Fandango’s Provocative Question #106 Revisited


Note: Because I am participating in the A to Z blogging challenge this month, I will not be posting any new provocative question until May. Instead, I will be revisiting some previous provocative questions that you might have missed. This one was originally posted on January 27, 2021 and can be found here. Please feel free to respond to it if you haven’t already.

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.

Blogging is a medium of words. All of us who blog are wordsmiths. We use words almost exclusively to express ourselves, to tell our stories, to weave our tales, to write our poems, to help others to understand and possibly even appreciate our perspectives.

In the real world, words can take on different meanings depending on context, inflection, facial expressions, body language, and other countless factors. But in blogging, such visual cues are, for the most part, absent. Thus, the challenge of conveying your intended tone and the underlying meaning of what you write can be daunting. It gets down to the age old writer’s dilemma. Is the content what matters, or how the content is portrayed or presented?

So, as we are all writers who use words to paint pictures, my provocative question is simply this:

In the context of blogging and writing, what do you think is more important: what you say or how you say it?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.

Prompts and Circumstances

The illness made me feel unable to swallow
Leaving my velvet vocal tones voiceless
However, I shall proceed in a purposeful way
And write a post using these six prompts words

Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (illness), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (swallow), My Vivid Blog (velvet), Ragtag Daily Prompt (voiceless). Your Daily Word Prompt (however), and E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (purposeful).

Before anyone tells me how sorry they are that I’m sick, I am fine. I’m not ill. I haven’t lost my voice. I am merely using today’s prompt words for this post.

Sadje’s Sunday Poser — Writing

For her Sunday Poser this week, Sadje wants to know…

What do you like most about your own writing?

At the risk of sounding full of myself, I love everything about my writing. I enjoy writing whatever comes to mind, whether it’s something I read about, saw, heard, did, or imagined. I enjoy responding to prompts, — word, photo, music, whatever. I enjoy exercising my brain, tapping into my creativity, and flexing my imagination.

In my writing I can be anyone I want to be. Any age, any gender. I can be in or from anywhere. I can be an old fart, a young man, a beautiful woman, a detective, a lawyer, a daredevil, a butcher, a baker, or a candlestick maker.

I believe writing helps me keep my mind sharp and it keeps me occupied and challenged in my retirement. And I also believe I’m a reasonably good writer. Well, prose anyway. My feeble attempts at poetry suck.

And I am thankful that there is a community of others who love to write as much as I do and who are happy to share that love as much as I do.

Blogging Insights — Don’t Interrupt Me

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 French author Jules Renard.

“Writing is the best way to talk without being interrupted.”

Unless you’re a comedy writer for a TV talk show like Saturday Night Live or The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and must, therefore, work in collaboration with other writers, writing is mostly a solo activity. Well, it is for me, anyway. Hence, unless some emergency or other urgent matter occurs, I don’t want to have my train of thought broken by being interrupted while writing something.

And at my age, I need to write almost everything that occurs to me down as soon as it pops into my head, lest I immediately forget it. Thus, if I am in the process of writing a brilliant sentence regarding a tremendously insightful thought using a few perfectly chosen words, all of that will escape me if interrupted.

So, bottom line, I agree with Monsieur Renard’s quote, although sometimes I find that my writing will be interrupted by my own second thoughts.

Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmatic

Rory wants to know about our blog reading and writing habits and there’s even a little math involved. So let’s answer Rory’s blog questions.

Are you ‘mostly’ a short content or a long content reader and how many words within those defines can you comfortably read per post?

I prefer shorter posts, say 500 words or fewer. But sometimes a blogger can’t say what he or she wants to or needs to say in 500 words, and if I like the blogger and the way he or she writes, I will occasionally read longer posts.

How many blogs do you read per day?

Here’s the math part. I follow a lot of blogs (more than 150) and I try to read them all each day, as well as posts that bloggers I don’t follow write in response to some of my prompts. But depending upon what other things are going on in my life, I can’t always do that every day.

Are you a short, long or varying length content writer and if so what is your preferred length for a post that you create?

More math. Given that my average post length so far this year is 237 words, I’m going with short. That said, because some posts have word limits, ranging from six to 20 to 100 to 200, I do write some longer posts, but I strive to keep them to 500 words or less.

What kind of relationship do you have with the blogs that you follow – in so far as Like only, Read only, Interact only, Comment only or a combination of all?

It’s a definitely a combination of all of those things.