Blogging——-3 Good thing about my blog?

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QQ: What Are 3 Good Things About Your Blog?

Rory is always keen to know and today he has asked this question. What are three good things about your blog?

First of all, let me clarify that I write two types of posts on my blog.

1. The posts for which I created this blog. These are things about which I feel deeply and want to share my thoughts about them with my readers.

2. The daily and weekly prompts driven posts which sometimes carry my main theme and sometimes are quirky and spontaneous stories and poem. So although I get a lot of positive feedback on these too, I consider them my growing and improving post. This is how I am learning to write better.

So when I say what are the three good things about my blog, I am referring to the first type of posts.

I am not one of those who like to blow their own trumpet. And I honestly cannot say outright what are the three good things about my blog. So I am judging myself from the perspective of my readers. The comments I get on my posts have given me the idea the following are three reasons that people read my blog;

1. I write about a variety of subjects and try to write informed posts. So that whoever is reading, should get correct information.

2. I write on topics which are close to my heart and hence I convey a sincerity in my writing that appeals to the reader.

3. When I write about any issue which has a significant impact on our lives, it is from the point of view of a person who is equally affected by it. So it’s not in a sermonizing tone but in a let’s solve this problem together tone. This sharing makes it more real for the reader.

Written in answer to;

QQ: What are 3 good things about your blog?

By Rory, AKA Bloke

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Tale Weaver #218–Blogging April 11/2019

 

 

This week Michael has given us the prompt Blogging.

He says;

This week write about your blogging experiences.

What does blogging mean to you?

What for you are the highs and lows?

You can tell your story in a factual way or tell it as a story.

Go where the prompt leads you and have fun.

Please limit your responses to a maximum of 500 – 600 words

Link your tales using the linking tool below.

What does blogging means to me

The moment I start to blog, it seems to me

I have entered a world of beautiful landscapes

I read wonderful stories and tales of adventures

I get wisdom from the sages and quotes of philosophers

My imagination soars to the sky as I ponder on new ideas

I put my thoughts into words and stories and rhymes emerge

There comes a kind word or remark from a friend

Encouraging, building up my confidence and skill

It is my beautiful world of blogging!

Written in response to;

Tale Weaver #218–Blogging April 11/19

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Blogging———- Noticed something strange about some posts

So here is an observation. Not a criticism.

Have you noticed that in some blogs posts, two words are merged together, making reading them a time consuming task.

It takes me twice as much time to read a post where two words are merged together, much like the merging lanes of a highway. It would look something like this;

Whatis theidea behindyour post?

Can you read this easily?

Unfortunately, I cannot. Maybe I am wired differently but seeing words which are looking unfamiliar makes reading them a chore for me.

And I believe that I know who is the culprit behind these confusing merged words!

Correct me if I am wrong but I have started seeing this phenomenon after some people started using the new Gutenberg editor!

This was lamented by someone that editing with the new editor is a difficult job. I have stayed away from trying this because I am new to blogging and writing is already a challenge for me, though it is getting easier with time. But if this all is happening when people are using the new editor, then WordPress should fix the problem. Because when I write with my current regular editor, if I make spelling or grammatical errors, it corrects them or highlights them for me to correct them manually. Why then the new editor is letting these words slip by into the published posts?

My humble requested these bloggers is to please check with spellcheck to correct these errors before posting because if we cannot read your posts what is the aim of writing?

Please share your thoughts and feedback in your comments.

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Blogging—— Playing the prompt game!

Doing the daily, weekly and monthly is a good way to grow, as a writer?

It is a debate I have with myself.

Write short stories, poems or creative posts on one prompt or multiple prompts!

Should I do this or should I stick to what I had planned to write when I started my blog? That may not appear as a very complex decision but it perplexes me. It has me thinking about the quality of blog posts I am publishing every day.

The pros:

1. You are never short of ideas. Some kindly blog writer thinks and post a daily prompt for our inspiration. We just take up that word or phrase and write about it. The take half the effort out of creating a blog post.

2. It sets the tone for the day. Many days, I feel my posts are carrying the same themed posts.

3. It makes for a variety in your daily posts because the inspiration is coming from some one else’s mind, you escape the monotony that can come from ideas created by one brain, day in and day out.

4. It gives you an excellent excuse to write about some subject totally unrelated to the basic theme of your blog. These prompts can also take you mind to areas of literature where you haven’t gone before. Like writing in different genres. Without these prompts, I would never would have written a horror, sci-fi or a love story. I might never have written a poem!

5. Picture prompts deserve an extra point as they work on your imagination in a totally different way. The actually represent a story and you can see it in your mind how this story will start, and finish. I find pictures very conducive to thinking. In fact if I cannot find anything to write about a word or a phrase, I pick out a picture from the internet and that makes it easy for me to tell my story or write the poem.

Cons;

1. You can end up posting too many times a day, overburdening yourself and your reader.

2. You can loose your original aim of starting the blog in the first place. This can be a bad thing if you have specific goals in mind regarding your blog. But it can also give you new direction for the future of your blog.

So what do you think is the way to go? Prompts daily, weekly or monthly? Or none?

Waiting for your feedback and comments;

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Blogging—- Am I posting too many times a day?

A question popped in my mind today, Am I posting too many times a day?

I post around 4-5 times a day on most days. Sometimes less some days more, but rarely more than five times.

When I stared to blog, I would post once every two to three days. Then it got to every other day and then daily. Then I started doing daily prompts, which were from different blogs and I would either write individually on each prompt or combine them up to two, three in a post, if they would work together.

After this I discovered many blogs offering weekly prompts. This increased my posts to two or three times a day. As I added more prompts the number of post increased to three and four or five on some days.

The up side;

All this is not only good fun but also it is giving my skill of writing a boost. For a person who hasn’t had any practice at writing before starting this blog( at least not regular, every day type of writing) this is a very important practice. The more you write, the more you can write. Words come easily to your mind, there is a flow in the thought process and also in the writing itself.

The down side;

1. I have posted less on the topics which are the ones I wanted to. The topics which I have declared as my niche topics, i-e, issues of women over the age of 50, diet and health and ketogenic diet. These posts are pushed back and I post every ten days or less on my dedicated topics.

2. I want to post content which is meaningful. Just writing posts or poems in response to prompts does not satisfy my inner urge to write something which conveys a message. So should I just write meaningful posts or maybe fun posts once in a while are okay?

3. Am I overburdening my readers with so many posts? Do these posts jam up your reader or produce excessive email notifications? This is the question I need an answer to. Can you guys give your feedback?

Waiting for your feedback and comments.

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Dealing With Spam!

Is your blog being inundated by spam?

Recently a lot of bloggers at WordPress have complained of having a LOT OF SPAM comments in their spam folder.

I am also facing the same problem. I have tried to block them individually and then deleting these comments. Sometimes they are in a large number and it takes a lot of time, which I don’t have.

So I have worked out a solution that is working for me so far and I want to share it with you.

1. Bulk edit option;

When the spam messages are running in hundreds, then the only option is to do a bulk edit.

a) Open the comments page and click on spam messages.

b) Click on the Bulk edit tab on the right side corner.

c) Click on the Square box on the left side to select all the comments that are on that page, which are 20. All of them will be selected.

d) Delete these by clicking on the 🗑 trash can icon. Repeat till all the comments are deleted

2. Blocking and permanently deleting comments;

There is a small icon on the right side, with user info written near it. Click on it and select the block user option. You can do this if the spam messages are not that many. After blocking the user, you can delete the message

What to do when you see more messages after a while/ day?

I have noted that for some reason beyond my comprehension, the spam messages are posted on my older posts and just on a few of them. There are times that only one post is targeted and 10-20 spam messages are posted there.

My solution:

If you have observed this phenomenon, go to the post which is attracting these spammers, and in the settings, disable the comments. This has worked for me. It will stop the flow of these spam comments.

Just uncheck the allow comments in the discussion , and this should take care of that issue.

Hope this post helps tackling this irritating problem.

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Another Liebster award

Rory from A guy called Bloke and K9 Doodlepips has nominated me for another Liebster Award.

RULES

Acknowledge the blogger that gave it to you and display the award

Answer 8 questions that the blogger gave you

Give 8 random thoughts about yourself

Nominate 8 other bloggers and notify them of their nomination

Ask your nominees 8 questions.

A heart-felt thanks to Rory of A guy called Bloke and K9 Doodlepips for the nomination. I really appreciate the honor.

Here are Rory’s Questions:

1

Are you happy with the person:

1] You are

2] You were

3] You think you will become?

I am reasonably happy with what I am now, though I would like to be a slimmer version of myself.

I used to be an extremely sensitive person, prey to tension headaches and migraines. So not very happy with that aspect of my past. I have learned to let go of worries and ( try not to) don’t stress out about little things.

I don’t know what I will become in future so I really cannot say!

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2

How many colours can you see in the image below, list them in detail.

I can see all the shades of blue, purple, saffron rust green and some of the colors, that I don’t know the names of!

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3

Is there anything within five feet of where you are currently typing that is a permanent feature and motivates you to explore your mind deeply?

I am sitting about ten feet from the TV. That does influence my mind but doesn’t motivates me, I think.

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4

How many vices do you have and of them which are your worst?

Like any average person, I have many vices. Overeating, overspending, giving advice ( trying to stop that) and talking too much. I am trying to stop giving advice unless someone asks for it.

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5

How curious are you to new discoveries, and first time experiences even if they are possibly dangerous or risky for you to try? As in will you try them, or make an excuse not to?

I am not very adventurous by nature unless it’s technology. I love trying new things. I almost tried the new Gutenberg editor but was warned of its many many flaws in time and now I am safe from the frustration cause by using untried software. I alway install the updates on my phone or laptop. And have lived to regret that decision. And that is about all the adventure that I undertake.

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6

If you answered No Way to question 5, what prevents you from doing so?

It’s all answered above.

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7

If you answered YES Please to question 6, what motivates you to take those risks?

I want to learn new things. It gives me a sense of achievement. Also I don’t want to be considered an ignoramus by my kids, who are very tech savvy.

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8

What type of song do you think our banjo player here is playing? Provide a link to what you think it might be as your answer to this question.

I have absolutely no idea about banjo players or the songs they play( call me ignorant) so I picked this one as l liked it!

Stampeders version of sweet city woman.

8 Thoughts about me:

I love reading books and have read books from all genre .

I am a big fan of Marvel, superhero movies. I try to watch them within the first week of release.

I don’t watch TV. Only if something of monumental importance is happening, I would turn on the news.

I love meeting friends and going on girls day out.

I have found out that I love writing my blog.

I am following Keto diet for the last 14 months and am trying to get my stats to a healthy level. But I love carbs so sometimes I slip up!

I don’t like people who break the rules and tell them so. It sometimes make me quite unpopular!

I walk daily. It helps my knees, keeping the muscles strong and also helps me think up new ideas for my blog.

My 8 Questions:

How has writing affected your life?

Do you have any hobbies?

Do you follow the social media?

On a relaxing day, do you prefer to go out to eat or order in?

If you were required to learn another language, which one would you choose and why?

List you 3 favorite writer whose work has affected your own writing?

Morning walk/ jog or evening gym?

What is your childhood dream that you still want to achieve/ or have achieved?

I will nominate 8 blogs for the Liebster Award. Hope that you will accept and Pay it forward.

My nomination:

  1. An upturned soul
  2. Chopkins2x3
  3. Blind Wilderness
  4. I didn’t have my glasses on
  5. Salted Caramel
  6. Stralthy
  7. The Bag Lady
  8. The Haunted Wordsmith

 

Thanks for reading my post.

Waiting for your comments and feedback.

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What blogging means to me!

I started writing a blog quite recently. To say that I like it would be a gross understatement. I really love it. As I read recently that writing a diary or a blog is therapeutic, and so it is. But not only that, blogging gives you a platform to say whatever you like and say it whenever you like. What a feeling, wow!

What I didn’t knew, when I started to blog is the connection you establish between others ( bloggers) like yourself ! It feels like you are in a space all your own. You are sharing your ideas with others, who may be thousands of miles away . And at the same time you are reading their thought, poems and quotes. I really feel as Captain Kirk would have felt when his star ship would be traveling at warp speed. Or when Han Solo’s Millennium falcon is going to hyper space. All flashes of light and a sense of timelessness!

I don’t know if anyone else can relate with this feeling. But for me , I think I am addicted!

Let me know what you think of my post.

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