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

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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?

Anal Retentive or Anal Expulsive: What I Learned in Lit Crit

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Did you even know that there were two options, or were you like me and thought there was only anal retentive?

I had no clue that the term anal expulsive even existed until my enlightenment in Lit Crit (Literary Criticism) class many years ago. Now I can assure you that Lit Crit is one snoozer of a class. I just needed to check it off my list to move on my way to graduation. When I heard the professor say “anal expulsive” I snapped out of my slumber.

Anal expulsive? What? He proceeded to explain it meant the opposite of anal retentive. That one I understood–being uptight. However, he applied the terms to writing in a way that made my style crystal clear to me for the first time in my life. It also freed me from thinking maybe there was something wrong with the way I approached some writing.

In writing, the anal retentive person writes, rewrites, rearranges, rewrites, proofs, proofs some more, rewrites, and then begrudgingly hands the paper in.  I can be that way on the proofing, but not for the actual writing.

The anal expulsive writer, on the other hand, just blows the content out and then hands it in, or in the case of blogging, hits the Publish button. Wow. What an epiphany!

Who knew I’d been anal expulsive all those years of writing papers? Well, I knew, but I didn’t know what to call it, and I always felt kinda guilty about it. I mean, I would do the research and all, rearrange the notecards, but when the time came to write, I would write and then be done. When instructors would hand papers back to me to rewrite, I never quite knew what to do. I was done. What was to be redone?

I do understand that rewrites can make papers better, but I guess what I’m trying to say is that I felt my writing style was validated by knowing there was an actual term to describe it and that I wasn’t the only person on the planet that wrote that way.

My blogging is much the same way. I started this blog July 31, 2011, and have written every day since. If I were functioning as an anal retentive writer, I would not publish much. As an anal expulsive writer, I can pound out content every day and forgive myself if what you are reading is not the most perfect product.