Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Look! No Pics!

I may have lost my will to live. (Don't mind me, I just took my drama pill. ☺) My posts are usually written early in the morning and posted by 8 at the latest. If I have something special going...yes...sometimes I do, you know...I write them the evening before. Anyway, I am so discombobulated this morning by a power outage occurring smack in the middle of this morning's post that I can hardly think. 
 
It lasted so long — 5 minutes — that I had time to ask John if the electric bill had been paid. He was quite offended. Oops. Now I have made a situation that much worse. Again. So me. So me. One day, I might learn to shut me mouth.

Anyway, the post went *poof* as did the photo that I was in the process of uploading. Perhaps I should check Picasa — it's probably there — maybe there — hope it's there.

I'm tempted to wax philosophical and say that this is another life lesson, that just when we think we are heading in one direction, we are on a different one altogether. 

Oh I remember what I was writing about. Say! Come back; this here post is not over yet. Is it?

I remember that I was yapping about blog-hopping starting in my own blogroll. It was shocking to find so many blogs that have gone private  (I've not been invited) or blogs that have sat idle for months, up to a year or even longer. Blogs I have loved that have gone *poof* just like my post. I have no idea if the bloggers are still out there. I pray so. 

Then there are the blogs taking up prime real estate with whom I have no ongoing interaction. I have to ponder how to handle those. My policy has always been that, even if a blog no longer appears in the thumbnail portion of my blogroll, that it remains in an old-fashioned blog list. Now perhaps that list is becoming prime real estate, too. Like my overgrown garden or my cluttered cabinet, some culling may be necessary. Accckkkk...I just hate that part.

Have any advice for me this morning?


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  1. I have been thinking along these same lines.....
    I need to find the time to sit down and cull through the blog lists.
    I often do the same thing with Facebook.
    Poor John!!! You were just KIDDING!!!!

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  2. Cull. I do it all the time. It's so much pleasant having an uncluttered life. We've been culling the house of junk and I feel oh ... so ... much ... better ... *grin* ~:)

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  3. Well..this is something I ponder at times too. I don't like de blogging/de rolling someone..however, if one hasn't posted say over 6 months, and has not replied to me on the blog or by email, then I "de roll" the person..I hate doing it, Vee, it breaks me heart..shrugging..I have to say thought, since I have been back online for a year now, I have met many new people who are too happy to share, LOLOLOL.

    Funny Vee, my husband asked me the same thing the other day when the electric popped during a storm. I don't get angry, I just roll my eyes. BLESSINGS

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  4. I cull once in a while too! I even culled my own daughters! They had both stopped blogging and so after a year I just removed them.

    I too have been surprised at the lack of posting. I guess if I were not going to blog for awhile, I would make my blog private, but not delete it.

    Make John a peace offering. He'll be fine.

    Have a good day!
    Deanna

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  5. I appreciated you making me smile this morning. I sure do appreciate your writing.
    I have my blog friends on a separate page and lately have found I only have about 5 updating. I'm fine with those that blog only occasionally but I feel bad deleting ones that haven't posted in over a year... what to do?

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  6. I should do the blog culling thing too. I think a lot of people just get tired of blogging and just stop, but then I discover many new ones too.

    I usually write about my walk in the morning and then write about my day later on. Sometimes I post late afternoon or if I didn't have time wait until after supper to post it.

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  7. What a way to start your morning. I do understand how that sort of break in our normal routine seems to shake up the day.

    I have had to do that same culling. I need to do it again. It seems, though, that if I am sitting at the computer, I want it to be enjoyable and that's not an enjoyable task.

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  8. Go back to bed....roll over....get up on other side! hahaha! And take some more photos with your camera! And give John a hug! And take a deep breath! And SMILE! I'm going to the dentist later....talk about hard to get up this morning and face the day! See ya later alligator! Hugs, Diane

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  9. Dear Vee, I have been thinking that if someone else has not added my Blog to their sidebar I may take them off mine. You want to promote those who you enjoy and those that do the same for you! But their are a few blogs that are for just my enjoyment on my sidebar. But I am also going to clean out my blogging sidebar very soon! And when those on my sidebar never comment. why have them on there. I will just add them to my favorites instead!
    Oh I also had a tiff once when I asked hubby if he paid the electric bill when the power went out (YIKES)
    Also with all the bad weather blogging moves really slow!
    And post anytime of the day to make your day more enjoyable!
    Roxy

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  10. I have never thought of our power bill when the electricity goes off…I guess because it goes off so often for this or that reason. I should ask the Gardener that the next time for fun! It's amazing to me that the computer requires cleaning just like our houses do. Cleaning off emails, de-cluttering or updating address lists, and culling the sidebar blogs. I feel like I should have current blogs there. If someone doesn't post in forever, and a blog reader goes to a "dud," that's not so user-friendly. I have one I keep there who posts very rarely but I don't want to lose touch with her. Others I've culled and found later they started posting again. Your sense of humor makes whatever you write, with or without photos, worth visiting! (oh, yes, and your wisdom and thoughtfulness . . .)

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  11. No advice here! I don't have a blog roll in my sidebar, nor a separate site for such a purpose, so the only list I have is on my profile page which I doubt that anyone accesses. So I do feel free to go through now and then and "unfollow" blogs that I no longer read or that have gone defunct, and I imagine that I'm the only one who notices. There are sooooo many blogs...and so little time... ("So little time" I say...yet I have spent most of the morning reading blogs and Pinning and looking at picturetrail albums. I am on a house-y kick. House-y ideas and inspiration, that is...not exactly doing anything.)

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  12. I review my blog list at least once a year, often removing some and adding new ones. I also go through my Bloglovin list and do the same. My blogging friend circle is very small as I don't have time to visit and comment for a lot of people. When I was in Ireland, I could only get on my blog once and so turned to FB to keep up with family and friends. (including bloggers) It's so nice that you can read their post and click 'Like' and they know you've visited and acknowledged them.
    All our bills are automatically paid from our account so there's no forgetting the electricity. It's a funny vision though of John being insulted - where's his sense of humour? :-) BTW, does he read your comments? Glenn reads mine.

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    1. Oh he wasn't really terribly insulted. Poetic license don't you know.

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  13. Culling is good. I haven't done it for a while. I actually had someone email me a while back chastising me for having blogs on my roll that were no longer valid lol.

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  14. You make the morning brighter, Vee, even without photos. Like Cheryl, I don't have a blog roll in my sidebar, nor a separate page (mainly because I'm not certain how to do a back page.) I use Feedly and have had some bloggers begin reposting after months away. I'm hesitant to cull anyone because I don't know what might have happened. With Feedly, it doesn't really take up any space at all.
    There are a few blogs that I comment on and receive a reply, but the authors never visit or comment on my site, so it's like a one way conversation that is rather unsatisfactory.
    Housecleaning the computer takes just as much intention as cleaning a house. Maybe John needs a pie.

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  15. Welcome to the rest of the confused bloggers. I have no idea how to get my new one straight. Don't know if thing at the other end are working or not. You did a great job describing the list. Mine is the same. I do know of a couple of folks that have past on to no-blog land. Hooray for them. I find out more on fb now than I do on the blogs. I hate fb but stay connected, so I can stay connected.

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  16. I have been thinking about all the blogs that have not been updated in months and years also. I think the trend for blogging is waning, and more people turning to Facebook and Twitter, because I think it's more instant gratification. Such is the world we live in! I do weed my blogs from time to time, and I will be doing it again soon. I know there are a couple of people/blogs out there that I just can't delete for assorted reasons and they will always remain on my blog list.

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  17. Talk about different directions...I was all set to get great things accomplished last week when my uncle fell and broke his hip. NOT what he had planned for the week, either! Anyway, their son is in FL and frankly doesn't want to be bothered, so I'm the nearest relative and help with taking her to appointments, etc, when she needs me. And to get to the point of all this, I think I'll quit making plans for awhile. Something always seems to change them.

    As to the blog roll, I need to trim mine back more. I do delete one every now and then when they don't ever visit my blog or have just dropped out of sight for a long period of time. Seems like quite a few are just up and leaving blogland without any warning. I wish they would at least let us know they are not coming back. Maybe they are on FB, but I don't do FB and don't like it. I enjoy the posts and photos on blogs much more.

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  18. Well, I don't know if this will help or not but I keep the blogs that have bit the dust still in my feedly that way if they ever do post something again I will be alerted to it. They aren't on my blogroll, though. I hope you can retrieve that photo without a problem.

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  19. Beautiful header, Vee! I'll enjoy the pictures there until you get your others back up. This post is "so you" -- funny, funny! I love your sense of humor (just taken your drama pill lol). I think culling is a good idea, as long as you don't cull me out. :-D Please don't do that! You have given me a good laugh today, Vee, and I thank you for that. Hope you have a wonderful day, my friend!

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  20. I stopped keeping a blog roll on my blog because it was getting too hard to keep it up to date. I do occasionally go through my bloglovin list and cull the ones that are no longer active or I'm no longer interested in reading.

    What a morning you had! Hope the eat of your day got better! xo

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  21. Oh Vee, I enjoy our interaction, even though I am such a slack off....but things are getting better and I do believe my slacking days are almost over!

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  22. The way I keep up with my blogs is by reading what comes through on my blogger dashboard. I do have a list on my sidebar but I haven't checked it lately...I am sure there are some that haven't posted in a while. I rarely use bloglovin since just about everyone I follow, I follow through Google, thus it shows up on my dashboard. I never question it when the power goes out either. It can happen frequently during any storm on any given day...but mostly it's because I am the bill payer in the house! :)

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  23. Here is a head scratcher: I used to read blogs from other folks blog rolls; it felt like visiting a neighborhood at a time. Turns out those blog rolls don't show up when I am reading blogs on my cell phone. The separate blog friends pages show nothing.
    I have been blogging for eight years now. A few good blogs have hung in there and I still enjoy them, even when they only post sporadically.

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    1. My blogroll is not a separate page. It is a blog unto itself so if you followed that blog, you should find that it shows up. I should add a subscription option. Thanks for your comment, Jill. Made me think!

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    2. Duh! Unless I am writing a post on the blogroll blog, it will not update. Well it was a thought.

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  24. Sorry about the power outage. That is something we have not experienced since we've moved.
    I try to always visit each one who leaves a comment on my blog. Due to John's health, we live a rather isolated life, but through blogging, we feel as if we've visited around the country!

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  25. It's a bit sad when favourite blogger suddenly disappears. My blog list has really dwindled.

    I had to laugh at your question about paying the bill, haha, it's the sort of thing I would do. I wear my brain on my sleeve...as it were. LOL

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  26. I do miss coming here....and mine is one that has been idle. It is sad to see so many I love stop blogging, and yet, I pray they are just busy with life. I don't have an answer, but enjoyed stopping by.

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  27. Your blog post is a reminder to me to blog more often. I get in a rut of not blogging and then it's hard to get back in the habit. Well, actually, I've never been in the habit of blogging regularly; but I like to think I do. I made a commitment to myself to blog more often even if I'm not staying on a particular topic. Gads, I've read way too many online lessons on how to make a blog grow in reader views, how to have a more popular blog, yada, yada, yada. Anyway, I decided to just blog about any old thing that enters my mind. My problem is that I like to have photographs pertinent to my blog posts. Ugh, this is work - being friends on blogs. And I have not real idea of how I started following you. It was probably a suggestion from Bloglovin based on other blogs that I signed up for. Whatever happened, I'm glad I found you.

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  28. On my "thrifty style" blog and gardening blog, I have a list in my sidebar that updates itself based on when people post. Every so often, I "drop" those that haven't posted for a long while. I really enjoy this way of keeping up with blogs I enjoy.

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    1. Yes, i like that option best as well. My blogroll is on a separate blog, which can be accessed by clicking on the sidebar icon for Friends and Favorites.

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  29. I've lost many bloggers from when I first started years back. Now and then I try to find them - some still blog, others have changed to FaceBook, which I don't do. Life just gets so hectic and it's hard to keep up with every blog and comment as much as one would like. If I was a less busy person and didn't travel as much to places where Internet is often sporadic or terribly expensive, I'd be a much better commenter. I do read all posts which show up in my reader even if no time to comment - I just love y'all you hear!!!!!!!

    Vee you are funny, thanks for the daily giggle and your short but always meaningful comments!
    Hugs - Mary

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  30. I have culled and do it about once a year. A lot of bloggers, including myself almost, seem to be taking the summer off. If someone hasn't posted for several months I sometimes email them to see if they're doing okay. Sometimes I hear back and sometimes I don't. I only follow the blogs I have in my sidebar. That's enough! But I don't go anywhere else to find them. I just scroll down and visit. I still haven't signed up with Bloglovin'. I suppose I should do that soon. Maybe I'm losing some by not doing that. There are a few bloggers that have gone to Google+ and I can't comment on them anymore. I feel really badly as I enjoy their blogs. But, I'm not going to Google+. Have you found that with any of them Vee? I'm glad your power wasn't out for long. There are still people in the Fredericton area that are without since Arthur - Day 11. Imagine going through that!

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  31. In the few hours since I posted my first comments on here, two folks must have "culled" me, or so my followers list says....oh well....

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  32. I need to spend some quality time on my blog...cleaning, updating and all. It will happen at some point...my kids are all getting lives again that don't necessarily require my attention all of the time. :-)

    And as for family members who require my attention...my mom and mother in law are coming to your beautiful state. Traveling on a bus with other blessed people. My heart is going with them....'cause it surely would be nice to see the sites that you enjoy on a regular basis.

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  33. Oh Vee, I think I say this every time I visit, but you make me smile :) So sorry about your photo going "poof." I hope we get to see it sometime. . .

    I have noticed several of the blogs I enjoyed visiting have gone very quiet and several have just upped and left. I think I need to add the blogs I visit the most to my sidebar since I have "acquired" several blogs that I don't interact with and there are many times I miss the "important" blogs.

    Anyway, have a great night, sweet lady!

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  34. duh . . . I'm still relatively new at this. what do you mean by blog-hopping?

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  35. To each her own method of dealing with this, but in my case I add and subtract from my blog roll all the time. Often I bookmark those that I take away and check them from time to time to see if they've started posting again, cause I don't really want to lose them. Others I have added based on a post or two but after several months find I'm not really keeping up with them so when I get into one of those "clean out and pare down" moods I just delete them. And speaking of blog rolls, I've noticed lots of bloggers don't have them any more. Sometimes there's nothing more interesting than to check another bloggers blog roll and find new and interesting writers out there to interact with. I used to keep mine on a separate page but finally decided to return it to my sidebar about a year ago or so. It's just much more handy there. Hope this helps.

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  36. I have noticed, this summer especially, how many people seem to be dropping out, not posting, going private (I'm not invited either, lol) Some just never come back and their blog sits abandoned and some just disappear. I always wish that when someone leaves they would at least say goodbye. We consider each other friends right? I do delete blogs that have been abandoned, if they return I can add them back, but I always assume that if they have left they probably aren't visiting anymore and wont even notice.

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  37. I always enjoy your blog posts Vee. I have found so many blogs just abandoned without even a kiss good-bye! it would e rather sad to have the inspiration leave us. I find it most enjoyable when people share their lives, their families and make us laugh! Hope you are enjoying your summer!

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  38. I would say if you haven't seen a new post or heard from a blogger in a long while that they have either move on or moved out, so to speak :) Ah, the mysteries of blogging!

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  39. Just so long as you don't cull me! ~smile~ I love visiting when I can and when I can't I am thinking of you. I have had similar things happen mostly when I write a long comment, and then I have to go back and try to remember what I wrote while hoping that it didn't post without me knowing.
    When our electricity goes off I seem to panic! I am such a baby!

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  40. I try to check on my blog roll about twice a year. One blog recently disappeared with no announcement - poof! I culled a few months ago, including removal of one belonging to someone who leaves very inappropriate comments every now and then. Oh, that removal was done with no small measure of glee. A comment that gloats about recent travel is somewhat ill advised, since we have been canceling trips left and right. But when one does it on a post related to my husband's gruesome fight with cancer went way past the line of decency.

    Here's how to make amends with John: apologize profusely and bake...

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  41. I deleted my blog roll a couple of months ago because I thought I was going to change over to updates by email. Big mistake. It's taken me all this time to refind just a few of my old favorites and I'm having to haunt other blogger rolls to search for the missing. Very frustrating.

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  42. It feels as those we are the ones who are pulling away, but in actuality it was those people who have drawn back. I still miss Auntie!!!

    Leann

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