Blogging Insights — My Audience

Dr. Tanya has decided to change things up a bit for her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. Instead of using the Q&A format, she provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and ask us to express our opinion about said quote.

This week’s quote is from Margaret Atwood, a Canadian poet and novelist probably best known for her book, The Handmaid’s Tale.

“Perhaps I write for no one. Perhaps the same person children are writing for when they scrawl their names in the snow.”

This week Tanya follows up the quote with the question, “Who do you write for? Yourself, your readers, or posterity?”

My answer is yes, I write for myself, for my audience, and for posterity.

When I first started blogging in 2005, I primarily wrote for myself. It was a way for me to get my thoughts out “on paper.” My blog allowed me to express my thought, opinions, and perspectives. I was primarily writing for myself, with little expectation that anyone else would read my posts.

And very few people did during my first eight years of blogging at Blogger and TypePad. Then I moved my blog to WordPress in 2013 and suddenly I found an audience. Or they found me. After two years on WordPress, I had acquired close to 3,000 followers and was getting lots of daily views, likes, and comments. I was thrilled to be writing not just for me, but for an accepting and appreciative global audience as well.

In the spring of 2015, for personal reasons, I abruptly shut down my blog. I still wrote, but my writings were for my eyes only. Then, in the spring of 2017, I returned to blogging with this blog. And, once again, I found an audience of other bloggers who seemed to like and comment on my posts.

I still write for myself in order to share my thoughts and to exercise my imagination through flash fiction. But I also write for other bloggers by hosting a handful of writing prompts aimed at inspiring them to write on their own blogs. And I love writing for my audience of readers and my almost 4,800 followers — some of whom actually read my posts.

But I am also writing for posterity. I hope that after I’m gone, my children and grandchildren will have something to remember me by, a means of knowing what my thoughts, my opinions, and my perspectives on issues of the day were. And that they might enjoy some of the tales I wove in my flash fiction posts. I hope they will love reading my posts as much as I love writing them.

Dare I Do It?

I keep getting notifications on my iPhone about the release of the latest, greatest update for my Apple phone: iOS 15.

I also keep getting this notification from McAfee demanding that I immediately update my now out-of-date iOS software.

Oh, the pressure!

I’m thinking that I’ll wait until Apple rolls out iOS 15.1, as there almost always seem to be issues with the initial “big” (i.e., those with a number followed by “.0) releases of Apple’s iOS.

On the other hand, based upon what I have read, iOS 15 has some pretty neat features and new functionality that is kinda cool.

Should I jump into iOS 15.0 with both feet? Should I be an early adopter? Should I risk having all kinds of unexpected issues that arise on WordPress because of shoddy integration between the WordPress iOS app and the new Apple iOS?

Or should I play it safe and give the techno gurus at Apple and the happiness engineers at WordPress time to work out the kinks.

Thoughts?

TMP — Frozen

Every Monday, Paula Light, with her The Monday Peeve prompt, gives us an opportunity to vent or rant about something that pisses us off.

WordPress is pissing me off today. Or maybe it’s Apple. Or maybe it’s WordPress and Apple. I don’t know.

I blog on my iPhone. I use the WordPress app for iOS. And, of course, the Apple iOS for iPhones. Most of the time, especially now that I’ve gotten used to and have actually embraced the block editor, the WordPress app works fine. But twice in the past two weeks, right in the middle of saving a draft post, the app froze up. I hit “Update” and got the icon showing that it’s updating. But then it doesn’t stop “updating.” I can’t do anything, including closing the app. The screen, except for the that little circle going round and round in the black Updating box, is frozen.

I can move to a different app on my iPhone, but when I return to the WordPress app, it’s still updating and I can do nothing within the app. So then I go back to my iPhone’s home screen and delete the WordPress app. I then reinstall it from the App Store and it’s working again. Except the updates to the draft post I was working on were never saved.

I just got notified that Apple iOS 15.0 is available to install. I think I’ll wait and give the WordPress happiness engineers a few weeks to figure out how to make sure the WordPress iOS app and iOS 15.0 can live together in harmony before I install that update.

And that’s what’s pissing me off today.

Blogging Insights — Twitter, Facebook, and WordPress

Dr. Tanya has decided to change things up a bit for her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. Instead of using the Q&A format, she’s going to provide us with a quote about blogging or writing and ask us to express our opinion about said quote.

Here’s this week’s quote.

“Twitter is like a calling card. Facebook is like a phone call. Blogging is like a full-fledged conversation!”

I’m not sure I have much to say about this. I’ve never had a Twitter account because I never really saw the point. I do have a Facebook account (and an Instagram account as well) because my now fully grown children with families of their own use Facebook and Instagram — although Instagram more often — to post pictures of what’s going on in their lives. And even though my Facebook and Instagram accounts are active, I am not active on either. I never post anything of my own on them. I only read my kids’ posts.

So I have no opinion about whether Twitter is like a calling card or Facebook is like a phone call. But I definitely think that blogging — especially on WordPress with its active user community — is like having a conversation, some of which might be characterized as “full-fledged”; others, not so much…but conversations nonetheless.

Fandango’s Flashback Friday — May 28th

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of your earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 28th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.


This was originally posted on May 28, 2018.

Happy Retirement

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The retirement ceremony was brief. “In a appreciation of his forty years with Klemperer and Sons, I am pleased to give this engraved silver pocket watch to our retiring head of accounting, Harry Rhodes,” the eldest Klemperer son said.

The two dozen or so employees who were gathered in the large meeting room gave Harry a round of applause. One of them started a “speech! speech!” chant and a few others joined in, prompting Harry to stand up and say a few words.

“I don’t know what to say, and as most of you know, I’m usually not speechless,” Harry said, his quip generating a smattering of chuckles. He looked at the pocket watch George Klemperer has presented to him. “Just what a retiree needs, right? A watch. So that I’ll always know what time it is when what time it is doesn’t really matter all that much anymore.”

Harry took note of the awkward silence. “After forty years with the firm, all working in the accounting department, I’m finally hanging up my visor, pocket protector, and armband and retiring. It’s a good thing I figured out early in my career how to embezzle millions of dollars off the books just for this occasion.”

Again, an awkward silence. “I’m just joking,” Harry said. Then holding up his pocket watch, “I guess I’d better, um, watch what I say, eh?” This time his comment drew laughter and a round of applause.

Harry spent a few more minutes shaking hands and bidding his former coworkers farewell.

As he was leaving the office for the last time, Harry went over to his personal assistant of the past ten years. He winked at her, leaned over, and whispered in her ear, “I wasn’t joking.” Then he placed the pocket watch in her hand and said, “give this to your husband,” and kissed her on the cheek and told her goodbye.


Written for today’s one word prompt, “ceremony.”