But Of Course I’m Always Logical…

Here’s something that I came across while searching online for something else.

[Yes, I allow myself to get off-topic while doing research online.  Life is not always a straight path, people.  And I tend to find the best things when I’m not looking for them.]

I find this chart fascinating because I know that these sorts of fallacies have been used against me– and that I have used these sorts of fallacies against others.

We’re not all saints, are we?

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 { source: yourlogicalfallacyis.com }

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Reading through these fallacies I realized that two of them stood out to me as a blogger.  First there is ad hominem*, which also might be called The Troll Manifesto.

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And second there is anecdotal**, which might be in reality, The Personal Blogger Mission Statement.  Especially that part about dismissing statistics!  😉

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* Ad hominem is defined here as: “Attacking your opponent’s character or personal traits in an attempt to undermine their argument.”

** Anecdotal is defined here as: “Using personal experience or an isolated example instead of a valid argument, especially to dismiss statistics.” 

Springtime: Musings On A Season’s Return


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Spring weather is variable.  Today it’s wet + gray + cold.  Drab.

On Sunday it was sunshine + blue skies + mild.  Lovely.  In fact, it was so pleasant outside that we went to a nature preserve and wandered around an old farmstead that is there.

After a Winter spent inside looking out, the freshness of the day inspired me, charmed me.  The new sights. The idea of possibility.

As a rule I don’t enjoy beginnings, but Spring is a season that forces me out of my comfort zone.  And despite its unpredictable weather, Spring entices me, reassures me with fresh starts, beautiful colors and the promise of growth.

So how about you, gentle readers?  What is there about Spring that speaks to you?

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And For My Next Decade…


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This week marks 10 years since I started my first public, somewhat disjointed, totally photograph-free, poorly written blog.

I know, I’m amazed, too.

You’d think that I’d have some pithy, inspirational conclusions gleaned from my experiences along the way, but I don’t.

No, the best that I can tell you is that keeping a personal blog is lots of planning and work, some fun– and a damned good way to find out who is really on your side.

Which, for me, has been enough.  So far.

But today I find myself contemplating my blogging future, knowing way too much about how wrong things can go, and trying to decide what to do next.

To wit, here are the questions that have rattled around inside my brain during this auspicious week.

•  Do I continue doing the same things here on this blog– keeping it personal and light just like I have been for the last 3 years?

•  Do I change this blog into something more opinionated, rather like a newspaper column with an agenda to promote?  Or a niche blog devoted to one specific topic?  And if so, what would that agenda/niche be?

•  Do I start a different, private blog in which I tell more of my story to a select few people who I know will support me?  And if so, what does that get me?

•  Do I give up on blogging entirely and just walk away from it?

I have no definite answer here.  

But I suspect that you, my gentle readers, have suggestions about what I should do next concerning this blog, my blogging career, all things bloggy.

Heaven knows that you always have something to say!  And I am grateful for that.  😉

Keep Moving. Blog Maintenance. Nothing To Look At Here.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

You looked, didn’t you?  You just couldn’t stand not knowing exactly what I was doing.

And now that you’re here you’re kind of wondering why I’m doing that which I’m doing.  I know how you think, my gentle readers.  So I’ll tell you.

I’m claiming my blog, The Spectacled Bean, at Bloglovin’.  By placing what I did at the top of this little post, I am lead to believe that I’ll have:

And with that said, I’m publishing this post.  Hoping that I’ve done that which they want me to do in a way that pleases them, so that I might have that which they tell me I can have, which would please me.

Hallelujah and pass the potato salad, let’s see what happens next.

So You Want A Blog With Personality, Eh?

In the midst of the personified impersonal, a personality stands here. Though but a point at best; whencesoe’er I came; wheresoe’er I go; yet while I earthly live, the queenly personality lives in me, and feels her royal rights.” 

~ Herman Melville, Moby-Dick;  Or, The Whale

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Lately one Google search term has brought inquisitive minds to my blog.  People arrive wanting to know:


When the inquisitive ones arrive here they find themselves looking at a post that I wrote called:  Yea Verily, A Personality Test Doth A Blog Post Make.  As this post talks about the variables that form a human being’s personality, I can only assume that the inquisitive ones leave here sad & uninformed.


Thus, as someone with a queenly personality, I am pleased to explain how I believe you give a blog a personality.  Happy to do it, in fact.  From what I can tell, there are four points to keep in mind.

#1  You, yourself, must have a personality that you are willing to share with the world.  I’m not being snarky here, but I’ve come to realize that if you do not know who you are & how you want to be perceived by other people, then your blog will show it.

#2  Make your blog look stylish in a way that reflects who you are.  Sounds shallow, but a smart-looking blog keeps readers coming back.  Don’t know why, but it does.  (See #1)

#3  Show up to your stylish blog on a regular basis and write posts that are the epitome of clarity, that give an insight into your values, that suggest an authentic person is keeping this blog.  (See #1)

#4  Leave supportive, interesting comments on other blogs so that everyone who reads what you have to say will know that you have a personality– and that you’re not afraid to use it.  (See #1)


Giving a blog a personality is really just about as simple as that.  Not necessarily easy, but simple.  And doable if you put your heart and mind into it.    

Good Luck, inquisitive ones.  I leave you with this blessing.

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“May the blogging gods smile upon you– and reward your efforts with genuine followers, sincere likes & insightful comments.”

~ Ally Bean, The Spectacled Bean