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Monday Missive

I am happy to announce that most of my spammers took the holiday to spend time with their families. The bad news? They’re back. I knew it would not last long.

  • Hubby and I decided to take a drive north on the Parkway yesterday. Unfortunately, when we arrived, the road was closed due to ice, snow, and fallen trees. It was a nice short drive just the same. Just no long range mountain vista photographs to share.
  • A judge in the UK ruled Assange could not be extradited to the US due to mental health concerns. I am sure he would attempt suicide if he knew he was being extradited.
  • I am looking forward to finding myself on the other side of this week when, hopefully, all news about elections will be finished.
  • Hubby is making a potato leek soup today while I start my writing class. We certainly love our soups on these cooler winter evenings. I will bake a ‘pone’ of cornbread to go along with it.
  • I did not have the time to write for Song Lyric Sunday yesterday. If I had, I was going to write about the song ‘Gravity’ and/or ‘Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag’.
  • For my followers, I have a question posed to me by a new blogger. ‘What criteria do you use to decide whether or not to follow a new blogger?’ Feel free to weigh in by leaving a comment. It might be a good post for long-time bloggers to share for the benefit of new writers entering the blogosphere. Food for thought.

That’s it for me today. Have a good post holiday week.

24 thoughts on “Monday Missive”

    1. I found this online. 🙂
      corn pone
      Savoury · Informal
      Amerindian · Informal
      NORTH AMERICAN
      noun
      noun: cornpone
      unleavened maize bread.
      adjectiveINFORMAL
      adjective: cornpone
      rustic; unsophisticated.
      “country music and corn-pone humor”

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  1. Hope you have a wonderful week. When i read a post of a blogger and I like what they have written, I then read a few more of their posts. If I like them I follow them.

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  2. It is hard to give simple reasons why we follow other bloggers. There is a ‘feeling’, a ‘connection’. Not necessarily because they like or say similar things, they may well be the oppsite. But if I had to use jst one word, it would be ‘Honesty’. If what a blogger writes feels honest, I usually follow them.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Honesty is a big one, Pete. This is why spammers get blocked and deleted. The exchange of ideas, even if they are opposite of our own, helps each of us grow as people.

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  3. Hey Maggie! I missed you yesterday on Song Lyric Sunday and both those selections are really great choices! As to the point of my comment? I wanted to answer your question ” ‘What criteria do you use to decide whether or not to follow a new blogger?” and tell your inquiring blogger that, for this long term blogger (eight years this year), it’s two fold why I’ll follow a particular blog (I follow almost 150 now). First do I find their writing interesting or do they offer something (like unique prompts) that I enjoy participating in? Second, are they dog lovers? (this is a personal one, because I’m one and if they are too, we automatically have one thing in common right off the bat). Maybe that’s the best answer: Do you have something in common with the blogger? Can it be expanded on?

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    1. Commonality of interests or ideas. It is no different than finding compatible people in ‘the real world’. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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  4. I tend to look for blogs where the author has an active interaction with readers in the comment section. I sometimes begin to follow someone who intrigues me, but if they never respond to my comments I usually stop. Best yet is when someone eventually starts to follow me too and we have an active back and forth over time. I never know what will happen when I start to follow a new blog, but I often just begin.

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  5. I love cornbread, soup and cornbread sounds yummy.

    Like others have said, I read a few posts, and if I like what I see, I follow. If I continue to like what I see, I might follow by email, so I don’t miss anything.

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    1. The soup was very tasty. Perfect for a cold evening.

      Original and interesting content is important if bloggers want readers to come back.

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  6. I write blog posts for myself, not really thinking about followers or commenters. I’d encourage new bloggers to do the same, if their goal is about writing.

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