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Proper Blog

31 August 2021 at 15:45

I am signed up for several blogs and newsletters on writing and blogging. I like to keep up with the advice and see what tidbits I might learn. I believe in learning and when I started blogging I took WordPress’s Free Blogging Course that they offer. I wanted to learn how to blog and be a good member of the blogging community. In the years since, I have found that everyone out there claims to be an expert with years of experience. Some, have paid courses that a person can take to learn β€œproper blogging.”

I have read through the materials and sales pitches of several courses offered by these β€œexperts.” It includes things like the definition of a proper blog and who should and shouldn’t blog. In one case claiming that if you are a perfectionist you should not ever blog. Yet, when it comes to some of these blogs run by these experts they don’t follow their own advice. One thing I have noticed about the so called experts with the huge number of followers: they follow and like every blog out there. Once I follow or like their blog back they drop all interaction with mine. So, if it is all about numbers to you then try that and see how many followers you get.

So, what is a proper blog? Any blog with posts. Sure there is some general advice to polish a post before posting. Past that anyone who posts to a blog is a blogger. You can post about what you want as long as it doesn’t break TOS and Community Standards. There is an audience out there. There are free courses to take.

Who should blog? Anyone who wants to put their words out there on one. It can be a challenge for a perfectionist. But that doesn’t mean that if you are one you can’t blog.

Ignore the so called experts.

roseylinn

Proper Blog

31 August 2021 at 15:45

I am signed up for several blogs and newsletters on writing and blogging. I like to keep up with the advice and see what tidbits I might learn. I believe in learning and when I started blogging I took WordPress’s Free Blogging Course that they offer. I wanted to learn how to blog and be a good member of the blogging community. In the years since, I have found that everyone out there claims to be an expert with years of experience. Some, have paid courses that a person can take to learn β€œproper blogging.”

I have read through the materials and sales pitches of several courses offered by these β€œexperts.” It includes things like the definition of a proper blog and who should and shouldn’t blog. In one case claiming that if you are a perfectionist you should not ever blog. Yet, when it comes to some of these blogs run by these experts they don’t follow their own advice. One thing I have noticed about the so called experts with the huge number of followers: they follow and like every blog out there. Once I follow or like their blog back they drop all interaction with mine. So, if it is all about numbers to you then try that and see how many followers you get.

So, what is a proper blog? Any blog with posts. Sure there is some general advice to polish a post before posting. Past that anyone who posts to a blog is a blogger. You can post about what you want as long as it doesn’t break TOS and Community Standards. There is an audience out there. There are free courses to take.

Who should blog? Anyone who wants to put their words out there on one. It can be a challenge for a perfectionist. But that doesn’t mean that if you are one you can’t blog.

Ignore the so called experts.

Bee Bathing

20 August 2021 at 15:28

As I walked in the garden I noticed the zinnia wave. I lifted up higher to see and sure enough a bee sat on the petal.

I moved slow to get closer and the bee didn’t move. Soon I saw why.

He soon stopped his cleaning to stare at me.

Then he flew off.

roseylinn

Bee Bathing

20 August 2021 at 15:28

As I walked in the garden I noticed the zinnia wave. I lifted up higher to see and sure enough a bee sat on the petal.

I moved slow to get closer and the bee didn’t move. Soon I saw why.

He soon stopped his cleaning to stare at me.

Then he flew off.

Cowboy Its Cold Outside by Lori Wilde

14 August 2021 at 19:18

β€œCowboy Its Cold Outside” is a contemporary romance 2017 novel by Lori Wilde. It is written in third person narrative. I received the book in a box of used books. I am not being paid for my review, nor do I have any connection to the author or publisher.

Book Synopsis (my summary of the back cover):

Big country-western star comes to a small town to perform at a charity concert. He has been nursing his own broken heart. The heroine is nursing a broken heart too. She tells him at first to get lost. He ignores that and eventually they end up together.

Would I read the book again: No

Review:

Overall the story started out cute. The two lead characters meet and then they don’t do much of any interaction for a long time in the story. When they do get back together the reader is supposed to just believe the budding romance. That the female lead keeps trying to shut down and have nothing to do with. The people in town do seem to like her and act protective of her. But they also have crush’s on the sexy country western singer. The male lead also seemed to do what he wanted no matter what anyone else said to him. He spent a lot of time in his head thinking through things. The female lead I had issues relating to. She was headstrong about some issues and naive about others. I found the supporting characters to be crass.

As for the writing the author switched point of view a lot. There is a lot of passive telling parts to the story. The author should have also consulted with an actual attorney with knowledge about the legal issues the female lead has in the story. She also used descriptions that took away from the book. Such as the following:

  • Holy freaking catfish
  • Killer-diller
  • Wriggled
  • Holy jaguar jungle

I would not read the story again.

Related blog posts:Β Roseylinn: Recycled Book Reading ChallengeΒ Β 

roseylinn

Cowboy Its Cold Outside by Lori Wilde

14 August 2021 at 19:18

β€œCowboy Its Cold Outside” is a contemporary romance 2017 novel by Lori Wilde. It is written in third person narrative. I received the book in a box of used books. I am not being paid for my review, nor do I have any connection to the author or publisher.

Book Synopsis (my summary of the back cover):

Big country-western star comes to a small town to perform at a charity concert. He has been nursing his own broken heart. The heroine is nursing a broken heart too. She tells him at first to get lost. He ignores that and eventually they end up together.

Would I read the book again: No

Review:

Overall the story started out cute. The two lead characters meet and then they don’t do much of any interaction for a long time in the story. When they do get back together the reader is supposed to just believe the budding romance. That the female lead keeps trying to shut down and have nothing to do with. The people in town do seem to like her and act protective of her. But they also have crush’s on the sexy country western singer. The male lead also seemed to do what he wanted no matter what anyone else said to him. He spent a lot of time in his head thinking through things. The female lead I had issues relating to. She was headstrong about some issues and naive about others. I found the supporting characters to be crass.

As for the writing the author switched point of view a lot. There is a lot of passive telling parts to the story. The author should have also consulted with an actual attorney with knowledge about the legal issues the female lead has in the story. She also used descriptions that took away from the book. Such as the following:

  • Holy freaking catfish
  • Killer-diller
  • Wriggled
  • Holy jaguar jungle

I would not read the story again.

Related blog posts:Β Roseylinn: Recycled Book Reading ChallengeΒ Β 

β€œValentines Secret Child” by Christine Rimmer

22 July 2021 at 19:05

β€œValentines Secret Child” is a 2008 romance novel by Christine Rimmer. It is written in third person narrative. I received the book in a box of used books. I am not being paid for my review, nor do I have any connection to the author or publisher.

Book Synopsis (back cover summary):

As kids the hero and heroine had a relationship. Then they went their separate ways. Only after they did he changed his name, and she found out she was pregnant. Fast forward nine years and they run into each other. She has to find out how to tell him about his daughter.

Would I read the book again: No

Review:

This is a typical romance novel right down to the characters. Where I could relate to the characters I found the hero to be in a lot of ways a jerk. The heroine let him treat her bad and took the blame for it onto herself. I also have a few issues with the plot and a few details in the story. The heroine basically leaves the telling her daughter that he is her father; up to him. She lays it onto him that he has to be responsible and not lie to her daughter. Yet, she is lying to her daughter each time she is asked who the man who just moved in with them is. Of course they both just knew they would end up in bed together; only I as the reader did not know that.

I found myself skipping pages and skimming through others and didn’t feel that I missed anything critical to the story. In the end, as with all typical romances, they do end up together. It would have been more satisfying if they hadn’t.

There were point of view changes, and ellipses used for both pauses and left out words. Technically an ellipse is only used for left out words, where dashes are for pauses in sentences.

Related blog posts:Β Roseylinn: Recycled Book Reading ChallengeΒ Β 

roseylinn

WordPress Admin Dashboard

22 July 2021 at 17:53

Since my last post about the Admin Dashboard WordPress has made a few significant changes. Among them to access the Admin Dashboard it is now a link on the right side of the home page.

Now the only things that you can do in the Admin Dashboard are access a listing of all comments, pages, and posts. This still allows for the bulk editing of those items.

All of the other features that used to be there have now been integrated into other areas of WordPress. For example if you wish to check a new theme you now need to:

  • Click on Appearance from the side menu
  • Select Theme
  • Click on Info
  • Click on the large theme image on the right side

It will then open up this screen:

Then click on Try and Customize in the corner.


Disclaimer: WordPress and images from WordPress Free Themes are being used here in an educational manner. WordPress is a product of the company Automattic Inc. I do not work for the company. I do use their blogging platform and highly recommend it for a lot of reasons including how easy it can be to set up a blog. They do not know about or endorse this blog, this post, or me in anyway shape or form. I am one of countless bloggers that use their platform as a host for my free blog. πŸ™‚

roseylinn

Public Reaction

22 July 2021 at 13:13

When Covid first started to hit the news I started to wear rubber gloves to the grocery stores. I would notice the people who gave me strange looks for the gloves. I remember the news stories about how they did not real good for anyone. Most of that centered around how people didn’t know how to properly remove the gloves. I wore them because it was a reminder to not touch my face, to not take that sample and eat it, and to not rub my nose. I also sprayed things like the shopping carts with rubbing alcohol more often. As time went on I saw more people with gloves on at the stores.

Then I saw people wearing masks. I too put on a mask and went to the store. Before all the mandates people looked at me funny. Some shook their heads and went on past. I did hear a few comments every now and then. A lot of times the comments were along the lines of conspiracy theories, and how we just needed herd immunity and everyone should be exposed. Before long though to get into a store one had to wear a mask. Some people took them off once inside. Others wore them below their noses which does no good for them or anyone else. Stores all had bottles of sanitizing spray out for spraying off carts. I still carried my bottle of rubbing alcohol.

When the vaccine started to get administered there seemed to be light at the end of the tunnel. People could get vaccinated and then no more need to wear a mask. No need to worry anymore because once I got my shots I would be immune. Only Covid is like any virus; it mutates and changes as time goes on. It only goes away when it no longer has anyone to infect and can’t mutate anymore. On the news I still heard of people with the vaccine getting Covid. Granted not as bad as those who don’t have their vaccines yet. Soon, the mask mandate drifted and it has become more of a suggestion for those with the vaccine and any underlying health issues. Signs changed to reflect that people vaccinated didn’t have to wear a mask to enter the store. Now the message seems to be that if you are wearing a mask you don’t have the vaccine. Because only people without the vaccine are required to wear masks everywhere they go.

Now at some stores they no longer spray off the carts with disinfectant. The bottles are no longer sitting out for people to spray their own carts. At those stores, I have to use my rubbing alcohol and any hand sanitizing wipes I can find. While other stores still have the disinfectant bottles sitting out to be used on the carts. However I haven’t seen the attendants spraying down the carts, so I use it to spray my cart. When it comes to masks there are some stores where it seems more people still wear masks, and at others the majority don’t.

I still wear a mask. I have gotten the vaccine. Yesterday I went to the store where it seems very few people wear masks anymore. I noticed that the reactions I got were similar to what happened when Covid first started. A woman in one area looked at me, shook her head, and did β€œtsk tsk”. Others moved away when they saw the mask. A lot just shook their heads and gave strange looks. I have even heard from relatives that strangers have told them they don’t have to wear a mask anymore.

Covid is not gone. There is still around 30% of people in my state without even one shot of the vaccine. People who have had Covid can still get it and spread it to others. Even with the vaccine I can still get Covid. I can still carry the virus and spread it to other people without even knowing I was infected. In short, I could still kill someone simply by not wearing a mask or taking precautions. There are the variants that are coming and the increased numbers of infections in the area. Then there are the elderly relatives of mine with those underlying health conditions, who even with the vaccine it would be bad if they got Covid.

At the end of the day I am still going to wear a mask. I am still going to use rubbing alcohol on my hands. I am still going to take precautions and shop only during low traffic times at stores. I am going to request at medical offices that the people I come into contact with also have their vaccines. This virus is going to stick around until it has no more people to infect. The only way to start to make that a reality is if everyone gets vaccinated.

roseylinn

β€œValentines Secret Child” by Christine Rimmer

22 July 2021 at 19:05

β€œValentines Secret Child” is a 2008 romance novel by Christine Rimmer. It is written in third person narrative. I received the book in a box of used books. I am not being paid for my review, nor do I have any connection to the author or publisher.

Book Synopsis (back cover summary):

As kids the hero and heroine had a relationship. Then they went their separate ways. Only after they did he changed his name, and she found out she was pregnant. Fast forward nine years and they run into each other. She has to find out how to tell him about his daughter.

Would I read the book again: No

Review:

This is a typical romance novel right down to the characters. Where I could relate to the characters I found the hero to be in a lot of ways a jerk. The heroine let him treat her bad and took the blame for it onto herself. I also have a few issues with the plot and a few details in the story. The heroine basically leaves the telling her daughter that he is her father; up to him. She lays it onto him that he has to be responsible and not lie to her daughter. Yet, she is lying to her daughter each time she is asked who the man who just moved in with them is. Of course they both just knew they would end up in bed together; only I as the reader did not know that.

I found myself skipping pages and skimming through others and didn’t feel that I missed anything critical to the story. In the end, as with all typical romances, they do end up together. It would have been more satisfying if they hadn’t.

There were point of view changes, and ellipses used for both pauses and left out words. Technically an ellipse is only used for left out words, where dashes are for pauses in sentences.

Related blog posts:Β Roseylinn: Recycled Book Reading ChallengeΒ Β 

WordPress Admin Dashboard

22 July 2021 at 17:53

Since my last post about the Admin Dashboard WordPress has made a few significant changes. Among them to access the Admin Dashboard it is now a link on the right side of the home page.

Now the only things that you can do in the Admin Dashboard are access a listing of all comments, pages, and posts. This still allows for the bulk editing of those items.

All of the other features that used to be there have now been integrated into other areas of WordPress. For example if you wish to check a new theme you now need to:

  • Click on Appearance from the side menu
  • Select Theme
  • Click on Info
  • Click on the large theme image on the right side

It will then open up this screen:

Then click on Try and Customize in the corner.


Disclaimer: WordPress and images from WordPress Free Themes are being used here in an educational manner. WordPress is a product of the company Automattic Inc. I do not work for the company. I do use their blogging platform and highly recommend it for a lot of reasons including how easy it can be to set up a blog. They do not know about or endorse this blog, this post, or me in anyway shape or form. I am one of countless bloggers that use their platform as a host for my free blog. πŸ™‚

Public Reaction

22 July 2021 at 13:13

When Covid first started to hit the news I started to wear rubber gloves to the grocery stores. I would notice the people who gave me strange looks for the gloves. I remember the news stories about how they did not real good for anyone. Most of that centered around how people didn’t know how to properly remove the gloves. I wore them because it was a reminder to not touch my face, to not take that sample and eat it, and to not rub my nose. I also sprayed things like the shopping carts with rubbing alcohol more often. As time went on I saw more people with gloves on at the stores.

Then I saw people wearing masks. I too put on a mask and went to the store. Before all the mandates people looked at me funny. Some shook their heads and went on past. I did hear a few comments every now and then. A lot of times the comments were along the lines of conspiracy theories, and how we just needed herd immunity and everyone should be exposed. Before long though to get into a store one had to wear a mask. Some people took them off once inside. Others wore them below their noses which does no good for them or anyone else. Stores all had bottles of sanitizing spray out for spraying off carts. I still carried my bottle of rubbing alcohol.

When the vaccine started to get administered there seemed to be light at the end of the tunnel. People could get vaccinated and then no more need to wear a mask. No need to worry anymore because once I got my shots I would be immune. Only Covid is like any virus; it mutates and changes as time goes on. It only goes away when it no longer has anyone to infect and can’t mutate anymore. On the news I still heard of people with the vaccine getting Covid. Granted not as bad as those who don’t have their vaccines yet. Soon, the mask mandate drifted and it has become more of a suggestion for those with the vaccine and any underlying health issues. Signs changed to reflect that people vaccinated didn’t have to wear a mask to enter the store. Now the message seems to be that if you are wearing a mask you don’t have the vaccine. Because only people without the vaccine are required to wear masks everywhere they go.

Now at some stores they no longer spray off the carts with disinfectant. The bottles are no longer sitting out for people to spray their own carts. At those stores, I have to use my rubbing alcohol and any hand sanitizing wipes I can find. While other stores still have the disinfectant bottles sitting out to be used on the carts. However I haven’t seen the attendants spraying down the carts, so I use it to spray my cart. When it comes to masks there are some stores where it seems more people still wear masks, and at others the majority don’t.

I still wear a mask. I have gotten the vaccine. Yesterday I went to the store where it seems very few people wear masks anymore. I noticed that the reactions I got were similar to what happened when Covid first started. A woman in one area looked at me, shook her head, and did β€œtsk tsk”. Others moved away when they saw the mask. A lot just shook their heads and gave strange looks. I have even heard from relatives that strangers have told them they don’t have to wear a mask anymore.

Covid is not gone. There is still around 30% of people in my state without even one shot of the vaccine. People who have had Covid can still get it and spread it to others. Even with the vaccine I can still get Covid. I can still carry the virus and spread it to other people without even knowing I was infected. In short, I could still kill someone simply by not wearing a mask or taking precautions. There are the variants that are coming and the increased numbers of infections in the area. Then there are the elderly relatives of mine with those underlying health conditions, who even with the vaccine it would be bad if they got Covid.

At the end of the day I am still going to wear a mask. I am still going to use rubbing alcohol on my hands. I am still going to take precautions and shop only during low traffic times at stores. I am going to request at medical offices that the people I come into contact with also have their vaccines. This virus is going to stick around until it has no more people to infect. The only way to start to make that a reality is if everyone gets vaccinated.

β€œDeadline” By Sandra Brown

16 July 2021 at 16:51

β€œDeadline” is a 2013 410 page romantic-mystery-suspense novel by Sandra Brown. It is written in third person narrative. I received the book in a box of used books. I am not being paid for my review, nor do I have any connection to the author or publisher.

Book Synopsis (back cover summary):

Dawson Scott is a journalist who comes home burned out. So he decides to investigate what could be the story of his career. Little does he know the secrets that will come out by the end of his investigation.

Would I read the book again: No

Review:

This is a typical Sandra Brown novel. The book sticks to the formula for a romantic-mystery-suspense novel. She has one overall plot with a few sub-plots going on, lots of characters, and point of view switches to track. She does a good job of weaving the plot through the first half of the book. Then the second half feels like a rush to tie up the story into a neat bow. I didn’t really connect to the heroine or the hero as much as I should have. Their love story seemed to fit into the novel. Yet it stuck to formula from the first look, to the first kiss and objection by the heroine, until they madly fall into bed together and fall in love. There are also swear words throughout the novel.

This book is good if you have an afternoon and want to read a formula romantic-mystery-suspense novel.

Related blog posts:Β Roseylinn: Recycled Book Reading ChallengeΒ Β 

roseylinn

β€œDeadline” By Sandra Brown

16 July 2021 at 16:51

β€œDeadline” is a 2013 410 page romantic-mystery-suspense novel by Sandra Brown. It is written in third person narrative. I received the book in a box of used books. I am not being paid for my review, nor do I have any connection to the author or publisher.

Book Synopsis (back cover summary):

Dawson Scott is a journalist who comes home burned out. So he decides to investigate what could be the story of his career. Little does he know the secrets that will come out by the end of his investigation.

Would I read the book again: No

Review:

This is a typical Sandra Brown novel. The book sticks to the formula for a romantic-mystery-suspense novel. She has one overall plot with a few sub-plots going on, lots of characters, and point of view switches to track. She does a good job of weaving the plot through the first half of the book. Then the second half feels like a rush to tie up the story into a neat bow. I didn’t really connect to the heroine or the hero as much as I should have. Their love story seemed to fit into the novel. Yet it stuck to formula from the first look, to the first kiss and objection by the heroine, until they madly fall into bed together and fall in love. There are also swear words throughout the novel.

This book is good if you have an afternoon and want to read a formula romantic-mystery-suspense novel.

Related blog posts:Β Roseylinn: Recycled Book Reading ChallengeΒ Β 

Wet Dog Food

28 April 2021 at 19:26

I have an aging Schnoodle dog. He has the poodle bad teeth and has lost several of his. Where he used to do just fine with hard dry dog food; he now needs the soft canned food too. I have to be careful with what I feed him for food because he has food allergies to chicken. A lot of dog food manufacturers put chicken in their dog food.

It took me time to search through various wet dog foods. I found that a lot of them put in a lot of water. Some of them seemed to have increased the amount of water since the last time I had bought the food. My dog is a very picky eater. He does not like eating soup.

I then found Costco Natures Domain Turkey and Pea grain-free formula wet dog food for him. One of the first things I noticed were the ingredients: turkey, turkey broth, vegetable broth, etc. I could read them and know what they were without a dictionary. I like that when I open the can there is a lot of chunks of food surrounded by a thick stew sauce. I do not feed him the entire can at one time, so I stir it before giving him any. I also like that he likes the food. Since it is grain free I add in some multi-grain rice.


*Disclaimer: I do not work for and am not affiliated with Costco, or the makers of Natures Domain Dog food. I purchase the food for my dog.

roseylinn

Wet Dog Food

28 April 2021 at 19:26

I have an aging Schnoodle dog. He has the poodle bad teeth and has lost several of his. Where he used to do just fine with hard dry dog food; he now needs the soft canned food too. I have to be careful with what I feed him for food because he has food allergies to chicken. A lot of dog food manufacturers put chicken in their dog food.

It took me time to search through various wet dog foods. I found that a lot of them put in a lot of water. Some of them seemed to have increased the amount of water since the last time I had bought the food. My dog is a very picky eater. He does not like eating soup.

I then found Costco Natures Domain Turkey and Pea grain-free formula wet dog food for him. One of the first things I noticed were the ingredients: turkey, turkey broth, vegetable broth, etc. I could read them and know what they were without a dictionary. I like that when I open the can there is a lot of chunks of food surrounded by a thick stew sauce. I do not feed him the entire can at one time, so I stir it before giving him any. I also like that he likes the food. Since it is grain free I add in some multi-grain rice.


*Disclaimer: I do not work for and am not affiliated with Costco, or the makers of Natures Domain Dog food. I purchase the food for my dog.

Covid Vaccine Cards

14 April 2021 at 15:11

People are getting their Covid Vaccine shots across the country. That has started a disturbing trend of photographs of the vaccine cards showing up on social media. It is commendable for people to share that they got the shot, and encourage others to do the same. However, stop sharing the cards online.

Identity theft comes in pieces. Thieves get a little data here and there about a person. Then they continue to add to the information. When you hand over your medical data you are giving them another layer of data about you.

It should be enough to say that you got the shot. You should not have to prove it to anyone on your social media accounts. Remember each one of us can play a part in making it hard for identity theives.

roseylinn

Covid Vaccine Cards

14 April 2021 at 15:11

People are getting their Covid Vaccine shots across the country. That has started a disturbing trend of photographs of the vaccine cards showing up on social media. It is commendable for people to share that they got the shot, and encourage others to do the same. However, stop sharing the cards online.

Identity theft comes in pieces. Thieves get a little data here and there about a person. Then they continue to add to the information. When you hand over your medical data you are giving them another layer of data about you.

It should be enough to say that you got the shot. You should not have to prove it to anyone on your social media accounts. Remember each one of us can play a part in making it hard for identity theives.

US Stimulus Payment

24 March 2021 at 18:05

If you are curious as to when you can expect your US Stimulus Payment go to the IRS website: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment

Click on Get My Payment. Agree to go to the form to enter in your information. Then continue. It will tell you on the next screen your status.

roseylinn

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