Six Months in WordPress Dot Com

My idea of what blogging is all about
My idea of what blogging is all about

Six months ago with a backward twist and two somersaults I dived into my first experience of blogging. I belly flopped into the murky waters of the Dashboard and  straight away crashed WordPress for 12 hours. Honestly Sir WordPress and Lady Dot Com I was only playing with my widget and everything stopped dead. People were shouting and screaming in the Forums with a Lemming mentality of mass suicide if they couldn’t get their blogging fix. Yes. It was all my fault. I don’t play with my widget any more.

I never knew where I was heading with Bluefish Way. Post after post I just wrote about what ever came into my head which I thought might be amusing or interesting. After a while I found that the posts were a sideline for my experience. It was the comments which thrilled and excited me especially as a few, now friends, came in and we had fun. The thrill was the not knowing who will come and what will they say. A simple post drew a multitude of comments with such variety that amazed me.

I have learned a lot over the last six months.  I have learned to make friends from all over the world, to be kind, to help where I can, to smile and cry with others. I have no direction. Just drift where the current of WordPress takes me. I have been through a recent storm where overdoing it nearly drowned me. I have many followers and follow many. I may not be able to visit you all ever again, but I thank you for travelling with me in my life and my thoughts.

So my first six months have come to a close. I have learned so much about my life and of many others, and as the picture shows above I believe that I am not here for myself but it’s all about helping each other in our thoughts, experiences and most of all our love and affection for each other. We are different but the same in many aspects. So if you are falling I hope I am there to grasp your arm as you grasp mine, helping each other whichever way we can.

I wonder what the next six months will unfold. I hope that I will still be with you, as you may be with me.

What fun awaits ???

84 Comments on “Six Months in WordPress Dot Com

  1. Are things in the medical world not going well my friend. I’m glad you’ve been blogging and I love to read what you write. You are a beautiful soul. I send to you my love, my prayers, my light and my energy of healing. Many strong hugs. Sheri

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    • What a lovely opening comment from you my dear friend Sheri. Thank you so much for your gracious gifts here and your inspiring blog which all should read. Bless you. Ralph xox

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  2. Congrats on the 6 months and, also, not drowning after your perfect 10 dive! Looking forward to the next 6!! 8)

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    • Thank you dear Katie. I almost drowned but was rescued by you guys/gals. I’ll be over for my turkey dinner later 😀 Big hug. Ralph xox

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  3. Like you said, “…it’s all about helping each other in our thoughts, experiences and most of all our love and affection for each other.” Congrats on your first six months! I hope you have many more!

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    • It’s been wonderful knowing you dear Rene and I hope we will have another 6 months talking to each other. Love. Ralph xox 😀

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  4. Don’t make me cry again, Ralph! I can’t imagine the blogosphere without you 🙂 Here’s to another six months, many times over, and no dives off the deep end!
    I’m just wading in the shallows for a little while, myself…
    Hugs and Love,
    Lyann

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    • Hi my special Lyann. This post is seeming to freak everyone out as Emily said. Those last six months have been an experience and a half for me and I wrote a sort of obituary on those months. They will never come again. I am here to stay. “Oh dear!” I hear the cries of some 😉 No more diving for me any more. I may join you in a paddle for a while. Love and hugs.Ralph xox

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  5. Congrats, Ralph! Yay, we’re both still here. I understand, as we talked about earlier, it may be harder to visit as often. I do plan to drop by more than I have. I’m not sure exactly what happened and why I dropped off…please don’t take it personally. It is just hard to manage at times. But you’re always in my thoughts and I wish you well. Amy xoxo

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    • Good morning my friend Amy. I had to shut down last night. Due to extremely high winds the power went off many times in the village. Yes. We are still here. I will tell you now why I don’t come over like I used to. The Bumble Files was so good that I used to wake up in the morning with dozens of your comments in my Inbox. When those are added to a few other topnotch blogs, I was waking up to over 300 emails after 6 hours sleep. So something had to give. I wish WP could design a way of just new posts arriving in my Inbox with only replies to comments I have made. I could then know easily what is happening with my friends. I will also try to visit when I can. My love as always. Ralph x

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      • Morning Ralph,
        You CAN manage your follows without getting a darn one in your email inbox! (the WP ones, in any case) Click on Dashboard, You will see…Blogs I Follow, right above the link for Store–click it! Read the wee message and click the blue link on the word Reader, once there, you can adjust how often or not at all you get emailed new posts(they still show in Reader if you click never send). You can also make a mark for comments, though I do not know if then you will get every comment or only after you make one of your own.

        Goes back to having morning tea and reading the comments,
        Elisa

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      • Thank you so much dear Elisa. I will have a look at that…..back…. it looks unclear what it all actually does. So I will play with it over the next few days and see what happens. I hope I don’t crash WP again 😉 Big hug. Ralph xox

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      • Ralph, sorry about your power troubles. There is a way to just get posts from a blog without all the comments. There’s a box you can check in the “Blogs I Follow” list in your Reader. I hope that helps.
        Much love,
        Amy x

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      • I just found out who caused the power failure and the high winds. It was Marsha blowing kisses from California to Spain 😉 I will have a good rummage around my reader and see what treasures I can find in there. Thanks Amy. xox

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      • Thank you so, so, so much Amy and Elisa. I now have all my favourite blogs on New Post & Instantly only. My Inbox has now been whittled down from 396 (in one day) to 31 posts and normal emails. I can handle 31. Thanks again for your helping hands 😀 xox

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    • And it is brilliant to know you and of your travels to exotic parts of the world Sylvia. Big hug. Ralph xox

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  6. Congrats on the 6 months Ralph!!! You had me going there too as I thought you were saying “I quit” and that sure didn’t sound like my Ralph, I am glad that wasn’t it. Ralph my dear friend we all get our wallow time some of us more are vocal than others about it, generally we pull on our boots and get on with our lives as before or better. we also because we thrive in the cyber world tend to depend on one another and when one of us has a bad time we all feel it and try to help, there is nothing wrong with that. So don’t feel bad about the past and what went on that overwhelmed you. just count the beautifully abundant blessings you receive each day and continue to be our loving caring precious Ralph, I personally have missed you my dear friend. love and hugs (((xx)))~~Len Williams~ Carver

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    • Thank you so much my dear friend Len who we met in a blog of a lady suffering so badly with migraine who we both tried to cheer up and lately help. She has disappeared again and I hope will be back in touch with us again soon. I am actually not feeling bad about the past 6 months. In fact quite the opposite. I have learned the hard way on how to blog and now hopefully there will be a new Ralph around town, slimmer. sleeker and more dapper. Game for anything. a big hug to you my friend. Ralph xox

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      • Blogging is a wonderful world, don’t know how I ever functioned without it LOL… I am glad all is well in your world stay dapper my friend but please no thinner just happier 🙂

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  7. A wonderful & heartfelt post. Thanks to Penny’s blog for introducing us 🙂
    Peace, Love & Hugs 🙂

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    • Yes. Thanks to Penny we met. Thank you so much for your lovely comment dear Rosy. My love to you. Ralph xox

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  8. Great post and perfect words to describe the experience! Well said Ralph, and I’m glad to have encountered you on your journey!

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  9. It’s good to know you my uncle Ralp and congratulation for your 6 months at WordPress. I always enjoy and like your post. 😀

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    • Thank you so much dear Yessie, it’s great to know you as well. I’m really pleased that you have enjoyed your visits. Hugs. Ralph x

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  10. What a journey, yes? I’ve been blogging for a year now, and I have enjoyed every minute of it. The process of healing from a heartbreak (or many) has been invaluable.
    Welcome to your half yr anniversary. Keep writing!

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    • Hi again Galllivanta !! Whizzing !! Flying through space !! This is great fun !! Love Ralph xox 😀

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  11. Ralph, Ralph, Ralph, what did I tell you? We love you. Your fans could not bear for you to give up and be so overwhelmed that you drown. We’ll do whatever you need to help keep you afloat! We’re not letting you go under without a fight! – against the overpowering waves!!! I’m with you – the fun is in the comments. Here’s a rope, tie it around your waist, and don’t venture into the comment waters again without it! I’ve got it tied to a sturdy tree, and I put the loose end under a huge boulder, so whether you’re in my itty-bitty stream or a deep blue sea, you can’t drown. Feel better, Ralph? Marsha Lee 🙂

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    • Yes. I am feeling much better now that you are here dear Marsha, but I am not too sure about you tying me up. At least you haven’t gagged me as yet 😉 I am okay at the moment while I am having a paddle with Lyann. We have been having a lot of fun with our comments and others have told me by email that they enjoy our conversations and battles. I must admit I enjoy them too. You can untie me now as I can’t reach my return key 😉 Love Ralph xoxox 😀

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      • No, no, no Ralph! You don’t get it. It’s a SAFETY rope, so you don’t drown. You only put it on when you are climbing into the comment pool. When you get out, YOU take it off. You control your end of the rope!!! I only have the anchor part taken care of. Pardon the preposition at the end of the sentence. That’s it! I can’t reach you to untie you. Silly Ralph! I’m in California. I’m not like the guy who tied me and Manny to the train!!! haha We are both safe now – no thanks to you, who just wanted to turn me in for Bear Abuse. 🙂 Lots of love and hugs and California to Spain blown kisses. 🙂

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      • Then I am big trouble now as I am commenting and I haven’t got my safety rope on. Now where is it. Oh the cats are playing with it. One is dragging it around the apartment and the other is pouncing on it. Quite a tug of war going on. Thanks for your blown kisses Marsha. So that’s why we had terrific gales here overnight and the power kept going off 😉 xox

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  12. Ralph I think you have everybody panicking with this post. Knowing you won’t leave us is good, phew we need you as much as you need us. I agree with your blogging experience, and a lot of us feel the same, that blogging has helped us to know more about ourselves, and finding freinds all over the world for example. For me you have been – no – you are a rock and a wonderful precious and valued friend.
    Do take it easy and I will be with you every step!
    A big ” don’t let go hug” from me…. and if you ge tmore hugs it willl become the famous cyber group hug, oh how I love these! Ute xx

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    • I never meant intentionally to panic anyone. I was just giving my opinion of the last six months without writing a book about it which I could have easily done. So much had happened, so many highs and lows, so many new contacts and people opening up to me about what is really going on in their lives. The ones I have helped and those who have helped me through a difficult time. Just a wonderful experience. So dear Ute, without this blog I would have never met you and over time becoming a friend who I will always treasure. Your blog of fun, love, mega-hugs and positivity is a joy. Your bestest friend. Ralph xox

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  13. You moved me from belly laughing to getting misty-eyed Ralph. I love your sense of humor and your ability to reflect honestly on life. You are a very special man and I personally don’t see anything wrong with playing with one’s widget. 🙂

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    • LOL That is so funny LuAnn. Thank you so much for your lovely comment. May the traffic lights stay on green until you pass by. Big hug. Ralph xox

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  14. Ralph, playing with your widget doesn’t sound good at all, no matter what LuAnn says, and I respect her immensely! But really, Ralph. if you play with it, you shouldn’t talk about it on the interent!!! Who talks about their widgets on the internet anyway???? No wonder the power went off! Don’t blame it on my kisses!!! Kisses are no match for playing with one’s widgets!! I agree with LuAnn about something else, though. I was getting misty-eyed after reading Ute’s sweet comment, but then LuAnn blew it for me and got me laughing again. Way to go LuAnn!!!

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    • Marsha!! when LuAnn comments about my widget, it’s between her and me. She is well travelled and an expert on such things. I learn a lot from her ;). “Who talks about their widgets on the internet anyway????” I DO !! I have been told by Carolyn that I may go blind. It’s scary in my WP Dashboard all alone with my widget 😦 xox

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  15. Indeed, my friend, what fun indeed…! 😉
    I am about to give you the most wonderful compliment….!
    You see all the comments before me…? Yes…!?!
    Well; when I see that many comments I generally don’t leave one. I think – they have enough to contend with, with all those comments.
    However, with you, my dear Ralph; I say…. To heck with all those comments; he is my friend and I’m gonna leave a comment and he’ll just have to ‘deal with it’….
    So there, my dear friend…. Deal with all the love; you can take it… xoxoxo
    PS: They say that playing with your widget can send you blind… Good thing you’ve decided to leave it alone…!

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    • I am dealing with it Carolyn. I am. Honestly!! And I only clicked on my widget last night and went blind for half an hour. Your words were so true I thought and then the power came back on and I found I wasn’t going blind after all. Although tempting I shall leave my widget alone from now on after such a close call 😉 big hug to you. Ralph xox

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  16. Ralph, your blog looks much older than 6 months old – as do you 🙂 Reading the comments above, you’ve certainly got all the ladies going there. That’s because you are open and honest about yourself. Most male blogs I read the story is deployed with arguement and reason. You just hang out your dirty washing and be damned.

    I am rasing a small glass of conac to your nest six months!

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    • Thanks Bill for your visit, your LIKE, letting on my true age, exposing my dirty washing and toasting all this. I like you!! Cheers 😀 Ralph

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  17. You are such a beautiful soul dear Ralph. Congratulations and best wishes for another months…Maybe I can’t talk always to you but be sure I visit and I read you. You are one of my beautiful blogger friends. Blessing and Happiness, Thank you, love, nia

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    • May I reciprocate everything that you have just said dear Nia.We have known each other for a while now on and off. I hope the on will be paramount in the future. BIG hug. Ralph xox

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  18. NOTICE BOARD
    I have taken down and trashed my Silly Photographs page. I have done so because I am unsure of the photos’ source and whether they are personal or copywrite material. Websites are being closed by WP for such infringements and I do not want to take a chance on being closed.
    My advice is to ask permission if you know the source or if it’s copywrite material. Usually photos in the public domain are okay but it’s worth checking

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    • Hi Len. How subtle you are. Teasing me with a cup of coffee !! An award without the badge but loads work. Tut! Tut! But thank you for the kind offer:D xox

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      • Something about chatting over a cup of good coffee or tea if that is your pleasure bonds us and I like bonding with people. so much dissent and anger in people today but over a cup of coffee you can sit peacefully and get to know one another and for me love everyone. so much easier than hating. Okay got on the old soap box …sorry enjoy the cup of coffee and we shall chat again soon! God Bless. love and hugs (((xx)))

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      • Hi Len. I had my say. I totally agree with what your reply said. A chat over a cup of coffee is a lovely way to solve a few problems. Big hug my friend. Ralph xox

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    • I missed you too. I have been over to see you and I am now following your posts. Love Ralph xox 😀

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    • Hi Prerna. Thanks for the reblog ……. .when it works 😉
      Are you being a little bee, humming to yourself or unsure of what to make of the post? Have a great day. Ralph x

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    • blogging does get under your skin, and if it doesn’t you probably best find something else to do 🙂 So i agree with you Ralph, its a journey!

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    • Hey Daph 😀 Yes. The first six months have flown by. I agree with you totally. i wonder what delights await. Here. Have a bunny which escaped from the next post. 😀 xox

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    • You have matured well dear Denise. I will always look up to a more experienced woman 😉
      And a Happy 8 months to you 😀 Ralph xox

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  19. I have to admit I am jealous! I have never had more than 30 comments! Wow!! 88 comments and now, the best is saved for last! Mine…I enjoy your honesty and sense of humor. I think it is so great how you share everything. I am like that, too! Take care, Robin

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    • Hi Robin 😀 My. You are enjoying yourself rummaging through these posts. It’s been 7 months since I last read this post, so I must thank you for commenting as it brought back memories of all these lovely comments and you are # 89. 30 comments is brilliant so don’t be jealous. I have tried different formats of posts. Writing comedy I do enjoy. There are a few blogs I follow that are so talented and funny, much better than me. You included. Have a lovely evening. Ralph xox 😀

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