WordPress Listened To The User

It appears WordPress listened to its users and returned to its old pricing schemes/plans. Not too long ago they made some changes that impacted many bloggers who just want to do this as a hobby. Thank goodness they were willing to do this.

For more information check this article out. I hope they will continue to listen to us. https://wordpress.com/blog/2022/07/21/changes-to-our-pricing-plans/

Barbecue Beef Cottage Pie, A Culinary Experiment

This is my culinary experiment of the week or something like that. It’s my barbecue beef cottage pie. It’s an easy-to-make concoction of sauteed onions, ground beef, barbecue sauce, mashed potatoes (made with potato flakes), and cheese. It turned out to be tasty. You could make it with ground turkey, ground chicken, or sausage if you prefer. It’s a good Tuesday night dinner.

Sunday Reflection: Sense Of Wonder

This landscape of “mountains” and “valleys” speckled with glittering stars is actually the edge of a nearby, young, star-forming region called NGC 3324 in the Carina Nebula. Captured in infrared light by NASA’s new James Webb Space Telescope, this image reveals for the first time previously invisible areas of star birth. Credits: NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI

We are all guilty of being busy and distracted in this hustle and bustle world. I am guilty of this too. When do we take time to wonder? Also, the world has become a hard place to live in. Perhaps if we looked to the stars or the oceans to reclaim a little of our humanity the world could be a better place.

Creation is a big place and it somehow puts our problems in perspective. If we don’t lose our sense of wonder perhaps we will be better people. As we go through this life may we work toward peace and reconcile with the people and problems that keep us in chaos.

Grace and peace to you all my friends.

The Blogging Landscape Now

I have noticed there are fewer places on the Internet for self-expression such as blogs. At one point and time, there were many places such as Multiply, Yahoo 360, Xanga, Typepad, Livejournal, and the like. Today it seems there are sites that are more dedicated to commerce and selling stuff. Even WordPress.com is going in that direction.

Blogger, one of the OG platforms has not been significantly updated in years. There are platforms such as Squarespace, Wix, and Weebly that have become more business-focused. Indeed the landscape is very different than it was in the 2000s and 2010s. For a deep dive into the history of blogging check out this article from Notre Dame of Maryland University.

Vlogging on YouTube, TikTok and even Instagram has become increasingly popular.

I don’t want to see Instagram and Facebook as the only places for sharing and community. Social media and networking are important. The more outlets the better. Let’s hope for more outlets in the future where old-school blogging still has a place on the web.

When My Blog Gets Serious

I write about silly and sacred things here. Sometimes serious stuff has to be written about too. Keeping my blog fun and positive isn’t always possible. No matter what I hope you will still enjoy my post no matter the tone or subject matter. Blogging about life’s ups and downs is definitely keeping it real.

Thank you, my friends!

A Note To My Blogging Community

I have been taking a religious study course over the past four years. There was a lot of reading and much mental and even some physical power was used. Believe it or not, I am not a very prolific reader. That is why I like blogs because they are by-in-large short articles.

My course is ending on Monday and I hope to be able to rejoin the blogging community as a reader as much as I am a blogger/writer. It’s cool to read and write like a hard disk does. It’s funny how all that works.

Thanks for continuing to follow me and check out my posts. Life can be better with blogging.

Your friend, Tony

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