A Blogging Update and Request

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Sometime in the last few days I went over 500 followers. I know many of these are not followers at all, so I do not put much stock in the number. However, I do so appreciate all of you who actually follow my blog and comment from time to time.

I still take time every couple of weeks to go out and check out some of my followers. Some have no Gravatar at all. Some have a Gravatar but have no bio. Some have a Gravatar and a bio but no links to their blog. If you are a blogger, I urge you to complete this profile. It is the easiest way to confirm your legitimacy as a blogger and give a first glimpse into who you are. It also serves as an indicator to other bloggers whether or not they should follow you.

If you moved your blog or changed your profile photo or renamed your blog, it may mean your Gravatar should be updated. I am seeing quite a few 404 message (page not found) where active links should be.

I have noticed a few people whose blogs I follow and enjoy have not been writing as frequently. A few have been sick or facing other challenges. It does not hurt to check up on our fellow bloggers from time to time and let them know they are missed.

That being said, I would be interested in your recommendations of bloggers I may not have yet discovered on my own. I am always interested in people who write from the heart or write about the things in life they feel passionately about. Feel free to leave me a link in my comments if you have someone you think I might be interested in following. If you are an approved commenter, you can leave me a link. Others will require my approval before they are posted, but I do read all comments.

And speaking of comments, I am getting very few spam comments of late. I did start blocking some of the worst offenders, so perhaps that has something to do with it. Or maybe I just got lucky.

If you are here and have just gone silent, pop in and say hello. Let me know what you have been up to.

I look forward to some blog suggestions. It is always nice to broaden my horizons.



34 thoughts on “A Blogging Update and Request”

  1. I know you follow some of the same blogs I do, Maggie, but I will leave these suggestions in case you don’t know them already. (American lady writing about her past and present life with wit and heart) A retired cop living in a trailer park. His accounts of life with the ‘good ole boys’ are often hilarious.
    Marina Kappa, a Greek Artist living in France. Art, Culture, Exhibitions, and more.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. Thanks for the reminder, Maggie. I have a complete profile, I think, but I should update that, as well as my About page. You also reminded me that I’ve stopped chacking my spam folder. I probably have some lost souls in there.

    I think you and I follow a lot of the same people. If you look at the folks who comment on my blog, I’d recommend all of them.

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    1. I give room for learning, Jim. I have met some new bloggers with great content who are just learning the ropes. That was once me!


  3. Having the ability to write a reasonably amusing blog does not necessarily give you the computer skills to update things or indeed put them there in the first place. I sometimes get notifications that something needs updating and I spend hours flailing about trying to complete the task only to finally find it didn’t need doing. This is basically an admission that I have no idea if my Gravitar needs updating nor indeed whether I actually have one, although if I’m guessing I think I have!

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    1. You do, indeed have a working Gravatar. The great thing about this community is their generosity in sharing knowledge. All one must do is ask. 😊

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      1. Thank you for that, I had a feeling I had done one. My trouble with computers is when I was at school we still wrote with ink pens which I have to admit it a considerable distance away from computer studies so everything I have learnt has been from trial and mostly error!

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  4. You are right Madam.. As a blogger, I feel that comments give a better sense of involvement and connect with the reader. Quite apt a post. Thank you for sharing.. 😊

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. I will definitely check them out. I enjoy meeting and learning about new people. I appreciate you sharing them with me.


  5. I love a Canadian named Todd who with his wife Sage lives an intriguing life in Toronto. Right now they are doing a set of new experiences suggested by their readers. For instance, they went paint ball shooting after I told them about it. He is at “Go Outside Today.”

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    1. Found him, Elizabeth. I have followed his blog and I look forward to following along on his adventures. Thank you for the recommendation.

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  6. I really apologize that I have written so seldom. Believe me, it is not my intention to ignore the good posts of other people with whom I share my own posts. I got quite ill myself, and right in the middle of the worst of it, I had to stop and become a caregiver for my husband after he had a major surgery last year in May and they dumped him out before he could even sit up in bed on his own because they needed the space. As it turned out, the second cervical surgery also failed, and so now he has nerve damage and is partly paralyzed on the right side, and has spasms often on that side, particularly in his arm. Plus he has swelling in his neck that makes it almost impossible to turn his head more than a tiny bit to the right. I have worked in hospitals more than once, but this was extremely difficult for me to have to try to lift him when he could not lift himself, and there was little else he could do on his own since he was right handed.. Suddenly my e-mail was up over 5,000 because I had no time or energy to read any of it. You write well and I have always enjoyed your writing when I did have time to read as I have enjoyed writing myself and reading posts of other people. It is extremely difficult to try to handle such a major challenge.

    I had to let go of my studies I was trying to work on at the time, and that was really depressing. I honestly don’t know how I managed to post anything during this time. I had to take care of him, and then I was so exhausted, I had to sleep every day as well as most of the night. Anyway, I hope to do better soon. I am clearning out the way overdue 5,000+ e-mails during that time, and hope to be able to keep up better now. I know how much it has meant to me in the past to have feedback on my own posts, and it is important for all of us to do the best we can to reciprocate. Not only is it polite, but also we learn so much from our fellow writers and authors. I think this is extremely important for our whole community. Thank you most kindly for being there when I was not able to be.

    Anne always


    1. Anne, never apologize for taking care of yourself. It is the most important thing we can do for ourselves and those in our community. I knew you were in a care role and I know what level of energy and attention it requires.

      I am glad to see you here and to read your posts whenever you are able. Interacting with others in this community is where much of the value lies.


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