Who will listen to my story?

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I am thankful for you all for listening to my ramblings

Empty nesters are in a peculiar situation

They have ample time at their hand no one to mother

No one has time to listen to their story or how their day went

It was at such a time that I discovered blogging

I connected with a wonderful community who are always here

I pour out my heart, my stories, and poem on my blog

And I am always sure that out there is someone who is reading

It gives a purpose to my writing and I feel connected

Thank you all who read my writing and listen to my stories

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What’s your writing style?

It does matter how you write.

All of us, the writers, poets, and journalists have our own way of expressing our thoughts. I follow lots of blogs full of wonderful writing.

But some are better than others because they have certain qualities;

• Clarity

• Simplicity

• To the point

• beauty of expression

Have you’ve noticed that the beauty of writing and expression is what draws you to a blog again and again? For me, it is one of the things I look for when I follow a blogger.

I love when I read something the first time and it immediately sinks in, giving me the true feel of what the writer is saying. On the other hand, there are many wonderful bloggers who write beautifully but it takes me at least a few readings to get their meaning.

Clear and simple writing, is to my mind the best type of writing. Even philosophical thoughts are best when expressed simply. It should be like telling a story, if we write it clearly, the reader is right there with us. And if the language or the expression is too complicated, we lose the attention of the reader as well as the plot.

Grammar is another very important thing that needs to be checked when editing your writing. A few common mistakes are enough to change the meaning of your writing and can be off putting to the reader. A very useful app, Grammarly can help you with checking your spellings and sentences. The free version is good enough for simple task of checking grammar.

What are your thoughts on this topic?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section.

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Block editor- I must admit that it isn’t that bad

For almost a year I resisted using the block editor on my WordPress app.

The reason was that when I tried a few trial posts on it, it felt that too much time was being wasted on doing the routine stuff. The layout was new and different from the classic editor and I had to find my way around it from scratch.

Please, also note that I blog exclusively from my WordPress app on my iPhone. So when I was informed by WordPress through an email that very soon the option to use the classic editor would be taken away, I was resigned to the fact that it’d take me a lot of extra time and effort to write my posts.

Well the day finally came and guess what?

It isn’t all that bad. In fact it’s almost the same but different.

It isn’t as difficult as it was when I tried it initially and my guess is that the developers have made some changes. I can’t say how it is for those using a laptop or a Pc to blog, but for me, it’s working well. In fact, there are some things that are easier to do in this editor like well…. editing.

So I withdraw all my objections to the new editor and encourage others to try it too.

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It happened!

So it finally happened! They updated my WP app, automatically and now I have to use the dreaded block editor. I was afraid that it would take me a lot of time to compose a post on it but that’s not the case. Perhaps, because I don’t do any formatting after I write my posts. Anyway, now I am in the same boat as the rest of the community. So much so for the smug feeling that I still have my classic editor!

It’s not that difficult as I imagined. And maybe I’ll be able to work with it.

So what’s the verdict?

Wish me luck!

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Guess what? 3000 followers

This milestone was tantalizing me for a few months. Yesterday I got to 3002 follows.

My heartfelt gratitude to everyone, old friends and new ones for being a terrific support to my blog.

You people are the real stars who give me the encouragement to write day in and day out. I am honored by the fact that you visit my blog read my posts, like them and some share their thoughts in the comments.

Thank you all so very much!

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To reblog or not to reblog, that is the question!

I have been running my prompt;

For a little more than a year now.

I reblog the first response when I first see it and then share the rest of the responses in batches of three each daily. These shares add to my number of daily posts.

As I have decided to reduce the number of my daily posts from 4-5 to 3-4, I want to know the opinion of my readers about the reblog and sharing of the responses.

Should I keep on sharing these posts daily or is the final roundup post on Sunday enough?

( As one very wise blogger said that only the bloggers whose post is being shared is happy about the reblog! )

Another change I’ve made, albeit reluctantly is that I have stopped doing the 4-5 daily prompts that used to do.

All this is to reduce the burden these frequent posts put on my readers. Lately, I have noticed a drop in the number of comments by my readers on my numerous posts and that is very understandable. I don’t have enough time to read all by all the bloggers that I follow so it is but natural that others are having the same issue of time management.

I would be really grateful if you all can give me your feedback in the comments.

Thanks,

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Blogger Recognition Award

Navaparna of the Passionate Learner has very kindly nominated me for this award

The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger that nominated you and give a link to their site.
  2. Do a post to show your award.
  3. Give a summary of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice for any new bloggers.
  5. Select at least 15 other bloggers for this award.
  6. Let each nominee know you’ve nominated them and give a link to your post.

How I started my blog;

I have told this story often but for the sake of this post, I will tell it briefly. My good friend, Tanya started a blog on WordPress and asked me to check out her posts. Now I could open her blog and read her posts from my browser but I couldn’t comment on them. I thought that to do this with ease, I should make an account on WordPress too. From this first step, the next one was to start my own blog came quite naturally. As as they say, I never looked back.

My advice to new bloggers:

• Write as much or as little you want.

Never be intimidated by the demands of writing more than what is convenient for you. Or less than what you want. Bear in mind that it is your blog and you can do whatever you want on it. Be genuine and always be yourself. Don’t try to emulate anyone else.

Do interact with others on blogosphere;

Blogging is not a solitary activity. It means being part of a community. Most of the fun of blogging comes from interacting with others here. Build your community and be appreciative of those who show interest in your blood by returning the favor.

My nominees;

Tanya

June

Carol Anne

Fandango

Melanie

Di

Paula

Angie

Priya

Jeff

Sangeetha

Ramya Vivek

Jude

Leigha

Era

All the nominees are under no obligation to accept but it would be nice if they did ( see, no pressure! 😂)

Thank you once again for the nomination, Navaparna.

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Everything is changing so I think I should too!

More than half of this turbulent and strange year has passed. And I feel it’s time for a change!

As you might have read on my blog before, I have often deliberated on my posting routine. I feel that following so many prompts, I am posting too many times a day. This not only puts pressure on me to come up with 3-4 good posts daily but also causes those who follow my blog to feel that they have to keep up with my posts!

The result is that due to this stress, some of the posts that I have spend a lot of effort and time on, get hardly noticed. It’s my fault. So starting from now, I am ( hopefully) adopting a new schedule, 2-3 posts a day including the daily Prompts.

It is very tempting to write more as I can do that but if no one can spare time to appreciate them, then what’s the point?

Writing less may mean that I might drop a few of the regular prompts that I follow but it’s all for a good cause. That you shouldn’t be burdened by too many posts, and the ones I write can be given proper attention.

Thank you all for reading!

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Relatability and resonance

Rory has asked a set of questions on his blog;

24 Hour Blog Question Directory

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.

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