Why, As A Blogger, You Should Never Ignore Your Shadow #photography

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?

Shadow of Hugh and a tree

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?

Shadow of me bathed in orange light

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.

Shadows on a bridge

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.

Shadows of my desk

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98 comments

  1. Guess who won the Inspire Me Monday Linky Party this week with this cool post about shadows and bloggers? Any guesses? I’ll give you one guess– his first name is Hugh.
    Congratulations!
    Janice

  2. Wow Man! What a metaphor! Creative to the max! Scary and profound! How often do you get all that in one really cool post! Shadow photos too!
    You know what this did? It inspired me to want to go return my comments and to comment on others’ posts. No SPAM shadow monster is gonna get me.
    Seriously, impressive metaphor.
    Janice

    1. Wow! High praise indeed, Janice, thanks so much. It was the Bloggers Bash writing competition that inspired me to write this post. As I’m a judge in the competition I can’t, of course, enter but I hope it inspires other writers to give the competition a go. There are some seriously great prizes up for grabs. Link to the competition is below (hint, hint – give it a go). 😀

      http://sachablack.co.uk/2017/01/01/the-big-bash-competition-2017/

  3. I haven’t been caught by the spam monster, or at least I don’t think so. But this week I was caught by the email monster. And that wasn’t all of it! I wasn’t getting notifications of blog posts and when I checked my reader, all notifications were turned off! I’ve turned them back on, but if I’ve missed more of your posts than usual, that’s why. I hope it’s fixed now. Time will tell. 🙂

    1. The same problem has happened to me, Norah. I think it’s occurred twice now, but thankfully another blogger had written about the problem and how to fix it, so I checked her post and knew what to do. WordPress don’t seem to know why it happens. Fingers crossed it won’t happen to any of us again, but it will be the first place I’ll look if my email notifications from WordPress go quiet again. 😀

      1. I’ll know what to do too! I remember that you recently wrote about some WP issues and I quite smugly replied that I hadn’t had any. Now I know, and it’s not pleasant. Let’s hope it doesn’t happen again, to any of us!

  4. I am sorry to hear you’ve been gobbled up by Worpress’ spam folders. It must be annoying. That happened to me too sometime back. I was actively commenting on blogs and responding to comments on my blogs, and then one day I realised comments I’ve was leaving on blogs when I hit “reply” just vanished into thing air. I contacted the bloggers individually and they found mine comments in their Spam folder. I wrote to WordPress about this, and they found it hard to solve the issue. They kept encouraging me to contact the bloggers individually to unspam my comments in hope the algorithms wouldn’t see me as a threat. It was frustrating but luckily after a few weeks everything was back to normal for me.

    I like how you allude to the fact that shadows are everywhere. They are an extension of ourselves…or of those or the objects around us. They can creep up on us when we least expect it.

    1. It’s happened to me twice now, Mabel. However, this time the WordPress engineers seemed to sort out the problem quickly. I can’t find out why it keeps happening and they don’t seem to have any answers. Needless to say, that I check my WordPress spam folder at least once a day. I often have to save bloggers from there.

      I never really thought much about shadows before but, from the comments, many people see them as quite sinister. I feel quite sorry for the shadows. I’m sure they are there for a very good reason.

      1. It is annoying and hopefully it does not happen a third time for you. My spam folder hasn’t ever taken a liking to you, and hope it stays that way. It could be completely random, but good to hear the WP engineers are quick to help you. Good luck 😊

  5. I love the next to the last photo, particularly. I’m linking this post to your interview post. The pictures loaded really slowly. I’ve been struggling with that same problem on my blog, and just figured out how to fix it. Do you use Photoshop? It’s pretty easy to fix, but a little tedious.

      1. I don’t know other programs very well, but I just learned this tip in Photoshop. Send me your photos and I’ll optimize them for you. (Just the ones on the shadow post!) Otherwise I’ll be here all day! I still have to do mine! 🙂

  6. Fantastic Hugh, and thanks for the mention. Yes, I’m lurking in the shadows from sunny St. Kitts, lol. I logged in to clear 5938327 emails, and had to look at yours! Great post as always my friend. 🙂 xoxo

    1. Thanks so much, Debby. Really? All those emails? Wow, I think I’d have to have a sherry and a long lie down if I opened my email box to all those emails. But, thank you for taking a look at my email first. Now, carry on and enjoy that vacation and the sunshine. St Kitts is a beautiful island. 🏝
      xx

      1. Thanks Hugh. Just a quick pass by to lessen the emails again this morning before docking into Barbados. I’m scared I can get used to this leisure life and how will I get back in overdrive mode? Lol xoxo

  7. What happens to your shadow when you start getting so many followers that you can’t take on following any more people yourself, or you start not having time to visit the people you followed in the first place, then you start suffering a guilt-trip and wishing there were more hours in the day, which in turn stops you having time to write…? Yes, that sentence is very long, because my shadow is very long. I do always respond to comments within a day or two. I do post regularly. But I don’t have time to visit everybody that I follow, all of the time. Here is a shadow(s) greetings card for you — me, my son, and my dog — to say “sorry” for not visiting you enough. https://sarahpotterwrites.com/2015/03/11/wordless-wednesday-three-shadows-and-a-boot/.

    1. This post was never aimed at anybody in particular, Sarah. I follow over 300 blogs and have said on many occasions that it’s impossible for any of us to read the blog posts of all the blogs we follow. I went through the guilt stage, but then realised it wasn’t the reason why I came to the blogging world. I came here to enjoy myself and have fun. Blogging should never make anyone feel stressed or guilty. I adapted, got over the guilt and am now having the best time ever in the blogging world. If I were able to visit every single newly published blog post of the blogs I follow, then I’d have some kind of superpower and, believe me, I would certainly pass on the secret on how to do it to all of you 😀

      On the advice of other bloggers, I also got out of the habit of a follow for a follow. I’ll have a quick look at the blog of anyone that follows me, but if there’s nothing there which tells me about who they are (that’s why I always look for and go to their ‘about me’ page first) or I find I’m not going to enjoy their blog posts (e.g. posts about women’s shoes or make-up tips 🤔) then I won’t follow back. And I have no hesitation in unfollowing a blog if I feel it’s not really what I want to read.

      If you’re enjoying blogging, then you’re doing it right. Keep on enjoying it and keep on follow the road that led you here.

  8. Great post. I’m going to try to make sure the Spam Monster doesn’t catch me. Loved the pics. And am really taken with the idea of melted creme eggs covered in vanilla ice cream!

  9. Oh and you can add a Sue Dreamwalker to that list too Hugh.. Not twice but three times I have been captured.. And not I think for the lack of comments I leave.. I think perhaps I leave too many and they think I am spam.. Lol..
    As I comment daily and usually have a blog post weekly.. 🙂

    Good to see your shadow Hugh.. I always check my Spam folder too daily and have it set so that I moderate .. A pain.. Sometimes, but then I have rescued many a trapped WP follower too.. Only this month I rescued another 2.. One who had left a perfectly good comment which I approved and then she just sent me a smiley which then went into spam.. ??

    Wishing you well in your Shadow connections Hugh..
    Hugs Sue xx

    1. I think that could sometimes be why we get captured by the spam monster, Sue. Too many comments, so I guess it can sometimes backfire. The WordPress Happiness Engineers were dumbfounded as to why the spam monster had caught me again. I even mentioned about my shadow living in my keyboard but they went very quiet after that. 😀 Still, they saved me.
      It doesn’t make sense why some genuine comments end up in spam, yet those which are spam end up waiting for me to moderate and approve them. I think the Spam Monster is quite a sly creature.

  10. That was a fabulous, if scary story, Hugh. I very often ended up in Spam folders as well. That is what happens when you take a blogging break I guess!
    If my shadow is as greedy as I am, then I will b forever at my key board!!! 🙂

    1. I’ve been captured by the spam monster twice now, Judy. My shadow is not only very demanding but has become best friends with the spam monster. I think the best plan is to take a keyboard with us when the spam monster takes us hostage. If that doesn’t help, then me whacking the spam monster over the head, with the keyboard, while you make a run for it, may help. 😀

  11. my shadows are obese and still make demands; I did wonder why you were entering but, ha! another subversion from the man who could subvert Mother Teresa – in the best possible taste of course.

  12. Hugh,
    Mmmm….the “Spam Monster” For real?
    My shadow always seems to follow me, and I have to look back to see what he is doing. I think he makes fun of me when I’m not looking. I agree, when I don’t feed my shadow, he let’s me know.

    Great Post

    1. Yep, for real, Chuck. Of course, all our blogs have a WordPress spam folder, but some can be rather over active. It’s happened to me twice where all the comments I am leaving on other blogs are being swallowed up by each spam folder, hence I nicked name that folder ‘The Spam Monster.’

      Sounds as if you have a friendly shadow. Look after him well.

  13. I know that dark place in the spam monster’s lair and do not want to go back!! So do as Hugh says !! Excellent post ..good job you cannot enter the competition you’re too good!! 🙂 I have entered a while back . xxxxx ❤

      1. I shall pend the rest of the day looking over my shoulder and feeding my shadow!! Thank for the good wishes there is a lot of strong competition! Looking forward to the bash!! ❤ xxxx

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