Seven good things about blogging!

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Blogging has its lows, I know.

Times when stats flatline, and fall.
As silence reigns across the site.
Those hoped-for comments don’t appear.
Five days go by without a view.
Followers lost
not gained.

(Third year in, I get such weeks.)

Yet there are upsides, too.
Hence the title: used above.

That said
I’ll start my list…




Seven good things about blogging!

1) Making connections.
(Seeing people return, until their avatars become akin to friends.)

2) The thrill of an arriving comment.
(Especially if you get very few. Often the case for me.)

3) Finding a fascinating blog.
(The pointer glides toward that “follow” sign. Resistance growing futile.)

4) Being first to “Like” a post.
(Or boost an unfairly-neglected one. Giving encouragement.)

5) Wishing a new blogger good luck.
(Sparing them commentless months: whence I began.)

6) Assisting someone to overcome a problem.
(Particularly mistakes I once made myself.)

7) Being deeply moved by a piece.
(Having my worldview changed.)



(One memorable example of (7) occurred in discovering a post about Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes, called The Reality of Living with Chronic Illnesses , by Julianna.

Her sufferings were far worse than I’d imagined.

Next, I found a video on the subject. It was upsetting to watch.

Then a wave of shame spread through me.
I recalled moaning over my own symptoms, to Wendi (from Simply Chronically Ill ).
Who endures Ehlers-Danlos.

I regretted avoiding research, instead of lazy vague ideas.
Too late, now.
(With luck, she’ll forgive me.)

Hence, if a single good thing might come from these thoughts, it would be
an increased awareness of EDS.)



So, what do YOU most enjoy about blogging?

Any of the points mentioned?
All of them?
Or none?

Have I left something out?

Please add a comment.





A note to regular readers surprised by an outbreak of uncharacteristic positivity.

My spirits were raised after interacting with several favourite writers and supporters, namely:
River Dixon, Mike Campbell, Yassy, Larisa, Luna, Wendi, Linda R Davis, Elan Mudrow:
who visited a festive comment section, last week.
Which helped the Christmas period feel less isolating than usual.
(For a person spending his 28th Xmas alone.)

But fear not! Eccentric order may soon be restored.
Strange art and sad poetry, remain in the pipeline.

I also continue to class myself as a failure on WordPress.

Just between us (don’t tell!).
My guiltiest secret desire during 2019 was for someone to push that “reblog” button.

It never happened, of course.

Ah well: perhaps I can write content worth sharing in 2020?

(“Dream on!” says an inner voice.))




I shall end by wishing a

Happy New Year!  🎉

to you all.


Thank’s for reading.


( anxiety / art / blog / depression / humor / illness / life / mental health / photography / poetry / reading / thoughts / writing )

21 thoughts on “Seven good things about blogging!”

  1. Happy New Year! Spam seems to love the most amazing bloggers! Ken, keep writing! Share your thoughts! Thank you for coming over to read a bit of my ‘blah’g. ☀️Please Don’t feel discouraged!

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  2. Blogging has become second nature to me and I adore my little community so much. I completely agree with your post, it is so good to learn about the lives and plights of others and also spread awareness for grief and infertility. I am very happy to help others in any way I can and appreciate the support.

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        1. Very kind of you, Vannessa!

          To be honest, I’m never actually WELL (due to M.E., and various other long-term conditions).
          But my mood has been much better than I expected over the Christmas period.
          (Connecting with people on WordPress has helped with that.)

          Wishing you a HAPPY NEW YEAR! 🎉

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  3. I am deeply honored, and quite humbled Ken that you felt drawn to write about me. Thank you so very much! I hope this year brings you positive changes in all aspects of your life!

    God bless you my friend, and thank you for emailing me and giving me a heads up on your post! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Wendi!
      Sorry for the slightly delayed reply.

      Unfortunately 2020 has started rather badly for me: I had internal bleeding on Thursday the 2nd.
      Then, Friday 3rd, a Doctor said I should have gone to hospital, and might need a transfusion.
      He told me I could die, if it happens again.

      Apologies for once more talking about my own health problems, but I’m feeling very anxious and drained.

      Hope your week goes well.

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      1. Oh Ken, how absolutely terrifying for you! I am so very, very sorry you are having to go through this. I would LOVE to send you a card through the mail. If you feel comfortable with this, please email me your address.
        I am sending up prayers for you this moment.

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        1. Thank you, Wendi
          I am finding it hard to focus on the usual Sunday post for a few hours time.
          Still very drained. And the weight of worry feels heavy in my mind.
          I did the wrong thing by soldiering on instead of going to A&E,
          where they could have found the source of bleeding (eg with endoscopy).
          Now I don’t know how potentially dangerous or fragile the wound is.

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          1. I know I would have a very difficult time focusing on anything too. Is there something you can do to take your mind off what is going on? I know this must be very difficult but just curious is something you can do would help.
            Have you set a doctor’s appt. to see how the wound is healing?

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          2. I live isolated and alone, Wendi, so there is little preventing my mind constantly returning to anxieties.

            I will try to see another doctor next week.
            But only a hospital has equipment to find where inside my digestive tract the blood all came from.
            (Perhaps a burst stomach ulcer, that I never knew was there.)

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