Did You Miss Any Of These? Monthly Round-Up – June 2022

These 13 blog posts got people talking. Were you one of them? If not, join the conversations and share your thoughts.

  • Happy Jubilee.

Jubilee #WordlessWednesday #Photography

June is Pride Month. Happy Pride. Is ‘coming out of the closet’ and telling family and friends that you are gay still as difficult as it was 40 years ago?

Throwback Thursday – True Stories: Gay Memories – Coming Out Of The Closet #LGBTQI #LGBT#PrideMonth

  • Who or what is to blame for almost destroying the world?

Flash Fiction Friday – Who Is To Blame?

  • Are you stressed out by dealing with too many spam comments on your blog? How to deal with spam comments and eliminate the stress without disappointing your readers.

How To Deal With Spam Without Closing Comments On Your Blog Posts

  • Where do you keep your marmalade sandwich?

Perhaps you’d like a Ma’amalade sandwich, Your Majesty? Tea With Paddington Bear

  • How many numbers can you see?

How Many? #WordlessWednesday #Photography

  • What secret do the stacking stones hold?

Flash Fiction Friday – Secret Of The Stones

  • When did you first meet a gay person?

True Stories: Gay Memories – Meeting Another Gay Person For The First Time #LGBTQI #LGBT

  • What are the signs of the beginning of summer for you?

Waiting For Summer #WordlessWednesday #Photography

  • What danger and dilemma lurk on the other side of the door?

Flash Fiction Friday – Dilemma

  • Can you see the mountain range in the sky?

Mountains In The Sky #WordlessWednesday #Photography

  • Freedom comes in many forms. Are you thankful for your freedom?

Flash Fiction Friday – The Two Faces Of Freedom

  • Which way would you go? Right, left, up or down?

Where To Now? #WordlessWednesday #Photography

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Did You Miss Any Of These? Monthly Round-Up – May 2022

These 11 blog posts got people talking. Were you one of them? If not, join the conversations and share your thoughts.

  • Have you heard of the Wordless Wednesday photography challenge? How participating can help your blog and photography website gain new followers.

How To Participate In The Wordless Wednesday Photography Challenge And Gain New Followers

  • They were about to be evicted. Would anyone come to their help?

Flash Fiction Friday – Evicted

  • Could you live without social media for 31 days?

Reblog Of The Month: Have You Ever Been Tempted To Switch Off Your Social Media?

  • What strange objects have you found in water?

Strange Objects Found In Water #WordlessWednesday #Photography

  • How many old and outdated blog posts do you have live on your blog? They could be damaging your blog.

Throwback Thursday – Are Your Old Blog Posts Damaging Your Blog? How To Stop It Happening

  • A mother will do anything to save her children, won’t she?

Flash Fiction Friday – A Matter Of Life

  • Be careful. You’re always being watched, even when having breakfast.

Did You Know That Something Is Watching You? #WordlessWednesday #Photography

  • Have you heard of Throwback Thursday? It’s the day you can bring old blog posts back to life. Read on for more details on how to participate.

How To Participate In Throwback Thursday And Help Your Old Blog Posts Get Noticed

  • What is the secret behind the name Buttercup?

Flash Fiction Friday – Buttercup

  • Look closer. You may see more than you think you see.

What Can You See In The Spring Meadow? #WordlessWednesday #Photography

  • Tanya has a secret weapon to help her group. But what do they need help with?

Flash Fiction Friday – Now It’s Your Turn

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Did You Miss Any Of These? Monthly Round-Up – April 2022

These 9 blog posts got people talking. Were you one of them? If not, join the conversations and share your thoughts.

  • Time is running out for Adam. Was he killed or murdered? Can you solve the mystery?

Flash Fiction Friday – The Last Of Adam

  • Sometimes, photos do not come out as expected.

Strange Photos #WordlessWednesday #Photography

  • Help me raise £250 for the British Red Cross Ukrainian Crisis Appeal by writing and publishing a challenging blog post.

Are You Up For the Unfollow A Blog Challenge? Help Me Raise £250 For The British Red Cross Ukrainian Crisis Appeal.

  • What do you see in the green shadows?

Shadows Of Green #WordlessWednesday #Photography #WordPrompt

  • Do the eyes of the waterfall see the truth? Miranda is about to find out.

Flash Fiction Friday – Eyes Of The Waterfall

  • Can you spot the missing hippo?

Have You Ever Seen A Hippopotamus In Your Coffee? #WordlessWednesday #Photography

  • Is there a reason why Bill never published his book? His wife is about to find out the shocking truth.

Flash Fiction Friday – The Death And Life Of Bill

  • Are blogging communities a good or bad thing? Read my experiences about the advantages and disadvantages of the blogging community.

What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Being A Member Of A Blogging Community?

  • Karl is trapped. Can anyone help him escape his prison cell?

Flash Fiction Friday – The Prison Cell

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Did You Miss Any Of These? Monthly Round-Up – October 2021

  • These 7 free methods of promoting your blog will get people reading your posts and leaving you comments.

Are You Struggling To Get People To Your Blog? These 7 Free Methods Will Help

  • This year’s trip to Brighton beach would very different for Adrian. But were the answers to the rest of his life without Richard in front of him?

A Matter Of Life And Death

  • Does a game of Sardines hold secrets Richard doesn’t want his husband to know anything about?

Sardines

  • Wanted: Detectives and readers to help solve a mystery many have already tried to solve. Read the post for more details.

Can You Solve The Mystery Of A Blackmailed Missing Husband And Father?

  • This is the reason why you should think twice before responding to calls for help coming from behind certain doors.

Thursday Doors – The October Door

  • Are you following too many blogs? 7 common mistakes to look out for before following a blog.

7 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Deciding Whether To Follow A Blog

  • Now there’s an easy way to add PDF files to your blog posts on WordPress. Blogging expert Natalie Ducey shows us how.

Reblog: How To Upload A PDF File In WordPress For Viewing And Easy Downloading

  • What’s buried in the thick mud?

Buried

  • Are you making use of pinned tweets to help drive traffic to your blog?

Pinned Tweets: Why Every Blogger Should Have OneTo Help Drive Traffic To Their Blog

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Thursday Doors – The October Door

Warning: It’s not a good idea to respond to calls for help coming from behind doors that were made specially for the Halloween season.

Why? Well, when you read what happened to me recently upon responding to calls for help coming from behind the rather scruffy door in the image below, you’ll believe me.

Photo of a scruffy door in need of a lot of repairs.
The October Door

“HELP! GET ME OUT OF HERE. HELP!”

Those were the words I could hear coming from the other side of the October door.

With its light blue paint having almost peeled away and signs of having been kicked from the scuff marks along its bottom, the door looked unloved and old. People passed me and the door by without taking any notice. Was I the only one who could hear the calls for help?

I watched as the flap of the letterbox lifted and two eyes appeared. They looked shocked when they saw me.

“I’m trapped. Please, you need to get me out. Just turn the knob to the left, then to the right, and once more to the left, and the door will open. I’ll be truly grateful for your help. It’s jammed. I’ve been stuck in here for over forty years.”

As the flap closed, I questioned what I had just heard. Forty years? That should have told me not to open the door, but the writer inside me said this would make a great story.

“Hold on. I’m coming in. Step away from the door,” I announced, as I approached it.

“Left, right, and left again,” I muttered under my breath, as I tried the door knob. The door opened without any problems, but I hesitated before stepping into the black void that now faced me.

“Hello,” I called out, as I took my first step inside.

Nothing but silence met my ears. Even the world behind me seemed to go to sleep. I hesitated and wondered if I should take a step back; to maybe get some help?

“In here,” came a voice, “please help me.”

On my fifth step in, the door slammed behind me.

Turning, I ran towards it, but it wouldn’t open. I told myself not to panic and to feel for the door knob, but there wasn’t one. Then, I heard a terrifying sound from something behind me. I banged on the door hard with both hands, hoping that somebody on the other side would hear me.

“HELP! GET ME OUT OF HERE. HELP!”

As the sound behind me got nearer, I had a strange feeling that somebody on the other side of the door had heard me. Then I remembered that the door had a letterbox. I bent down and pulled open the flap. My eyes opened wide with shock.

I hadn’t expected to see myself staring back.

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This week’s door is located in Llandeilo, South Wales, in the United Kingdom.

Have you ever come across a door that isn’t all it seems?

Linking to the weekly photography challenge ‘Thursday Doors,’ hosted by Dan Antion who blogs at No Facilities. Click here to join hundreds of other participants with your Thursday Doors.

If you’re enjoying the pieces of flash fiction I’m including with my Thursday Doors posts then you may like Glimpses, my first book of flash fiction and short stories.

The above piece of flash fiction features in Glimpses.

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Did You Miss Any Of These? Monthly Round-Up – September 2021

  • Are you a blogger? If so, join me in answering a few questions I have for you about your blog.

Questions About Blogging: How Many Is Too Many Or Too Few Blog Posts?

  • Would you accept an invitation to another time and another place?

Thursday Doors: Door To Another Time, Another Place

  • If you’re an author of a published book, this is how creating a reusable block for your book will put it in front of hundreds of new visitors to your blog.

How To Create And Use A Reusable Block For Your Book On WordPress

  • Have you ever found yourself going back to somewhere you never visited?

Thursday Doors – Going Back

  • How this little known about block will help get visitors to the parts of your blog that are craving visits.

Are You Using This Little Known About Block That Helps Promote Your Blog?

  • Why does Richard’s memory of a big, black horse take him in the wrong direction?

Blizzards Of The Mind

  • What’s your favourite season or favourite time of the year?

Autumn Equinox #WordlessWednesday #photography

  • Will Adrian’s birthday gift to Richard spark new ideas or give reasons to be concerned?

Seat Of Horror

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Thursday Doors – Going Back

Have you ever been through a door that wasn’t there when you were going back to exit it?

It happened to me. It was back in 2017 when I first published a Thursday Doors post that included these doors.

Photo of a black opened door that shows a painting of two slightly jarred opened glass-panelled, white doors that look out on a white cat sat on a balcony that looks towards the sea

When I pressed the publish button, I was transported through the doors and could not get back.

The white cat was very friendly, but everything else wasn’t as it seemed.

Somebody mentioned who or whatever passed by me into my world when places got traded carried on with writing and publishing posts on my blog.

You may have thought it was me who left you a comment or two but was it?

Thankfully, when Terri Webster Schrandt posted ‘Going Back‘ as the theme for this week’s Sunday Stills prompt, who or whatever was here took up the challenge and got transported back through the doors.

I’m happy to say that I instantly found myself going back to where I should have been for the last four years.

My fingers are crossed that I won’t be going back through those doors when I push the publish button.

Did/Will you miss me?

This week’s doors are located in Hove, East Sussex, in the United Kingdom.

Have you ever come across doors that have transported you back to another time and another place?

Linking to the weekly photography challenge ‘Thursday Doors,’ hosted by Dan Antion who blogs at No Facilities. Click here to join hundreds of other participants with your Thursday Doors.

If you’re enjoying the pieces of flash fiction I’m including with my Thursday Doors posts then you may like Glimpses, my first book of flash fiction and short stories.

Glimpses

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Thursday Doors – Door To Another Time, Another Place

When I first noticed the street art on the wall in the photo below, it was the door next to the painting that caught my attention a lot more.

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Another Time, Another Place

Blue! I love blue. But this shade of blue spoke to me. It was as if the door was inviting me to walk through into a different world – another time, another place.

The tiled floor that the door opened onto, almost matched the colours on the street art. And I wondered if the blue panel above the door is a sheet of glass that was painted the same colour as the door.

The two figures in the street art called out my name several times, but I declined their invitation to join them by walking through the door. I decided that the time and place I was currently in is right for me. I’m not ready to move on yet.

If you saw the last two doors I published for ‘Thursday Doors’, the ‘Open, Sesame!‘ door and the door to ‘The Tower Of The Ecliptic‘, the ‘Another Time, Another Place’ door is only a ten minute walk from them.

All the doors in my last three ‘Thursday Doors’ posts are located in Swansea, South Wales, in the United Kingdom. You can check them out further down on this post.

Would you have accepted the invitation from the figures in the street art to walk through the blue door to another time and another place?

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Did You Miss Any Of These? Monthly Round-Up – August 2021

  • The residents’ of Annabelle’s hometown were not as safe as they thought they were.

When Death Comes Quickly #flashfiction

  • When was the last time you took a closer look at what’s in your garden?

It’s A Small World #WordlessWednesday

  • This new feature on WordPress is something you may have missed and will want to use.

New: WordPress Screen Options Button – Where, Why And How To Use It

  • What if what was on the other side of the open door wasn’t what he was expecting?

What If? #flashfiction

  • This is how I dismissed those that told me (and still do) that I can’t read or write because I’m dyslexic.

New At The Carrot Ranch: What To Do When You’re Told That Reading And Writing Are Not Your Friends

  • Would you enter The Tower Of The Ecliptic?

Thursday Doors: The Tower Of The Ecliptic

  • Have you ever considered turning off comments on your blog? Join the conversation with hundreds of other bloggers who have already had their say.

Flashback Friday: Why Are Some Bloggers Killing Off Comments Being Left On Their Blogs?

  • This block is something every blogger should insert on every blog post they publish. Why? Read on for more details.

Is This New WordPress Block The Best Way To Help Promote Your Blog For Free?

  • The Collector has an important message for the people of the planet Earth. Will they listen?

The Collector

  • What do you think is on the other-side of the ‘Open, Sesame!’ door?

Thursday Doors – Open, Sesame!

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Thursday Doors – Open, Sesame!

“Open, Sesame!” is a word I’ve wanted to use since I first heard the magical phrase being spoken in the story of ‘Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves’ in Antoine Galland’s version of One Thousand and One Nights.


Ali Baba is a poor woodcutter who secretly watches as 40 thieves hide their treasure in a cave, the door to which can be only opened by the verbal command of “Open, Sesame!” He later uses this magic phrase, steals riches from the cave, and lives a prosperous life.

I’ve never spotted a door I thought ‘Open, Sesame!’ would work on. However, when I happened to stumble upon this door that begged the words ‘Open, Sesame!’ to be shouted at it, I wasn’t pleased when my vocal efforts failed. Why had those words worked for Ali Baba and not me?

Photo of a blue door decorated with some mystical symbols
Open Sesame

Nothing would open this door. I pulled it, I pushed it, but it wouldn’t open. Maybe it was locked? I couldn’t even spot a keyhole, but I loved the handles.

I never found out what was behind the door, but given the look and style of it, I imagined it led to a mystical world that could only be reached by a ride on a magic carpet. Would anyone like to join me? That is, if we can open the door.

If you saw the door I published for ‘Thursday Doors’ last week, the ‘Open, Sesame!’ door is only a short walk from ‘The Tower Of The Ecliptic‘ in Swansea, South Wales.

Let me know if you manage to open it.

What do you think is on the other-side of the ‘Open Sesame’ door?

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Thursday Doors – The Tower Of The Ecliptic

Although we’ve lived in Swansea in South Wales for the last five years, it always amazes me when we take a walk off the beaten track and come across something you had no idea was there.

This is the door to ‘The Tower Of The Ecliptic’. 

Photo of a green door that has paint peeling off it and which has a porthole in it.
Door to The Tower Of The Ecliptic

And it’s on this building that you’ll find the door. Can you spot it and any other doors?

Photo of The Tower Of The Ecliptic in Swansea
The Tower Of The Ecliptic – Swansea

If you think of me standing in front of that door taking the photo, you’ll get an idea of how big this building is. How on earth have I managed to miss a big building like this in the city where I live?

What is The Tower Of The Ecliptic? 

It’s an observatory that houses the largest telescope in Wales. Designed by architect Robin Campbell in 1989, the building opened in 1993 for the local astronomical society.

Sadly, in 2010, the building was closed to the public due to a disagreement with the Swansea City Council regarding the building’s rental terms. The Swansea Astronomical Society now holds regular observing sessions at the University College of Swansea. I’ve no idea if they took the telescope with them. Do you think they did? 

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Did You Miss Any Of These? Monthly Round-Up – July 2021

  • What’s Hugh’s Record Of The Week For Week Commencing 3rd July, 2021?

Something For The Weekend? – Katy Perry – Firework

  • Adrian has a question. Does an old photograph hold the answer?

Symbols #flashfiction

  • Reblog: Paul Ariss shares the work involved writing his new song – New Day Coming.

From Scribbles To Spotify – The Uncomfortable Birth Of A Song

  • What floats your boat?

Afloat #WordlessWednesday #photography

  • What’s Hugh’s Record Of The Week For Week Commencing 10th July, 2021?

Something For The Weekend? – Spice Girls – Spice Up Your Life

  • Have you ever considered turning off comments on your blog?

Why Are Some Bloggers Killing Off Comments Being Left On Their Blogs?

  • What is the source of the strange coloured feathers on the stairs?

Follow The Feathers #flashfiction

  • What have the dogs spotted?

What Is It? #WordlessWednesday #photography

  • What’s Hugh’s Record Of The Week For Week Commencing 17th July, 2021?

Something For The Weekend? – Janet Jackson – When I Think Of You

  • What had caused George’s meltdown? Could things get any worse?

Nightmare In Spring #flashfiction

  • Reblog: Looking for ways of getting your blog posts noticed and read? Check out this must read post from blogging expert Janice Wald.

Blog Description Example: How To Make Easy Choices About Your Blog, 6 Ways

  • Are you always running out of time when blogging? Here’s how to reclaim some of that time back.

Looking To Save Time When Blogging? Here Are 5 Things That Work For Me

  • When is a tree no longer a tree?

To Tree Or Not To Tree? That Is The Question #WordlessWednesday #photography

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