Have you ever wondered what would happen if you stopped blogging? Read on, and I’ll reveal everything I’ve found out so far.
Let’s start with shadows. They look innocent enough, don’t they? They are connected to us, follow us everywhere and don’t trouble us. There’s not a moment when your shadow is not connected to you and isn’t watching your every move. But, do you know where your shadow lives?
I recently found out the answer. While taking a photograph for this week’s WordPress photo challenge (that by coincidence had the theme of shadow), it occurred to me that the subject I was focusing on was connecting to my eyes. In turn, my eyes were connecting to my brain, which was connecting to the finger which was connecting to my iPhone that I was taking the photo with. Phew! A lot of connections there. It was a sunny day, and I noticed that, as usual, my shadow was connected to me. But, back to the question – where does your shadow live?
I hope you’re ready for this because it’s an exclusive and the scoop of the century. Shadows live in keyboards. Yes, that object we connect our fingers to almost on a daily basis. Not only that but shadows need feeding, and it’s the typing we do when connected to our keyboards that feed our shadows. Fail to type and feed your shadow and, as a blogger, things can turn very nasty.
But, what can go wrong if we stop leaving comments on blog posts, answering comments or typing up blog posts? ‘The WordPress spam monster,’ that’s what can happen. I’ve been captured twice by the WordPress spam monster because I wasn’t feeding my shadow enough. It was too late for me to start leaving comments on the blog posts of other bloggers because I’d already been captured and the spam monster was eating up my comments faster than I can consume fifteen packets of Jammy Dodgers and five Cadbury’s creme eggs which have been melted in the microwave and covered in vanilla ice-cream.
Don’t just take my word for it. It’s happened to other bloggers like Debby, Marje, and Willow. They’ve all, at some time, been captured by the WordPress spam monster and now feed their shadows on a daily basis.
So, to avoid upsetting your shadow, ensure you respond to comments left on your blogs posts; connect to other bloggers as often as you can by reading their posts and leaving them comments, and watch those connections grow which, in turn, will keep your shadow happy.
Do it today; connect with at least one other blogger and, who knows, watch that connection grow along with your blog.
The above is my entry for The Big Bash writing competition for this year’s Bloggers Bash, which has the theme of Connections. However, as a judge, and committee member of the Bloggers Bash, I’m not allowed to enter, so this is an example of the kind of entry we’re looking for.
There are loads of great prizes up for grabs. Full details can be found by clicking here. Closing date for entries is 1st March 2017.
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