Connotations, or: Perhaps…

d'Verse 'Open Link Night' I am sharing the poem below for today's d'Verse OLN. I wrote this in April 2021, approximately one year after I started writing poetry here at WordPress (after decades of not writing poetry). This was my first attempt at a 'sestina'; and I still recall how much I enjoyed playing with… Continue reading Connotations, or: Perhaps…

In defense of the ‘like’ button

I recently received some very rude comments on my blog from somebody whose blog post I'd clicked on, simply because I'd clicked on their 'like' button. I'd never had any previous interaction with this individual; and this experience brought on the following reflection. First of all, what was their criticism? Let's get into that to… Continue reading In defense of the ‘like’ button

To pique someone’s interest

For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate. -Margaret Heffernan (b. 1955) This week, for Marsha Ingrao's Wednesday Quotes prompt, she asks what we do to pique the potential reader's interest in our blogs. Marsha mentions that some bloggers spend time redesigning their blogs' appearances to draw attention, and I… Continue reading To pique someone’s interest

6,000 โ€“ Thankย You!

A nice, round number I'm happy to share with you that The Skeptic's Kaddish has reached 6,000 followers! And- I certainly wouldn't have gotten here if it hadn't been for all of the wonderful friends I've made around the world in these last 2ยฝ years; my many poetry partners; and those of you who participate… Continue reading 6,000 โ€“ Thankย You!

Snake oil offers on WordPress

Having been actively blogging on WordPress for ~2.5 years, I've gotten my share of commercial offers via comments on my blog post. Actually, snake oil salesmen also like to employ the twin strategies of 'liking' blog posts and 'following' blogs to get people's attention... both of which I simply ignore. As far as comments with… Continue reading Snake oil offers on WordPress

In-person versus online poetry community

Poets of Babel Last year (2021), during the Jewish autumn festival of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), I attended a local gathering of poets in Jerusalem, hosted by Shoshana - a poet I'd come across here on WordPress who happens to live down the street from me. Then, in May '22, I attended another poetry reading… Continue reading In-person versus online poetry community

Our WordPress friend just had a stroke

Steven S. Wallace had a stroke Steven S. Wallace (a pseudonym) is a lovely person many of us have had the pleasure of meeting here in the blogosphere. He has been one of our regular W3 poetry prompt participants and has served as host for W3 on several ocassions, including last week. Last night, I… Continue reading Our WordPress friend just had a stroke

How much posting is too much?

In my experience I'm going to posit a couple of points about increasing a blog's readership numbers: It is important to blog consistently. In other words, if you want to increase your readership, you should regularly be producing content. The less subscribers one has, the less one should focus on creating blog content. In other… Continue reading How much posting is too much?