The perfect blog reader

I’ve been thinking lately that I should write more often on my blog, instead of every two or three months or every other time Flickr changes something in its layout. But writing a blog without a focus it’s very difficult! But after a quick search I found a blog that gives you prompts for writing. Today’s look like a good start:

Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation
by michelle w. on January 14, 2014

If you could have a guarantee that one, specific person was reading your blog, who would you want that person to be? Why? What do you want to say to them?

So, instead of actually naming an existing living personal or fictional character, which would also be a good exercise in writing, I would rather think, if it were possible to build my perfect blog reader, what *it* would be like?  (*It* of course being a creature, not necessarily feminine or masculine, but gender-transcendent).

So, my perfect blog reader would be someone that :

  • would appreciate my wit if not my intelligence because I’m kind of dumb.
  • wouldn’t mind my grammar, syntax or usage mistakes because my English is not very good.
  • would still “get” the deep meaning of my blog posts. In fact, given the opportunity, *it* could have written it first.
  • would comment on my posts, if only to say “I could have written it first!”
  • would give me such rich feedback that a subsequent post will write itself right there in my mind. An ever enriching virtuous circle of mutual learning and commenting and learning, and well, you get the idea

After some thought it occurs to me that some of the possible candidates to the perfect blog reader would be:

  • Winnie the Pooh – ever enthusiastic and down to earth. I’m sure he would give me the kind of feedback that would make me feel all warm and fuzzy. That sounded wrong, but Winnie would have said it in the purest way, and see, that’s the whole cat – already a huge fan of my work but not that good at giving feedback if I must say
  • a writing robot – I could feed him with my ideas and he could, after a careful analysis and some cross-checking with current trends based on my social networks most frequently used phrases, produce a short comment that would reflect with a certain degree of confidence what my average “friend/contact/follower” would comment on a given post.

Candidates to perfect blog reader

My final vote goes to the robot, so I’ll need now is to write a software that would analyze my text, conduct a cross analysis of my social networks and produce an intelligible text in English. I would also need to assemble the robot because, though just an interface device would be enough to communicate with the software (think input and display units, processors, network connectors), it would be nice to give a face to the robot to feel I’m really communicating with someone. Still, I might be better off with Winnie. Oh well…


On Marvelous things and resolutions

The white rabbit according to Tenniel

The white rabbit according to Tenniel

Many, many years ago, when I decided to start blogging –back then it was the latest “social craze”, way before Facebook and Twitter, but after BBS forums– I started this blog and called it “Blog of stupid things”, because after all, I’ve never had many ambitions about my writing skills or the merit of my thoughts, unlike many other bloggers I’ve seen back then (and even now). But one of the participants of the forum I was active at the moment commented on how unfortunate it would be to call a blog with such a self-defeating name. I thought about it and decided to include the “marvelous things” as a little inside joke, a reminder of a song that at the time I was listening to all the time.

The song is a Cuban bolero, “Tú me acostumbraste” (You got me used to) and the first “estrofa” goes like this (loose translation by me)

Tú me acostumbraste /you got me used to
a todas esas cosas, / all those things
y tú me enseñaste / and you taught me
que son maravillosas. / that they are marvelous.

If you want to listen to the song, there are many versions, but this is one is a more contemporary version by a Mexican pop singer of my youth days. Enjoy!

In Spanish, maravillosas can be translated into English with “Marvelous” and “Wonderful”. A “wonder” would be a “maravilla” in Spanish. “Alice in Wonderland”, in Spanish, becomes “Alicia en el país de las maravillas“. I’ve always been fascinated by Alice’s adventures, especially the illustrations by Tenniel.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to fill my blog with the intended marvelous things and rather, it’s been a place to rant about Flickr and what not.  But this is a new year, a new life! Let’s fill it with marvelous things! I’ll start with this blog and my beloved Alice and her flamingo.

Alice experiencing marvellous things.

Alice experiencing marvellous things.

Do people still do #FF?

Do people still do #FF? I’m starting to wonder. A couple of weeks ago I wrote on why I was still posting #Follow Friday recommendations on Twitter. Yet, my enthusiasm for #FF has been waning lately as acknowledgement for my #FF recommendations as well as people adding me to their #FF lists have decreased significantly. This might only be the sign of  #FF slowly coming out of fashion.

Maybe it’s time for me to take a break from following #FF.




Why do I still follow #FollowFriday and some really cool people to follow

I think #FollowFriday is a good occasion to acknowledge the people that make the time I spend on Twitter worthy. I also believe it’s important to tell people you appreciate their contributions so they know that someone is taking the time to read the links they suggest and share them with their followers. And I certainly appreciate when people thank me for including them in my #FF. I think it’s a nice gesture from them and helps to build a relationship.

Lately I’ve seen less and less people doing #FF tweets or reacting to them, which makes me wonder if there is any point in continuing doing them. Yet, I still believe it’s important to acknowledge people for the good tweets they share and recommend them.

I’ll continue doing #FF, but this week, I would like to show my appreciation in particular for the following people that consistently acknowledge #FF mentions.


I also follow his blog for its study cases on professional photography, and specially, the post on copyrights issues.

Dutch photographers!
@fokkioNL @MarcoramaNL @pieterwisse

special mention to them because, along with @dutchfoto, for including me in their #FF lists. I wish I spoke Dutch so I could reciprocate to their kindness and to follow more Dutch people

Social media, tech news

Always sharing cool news in a variety of topics, especially social media. He frequently RT’s my links, and engages in communication. A good role model of what means to be social on Twitter.

Language, particularly English usage

Stan’s blog is full of useful links and discussions on special language topics Stan has been very helpful when I have had English style doubts. If he reads this, I hope he won’t find too many mistakes.


For science news, also check his blog

@cookitaly  @jshawback  @giancarlodrago  @VinaMist – friends I met through our dear late Chris @blogofinnocence @escapeintolife always sharing interesting links

In the series, nowadays cualquier baboso has a blog…

"Cualquier pendeja puede ser estrella blogger si es lo suficientemente inofensiva, lo bastante fotogénica y con dispuestos amigos para que le escriban el blog en el espacio de comments."
Quote from a pendeja blogger interview. 😉

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