Our paint chip words and phrases are cabin in the woods, deviled eggs, cotton, Aquarius, blossom, showtime, and night owl. The bonus angel card is trust (plus it has a cute unicorn on it that might make its way into someone’s poem). Use however many of these words and phrases you want. I don’t plan to use them all this week, just to mix things up a bit.
October 22, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a spooky tale told around a campfire. It doesn’t have to include the campfire; it can be the tale. Go where the prompt leads!
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We sat close to the flames. With each pop a cinder would be released; we would hold our breath to see where it landed. My grandpa had told me that when a cinder pops and lands on the skin, it is landing on the skin of a vampire. No one believed me. With each pop we jumped a little, hoping the cinder didn’t land on our own leg. Pop! The bright, burning cinder popped up into the air, made an arc and started coming straight back down, ready to land on…. All I could do was hold my breath… (99 words)
I had thought about this not only when starting my blog but also throughout this whole time of being an active blogger. I do not blog anonymously. I guess I don’t because when I started this whole blogging experience it was around losing my husband and my son. I didn’t really know what blogging was beyond “telling your story”. As time went on, I started enjoying all of the challenges and different forms of writing. I think what I write would not insult anyone, so why change now.
On the subject of anonymity, I don’t always tell readers where in the US I live. I guess if someone reads enough of my posts they probably know. Unfortunately, with Google and whoever knows what else, anyone could drive up to my door and I would never know how they found me.
I respect whatever anyone chooses but I do have to admit, I am more curious than a cat and it kills me a little (just joking, but sort of) to not know who people really are.
We stared at the bin of toys, completely mesmerized with the variety of toys and the memories many of them invoked. It was a shame that so many toys would be thrown in the trash when there are probably thousands of children who would love them like they were brand new. It would take more than just my dream or desire to share these things to make sure the toys got to the right kids, where they could be enjoyed, even though they weren’t brand new.
How long should the comment thread be? For example, if some blogger likes your post and says so, you thank them. Then they say that you’re welcome or it’s a pleasure, afterwards most shift to emojis or smiley faces. It can go on for quite some while. I think saying thank you can be the end. A lot of times when people thank me or say you are welcome I “like” the comment so that I am acknowledging that I received it. It is awkward sometimes because you don’t know what the other person is expecting. Do they want you to say “you’re welcome”? Does it have to be the same with every blogger or every post? I think another part that gets tricky is when you say that you enjoyed someone’s writing but you don’t necessarily have a specific comment. I sometimes think, “Do they believe that I really read their post?” I guess what it all comes down to is getting to know the people you correspond with and what they either expect or would appreciate.
What is the acceptable protocol for reblogging? I think reblogging is a great idea when you want to share something that someone else has posted. My biggest problem is that I think many times, even though I put a comment before reblogging, that people think the post is mine. I don’t know if they don’t notice it was reblogged. It makes me uncomfortable because I don’t want the original blogger to think I am taking credit for their work.
What should you do when people don’t respond to your comments on their posts? Should you stop commenting on their post or give them a reminder about your comment? I don’t necessarily mind if people do or do not respond to my comments, unless it is a question. I think sometimes people have a limited amount of time to blog and you go through and read the comments but if you responded to each separately, you would get no actual blogging done on your end. I continue to comment on future things but not over and over about the same post.
Award posts: these are the trickiest regarding etiquette, as most people don’t even acknowledge that they were nominated for that particular award. What should be the proper way to deal with this situation? My biggest question is where do they come from? and are they real? What I mean is, I have gotten nominated before and it is a nice gesture but it seems more like a chain-letter type of situation. You acknowledge who nominated you, then you nominate 10 more. Does anyone ever win? What do you win (I don’t mean real prizes – more like recognition) ? Do you get something to put on your blog to acknowledge you won? Defined broadly as messages designed to be passed on for alternatively self-serving, altruistic or nefarious purposes, chain letters have taken an array of forms over the centuries. Now, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the polarizing mode of communication is enjoying a renaissance, with individuals stuck at home forwarding recipe chains, inspirational quotes, photo challenges and other ostensibly comforting prompts to their friends and family.Still, even seemingly benign chains come with a catch. As one popular recipe exchange warns, “Seldom does anyone drop out because we all need new ideas.” The implication is clear: Participation—while not required—is strongly suggested. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/chain-letters-swept-internet-they-raised-funds-orphans-and-conveyed-messages-god-180975005/