My Blog Was Blocked

Day 135-2

I have been sharing various blogs on FaceBook for years. I have a number of people who follow me from my FB posts.

Today when I tried to upload the link to Saturday’s blog from my phone, I kept getting a nondescript error and the message to try again later.

So, several hours later again I tried. This time from a different device. The error I received was that the link would not be published because it violated community guidelines. Head scratch moment.

I did some research to discover I was not the only person to have received this message. One suggestion was to go through a debugger which I did. I received the same message there which was not at all helpful.

So, I delved into the community guidelines. The only plausible possibility was that I had shared something in my blog that someone else owned. YouTube videos did not make much sense because I can share those same videos on FB directly. Quotes and written word were always credited.

I submitted a form asking them to look into this, but I do not ever expect to hear from anyone. I even went so far as to see if Google had blacklisted me, but nope! I got an A rating.

So, later this evening I attempted to ❤️ a friend’s Instagram post. I could not. I received a message stating I had a link in my profile (this blog) that ‘they’ were trying to protect their users from (or words to that effect). I removed the link and Voila! I could ❤️ to my heart’s content.

I put a post up telling my friends they would need to follow my blog directly. It was then that I noticed all 135 days of linking to this blog and all the comments had disappeared from my FB profile.

A few friends contacted me on Messenger to get the link to my blog and — you guessed it — I could not put the URL in messenger either.

So, I am in FB jail or blog jail or at the very least grounded for some reason still unknown to me. And honestly, if I did something wrong, just tell me and maybe restrict the hundreds of unrestricted ads that are forced into my timeline every day…

I have been minimizing my time on social media and talked about cutting back even more. Maybe now is the time.



Day 135

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “yawn.” Write about the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word “yawn,” when you sit down to write your post. Enjoy!

The first thing I did when I woke up this morning was yawn. I immediately remembered that yawn was our prompt for today. After getting my coffee, I read one of the other SoCS blog posts then did a little research on why we yawn. Funny, no one really knows.

When babies yawn their faces get all scrunched up and is often accompanied by huge stretches. Adults just do not stretch like babies do…I wonder why?

I can remember my grandson would sleep in his swing and would often wake up mid-swing to yawn and stretch. He looked so uncomfortable.

As babies get older they tend to rub their eyes with little fists when they yawn. Their eyes get droopy and red and you can easily tell they need sleep!

The teenage years — they time when children seem to fight going to bed the most. They are busy hanging out with friends, watching tv, playing video games and last but not least scrambling to get last minute homework done. The morning breakfast is often accompanied by low hung heads, yawns, and grouchy demeanors.

In the business world, adults seem to follow a schedule almost as if by rote. Yawning signals the end of the night and time to sleep. In the office, it is also a sign of boredom when the boss or co-workers go on and on and on.

Can anything bring on a yawn any faster than long political speeches that contain nothing of substance?

The hardest yawns to watch are those of people entering the dying process. When consciousness is becoming more rare and the body still signals the need for a yawn. It is almost like being a baby again. I remember watching my sister in the hospital the night I stayed with her. She never regained consciousness, but yawned as if she was extremely tired. As if restful sleep just would not come. It’s a tough memory.

Follow Linda G. Hill’s blog to write along every Saturday.

Here are the rules for SoCS:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!