from others who take their time to read my posts and to like and comment on them. I’d still write, at least a little, because I love to write, but I probably wouldn’t publish them on a blog.

Would I change my style to be read more? I did that in the past, as I explained above (my average post length these days is about 240 words, although this one is just over 600 words). But at this point, no, I would not change my style. I’m pretty happy with it. And given my number of followers, daily view, likes, and comments my posts get, apparently so are those who read my blog.

Changing Things Up

Tina brought the Dodge Caravan to an abrupt stop. “We need to reflect on our choices,” she said to her boyfriend, Bill.

“Wait, what?” Bill asked. “What choices are you talking about?”

“I’m sorry, Bill,” Tina said, “but I’m getting tired of listening to the same old music with you, do you know what I mean?”

“You mean you want me to find another radio station?” Bill asked.

“What I mean, sweetie,” Tina said, “is that I need some variety in my life. Sometimes you just need to change things up a bit. You know, switch from the candy you’ve been eating for ages and find a different treat to satisfy your sweet tooth.”

“Are you saying what I think you’re saying, Tina?” Bill asked, a sense of gloom starting to overwhelm him.

“That depends on what you think I’m saying, Bill.”

“Well, Tina, I think you have a lot of gall,” Bill said. “You’re no prize, you know. It won’t be that difficult for me to find new girlfriend as a substitute for you.”

“Now what in the world are you babbling about, Bill?” Tina said. “All I’m saying is that I’m tired of us always listening to pop music on the radio. I want to start experimenting with listening to hip hop.”

“Well, dammit, Tina,” Bill said, “I wish you’d say things straight instead of always using those goddam metaphors or similes, or whatever you call those things.”

Tina reached over and grabbed Bill’s hand. “Bill, honey, do you really think I’m no prize?”


Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompts (caravan/substitute), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (abrupt/gall), Word of the Day Challenge (reflect/gloom), Your Daily Word Prompt (music/candy), and The Daily Spur (variety/prize).

One-Liner Wednesday — Changing the Past

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“While the future’s there for anyone to change, still you know it seems, it would be easier sometimes to change the past”

Jackson Browne, American singer and songwriter

I’m quoting a lyric form the 1974 song, “Fountain of Sorrow” by Jackson Browne. I’ve always loved this song, even though it’s a bit melancholy. And this line, in particular, resonates with me. You can take actions that could change your future, but you can never do anything to alter your past, right? But in this song, Browne laments that he has little hope for being able to change the future, saying that “it might be easier to change the past.”

In case you’ve never heard this song, here it is.


Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday Prompt.