Blogging Insights # 23. Blogging during Pandemic

Dr Tanya Asks;


1.How has the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic affected your blogging? Are you posting more or less than you used to?

This current crisis has made me busier than usual. I am currently with my daughter and am helping her with the homeschooling of my grandkid. That activity has lessened the time I spend on writing my posts. But since I don’t go out except to walk, so the reading and commenting have increased slightly.

2.What is the tone of your posts these days, happy, sad , serious, worried?

I am an optimist person by nature and if I am not exactly happy, I still am hopeful. My posts are reflecting my mood. I am disturbed by the loss of life and health all over the world. But since worrying never helps with anything, I try to be positive, hopeful and uplifting in my writing.

3. Have you written any posts specifically about the crisis and its effect on your life? If so, please share a link?

I haven’t written any post addressing this pandemic exactly. Yet most of my poems and writing are influenced by it.

Here are a few links;

Stream of consciousness Saturday

Tale Weaver- Confinement

Fandango Provocative Question

Daily Prompts- A Message

4. What kinds of posts do you like to read these days? 

I like informative posts that provide genuine information, not the same gloom doom scenarios projected by the media these days.

Besides that, I like to read humor, thought-provoking posts and poems and something that gives us hope. Hope, to my mind is even more important now than ever before. Too much negativity and gloomy outlook have made people depressed these days.



Share Your World 4-6-2020

is the host of Share Your World



If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make them?

It is human nature to try to be perfect and making mistakes is an admission that we are not perfect. That’s why we want to avoid making mistakes. It is with living to the age of wisdom that we stop beating ourselves up on making mistakes and actually start learning from them.

How do we know that pleasure is good and pain is bad?

By experiencing them first hand. Like a baby doesn’t know that the bright colorful flame is very hot and can burn. So either some wise parental guidance or by some unfortunate accident, they find it out and are forever wary of touching the flame. The same is with pleasure.

What problem or situation did TV/movies make you think would be common, but when you grew up you found out it wasn’t?

I think it was the concept of happy families in most of the tv shows, that raised my expectations which were dashed down by reality. Siblings are often at odds with each other and the kids with parents.

If you drive, do you speed when no one is watching?   Have you ever run a red light late at night on purpose, particularly if it doesn’t seem to change very quickly?   If you don’t drive, what minor law may you have broken?

When I used to drive, I loved to listen to music and take advantage of empty roads and drive as fast as the law allowed. Intentionally I never broke the law, or drive through the red light.

What positive things are you finding to do to occupy your time right now?


I am having long walks, the weather is beautiful and very few people are around when I walk, early in the morning. It is refreshing and invigorating. And then there is homeschooling too.





A to Z Blogging Challenge 7 April 2020


Do forgive for forgiveness

Sets you free and others too

It is the best service you can do to yourself

I equate forgiveness to generosity

Because it is the most giving gesture

This is the way you sweeten not only your life

But also that of the other person

Free them of the burden of guilt

And live with a heart which is lighter



Sunday Writing Prompt “Soul Mates”


Sharon McCutcheon


What is a soul-mate?

I really don’t believe that there is just one person with whom you can fall in love. There are a number of people in the world with whom you can connect and if you are lucky, you will connect with the one who is right for you.

Many a people have fallen in love with the wrong person and have endured it because they thought they were soul- mates.

I think we fall in love or are attracted to a person initially due to their physical attributes. And with time and understanding, we develop a close and stronger bond, that of true affection.

A good partner is the one who compliments your personality. Two people in a successful relationship are never exactly same. They are in fact quite different to each other and that’s why they have a good relationship. They fit together well because they are different. In real life we seldom see love at first sight, or fairytale style, happily ever after. What we see are relationships forged with effort and determination to make them work.

It would be so much better for us all if we could come out of the story book style romances and look at life realistically.

The Prompt;

Do you have reoccurring dreams about a particular person (known or unknown)? When you think about what you are looking for in a life partner does a particular image come to mind? What characteristics are you looking for in said partner? Have you ever encountered someone and felt an instantaneous and inexplicable bond with that person reciprocated or not? What does soul mate mean to you? Do you just know where someone is/what they are doing/feeling intuitively? Have you ever felt the presence of someone who wasn’t physically in the room?

In response to;

Sunday Writing Prompt- Soul mates



I Died a Sudden Death

First in this week, Michnavs’s response to the prompt,
What do you see;


i used to be the only one
people are usually afraid of
i carry on with me for centuries
viruses that kill
hundreds of people
children and old alike
rich or poor
science has found a cure
for one of the viruses i carried
but little did they know
i was up for another yet stronger
and more potent one

But I, am saddened by the turn of events recently

I drive people crazy
they put all sorts of protective device
and prevent me from entering their homes
and invade their privacy and goodnight sleep, but i still made my way through
it made them even nuts
imagine seeing them applying all kinds of chemicals unto their bodies
believing i’d be driven away?
ahhh it made me the happiest
little monster of all times

But I, again am saddened by the turn of events recently

in just a snap of…

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Sunday Smiles # 2

So it’s week 2 or did I miss one week. Anyway, that is fine too.

What we need are reasons to smile. Reasons to cheer ourselves and others up.

This week we are watching “Star Trek- Picard”

I really enjoyed watching something which has nothing to do with reality. The story is very well developed and the acting is good too. Take a look if you’re a fan of Star Trek. Or even if not! Because I am not fond of the spin-offs but liked this one.

The other thing which makes me enjoy my day and smile are the daily walks I take with my grandson. It usually lasts for an hour. We go out, early in the day to avoid running into too many people. We talk about different things during this hour. But mostly my grandson tries to teach me all about his favorite game, Minecraft!

He explains the intricacies of the game, the best “mods” to get and which version is better. Needless to say, I have never played the game but I enjoy his love and interest in the game immensely. Maybe I will play it with him, one day!

So this is me. The things that made me smile this week.

Please share what cheered you up.

Looking forward to your feedback



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Reena’s Exploration Challenge # 129

Reena is the host of Reena’s Exploration Challenge


I invite you to explore either one or both of the following themes in your piece

  1. Addiction
  2. Depression


Addition is often born out of depression

When we cannot find answers we turn

To finding oblivion in a bid to forget

But addiction is not just substance abuse

It is also when we feel unable to function

Without a crutch, a dependence or a craving

We can overdose on food or something benign

But excess of anything is never a good idea

Kick the addiction away in a healthy way

Seek help for asking for help is not weakness

Fight for yourself as you are precious

Fight your battle with full force

It is undeniable that a healthy body leads to

A health mind and psyche




Stream Of Consciousnesses Saturday 4 April 2020

Linda is the host of Stream Of Consciousnesses Saturday

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “deep
.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

Dive deep into facts and try to KNOW

Why take what others are saying as gospel truth

We owe it to ourselves and others too

To think and dig into the hearsay

To find out what is actually the bare fact

And what are the opinions attached to it

To embellish it, sensationalize it and dramatize it

So for a change think deep thoughts and find the truth