If You Could See My Schedule

bloggging6When I was connected to wifi again after a couple of days out of the loop, I looked at some of the comments I had received on my posts. Comments are on the whole great. I am sure you feel the same way that the vast majority of comments in between bloggers are a huge boost and incentive to keep on writing.

But every now and then, there are “weird” comments. I don’t mean spam – spam is an entirely different kettle of fish. I mean bloggers who you recognise, who seem to have misunderstood the post you have just written and leave a message that indicates they don’t appear to have read it. Or they have read in between the lines and jumped to conclusions perhaps.

bloggingOccasionally I will try to tactfully explain the post. If a reader has no idea of the history behind a post, I can understand that isolated, it could be misunderstood. But other times, I wonder if I am detecting the reader just trying to be a little provocative in their message. I am not going to start feuding with complete strangers. Blogging is supposed to be fun.

One thing that I think is often misunderstood is just how many posts I write well in advance, and then schedule to be published later. I have posts scheduled a month ahead at the moment. I am already thinking scheduling posts for Christmas, when I won’t be around at all, and for some of the other dates when I will be away.

Woman hands typing on laptop keyboard on abstract blurred bokeh of city night light background. Focus in the foreground.In fact I think the majority of posts (perhaps 95%) are written and scheduled. I rarely hit the “PUBLISH” button. Instead, I schedule. This is for a number of reasons. Sometimes, I only have a small window each week, to do any writing at all. I will write between three to ten posts within a two or three hour period. I am very quick nowadays. Some posts take longer. Award posts take ages (I work on them little by little) and so does fiction. But all my personal posts…they are very quick.

Scheduling has other advantages. Because I schedule most of them in advance, I can always go back and check them, editing them before they are launched into the big wide world. Sometimes, I don’t spot grammar gaffes, but I am normally checking that the post was going somewhere and wasn’t pure waffle.

read.pngAlmost everyday, I spend time reading other bloggers work, but I can’t write everyday. I don’t always have the mental energy or peace and quiet to write. But I usually have one or two posts ready to be scheduled, because of the routine that has been working for me for some time now.

My recent posts about me and my ex-flatmate…most of them are written and then scheduled to be published a very short time after I have written them. But some I have written just after he has dropped me home, when I have been bursting with thoughts and feelings, and then I scheduled them to be published a few days later. So, I am sorry if it is all a bit confusing.

Last weekend. I wrote a post while I was waiting for him to pick me up…forgetting the fact that the very next day there was a post scheduled to be published which I had written some days before. I also wrote a post when I reached a wi-fi connection about something that happened the night before. Looking back, I can see how it looks a bit jumbled.

bloggingI think what I am trying to say is, I love scheduling. I am not going to stop using this extremely helpful WordPress function. So if you are confused about timings, if you read a post and think, I thought she was here or there, please stop worrying.

Most of my posts are scheduled to be published at 5.58am, when I am usually still asleep. Lots of posts are published when I am out at work or with friends. I like it that way. I wake up, or arrive home, and see that already my posts have had views, and likes and lovely comments. I don’t expect to see a comment indicating the reader is confused about my exact whereabouts and activities at the time the post is published.

surprisedI will just add this, I am not going to be drawn into anything unpleasant. If someone is leaving increasingly acrid comments on my site, there is only one obvious solution: “goodbye”. There are some marvellous WordPress features that allow me to block comments from readers who seem to have their knickers in a twist for some strange reason. Are we all on the same page now?

Jack and I…we are going to be living. I might write about “stuff”. Some of my posts will be scheduled, some might not be – do not stress about the order of my posts being a bit odd – I DON’T! Why should you?

 

 

Caramel Is Out Of The Office

Well…I have been busily preparing for my trip to Australia. Already I have fallen behind with every aspect of blogging. Even though I feel as I have been organised, there seems to have been so much to do! While I am away, I do hope you will forgive me for abandoning my blogging almost completely in order to spend every moment I can with Goldfinch.

IMG_20180722_123051 (2)I know a lot of bloggers have already read all about Goldfinch. But for those who are wondering what all the fuss is about…starting tomorrow I am going to re-publish some of the posts I wrote last year. So, please forgive me if you have had your fill of reading about the man I love. Several bloggers sent me such lovely comments reassuring me that it is alright to keep talking about Goldfinch – thank you so much for that!

Thanks to Jim giving us the themes for SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY in advance I have been able to schedule my posts for each Sunday and I have also scheduled my Wednesday Shower Songs. There are one or two other posts that I have scheduled which are new to my blog.

I am hoping to take lots of photos so I can tell you all about my trip when I am back. So be ready for lots and lots of Australian holiday spam!

 

Schedules and Scheduling Are Superb!

At the start of last week I mentioned, I felt needed to establish a more balanced schedule, so that I was able to…well I had several goals, the size of my behind being one issue…but I also felt I needed more time outside on the fresh air to inspire me and refresh me mentally and emotionally.  I am loving my new schedule.

To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before

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I am very blessed to have woods and parks less than five minutes from the little nest where I could easily lose myself. It is such a wonderful start to the day. I can already tell how much it is raising my spirits to have that time at the start of the day to soak up the beauty and wonder that is on my doorstep. I am scheduling a little bit of wonderful into each morning and it is well worth it.

I do have to fight the temptation on the way back to the little nest to resist the artisan bakeries and coffee shops I pass (I did buy a pumpkin spice soya latte one day, because I was so chilly and damp, I thought I could do with a sugar boost).

I have been trying to stick to my schedule, and I think it is working fairly well so far. I prepared a post for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in advance and scheduled them to be published in the morning.  When I had a few minutes later on those days to check into WordPress, it was so lovely to be greeted by messages from other bloggers. I am going to try to do the same each week, schedule a little post in advance for my work days and accept that I have to prioritise on my work on those days. I love the scheduling feature of WordPress.  It is so helpful.

I have already been busy today and now have a couple of hours spare before I head out this evening for a fun night out with friends. I mentioned the other night I had checked the directions to the venue I am going to on Google Maps and an image of Jack had appeared. I told a friend and she said she was looking for information about places to visit in Bucharest and one of the websites she clicked had a photo of Jack. Jack is still making his mark on the world! That’s celebrity life for you.

I have a few tasks waiting for me:

  • Sweep up the leaves outside so I don’t have to wade through a great leaf pile every time I come in and out of the little nest.
  • A little ironing.
  • Bake a honey cake for the friends I am seeing tomorrow.

Then I shall be reading posts from other bloggers…and deciding which of the posts in my drafts folder I shall work on this weekend.

I wanted to use the picture and word prompts in one of the daily writing challenges provided by The Haunted Wordsmith but I have no idea about how to use candy apple….I wondered if an candy apple is the same as what we call a toffee-apple?

My first and last toffee-apple was at the age of around seven or eight.  I cracked a tooth on it….and it hurt.  I have avoided them ever since.

On that note, I will crack on with my tasks before I get ready to go out and meet my friends.

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To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before

I am loving writing a bit each day.  I am not particularly creative and talented like some bloggers.  Believe me, this is no false modesty.  I hope nobody can accuse me of conceit, but I have a healthy estimation of what I am and what I  am not.  I do attempt the occasional creative work – but the results are poor in comparison to the work of the great talents among our very lovely blogging community.

I am very well aware that there are some extraordinary writers and brilliant poets churning out delightful posts regularly, whereas my blogging is very much more based on things that are going on in my life, whether that be simple little conversations or major events.  The writing prompts are helpful in directing my thoughts and I draw great inspiration from other bloggers to produce something read-worthy myself. Throw in how much fun I am having with the challenges and nominations.

Yup! I am enjoying blogging.  I am enjoying reading other blogger’s work,  I am enjoying the interaction between bloggers.  I want to keep my oar in and remain involved with other bloggers – simply because it is fun and very enjoyable.

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However, I want to talk to you about my behind.  That’s right…my derriere, my bottom…whatever term you prefer.  I started blogging around five and a half months ago, and I do believe that in that time my behind has started to expand somewhat. I am having to eat less to compensate for the time I allocate to sitting at my desk trying to create posts. But I feel I need to be outside in the fresh air more and be more active to regain my formerly pert derriere.

In addition, my sleeping habits have been effected.  I am sometimes finding it hard to shut down WordPress because I am trying so hard to read all the wonderful posts out there which are displayed in my WordPress Reader. It seems like a never-ending mountain of posts to read.  So at times I have had black sunken eyes after not achieving as much sleep as I need (and I admit since I received head injuries during the attack, I seem to need a lot more sleep).  Twice this month I slept through my alarm and then when I woke up in shock at realizing I had to start work in 20 minutes, I was running around in panic like a headless chicken.

I have come to the conclusion that I need to be a bit more balanced in order to be able to sustain both my own blogging and my capacity to read, support, encourage all the talented writers who are also using this platform.

So, I am not going to wait until January…I am going to make a resolution now.  I am going to draw up a schedule and I am determined to stick to it.  At the moment all my paid work is done over three days in the week Wednesday, Thursday and Friday,  So I am going to try to be content with a brief post if any at all on those days and I am going to severely restrict the time allotted to reading.  So although I will briefly check in on those days, I must make giving my all to my employer my priority and not be exhausted because I have been reading so late.

The other four days of the week, well I juggle my own house work with voluntary projects and commitments.  I also make the most of seeing friends (especially Goldfinch) at weekends.  I want to be a bit more strict about making sure I am active on each of those days though.  So I plan to have an early morning walk or jog depending on how much time I have available.

I am convinced this will be a wise step to help me to maintain a more balanced blogging routine.  In addition, I have to admit, I am thinking of my own emotional state after Goldfinch has departed for Australia.  I need to be outside in the fresh air.  I need nature, I need beauty.  I need to climb mountains, forge streams, follow rainbows, find new dreams.  I need to live boldly.  I need to boldly go on.   I need to… what’s that phrase?…it’s on the tip of my tongue…

“I need to boldly go where no man has been before!”

I need to be immersed in life.  Voyaging through this world of adventures.  I need to set my sights on new horizons and reach out for them,  I am enjoying blogging ever so much.  But I fear that unless I take steps to establish a more balanced routine, all you are going to see on my site throughout the winter are dirges about losing my Goldfinch!

So…please don’t think I am going to disappear…just might be seeing and hearing a bit less of me – especially Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. For the sake of my emotional state, for the sake of my complexion and bright eyes, and for the sake of my derriere.  You do understand don’t you!

 

 

 

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