May You Be Happy: 8 Interesting Links To Share On A Tuesday

ADVICE, IT’S EVERYWHERE

I’ve been asked to explain why I sometimes write posts that are filled with links. You see…

A long time ago I read an article, written by a marketing professional, about personal blogging. This article had advice about how to ensure that your personal blog had a balanced mix of content that’d appeal to a variety of readers.

Quite simply, the article said that to be perceived as interesting you need to write: 1/3rd of your posts about research, ideas, or professional topics; 1/3rd of your posts about updates in your personal life and how you feel about what is going on; and 1/3rd of your posts about hobbies or adventures.

While I don’t adhere strictly to this advice, I keep it in mind. It has influenced me over the years.

Thus as an example of the first of the three categories mentioned above, I give you, my gentle readers, the following list of 8 random links that I’ve stumbled over whilst flitting about online.

Enjoy!

EIGHT INTERESTING LINKS TO SHARE

• Apparently in France it’s called piscine. I’ve no problem with it, but some people are peeved.

Mine is green. Take a quiz to discover your aura’s color.  UPDATED: Mine is now blue. Take a different quiz to discover your aura’s color.

• I’m not sure I *try* to be nice, but I take this point…

• We don’t have a dog, but the mid-century aesthetic of this kibble dispenser caught my eye.

• Your doctor is talking about you. And it might not be in a flattering way.

• Watch and be entertained. Earworm to follow….

• I want to know the answer to this, too. Why is it so difficult to find normal sleeves?

• You can guess why Karen and Brandon are no longer popular baby names, but do you know which names are popular now? Meet Olivia and Liam— and all their little friends.

QUESTIONS OF THE DAY

Do you think the personal blogging advice shared in the first part of this post is wise or wacky? That is, would you say it’s AMAZEBALLS or WEAKSAUCE?

Any comments, insightful or otherwise, about any of the links above? That is, would you say any one link in particular is AMAZEBALLS or WEAKSAUCE?

Do you like using slang when you write your blog posts? How about in real life when you talk with people, do you use slang then?

~ ~ 💜 ~ ~

193 thoughts on “May You Be Happy: 8 Interesting Links To Share On A Tuesday

  1. Professional topics? Even my professional topics are full of nonsense. The best way to blog is to write what inspires you in the moment unless you are interested in stats or monetizing (don’t you love that word?). Sometimes I think of writing about my experiences in Human Resources but then I wonder if anyone would believe me. A co-worker always called HR the underbelly of the company because we often saw the worst side of people. Makes for interesting reading though.

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  2. That choir is amazeballs!!! And so fun! I do use slang because I decided I want to be myself. I write my blog the way I speak to friends and family. But I write and speak professionally in the rest of my life. When I started the blog it was for my family so it made sense. The one third structure is interesting. Something to consider as I tend to focus on personal stuff. Good post and yes, earworm!

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    • Martha, I loved the choir too. I’ve played it multiple times and laughed every time. Sorry about the earworm, though.

      I do the same thing as you in that I write here like I talk in real life. I love words, so slang appeals to me as much as erudite words. I can’t say that I plan my posts based on the 1/3rd advice but I do think about it in the overall when I look back on what I’ve written.

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  3. I’ve always enjoyed your blog, Ally. I’ve ignored most blogging advice. Trying to follow that kind of advice turns my blog into work. I just write what I like and hope that some people enjoy it.

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    • Dan, I take blogging advice with a grain of salt, but I acknowledge the wisdom in having a balance of content here. There’s something to that if for no other reason than to keep my brain clicking. Of course, I interpret this advice in my own idiosyncratic. 🙄

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  4. Mine is mostly a photography blog, so hobbies is my one-third. I don’t discuss my job or research, or my personal life. I don’t really listen to those sorts of suggestions. And the sleeves! I couldn’t agree more. Please give me normal sleeves. I don’t need to look (or want to) look like I blew out of gone with the wind! I think your blog is great. 🙂

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    • Lynette, I see your point about your blog. You make an excellent point. By primarily sharing photos you are in a slightly different category than personal blogs where we make our way by gleaning stories, such as they are, from daily life. Thanks for the compliment, btw.

      YES about the sleeves. I’ve been muttering about them for over a year now. I am not Scarlett.

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  5. When I was still teaching high school, the students kept me abreast of all the slang. I miss that. I can confidently say that they would never, ever say things like amazeballs or weaksauce, however. Their slang was far more urban and young.

    As far as the blogging advice, I’m sure that’s terrific for those who are/were looking to market and monetize their blogs back in the day when blogs were the Big Deal. Now, we’re more of a quaint, holdover bunch whilst everyone else is on Instagram and Tik Tok and YouTube becoming Influencers. LOL.

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    • nance, I like slang but only when I know what it really means. I’m confident using amazeballs or weaksauce which are two, probably now archaic, slang phrases.

      The blogging advice was from years ago. I’ve never ever wanted to monetize this blog, but I latched onto the advice because it appealed to my sense of balance and penchant for variety. I’m not an Influencer, never have been, leaning more toward the idea of being your Friend– who keeps things snappy.

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  6. I have a lot of links in my posts (Mark Petruska made fun of my hyperlinks on his blog). It could be because I was a history major who can’t get over citing her sources when ranting over the evils of Daylight Saving Time or the white supremacist patriarchy. Or it could be that my favorite way to win an argument is to swamp the opposition with a tsunami of facts.

    Your links are more fun, for sure, though.

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  7. I did think the kibble dispenser was amazeballs. Who knew dog food storage could be made attractive enough to put in the living room?

    The blogging advice really falls in the middle somewhere. Of course, my blog isn’t a lifestyle or personal blog, really. I do find that my addition of some personal topics has enticed more readers than sticking strictly with family history and history.

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    • Eilene, exactly! There are clever people out there. That kibble dispenser amazed me– and we don’t have a dog.

      Good point about your blog. It is more of a niche one than a personal one. I enjoy your history research and your personal stories when you add them. The blogging advice has stuck with me over the years, but I don’t fret over it. It’s just a rule of thumb, I guess.

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  8. I wanna tell ya, that choir was cool, man, cool. If I were a young hip kid, I think I’d have to say it was “dope” or “the s***.”

    Slang? Me? I’m not Gucci enough to keep up.

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  9. What fun that choir is! Love watching each young person’s interpretation as they move their way through the routine. Remember when we could actually go to a recital at a school/church/auditorium! As for blogging advice, like you, I take it with a grain of salt. I think if we get too focussed on all of the do’s & don’ts, we lose the personality of our blogs. 💕

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    • Lynn, I’ve watched the choir video a number of times and love every kid in it. I do remember when going to recitals like this was the norm.

      I figure that advice hits everyone differently. It floats around in the back of my mind, but I hardly keep a spreadsheet to ensure I nail it perfectly. I just like the idea that I have a guideline about having a balance of content here– and that I am able to write about a variety of topics in the process.

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  10. Ally, we are on the same wavelength – I was just drafting up a post about sleeves and how they are all puffy, ruffled, or ruched these days! They just do not suit me at all. Not at all. I picture you as being a classic tailored sort of woman and so I can’t imagine you would like them either. In terms of ice in wine, I don’t do it myself as I usually drink red, but I could not care less if someone plunks an ice cube in their Riesling. I thought piscine was the word for swimming pool in French, so I was a bit confused for a moment. As for the 1/3 1/3 1/3 rule, I don’t know if I follow it or not – it’s a smart idea for sure. Oh, and as for slang, I love using hilariously outdated slang with my kids because their reaction is priceless. Example: YOLO.

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    • Nicole, you understand me. I prefer tailored clothes, so this puffy ruffled style DOES NOT SUIT ME. It makes me churlish.

      I used the word ‘piscine’ because that’s what was used in the article. I know little French, but I guess if you don’t like the idea of ice in wine then saying it is a swimming pool is an insult? Here’s what I think, have another drink and get over your judge-y self.

      I like the 1/3rd advice as a rule of thumb. I don’t dwell on it, but I admit it has influenced me over the years. And answers the question about why I post linky love lists.

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  11. To quote Ricky Nelson (my first rock idol crush), “You can’t please everyone, so you’ve got to please yourself.”
    You have had a lot of readers for a lot of years so you must be doing something right! Keep it up!
    The links were cute. I especially liked the dog feeder, altho, I do not have a dog. Thanks for posting!

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    • Ellen D., I sing that song to myself every so often. I agree with those words 100%. I keep this blogging advice in mind, not saying anyone else has to do it, but it has worked for me as a touchstone.

      We don’t have a dog either, but that kibble dispenser is way cool. Almost want to get a dog…

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  12. Ally, I almost never RANT, but your post today has driven me to it. A neighbor, a cancer survivor, has had symptoms of a recurrence. Once I took her to a clinic to get more help. The doctors have hemmed and hawed with tests, tests, test. Why would they not be suspicious of a recurrence, with symptoms right in front of their eyes, for heaven’s sake. Now, almost a year later, they’ve come up with a diagnosis of stage 4 cancer. STAGE FOUR! Why wouldn’t they have diagnosed and started treatment months ago. I smell malpractice.

    On another note: My web guy has been unresponsive to my pleas for help for almost a month now. Today I did get a rise out of him. I probably should fire him, but smart and reliable website admins are hard to find, and I do like him personally.

    Finally, I think any blog reader would say I am of the nice and gentle sort. But not TODAY! By the way, because I like research, so I believe my blog has some balance to it in spite of my not knowing the statistics or best practices.

    Thanks for letting me rattle on. I do feel better, Ms. Ally Bean! I loved the “Nice” video, which got me started!! 😀

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    • Marian, you’ve made me smile while you’ve overcome your niceness here. I’m horrified to learn about your neighbor’s delayed diagnosis. No words. I’m my own web guy so you having one is impressive. Now if he isn’t doing his thing, maybe it is time to find a new one? However I’ve no idea how you do that…

      I like your research and links. I’d say you write in a way that naturally hits all three categories mentioned in the advice. I think I do that too– but I don’t know if it’s because the advice influenced me years ago OR I just do it.

      Either way, it’s food for blogging thought, NICE OR NOT. 😉

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  13. I don’t write my blog to please others, my blog is real as I am, lol—I often tell folks there is nothing fake about me. I also realize my personality can be a tad bit overbearing. Oh, as for Auras I am Blue and that is right on the money. Since my background is in historical research, I can argue with the best of them, grin. P.S. I am a rule person, but honestly, they can be broken and there are no rules in blogging, smiles.

    Oh, where was I? ((GRIN))

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    • Linda, I write what I want here, too. I am, as you’ve probably noticed, a Free Spirit, but even so I like a few guidelines to ponder. That’s how this piece of blogging advice hit me– as a rule of thumb to know about, but nothing to obsess over.

      You have a Blue Aura. That’s weirdly spot on, isn’t it? Mine described me well, although I’d prefer to not wear the color green– but as an aura, I’m okay with it.

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  14. I was having a bit of a challenging morning, but your post made me laugh so all is good now. Well except for the fact that I now have worms (at least an ear one) and apparently my aura is invisible because I couldn’t get the quiz to work. It probably didn’t want to have anything to do with someone who has worms. 🙂

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    • Deborah, I’m glad I contributed to your happiness. That’s in keeping with my Green Aura. I’m sorry the quiz didn’t work for you but the ways of the internet are always a mystery to me. At least you tried.

      As for the earworm, don’t say I didn’t warn you. Still, seeing those kids do their thing is worth it, I believe.

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  15. Professional topics surprised me, although I suppose that phrase is open to a wide range of interpretations. My favorite article was the one about the doctor slang — I had heard many of them before but was shocked and appalled by many of the ones I hadn’t. Yuck. Medical professionals sure ARE “dark m-fers” as per the article.

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    • Suzanne, I, too, was surprised by the idea of writing about professional topics, but when I think about it many personal bloggers do talk about their jobs/careers/education so it makes sense. However, like you said, it’s open to interpretation.

      The medical slang was odd, enlightening. I’d like to believe I’ll never be called one of those phrases, but probably not. If the slang fits…

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  16. Ally, you know I LOVE your blog, but the aura quiz didn’t work for me (insert sound of small child wailing). I can get to the article, but the link it goes nada. I’ve tried a couple of different browsers, still nada. It must be all the traffic generated by your blog post causing it to go kaput. I shall try again later for I am determined to know.

    As for sleeves, oddly I was in discussion elsewhere on the subject of dresses, where the number of tiers and flounces, frills and other frippery were being loudly railed against. I’d just discovered the joys of dresses too and I thought it was just me. I’m still mad about it, but no longer feel alone in my madness 😀

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    • Deb, another commenter mentioned that the aura quiz link didn’t work, but it works for me so I don’t know what to say other than SORRY. Maybe you could just pick an aura color and make it your own. Self-awareness and all that! 🤷‍♀️

      I like clean lines when it comes to the clothes I wear and those puffy sleeves make me cringe. I don’t like flounces either, but I rarely wear a dress so I can avoid them. But when it comes to blouses, I like them when the sleeves are normal.

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      • Ally, you changed the link – aren’t you just the best! Thank you 🙂 I am also blue, and the description feels right.

        I’m so with you on the normal sleeves. I recall wearing leg o’ mutton sleeves when I was a young thing during the time long, flowery Laura Ashley dresses were all the thing, and also wore “interesting” sleeves during the New Romantics phase when in my twenties – but I was young and skinny so needed some shape. These days I am not, so simple is my choice. Every time I see a top/dress with ruffles and frills or a lace trim, I see an image of myself as mutton dressed as lamb, or like I should get in my rocking chair and knit. Why on earth do the fashion peeps think this is what’s wanted?

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        • I changed the link because we all NEED to know the color of our auras. Need, I tell ‘ya.

          I remember those Laura Ashley dresses, too. I never felt comfortable in them, too prissy for me. I remember being a bridesmaid and wearing an off-the-shoulder dress with large puffy sleeves. I felt silly.

          My theory on these sleeves is that it is a subtle attack on women in an attempt to diminish our power by making us look antiquated, put back in our place. When women dress more simply they project a more competent powerful image– which is a threat to some. As long as we’re in flounces and puffy sleeves, we belong on the fainting couch.

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  17. I think I’ve seen similar advice before, because I feel like I tend to link a lot in my posts. Whenever I would do research about blogging and engagement and monetization, affiliate linking is always one of the first pieces of advice you see so I probably do that a lot now, but it’s not always connected to an actual affiliate link, because I find that to be tiresome to keep up with and I am back and forth all the time about how important monetizing my blog is for me, because I really just want it to be a personal space. But at the same time, if someone told me I could realistically support myself financially by writing on my blog in a non-influencery way I’d probably find that appealing and fun. So, IDK, maybe I should take it more seriously, haha… But I don’t know that I’d say the advice is wacky. It’s probably sage advice for serious content creators and marketers, and you certainly seem to get a lot of engagement and have built an impressive community here, so it must be working! Even if you haven’t followed it by the book, I think it shows that you are able to adapt and customize advice to fit your needs. I would love to be able to create a community around my blog. I’ve always been able to do the writing part of it pretty well, it’s all the other aspects of blogging I’m not particularly good at!

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    • Lauren, you bring much insight to this topic. I’m fascinated. I’ve never read anything about how you’re supposed to monetize your personal blog. I have no affiliate links, not that I haven’t been asked, I have. I just won’t tie myself down in that way, preferring to be a free spirit who blogs for my own reasons– not for $$$.

      I’ve never wanted to write a book although if you go by word count I’ve written many here. Everyone writes a personal blog for their own reasons and builds community in their own ways. I’m all about the fun of commenting, but it took me years to get to that point.

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  18. I have two children (with, I believe, very awesome names) and will have no more. So I should be over the whole “popular name” thing. But I am not. Thinking up name combinations is still one of my favourite things to do.
    The challenge with names is that balance between picking names you love and not wanting to necessarily fall into the so-popular-everyone-has-the-same-name category (we have an Abigail Isabella and the year she was born BOTH of those names were in the top 10 even though we never consulted the top-10 list and my husband had liked the name Abigail for years and years; Isabella was in honour of her grandmother, Isabel). Our son is a Levi and when he was born our family doctor said he was the ONLY Levi in her entire practice. Now there are little Levi’s springing up everywhere. His middle name is Indiana (named after Indiana Jones) and I think that’s pretty cool and we don’t know anyone else with Indiana as part of their name. But it does make me a bit sad to see how popular Levi is becoming. It’s an awesome name (to me!), but I loved that it was not on the favourite-names radar at the time.

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    • Elisabeth, I understand your fascination with names. I find it interesting, too. I like both your children’s names and can understand how you came to pick each of them. Makes sense. My legal name is popular no more, but back 100 years ago it was in the top 20!

      I adore the idea of Indiana being a child’s name– and am surprised it’s not more popular. I knew a girl in high school whose first name was India, and I thought that was cool.

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  19. I rarely put links in my blog (unless they’re to places or books I’ve referenced) because it’s HARD. And although I double check sometimes, I’m sure I still mess them up somehow. I didn’t understand the piscine link. Piscine means swimming pool in French but the link was about whether to put ice in wine. Am I missing something?

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    • Margaret, the article makes mention of how some judgmental people refer to act of putting ice in wine as you are drinking piscine. I believe it is meant to be an insult, but one that most people are moving beyond because they like ice in wine. Me included.

      Yes, putting links in a blog post takes time and can be difficult, but I try to do it every so often. Part of it is for clarity, part of it is to keep my aged brain clicking.

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  20. Hmmm….I don’t know if I come to blogs for outside links. While I sometimes find the links fascinating, I really just want to hear what the blogger personally thinks about something. Advice neither good nor bad, just one persons opinion. I don’t think I like the idea of appealing to different kinds of readers, because then I would feel I was letting myself down

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  21. Interesting about the thirds. I think I just write whatever happens to pop in my head at the moment. In all my years of medical work, I don’t know those terms but I do like “Status Dramaticus” and might start using that. Enjoyed the overture but was disappointed since I couldn’t get the link to check my aura color. When I followed your link it was just to take a quiz for what weight loss program would work for me. Thanks for a fun Tuesday, Ally!

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  22. I always learn something in your posts. This time I learned that after nearly 20 years of keeping blogs that I’ve had the wrong attitude about including links. I’ve always felt they took readers away and they might forget to come back. No, I’m not the least bit insecure. LOL

    On the question of using slang. I love it and t doesn’t matter which century it was coined in, I’ll use any I can work in.

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    • Jean, I’m laughing. I know what you mean about wondering IF you send readers away WILL they come back? Usually YES, in my experience. They want to tell you something about what they read. NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A PERSON’S NEED TO EXPRESS AN OPINION.

      I like slang, too. I’m like you, I’ll use words from any decade, if they make sense. At least to me.

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  23. I try to use slang, but most of my friends don’t get it. None of them are on the internet as much as me! Ha!

    I detest cold wine, even whites that are supposed to be chilled. You just can’t taste them as well. I like to taste the different notes. My aura is blue, even though my thyroid is perpetually off balance. Hmmm on that one. My kids knew lots of Olivia’s in the 90’s, so I guess it’s not going away. I had minor surgery Friday and I heard the doctor ask the assistant twice, “Is she okay?” It was a local anesthetic and I merely had my eyes shut.

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    • Bijoux, I get that. I’ve had that problem too. Years ago I used the word ‘snarky’ and no one knew what it meant. I was: who are you people?.

      If you don’t like cold wine, I’m sure you don’t want to follow this ice cube trend. A Blue Aura seems good to me. Of course that’s what I got on the second quiz, so I’m biased. I thought Olivia used to be popular, but this latest report says it’s back– or still here I guess.

      I’m glad your minor surgery went well, but I’m laughing too. What a thing for the doctor to ask. Shouldn’t he know the answer to that?

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  24. I only use ice if the white wine isn’t cold enough; I can’t imagine doing it in a glass of red. Then again, I’m not a purist.

    My Aura is orange. That doesn’t seem right….maybe I wasn’t paying attention to the quiz? This is a familiar issue for me. Not.paying.attention.

    The earworm! I love it!

    I don’t mind those names at all. I love most names, but I’m aghast at the spelling parents choose for their children. I’ve seen Alyvia. That pains me as in: STAB ME IN THE EYE.

    Although I hardly do any research, I think the blogging advice is good. I’m just here to tell the stories. You know, those Amazeballs stories.
    I use some slang in real life. Wait, are cuss words slang? 😳😜

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    • Suz, my approach to ice in wine is the same as yours. Although a commenter mentioned that ice in sangria was good and I thought, I could do that. So maybe in red wine, too.

      I like orange so I like your aura even if you think it might not be you. Perhaps the idea will grow on you.

      I know what you mean about unusual spellings of common names. I have two nieces with unique spellings of their lovely names.

      I usually tell stories here, too. But looking back over ALL my posts I realize I’ve adhered to this blogging advice more than I realized. I think I must have programmed it into myself years ago! And isn’t that amazeballs?

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  25. (Puts on thinking cap) – mmmm, I haven’t blogged in a while but when I do it’s because I have an urge to connect. I do occasionally add links knowing that people can choose to open them or save for a later look-see. Thinking cap has just fallen off and I can’t retrieve it – I now feel thoroughly discombobulated. Your thirds clearly work for you Ally Bean – thanks for your post.

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    • Susan, I feel the same way. I blog here to connect, which is one of the reasons I like to occasionally share links. I figure I enjoy knowing what other bloggers are reading and learning, so why not do the same here? I can’t say that I consciously focus on the thirds approach but it does underscore my thinking when I review my blog as a whole. Wouldn’t want to bore anyone, myself included, with too much of the same thing.

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  26. There’s a lot of blog advice out there but I think you’re a natural. I’m fond of obscure phrases but I’m not sure if they’re slang – for example: Good golly Moses, hold your horses. Now I’m off to enjoy your links!

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    • Jan, thank you. I do enjoy blogging. Maybe I was destined to be a blogger and I focused on this advice because it confirmed what I knew intuitively? Or maybe I programmed it into my subconscious years ago– and it stuck? Rhetorical question. I’m here.

      Praise the fishes, I like obscure phrases, too. Glad to know you’ll be horsing around with the links.

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  27. 1. I wrote a blog posted called Broke Those Rules about the rules of blogging and how I failed them! I write what I am inspired to write. 2. I don’t drink wine and care either way if it’s warm or cold! 3. Apparently I have an orange auro but now I want to do it again because I like blue better (LOL) 4. Ah I am Canadian so being nice is part of my DNA. Except when I’m not but that’s a whole different story. 5. Our dogs just get bowls, nice glass bowls but just bowls. I have a golden retriever and if he had a free food dispenser he would seriously eat it all in one day as would the yellow lab. No thanks. Imagine the … no let’s not. 6. I’ve spent 40+ years as a nurse so I have heard several of those terms like crumping. I also made up one of my own after 15 years of orthopedic trauma nursing (Got Drunk Fell Down — GDFD) and it became commonly used in our OR. 7. Funny I didn’t get an earworm from that song at all. 8. I rarely shop and just wear t-shirts and sweaters so I totally missed that the sleeves were changing (again). 9. I named my some day son before I even met my husband and I am grateful he liked Spencer. I wanted Alana for our daughter but we settled for Alyssa and I am sure she is sick to death of spelling it for people. No do over’s with names though is there although I did note your comment about your legal name which gave me pause to wonder as I also don’t go by my legal name. Question of the Day – slang. I write with it a bit but not much. I speak with it a bit but not much. I’m not cool enough to know what’s cool. Long winded answer but I covered all the points! Bernie

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    • Bernie, I love your comment. I write what I’m inspired to write, too. It’s just that I try to mix things up every so often as to keep things snappy around here. And that is where the advice has worked for me: encouraged me to talk about a variety of topics.

      No wine for you, got it. I like the idea of an orange aura but you know best. I don’t know that I’m nice all the time, but I am kind which is similar. Maybe you’re the same way?

      The kibble dispenser is unique, but not practical for everyone. I like your coined way of succinctly saying Got Drunk Fell Down as I’m sure GDFD was accurate in many cases. No earworm? You’re a strong woman. Yes, sleeves are puffy now, like we’re all supposed to want more fabric hanging on us. *snarl*

      I like your children’s names. They are unique and pretty. Some of us have nicknames which I think is fine, but of course I like variety. I use slang but not all the time. Like you I’m never sure what is current– nor am I sure of the meaning of that which is current. Still words can be fun.

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      • I went back and did the quiz again and it was different questions. I ended up green this time I don’t drink tea and randomly picked one I had heard of and didn’t know any of the gem stones or the tarot cards so I may have given it faulty info🙃

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        • I was clueless about the tarot card question, too. I guessed, figuring it might be the right guess because I made it. I love online quizzes but can’t quite take them seriously– more for snorts and giggles.

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  28. Whatever formula you’ve stumbled upon dear Ally Bean–you are making the blogging thing work! Who knows what works or doesn’t work? I’m not sure there’s a definitive formula, but there are probably approaches that are more helpful. xoxo

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    • Kathy, you are so right: “Who knows what works or doesn’t work?” Like I said I don’t obsess over this blogging advice but I did read it in my formative blogging years and it has helped me feel like I’m doing my best to communicate clearly. And talk about a variety of things. And keep my brain clicking.

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    • Luanne, there are many blue auras in this comment section. Don’t know what to make of that other than to say “HUH!” I agree about those medical slang terms. They gave me pause– and only a little bit of anxiety.

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  29. Amazeballs! I think with a blog like yours, you can make your own rules and people will read no matter what.
    Thank you for the links. I never once thought about putting ice in wine, though mimosas are generally served over ice, and I have had those at brunches. I don’t know why I make the distinction between champagne and wine in that respect,

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    • L. Marie, thanks for your vote of confidence. When I was asked why I write posts with lists of links, I didn’t have answer off the top of my head> Then I realized I’d taken the info in that article to heart– and it has done me well.

      Now that you mention it I make a distinction between wine and champagne, too. One is everyday, the other is special– BUT IT’S ALL SMOOSHED UP GRAPES. I put ice in my white wine sometimes, usually b/c I forgot to chill it in the fridge.

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    • Arlene, yes, that is exactly what this blogging advice amounts to. It has done me well, like drinking more water would, but it doesn’t mean that I do what I’m told. Free spirit here, you know?

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    • Wynne, thank you. I read things, they seem interesting to me, so I share them here. Never anything hateful or crude, of course. The kibble feeder called to me too– and we don’t have a dog. Just so cool…

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  30. I think trying to adhere to a certain set of blogging rules would be the opposite of amazeballs. It’s a good general guide, I suppose, but I’m not a fan of that kind of structure. Besides, my everyday life is so wacky already, I figure that’s enough to keep people coming back.

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    • Mark, I fly by the seat of my pants here, so having a bit of structure via these guidelines has done me good. I’m not saying I’m an A+ student about following them but I’d give myself a C+ so I’m happy. For me, a free spirit, that’s amazeballs!

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  31. I guess I’ll start by saying you would be categorized as ‘with it’ while I wouldn’t. 🙂 I checked out your links, and the marketing advice is interesting. I don’t make money off mine, I never check the stats, and I’m not in any way interested in sharing a lot of personal info on the www. I do it for fun and ‘talking’ with folks plus I enjoy seeing where people are coming from and their reasons for blogging..

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    • Judy, I blog in the exact same way as you do. I don’t want to make money here or have any aspirations about writing a book, so for me this is about writing in my own way, starting conversations in the comments, and learning things. Hence I occasionally share what I find along the way as I surf the web. It keeps things fresh and varied.

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  32. AMAZEBALLS or WEAKSAUCE? Really? Never heard of them and I don’t use slang a lot but we do use one I made up: BAT. That stands for Big Ass Truck, something we see a lot of here in Arizona. You can preface many things with “BA.” The trick is that the other person knows what the last letter means. I probably wouldn’t put ice in white wine (and never would in red) but I don’t put ice in most things. If I make iced tea, I make it as usual, then put it in the fridge to get “iced.” Mine’s really “cold tea” not “iced.” As for the sleeves. I don’t think I own anything with that sort of sleeve. In Arizona, sleeves of any sort of too much at least half the year anyway. 🙂 As for the blogging advice, I just do what I feel like doing and hope my followers enjoy it. Started out with mostly writing, now have mostly photos but with writing on most days as part of the post. Somewhere I have an huge folder of blog post ideas but it’s probably on my old laptop waiting to get to this one somehow. 🙂

    Just thinking about slang makes me realize that I don’t even like a lot of it, such as “adorbs” for adorable and others too numerous to mention. Sigh. I’m just a grammar/English person lost in a work without dictionaries and thesauruses. 🙂 Thanks for another enjoyable post. If I had to slang something, maybe I’d say “Awesome sauce” but that’s probably long out of favor.

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    • Janet, I love, love your BAT. We have them here, usually in my way when I’m trying to park in the grocery store parking lot. You’ve come up with something wonderful with your “BA” prefix.

      I occasionally ice my wine, but not as a habit. Nor do I have any snide opinions about anyone who does use ice in wine. I can see why you don’t need sleeves often, let alone ones that are poofy. Too much fabric…

      I think blogging advice is a starting point for conversation and reflection. I don’t expect anyone to suddenly change her way of blogging because of what I learned way back when. I just know it has helped me.

      As for finding definitions of slang terms, the internet is your friend. Just Google a term and voilà you’ll know what it means. That’s amazeballs, eh?

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    • MidLife Cat Lady, I cannot vouch for the accurateness of any quiz that tells you your aura, but they are fun to take. Most of the commenters have had blue auras, btw.

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  33. First off: Why do the French use piscine to describe the new thing when, as I understand it means fish or swimming pool? I like wine, but it’s not the most refreshing thing on a hot day, so I’d go for ice in a white wine. For red, ice if fine if it’s a sangria.

    My dad always used to say that he liked every color as long as it was green. Come to find out, my aura is green. Huh!

    I don’t tend to use much slang, but I like it if it gets the point across. It can be colorful. I don’t like slang that’s overused.

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    • Nicki, I cannot speak authoritatively as to why the French call wine on ice a word that means swimming pool. I can guess that it is meant as a subtle insult, but who knows? I use ice in wine in the same ways as you.

      On the first quiz my aura was green, but on the second one I’m blue. I can go with either, so I’m pleased. My dad liked green, too.

      I use slang for fun. I figure it’s like spice that you might add to your stew, nothing too extreme just adding a bit of flavor. Like you said, it gets a point across.

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  34. I had never heard of the 1/3 rule. I am not one to click on links myself, so I don’t typically include them in my posts. Maybe I need to. Goodness, am I DOING IT WRONG? 😉

    I did watch the choir video and it is very fun. I read about the name Brandon. I had NOT heard about this and I think it is very funny. I knew about Karen. Maybe I need to click links more often, because look what I was missing.

    I like to use slang, if it promises to make my kids groan. Usually they are using slang and I have to ask them to explain something.

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    • Ernie, I picked up that piece of blogging advice along the way and it has served me well. I like links but not all the time, just on special occasions. I’m trying to be balanced here.

      The choir video made me smile, still does. I saw the article about the decline in the use of the name Brandon and it lead me to the info about the most popular names now. I like Olivia and Liam so I’m looking forward to them being my caregivers in my old age.

      I don’t know most current slang either. I like your approach to using it to annoy your kids. That sounds like a win-win to me.

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  35. Hi, Ally – The only blogging rule that I remember came from Hugh who said that not replying to comments on your post was like inviting someone over for coffee at your house and then completely ignoring them. I hadn’t heard of the 1/3 blogging rule but agree that it makes sense. Fun post!

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    • Donna, I agree with Hugh’s blogging rule. I abide by it and think less of those who can’t be bothered to reply ever– or worse, cherry-pick who they reply to in their comments. That’s mean girl behavior, insulting to the ones not worthy of a reply. The 1/3rd blogging rule has served me well, but I don’t obsess about it. It’s a rule of thumb.

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  36. I like the 3 way pie split advice for blogging. I think I might inadvertantly adhere to this in a rough unscheduled sense with my blog. Is it earth shatteringly bad if I am oblivious to my aura colour?

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    • Amanda, I don’t dwell on this advice but I think I may have internalized it along the way. I look back on my posts and realize I just kind of do it. I feel that not knowing your aura color is ok and I shall not think less of you because of your lack of self-awareness on this point. 😉

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  37. 1. Nope. Nope. Nope. Ice in gin but never in wine.
    2. Green. What did I just take? “You’re stranded on a desert island. What do you take with you?” My Tarot cards??? Geez, I dunno, maybe food?? I picked ‘yoga mat’ because at least you can sleep on it and kind of use it for shelter if it rains. WEAKSAUCE vote.
    3. As someone who historically has tried to please everyone I really liked a lot of the points in this video. I have made an effort in the last few years to be less nice and more honest to myself. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
    4. Some people have too much money and should consider buying a stainless steel bowl for their dog and donating the money they save on this outrageous vanity item.
    5. All for it. Whatever helps them cope. (We use Code Brown in special ed for the same situation.)
    6. AMAZEBALLS vote. I can’t do choralography to save myself.
    7. All I could think of was Jerry Seinfeld and the puffy sleeves. I haven’t bought a shirt in years. I live in tshirts. Usually a small mens because better sleeves.
    8. I’m always relieved by these articles that show that the vast majority of parents are still wise enough not to saddle their kids with a name that will torture them for the whole of their lives (unless they change it by deed poll). PS I have a 23-year-old Liam. His best friends in primary school were Liam and …. Liam. 🙄 Weird that it’s still so popular.
    9. Not a big slang user. At least I don’t think so. It could be I use it without noticing…. 🤔

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    • MOSY,

      1. Got it. I’ll remember that and pop the wine in the fridge, stock up on the gin before you visit.
      2. I thought the choice about what to take to the desert island was weaksauce, too. I’d take sunblock, obviously.
      3. I hear ‘ya. I’m getting less *nice* every year, but I am also getting more *kind* as I go along. Slightly different concepts, but a way of thinking that has helped me feel empowered to not put up with other people’s shit.
      4. Laughing about your practical idea about the dog food dispenser. I think it’s meant to be furniture first, food dispenser second.
      5. I bet every profession has its own lingo, so the medical terms, while depressing, are probably positive for the people who use them.
      6. I agree, the video of the kids is amazeballs.
      7. The conversation on my Twitter feed about this point is all about Jerry’s puffy shirt. “I don’t want to be a pirate.”
      8. I thought that Liam had been around for a while, so to see it popular now was cool but unexpected. Good point about not saddling kids with weird names.
      9. I use slang judiciously, only because I often don’t know what it means BUT when I do use it, it’s amazeballs.

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  38. I’m popping in here with the 106th comment (according to my own math). I’m GREEN (according to the test) with envy. I love that blogging advice. I also think you do a superb job of following it and putting your own twist on it which makes your blog a delight to follow. Happy Blogging to you and all your fun followers. 🙂

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  39. I started out in blogging when My Space was the thing. I never got My Space but was turned onto Live Journal which, looking back, was really a social media platform. Blogging was about your life and experiences. Perhaps that is why I’m stuck now. I don’t really want to write about what is going on in my life and I don’t know how to write about the other stuff.

    The doctor’s short hand list was rather depressing. I imagine they have to blow off some stress and that’s where a lot of it comes from but it still makes me sad.

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    • Zazzy, I knew you’d been at this blogging game for a long time, before I started. I remember back when all bloggers talked exclusively about their lives, people in it, feelings about it. I can’t tell you when I stumbled over this piece of blogging advice, but it has served me well. It gets me out of my head and opens up possibilities about writing things from a different perspective.

      You’ve nailed it about the doctor lingo. I was horrified with it, but realize it might help them cope better. Still, kind of… depressing.

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  40. Hmmmmm, I’m not sure what would count as a “professional post” on The Nest. Maybe this is why, despite all of those tips WordPress has so kindly given me over the years, I have never become that super famous blogger who has turned their blog into a money making machine. Now I need to find out what kind of professional knowledge a blog themed around utter lunacy should be offering to fill that one-third quota…

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    • evilsquirrel13, you write about your professional experiences when you mention your place of employment. That’s how I’d interpret the first category for you. Keep it loose when thinking about these thirds.

      WP gives you tips about blogging? They offer me no such thing, yet I seem to have stumbled forward in spite of them. Of course I have no desire to monetize this blog so they probably have no interest in me.

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  41. Haha — great post and advice, Ally. I like the one-third, one-third, one-third bar. Gonna have to think about that before doing my next post. And I will be back to look at some of these links.

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  42. I LOVE THESE POSTS.

    – Those are excellent recommendations for keeping blog postings interesting. I’m bookmarking your post as a reminder. Many bloggers (including me) may benefit from this reminder to keep their audiences engaged. 🙂

    -I don’t mind ice in wine since what other people do is none of my concern, but every time I try it, it dilutes my wine. Instead, I suppose I’ll need to try one of those frozen wine glasses.

    – My aura is green, which did not surprise me. But I’m happy you included the quiz! It was a lot of fun to take.

    -That choir was so much fun to watch!

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    • Kari, thanks for the compliment. I was thinking of you when I wrote this because I know you do posts like these and I always love them.

      I’ve found the blogging advice to be a good guideline. I try to keep things snappy around here, as much for me as for my readers– and these guidelines help me do that.

      Like you, I don’t care if a person puts ice in wine, but many people have strong opinions on this issue. If you try one of those frozen wine glasses, I’ll be interested to read what you discover.

      A green aura is good, imo. My aura was green, then blue. John, a commenter above, suggested my true aura must be cyan. I can go with that.

      The kids in the video are wonderful. Still smiling about that one.

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    • Joni, I only thought of the 1/3rd advice when someone asked me why I occasionally post lists of links. Then I realized I’d learned this advice years ago and it worked for me. You sometimes add links to your posts, so I’d say you follow the rule. Enjoy the links. Once upon a time I thought posts like these would be all I’d write, but then I got more into into story telling. Lost my egghead way, I guess.

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  43. The 1/3 rule makes good sense. I will add ice to cheap wine, along with some fruit and maybe a splash of fruit punch. I think it’s called Sangria! My aura is blue today. Not believing it for one minute. I must have lied on the test. The Dr slang is disturbing, but necessary. Cops, paramedics, firemen, they all get a pass from me. NO to the Kibble bowl. Yes to the choir!! People who wear puffy sleeves are either very confident, or they forgot to check themselves in the mirror. A big high five to ‘stop trying to be nice.’ Fewer friends, more character should be a national movement.

    I’m sure I missed something, but, your work is done. I read the post and all its parts!! Amazeballs! Thanks for a good laugh today. Much appreciated.

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    • Suzanne, I’ve found that the 1/3rd rule has done me well. I share it here, do with it what you will. Ice in sangria makes sense. I can truthfully say I don’t care if someone puts ice in wine or not. Just. can’t. care.

      Many commenters have had a blue aura. I agree with you about giving a pass to any slang that keeps medical professionals and firemen sane. I’m glad you watched the choir video. It’s one of those things that makes me smile just thinking about it.

      You said: “Fewer friends, more character should be a national movement.” That is an amazeballs statement. Count me in as part of your movement. Thanks for stopping by to read and comment. Much appreciated.

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  44. Well, I read this almost the minute you posted it, and didn’t really have anything to contribute. I still don’t, but I thought it would be neighborly to at least stop by and say hello. As you probably know by now, I pretty much do my own thing with my blogs, and have generally ignored advice like that mentioned at the top. For example, when I started blogging, everyone said that more than 300 words per post was a no-no, since no one had a 400 word attention span. I decided I’d use just the right number of words — no more and no fewer — and it’s worked out.

    I did try to find out the color of my aura, even though I think aura’s are silly, but I couldn’t. I didn’t know my horoscope sign, I hate herbal tea, I’ve never seen a real tarot card, and — well, you get the point. It did amuse me to ponder the possibilities inherent in a little song parody,though. How about “Aura Lee”?

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    • Linda, thank you for stopping by to comment. I’ve blogged a long, long time and the advice I mentioned above has helped me to become the free-spirited blogger I am today. Not all guidelines hit the same for everyone. In fact, this is one of my favorite kinds of posts, sharing links, starting conversations about a variety of topics. Happy you decided to join in.

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  46. The slang that doctors use is a particularly helpful one, and I’m sure somewhere in my official files is that I’m FOS. 😉 I think the blogging advice you were given is quite good. I think giving context is awfully important even when for someone like myself whose only true blogging goal is to raise a smile. One has to be able to explain themselves. So I definitely vote amazeballs (which, btw, my browser spell check didn’t even blink an eye at). – Marty

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    • Marty, laughing about you being FOS. Maybe, I don’t sense it… but if you say so I believe you.

      I like the blogging advice, too. It was geared toward personal bloggers like us. I’m all about clarity in communication so context is important. I’ve also found that by using the advice as a rule of thumb I do write more varied posts– and that is amazeballs.

      [Obviously your browser is hip, knowing slang and all.]

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  47. I’ve never been good at taking advice for certain things. I have no schedule, I participate in challenges when I feel like it and I write whatever I want. If people like it – bonus!
    You, however, are never dull, always entertaining, ofttimes enlightening…
    A former ex-boss’s wife is a doctor and in French, the cdf pencilled in the corner of a patient’s chart was to warn any others that she was a Criss de Folle (A Hell of a Nutjob)… 😉

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    • Dale, I don’t remember when I read the article with this advice. It has helped me feel more in control of this blog– which is saying something since I fly by the seat of my pants here. I’ve no editorial calendar nor do I do challenges every week, so the advice has been a touchstone for me.

      I LOVE the French letters used as a warning among doctors. What a hoot. Can we start using that in the blog-o-sphere when we refer to certain bloggers who are… a hell of a nut job? 😁

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  48. Hmm – I can’t say I abide by the 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 rule per se as my blog is mostly a niche blog about walking, though I’ve strayed a little with Wordless Wednesday posts using photos I’ve collected on those walks. I do throw some personal posts in there too, but mostly just for holidays. I’ve never had ice in my wine, but wouldn’t be adverse to it. Years ago when I worked at the ad agency, the Creative Department employees had a favorite haunt, a French restaurant called “The Pontchartrain Wine Cellars” and in the month of May they served “May wine” which was just a Chablis with a huge, ripe strawberry in the bottom of the glass. That was a first for me. My aura is green. I think I am a nice person, but have to admit I was nicer and more well-mannered before my current job. I’ve become less tolerant of stupidity in all phases of life and I don’t know if it is society or just a fact of getting older. I just turned 66 last month. I did laugh at the video of the choir. I’ve not heard the “William Tell Overture” since I played it on the accordion before we moved to the States in 1966! I do use some slang in my blog posts and in my speech. I find myself consulting the online slang dictionary all the time however because expressions I have heard or used over the years often have a new and very different meaning – think double entendre. Yikes! When in doubt, I hop onto “Urban Dictionary” to check first.

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    • Linda, a few other commenters who write niche blogs have said the same thing as you. The 1/3rd blogging advice was intended for personal blogging, so it makes sense to me that it doesn’t work for you. It’s merely a rule of thumb that has helped me.

      The argument about ice in wine doesn’t concern me either. Do what you like, it’s your drink. I hear you about having less patience for stupidity. I’m the same way now. I attribute it to all the focus on politics that inundates me/us all. the. time.

      I, also, check the Urban Dictionary before I use slang phrases. Often they don’t mean what I think they mean, but when I find ones that work I use ’em. Words are fun.

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      • It’s hard to have patience in the world as we know it today Ally. Phrases change and become archaic – that I get, but how phrases morph into something totally opposite is just crazy. My boss is a wordsmith and collects odd words and phrases. He probably has them all memorized now, but when I first started working for him in 2000, he was buying flash cards with unique words and phrases and would memorize several a day. I bought him an e-mail subscription to a weekly newsletter called “The Word Detective” by Evan Morris. I got a complimentary subscription and it was interesting and fun to read. Morris would delve into the background of phrases that his subscribers were curious about. The phrases were fun, some long since abandoned in everyday language. Evan Morris passed away and no one wanted to take over his site, but it remains up, so Google “The Word Detective” sometime for a smile. He also wrote a few books.

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        • I vaguely remember The Word Detective, but I didn’t follow him. Just popped in once in a while to see what he was researching. I like words, and I like history, so finding out about the derivations of phrases appeals to me. Not to collect the terms, just for a smile in the moment when I read about something and go “huh.”

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    • The Travel Architect, the kids singing the William Tell Overture is one of those things that makes me smile to think of it. Glad you liked. I do use the rule of thirds when I take a photo. However the blogging advice I use as a guideline, never a rule.

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  49. Hi ally
    This was a fun part of my morning –
    I did click half of the links even tho I have started getting away from clicking links because of the cookies and “drive by” risks that come these days (sigh) with visiting sites.
    Still
    Going to live my life but I am careful.
    Anyhow – it makes sense about the baby names changing where Karen and Liam are not favorable.
    I remember Brittany being a popular baby name in 1990s and funny how these things shift.
    So Olivia and Liam are now in?
    The sleeves article was fun because it reminded me that fashion is crazy how it changes so much (but then in other ways changes very little)
    ***
    And regarding the advice with 1/3rds…. what I like about it is the “balance” because if someone only shares about their life (or never does) that can be boring.

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    • Yvette, I enjoy learning and hope that the sources I link to are safe ones– but I cannot be sure, of course. I enjoyed the article about the baby names. I look forward to meeting many Olivias and Liams as I get older. They’ll be looking after me in the nursing home. As for the sleeves, I don’t like the ones that are poplar now, but I’ll wait it out because fashion is fickle so normal sleeves will return.

      I like the 1/3rd blogging advice for the reason you said: balance. Both in what I share here and in the ways in which I envision my posts. Too much of the same is dull.

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      • Hi ally – you are right about the Olivia’s and Liam’s being in the workforce – I see o many Brittany’s that are about 30- and I smile to remember hearing about that name in early 1990s.

        And I think your links are safe but it is just that some sites have so many ads and sometimes other things that are unseen with cookies and cache grabs (but again – we need to live our life – right?)

        Hope your remodeling projects are coming along well – 😉

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