I am profoundly grateful to each and every one of you for visiting, joining, and commenting on my blog posts.
You’ve been with me as I’ve ranted politically, offered acrostics that have gone out of whack, shamelessly indulged my penchant for bad puns, and tackled topics that may well have benefited from an MD or PhD’s oversight.
I keep in mind that more than a few readers don’t like posts that exceed 500 words—and then I just go on and on, assuming that because I’m so fascinated by the topic, you will be too.
For the most part, you’ve generously encouraged me in these wordy endeavors. (Some may have discouraged me by their absence, but aside from two people who were honest with me that my posts were too long for them, I’ll never know.)
Aware that all the verbiage might be off-putting, I’ve just switched the five most recent posts that had been appearing in their entirety so that you see excerpts first. (Maybe some of those folks with 500-word reading limits will now wander in, not knowing what’s ahead—though that wasn’t my motivation!)
Many people also prefer blogs that focus on a single topic, whereas I meander all over the place. I’ve been trying hard to keep nearly all my post titles visible because so many of you visit posts that appeared way back. It’s very meaningful to me that these older posts continue to be of interest.
It’s also meaningful that when I get new supporters (I dislike the word followers, which belies the strong minds most bloggers and readers have), I’m notified of one or more posts that they have “liked.”
Of those who’ve joined in the last two days, two liked “Is It Time to View Social Media as Frankenstein’s Monster?” A third liked “Some Call It Fragrance…” And a fourth liked my very painful “Love, Loss, and a Sense of Community.”
The diversity tells me that people aren’t put off by my flitting from topic to topic—a super bit of information for me to have because I never know when I’m going to stumble on a story or bit of news that piques my curiosity and makes me want to dig deeper—and to share with you in the hope of stimulating your reactions. I derive great satisfaction that our dialogue leads us to learn from one another.
Speaking of new subscribers, my intent is ALWAYS to write a welcome note and to visit your blogs—if you have one. I too often fail to do so. For that I apologize and offer my sincere welcome here. I hope to get to your blogs ASAP.
One of the pleasures of being a part of the blogging community is to continually discover talent that’s new to me: original, creative, quirky, thoughtful. I am enriched by these diverse individual voices and just wish I could get to many more of them.
Back to my own blog: I’m running into a WordPress SNAFU in terms of titles. It seems that every time I add a new post, one early title gets subtracted from my list.
All of 2018 is now missing, and 2019 is beginning to be whittled away. Very soon, the post that’s been read the most since I started this blog will disappear from the list—though not from my blog.
Its title is “How Do You Train a Butterfly? The Same Way You Train an Orthopedic Surgeon.” Posted in January, 2019, it’s read by one or more people almost every day.
That’s particularly meaningful to me because it was a collaboration with my younger daughter, a professional dog trainer, and its message of positive reinforcement clearly resonates broadly.
I’ve been advised by a WordPress Happiness Engineer (HE) that I can expand the number of titles that appear, but I’ve been unable to do so.
I’ll check back with the HE on Monday to find out if there’s any workaround. Otherwise, “Butterfly” will move into a place of prominence via a link on my Home page—which is newly featuring a few posts. Man, am I learning stuff, bit by byte!
I’ll soon be publishing my first post as an invited guest writer; the piece currently resides on the blog of the woman who generously asked me to contribute.
It now appears preceded by her personal thoughts—evoked by my work. This has been an interesting new collaborative adventure that I hope you’ll enjoy.
Soon after that, I’ll be telling you something about a fine blogging tradition that I’ve been honored to be a part of. There’s some remarkable history in the blogosphere, and this is a valuable piece of it.
I hope you’ll continue to visit, to let me know your views via likes and comments (even via Contact, emails or phone calls if you prefer), and to guide me as I strive to improve this blog in every way.
May 2021 represent a sea change from 2020, with the ugly virus under control and the ugly divisiveness somehow minimized by calm national leadership that doesn’t play on our fears and exaggerate our differences.
And may each of you and your loved ones find that the new year brings you personal gratification, pleasure, and peace.