500th Post!

It’s a milestone here at Tater World Headquarters. We(in the royal sense) have reached our 500th post and we couldn’t have done it without you, our faithful reader. Well, I could have done it without readers, but it would be kind of pointless to write a 500th post if no one had read th first 499. So, thank you for being here and for reading my posts. Now, go buy me gifts to celebrate my milestone. Or, click here to send me a donation to support my blogging habit.

In retrospect, I should have saved my Me Now vs Me Then post for now. That would have been a good post for post 500. Now, I’ve got nothing. I’m so good at this.

There might be a break in the month of Tater tomorrow as I will be in NYC watching Hamilton tomorrow afternoon. Stay tuned for pictures and reports from the city Sunday or Monday.

To make up for the lack of a decent post for number 500, feel free to go back and read some of my better posts(if such a thing exists)

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Halfway There

We have reached the midpoint of the Month of Tater, the month of me posting every day even if I have nothing to say. Here are a few observations:

I can’t write every day. My life isn’t interesting enough to fill posts with anecdotes from my day. I don’t have enough to say on topics to have a full post every day. Sometimes I have things to say about a topic, but I don’t write because for various reasons. The is the last month I will do the write every day thing unless there is a 30 day writing challenge that interests me.

My readership has changed. Until just recently almost all of the clicks on my blog came via Facebook. The only people reading my posts were people I knew from real life. I had the occasional reader from random google searches, but basically my friends and family read what I wrote. Over the past couple of months my clicks from Facebook have steadily gone down and my clicks from WordPress reader and other blogs have increased. The more I write, the less the people who know me read. The more I write and participate in the blogging world, the more other bloggers read.

The more I write, the less I read. The time I spend writing in the morning is time I used to spend reading. That, coupled with my last book I read not being great, has really slowed down my reading lately. I’ve got way too many books from the library and not enough time to read them.

In summary, I’m just as anxious for the month of Tater to be over as you are.

The Liebster Award

liebsterThe Liebster Award is an award that someone created for bloggers to nominate other bloggers in a way to support their work. The nominees are meant to be blogs with smaller followings that you enjoy. Here are the rules of the award:

  • Create a new post, thank a person who nominated you, link their blog and put the award graphic.
  • Answer the questions provided to you.
  • Make a new set of 10 questions for your nominees.
  • Nominate 5 to 11 other bloggers and share your post with them so they see it.

A few days ago  Severus Snape left me a comment that they had nominated me for the award. I’m happy that they like my blog enough to do so, but I avoided posting about it because I struggle finding blogs to nominate because most of the blogs I read are much mor established and have more followers than me. This morning I had a comment from The Whispering Winds that they had also nominated me for the award. So, I guess I will use day 11 of the Month of Tater to do my Leibster post.

First, I want to thank both of them for reading my blog and nominating me. It is much appreciated. I’m going to violate rules 3 and 4. If you want to answer questions, just answer the same ones I did. Also, I’m not officially nominating people for the reason stated above, but I will add links after the questions of blogs I enjoy. Now on to the questions:

  1. Why did you start blogging? I’m not really sure why I started this blog when I did. I used to write on Live Journal and I missed the community I had there. Maybe I was looking for that again. I started writing more regularly recently because I have a lot to say and I want people to hear it. 
  2. What are your other hobbies? I read a lot and watch a lot of TV
  3. If I ever saw you in real life what would make me recognize you? Nothing. I’m pretty bland and average looking.
  4. Tell me about your favorite dream. I had a lot of dreams when I was younger where I did something heroic and saved lives. I enjoyed those.
  5. Do you prefer to be alone or with people around you? I always say alone and that I want to be a hermit, but that isn’t completely true. I want my family around me but could do without most other people.
  6.  Who or what is your muse? I have no idea.
  7. If you ever saw me what would you ask? That is also a hard one since I don’t know you. I would probably be self-centered and ask why you read my blog and how you found it.
  8. If Santa granted you one wish, what would you wish for? Early retirement.

Now in lieu of official nominations, I will just give you a list of blogs I enjoy and will encourage you to click and read.

Don’t Make it Weird

Waking Up on the Wrong Side of Fifty

Sara in La La Land

American/Unionist

realitytvchatblog

A Month of Tater

I’ve been considering doing another 30 day writing challenge, but all of the ones I find are too similar to the one I did before, seem boring, or are not the right fit for me. This is also a month when you can participate in NaNoWriMo, but I’m not a fiction writer, so that’s out. I could go the sappy direction and do a month of Thanksgiving, but I just threw up in my mouth a little just thinking about that. So, it looks like I’m on my own.

I will try to think of something to write about each day this month. Today was easy. Just write about the fact that I’m going to write every day this month. Easy and boring. You are welcome.

This can also be an audience participation exercise. Use the comments to give me suggestions on topics or to ask me questions I can answer in a post. I’m sure I’m so interesting there are plenty of things you need to know about me. So, hit the comments and I will do what I can not to bore you.

Welcome to a Month of Tater.

Too Much

I keep trying to decide what to write about, but there’s just too much going on right now to settle on a topic.

Do I write an angry post about Trump? His attack on the first amendment and freedom of press? His threats to pull FEMA out of Puerto Rico? The fact that he is, in fact, a moron? I feel like I could post every day about him and his poor decisions.

Do I write about Harvey Weinstein and the years of people covering up his crimes? Do I write about the fact that too many powerful men(and plenty of men with little power) think this is OK behavior? Do I write about how we elected one of these men president? Do I talk about how sad it is that some men can’t seem to not grope or otherwise assault women and that this is a sign that we need to do a much better job in raising our sons?

Do I write happy news that the Nats once again imploded in the playoffs and will be sitting at home the rest of the postseason? Have I mentioned how much I despise that team?

Or do I go with the option of boring you about my personal stuff? If I do this, do I try to find some funny or do I go with the deep, introspective type of post?

Maybe I can just write a post with a bunch of questions about what I should write about. No, that would be stupid.

Hiatus

There will be no weekly wrap up post this week. I have not jotted down anything to be added to the post. I could still post it, but it would be an empty post. So, probably better than what I usually post. I can’t seem to write much of anything these days, but I’m reading a lot. I’m 11 books ahead of schedule on my goal to read 100 books this year. Last year I struggled to get to 100. This will all change soon when the fall TV season starts. I will be watching a lot more TV when I am alone which means a lot less of reading books.

Speaking of TV – the “What to Watch Tonight” series will not happen the first week of the fall season this year because I will be out of the country. Poor timing for a TV guy like me. Maybe I can write some posts about TV in the Philippines instead. Since that series is also on hiatus, go to my old post here to see my take on the fall schedule. Some things have been moved around, but my thoughts are pretty much the same.

I have no idea how long the hiatus will last. I may wake up tomorrow with a post in my head. I may not have anything before I flee the country. At the very least I should have a post about the trip at some point and some TV thoughts once I return.

Where In the World is my Blog Going

A blog I follow posted about people from all over the world reading his blog.  I decided to take a look again at my list of origin countries for readers of my blog. I’m pretty sure most of the people from these countries got here by mistake and are disappointed, but they still got here. So, if you care, here is the all time list of country hits for my blog.

 

United States 11134
Canada 472
Brazil 298
United Kingdom 272
Germany 201
Australia 89
India 69
Poland 69
France 65
Mexico 61
Philippines 57
Romania 53
Ireland 43
Indonesia 41
Italy 41
Pakistan 29
China 26
Argentina 21
Norway 20
Netherlands 20
Turkey 20
New Zealand 19
Chile 16
Ecuador 16
Sweden 15
Portugal 14
South Africa 14
Spain 14
Czech Republic 12
Mauritius 12
Russia 12
Belgium 12
Denmark 11
Croatia 10
Peru 10
Finland 9
Serbia 9
Singapore 9
Japan 9
South Korea 9
Austria 9
Greece 9
Colombia 9
European Union 9
Switzerland 8
Hungary 8
Vietnam 7
United Arab Emirates 7
Venezuela 7
Hong Kong SAR China 6
Ukraine 6
Kenya 6
Benin 5
Dominican Republic 5
Taiwan 5
Bangladesh 5
Moldova 5
Israel 4
Saudi Arabia 4
Puerto Rico 4
Bulgaria 4
Malaysia 4
Algeria 4
Iceland 3
Nigeria 3
Zambia 3
Estonia 3
Kazakhstan 3
Bahamas 3
Slovakia 2
Cyprus 2
Paraguay 2
Egypt 2
Bosnia & Herzegovina 2
Jamaica 2
Uruguay 2
Iraq 2
Sri Lanka 2
Thailand 2
Ethiopia 1
Namibia 1
Nepal 1
Luxembourg 1
Qatar 1
Uganda 1
Belize 1
Somalia 1
Lithuania 1
Belarus 1
Slovenia 1
British Virgin Islands 1
Morocco 1
Bolivia 1
Faroe Islands 1
Ghana 1
Guadeloupe 1
Angola 1
Lesotho 1
U.S. Virgin Islands 1
Panama 1
Cayman Islands 1
Andorra 1
Costa Rica 1