Half full of sunshine on the road to nowhere…

When I wake up most mornings, my glass is pretty much “half-full.” I rise quickly, don my “good-mood” cap, and am off and running, figuratively, that is. I don’t let the day ahead get me down, yet, and I can usually retain my optimism for a good long while. I’m like the sun who rises up past the cloud in that Jimmy Dean sausage commerciaI, minus the sausage. I even have 2 different colored “Life is Good” T-shirts that I wear regularly to remind me of that slogan, along with the accompanying picture of a glass half-full in case I forget it sometime during the day. Sometimes I put a sweatshirt on and all is forgotten…

When I exercise in the morning, I have a good 45-60 minutes alone to ponder my day, my life, my job, and most of all, what I want to write for my next blog. When I started this project, it was mainly just to record my thoughts. To share them would require some extra work, but since I’m a daring person, I decided I was up to the task no matter what the repercussions. What I’ve taken from this 3-month experiment, is that I’m not sure I’m cut out for this.

First of all, although, the number of post reads is good, I’ve gotten only 2 comments in 8 posts. Secondly, I realize that I care too much about whether people read my posts and I find myself checking stats much more often than I care to want to admit. Thirdly, I have discarded many more subjects and ideas than I’ve approved because they are either too negative or personally revealing, and finally, because sometimes it feels too stressful to find the alone time when probably it’s no more than 3 people who are even reading these things!

It’s not like I’m lacking for ideas. In fact, I’ve got more ideas than I can write, but for some reason, feedback is important to me- even if it’s negative.

So, I’ve come up with an idea for a new system that I hope Facebook and WordPress will consider…it’s a quick rating system that’s anonymous. At the bottom of each post, entry, picture, etc. would be a pull-down menu with lots of different choices for responses to things. Instead of having a very limiting response such as “like” or “dislike,” there would be:

Boring
Got me in the beginning but lost me later
Stop writing, you suck!
Keep your day job!
You have potential, but no common thread in your writing.
Somewhat entertaining, but doubtful that I’ll read again.
Yes! I can identify, keep the stories coming!
Wow, that was great!
Inspiring!
You had me LMAO!
Great post!
Awesome!

Do you think you could check one of those? Because they would have the option of being anonymous if you didn’t want your friends to know and, you would also have the opportunity to compose your own response, but keep in mind, all responses on WordPress, where my blog sits, are read and approved only by me anyway, so any nasty stuff wouldn’t be seen unless I wanted it so.

Here’s your chance, let me know what you think, and be honest, because I can just start writing in a journal, really!

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sally Masters
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 09:18:46

    Melinda, I am enjoying your blog entries. Keep ’em coming! (Although I haven’t posted a comment directly on your blog, I do believe I made a comment on FB when you posted you had a new blog entry. I hope that counts!)

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  2. Marissa
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 09:18:50

    Melinda! I check my facebook every day to see if you have posted a new entry! I have loved every single one of them! They are funny, inspiring, entertaining, and honest. I like knowing what’s going on with all of you even when I am 1000 miles away. It makes me feel like I am not that far away! I wish everyone would post one every day!

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  3. Kj
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 09:25:12

    I can personally say that my life is crazy busy and after the HP laptop died, I’m reduced to the Internet on my smarter-than-me phone with its tiny screen. So often times I don’t have the ability to scroll up or down as on a computer and miss a lot. Yet when I catch em, I really do enjoy your writing. I hope you keep it up.

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  4. Suz
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 09:32:48

    Melinda, I am reading your blogs. And they are heartily entertaining! I do hope they can continue…and yes to the new buttons.

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  5. Kathy
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 10:06:47

    Looks like a nice road to nowhere. Enjoy! Wed is suppose to be in the 70’s’

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  6. Susan gobin
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 10:13:42

    Melinda, please don’t stop. Your blogs are so honest AND well written. Some have made me laugh and one in particular made me want to call and tell you there i’s another way to look at things (of course I didn’t), but please don’t stop.

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  7. Nancy
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 10:14:22

    Melinda, please keep writing!! You are an inspiration.

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  8. Steph
    Nov 15, 2011 @ 15:13:19

    Love reading these!

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