Blogging Insights # 34- Reading Habits

Tanya is the host of Blogging Insight series.

Her Question this week;

Do you think that reading is an important prerequisite for writing well? If so, what kind of reading material inspires or affects your writing?

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I think reading helps us tremendously if we want to write well. Some people instinctively have great writing skills and don’t need to hone it by reading.

But for most people, reading not only adds to their vocabulary and expression skills but also introduces them to different styles of writing. It also inspires them with ideas of a storyline or topics for prose or poetry.

For myself, I love reading a wide range of books. I would pick up a work of fiction over a real-life story but there are exceptions. There are bios that I found fascinating.

My first love was murder mysteries from Agatha Christie. Then I started on historical romances by Georgette Heyer. I think my first love was all the British writers whose books I found in my grandfather’s library.

While writing for my blog I take inspiration from all that I have read to date. I also find inspiration from all the blogs that I follow.

In short, for me reading is essential for my writing!

Thank you Dr. Tanya for hosting this series.

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Relatability and resonance

Rory has asked a set of questions on his blog;

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The Resonation of Relatability?

How important to you is it for you to have a level of resonation or relatability to the blog and bloggers you read from weekly or does it not matter and you read purely for the escapism, learning or entertainment factor and so on? 

Mostly the blogs I follow have to have a degree of relatability otherwise I don’t follow them. The thoughts and the content has to gel with me before I make visiting them a daily feature.

There are a few which are either hilarious or entertaining which also are on my reading list. Short stories, poems or funny anecdotes all to lighten up my day.

Do you like to balance your reading or focus on specific genres only?

I think my reading is pretty balanced. But I don’t go out of my way to include blogs which are totally opposite to my way of thinking. That would be just too much to swallow. But if a blogger that I follow has an opinion which is opposed to mine, I will not only read it but also try to look at things from their perspective.

Finally do you need to ‘get your blogger to get your blogger?’ or do you get the blogger anyway whatever?

This question seems to be a puzzle!

I get what a person is writing but do I completely get them?

Some I do because I’ve been following them for most of the time I have been blogging and there are some that are new and I don’t know them that well.

Reading and perusing a blog gives the ideal opportunity to know the person behind that writing.

Blogging Insights- Writing Genre

Tanya is the host of Blogging Insights

QUESTIONS:

1. What is your passion with regards writing genres?

Like you, I started with totally different ideas as to what I was going to write on my blog. During the last 22 months, my writing has progressed on totally different lines.

You can say that my writing is geared towards spreading awareness and positivity. My poems and stories are often written with that aim in mind.

2. What is your chosen genre?

Poetry seems best suited to my style of writing. I love to write poems because you can say things more effectively in fewer words. And perhaps it also has more impact. I can and do write prose, and short stories but I would choose a poem over that any day.

3. What is the genre you might like to write about but lack the confidence to start?

 

Right now, I think I am in my comfort zone when I write in any genre. Fiction is perhaps the weakest and poetry is stronger. One thing that I would like to write is humor. I loved reading PG Woodhouse and would love to write something in his style but I don’t think I have the flair to do it.

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Blogging Insights- Your Reading Habits

Tanya is the host of Blogging Insights

QUESTIONS

How often do you visit the WordPress reader?

Daily! As I have mentioned previously that I blog solely on my phone. When I open my WordPress app, I get notifications of new posts from the bloggers that I follow. But not from all of them. I get notifications from the blogs that I interact most with. After I am done reading these posts, time permitting, I would visit the reader and read all the other posts there.

What kind of blog posts are you more likely to read?

I like to read all sorts of posts. Poems, stories, political commentary, and informative posts. I like posts that make me think and inspire me. Very long posts are usually deferred until I have more time to catch up with them.

I very faithfully read all the posts of the bloggers who are a part of my blogging family. These are given priority over others. But I like variety so I read most posts.

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Blogging Insights# 31- Pandemic effecting the blog

Tanya is the host of Blogging Insights

Posts about the pandemic feature prominently on many (if not most) blogs these days. In today’s Blogging Insights we discuss how it has affected our blogs and blogging.

QUESTIONS

1.

How frequently do you post about the pandemic? Please share links to a couple of your “pandemic posts” that you particularly like. If you have not written anything about Coronavirus/COVID-19 (seems unbelievable) what are your reasons for this?

I haven’t written anything directly about this pandemic. Though I have tried to make people see the lesser negative impact of this crisis.

My reasons are simple;

• With so much information available about this on the internet, I don’t see any need to add my blog post to the tally.

• The topic has lots of negative impact on people and on my blog, I try to create positivity, so I avoided writing about it.

• I don’t consider myself an expert on the subject and would defer to the experts for authentic information about the disease, it’s symptoms, and its treatment and prevention.

Having said that, I did try to boost the morale of my readers by posting uplifting posts during this time of crisis.

2.

What kind of “posts about the pandemic” do you like to read? (If you don’t, then pleasetell us why?)

In the beginning, I sought to know all I could about the symptoms of this disease. What to do to avoid getting sick and what are the treatment options available in case one does get it. I turned to authentic news articles and medical information journals for this knowledge.

As far as the blogging world is concerned, I loved to read the stories of courage of the frontline workers, and how they are standing in face of the danger of getting sick themself, helping others, doing their duty, and being there for us. These stories were inspiring.

3.

How have you and your blog adapted to “the new normal”?

My blog and its schedule are pretty much the same as they were before this crisis. I post the same number of posts and follow my regular routine.

4.

Have you seen any change in your blog stats during the pandemic? Also, are you posting more or less than you used to? 

I think since the pandemic, there has been an increase in the number of people who are following my blog. I guess the reason is that now more and more people are turning towards blogging, having more time on their hands. The number of comments however had decreased. I am also missing a few of the regular bloggers that I used to follow. I guess the pandemic has made them either too busy or has sapped their desire to write. I am hoping to see them back when this situation resolves to some extent.

As for posting, I am posting pretty much the same number of posts daily.

Thanks Tanya for another very topical and interesting set of questions.

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Blogging Insights # 30 – Blog evolution

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Your blog is never static. It is a living and breathing organism that continues to grow as you grow as a blogger. Sometimes this growth takes unexpected directions and you end up with something very different from what you had envisioned.

Credit for today’s question goes to Di of Pensitivity

QUESTION

Has your blog turned out more or less as you expected or totally different?

When I started my blog, I had little idea about the blogging process itself. There was a plan in my mind regarding where I will go with my blog but it was all just in the air.

I had planned to write about the things I knew about. About health, weight loss, different types of diets, and also about the physical and mental health and issues being faced by women over the age of fifty; the empty nesters.

Well as I said, that was the plan. I still write on these topics but I write much more than that. I write poems, short stories and I have started a weekly photo Prompt too.

It seems that my blog has a mind of its own and is growing in the direction of its own choosing.

But it’s a wonderful process of discovery. I am learning and growing as a writer and so is my blog. And this is a fascinating journey. I am grateful for the bloggers who have influenced my writing and taught me a lot by their example.

And I do hope that when people read my blog posts, they are entertained, amused, or inspired by the writing.

I thank all of my friends here who have helped me grow and have supported my blog.

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Blogging Insights # 29- Comments!

Tanya is the host of this series.

She says in her intro;

When I first launched my blog, I didn’t really expect anyone other than my mother and a couple of friends to read my posts. Imagine my surprise when I got several favourable comments on my first few posts. I was over the moon; not only had people read what I had written but they had actually left feedback. Ever since, the comments section is one of my favourite parts of my own and others’ blogs.

 

QUESTIONS  

How important is the comments section to your blog?

I think comments are the barometer of how your blog is doing. If I get many comments on any of my posts, it means that I have managed to engage the interest of my readers. Sometimes though, when I think there will be comments on a particular post, and there are none or just a few, I feel disappointed. So comments are very important to my blogging process. You can say that they are the life of this party!

Do you read the comments on other people’s blogs/posts?

Sometimes when I have time at my hands, I do. It is the fun part of blogging.

Spam comments and spammers : we all hate them. How do you identify spam comments?

The spam filter in WordPress is pretty good. Most of the spam comments are automatically filtered. Sometimes it also put actual and bonafide comments in spam too but I check regularly to rescue them.

Have you ever “approved” negative comments?

 

I don’t approve my comments manually. They are automatically approved, barring a few that contain certain phrases which land them in trash folder. I don’t delete negative comments usually, unless there is objectionable language involved. But I don’t respond to them. I really think that I don’t need to defend myself to others. We all have a right to our opinions but we need not conform to the desires of others.

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Another Award!

Di of Pensitivity has conferred another honor on my blog.

A Sunshine Blogger Award!

Di is a very versatile blogger and has a wonderful blog.

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given by bloggers to bloggers who inspire positiveness and creativity in the blogging community.

The rules are:

1. Thank blogger(s) who nominated you and link back to their blog.

2. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

3. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.

4. Nominate up to 11 new blogs to receive the award, write them 11 new questions and notify them about the nomination. 

Di’s Questions:

1.   Do you plan your blogging day, or just log in and go with the flow?

I plan. Most of my posts are written a day earlier. Except for the daily prompt post. I spend a couple of hours on my blog when I wake up, and a couple more after dinner. During the day, I glance at it from time to time to keep up with the comments and new posts.


2.   If you have a garden, do you prefer flowers or vegetables, or a mixture of both?

I do have a garden and there are flowers and a few trees there. No vegetables unfortunately as it’s not big enough.


3.   Can you swim underwater?

I can’t swim at all. If I go underwater, I’ll probably won’t surface again!


4.   When was the last time you rode a bicycle (push bike)?

That would be 35 years ago. I loved to ride my bike but with age, it just got away from me.


5.   What is your favourite part of a cooked breakfast? (bacon, eggs, sausage etc)

Eggs scrambled with cheese. Or a Mexican omelet. And hot croissants with butter.


6.   Do you sing in the shower?

Nopes! Very bad at singing. I don’t want the neighbors to feel threatened!


7.   What unnerves you most, being stared at by a dog/cat, or a child?

I would say a menacing stare from any of the above.


8.   Do you still have your appendix?

I do! I just don’t have my real knees anymore. The rest is almost there. Maybe I lost my mind or bits of it!


9.   Glasses or contacts, or neither?

I wore glasses since grade six. Then in college, I shifted to contacts. And three years ago I got cataract surgery done in both eyes and now I just need reading glasses. Yeyyyy!


10. What is your favourite day of the week and why?

Before the lockdown, I loved Mondays. After the weekend, it felt good to be on my own and to spend the day as I liked.

Now I like weekends better. No school!


11.  Are you left or right handed?

 

I am a clumsy right handed.

My Questions;

What is your favorite time of the day?

How strict are you with yourself, regarding health?

Do you follow back a blogger who follows your blog?

How do you deal with criticism in real life?

How do you deal with criticism in the blogging world?

Any ideas about how we can turn the current situation to our advantage?

Are you a dessert person?

What colors do you like to wear?

What color decor you like around you, in your home?

What is your favorite place to write from?

Do you like getting Blogging awards?

My nominees;

Tanya

Fandango

Melanie

Rory

Mathew

June

Lady Lee Manila

Leigha

Paula

Jude

Congratulations to all the nominees.

If anyone fancies answering the questions, do go ahead.

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Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award

Di of Pensitivity has conferred this award on my blog!

Rules;

• Thank the person who has nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog.✔️

• Answer their questions.✔️

• Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions.✔️

• Notify the nominees through their blog by visiting and commenting on their blog.🔛

• List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo. ✔️

• Provide the link to the Award creator, as Rising Star from https://idealinspiration.blog (It’s all about Inspiration).✔️

Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award is a non-official Award to the bloggers as a reward of wonderful work on their blogs. It’s just as important because it really reflects the good impact we can have on other people’s lives. Awards are important for the inspiration, towards the success of our fellow bloggers and especially newbie’s to become future “Stars“.

Di’s questions:

1. Do you enjoy Q&A challenges for awards such as this?

I love Q & A posts. Awards are another cup of tea. If there were no nominations involved, I could do awards every day of the week. But I feel that when one gets an award, one should reciprocate and pass it on. The only problem is; to find people willing to play along.

But thanks for the award. It is very kind of you.

2. How long have you been blogging?

I will complete my second year of blogging on 5th September 2020. That makes my blog almost 21 months old. Still a baby I’d say!

3. Has your blog turned out more or less as you expected or totally different?

Not totally different, but quite a bit so. I thought I would be writing about health, weight loss, and different types of diets that I have tried over the years. I still do it sometimes but it’s mostly poems, prompts, and fiction these days. And I like it this way.

4. If you had never had a blog before, would you be interested in starting one?

Right now is the perfect time to start a blog. What better way to get rid of all the thoughts weighing on your mind, than to share them will others. Then it also takes care of the surplus time on one’s hands. Yes, if I weren’t already blogging, I would have started one now!

5. Blogging aside, what inspires you the most?

Life inspires me. A chance remark, a snippet of a song or a line in a book. If we want to be inspired, life gives us countless hints.

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My Questions;

How much time do you allocate to your blog, daily?

Do you feel positive about the future of the written blogs?

What is more important to you regarding your blog;

Views

Followers

Comments?

What types of blogs you are more likely to read?

How do you think a blogger can inspire others in the blogosphere?

My nomination;

PaperKutzs

Willow

Kittysverses

Kristian

Nova

Jade

Saumya

Penny

Teresa

Congratulations to all the nominees. You all very have inspiring blogs.

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Blogging Insights # 28- Late for the party!

Dr. Tanya is the host of Blogging Insights Series

She says;

Many a time it has happened that I have made a draft for a prompt post while having an idea in my mind about how I am going to go about it. But then life happens, I get caught up in the daily grind and by the time I get around to blogging, the time limit on the prompt has passed. The draft just sits in my drafts folder looking sad. Sometimes I delete it but a few times I have just gone ahead with it, completed it and posted it despite the fact that I have missed the bus. So this week’s question for you is :

QUESTION

If you miss the deadline of a prompt, what do you do?

I like to plan ahead. So it is not often that I would miss the deadline of a prompt. It did happen a few times and the reason was that I had no idea what I was going to write for that particular post. That’s why it lapsed and I deleted it later. Sometimes I am doing multiple posts at the same time and they have similar themes. It then gets a bit repetitive to write about the same thing on many posts. That is also one of the reasons that a few drafts never make it to published posts.

But if I find some word prompt,Q&A posts, or photo prompts really interesting, I would go ahead and still post it even if the time slot for it has lapsed.

At the end of the day, it’s my blog and I can post what I like on it. If a Prompt of any type provokes my imagination into writing something interesting, then why not.

Basically that is the function of a prompt, to fuel our thought process.

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