W3 # 56- Relaxing with blogging


Suzette’s prompt guidelines

  • Write: A) a haiku, OR: B) a tanka on the theme of “a favorite way to relax / unwind”


What else but blogging

It’s the best way to relax

Writing and reading

Posting stories and poems

Building a community


I’ve written a Tanka for the first time ever. Hope it’s alright.

In response to W3 # 56, prompt provided by Suzette, hosted by David




A to Z Challenge- Questions- T

My posts in A to Z challenge this April will be on questions!

What are the different TYPES of bloggers?

I’ve been blogging for more than four years now. I’ve come across many different types of people in my journey. 

The shy ones, hesitant to comment or interact 

The bold ones, stating their opinions strongly 

The supportive ones, alway ready with a word of encouragement 

Friendly ones who would always read and comment on the posts

Those who only follow for a quid pro quo, requesting us to follow 

The rude ones who face instant blocking and unfollowing 

Then there are those who are like ghosts, invisible and a bit scary 

The vast majority of those who follow are invisible people 

They neither have a blog, nor do they write or read

Who are these people? We all would like to know!






A to Z Challenge- Questions- L

My posts in A to Z challenge this April will be on questions!

Is LIKING a post is enough or should we leave a comment too?

As bloggers, we often engage in this debate; Is it enough to just LIKE a post and not leave a comment?

I believe that if you’ve read a post and have liked it, why not click on the like button? If however, you are on a mission to like as many posts as you can like in a minute or two of a certain blogger, just to capture their attention, it’s not going to bring the desired results.

People have wised up to this ploy. If you want that others should engage with you on your blog, leave meaningful comments on their posts so that they would feel curious enough to check out your blog. At best you can say a little something about your blog in the comments but please don’t post links to your posts instead of comments. Most people, myself included, would just delete these comments.

Sometimes, the paucity of time makes us only able to read and like a post and not leave a comment. And that’s okay. Instead of leaving a meaningless comment, it’s better to just like the post and move on.

What do you think about this question; likes vs comments?




Sunday Poser # 111

Welcome back to another Sunday Poser

This week my question is;

Courtesy on WP

When you Reblog/ share/ do you ask for permission or inform? Do you Link to the blogger you’re writing about

I’m sure, like me, most of you would have come across followers/ bloggers who share your posts or reblog them without asking you or even intimating you. It always comes as a surprise, sometimes unpleasant to find that out just by the link back.

If I want to share or reblog anyone’s post I ask them first, except the first and second responses to my prompt WDYS, which is a tradition and people expect it.

The same is the case when I link to a blogger’s post, I inform them and mention their post with a link to it in my inspired post.

I think we need to show basic courtesy on WP because neglecting these small gestures, can irritate the people we follow.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you ask or inform before sharing someone’s post? And if you are inspired by someone, do you mention it in your post and post a link to their post?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section or you can write your own post and link it to this one so that I can find it.

As usual, thanks of visiting and reading.



Please no solicitation for follows!

Invariably, every day I get at least one message in my comments from new bloggers to follow them.

I want to make this clear to all these people, whose comments about following them end in trash folder, that I don’t/ won’t follow random people asking me to do so.

So please don’t waste your time and energy by leaving these comments. If you want people to read/ follow your blog, write good content, interact with fellow bloggers and be patient.



….. Why Should People Read Your Blog?

I wrote this post some time ago and am now sharing it again with some revisions. As Dr. Tanya is not posting her blogging insight posts in April, I felt that sharing this post again is a good idea.

Once upon a time, Rory of A Guy Called Bloke asked this question;

Why should People Read Your Blog…….

To answer this question, I went and looked through some of the comments my readers have left on my blog.

They have very kindly shared their thoughts on my posts and what I have come up with are these reasons:

1. I write with all my convictions and from my heart. That appeals to most of my readers. If a person is sincere and believes in what they are saying/ writing, then that has more impact on others.

2. I have a variety of subjects on my blog. It’s not about one topic only. That makes for an interesting mix and people like to read that.

3. I write many times a day and that makes it easy for them to catch either one or all of my posts.

4. I write about my own life experiences and some readers can relate to that.

So these are a few reasons, why people read my blog.

Many people when asked, respond that it is not important to them how many people read their posts but I feel that deep down in our heart we do want some acknowledgment and feedback on our writing. I have been very lucky that I have connected with like-minded people on WordPress who read my posts and share their views too.

Why do you read my blog?

Please share your thoughts and feedback in the comments.



I hit the big number: 5000 💖

Though I feel the stats aren’t that accurate or that important but let’s be honest here. It gives a kick to read the number; 5004

And four days back I got this message from WordPress;

I want to thank all those ( real people) who follow my blog, read my posts and sometimes comment on them. It is because of the encouragement that I receive from my blogging family that I write every day. You guys are awesome and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart and the top of my happy spirits.



Blogging related questions and advice

Maggie has asked a few blogging related questions. Feel free to answer them on your blog.

1• Do you respond to every comment, even if it is just an emoji?

Yes, I do. Unless it is the third or fourth emoji. At that point, I just like the comment.

2• Are there styles, colors, or fonts that make reading a blog more difficult?

Since I read exclusively from my WP reader, the colors and fonts don’t affect me. In the reader, it all looks the same.

3• Under what circumstances would you block a user?

Obscenity, spamming, or asking me to follow them repeatedly, will result in my blocking that user. I also have blocked a few marketers and people who were rude to my readers.

4• Are there certain topics you refuse to engage with?

I don’t like to respond to topic like sex, or suggestive innuendo. And I don’t defend my opinions to those who find them unacceptable. I just close that discussion.

5• How do you feel about blogging awards?

At first, I used to be excited and flattered when I was nominated for a blogging award. But it gets tedious after a while especially the nomination process. I try to avoid the blogging awards nowadays.

6• How old is your current blog?

It’s my first and only blog and is about 41 months old. Older than a toddler and nearly a pre-schooler.

7• Do you respond to prompts?

I do post in response to prompts, questions, and challenges. In fact, I’ve been forced to give up a few of my regular prompts because of time constraints.

8• Do the number of your blog followers matter to you?

It’s good for the ego to see the number climbing. It has absolutely no effect on the views, comments, or the number of likes on my posts.

9• What motivates you to follow or unfollow a blog?

I unfollowed many blogs that were dormant or wouldn’t interact with me at all. I also unfollow a few blogs because their topics held no appeal for me. I follow someone who comments on my posts regularly and I find their content and topics to my taste.

10• What is your blogging pet peeve?

I don’t like when WordPress makes frequent changes. Also, I don’t like when it decides that I shouldn’t follow some blogs and makes the changes on its own. Then there are glitches with comments not being accepted or landing in spam.

My advice to new bloggers;

Write regularly on your blog, don’t take hiatus of weeks or months without informing your readers.

Build your community on the blogging world by commenting and interacting with your fellow bloggers.

Frequently update you “About me” page. If you’ve changed the direction of your blog, you might want to update it.

Thanks Maggie for posing these questions.



Time for some changes

For the month of January, I did the JusJoJan challenge which meant writing one post for this challenge daily. It also meant that I had to drop a few of my favorite prompts because I wanted to keep my daily post to three.

Having done just two other posts daily ( excluding JusJoJan) has made me realize that posting three times a day is a bit too much. So from today, I’m going to (try to) limit my posts to just two! There will be exceptions because there are some prompts that I just can’t let go of. But this is the plan for this month.

I also realize that by posting three times a day, I put a strain on my readers who very kindly read my posts. This may lighten their load.

So guys wish me luck in my new plan. As usual, thanks for visiting and reading!



Practice make an expert?

This week Tanya has given us this quote to consider in regard to blogging;


the expert in anything quote

“The expert in everything was once a beginner.”


Our learning process starts when we are born. As we grow older, we start learning. Gradually we chose a field that interests us and try to be good at it.

Not everyone reaches the level of an expert but with effort, we can become very good at what we like to do. Blogging is the same.

Before I started blogging, my experience of writing and formatting on a computer was practically non-existent. I learned the intricacies of the technical aspect of blogging as I went along. How to select a theme, how to place a header, how to make a logo for my blog, all these took tedious and frustrating eons of time. I’m still not very tech-savvy and once I have selected my theme etc with the help of a very good blogging friend of mine, Dr Tanya, I haven’t messed with it.

The writing part wasn’t very difficult for me, though it was a new experience too. It may be that I’m not writing research-oriented posts, but mostly poems and topics that I know about.

I don’t claim to be an expert in blogging, perhaps a mid-level skill would be an accurate description. I have learned a lot about how to write clearly and concisely so that the reader gets my meaning on the first read.

One of my posts that deals with this is;

Secret to a successful blog

Another post dealing with the writing process;

What is your writing style?

Learning to use the block editor was a challenge but due to the kind guidance of expert bloggers, I am now comfortable with it too. In fact I have found a lot of advantages in its use.

Thanks Dr. Tanya for this prompt.

Written for Blogging Insights NF 23# , hosted by Tanya