Melanie and Fandango Get Re-Blogged Together

Yesterday I wrote a post. Yay. In that post I asked a lot of questions. Yay? And two intrepid bloggers took up the challenge to answer those questions in posts on their blogs. YAY!!!

I always get very excited when people don’t run away screaming, clutching their head as though I had tried to chop it off (that wasn’t why I was holding an axe, if it was worrying you why didn’t you ask me why?), when I ask questions…

Sometimes my excitement causes those who stayed to rethink their decision to not run away.

But hey… exercise is good for people, right.

Every now and then I meet brave adventurers who not only stick around when I ask questions but also take up the challenge of answering the questions, seem to think it’s actually fun to do that… and who appear to enjoy my excitement that they stuck around and answered back.

Well… we’ll see about that. I mean Yay!

I was going to reblog their posts the usual way – by pressing the reblog button and voila! an excerpt of their post is shared on my blog and if you want to read the rest of it all you have to do is click and Scotty will beam you over there.

However the WordPress elves have been updating the platform over the last couple of months… feels like years – blogosphere time is different from regular time. And while a few things which haven’t been working now work, other things which were working now don’t work.

If you want to survive in the bloglands, you’ve got to learn to be crafty and cobble together Heath Robinson fixes for glitches.

Here’s the link to the post which contains the questions which Melanie and Fandango answered – Reasons for Telling Your Story

Here’s the link to Melanie’s post – Sparks From A Combustible Mind: Stories…

with a teaser:

excerpt from Sparks From A Combustible Mind: Stories…ο»Ώ

Thank you for sharing, Melanie! πŸ˜€

Here’s the link to Fandango’s post – This, That And The Other: Ursula Asks

Here’s a taster:

excerpt from This, That And The Other: Ursula Asks

Thank you for sharing, Fandango! πŸ˜€

I agree with both of them about the About page.

I like to check those out on blogs and websites for various reasons.

Usually you’re introduced to a blog or a website through a post or article which caught your attention. Perhaps you were looking for some information and their post came up in the search results. Or someone shared their post on social media and you clicked on the link.

You liked what they wrote and you want to know a little bit more about them.

For instance when I was reading up on the MBTI, I visited several different websites and blogs. I always preferred it when the person behind the information shared their own Personality Type, as for me it put into context their perspective of each type. When they didn’t share their MBTI, it made me suspicious – Why not? Why hide it? Aren’t they as into the MBTI as they claim to be? I suppose you could probably guess their type based on the fact that they weren’t sharing their type.

It’s always interesting to see how people introduce themselves, it’s revealing whether they say a lot or very little, you can get a sense of their personality from it.

If there isn’t an About, it can be a bit weird… but About pages can be hard to write, far harder than posts. Even just writing “Hi” can be difficult on an About.

It’s not always necessary to have an About to go with the blog or website.

As Fandango pointed out in answer to a couple of Q’s “It depends…

What really weirds me out is when someone writes their About in third person for a personal blog.

It makes sense on a professional website, for a company, for a professional offering professional services, or on a site designed to showcase an artist, author, etc’s work, but on a personal blog it just seems odd.

Unless it’s in synch with the rest of their blog, as in they’re writing all their posts in third person, or they’re doing it for chuckles.

But we’re all quirky in the way we express ourselves and share who we are… it’s all part of the wonderful weirdly odd experience of being beings on a tiny rock spinning around and hurtling through an unknown space.

Thank you all for sharing! πŸ˜€

Merry motion to everyone!

Homer teaches Dante, Shakespeare and Goethe to sing by Bela Cikos Sesija

Featured image is Russisches Ballett by August Macke

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  1. Aw. ❀ I'm honored to be reblogged, but to be paired with the esteemed Fandango? Oh my. Heh heh heh. I ADORE questions, which I think some folks find a bit odd, but you said it "we're all diverse'" (paraphrased). Thanks sweetie and blessed Yuletide to you!

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  2. Excellent job. Thought provoking, like A LOT! I love the question “do you want to tell your story?” I think that’s why most people write, to tell our stories, even in a round about way. Personally, I don’t think I want to tell my whole story. Parts of it are too dark, too scary, to just plain sad. Don’t get me wrong, I share a lot, happily and there’s much, much more beauty in my life than ugliness but yep, the book of my life has chapters I don’t read out loud. I just don’t like to creep people out with it. πŸ˜‰

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    1. Thank you, JP πŸ™‚

      The sad, scary, dark and silent parts sometimes tell their stories through the light, bright, beautiful and loud. Green is always greener when the sun shines during a thunderstorm. We are the storytellers of our stories, how we tell them is up to us in our own way… that’s why that story chose us to tell it. Whatever you choose to do, is exactly what is needed.

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  3. β€œWhat really weirds me out is when someone writes their About in third person for a personal blog.” I so agree with this. It sounds so, I don’t know the right word? Presumptuous, egotistical, Trump-like (he has a tendency to refer to himself in the third person, as if he’s royalty, which I think he thinks he is).

    But I digress. Thanks for the β€œreblog” (or at least the link back to my post).

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    1. Thank you, Fandango πŸ˜€

      I tried several times to reblog normally, both your post and Melanie’s, I even tried an old trick which worked before when the reblog went glitchy, because that would have been so much easier than me having to type words, add links and stuff… ugh I’m so exhausted after all that hard work… but WP just kept opening a new post as though it thought I wanted the challenge of filling a blank page with me me me. So I gave in, because sometimes that’s how you one-up the system πŸ˜‰

      Years ago a friend asked me to help them with their umpteenth new blog’s About. They had visions of grandeur for themselves, they wanted to be a life guru preaching to the peeps, so they had written this whole third person bio and asked me to tweak it to make it friendlier, more relatable, the sort of thing everyone would love. I said write it in first person if you want people to relate to you, third person sounds like you think you’re above and beyond them and they’re not going to like you for it. They went with the third person bio. The blog died shortly afterwards as all their previous blogs had done because the actual writing of posts every day was boring for them. For some I think third person represents the dream, and they do it to be it – it’s the whole think rich to grow rich thing, ’cause that always works.

      Have a merry one πŸ™‚

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  4. I follow all three of you, and agree about the About page on a blog. It’s nice to get a bit of background on the writer/owner of a blog that has shown an interest in mine.
    If I haven’t wished it already, Merry Christmas.

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