Same Old, Same Old

Most people will keep on doing the same things every day, resisting any change because they fear the change will upset what they are used to.  Life gets better for every generation, but most people don’t see this, because they observe many things growing worse.  We still have racism, sexism, oppression, pollution, disease and war and these things may never go away.  Most people see doom and gloom, where only a few spread sunlight, and move toward progress.  It is easy to see the glass as being half empty, because the more people have, the more they want.  They are no longer satisfied or content, with having accumulated enough wealth and possessions to live a happy life, as every possession they have fuels a desire for further accumulation.

The first and most fundamental responsibility for a human being is to be happy with what they have accomplished in their life and what kind of person they have become.  Everything that you do should be for your own happiness, but your happiness should come from you being nice to others.  Happiness is inside of you, and you can achieve it anytime you like, no matter the outside circumstances.  If everyone could learn how to listen more and criticize less, the whole planet would be better off.  Make a goal of leaving an imprint on the world for doing great things, as we all have the opportunity to grow.

Written for Blogging Insights New Format #20 by Dr. Tanya where she asked us to consider the following quote, “Don’t be the same, be better.”

Many Possibilities

You can get the right people to follow your blog by tying a yellow ribbon around the ole oak tree and clearly stating the purpose of what you have to say.  Once people know how you are going to express your feelings & emotions, they will keep coming back to get their daily dose of what you are throwing down.  If you have not tied that yellow ribbon for people to see what your blog is about, they will stay on the bus and ride right past your house with no intention of getting off to see what you are blogging about, so you have to be like a dog and mark your turf.  When the right people are seated on the bus and they get window seats for when the bus drives past your house, they won’t have to think twice about getting off to see what you are saying, and once they are familiar with your blog, they should be able to predict what’s coming around the next corner.  They won’t need to face chaos and uncertainty once they are acquainted with your writing style, and a whole busload of people can stop by to visit you every day.

Most blogs are not going to change the whole world, but every blog has the potential for doing something great.  There are some busses that you don’t want to have driving past your house, so you need to be concerned with what type of people are getting on these busses.  The thing about blogging is that you really can’t control who is going to read what you write, but if you stay consistent with your topics, your audience should be reflected in that.  Blogging can be a beautiful skill if the blogger is intelligent and possesses good communication proficiency, but a blog doesn’t always need to express feelings & emotions to interesting.  It is a really great feeling when you write something and you see that whole damn bus full of people cheering for what you wrote

Written for Blogging Insights New Format #18 by Dr. Tanya where she asked us to consider the following quote, “Blogging is a beautiful skill to express your feelings & emotions to the right people out there.”

What It Is

Blogging originated a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away and when it reached Earth, there was a new hope for mankind.  Sorry as I enjoy teasing, but blogs started out as a natural extension of the increased use of computers and the creation of the earliest forms of the Internet as government military, scientific and academic networks.  The internet existed before the World Wide Web, but it was not open to most people and commercial traffic was forbidden.  The pre-Web Internet was an almost entirely a text-based world where communities of people interacted on these networks and this was mainly used by academics.  Individuals created content for themselves or others and stored that content on computers that were connected to the networks.  Before blogs became popular, these communities often communicated and shared frequently-updated content through community message boards, a forum discussion site where people held conversations in the form of posted messages.  The term “newsgroups” became coined to describe many of these discussion and information-sharing areas, so users could make comments and ask questions in response to the postings.

If you have an internet connection, you can be a blogger and most people do this for their own personal use, while others do it for business purposes.  A blog is an educational, informative, or entertaining website that shares information on a variety of topics and although a podcast can be on a blog, it is an audio file and a blog contains written text, along with visual photos or videos.  A blog post has a much longer life span, than anything that is written on Facebook or tweeted through Twitter, and if it is made publicly accessible, it should generate Readers who will get there through searches.  In social media, a Follower is someone who has subscribed to an account in order to receive all the updates.  Followers and Readers are usually allowed to LIKE posts and also make COMMENTS on them.

I have not met any bloggers who are changing the world, but I have read many interesting posts and if someone was posting their shopping list, I would totally ignore that.  A blog is a place that holds ideas like a newspaper, or a magazine, but it is not distributed in print.  It is a nice tool to share your thoughts and possibly connect with other like-minded people.  I have been blogging for the last 4 and a half years and it hasn’t changed much, but I consider it to be a good way for me to keep out of trouble.

Written for Blogging Insights New Format #17 by Dr. Tanya where she asked us to consider the following unknown quote, “A blog is merely a tool that lets you do anything from Change the World to Share Your Shopping List.”

Mathematical Expression for Blogging

Dr. Tanya asks us to comment on this expression, “To Blog = To share, To connect, To create, To inspire”, which are all important aspects of blogging.  There are probably many other mathematical expressions that could be used about blogging, such as the posting frequency at any blog will be directly proportional to the traffic received at that blog, so if you write more posts, you will probably get more visitors.  Thus, we have posting frequency ∝ number of visitors.  How about shorter posts tend to hold your reader’s attention more than longer posts, making this equation post length ∝ attention span.  I think that posts which feature pictures or videos are more interesting, so this equation would work out to be videos = connections.  I think that real comments are much better than emojis, so another equation might be comments = interactions.

There is no argument from me that when you write a blog that this is done to share, to connect, to be creative and hopefully to inspire others, so I totally agree with Dr. Tanya’s mathematical expression, although I mostly blog to be creative.  I don’t have a problem sharing and sometimes, I may even share too much.  Sometimes I write stuff that is a bit off the wall and I don’t get the connection that I am looking for, but I usually get around 15 Likes and 8 Comments on every one of the posts that I write and that is enough for me.  I am clueless as to if I have ever inspired anyone, but I do host a few challenges which some people respond to and I guess that is because something that I wrote inspired them to participate.  Anyway, blogging is always a very important part of my day.

Written for Blogging Insights New Format #16 by Dr. Tanya where she asked us to comment on a mathematical expression for blogging.

Rainy Days and Mondays

Some people hate when it rains and others love it, the ones that feel angry on days that have more precipitation, will feel sadness or lower self-esteem when it’s rainy outside.  On days where the Sun is not shining and it is dark and dreary out, some people are definitely more susceptible to feeling lonely or down and like Bill Withers said. “Ain’t no sunshine when you’re gone.”  Rainy weather can make a person lethargic, where they just want to crawl back into bed and get under the covers and chalk the day off as a lost cause.  With that said, does good writing have to evoke feelings inside the reader’s mind, so that they don’t just know that it is raining, they actually feel like they are being rained upon?

I guess you could define good writing this way, but this is only one tiny aspect of good writing, as that is a much bigger topic.  If the writer is able to trigger the reader’s emotions and make them feel or experience something, that has to be considered as good writing, because the writer connected with their audience and that is the whole purpose of communication.  If your writing is relatable and the reader can sense a real-life experience by reading it, that will allow the writer to make their point and it should keep the reader intrigued to see what else they have to say.  Creative writing is not easy, but it starts with knowing and understanding what your wants.  People read so they can have their own experience, so the writer must create a series of effects to facilitate and enhance this experience that their reader is looking to consume.  Readers want to be touched and moved and sometimes they want to step into other worlds created by the writer and be subjected to the unknown.  If a reader is able to immerse themselves into a fictional world that feels authentic to them for a few hours, then that constitutes good writing.

Let’s go back to the rain and discuss if it is possible to make a reader actually feel the rain.  Readers are looking for action in stories, so you can’t just say that it is raining, you have to state that your character trembled from the cold rain, that a shiver ran down her spine as she inhaled only a shallow breath and then struggled for another.  Readers will only relate to your characters emotions, if they are able to understand who your character is and why they are doing certain things.  Poor writing will come across like it is a weather report to the reader, so your writing must be infused with symbolism to give it meaning.  If the writer knows how to set the mood and tone for a story, this will allow the reader to change how they feel about their surroundings.  A good writer has to steer and guide their readers by giving them hints about what is going to happen.  The story should always be under the control of the writer, and the emotions of the reader can be effectively evoked by trickery, when the readers aren’t noticing that they are being manipulated.  People will reread the same stories, not because they don’t know what is going to happen, but because they became transcended in the wonder and awe of a story that made them feel something and that is the magic of writing.

Written for Blogging Insights New Format #13 by Dr. Tanya where she asked us to comment on the idea that, “Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader – not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.”

Mondays Are for Blogging

I usually try to write something for Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge, Paula’s Monday Peeve, Dr. Tanya’s Blogging Insights, Sadie’s What Do You See and Melanie’s Share Your World, but I don’t always make all of them because life gets in the way.  If I can avoid interruptions, then I can get a lot of writing done and although my writing does get interrupted, I can usually pick it up again at the point where I left off at.  If I am in a conversation and I get interrupted, anything can happen from there, as I could lose my train of thought and switch to a different topic, so you never know.  If a rude person cuts me off in a conversation, in the grand scheme of things, this will most likely be annoying and unpreventable.  Some people enjoy throwing their two cents in and this will wreak havoc on me being able to finish what I was trying to get out, so I would say that “writing is the best way to talk without being interrupted.”  I wasn’t sure where I was going with this Blogging Insight, but I am satisfied with the way it came out.

Written for Blogging Insights New Format #12 by Dr. Tanya where she asked us to comment on the idea that, “Writing is the best way to talk without being interrupted.”

Who Do You Love?

I write for those that I love, but anyone can read my blog.  I basically write for my own enjoyment, (believing there is nothing wrong with showing yourself some love), but I put enough love into every one of my posts that it will overflow my cup and then it can be spread out for others to enjoy.  In my Stats it says that over the past month that I average about 220 views every day, but it doesn’t tell me who these people are.  It also says that I get about 180 visitors every day, so some people can’t get enough of me and they come back for more punishment.  I imagine that my return visitors are the ones that leave comments on my posts, as unless they just left and emoji, I will respond to their comment and they probably come back to see what I wrote to them.

I am not sure how good this chart above is going to turn out, but it clearly shows that I am losing some of my viewers, as I got 9.4K views in January and September showed that I only had 5.4K views and maybe that is a seasonal thing, as I have never paid attention to that statistic before.  Maybe this steady drop in viewers is telling me that my writing is getting worse, but I feel like I am at the peak of my game now, even if I am getting less views.  WordPress says that I have 1,469 followers and this year I got an average of 14 comments per post, but half of those comments are made by me.  WordPress also says that I get an average of 18 likes on my posts which means a lot to me.  WordPress also gave me a list of my most frequent commenters for this year and all 6 of these bloggers are dear to me as their comments make my efforts feel like they have been rewarded, so I want to say a special thanks to Sadje, Glyn, Melanie, Max, Fandango and Di.

I never thought that my writing would be used for posterity, as I don’t have any offspring, but I do get a lot of people who read my older posts.  Just the other day, I got an email from a person named Mavis Gold who asked me to update an old post of mine Sloopy Hang On which happens to rank at #3 in my all-time views having got 10,871 views.  This post was published back on November 8th in 2017 and recently some new evidence has come out that proves the girl dancing in this video id not Liz Brewer as I stated in my post.  I took Fandango’s advice and disabled comments on my older posts and this has greatly cut back on the amount of Spam that I am getting, so Mavis Gold was forced to write me an email.  I don’t have time to go back and update my old posts, as I am always moving forward to newer and better things, but this goes to prove that some people in a future generation may be reading some of my stuff.  I placed the video that she sent me a link for below, which proves that the dancing girl was not Liz Brewer, but is another dancer named Lisa Leonard Dalton in the McCoys ‘Hang on Sloopy’ video that became a #1 hit.

Written for Blogging Insights New Format #11 by Dr. Tanya where today she asks us to consider a Margaret Atwood quote, and she wants to know who we you write for, whether it is for ourselves, our readers, or posterity?

Writing Became My Life

I may never make any money from writing anything, but it is what I do and therefor it began to represent who I am.  I have written three really long books and they sit inside my computer, never to see the light of day, but I got a lot of personal gratification out of writing them.  These books could not be more different in the topics that are discussed, but the thing that they all have in common is that they are filled with stories.  When I started writing my first book titled Man’s Footprint in Water, a history teacher that I know told me that I would have to be crazy to even attempt writing about such a vast topic.  It is a history book filled with short stories that starts from the beginning of time on Earth and there is always some type of connection with water.  It is meant to be a coffee table book, where anyone could open it up to any page and read a story and immerse themselves in the beauty of water, but it only has the stories and I never got around to adding any pictures, therefor it is unfinished and it will never be published.  I think it is a great book written in chronological order and it shows how man advanced as a civilization, and how we depend on water, and how we learned from it.

My next book was a masterpiece and I am very proud of it, but nobody has ever read it, except for a former girlfriend of mine.  It is divided up into seventeen chapters, being 462 pages long and containing 293,525 words and I paid two different artists over $1,000 to create pictures for it.  this book is titled Ancient Book of Eli and Eli happens to be a fictitious step cousin of Jesus, so it has a religious theme.  When my girlfriend finished reading it, she told me that she had to break up with me because she wanted to devote the rest of her life to God, which I guess was a compliment, but something that I never expected.  I originally started writing this book as a comedy, but it became a conversational story book with all of my characters telling different stories.   Not a heck of a lot goes on in this book, besides these conversations, but it has a plot and it does take you on an adventure.  I have talked about this book before, so it is just too bad for the rest of the world that nobody will ever read it.

My third book and probably the last book that I will ever write is titled So You Want To Learn Calculus and it goes without saying that this book is not for everyone.  It was written to help students understand the subject of Calculus, one that I struggled with even though I was able to get the correct answers for the problems, I never truly understood why I had to learn this.  It takes a different approach to the subject and it is also a story book letting the students know who invented this weird math and why they did it.  I felt that by giving the students a historical foundation, it would make this subject more relatable.  It is also very different from all the other books on Calculus as it does not contain and problems for them to solve, as I figured that they would get enough of these when they take this subject in school.  I may have gone a bit off the rails in this book, as after I explain about Calculus, I went into some other topics that are very deep, but if you are able to read this book, there shouldn’t be surprised by any mathematical topic that comes your way.

Written for Blogging Insights New Format # 9 by Dr. Tanya where today she asks us to consider the Stephen King quote, “Writing did not save my life, but it has continued to do what it always has done.  It makes my life a brighter and more pleasant place.”

I Write for Me

Truth means little to nothing to me and I don’t give a rat’s ass about polite society, so I write for my own enjoyment.  Etiquette and manners have no place in my writing, as I am here to express my opinions and I am willing to listen to the opinions of others.  Writers write and Monday is a serious writing day for me.  I am not a fan of Stephen King, even though he is a very successful writer, as I don’t enjoy the horror genre.  I have watched several of his movies which I though were good, but some of his stuff, I will never watch.  I will never be popular like he is, but I enjoy my own writing more than I enjoy his.

I started out as a technical writer and I wrote many things that nobody would ever want to read, such as standard operating procedures of how to correctly clean a toilet bowl and many more technical things that most people would never understand.  Writing requires discipline and hard work, and it is only worth pursuing if you can get some satisfaction out of it in return.  Not everyone can be a writer, because they are not willing to put in the work.  My first post today took me two and a half hours to write and it only contained 576 words, but every one of those words was well thought out.  It was fiction, but it came off reading like it could have been based on some truth, but there was nothing contained in it that would conform to polite society.  Everyone’s days are numbered, so all I strive for is happiness.

Written for Blogging Insights by Dr. Tanya where today she asks us to consider the Stephen King quote, “If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered.”

41 Years

Time changes everything and as our civilization makes more advancements, it is hard to keep up with everything.  Music has changed, home entertainment has changed, personal computers became popular in the 1980s, dial-up Internet access switched to broadband in the mid-2000s, life expectancy has increased and this is a whole different world now, than it was 41 years ago back in 1980.  41 years before that back in 1939, when Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the President, you could rent a house for $27/month, buy a loaf of bread for only 9 cents, get a gallon of gas for 10 cents, and you could probably buy a new car for around $700.  In 1980 the cost of renting a house went up to $243 a month, and today the average price is $1,140, as rent prices have been increasing on an average of 8.86% per year, consistently outpacing wage inflation by a significant margin.

The price for a loaf of bread increased to 50 cents in 1980 and today that is up to $2,50.  A gallon of gas in 1980 went up to $1.19 and in 2021 this is now averaging $3.51 today.  A new car was priced around $7,000 back in 1980 and today this cost is over $40,000, which is frankly ridiculous.  I think that life was easier before, but I think that it is better today.  Years ago, there was not much to watch on TV and you had to get up to adjust the antenna, to change the channel, adjust the volume and all those other gizmo knobs that helped you get a clearer picture and the real early TV sets were in Black and White and they broke down all the time, because they were based on tube technology.  It is what it is and you either get with it, or you get out of the way, as it will surely run you down and not think twice about doing that.

Written for Blogging Insights by Dr. Tanya where today she asks us to consider the following, “Did you know that 1980 and 2021 are as far apart as 1980 and 1939?”