Fandango’s Provocative Question #191


Welcome 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.

There was a time in my life when I was a voracious reader. Yes, reader, not eater. I was never a voracious eater. But I digress. My point is, in the days before the internet, before WordPress, before Facebook and Twitter and TikTok and YouTube and binge-watching on Netflix; in the days before having the world at you fingertips with newsfeeds on mobile phones, before…well you get my drift…I used to devour between three and five books a week. Mostly novels.

But these days, I don’t read books much anymore. Maybe I read three to five books a year, not three to five a week. But I don’t think I’m that unusual in that regard. Or maybe I am, which brings me to this week’s provocative question.

With all of the distractions mentioned above, do you read books as much nowadays as you used to ten, twenty, or thirty years ago? Why or why not?

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Share Your World — 11/22/2022

Share Your World

Di, at Pensitivity101, is our host for Share Your World each week. Here are her questions for this week.

1. As a child, did you prefer to watch TV, play games outside on a nice day, or read?

At various times, all three.

2. What would you rather do now, read a book, watch a movie at home, dine out with friends, or go down the pub?

These days it’s watch TV (movies or binge-watch TV series). Other than that, blogging and reading. Since the pandemic, dining out with friends is rare and going down to the pub is never.

3. Are you fashion conscious?

Not in the least. My wardrobe consists exclusively of Levi jeans, T-shirts or sweatshirts, or an occasional casual sports shirt. There is nothing at all fashionable about me.

4. Do you wear slippers, clogs or go barefoot indoors?

Blogging Insights — Walk Before You Run

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 American journalist Jeff Jarvis.

“The first step in blogging is not writing them but reading them.

This quote reminded me of that old piece of advice that you need to learn to walk before you run. Back before I started blogging, I told an acquaintance that I enjoyed writing for fun. He suggested that I start a blog. He said it’s writing but you publish what you write and it’s out there forever in what he called “the ether.”

I asked him what people write about in blogs and he said they write about whatever they want to write about. I thought that was a cool idea so I asked him how to go about starting a blog and he referred me to (now commonly known as Blogger).

I opened an account at blogspot and followed the instructions on how to create a blog. It was pretty simple, and before I knew it, I had actually published a few blog posts. I asked my friend to read my posts and let me know what he thought.

In as a constructive way as possible, he suggested that I spend time reading other blogs to see the kinds of things other bloggers were doing. Not only what they wrote about, but how they wrote about their topics.

Reading the blogs of other bloggers, especially those who had decent followings, helped me quite a bit. I was able to discern what I especially liked or didn’t particularly like about the various blogs I read. And all that reading helped me define my own style and voice for my blog.

So yes, I fully embrace this quote. Take the time to read other blogs and then use what you learned. Don’t plagiarize or try to replicate another blogger’s style. But incorporate what you liked and think would work best for you. And then do your thing…on your blog.

One-Liner Wednesday — Teach Your Children

“Don’t just teach your children to read. Teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything.”

George Carlin, American stand-up comedian, actor, social critic, and author

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