My From the Heart Thanks

 

I’d like to express my heartfelt thanks and welcome aboard to 22 of my WordPress neighbors who, over the course of this summertime (wintertime if you dwell south of the equator), have started following my blog.

I’d also like to wholeheartedly thank, once more, my neighbors, who’ve been paying me virtual visits throughout all the years I’ve been dwelling within this wonderful WordPress community.

My further gratitude to all who’ve been deeming my content likeable and, at times, even comment worthy.

While I’d find it preferable to express such sentiments by connecting to you in an individual manner…

I must also deal with realities, which make it medically unwise for me… actually for any of us… to remain sedentary for prolonged online visits.

And visits can run far longer than expected, too, because I am oft battling daily connection problems… perpetrated by an ISP that feels little commitment to living up to the “P” part of that acronym. Funny how there’s no connection problem when they “provide” me their monthly bill (ha-ha… I think).

Although online related complications can limit me… dictate what I cannot do… it’s my can-do spirit that will never limit my commitment to blogging out informative, useful and, maybe, even entertaining content that will live up to and may, someday, even exceed your expectations.

Since I cannot say this enough… once more… my from the heart thanks to you all.

 

 

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Priceless Friendships That Last a Lifetime

 

I recently became aware of a post bannered with (to say the least) an unnerving headline. It may’ve been clickbait… but… I opted not to click.

Not when that large font lure’s own words were promising methods to “boost your (web) traffic” and “destroy the competition”.

“destroy the competition”

True, I may be unfairly judging the book by the cover, but to take this all at face value…

• Since when has blogging become a cutthroat, crass, what’s-the-bottom-line-here, business venture?

• Why would legitimate businesspersons… either online or brick and mortar… ever deem the hostile takeover approach viable?

• Why would decent webmasters / CEOs ever denigrate their clientele to lowly commodity status?

To momentarily play devil’s advocate… to reduce this down to the so-called almighty buck… considering a WordPress / Interwebs audience numbering in the hundreds of millions, are there not enough “consumers” to go around?  Would that fact, in itself, not assure peaceful co-existence within the business world?

Were I to ever buy into that cold, calculating / conniving “destroy the competition” mindset, I would hope there would be one milligram of decency left within me… that my conscience would tell me it was high time to click my site’s self-destruct button.

I’d never view my readers / followers as mere web traffic and… worse yet… as faceless, stick-figure, held captive consumers. In my head and heart, they shall forever remain breathing, hearts beating, caring, creative, liberated souls. I am eternally grateful that they’re willing to spend precious moments out of their busy day-to-day lives to read, view and listen to my content.

Wealth must never be measured in mere dollars and cents. Be our relationships personal or business, we profit the most in the formation of priceless friendships that last a lifetime.

 

 

An Unfinished 47 Movement Sunday Symphony

 

This post is to shamelessly promote a musical adventure, which began way back on Sunday, September 16, 2018. As a tour guide, of sorts, my premise has been straightforward. To present Sunday titled / themed songs each and every Sunday… music which [1] taps into the vast multitude of human emotions / moods, [2] knows few, if any, boundaries re genres and eras, [3] embraces cultural diversity, and [4] presents both secularism and an occasional, non-preachy religious perspective.

At the outset, I had expected our journey… at best… to last a couple of months. Well… that was 11 months ago. Since a long run had not been my intent, I hadn’t foreseen the possibility of accessibility issues arising.

Ergo, to make locating the Movements to our Sunday Symphony more user friendly, this early Sunday a.m., I decided to take on the tedious tech task of sorting through nearly 700 of my past posts to create an entirely new site category, which I’ve titled:

1-SundaySongSeries

BTW, my added “1” designation was just to ensure this new category would top off the Categories menu located off to the right side of my homepage.

To all who click onto 1-SundaySongSeries… while scrolling down, you’ll find (in reverse chronological order) a smorgasbord of musically tasty treats to choose from. As of 08/04/2019, here’s a list of each post’s featured recording artist / song selection…

47. David Bowie ~ Sunday
46. Now United ~ Sunday Morning
45. Cosmonauts ~ Party At Sunday
44. Blur ~ Sunday Sunday
43. Harry Roy Orchestra / Marjorie Kingsley ~ Sunday, Monday or Always
42. Ralph Vaughan Williams ~ Seventeen Come Sunday
41. Raconteurs ~ Sunday Driver
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40. VALNTN & Naliya ~ Sunday Love
39. Sonic Youth ~ Sunday
38. Vern Gosdin ~ A Month of Sundays
37. Don Henley ~ A Month of Sundays
36. Mannheim Steamroller ~ Sunday Morning Breeze
35. Joni Mitchell ~ Sunny Sunday
34. Jessica Simpson ~ You’re My Sunday
33. Edward Meeker ~ Every Day Will Be Sunday When the Town Goes Dry
32. Dorothy Love Coates ~ Every Day Will Be Sunday
31. Doors ~ Blue Sunday
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30. Oasis ~ Sunday Morning Call
29. Foo Fighters ~ Sunday Rain
28. U-2 ~ Sunday Bloody Sunday
27. Kris Kristofferson / Johnny Cash ~ Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down
26. Sia (Kate Isobelle Furler) ~ Sunday
25. Peter (Halsten Thorkelson) Tork ~ Pleasant Valley Sunday
24. Doobie Brothers ~ Another Park, Another Sunday
23. Joe Jackson ~ Sunday Papers
22. Neil Diamond ~ Sunday Sun
21. Duke Ellington / Mahalia Jackson ~ Come Sunday
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20. Denise Van Outen ~ Tell Me on a Sunday
19. Morrissey ~ Everyday Is Like Sunday.
18. Craig Morgan ~ That’s What I Love About Sunday
17. No Doubt ~ Sunday Morning
16. Velvet Underground ~ Sunday Morning
15. Yppah (Jose Luis Corrales Jr) ~ Never Mess With Sunday
14. Stone Temple Pilots ~ Naked Sunday
13. Blondie ~ Sunday Girl
12. Bat For Lashes ~ Sunday Love
11. Queen ~ Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon
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10. Maroon 5 ~ Sunday Morning
09. Laura Nyro / Patti Labelle ~ I Met Him on a Sunday
08. Etta James ~ A Sunday Kind Of Love
07. Peter (Asher) & Gordon (Waller) ~ Sunday For Tea
06. Natalie Cole / Nat King Cole ~ That Sunday, That Summer
05. Cashman, Pistilli & West / Spanky & Our Gang ~ Sunday Will Never Be The Same
04. Daniel Boone ~ Beautiful Sunday
03. Peppermint Rainbow ~ Will You Be Staying After Sunday
02. Oliver (William Oliver Swofford) ~ Sunday Morning
01. Carole King ~ Pleasant Valley Sunday

 

 

 

 

Is That All There Is?

 

I hesitate to even type in that four-letter-word that begins with “sp”. Suffice to say…

This platform’s bloggers are already all too aware of the “comments” huckstering athletic shoes and Rx drugs to cure ED and nasty infections / STDs. Yet, I’ve got to ask…

1. Are not these products already readily available?
2. Is there really that great a need for this stuff?

If so, that’d certainly paint a bleak portrait of humanity. I mean… there’s got to be more to life than…

1. Jogging to the Pharmacy to buy “get frisky” meds
2. Catching the carnal flu
3. Jogging back to the Pharmacy for the cure

 

 

 

 

Thoughts While Traveling Down The Internet / “Interstate”

 

Hey WordPress! You have my gratitude. Why? Because 3+ years ago, you pulled off to the shoulder of the Internet / “Interstate” to offer this ex-MySpace blogger / hitchhiker a free ride and rent free home.

You have my admiration, too (re your survival instincts). It’s a no-brainer. Advertising revenue, alone, cannot fully prop up this platform. Consequently, you must make up for real / anticipated shortfalls by sales-pitching your visibility enhancing site plans / upgrades. In other words… you’ve been asking blogger moochers… such as moi… to show you the moola.

You have my regrets, too. You see, for the moment, I cannot buy into what you’re selling… on two levels…

1. My own survival instincts are telling me to limit discretionary spending.
2. My own common sense is telling me that a blogger, who barely averages one “like” per post just might not have any business being here in the first place.

Let’s discuss this further…

It takes far more than pricey website do-dads, bells and whistles to generate web traffic. To regularly attract the “likes” and comments from loyal readers, a blogger must post life enriching, inspirational / entertaining content.

If those basic benchmarks prove elusive, there likely are more serious problems, afoot, which no mere wave of the WordPress magical wand can ever solve. Sorcery can never pretty up what could very well be banal, boring and even depressing content.

More to the point… why upgrade the crap out of a site, today, if one’s crappy blogs will still be crap tomorrow… unread crap… unliked crap and devoid of comments crap.

Sure, I’d like to believe that my own site’s invisibility is due to being buried, alive, by the other, estimated 70 million per month, WordPress posts (btw, that’s a 2014 stat). But even if that’s my only problem, it would still be a daunting task for the virtual backhoe to dig me out from beneath that virtual Mt. Everest, sky-high “stack”.

Hey WordPress! You have my suggestion. I’m not exactly sure how this would work… or even if it would work… but… perhaps you could figure out some morale boosting freebie plan especially designed to promote promising and faltering bloggers. You could select and prominently feature their posts on a special website (working title?) This Week’s Top 100 Best Blogs That Nobody Ever Sees. Were our popularity to increase, so would consumer confidence. Translation: More moola for you when we respond favorably to your future sales-pitches.

You have my parting commentary, too. My having three decades of retail sales and management experience under my belt, I know what the true entrepreneurial spirit is supposed to be all about. To effectively, consistently sell a product or service, a salesperson must create a real or perceived need in each customer’s mind. However… bumming customers out in the process is a no-no. To be sure, this WordPress sales-pitch is a bummer. Sowing the seeds of blogger discontent in this manner… in this man’s mind… can only mess up my long struggled for and hard won peace of mind. Or, more to the point… you’ve been unduly challenging my long held concession that [1] it’s not always possible for all bloggers to achieve overnight success and [2] some of us never will.

You have my challenge, too. Prove me wrong. While I continue to pour my heart out in my blogs, guide me down to the first toll booth on that “Interstate” / Road to Success. If I’ve got a van full of “passengers”… maybe even one or two more vans tailgating me… I’ll be willing to buy into your visibility enhancing site plans / upgrades.

 

 

 

Followers For Sale! This Platform’s Alltime G.D. Low!

 

I’m not insensitive. I realize that it’s entirely possible for otherwise respectable folks to be driven to unwise “career” decisions… especially during tough economic times when the alternatives could very well be hunger, homelessness and hopelessness.

The big question…

Could that explain away the highly questionable words and deeds of one particular WordPress businessman / blogger?

Here’s what’s been happening…

I first became aware of him about a year ago when he became a follower of mine (even though he wasn’t particularly interested in my blog content). Upon paying his site a visit, I soon discovered his actual intentions.

He appeared to be suffering from an ocular malady. Symptomatology: neon green dollar signs flashing excessively in both eyes. Hell, his twin orbs were akin to dual stroboscopic lamps that’d be detectable even by ETs cruising in flying saucers beyond Pluto’s orbit.

Let’s now trade off lame attempts at levity for the more serious particulars.

That guy shamelessly fancies himself to be some sort of walk on water, miracle worker… God’s gift to blogosphere neophytes (such as yours truly). I’ll use my own words to capture the gist… the offensiveness… of his sales-pitch…

Cough up $100 and I’ll reblog a key portion of one of your posts. Once read by my followers… numbering in the zillions… they’ll be so WOWED they’ll come a’swarming at ya like virtual green bottle flies ISO a virtual dung heap.

His scheme (or is it a scam?) to scare up some Internet generated income demonstrated an overt slickness and underlying sickness… all pointing towards a deeper issue worthy of a closer look.

In effect, he was planting the seeds of discontent within his targeted potential customers (or is that suckers?) for the express purpose of selling followers.

SELLING FOLLOWERS.

While this is human trafficking in its mildest form… nonetheless… trafficking is trafficking.

Humans reduced to lowly, commodity status. One has to wonder if they’ve been willing participants who are receiving “a piece of the action” from their owner? Or have they been totally unaware of his MO / low opinion of them?

Needless to say I showed him the door to my site by removing him from my list of followers. Oh… that’s not to say he readily accepted that. In fact I had to twice show him my exit signs before he finally got my message. FULL DISCLOSURE…

I have fully accepted my Interwebs insignificance. That’s not to say that I’ve totally given up in my attempts to remedy this. But DAMN IT, I’ll be doing so in a manner that’s respectful towards my followers / potential followers. If my site flourishes? Fine! If not? It won’t be the end of the world!

Digging a bit deeper into my blogging philosophy, I do wholeheartedly believe that a post’s quality speaks for itself and that word of mouth will do the rest. In other words, if I’m not attracting readers today, then it is incumbent upon me, ALONE, to [1] find more appealing topics tomorrow and [2] better communicate my thoughts in a more captivating manner.

So… why the hell have I opted to rehash this issue? Because…

[1] This same dude recently paid me another visit… tried his damnedest… once more… to reassert his unwelcome presence… to force me to buy into his “you are a failure message”… to thin out my already thin wallet.

[2] I want to publicly go on record that my values are NOT corruptible. I have not changed one iota these past twelve months… and never will.

On a more positive note… maybe actual green bottle flies are swarming to his dung heap site?

Seeing how he did need to return… to announce his limited time offer where he’s halving his $100 fee… one can only hope that flesh peddler’s sales-pitich is falling on deaf ears… that Mr. Walk On Water’s feet are getting wet.

 

 

“Exhuming” a Virtual Reality Literary Time Capsule

 

With each and every new post, we wind up “burying” many of our favorite past posts.

True, reblogging can “exhume” them but, recently, I began wondering if there might be a better, easier method? Perhaps, even a way to, simultaneously, post and selectively repost?

With that in mind, I created a new category, titled: “A-Graded Past Posts”. Admittedly, such nomenclature, at first glance, may seem akin to an overly inflated, self-appraisal but, I assure you, this was merely to get that new title to begin with an “A”… thereby positioning it near the top of my Categories Menu where site visitors will be more apt to spot it.

To complete this project, I next located / re-categorized many of my favorite blogs spanning the 2+ years since my arrival within our WordPress community.

Time permitting… I cordially invite you to check out my archived, select past posts… the subject matter inclusive of social / political commentary, human interest stories, humor, fiction, sci-fi, musical BlogCasts, song parodies, poetry, limericks and even one hybrid acrostic limerick and a parable.

To access them, either scroll down the right side of my home page to locate my categories menu title “A-Graded Past Posts” or click this link… “A-Graded Past Posts”.

As always, I am humbled by the mere notion that… with each click of that rectangular shaped, teal hued PUBLISH button… my outward rushing thoughts attain the speed of light to span the globe… to mind-meld with readers who I’ve already met… and readers who I’ve yet to meet.

I thank all of you kindly souls, who deem my posts worthy of your precious time.