Closing Thought–27Dec16

Today I celebrate my 10th anniversary of blogging.

Ten years ago today I started my blog as a way to fight the depression that I was falling into after badly screwing up my right leg after a fall…..I had learned that I would no longer be able to work that took physical exercise since my leg was only about 70% and painful all the time……so I was put out to pasture as they say…..

In the 10 years I have made some amazing friends here on IST…..I been able to get 1900+ followers and an outlet for my opinionated ass.  In these years I have made few adjustments to this blog….name changes and series that just did not generate much interest…..for the most part….what you see is what you get.

This short post is to say thank you for all the people that have chosen to visit and to comment on IST…..to me it is a success maybe not by some people’s definition of the word….but to me it has been an amazing trip…

I hope to continue for as long as I can and hope all my followers will stick with me and help me make this even more successful……and a great journey.

Thank you, my friends.

Closing Thought–20Dec16

From time to time I make small adjustments to my blogging schedule…..sometimes because I am teaching a class or in the middle of some research….but this time it is the time of the year.

As we draw closer to the holidays the amount of visits seem to shrink a bit…..people have important stuff to do and blogs are just not that important at this time…..

I try to post 5 or 6 good articles for my readers  but at this time I will cut back to 3 or 4….that is unless something major comes up and needs attention.  Right now about all the news is about Trump’s attempt to put together a working government and most everything else falls by the wayside.

Since I think that most of his picks are horrible…let me say here before I get some irate Trump worshiper that I basically said the same thing about Obama’s attempt to put together a government…..Obama did what Trump is doing…..went to the elites to make the government work….

I am trying to spend a little less time at the keyboard so please do not get concerned if my replies are tardy and I will not visit my followers as often as before….but it is nothing serious just that time of the year….please bear with me.

I apologize to my readers if they are disappointed at the posts that I offer and I will gladly accept any suggestions or criticisms that anyone would care to make.

Should I Enter The 21st Century?

My Sunday begins as usual I would like to post on something that is not the same dismal stuff we all hear daily….but first….

Have you noticed that the nose picking, ass scratching Right can only handle one issue at a time?  Must be a hard life when your mind is that slow.

The staff after a day of reading Right wing flap-trap……

I guess they will be NO help in today’s post…..

Shall we talk about something interesting?

Recently I wrote a post about reading where I explained why books and reading are important to me and in closing I stated that maybe I should do a podcast called “Breakfast And A Book”…..my small attempt at humor…..apparently very small for most never got past the title……

Well my daughter read it and came by the house and told me that I should start a podcast.  I have been told numerous times that I have a face for radio…..

Not being the sharpest pencil in the techno babble box and being that I am an old fart….I had to ask….what the Hell is a podcast?

In case there are other old farts with a limited knowledge maybe this will help….

Podcasting is a form of audio broadcasting on the Internet. The reason it became linked with the iPod in name was because people download the broadcasts (audio shows) to listen to on their iPods. However you don’t have to listen to podcasts only on iPods; you can use your computer with some music software such as Windows built-in Media Player or iTunes for mac (which has a podcast library), or your smartphone, or even in your car. It really doesn’t matter, as long as you have some way to play music on your computer you will be able to listen to podcasts.

Or maybe this one will help……

But in short, a podcast is an audio and/or video recording made available on the internet, for which some mechanism of subscribing exists so that new ‘episodes’ can be automatically downloaded or the user automatically notified.

Their usage is limitless: News discussions, interviews, political debates, tutorials, etc. If there is a potential for a series of audio/video recordings on a specific topic or type of topics, podcasts are an option to be considered.

(c/net)

Now that we got the niceties out of the way……I would like to ask my followers and readers to weigh in on this situation…..would you guys be interested in a podcast from IST?

I was thinking a half hour show with discussions on the day’s stories…of course the stories I think should be talked about…….I would like for my readers to offer suggestions if they would….

If I do start a podcast it will be after the first of the year, 2017….time enough for me to get my stuff together to see if I can make it work…..

Please….let me have your feedback…it will be appreciated….

The Tragic Failure Of Real Conservatism In The Republican Party And The Best Hope For Tomorrow

This “press” is of an article, an op-ed, written by a loyal reader and friend of IST, The Ripening Wanderer……we may not always agree but in this case we do….I also see a loss of true conservative thinking…..replaced with issues that have NOTHING to do with governing.

I feel that his thoughts should be widely read…..we live in a partisan nation and that will NEVER change until more people understand the real differences in the political thinking…..

I do not see socialism hiding behind every liberal and I do not see fascists behind every conservative….what I see is a serious lack of understanding by the people of political philosophy….nothing will change until the people realize their differences and stop insulting each other and learn to work together….

I do NOT see any of the two parties working in the interests of the people….that must change or nothing will change….change that thing that all Americans vote for but never get……

My Dad was a staunch Republican all his life but if he were alive today I doubt he would give them the time of day. —– You see my Dad was a Conservative Republican and from what I have …

Source: The Tragic Failure Of Real Conservatism In The Republican Party And The Best Hope For Tomorrow – THE RIPENING WANDERER

Again I do not see Trump as the hope that is needed….but I guess anything is possible…..especially in the minds of the voters.

The Art Of Blogging–Style

My Sunday begins with the weather being high 90’s and muggy….there is so much moisture in the air I feel like I am suffering from “black gill disease”….enough bitching…..let’s see a few observations on this late Summer’s day.

From time to time I offer my humbling reflections on my blogging experience…..I am not the most popular blogger but I have learn a wee bit from my years of writing and posting…..

There are many things that go into a successful blog….but I feel the most important is style….giving your readers something that they may not have access to in their blogging circle.

By style I am not talking about the look of your blog but rather your writing style and/or subject material.  Most of my post are between 350-500 words….I try to keep it short and to the point….my grandfather once told me….”why write a novel when a paragraph will do”…..that was good advice…..at least for me.

Too many bloggers spend all their energy trying to find that magical theme that will force readers to show up….there is no magic theme….instead of paying attention to the people that visit their blog they cannot be bothered…….searching for that magic combo of theme and font…..

Comments…I try to answer each and every comment because I feel if a person took the time to read my post and comment then they deserve an answer.  I try not to ignore anyone that visits my blog….they took the time so at least I can do is return the favor.

You could just regurgitate the ramblings of others that have the same political outlook as yourself or you could look for another hook.  I mean there are millions of blogs (so I am told) and yours needs to be something that people would like to read and consider what you have written.

A one dimensional blog is just flat boring……but for some I guess that is all they have….they cannot go beyond a single issue or situation.  Personally I think that a blog should offer more than one idea…..I try to keep IST up-to-date and I even offer differing opinions and thoughts….I believe that is what a serious blog should do.  A one dimensional blog is too damn predictable.  It may work for a photo blog or one dedicated to poetry…..but is not a blog builder when addressing current events….

I am not saying that a one dimensional blog is wrong….just that I find them tedious and boring……but that is just me.

That does not mean that you will be a complete success for that depends on what you want success to be.  If you are blogging just to see your name up in lights then you are doing it for the wrong reasons.

A blog should be fun and entertaining and educational…..if it becomes a chore then go to Facebook with the rest of the dullards.

Like I said…I am NO expert….these are just my observations from the last 11 years of blogging….it has been a joy and I have met (electronically) some real great people.

That’s it for me today……I need to back away and smile a bit….you guys have a wonderful Sunday and we will be back hard tomorrow…..

10,000 And Counting

(Sound the horns……beat the drums….and let the peasants dance)…….

in Saner Thought has reached a milestone……

This will be my 10,000th post on WordPress….that is about 3.5 million words to paper (so to speak)……no wonder my fingers are getting shorter and more stubby…LOL

I would like to thank my readers for their support and their friendship…..it has made this site a labor of love and education…..and the comments have been poignant and well thought out….I could not have planned this if I had tried.

I basically started this site for a storage vessel to save on my hard drive but after about 6 months I decided that it was time for me to come out of writing retirement and as they say, the rest is history.  Plus I thought it would be a good source for my granddaughter back then to get in touch with me and my thoughts after I crap out.

I can only hope that I have another 10,000 in me and the continued support of my loyal regular readers…..

Onward to bigger and better things……

Thank you….Thank you….Thank you….and much love…..Peace out my friends.

(Now a moment of silent reflection)

The Art Of Blogging: Respect

The weekend begins and this past week has been one of those weeks that makes one talk to themselves(which is not all bad because my grandfather once told me “when you talk to yourself you talk to a better class of people’)……I am helping a friend with his class on terrorism and the convention have been a source of amusement….today I will post on a subject that is near and dear to me….blogging.

I have been doing the blog thing for 10 years this December and I am by NO means an expert……I do offer from time to time the insights that I have found in that time.

A Blog is like all social media….people can be as anonymous as they want and because of that they do not have to look the person in the eye when communicating so they can be as dis-respectful as they like.  Which is sad.

These are the people that enjoy using such devices to insult another person as bleeding heart, apologist, politically correct, etc……in other words these people find others to be below average intelligence basically because they will not agree with the other.

Personally I try to be respectful that is until I cannot take the insulting innuendoes anymore.  I mean I visit many blogs that I do not share their twisted view of the world events but I do try to understand why they think the way they do….that is a very tiring exercise.

My problem is that I cannot understand when someone refuses to acknowledge their limited knowledge and continue to spout the puke-fest of the day.

I can understand people being afraid of the future but to the point of making crap up to make their case is just wrong…..and it is disrespect.

The sad part is that the internet is full of information and yet most people will only search for stuff that makes their case…..they seem to be afraid to look for contrary articles that might crap on their premises….and that will prevent any lasting solutions can be found without both sides of the equation.

I am not some goodie two shoes…I have gotten down and dirty with a few people but I try to keep it respectful…..that is until that last nerve snaps and then my failing comes through….most times I regret what I say but I feel it has to be said.

Blogging for me is enjoyable….I have met some real great people and I have also run across some of the most closed minded people ever…..but all in all the whole experience is very enjoyable…..

Live long And Blog!

Now please go out and enjoy your weekend…..