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February 23, 2020

Some things about blogging...

Perhaps tomorrow or a week from now, I'll regret saying any of these things but at the moment, I'm certain I meant every word I have written here. And I think this posts probably needs some more editing but I don't have the patience to do that right now. So if you read this to the end, I thank you and hope you'll drop by again.

01 | Now and then I had wanted to announce that I'm taking a blog break but that would be silly considering I've been taking blog breaks every other Monday. If you have visited here often, you would know I have not been posting as much as I used. I don't have a schedule but sometimes the prompts and memes that I do (ie, Top Ten Tuesday, Words for Wednesday) sort of keeps me on a schedule though I'm almost always late but mostly, I just post when I have something written or half written. Often I don't have any excuses not to blog but I don't have any excuses to blog either. I write a lot of post drafts but most of them never got posted because after reading/editing them a hundred times, something always makes me not post them.

I guess I've grown into the habit of blogging at a snail's pace which I don't think it's bad but at the same time, I do sort of feel bad about it but apparently not enough to post more. Most of the time, half of me tries desperately for something to post and the other half of me just don't care. I think I'm leaning toward the latter more often now but somehow I don't mind.

02 | I thought about creating a whole new blog and starting over again but then I realized, there's no difference between the blog I have now and a new blog that I might create. The only difference might just be the blog name. Then I thought of creating a new blog and moving everything there but then I got lazy so nothing happened. I seem to want to change blogs every other month but I don't or else I would regret it and come back here. Though I don't know why I keep coming back to this blog. I did sort of started blogging here and there were several blogs before this but I've always stayed on this blog the longest. Currently, this is my third time here. So I guess you can say I have trouble finding a blog name that I like but 'the memory of rain' always appeal to me even if I sometimes think it's not right for me. Maybe some day, I would find a blog name that I would suit me better.

03 | My purpose for blogging has not changed not much: to share stuff. That's enough, right? I mostly just like sharing something like an art piece or a piece of fiction or something that delighted me or touched me. I can't quite say art is my passion, so much so that I want to promote myself as an artist so I don't have an art blog or website. Though I've always thought I would finish writing a novel so I can promote it but honestly, that's not going to happen any time soon. But I still like to blog even if I seem to blogging less and less each year.

04 | I would like it if Google allows readers the option to use the name/url comment option without forcing people to take a difficult eye test. I tried several times to leave comments using this option but I can't get pass the image test. Select all images with palm trees. Yes, I can do that. No, I can't. Some of the images are small and a bit blurry, how am I suppose to tell? You can refresh and get a new test but mostly, they are exactly about choosing certain images with a certain object or feature which I am against because my eyesight isn't great and I can't always pick out objects from images and I certainly don't have the patience to decipher them.

I believe if someone wants to leave spam, a silly image test is not going to stop them. These image test will only annoy and frustrate readers so they would leave rather than leave a comment. I think I rather prefer to type out those Captcha words instead. At least, I can read the letters/numbers. I'm complaining because I occasionally like to leave comments but I don't always want to sign into Google. Plus I think some people would like to comment sometimes but they don't want to sign up which I can understand. I certainly would not force people to sign up for anything to read my blog or to leave a comment.

05 | I notice that I don't get many Wordpress readers anymore which is kind of sad. I'm thinking is because Google had removed a lot of comment options so Wordpress users and other type of users can't comment as easily. Most likely, Google is trying to get people to sign up for Google/Blogger and trying to divide Wordpress and Blogger users as well. I see some Wordpress users signed up for a Blogger account just to leave comments on Blogger blogs which is quite smart of them but those are very few.

06 | Am I the only one happy whenever I see someone has a blog makeover? I love seeing new blog designs and I like that some of these designs improve the blog, make it more pleasing to the eye and most of all, the change reflects the blogger way better than the previous design. So I'm happy to see the change but when the change does the opposite, I have to wonder. Recently, a group blog that I sometimes visit, changed their template to a plain one with magazine style post listing, a strange box style for each post image and using only two colors. I was rather disappointed but mostly I just don't understand the change. Not only is it boring, it looks like an unfinished blog or perhaps a blog that is trying to lose their personality to make it more generic looking? I don't know, I just know the look is very unappealing. At least, the old design has its appeal. I had visited now and then hoping they would change to something more pleasing but I lost hope.

07 | Do you write properly when leaving comments? Like capitalizing when it's needed, lines breaks for paragraphs and complete sentences? I find myself making caps and correcting phrasing and I also run a spellcheck on every comment that I write. (I usually write in a separate app and then copy and paste the text.) Before, I wrote in all lowercases and I didn't care my writing was rubbish but now I'm more careful with my words. I also write fictions so it helps me to practice, not that anyone is correcting me but it's still nice to write as best as I could even just leaving a few words on someone's blog. And I perform spellcheck for every comment because I suck at spelling. I still cannot spell procrastinate without being corrected by spellcheck.

08 | I seem to comment less these days. I read a lot of blogs (check out my reading list here) and about eighty percent of the time, I don't know what to say aside from a few nice compliments. I don't want to be obligated to leave a generic, nice comment that really doesn't sound like much even if I do mean it. I'm not going to force myself to write when I have nothing so there's my excuse for not commenting. I know I probably could do more commenting if I try harder but that's still like forcing myself so I won't make any commitments about commenting but I will say, if I leave some generic comment on your blog, it means I have enjoyed reading your blog.

09 | I still do not get email notifications when certain bloggers/readers leave comments on my blog. I think there are about 5 or 6 of them. I do check for comments but only for my more recent posts because that is where most readers leave comments but for older posts, I seldom check them. I would have to go to the comments in my blogger dashboard to see them. It's been, I think, about seven or nine years. I don't know what the problem is and I don't think it will ever get solved. So if you leave a comment on some of my older posts, please note that it would take me awhile to notice them.

10 |  I do reply to comments on each posts but I do it a lot later, like a few weeks later because I'm that lazy. But I never really know if people come back to check if there is a reply with me being so slow. It is easier if I just don't reply. Sometimes I don't think a reply is necessarily but I like to reply with something if only to acknowledge someone had visited my blog. I also occasionally return to blogs that I have commented just to read their reply.

Some bloggers reply through their blog and through email as well. I only reply through my blog because I think the thread of conversation is easier to understand. Email is great but email messages are harder to read because they go in reverse order so that your most recent message is at the top and not at the bottom. I'm a more linear kind of person so I like things to flow accordingly so I like recent message to be at the end instead of at the top. Of course I am not against responding to emails but some readers don't have email even in this modern age or that if they're on Blogger, they have their email turned off so people cannot reply to their comments through email.

11 | I'm pretty sure I'll blog into old age even if I just post one post a month. Even though I have thought about quitting blogging a lot, I don't think I ever will. It's still sad to me that so many of my favorite bloggers are not blogging. They are all on social media. I'm not against social media but I just wish people would not flock to social media and leave their blog without a blogger. I guess I just miss the old days because I may have brought this up a few times. But it really is damm disappointing to see all those blogs now gathering dust.

12 | Things that I posted seems random at times and it truly is random because I don't write anything ahead of time and I don't always post what I set out to. And I also lack motivation for reasons I can't understand. In fact, most things that I posted here came out of some stray thoughts from being awake at 3:30 in the morning or perhaps I thought of it just this morning. I started this post with various thoughts that have nothing to do with blogging. My mind seems to work at random and yet I love order and organization and so it is why this post is in list form. I think it's actually the best way to blog — just make a list and go with it.


14 comments:

  1. It is always nice to see a post from you pop up in my reader. It is your blog and your schedule, so please don't feel guilty. When you are ready is soon enough.
    I have wordpress identity as well as the blogger one just because of the difficulties of commenting on 'alien' blog types. Which irritates me.
    I am too lazy/chicken to do a blog makeover. I have seen blogs which have had makeovers where it has become more difficult to 'find' things, which puts me off.
    This comment has gone on for quite long enough (too long?) so I will stop here.

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    1. @ Elephant's Child: I think it's smart to have a Wordpress account to comment on Wordpress blog. Maybe I should get one. I see a lot of Wordpress blogs that makes you sign in to order leave a comment. I don't know why things are made so difficult just to leave a comment.

      I seem to have no fear of not finding things which I suppose is a valid fear when something changes. I guess I'm so used to changing my blog's look that I have no problem finding things but I also leave all the things in the same place.

      Actually, your comment is not long at all. I actually like long comments.

      Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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    1. @ Christine: I'm glad too.

      Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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  3. I sometimes don't comment if I read all the other comments and they have said what I was going to say. Other times I don't comment if there is nothing in the blog post that has interested me. I always check back to see if my comment was replied to, some bloggers do and some bloggers don't. I blog a lot less than I did at the beginning. I have so much to do away from the computer.

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    1. @ River: I actually try not to read other people's comment until I form my own but if I have a hard time saying what I want, I would read them.

      I'm glad to hear you have so much to do away from blogging. I guess I have more time and it's probably why I stress about it.

      Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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  4. "I guess I've grown into the habit of blogging at a snail's pace which I don't think it's bad but at the same time, I do sort of feel bad about it but apparently not enough to post more. Most of the time, half of me tries desperately for something to post and the other half of me just don't care."
    How come we bloggers always feel guilty when we don't post, even when we don't really feel like posting? It's one of the greatest mysteries of the universe LOL.

    "I don't want to be obligated to leave a generic, nice comment that really doesn't sound like much even if I do mean it. I'm not going to force myself to write when I have nothing so there's my excuse for not commenting."
    You're not alone in that. Sometimes I read a post and appreciate it, but I don't know what to add to the conversation, or - like you - I don't want to just say "Great post!", which sometimes sounds insincere even when it isn't. I do try to find something to say, because I want my fellow bloggers to feel appreciated, but it's not always the case.

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    1. @ Roberta R: Yes, one of the great mystery of the universe - why do we feel guilty when we know we shouldn't? I don't know why either.

      Writing comments is not easy. I don't think it got easier even after so many years of blogging.

      Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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  5. so out of all these thoughts, i latched on to one: I like to not follow writing rules when leaving comments. It is a little rebellious and I like it. But then again the way we write is communication and if we do it well then perhaps we will be understood ;-)

    Lovely end of winter to you Lissa.

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    1. @Tammie Lee: I hope that my comments are understood but you just never know if something said offends someone or not.

      Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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  6. I often have the same issues with blogging and posts. Sometimes I'm all gung ho to post something and other days I'm like- whatever. lol

    That is a shame with the Wordpress/ Blogger commenting issues and whatnot. I've noticed a lot more issues like that lately too...

    I'm the same with blogging. I thought I might be tired of it by now but it's such acreative outlet, plus a chance to commiserate with like minded book lovers, and such a part of life now... I can't see quitting.

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    1. @Greg: Everything you said is exactly right. I like to be more motivated to blog but that's the way it is.

      I'm thinking the divide between Blogger and Wordpress will always be there as people have their preferences but I just wish it is easier to leave comments without going through all types of processs.

      Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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  7. Ditto,I like blogging, but sometimes I get caught up in so many other things, and I fall behind. If someone is kind enough to comment, I do respond back, but there have been times where it took me 2-3 months to do so.(lol) Those commenting issues are the pits. I agree, sometimes blogging is a creative outlet to share some interesting stuff. For example, based on the things you blog about, I feel like we could hang out for hours, and read or work on a computer and not actually talk. Or we could talk for hours about other stuff with no problem. Hugs, RO

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    1. @Ro: I don't know why I'm so lazy in responding to comments but I can't seem to change my habits but I think it's better to reply later than not at all.

      Oh yeah, we could hang out but I think you'll probably talk more than me but I definitely think you're the more interesting one of the two of us.

      Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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