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?


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.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Possibilities

I couldn’t figure out what the photo should be for this challenge, but when this arrived, I had my answer.

Actually, the plastic containers are what arrived with memory card upgrades for my computer from the 1GB you see here to the 4GB it now has. Now, my computer flies!

Before when I was using Aperture3 for my photos, it would take F O R E V E R for the processing, exporting, and uploading to finish. With the 4GB in place, I don’t even have time to play a word on Words With Friends or Scrabble because it is so zippy now. 😀

What are the possibilities? I think they are endless because now I can do some serious work with all the photos that have been languishing as a result of insufficient memory. I’m loving every speedy minute!

Did I mention the 4GB was just $49? That opened up possibilities to spend the saved money on other goodies. Sweet!

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?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

Looking up is what most people don’t do, so this is a fun challenge. I probably would have had more interesting photos, however, if I had been in Washington, D.C. When I’ve been there, my neck hurt from looking up so much.

Here’s some of what I saw locally:


I got lucky catching this hummer in the frame.

Occasionally, an airplane flies over my house like this one did.

Hackberry Tree

We are still waiting for the leaves to turn in Alabama. This Hackberry tree has housed hundreds of Cedar Waxwings at a time.

I decided to look up while I was pumping gas.

Very cool light fixture at Rosie’s Cantina.

A different perspective of the ceiling at Rosie’s.

Look up! Who knows what you’ll see?