New editor

This post is being written using the new editor on WordPress. It is the trial version and I am trying my best to get used to it. Like any new thing we come across in our lives it takes time to become familiar with them. Already as I write or should I say type the words, mistakes I am making are immediately highlighted whereas before I would have had to run the spell-checker. Any progress through change though isn’t always appreciated for many of us who prefer the status quo. Change for the sake of it isn’t always best. I have found in my life that some things change for the good and some for the not so good. Each generation comes up with new ideas and soon they are implemented whether we like them or not. We have no real say in what goes on in many developments, they simply happen without our knowledge. When we enter a new environment or situation we accept it they way it is because we don’t know what conditions were like beforehand whether they were better or worse. So far all I am doing on this post is ordinary typing and I have not yet explored any new facilities or methods of input and manipulation. To be honest I didn’t use most of the facilities offered with the old editor, they weren’t necessary for my requirements. This new platform will probably receive the same treatment. It isn’t that I don’t want to use anything new or take advantage of the things available it’s just that I probably won’t need them. One thing I have noticed is the lack of a word count recorder. It may be that I just haven’t gotten used to things but I would like to know how many words I am putting in my posts. The reason for that is I want to keep my posts relatively short. I have noticed the category list is jumbled making location difficult and the tag list has disappeared altogether. These problems need sorting out else the new editor will remain difficult to use, though perhaps it is me who needs sorting out!

Shirley Anne

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Over three thousand

Reading Post
Reading Post (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To date I have posted almost 3100 posts on this blog. I don’t suppose many of my readers will have read them all or that many browse older posts either. I was browsing some of my old postings just for something to do. I had and have been doing much work at home lately as well as carrying out electrical work for others and it does take its toll. I do enjoy my work however but it is nice to be able to sit and relax afterward. I am not one who likes to read fiction, it was never an interest to me but give me literature about practical subjects and I am happy. With me, if I am reading something of interest it leads me to other things. When I am searching a word in a dictionary I often find myself drifting off and searching related words and their meanings too. Before I know it I find myself way off target if I am not careful. Life’s a bit like that for many of us, we aim for something but get sidetracked and we end up somewhere else, somewhere we never thought we would be. The funny thing is we end up preferring our unintended destination. When I first started with this blog I never thought I would ever have reached so many posts but I did. That is 3100 posts in almost as many days. On one or two occasions I have posted twice on the same day but that hasn’t been often. Sometimes I wonder if I will continue and if so for how long? I have been tempted on a couple of occasions recently to simply stop. A blog is basically a personal log for many, an insight into the often mundane things we get up to in our daily lives though some people use the platform for other reasons, and there will be many. So I was re-reading some of my old posts and they brought back to mind memories of when they were written and the things I had been doing at the time. I wondered how I managed to do some of them when I remember what was involved and that is the point, we often do not realise our own potential when faced with a seemingly difficult and daunting task. It just takes a little confidence. Almost 3100 postings since the middle of January 2009 proves a point to me anyway.

Shirley Anne

All electric

English: Leyton Electric Time was when 'The El...
Leyton Electric Time was when ‘The Electric’ was a municipal undertaking and electricity substations were built in the style of minor Greek temples. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now that could mean anything, no gas, no coal, no oil as sources of power and indeed many houses these days have only an electrical supply. However I am not thinking along those lines, I am thinking about the amount of electrical work I find I am undertaking lately, not unexpected as I mentioned earlier. I sometimes wonder what I would be doing if I wasn’t an electrician, would there be much for me to write about? I am almost certain there would be. We all have something we can write about, we all have our own special experiences in life and it is nice to be able to share these things with others. We may think that nobody would find anything we say to be of interest but that just isn’t true. You would be surprised how even some of the simple things we write about are interesting to others. It may be that some of our readers wait anxiously for our next posting, well we can all hope for that I suppose. As for myself I simply like writing and what better way to express your experiences? When I first started this blog I found it difficult to find any inspiration, what to write about and someone suggested I write something about my daily experiences, about my work, my likes and dislikes, my hobbies (that’s always a good one), perhaps my religious beliefs and many more things. We can write about world events and those nearer home, holidays and celebrations, the list gets longer.

She Like Electric
She Like Electric (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At the moment I am writing a lot about my job as an electrician and the things I am presented with each day. There is never a dull moment in my line of work. I get to meet hundreds of people each year and hopefully all that I have done for them will be appreciated and will have met their needs. Often I spend time chatting with those of my customers who are perhaps a bit lonely and in need of a little companionship. In the weeks to come I may be writing more about what I am doing in the garden but that will depend on the weather. Whatever I write about I hope my readers will get some enjoyment from it.

Shirley Anne

Nearly a milestone

Boat of Boredom
Boat of Boredom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There’s not much going on lately on the home front. I have been kept busy at work and have even had to turn down work because of the amount I have been getting. Many would say that is a good thing and it is if indeed much work was necessary. In my case I work more out of enjoyment than necessity. Work gives me something to occupy myself and to relieve the boredom of an otherwise dull existence. Life for me isn’t all dull though but unless I am occupied it can be very dull indeed. I did no work on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and at the time of writing this nothing planned for the week ahead. Well that’s fine as it gives me the opportunity to do anything I like instead. Problem is there is little else I have an interest in these days, things to keep me active that is. I want to be active all the time and I suppose that is my problem. I do little reading, watch little television, almost never go to the cinema, in fact if I am sitting down for too long I simply have to get up and walk about.

Writing
Writing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yes, I am sitting down writing this but my mind is on other things, what to do next? I have been glancing at my blog’s statistics, specifically how many posts I have written and I discovered that as of today (Saturday) I have written and posted 2489. That’s a lot of posts since my first in January 2009. When I look back I am amazed at the way the blog has developed and the diversity of the posts themselves. If each of those posts were about a different subject that would mean nearly two and a half thousand subjects! Alas, I doubt I could write about so many different things so you will find much of my posts centre around a single subject but even so there are still many. I don’t boast that I am that knowledgeable on all the subject material except perhaps those in which I am well versed and experienced. Surprisingly though I don’t spend a lot of time at my computer and most of my posts, probably all of them, are written straight from the heart without much thought. The words just flow out. I have an active mind and find writing quite easy. One thing I have to say though is that I get bored easily and perhaps that is a good thing when writing blog posts for there is a fine balance between keeping my readers interested and boring them to death with posts that go on and on. If I write 400 words I am happy enough but once I pass 600 I am beginning to get bored myself. All in all I think I have done well in achieving this minor milestone of almost two and a half thousand posts. A few weeks ago when I was at a low ebb I seriously thought of closing the blog altogether but I am still here, for how long I cannot say. Maybe I’ll wait until I reach the five thousand post milestone before making that decision.

Shirley Anne

Anniversary

WordPress Logo
WordPress Logo (Photo credit: Phil Oakley)

A couple of days ago I received a brief message from the WordPress staff congratulating me on my fifth anniversary with WordPress. Since that day five years ago I have posted 2068 times! When I first began to blog I found I had very little to say and found writing anything interesting difficult. I would hope that will have changed for the better five years on! Well at least 271 people are interested as that number are currently subscribing to my meanderings here. It is nice to know that I have accumulated so many ‘followers’, it makes blogging worthwhile. If not for my readers I know I probably wouldn’t continue with the blog, it would be pointless to do so. So here I am today still plodding along. The greatest problem anyone faces when blogging is finding something to write about, especially if one posts as often as I do. Subject matter is limitless, it is simply finding something one finds interesting enough to oneself to write about. Currently I am writing about the adventures with the bathroom refurbishment E and I are involved with at home and the previous Wet Room project which was completed in late December. Occasionally I will post something about Christianity and especially salvation as a means of outreach to those who at present have no interest in such things. I try not to preach in these posts but simply present the argument. I am always open to discussion on that subject. Other things I write about are many and varied, like anniversaries! Whether I will still be writing posts in another five year’s time rather depends on whether I am still around of course but more especially if I have anyone interested enough to read them. I appreciate all those who bother to take the time to read what I have to say and I hope they will continue to find something of interest in what I write.

Shirley Anne

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Other bog deleted

Shirley Anne 146For quite some time I have had another blog running alongside this one but at Blogger. Last year or maybe it was late the previous year I decided to dedicate that blog to the one subject, God, Jesus Christ and salvation intending it to be an outreach for those or rather to those who are unbelievers. Outreach is something we as Christians are commanded to do, not asked but commanded and if we are faithful to our God we obey. We are called to be witnesses to The Gospel message and preach it to the world. There are many ways to do that and ‘blogging’ is one of them, however, using a blog for the purpose requires that unbelievers actually read what is written and to do that they need to visit the blog! Now it may be that some actually do that but I fear that most, although they may pay a visit will not again return. I see therefore no point in continuing with such an outreach on a dedicated blog platform as only Christians will read it if they visit and they do not need to. When I first came up with the idea of making the blog dedicated to outreach it was on my heart to do so because outreach is something close to my heart but to proceed without the approval of God, that is without His direction, is pointless and doomed to failure. I felt I had such approval but the good Lord allowed me to proceed with my plans probably to teach me. That having been said I feel that if I am to witness to the unsaved I have to be where they are. Now I do that in person of course and I do witness given every opportunity and at the appropriate moment but I can also do it on The Internet if I know people will be in a position to read it. This had led me to delete the other blog and to concentrate on this one alone. Many of the posts from the now deleted site have found their way to this one as drafts and I will publish them occasionally (as I have been doing on this subject thus far) in the months ahead. Notice I say ‘occasionally’ as I do not wish to alienate those I want to reach by overdoing things. I simply present arguments in the hope that those I wish to reach will read them. I want this site to be interesting to all who visit, not just a select few.

Thank you to all my readers and those who have added me to their list as subscribers and those who find the time to comment too. I hope you will all continue to do so.

Shirley Anne

Swap them around?

lol on a candy heart
lol on a candy heart (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have no idea how many of my readers here pop over to Minkyweasel’s Musings but I wonder what would happen if I swapped content by moving all the posts from one site to the other? I’ve no intentions of doing that by the way just in case you got a bit worried (LOL) but I do wonder how many of my readers would still follow this blog. I fancy they wouldn’t. The reason I say this is because the two sites are completely different. Whereas this site covers all sorts of subjects, mostly about the things I do with snippets of other things like my faith and such, the other one is totally about God and Jesus Christ and doesn’t get a fraction of the visits this one enjoys but I persevere with it. I post there but once a week or so but here I post every day. I suppose the subject material on my other site holds less interest except to those who are of the Christian faith which kind of misses the whole point of the site because it is there as a witness for anyone who is not a Christian. So all you non-Christians pop over there and have fun! LOL. Seriously, the material is dedicated to the unbeliever so if you are such a person you will know what to expect but I hope that isn’t a deterrent but a challenge. I would hope though that all my readers (of whichever persuasion) would still follow this site’s posts wherever they may be located. It makes it all worthwhile knowing that you call in each day and I thank you all for doing so. I don’t follow many of your sites, mostly because I don’t have the time to follow them all but I try to make time for most of them, as many as I am able and I find many of them interesting too. So worry not that I will be moving material elsewhere as I value each and every one of you.

Shirley Anne

You gotta have something to do!

Neural Connections In the Human Brain
Neural Connections In the Human Brain

I am amazed at the progress we have seen in computers and what they have become. They are used in all areas of our lives from control and monitoring to medicine and communication. They are simply everywhere. The beauty about computers is the fact that are extremely fast at processing information and implementing any necessary resulting action. They cannot act as quickly as the human brain and even the most sophisticated of them, as yet at least, cannot process information as fast and efficiently as the human brain. What it can do much faster is crunch numbers, that is carry out complicated mathematical problems in the blink of an eye. Without computers you wouldn’t be able to do what you are doing right now, reading this post! I didn’t want to talk about computers though but you have to admit they are a study all to themselves. You dear reader no doubt run your own daily/weekly ‘blog’ and it obviously gives you some pleasure else you wouldn’t bother doing it. You also enjoy reading what other folk write in their blogs else you wouldn’t be here now reading this. Well you gotta do something to pass the time, you gotta have something to do that is different from the rest of your daily life but it’s all about communication with other human beings. We all feel that need to reach out to others in our lives whether that be face to face and talking, over a telephone or by the written word as here. We are drawn to those we like or perhaps what they write and what they have to say. Maybe we share the same interests or we have some common ground but sometimes we reach out for other reasons, perhaps we are lonely or just wish to make new friends and acquaintances. Well again, you gotta have something to do. Writing this has given me something to do, filling a small piece of my day before I move on to something else, in this case I am off to bed next as it is approaching midnight and I have to get up for work in the morning. Pleasant dreams! (I wrote this late on Monday evening by the way)

Shirley Anne

It’s a shame, seems a waste

Hildegard reading and writing
Hildegard reading and writing

Every week I somehow manage to produce seven posts and occasionally one or two more. I have found I enjoy writing short articles from my everyday life and other things I find interesting. When I first started I found it difficult knowing what to write about and my posts were very brief but as they say you’ve got to learn to walk before you can run. With many things in my life though I get bored and disinterested if I stay fixed on them for too long. Some things in my life I never tire of but the rest I find hard to stick with. Some of the things I don’t tire of are playing my guitar, riding my bicycle, reading informative material about almost anything I am interested in such as my Christian faith, science and  astronomy amongst many others. Although I like writing I find I have to write short articles rather than lengthy ones simply because I begin to lose interest in the writing and have to make it brief although sometimes I find I can write longer articles on occasion if the subject is one I am really interested in. Since I started this blog I have written many articles and as I progressed I think I have improved my talent for writing and content. Many of my previous submissions I would consider to be worthy of another airing and I feel it is such a shame that they may be locked in the past forever without anyone reading them. It seems such a waste. In that vein I would encourage my readers, especially those new to my site to occasionally browse its archives using the ‘Browse Archives’ box below  on the left of this page. You never know, there may be something there you find interest in. At the very least there are hours of reading material there to wile away the time on a rainy afternoon, even I do that sometimes. Most people who read my pages are themselves ‘bloggers’ and producing their own articles of interest I am sure, I know, I read some of them! There is a limit to what anyone can read or find the time to read but I think delving into the past makes for some interesting reading.

Shirley Anne

I am reminded

There are now 106 followers of my blog and 30 have subscribed to email notification of any new posts or comments so they don’t miss a thing. I looked at the most recent follower’s blog (I do look at all my followers blogs) and was reminded that I should again thank all of you who bother to look in and especially those who have added me to their ‘must read’  list, my followers. Whilst I am unable to reciprocate in all instances because I already follow many myself I do make every effort to at least look in when I can. I always respond to comments though and that in itself often prompts me to look at the blog of the person commenting. So yes, I do thank all my readers, followers and those who comment for they make my posts worthwhile. Whilst I have your attention, this is not my only blog, I do have another which sadly doesn’t attract as many followers as this one. I’ll let you search for the link, should you be interested, which is on this page. Thank you all once again.

Shirley Anne x