Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Disconnected

I failed to beat the buzzer on my post for day seven. As I type, it’s moving on toward one a.m., but I still want to share a post for yesterday’s prompt.

Tell us about a post that didn’t connect with readers (but you wish it had).

When I think of a post or posts that didn’t connect with readers, Domestic Violence Makes National Headlines and More than hurt feelings are two that immediately come to mind. Neither appeared to connect as well as I wish they had. It was a little disheartening because the subject matter was/is so important.

Millions of men and women each year experience some level of domestic partner abuse or violence. You may know someone who has or you may have been a victim yourself, at some point. Many years ago I was in an unhealthy relationship and experienced years of escalating emotional and verbal abuse. So, needless to say, the subject matter hits home a bit. I really wanted to connect with women on that issue.

I guess it’s never too late to do so. Check out the posts and feel free to share your comments.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Making the connection

Which post have people connected with the most on your blog?

Good question…

And the answer is, “I have no idea.” I know, “Bad blogger,” right? The truth is I’ve been all over the place the past six years with posts, topics and  even consistency. Unfortunately, that kinda undermines my ability to see a pattern. So, to try to find an answer to this question:

First, I tried to mine clues from my statistics but couldn’t make heads nor tails of them.

Next, I revisited old post comments, but to go back six years was quite cumbersome.

Suffice it to say, my efforts didn’t produce much. There’s probably an easy button in this treasure hunt somewhere, but I haven’t found it out yet. Maybe it’s something I’d learn if I could attend a conference like BlogHer. But alas, I’m in the throws of a career transition and must watch my spending.

So here’s what I’ve deduced over the years:

Authentic posts connect best.

Take

these

three posts, for example.

All three were written on the topic of authenticity. The third one (Authentic Fear – 2 Enemies of Personal Authenticity) seemed to strike the loudest chord. A few other posts that seemed to connect were:

Love is in the air - I think this was the first time I’d posted about my then boyfriend/now husband. My guess is the title peaked the interest and, of course, the picture tipped the scales. See for yourself. We’re cute.

Functional vs. Pretty - This was a fun, candid two-parter I wrote four short months into newlywed bliss. Click here and here to see what you think.

So pick one or all five. Check them out and let me know what you think.

Am I making the connection?

 

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Holiday weekend recipe: fireworks and brussel sprouts

thumb_IMG_3540_1024Since there are no NaBloPoMo writing prompts for the weekend, I’m free-styling it today. I mean really free-styling it… Hope you don’t mind.

As the holiday weekend drags to a close, I still hear the snap, crackle and pop of a few leftover fireworks in the distance. I understand. It’s hard to let this favorite summer holiday slip away.

Summer holidays are the best, and we get three good ones – Memorial Day (although it’s really in Spring, I count it as a summer holiday), Independence Day and Labor Day. I mean all other holidays are cool. Christmas, Thanksgiving and New years are among my favorites. But there’s just something about summer holidays – backyard BBQs, family gatherings and fireworks displays.

Speaking of fireworks displays, did you go see fireworks Saturday? I did. It was the first time I’d been in this city, and I’ve been here for nearly 20 years. Can you believe that? I can’t. I still think I must be wrong, but it’s certainly the first one I can recall. Well, whether seeing it for the first time literally or figuratively, all I can say is the display was awesome.

And to think, we hadn’t even planned to go see fireworks. If it wasn’t for my  hankering for some froyo (sorbet, actually) and a desperate need for fresh air (after being inside watching Redbox movies all day), we probably would have missed them again this year. But I’m so glad we didn’t.

When we got out, the side streets and interstates seemed deserted. It seems a lot of folks left town for the weekend. The city almost felt like a ghost town. It was totally weird, but we soon found the crowd when we got to the fireworks site.

I love to watch fireworks. They make me feel nostalgic and hopeful. The nostalgia I can explain, but the hope? Well, that’s somewhat of a sweet mystery, but I like it. I guess it’s just nice seeing people from communities throughout the city come together to celebrate freedom.

After the fireworks, we eased out of our viewing location and headed to one of our favorite restaurants for dessert and a night cap. We made it one hour before close. And the bread pudding was superb, as always.

So what else did I do this weekend? Oh yeah, we did get some food on the grill. My husband’s the great grill master. He likes to grill it and I like to eat it. Of course now I’ve had my hot dog fix over the past few days, so I’m good to go until Labor Day. My contribution was the oven roasted brussel sprouts you see here. IMG_3497IMG_3499YUCK! Needless to say, I don’t eat them. He loves them, though, so I’m happy to oblige. As long as I don’t need to taste them, we’re good.

So what did you do for the holiday weekend? BBQ, beach or something altogether different?

 

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