Do You Agree? 😈

Recently, an individual made the claim that I moderate (and/or block) comments that do not agree with the thoughts and/or opinions I have expressed in my posts.

This is true.

BUT …

  • Only when those comments become repetitious (that is, they include the same information, just expressed in a slightly different way), or …
  • When the information that is offered has been shown to be patently incorrect, yet it continues to be presented, or …
  • When the comment includes religious “preaching” (as opposed to offering a religious viewpoint).

In actuality, I welcome alternate opinions/comments as they can often engender some rather lively discussions.

Further, in my defense, I have been part of the WordPress community since 2008 and considering that over 2,000 people are subscribed to this blog, I think it’s fair to say I must be doing something right. 😊

WordPress Changes

Just came across some news that says WordPress is making some pretty major changes. FORTUNATELY, I also found out that those of us who are already using WP will not be affected. PHEW!!

Here is how I came across the information.

Today I received notification that a new person had joined my blog — and had also commented on one my posts. After reading the comment, I decided to visit this individual’s blog. During a quick scan of the various post titles, one in particular caught my eye … “Changes Coming to WordPress.” Naturally, I was interested.

This person’s post offered a brief overview of WordPress’s actions, then linked to another post that provided much more detail.

After reading the linked post, I also visited this page that provided even more information. PLUS some feedback from disgruntled customers!

Suffice it to say that WordPress is screwing around with a good thing once again.

As I mentioned in my opening, it doesn’t appear the changes will affect those of us who already have blogs, but it you have any plans to add a new one, BE PREPARED to open your pocketbook.

How Much Is Enough?

“Ark,” of A Tale Unfolds fame (or is that infamy?) and photographer extraordinaire, made this comment on another blog and it intrigued me enough to write a short post about it.

Cultural background may well be the reason why some feel they need a paragraph or more to express an idea.

As many who regularly visit my blog already know, I’m not a fan of lengthy blog comments (or blog posts either, for that matter). Although it’s not my practice to moderate visitor remarks, I concede that I do occasionally share my preference-for-less-words to the “offender.”

I have, at times, wondered why the sheer number of words disturbs me so. Perhaps my discomfort harkens back to a high school English teacher who taught me that too many written words tend to become superfluous. Her admonition sank deep and ever since then, I’ve made a concerted effort to be economical in my writing – and perhaps this is why it vexes me when others are not.

Anyway, going back to Ark’s comment – why do you feel some individuals feel the need to write lengthy discourses when sharing their viewpoint? Is it a cultural thing, as he suggests? Or is it because the writer feels they must “explain” things in order to be fully understood?  Or are some individuals simply long-winded?

Please be aware this post is not directed at any particular individual(s) … however, if you feel a nudge as you’re reading it, there could be a reason. 😉

Attention WP Bloggers

There may be a workaround for Gutenberg! It’s a Microsoft program called “Open Live Writer.” It was part of Win7 and I used to use it all the time. However, as Microsoft often does, they arbitrarily decided the program wasn’t needed so they removed it from Win10.

Up until Gutenberg 😠, I really hadn’t missed it since writing blog posts was easy and convenient using the “Classic” editor we’re all so familiar with. 

But now … as most of us know all too well … things have changed!!

Here is the description of the program:

Open Live Writer is like Word for your blog. Open Live Writer is a powerful, lightweight blog editor that allows you to create blog posts, add photos and videos then publish to your website. You can also compose blogs posts offline and then publish on your return. Open Live Writer works with many popular blog service providers such as WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Moveable Type, DasBlog and many more.

Essentially, you just type what you want to say into the program and then tell it to post a draft to your blog. It will show up on a page with the Gutenberg look — BUT in the format you’re used to.

It’s available as a Microsoft app — just search for “Windows Live Writer 2020” (without quotes) and you should get the link to download the program to your computer. It’s free, BTW. Smile

After downloading the program, you’ll need to provide the location of your blog, your user name and password. 

Let me know if it works for you and/or you have questions. Together we’ll make this happen!

In The Blogging World

Ever since I first began blogging (2008), I’ve found inspiration from newspaper and magazine articles, books of many stripes, and even from things I’ve read in the “Letters to the Editor.” I’ve been prompted at times to agree or disagree with TV commentators, offer my opinion on a Facebook post, share my thoughts regarding my family’s religious beliefs (different from mine), and more than once I’ve been motivated by something someone has written in a blog.

Probably the one area I’m most reluctant to write about is my personal life. While many bloggers enjoy sharing their personal life stories and experiences (sometimes in depth!), I tend to shy away from this topic.

I’ve said all this because I’ve been accused (as have some others) of merely writing on topics and/or comments that I’ve seen on other blogs. While other blog posts can and do offer food for thought, they are NOT my sole source of inspiration. (Although I must frankly admit there are some topics that simply beg for a response. 😛)

The point I want to make is this:  the primary reason I have this blog is because I love to write. Some people like to garden. Others find pleasure in baking cookies. Many like to hike. And some enjoy taking pictures of “critters” (not mentioning any names).

And within each of our special pursuits, we have variation. Not every gardener grows strawberries. Not every baker bakes chocolate-chip. Not every hiker takes the same path everyday. And not every writer limits themselves to one topic.

So to those who seem to think their blogs posts are my primary source of inspiration, stop flattering yourselves.

I’d like to add that the friends I’ve gained through blogging are irreplaceable. I’m so glad to have “met” each of you (well, maybe some more than others 😉) — and to have learned who you are as a person through your words (and pictures).

I think the one big “take-away” from all this is we are all unique individuals  … whether in the “real world” or the blogging world.