Changes to my blogging and social media habits

While I have been spending more time at home, I have perhaps also spent more time reading and writing blogs and scrolling through Facebook and Twitter.

I have noticed some changes in the blogosphere, some of which I had noticed when they happened and others for which I missed the announcements. In the past I have taken part in challenges set by WordPress’ Daily Post. These stopped some time ago. The UK Blog Awards, which I entered in 2014 ceased after a few years. Only recently I discovered that the post40bloggers, which featured posts from older bloggers no longer has a website. The Blogging from A to Z Challenge continues each April. On the official challenge website there were a number of posts about blogging and its future. In part those posts have helped me decide to write this post.

Another blogging group on which Sue’s Trifles is listed is Bible Gateway’s blogger grid. The badge in the sidebar or below the post, depending on the device used, is a link.

My blogging habits have changed recently. After the Daily Post stopped issuing a weekly photo challenge I reverted to posting once a week on Sue’s words and pictures. This year I decided to join in with Cee Neuner’s On the Hunt for Joy photo challenge. This is also a weekly challenge. I have been posting my response to it midweek as well as a post on Saturday. My Saturday posts have become rather parochial since lockdown began in March, but I am hoping this will not continue indefinitely.

Here on Sue’s Trifles I took a month off from book reviews and craft posts and an occasional post about blogging in order to complete the A to Z Challenge. Normal service is now resumed.

Another challenge I have been taking part in is Linda Kruschke’s Paint Chip Poetry Challenge. This is a weekly challenge issued on Fridays. There is a topic and a number of words or phrases from those paint colour sample sheets found in good hardware stores. The challenge is to incorporate a certain number of these into a poem and share it either in the comments or on one’s blog. I have been sharing mine in the comments, but have decided to gather them together on a page on this blog.

I have also entered several of Helen Yendell’s writing competitions, which also involve including words she provides. All these help me improve my writing skills. Reading the work of other writers in response to the challenges also helps.

Over on Twitter I have been a regular participant in #wildflowerhour on a Sunday evening (8pm London time). I have decided to take a break. This is to free up some time to work on a writing project. I have learned a great deal about the wild flowers that grow locally, but I have found that there is far more to recognising plants than just being able to name them: there are different kinds of speedwells, vetches, scabiouses and more. I forget some of them from one year to the next and have to learn them again! A break should be good for me.

For the followers, who are more interested in craft than writing, I am including a photo of a small blanket I have made from my friends’ left-over yarn. It is going to a new arrival in their family.

Today (21 May 2020) is Ascension Day. It is the day when we remember that Jesus Christ returned to heaven. Luke 24:50-53

This was necessary for the Holy Spirit to be sent to Jesus’ followers. Acts 2

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A Twiddlemuff

I had some novelty yarn (Rico Design creative micro DK) waiting for a project. The idea of knitting a twiddlemuff for a dementia sufferer appealed to me, so I downloaded a pattern from Knit for Peace

The pattern allows for individual interpretation. Beginners may knit a straight piece of fabric and decorate it. I chose to use a variety of stitch patterns to give some interesting textures for the recipient to feel.

The photos tell the story.

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For the crocheted motifs I used two strands of fine acrylic yarn intended for machine knitting.

Chain six and join with a slip stitch.

Next round: 12 trebles into the ring. (UK terminology)

Next round: (1 treble, 1 double treble, 1 treble) into 1st treble, slip stitch into next treble. Repeat 5 times. Fasten off.

Have you heard of twiddlemuffs before?

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Looking back over five months of 2015

Every few months I find it necessary to look back over my blogs and see what surprises there have been.  With my reduced blogging output (weekly instead of daily on this blog apart from April) It has been over five months since I published a similar post.

My first post for 2015 was an outline of my plans.  I had not understood that #MondayBlogs do not have to be published on Mondays.

Dealing with shyness was featured on Post40Bloggers.

Two personal posts

Social media and the difficulties of leading a balanced life

Blogging, belief and books

A new word – a rare submission for the Daily Prompt with photo and humour

Not the numbers The internet is huge

The Heretic – Book review of Henry Vyner-Brooks’ historical novel

Valentine’s Day and other Red letter days

Doll’s trousers and hat (crochet)

Life, death, luck and Lent thoughts from Sue, who listens to people talking on trains!

Doll’s clothes and “that dress” Craft and social media

Poetry in Lent A poem and a photo

How to enlarge a knitted garment without frogging

A to Z Challenge 2015 a link to over 26 posts relating to the challenge including the reflections post.

What I have learned about Social Media during April

What’s next on Sue’s Trifles?

Mental Health Awareness Week

Christmas crafts

Patriotic squares and other motifs Crochet

Looking back through my posts, I realise that closing comments after 30 days, while fending off spammers, makes it difficult for genuine readers to comment.  For the A to Z Road Trip, my A to Z page is the best place to comment.

My What’s New page on Sue’s considered trifles is also a source of information about what I am doing online.

Thank you for visiting.  I hope you found something of interest here.