Thursday, February 23, 2017

Blogging Etiquette

What is blogging etiquette?  That is what I want to know.  So, readers, you can tell me.

I follow several blogs.  For the great majority of them I follow by email.  Of course, the email usually arrives a day late so I tend to be a bit behind.  Other bloggers who tend to post on a more regular schedule are listed on my blog page and I change it up from time to time.

Let me say that I do not always leave a comment when I read a post.  Sometimes I have nothing to say, nothing nice to say (LOL), or do not have the time.  Often I go back a make a comment after quiet thought.

My question becomes one of what should be expected by bloggers.  I have few comments on my blog.  That is not what bothers me.  What bothers me is the many number of bloggers whom I read who never reply to any comments on their blogs, never visit my blog and comment, or perhaps never even read my blog.  (One blogger was actually very rude one time and told me she was a serious garden blogger and did not have time for silly awards.)

There are a few bloggers who, after I comment on their blog, come to my blog and post something.  Fair enough.  But what about the rest of them?

To me, you either reply to my comment or come to my blog.  Am I wrong?  Am I too needy?

Frankly, I do not care one way or the other as I do not post for others, but for myself.  But I am curious as to what other bloggers expect.  Do you expect a comment from your readers, though I am sure we are all thrilled to get them.  Do you prefer to reply to the comments on your site or go the the bloggers site to comment?  Do you just want folks to visit your page and say 'tough cookies' to their site?  (and I am pretty sure some bloggers fit this category though they may be loathe to admit it)

I have been thinking that I could save myself precious minutes each day if I just ignored some of these folks I have followed for years.  Their posts may be interesting, but it is like picking up the check for coffee every time with never getting even a 'thank you'.

This all becomes a question as I gear up for the A to Z Challenge.  Many of the blogs I follow were found during the challenges over the past few years.  And, many of my followers came from the same challenge.

So, readers, what say you?

Monday, February 20, 2017

President's Day - Formerly George Washington's Birthday

(After Khalil Gibran)

Pity the nation whose people are sheep
   And whose shepherds mislead them
 Pity the nation whose leaders are liars
            Whose sages are silenced
  And whose bigots haunt the airwaves
 Pity the nation that raises not its voice
          Except  to praise conquerers
       And acclaim the bully as hero
          And aims to rule the world
              By force and by torture
          Pity the nation that knows
        No other language but its own
      And no other culture but its own
 Pity the nation whose breath is money
 And sleeps the sleep of the too well fed
      Pity the nation oh pity the people
        who allow their rights to  erode
   and their freedoms to be washed away
               My country, tears of thee
                   Sweet land of liberty!

This post inspired by V R Barkowski

Friday, February 17, 2017

Quoting George Bernard Shaw

"He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career."

 Major Barbara, (a play in three acts), 1904, George Bernard Shaw