Blogging 101 – Day 3 Revised

Blogging U - 101 Logo Ver 2Rich here. After 3 in the morning of 18 April. Coffee in front of me to the right of the keyboard. Marshall Tucker playing on Spotify. Time for another pain pill. I could stop here and call this the post that I would have written when I “first thought about blogging.”

But I won’t.

Now, let me quickly go recharge my brain with nicotine, take that pill, and refresh my Java-fuel. I’ll be right back to finish this.

You know, when someone coined the title phrase so many hundreds or thousands of years ago, it was fine. But seriously, what can you do with a penny now? I think we need to update it to reflect our current econoclimate. What do you think – 10 bucks for your thoughts?

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OK. I’m back with fresh java-juice and a fully recharged brain. I say “fully recharged” but I really mean, well, you know, one or two brain cells might be working. While I was out getting recharged, I thought of a better idea for updating the phrase. I’m not British, and as of yet I’ve not been privileged to visit the UK, but let’s face it, my last name is Richardson, so somewhere in my DNA there has to be some Brit blood. So let me say this, I know Jeremy Clarkson doesn’t like me very much since I’m an American, but if they will let me, I am claiming any and all Brits as my distant cousins.

Now, about the phrase. I got a little off track there. My new cousins in Britain might not do everything right, but they did give the world the BBC, and the BBC constantly gives us great television. They’ve given us Doc Martin, Doctor Who, and Foyle’s War, just to name a few. They’ve also given us Top Gear, which, despite the fact that Clarkson doesn’t like me, I love and firmly believe is the best television program being produced right now, anywhere in the world.

Sheesh!! Got off track again. Not only have the Brits given us great television, they have given us some really great words. Actually, now that I think about it with my one remaining functioning brain cell, they have pretty much given us nearly all of our words, at least those of us who speak English. Thanks for that, Brits. I like the words you have given me. Since I am actually trying to get around to my idea of upgrading the “Penny for Your Thoughts” phrase, the really great Brit words I am talking about are the ones they use for their money, words like pence, and half-pence, and p. The coolest one, though, is quid. I think quid is one of the coolest words ever coined in the English language. In fact, I am going to try harder to start finding reasons to use it more often, despite the fact that I am not British.

So, quid is the word I believe we should start using instead of penny. The new phrase should be “A Quid for Your Thoughts.” Who agrees? We need to start circulating a petition or start a movement. Maybe a chain letter?

Since I am in my “adopting British folks as my long lost cousins” mode, I have one more proposal. Actually, it’s not a proposal, but a couple of requests. I know some of you who follow this blog are my newly adopted British cousins and I am humbled you have chosen to do so, as I am with everyone who has chosen to follow this. If one or all of you would consider doing one or both of the following, I would be forever grateful: (1) Adopting me as your long lost American cousin with the aforementioned British blood flowing in my veins and accepting me as an honorary British citizen. (2) Autographing and sending me a one quid note which I will hang on my wall, photograph, and write a new blog article about. So, if any of my new Brit cousins are willing to so honor me, please  email me at colanetbiz (at) writesomethingtoday (dot) com and I will send you my postal address.

Truth be told, this is not what I would have written as my first article. I’m surprised that I wrote it at all, but I did. You can read what I actually wrote as my first article here. I wrote exactly what I was thinking at the time to get this blog started.

Finally, I am caught up with the Blogging 101 challenges. I hope to stay caught up now. One thing I believe is important about blogging, especially during this challenge, is to give and receive feedback to each other. For this challenge, it’s important so we help each other develop and refine our blogs. For blogging in general, it’s important because we are all looking for the community of bloggers where we best fit, our niche.

I know we are just getting started with this challenge, but I want to apologize to everyone who is participating. Since I fell behind right from the beginning, I’ve provided very little feedback to you all. Now that I am caught up, I intend to rectify this and start reading and commenting on your blogs.

A final note here to those of you who have been kind enough to read, like, and follow my blog. If you haven’t guessed, I am participating in the two ongoing Blogging University challenges. I still intend to write regular pieces during the thirty days of this challenge, but there will also be posts written and tagged specifically for the challenges. Naturally, you are welcome to read them all, since each one will be another masterpieces of pilfered prose.

Thank you so much for reading this. If I have amused or confused you, inspired or conspired with you, befriended or offended you, don’t blame me. I didn’t write this. The java-juiced, pain pill induced, nicotine abused brain cells did. Blame them.

Your best pal in crime,

Rich Richardson

And don’t forget…”A quid for your thoughts.”

Blogging 101 | Post 1 – Who I Am and Why I’m Here

Rich in drafting class - 1973OK. So here’s the deal – I screwed the pooch, dropped the ball, missed the boat, fell off the wagon. Pick a cliche, any cliche, and it applies. I failed miserably to get the first day’s post written and published for this challenge. No excuses. Six whacks on the wrist with a ruler is sufficient punishment. Please…not the rack or 11 lashes with the cat-o-nine-tails.

So, I need to tell you in this post who I am and why I’m here. No problem. The first thing to know about me is I have been blogging here for over two years. It’s only been in the last few months that I’ve been writing and publishing regularly. In some ways, I still feel like a newcomer and I believe this challenge will help me master some of the areas of WP and blogging where  I am weak.

The second reason is my blog needs a make-over. The theme I am currently using has worked well for me, but with more and more people using their phones and tablets to access the web, I need to upgrade to a responsive theme. Doing so will require some pretty significant re-work. Participating in this challenge seems like the perfect time to make the change.

That’s why I am here, so now for a little about me. Very briefly, born and raised in South Carolina. Retired – twice – from the US Navy and the Columbia Fire Dept. Fancy myself as a writer with a little talent. Married to my sweetheart over thirty-two years with three wonderful sons.

If you are interested in learning more, take a look at my About page and some of my previous posts. You will probably learn more about me that you really want to know.

Since I am somewhat experienced, I hope I can help some of you that are really new to WordPress.

Oh yeah. The real reason I’m here is I don’t want to be a Zero – I want to be a Freshly Pressed Hero.

Java Fueled Journaling – 2 | DP: Mr. Sandman

Moody Cup A Joe03/24/14, 03:55:28 AM

Dear Java-Fueled Journaling,

Here it is, a couple of nights, actually mornings later. It’s not quite five, but getting close. I didn’t fall asleep and wake up this time. I just never went to sleep. I know – I should have taken the meds, but after I took the pain meds, I forgot the sleep meds. It happens. I guess it’s just my lot in life.

Too bad I or it or it’s are not the word of the day. I got all of them in quite handily and I think I should have used nor instead of or in the preceding sentence. Oh well, if it’s wrong, it’s just too bad. I’m tired and can only think of little words right now.

So, everything I wrote in my previous entry is true this morning. I really need some sleep, but in about an hour I have to get ready for a doctor’s appointment and then work, maybe.

The really cool thing about this morning is I get to write a letter. Turns out that Krista – she’s one of those great WP automathamagicians, I think. Could be wrong. Anyway, she is really interested in how I sleep – I know ‘cuz she wrote to me asking me to tell her. So, I wrote her back. Mailed it yesterday; first class parcel post general delivery.

Here is my copy for prosperity.

March 23, 2014

Dear Krista,

Thank you for writing to me about my sleep. It’s wonderful that you folks at WordPress have time to be personally concerned about your fellow bloggers.

Here is how I sleep. Like crap, if you’ll pardon the crude language.

Not a couple of nights ago, I fell asleep for a few hours, woke up, and couldn’t go back to sleep. Once again, I find I am in the same situation, only this time I haven’t slept at all.

Sleep problems have plagued me most of my adult life, but it seems the last few years have gotten worse. When I turned fifty-seven, the doctors told me I had this disease and that ailment and this other illness. The HIPPA laws restrict me from actually telling you what is wrong with me. Sorry, but you understand.

Last year I turned fifty-eight, and once again the doctors and some more doctors diagnosed me with some new this and that and the other diseases. Once again, HIPPA. Sorry again. I suspect that all these conditions aren’t helping me sleep. I don’t really know if they hinder it, though.

One thing though, now that I think about it, when I was in my twenties I slept pretty good. I was serving in the navy then. One time, when I was serving on my first ship, the USS Dupont. (Here is a picture of it if you are interested.) I slept directly under the forward gun mount. While we were at sea for training, I slept through a twenty-one round rapid fire gun-shoot from that mount – directly overhead.

I know you probably aren’t interested in that, but it seemed like a good story to tell about sleep.

So there you have it, I used to sleep – now my sleep is rubbish. You might be interested knowing that my brother Darryl and my other brother Darryl sleep just fine.

I appreciate your concern for me and my sleep. If I can ever do anything to repay you, just let me know.

Yours most sincerely,


So there you have it journal. I hope she gets it and reads it.

Gotta go. Love ya mean it.

<signed>Larry, and my brother Darryl, and my other brother Darryl

Today’s quote is from Louis L’Amour, the enduringly popular American author of Hondo and How The West Was Won, two novels that were also successful Hollwood movies. The Wikipedia article reports; “L’Amour’s books remain popular and most have gone through multiple printings. At the time of his death some of his 105 existing works were in print (89 novels, 14 short-story collections, and two full-length works of nonfiction) and he was considered ‘one of the world’s most popular writers'”.

Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.~Louis L’Amour.