What the Heck?!

I was about to write a blog on a whole nother topic when I decided to check in on my stats before commencing, and what to my wondering eyes did appear?

400 views today!

Say what?!

On a good day I might have 30 or 40 views, with my highest before being a little over 100. But 400? And for a tiny short blog about rain boots of all things. You can read it here if you want to be dazzled. Ha!

I guess the torrential rain we’ve had today in Alabama may have contributed to the uptick in interest, but I highly doubt it.

Maybe WordPress had a numbers malfunction? Accidentally added me to the Freshly Pressed page?

No, I’m sure it must be the unbelievable, stylistically perfect writing that drew all those readers like a magnet to my blog.

I can dream, can’t I?


I Knew Better, and Now I’ve Got Homework

My colleagues gave me homework today. Humph. What did they give me for homework, and why, you may ask, did they give it to me when I am the one who should be dishing it out?

Well, in case you haven’t noticed, it’s been three months and six days since my last blog. I was on a roll for a very long time of writing a blog every single day. I always knew if I ever skipped a day, I would fall down the slippery slope of non commitment, and that, my friends, is exactly what happened. A day, here, a day, there, and before I knew it, I wasn’t writing at all.

Thanks to those dear homework assigners, I am climbing back up on the proverbial horse and will start writing again. It’s the least I can do.

I could tell you that I didn’t write because it’s been hot. That would be the truth as it has been hot as Hades in Alabama this summer–so hot I couldn’t even stand to go geocaching. However, I do have air conditioning.

I could tell you that I didn’t write because I’ve been off. That would be the truth, too. I will tell you that I have discovered that long stretches of being off for me does not cause me to be more productive–it has quite the opposite effect. With all that time looming before me, I find that I can procrastinate till the cows come home and then some.

I could tell you that I didn’t write because my muse left me, but I’m pretty sure I don’t have one. I’m just a pound it out at the keyboard kinda gal. 

I could tell you that I didn’t write because the Music of the Spheres quit playing, but that would just be a lie since I’ve never heard them play.

I could tell you that I didn’t write because someone told me that my writing sucked, but that’s not true because apparently some of you actually like to read it.

What I can tell you is that I started reading advice like don’t blog more that once a week, stick to one topic, have a set schedule, always include a photo to make it more interesting . . .

I started over thinking the whole deal.

Oh, and I got lazy.

Dear Readers, with that I have fulfilled my homework assignment for tonight, and I plan to pound the keyboard regularly once again.

Seriously WordPress?

The last two blogs I have tried to write (on the same topic) have disappeared into thin air even after I’ve save them.

The first one I wrote on my phone, and the second one I wrote tonight on my desktop. And yes, I saved them.

What’s the deal????!!!!!

500 words disappearing into thin air is not cool.

A Quick Facebook Rant

DH mentioned that he never saw my photos or  blog post links on his Facebook page. Well, I got to looking on his account, and even under the links tab, my blog wasn’t showing up. Since he wasn’t seeing it,  I asked if others were seeing the links.

Turns out, some of them aren’t.

Next step–I started looking about the internet for reasons why and I ended up on a page that indicated if somebody liked the content of the link, they wouldn’t see the links anymore?

What? If they like it they don’t get to see it anymore?

Also, FB has set up all these fan pages and now is constricting the life out of them.

Has anybody heard any of this or know how to fix it?

If you want more info, check out this page: (You’ll have to copy and paste it.)



Last night my blog hit 2,000 views all-time. Wow. I’m so amazed by this. I know in the blogosphere that’s probably not that many in 109 days, but for me, it’s huge.

That was a nice stat to see. Today it’s at 2,047.

When I started this blog, as I’ve said before I thought it would be more directed to specific topics. What it has turned out to be is a kind of snarky stream-of-consciousness ramble/rant on whatever.

I thank you very much for following or reading occasionally. I also thank you for commenting and/or hitting the “like” button.

Writing is good for writing’s sake, but it sure does me good to know from your comments that you are reading and caring enough to take time out of your life to respond in some way to the words I’ve put down or the photos I’ve put up.

Again, thank you from the bottom and top of my heart.

100th Post! Who’da Thought?

When I started this blog 100 days ago, I really thought my direction would be more specific than it has been. What the blog has morphed into, however, is a sort of stream-of-consciousness ramble on a daily basis.

I decided to write every day because knowing myself as I do, I knew that if I didn’t I would skip one day, then 5 days, then 50 days, then I’d find myself saying, “Blog? What blog? Oh! I completely forgot!”

For me it’s much better to write every single day than to try for once a week because I would then become anal retentive and never let go of a finished product. Check this post.

Finding things in life to write about has been and is a daily delight. It has opened my eyes and ears to be more acutely aware of what happens all around me every day.

Feedback from you as well as “likes” from you keep me motivated to continue on.

Thanks for taking time out of your day to read what I write and look at the photos I post.

Here’s to 100 more.

Technology and Writing: Topic #281

Commodore C64G

Image via Wikipedia

The topic of the day posited the question, “Does technology help you write?” Of course. Without it I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t write/blog at all.

I’ve been using technology to help me write since I was an undergraduate student when I used a clunky manual typewriter to complete my papers. Then, a miracle occurred–computers were available to the common man, or woman as it were.

Now if you are considerably younger than me, your concept of a computer and the one I’m talking about are two totally different animals. I’m speaking of a Commodore 64 using the oh-so-impressive Paper Clip word processing program. I thought it was magic! Just imagine not having to retype an entire page if you messed something up! Just push a button and a beautiful dot-matrix tooth-gear driven (or pin feed as my computer guy DH calls it) page rolled off the printer. Yes!

That Commodore 64 with the 5″ floppies took me through the end of my undergraduate days and into my first master’s degree. For a mere $500 I got the computer, printer, and a TV to use as the monitor.

Somewhere along the line I decided that composing at the computer was the only sensible way to approach writing. It seemed really stupid to me to continue to write out material on a piece of paper and then spend more time copying that onto the computer. Cutting out that paper step was natural and painless for me. I’ve never looked back.

Add to that the spell checker and grammar checker ability, and technology helps with writing in quite practical ways as well.

As for blogging with WordPress, I don’t bother with the step of composing in Word and copying and pasting the blog here. I just compose within WordPress and move on my merry way. Again, why go through an extra step?

Writing and technology go together as naturally as apples and Fall. I suppose you could remove one from the other, but why would you want to?