FOWC with Fandango — Topical


It’s January 24, 2023. Welcome to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “topical.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. Show them some love.

Blogging Insights — Best If Read By Date

Blogging insightsFor this week’s Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya has explained two terms that, in the context of blogging, are new to me: “evergreen” and “topical.” She explains that “evergreen” content is content that continues to be relevant long past its publication so that it always remains sustainable and fresh. “Topical,” or timely content, has relevance and significance for a limited period of time. So, to me, she’s asking about the shelf-life of our posts. Do they have a “best if read by” date?

Here are her questions:

Evergreen or Topical content, which do you prefer writing?

I have three broad categories for my posts: prompts that I host, flash fiction post that I write often in response to other bloggers’ prompts, and political posts. I would say that my flash fiction and all of my prompt posts except for “Who Won the Week?” are evergreen. And I like writing them all and, in all modesty aside, I consider all of my posts to stand the test of time.

On the surface, one might categorize my political posts as “topical.” But I would argue that, while they represent what might be a snapshot in time, that doesn’t mean that they have become irrelevant over time. In my Flashback Friday prompt, for example, I have gone all the way back to 2005, when I first started blogging, and revisited some of my political posts from those years. Although the people I wrote about back then are different and the events at the time I wrote those posts don’t necessarily reflect what is happening in our world today, I think they still represent a relevant look back at what was going on during those times and are reflective of my perspectives.

Which do you write most often?

I’ve been writing a lot of political posts during the Trump error (not a typo), particularly over the past year. I will likely continue to do so until Inauguration Day on January 20th because, no doubt, Trump and his minions will be pulling out all the stops to cast doubt upon the election and to tarnish the legitimacy Biden’s historic win. That’s because they care more about their own unenlightened self-interests than they care about the fate and welfare of America. I’m hoping that after January 20th, I will be writing fewer political rants.

Which of these adds more value or engagement to your blog?

I’ll have to leave that up to the readers of my blog. As they say, value and engagement are in the eyes of the beholder. Or something like that.

Four More Four From Rory


This is yet another installment of Rory’s Daily Four.

How often do you write thought provoking content and how topically current are you?

Well, I have my weekly Fandango’s Provocative Question post, so at least once a week. I also post frequently about politics and current events — because of my, you know, unbridled love for Donald Trump, right? So I guess I would say that I write provocative and topically current content at least two or three times a week.

Do you ever play the role in your blog as ‘Devil’s Advocate’ with your readership?

Not intentionally, but I suppose, depending how one interprets my weekly provocative question posts, some might say I’m playing the role of the devil’s advocate with those questions I pose. And I suppose, if you’re a Donald Trump fan, you are the devil’s advocate.

What is your favorite style/genre of writing?

I enjoy writing flash fiction, often built around word or photo prompts, and I try to infuse my tales with humor and, when I can, with an unexpected twist at the end.

How often do you write in a risque fashion and what would that be?

On my blog, rarely. Some of my posts may have some “suggestive” content, but not what anyone would classify as “risqué.” However, I have, indeed, dabbled in writing both soft- and hard-core porn, but those tales have never seen the light of day. They’re stored in a private folder on my hard dick…I mean disk…drive. 😱