Are You There God? It’s Me, the Writer

Angel: Excuse me, Sir/Madam? There’s someone here for you.

God: Who Is It? It’s Not Trump Is It? MyName, I Can Not Stand That Guy.

Angel: Excuse me, Sir/Madam? There’s someone here for you.

God: Who Is It? It Is Not Trump Is It? MyName, I Can Not Stand That Guy.

Angel: No. Believe it or not, it’s her.

God: Really? She Must Want Something. Okay, Let Her In.

 

Angel: The Holy Omnipresent Universal Life Force and Infinite Spirit will see you now.

Me: (reading back issue of Cosmo) Oh, okay. One second, I want to mark this article…

Angel: Seriously?

Me: Okay, I’m ready now.

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Welcome to My Existential Crisis, Episode 2

Editor: Hello lovely readers. If you remember the last time we were here... actually, I hope you don’t remember the last time we were here, as it ended in a brawl. Anyway, since then, my alter egos and I have had several heart-to-heart discussions, and we decided to have another go at this. Our Reporter self

Room with sofa and tableReporter: Hi everyone! So glad to be here!

Editor: Um, yes… well, our Reporter self has done a great deal of research on the topic of psychotherapy, read a number of books on the subject, and–

R: Actually, I just looked it up on Wikipedia.

E:  

R: You know, it’s really quite good. Wikipedia, I mean. Über helpful.

E: Really wish you told me that before I agreed to this.

R: Oh, now you’re being silly. Listen, all we really need to do is talk things out and everything will be fine.

E: Okay, but how can we talk things out if only two-thirds of us bother showing up?

(Door opens, Writer self walks in, takes seat next to Reporter.)

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Happy Anniversary FoF! Also, Another Cookbook Review

Screen Shot 2016-04-02 at 9.23.56 AMAt first I thought it was a WordPress prank. Upon further reflection, I realized it was true: one year ago on April 1st, I started this blog.

Seems fitting that a blog named Feeding on Folly began on April Fools Day, don’t you think? Anyway, here’s my first post, if you’re curious.

As for me, I’m reviewing yet another cookbook in my collection: should it stay or should it go?

Let’s take a look, shall we?

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A Recipe Blogger’s Nightmare

WP_20160227_07_43_09_Pro[1]My plan was simple. I was going to write a humorous little post of my addiction to cookbooks. Something in the form of an online intervention.

I took a picture of my cookbook shelf. It could be worse. It used to be much worse, but this is what remains following The Great Cookbook Purging of 2013.

WP_20160227_13_02_37_Pro[1]I spread all the cookbooks on my table, sorted through them, pulled the ones I either used regularly or couldn’t bear to part with (how could I ever leave thee, Betty Crocker’s Boys and Girls Cookbook), and these select few were put back on the shelf.

WP_20160301_09_01_40_Pro[1]That part done, what do I do with the remaining? Most of them were kept for only one or two recipes at best, others I couldn’t remember using but always thought I might.

Finally it hit me, “Hey! I have a blog!”

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On Awards and Learning to Be Grateful, Damnit

I believe I wrote all of three posts when someone nominated me for my first blog 1966_Griffin_Awardaward. I won’t go into all the reasons I ignored it, or every award I received after. There were numerous reasons, but the overriding one was this: They came with so many rules!

I mean, holy cow! You had to post the award on your site, you had to link the blogger who awarded it, you had to answer a bunch of questions, nominate scads of other bloggers, notify them they won…

Honestly, what’s your friendly, neighborhood anarchist to do in such a situation?

I believe there are two kinds of people in the world. The first kind, you tell them the rules and they say, “Thank you so much for telling me the rules! I shall follow them most diligently.” And they do.

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I’ll Have One Existential Crisis, Hold the Mayo

Editor: Exciting news readers! Our Writer Self is being interviewed by our Reporter Self! This is just further proof of the sparkling innovation we’ve got going here at Feeding on Folly. (Not to mention insanity.) So without further ado, let’s get to it. I’m just going to stand over here and eat my sandwich. One damn fine sandwich, it is. Take it away ladies!

writing at computerReporter: Hello, Writer Self. Thank you for speaking with me today.

Writer: Glad to do it. I like your shoes, by the way.

R: Thanks! They are cute, aren’t they? And sooo comfortable. I got them on sale.

W: Nice. So, how does this work exactly? I’ve never been interviewed by an alter ego before.

R: I’m not sure. You’re the first writer I ever interviewed.

W: Oh really?

R: Actually, you’re my first interview ever.

W: Wait… what?

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Resolving to Be a Better Blogger; Well, Better-ish

If I were to create a new religion, I would make New Year’s Day its holiest day of the year.

Don’t worry, I’m not starting a new religion.

Only think of it — this is the time of year we feel both the desire and the ability to start over. To give up bad habits, start good habits — to basically become the person we’ve always wanted to be.

Now, I admit, I’ve never had any serious addictions to overcome, but I deeply admire those who have.  The closest I’ve come to it was giving up Blistex. (Hey, you don’t think that was hard? Chapped lips are hell, man!)

The point is, we long to be better people, and that constant striving is something almost holy. Don’t you think?

Of course, there are all sorts of goals we can make to improve lives. Career goals, health goals … a more organized closet. That’s a good goal.

emailI’ve noticed quite a few bloggers are using this time to make goals for their blogs. After giving it some thought, pondering new things I could do with my blog, writing goals to make, challenges to aim for … I came up with squat.

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A Year (Minus 3 Months) in Review

lazyI told you I was taking a week off, right? But I promised I’d throw an old post at you just so you wouldn’t forget about me. Well, it turns out the good people at WordPress have a word for bloggers who merely reblog old posts, and that word is: Lame.

Actually, I may have misquoted them. Even so, they have a point. So what I’m going to do is review the past year and select three posts to share with you. Only since I haven’t had this gig for a full year yet, we’re doing a nine-month review instead. (Man, this post just overflows with originality, doesn’t it?)

WP_20150920_10_14_03_Pro[2]First up, may I just say it has been great fun doing this, and what has amazed me the most was the community aspect of blogging. I think many people think of blogging as an egotistical pursuit, but if anything, by reading other blogs and having people comment on my own, it has made me more aware of other people’s opinions, cultures and backgrounds. And when I see people from Russia, India, Malaysia, Austria, etc., visiting my blog, I feel both honored and humbled. (Do you suppose it’s the same for people with ham radios?)

This first post I’m highlighting is one I rather liked, but it had the fewest views. It was my fifth post and was the first one I didn’t link on Facebook, mainly because I was afraid I was starting to spam my friends. But it was my first “like” by another blogger — Claremary from Around ZuZu’s Barn.  Not only does she have a cool name, Claremary is a writer who lives in New England with her husband and two cats. In other words people, she’s living the dream!

I Never Claimed to Be Erma Bombeck

My second year of college I took an evening class in writing. WP_20150512_19_46_13_Pro[1]From what I remember there were only about a dozen of us in the class, including the teacher. It was called “Writing for Publication,” or something hopeful like that. We were young. We didn’t know any better. …  read more

Next up, this one was my most popular post for two reasons: 1) I linked it on Facebook and tagged three people in my comment, which was a shameless beg for attention, I know, but I was getting desperate, and 2) the charming Margo at That Little Voice reblogged it. Thanks Margo!

What Your Choice of Beverage Says About You

I’m not a bartender, so I can’t claim to have expert knowledgei-love-my-coke-1556134-640x480 on beverages and the personalities of those who drink them, but I am a person who has opinions and a blog. A dangerous combination, to be sure.

If you order a beer … read more

Finally, I want to highlight this next post because it’s the only one I wrote that was purely fictional. Also, given the malicious tone to many of our political discussions lately, maybe we all need to become just a little more understanding of other viewpoints. (And frankly, I’m still surprised this wasn’t picked up for a movie option.)

A Little to the Left — A Crazy Tale of Political Leanings

Each day began with the same routine: upon rising from bed, heWP_20150428_16_07_05_Pro[1] stretched, touched his toes five times, did a quick jog in place, and finished with a growled affirmation that this day, as were all days prior, would be his day. … read more

So there’s my highlight of the last nine months. Thanks for stopping by and reading a bit, and I hope 2016 is your best year yet. So until next Wednesday, have fun!

Open Letter to My Spammers

ladyatdeskMy Dear Spammers,

Thank you so much for your interest in my blog and the dedicated attention you continually show to my posts — some of which were written several months ago. Your unwavering support of my writing cannot be denied. It is touching, truly.

Why, I remember when I was just starting out as a blogger: nervous, unsure of myself, wondering if anyone could possibly be interested in what I had to say. But there you were, giving me feedback and leaving comments — once I checked the spam folder, that is.

Which leads me to my main purpose in writing this letter, that being, how to keep your comments from winding up in a spam folder. I mean, if they hadn’t, I’d have something like 300 comments in my first month alone! Not to mention how many people would have seen your comments, which always included helpful links and business offers.

I’ve spent some time studying the situation, and I think I might have some tips for you. Please consider these points for the next spam .. er … comment … you leave:

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