Blogging

Inspire-Blog/…..ology- Its now official

There was an earlier post celebrating the achievement of  getting an …….ology.  I wonder if the same applies to Blogging.  Obviously the term blogology is not in everyday use although there was an article about it in 2002. http://www.wordyard.com/2002/07/24/blogology/

 

However the principles behind blogging are perhaps what is most variable.  As I can see it there do not seem to be any.

There are those who write about their travels to various places and I have seen many encouraging  pieces that way.  I will remember to return to look again at them at a relevant date.  The pace at which articles are added however I  fear that apart from the destination I will have to wrack my brain to  find that article again.  It was the same for newspapers: it was said that today’s blistering headline is the next days wrapper for fish and chips.  Not sure what the blogging equivalent is.

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Then there are the frequent bloggers.  I hope that my once daily offerings are not too demanding of your time.

There are others who blog about blogging.  A line from the song Windmills of your mind come to mind

Round like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning on an ever spinning reel
Like a snowball down a mountain, or a carnival balloon
Like a carousel that’s turning running rings around the moon
Like a clock whose hands are sweeping past the minutes of its face
And the world is like an apple whirling silently in space
Like the circles that you find in the windmills of your mind!
Like a tunnel that you follow to a tunnel of its own
Down a hollow to a cavern where the sun has never shone
Like a door that keeps revolving in a half forgotten dream
Or the ripples from a pebble someone tosses in a stream
Like a clock whose hands are sweeping past the minutes of its face
 by Noel Harrison

Then there are those whose stories are desperately sad.  About lost relatives, sons, daughters, husbands and wives.  While I am moved by these I am not sure what is a suitable response.  I have also read the anguished response/ almost pleading of those who have only just started blogging and have had no readers.  I do however wonder if a “like” is really a correct response to this emotional pain.  As I don’t know the person even entering a comment is a challenge of tact and diplomacy.

Where possible my blogs follow official NHS Guidelines! 

The guidance is that an optimistic outlook is linked to an extended life span.  ( A moments reflection would give one very simplistic explanation- not many people can be happy to know that they have a limited life expectancy- so perhaps this is merely stating the obvious).  The link does lead to a detailed analysis of the research and makes clear that this is not a cause- effect link.

https://www.nhs.uk/news/mental-health/reason-be-cheerful-optimists-live-longer-study-reports/

The report is helpful as there are even links to suggested steps to keep your mood up https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/feel-better-and-happy/

This is not a new action on behalf of Government.  There was even a  Keep Calm and Carry On  campaign during the early part of World War 2.

There is even a Wikepedia entry about “Keep Calm and Carry On” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keep_Calm_and_Carry_On

For my part I prefer the song Look at the Bright side of Life- which was used as part of the closing ceremony of the London Olympics.  However being an optimist is now officially endorsed.  Cracking on I believe is the relevant phrase.- for those with  a suspicious mind that does not mean cocaine!

The govenerment has also released a very helpful document Operation Yellowhammer.  This details all the potential disasters which are expected to occur after a No deal Brexit.  I am not sure if it  will come with a video copy of the song.

The instruction would be to Stay calm, breath deeply and listen to the music/video

 

For those who are more worried about the details of Brexit.

We did a reconnaissance trip today to  our local supermarket.  Despite the dire warnings in the papers I can assure readers that so far there is no shortage of wine, olive oil and tinned food (apparent these are precautions at Waitrose) and no shortage of toilet rolls and water (Co-op customers).  Not sure what that says about the customers psychology.  I can also assure readers that it is possible to survive the great toilet paper shortage of 1973

https://priceonomics.com/the-great-toilet-paper-scare-of-1973/

Like most scares, the toilet paper fiasco all started with an unsubstantiated rumor. In November of 1973, several news agencies reported a tissue shortage in Japan. Initially, the release went unnoticed and nobody seemed to put much stock in it — save for one Harold V. Froelich. Froelich, a 41-year-old Republican congressman, presided over a heavily-forested district in Wisconsin and had recently been receiving complaints from constituents about a reduced stream of pulp paper. On November 16th, he released his own press statement — “The Government Printing Office is facing a serious shortage of paper” — to little fanfare. 

 

For my part I have throughout my blog tried to end up with a cheery note.  So  stock up on the jokes- Brexit will definitely affect the supplies of these.  The more enterprising might set up a joke exchange (payment in Euros not accepted as they don’t convert well into £)

Just in case include some stocks of toilet paper as well.

Oh and by the way the old saying is if life gives you lemons- make lemonade

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