OY!! You Are Bad Blogger! Bye!
You know, some days are worse than other days …. yesterday for instance was not a great day for me .. l was quite low … bad weather, not being able to get out, Lockdown Blues and just a general sense of “Bleh!” It finished ok apart from an email l received late last night… which is the reason to this post.
Today was a better day, sun shining, blue skies, able to take a 14,000 step walk, talked and had a social chat to a shop owner l knew and saw on the walk and managed to even get a talk with my elderly next door neighbour Edward. Good day … and so far today is a better day, l am getting my shit together. I am washing my bedding , l do this anyway .. but faced with the irksome task of putting the quilt back on can cause me to fill with dread, but no – today is a good day – bring the quilt on!
As l was towelling myself off today l looked in the mirror and thought ‘”Hello!! My stomach looks ‘flatter?’ I realised l have started losing weight on my stomach and then when l breathed in and held my stomach for 10 seconds further realised that l was going to achieve my May goal of a flat stomach but now l had to add stomach muscle strengthening exercises to my daily rota. Of course, why didn’t l think of this before? The stomach muscles would need core strengthens!
A good start to an already better start to the day as the sun was shining. I fed the birds and my little pal Robbie came down and actually took a dried mealworm from my fingers! A good day! Charlie seagull landed on top of the plate of peanuts and made a noise l have not heard before that sounded like ‘Thanks Matey!”
A good day ….
I had a pigeon land twice next to me on my walk and he came right up to me, l was quite astonished, but he posed for a photograph … a good day. The squizzles and ducks were all out and equally as photogenic – a good day and l managed to take a lot of photographs – brilliant!
|You might not be able to see the full flock of 15 or so, but they are scattered throughout this treeline .. there are distinctly two in these shots and l have zoomed in to allow you to see one more clearly , the first image shows one just below the crook of the tree.|
In Sandwich we have a flock of parakeets that circle the town and they are seen all over the place, but l saw them on my walk this morning – that was good. When l got back from my walk, a parcel was waiting for me inside the house and it turned out to be my ‘Bowl Cozy’ from Lauren of ISS Attitude of Gratitude and that was greeted with joyful enthusiasm – making it also a very good day indeed!
Many thanks Lauren l genuinely appreciated my cozy and l loved the bears too!
Last night, l hit 50 minutes on my indoor bike and l was very pleased at that indeed, l am working towards 60 minutes which is my target for end January – so l am on target.
I hope you enjoyed the images above …. they made this day a good day!
|OY!! You Are Bad Blogger! Bye!|
When l received the email late last night from an unknown sender – luckily l wasn’t feeling too low, l was in a good mood. I was still elated at having achieved 50 minutes cycling, I was reading blogs, catching up with my reading, had just completed The Hello post for today and wasn’t far short of retiring for the night, looking forwards to today’s better weather. As is my way, l check my ‘Private Blog Emails’ before l switch off the computer.
My blog is connected to a different email and where all the notifications arrive every time one of my readers makes a new post – l don’t have a contact form attached to my blog – but l do openly display the private email for the blog, so readers can contact me that way. But it is also the email l use with my friends from WP. It’s a much quieter email, less busy – no chance of the right emails getting lost in the wrong piles.
My close friends in WP know that l have been a bit ruffled this last week in blog, but l have held my shit together – l have ranted off a couple of times to them … but all is good! It takes a lot to really shake my cage, it doesn’t happen often, but occasionally it does. When my positivity is high like now, l tend to take most on my chin – afterall – l am an adult – it’s what adults do.
The Guy Called Bloke email addy on a month receives roughly 40 assorted emails from people – close friends from WP account for around 25%, then there is around 45% assorted emails from different readers asking questions which l pose on the blog, then there is around 25% from ‘editors’ who wish for me to pop a link of theirs into an old post – l don’t respond to those requests, because l KNOW full well they don’t actually read my blog but have just done a small search on x, y and z and l have an evergreen post that qualifies from 2018/9 or something and finally l have 5% random emails … and occasionally l have hate/troll mail.
So last night l got an email, that basically said in the headline …. OY!! You Are Bad Blogger! Bye!
Mm, l thought … just what l needed to finish off my day … you know you can’t help yourself – you find yourself thinking about an email like that and so today l decided to set a post and ask a question at the same time.
Are You A Bad Blogger Rory? That’s not the question by the way … that was me asking the question of myself whilst l lay in bed last night before lights out.
I opted to sleep on it and give it further thought as l walked today …
Am l a bad blogger Analysis
Well l might well be and so l then gave everything more thought … as it warranted a response.
1] I don’t use the WordPress Reader ..
l have a directory page internally and every time l am reading blogs l open that up and only use that. It holds currently 60 direct blog links to my favourited bloggers. So l am pretty fixed in my reading … l read what l like, what l have a passion for and who l like reading from as often as l can .. so maybe l am antiquated – and old fashioned and too set in my ways.
BUT – l don’t have many friends in real life and let’s be honest how many people can we truly engage and interact with effectively – every week, month or even day even in blog and follow their life with genuineness?
2] I am ALWAYS behind in my reading – l start out every month with good intentions to read from my 60 favourited bloggers twice monthly and somehow l am always falling behind!
But l do read the posts l read … l will write about something which has gotten worse this last year sometime this week or next, which is making my reading harder – BUT l do read the posts l stop by with, from start to finish – l don’t skim through the contents, and if l can leave a healthy comment l always try to and will do.
3] I don’t comment on everything written by bloggers!
I only leave comments when l have something to say and ONLY after l have actually read the post … l try to make genuine comments and not something too generic – the latter usually displays a reader who hasn’t actually read the post and may have simply skimmed through other comments to create an answer of their own and look good.
4] I don’t LIKE everything for the sake of it!
I ONLY hit LIKE, if l have LIKED the post l have actually read .. l am not a Likemonli Monster as l jokingly call them .. as in click like on everything – to show support or garner attention.
5] I don’t have a one themed blog!
My mind these days and as l have aged cannot concentrate on one theme only, so l write about variety, eclectism and things that l like or are to do with my life … l maintain a blog that l would want to read from – and because my life is not just one theme but several and because my personality is not one focus – l can’t simply write on one thing only – so maybe that is offputting to some readers – l don’t know – but l pay for my space – it’s my blog.
6] I don’t respond to many prompts from bloggers!
I do prompts – but l am quite set in my ways and there are only certain prompts l like to do on as a regular basis as l can and time allows.
7] I don’t reblog other blogs!
I maintain an eCommerce blog l don’t physically have that function anymore .. but l do other things … l constantly dedicate music to readers, l am always mentioning readers, l compliment them with a Gifting also and that is a form of reblog, but NO l don’t reblog like a crazy person!
These are the 7 topics l reviewed when walking today … the end result is this .,.. yesterday l had 2,492 Blogs following me and today l have 2,491 Blogs following me … that might be coincidental – l don’t follow my follower numbers that closely – l am aware of them .. but my figures go up and down all the time. I mean l hit 2,400 November … 2019. So it’s not like l am as popular as some other blogs who started later than me and have higher numbers. My blog is as it is …. my sub heading says it all … “Storytelling My Life For You!” It’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea.
I might well be a bad blogger to many people, l might be an okay blogger to others and still others in addition to that like me as a person anyway … we can’t please everyone .. but if l am a terrible blogger in your eyes and you are not happy with me .. you have two choices … 1] you can unfollow me or 2] you can email me with a real email with suggestions if you wish on how you think l can improve in your eyes or even comment below if you want .. l am a very open to ideas person.
The 24 Hours Question today isn’t ‘Am l a bad blogger’ … but it is …
What do you think makes for a good blogger in your eyes?
Let me know below in the comments.