Blogging Insights #44 (31 August 2020)

This prompt is the brainchild of Dr Tanya over at Salted Caramel. I took part in it a couple weeks ago, and it is a Bank Holiday here today, so I have a little time to spare. Tanya asks:

How many drafts do you have in your ” Drafts Folder” right now?

Funny you should mention that, I had a clear out only a couple of weeks ago. Right now, there are about a dozen posts.

It is usually at least that many, but only ever a few tens. It might be nice to create different subfolders under “Draft” to keep everything organised.

Do you always complete a post that you draft?

No, my posts are in various stages of readiness. I’ll often get partway into writing a post, decide I can’t be bothered finishing it right now, and leave it for later.

Sometimes (music posts, generally) I’ll complete a post so that it is ready to go live, then hold it back until a “slow day”.

I don’t want to post too often – I have in my mind a maximum of three posts per day, but I’m not rigid about that – so there’s another reason for holding things back.

Some posts, it’s just the wrong time to publish. For example, I wrote a post about suicide in early December, and there was no way I wanted to publish that anytime near christmas. I think it finally went live around March.

Another one around that time was regarding the allied decision in WW2 not to bomb the concentration camps. I was prompted to write that post by a documentary I happened to watch, but ultimately canned it as part of my clearout, because that kind of post is probably interesting to only a very few people and I don’t want to bore my readers to death (more than usual!).

Is it a good idea to leave your unfinished drafts hanging around or should you delete them after some time, if so, how long?

It’s not a time thing.

If I’ve got a post in “draft”, if I decide I no longer fancy finishing it, or if I decide I no longer want to publish on that topic, I’ll delete the post.

Otherwise, if I’m still undecided, the posts will stay. It might be six months since I first started working on it.

Even if I do can a post, it goes into a Trash folder. I’ll clear that folder out just a couple times a year, so the odds are that I can get a post back if I really want to.

There’s no imperative to do it any other way – in terms of the space we’re allowed by WordPress, every single post of mine, combined, all thousand of them, is about the size of a single image. So if I have to make space, the Media Library is where I’d start. And, I’ve only used 3% of my WordPress allocation so far. At this rate, my allocation will be full in around 2050, when I will be 83 – I figure they’ll have upped our allocations by then but even if not, I’ll get worried about it nearer the time.

Body shamed

I stopped buying women’s magazines. The only time I ever see someone who looks like me is under the word ‘Before’.

Sarah Millican, UK Comedian

She’s a current British comedian (from Newcastle) who puts a funny slant on a serious issue:

Fandango’s One Word Challenge (31 August 2020)

I started looking around for ideas to satisfy Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) for today, hunter, and could not believe my luck. This story from just a few hours ago: https://eu.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2020/08/30/hillsboro-archery-hunter-killed-charging-elk-outside-tillamook/5677037002/. Actually, this type of story seems very novel from here in the UK, but I hear them from the US a few times a year, so perhaps not so uncommon as I first thought?

I’m sorry, there is some swearing today – part of this is undoubtedly my lack of vocabulary, but some of it accurately represents my feeling toward hunting. I hope you’ll forgive me just this once.

I was just out for a stroll, just trying to mind my own,
When some bastard shot an arrow in my ass,
So I turned on him, pursued him,
Caught him and subdued him,
Now I’ve put that little fucker out to grass.

Who Won the Week (30 August 2020)

I always liked Fandango’s Who Won the Week post, and like to join in with some quirky stories from my own newsfeeds. All from our unique vantage points, the idea is to pick something (a person, organisation, anything) which “won” the week. Poor old Fandango sounds really p’d off this week, so let’s hope this one will cheer him up.


I guess this is a feelgood story, all the way from Quito, Ecuador.

Julio Mora and Waldramina Quinteros knew each other because his cousin was married to her sister. Romance slowly blossomed between the two, and they were married seven years after they met, on 7th February, 1941 (79 years this year).

Julio was born on 10th March, 1910 (110 years old), while Waldramina is five years his junior, being born on 16th October, 1915 (104 years old). The pair have a combined age of a staggering 215 years.

Last week, they were named by the Guiness Book of Records as the world’s oldest married couple.

I bet they’re absolutely sick of each other!

Life through the Lens (30 August 2020)

As my previous series came to an end, I had the idea to post some of my own photographs.

When my eyes were better, I used to enjoy photography. I had some decent kit and was around just as digital photography was taking off. Although it was strictly a hobby for me, two of my photos were published. One rural shot of hay bales ended up in a brochure made by the UK’s NFU (farming), another ended up in a coffee-table book about lighthouses. I wasn’t David Bailey but a couple of times, I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time.

I thought I’d share some. All these photographs were taken by me, I own the copyright so if you’d like to use any, go for it. Just so long as you don’t use them to make any money.

My aim is to publish weekly again but this time, on Sunday afternoons. I’m just going to repeat this spiel each week, too, for the benefit of new readers, so you can safely skip to the camera graphic to save reading the blurb each time.

If you look at the category above (high on left, by the date), I’ll put every photo in that same category so you can find previously-published photos. If I feel a photo needs some explanation, I’ll maybe write a line or two to go with it. Like the last time, I’ll keep going until I run out of steam. Oh, and feel free to join in, if the fancy takes you.

I’ve linked to a higher-res umage under each photo.

My first week, this is known as the Porte d’Aval, in Étretat, on the northern coast of France. Étretat has a beautiful crescent-shaped beach, flanked at both ends by these beautiful chalk arches. I’ll post the view in the other direction next week.