“To blog or not to blog, that is the question – Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer through writing a bunch of meaningless dribble…” OK, so I took some liberty with that quote from Billy Shakespeare, but you get the point. That pointing being that I have not posted on my blog for some time. Twenty days, to be exact. Another misquote may be appropriate here, “The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” (Look it up)
It’s not that I don’t want to communicate with you, my faithful followers, it’s just that sometimes I don’t feel I have a topic worthy of your time. Speaking of followers. Did you know that my blog has a registered total of 160 followers, and yet my posts average between 15 and 25 views? Now, I realize I am “preaching to the choir,” and I truly appreciate your indulgence and your loyalty, but I don’t know which followers those views belong to, unless you click on “Like” or leave a comment. I do wonder from time to time how WordPress defines “Follower.”
I thought about writing a post the other day regarding what I thought were the obvious absurdities observed during the Academy Awards Show. I was going to point out how outrageous it was to allow Lady Gaga, the singing clown, to present her version of songs from “The Sound of Music.” In my mind, even though she is a good singer, she was the exact wrong person to sing songs from a show that is the epitome of simplicity and innocence. I thought Julie Andrews showed what a class act she is, as she graciously acknowledged the performance. Such restraint!
I was also going to rant about celebrities using that venue for political agendas. I especially took offense to Common’s statement about “mass incarcerations,” without including a statement regarding the mass crimes associated with those incarcerations. Or how about Patricia Arquette making a plea for equal pay for women, while Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lopez, and Oprah were cheering and applauding in the audience. Do you see the irony?
But after reading the rave reviews of those performances and speeches, I decided I must be dead wrong, and would be chastised severely for my stupidity. So, I decided not to say anything at all. Oops!
Well, I feel better now. Since I started with the Bard, I shall end with him as well. I can think of no better company. Perhaps all my concern over blogger’s block was just “Much Ado About Nothing.”
I have to say I enjoyed the Awards less this year than ever before. However, even your blogger’s block produced a very enjoyable read!
Thanks, but I fear you may be a little prejudiced.
Well, you’ve done it again. You’ve put into words the conclusions of my own thoughts. Well said. While we may enjoy the art form of showbiz (and I do), one must remember it harbors a faction of “flaky” which is large enough to embrace all that the term implies.
Thanks, brother. I enjoy watching the awards shows, even though I know what a self-aggrandisement they are. “Let’s pat ourselves on the back in front of millions of watchers.”
I don’t know who I hate more, actors and actresses making political statements or politicians making political statements. My general sense is that neither group is qualified.
As to the ratio of views to followers, yours is about what I experience. I have nearly 10 times the number of followers than I have average daily views. So I think we all suffer from that same phenomenon.
Thanks for the encouragement regarding followers and views. My feeling about political statements is they are all for show. “Actions speak louder than words” is a quote that comes to mind. Don’t tell me what needs to be done, do something about it yourself.
I hope you don’t mind, but this post got me thinking about the ratio of followers to views and I decided to do a post specifically about that. I plan to link back to this post, so let me know ASAP if you’d rather I didn’t. I would like to publish that post around the top of the hour, or about 20 minutes from now.
No problem. Sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner, I was in the shower.
No worries. I got distracted anyway. I’ll publish shortly.
It seems that in order to click on like, I have to be registered and log in with wordpress which I have chosen not to do. Rest assured, I read and enjoy each post but I am probably not being “counted”.
I’ll see if I can remedy that problem. Thanks for reading and commenting.
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I also read and do not want to log in like Kimberly. Stay safe with the ice and snow.
Thanks for reading. Sorry about the site, I don’t know how to fix that problem.
Some of my followers, who are not bloggers, tell me they have the same problem; they can’t like one of my posts without doing a dance with WordPress that they don’t want to do. I, too, have often wondered how our host site defines “following.” I enjoyed your post. I’m glad to be able to read your writing again. I’ve missed the laughs you always provide.
Thanks for the comment. WordPress is a great place to be, but it does have its faults. I, too, enjoy reading your posts. They are always so well written. Glad we found each other in the blogosphere.