Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Bad Side Of Blogging


This past week I had a feeling this blog is on it's last days, much like the bark from the Sycamore tree that has popped off and is blowing all over the yard and driveway. This has nothing to do with my desire to blog, write and take photographs. I will always do that and have this past week, only privately. There are 4-5 people that visit this blog that might end up being the reason I stop blogging publicly.

It comes with the territory when you expose some of your life and that of your hounds to the public, not only to those in the USA but other countries as well. It happens to other bloggers, and some on Facebook. The big difference is on Facebook they can be blocked and they have zero access.


You cannot block people on Blogger unless you know how to write code. Even then it's hard because the people you want to block can change their user names, make new accounts or their IP's change, to continue to visit the blog.

Granted it's only a very small group of readers out of all the visitors I get but it's an annoying group since I don't get nearly the amount of visits/readers I had in past years.


Three of these five I mention are who I consider ex-friends. Due to disagreements we no longer speak to each other. In some cases I have been able to install fairly easy blocks to where they cannot call me, text me or email me. One of those in particular has none of those blocks installed but she still visits the blog on a weekly basis, usually reading a couple of different sites that are listed on my sidebar.


I say to those 3 people that are reading ... if I could block you from this blog so you could not keep track of what I am doing, or how the hounds are ... I would. I'd prefer that you just leave.

I could name you by name, location, type of computer you are using, how long you stay and what pages or sites you are reading ... very tempting ... but I won't.


Yet when you start a blog and click the settings to where it is in the 'public' status you are inviting the world to come and see it, then read about your life or interests. For a blog author that considers themselves on the private side of the scale, a self-proclaimed loner, public blogging is hard to do at times. Exposure is never a good thing.


One option is to make this blog private, then send out invitations to those I keep in contact with by blog comments or emails and those that would send me a request for an invite. But 'they' have to have Google accounts set up and a few of these people that enjoy the blog don't have and won't sign up for Google accounts (Gmail).


That also adds a step to those that might accept the invites. Each time they would want to see the blog to either read or scroll through the pictures of the hounds would have to log in. I know if that were me I would not be staying around reading a blog that I had to log into every time.


The other option is what I have done the past week ... put all my photos and content on my private blog and keep it at that. No access to anyone. Yet I know how I feel when blogs I've read or followed for years have stopped or the authors have disappeared without any announcement. So I understand feelings of some of the readers in that case.


What is boring and mundane to me at times is still enjoyed by readers based on what they have told me. The pictures of the hounds in the same field, on the same path are all different to them. They like seeing what they are doing each day during different seasons and in all kinds of temperatures. Some like hearing what I am doing or seeing the fields change with the seasons.


Then those few that are no longer in contact with me can keep track of what I am doing, how the hounds are doing and if I still have a pulse ... even if I don't want them to.


Still there are a couple of people that do more than that. They don't just download pictures of the hounds enjoying their daily walks or laying in the backyard soaking up some sunshine. They download ONLY those pictures of Heidi's terrible looking skin that WAS raw and bare up until 2017 .... and now ONLY those pictures where Stella's ribs are showing and or hip bones are showing just how skinny she was these past 3 months.


It doesn't matter that she is gaining weight back and her rib cage is slowly disappearing ... the vet said it would take a long time for her to regain the weight she lost.

No, they keep coming back to download pictures of her looking skinny, that they may have missed the first time.


In today's world where there are people spending all their time on the internet looking for instances of animal abuse and then reporting it to someone ... owners, farmers, rescuers and even the Ringling Bros Circus are guilty until proven innocent. In some cases pets and animals have been taken away. It's the reason Ringling closed their circus.


So I admit, those two readers in particular concern me. Since they will read this I am sure they will be jumping up and down with joy knowing they have caused me some concerned and have been legitimized.


So that is where the hounds and I have been this week. I am not blogging this to ask for advice or any kind of help. I decided to be open about the 4-5 people I don't want visiting the blog and what my concerns were. I'll continue to think about what to do with the blog.


I am still not sure what do to about this blog. If I stop blogging here but leave it open, all the photos are still available for anyone to download. All but two of you that do download them, I have no problem with and you are invited to do so ... except the two that I mentioned.

Also when blogs are left open for years without activity, the Spammers take over even with restrictions set in the background.


Blogging is addicting not only to readers but those that write. So much so some people can shut their blogs down and even stop blogging, yet can't stay off the internet so they still spend time reading other blogs.

I only wish I could block the readers that I don't want around here.


Heidi has spent 99.9% of her time inside taking full advantage of the air conditioning that fights against the summer heat. It's not even that hot yet but more than hot enough for her. She did join us in the early evening the other day and did the complete half mile walk, leading the way at times.

Stella is slowly feeling and looking like she is gaining weight. She is stubborn as ever as tonight's pictures show. Her appetite has never been affected by whatever problem she has and thinks that anything I fix to eat for myself is also meant for her.

Sadie is still demanding 2-3 walks per day. She doesn't care if it's hot outside and doesn't care that it's mid-day ... all she wants is to walk. She turns 9 years old on Monday.

I've raised my mower blade back one level and it's ready to mow again as soon as the grass gets a little higher. The backyard grows faster than the front yard so I'll wait another week before I cut the front yard.

Once I decide what to do about this blog I will let you know, either way. I'll just not disappear.

20 comments:

  1. I enjoy your writing style and the photos but understand your delima. Stella is looking much better. A couple photos I really had to look close to find her.

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    1. Thank you and thanks for reading the blog. That's good news about Stella, it's always good to get a different pair of eyes on them to make sure what I see is accurate.

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  2. I enjoy your blog often but not daily. I find it normally peaceful and relaxing and just what I need frequently. Thanks for blogging. I wish I could help with your troublesome bloggers. There have been several made trouble at my blog over the nearly ten years I have been writing it. Sorry but I have no solution for you.

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    1. Thanks for commenting Barney ... I enjoy your blog also. Yeah, those type of people come with the territory of you do anything online. I even had a few troublemakers when I was selling online. I'm sure that most bloggers have the same issues.

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  3. "You cannot block people on Blogger unless you know how to write code. Even then it's hard because the people you want to block can change their user names, make new accounts or their IP's change, to continue to visit the blog."

    You seem to be most concerned about image theft rather than someone coming just to read. Tank a look at the information presented at this link: http://www.bloggersentral.com/2012/05/disable-right-click-on-images.html

    Not fool proof but might be enough to keep the 'fools' from copying images.

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    1. Ed you come up with some of the neatest websites. Thanks for sending this link. I've looked at that site. I am still deciding should just a couple ruin it for many others. The chances are slim that anything would happen to the hounds from those two people, but you never know.

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  4. How about moving your content to facebook? An awful yucky option to many, I'm sure, but at least you could easily block people. I read your email distribution of your blog and enjoy your writing very much. I'm not one to comment much. Hugs to the hounds :) -- Geri "Albireo"

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    1. I am on Facebook but mostly just to read different groups or sports I follow. I post a couple of pictures there sometimes. Jon Katz of Bedlam Farm blog is on Facebook and has more trouble with people there than on his blog. Of course his problem is much much different than mine because he is getting 5 million blog visits per year.

      I've thought about Instagram, where other bloggers seem to be moving to. I never did get much of a following on Flickr so rarely post photos there publicly but save all my photos to that account daily.

      Good to hear from you, I've wondered if you were still around.

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  5. Wish you the best in whatever is your decision. You have my email, stay in touch.

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    1. I definitely will stay in touch with whatever I decided. After cups of coffee this morning and watching a great thunderstorm I am thinking of "just live with it, it's part of blogging". If something were to ever happen from those two people I'm sure I'd have plenty of support to fight whatever problems they would bring.

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  6. Though I do not comment often, I so enjoy your blog and the photos of your doggie companions. Hope you will continue....

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    1. Thanks for your comments. Many do tell me they enjoy seeing the hounds and that's the hardest part in the decision. It's sad to think that I would let a couple of idiots and the others I don't want around ruin it for those that look forward to the blog posts when they show up.

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  7. AnonymousJune 18, 2017

    Just don't read 'em!! Delete 'em!! T'ell with 'em!!

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    1. I could not have said it better myself. You are correct.

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  8. After our Ghost died we made the decision to go without dogs anymore and that probably has something to do with why I like seeing what 'the girls' are up to out there in the driveway and field. I've also found it interesting to learn of your various ideas and thought-processes over the years as well as seeing the changes in direction life-over-time has sent you on.

    It's really annoying how much attention a caterwauling troublemaker can garner while the majority of people go about their lives quietly and with dignity. It's too bad that there's no easy mechanism to just cut the troublesome few off and leave them in the dust of the obscurity which they so clearly fear. (I've long thought that once a person has been convicted of a crime, rather than continue shining the light of societal recognition on them, news organizations should refer to them only by their prisoner number sans-photos, at least until their sentence has been served.)

    My personal policy, which is overly simplistic and I admittedly, and clearly, don't always manage to stick to, is that unless someone is of some significant importance to me, friend/family/boss/acquaintance/shared-interest/etc., they're not worth my time, effort, or attention.

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    1. That's a good policy to have and one that I remember having myself. Evidently it started to disappear as I see less and less people in retirement. Thanks for the reminder.

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  9. Make sure to send me an invite, if you decide to change. I usually read your blog on my Feedly feed, and always enjoy the pictures of the hounds. Appreciate the way you are willing to share your thoughts on daily life and other things. Understand your feelings about this, and that was one of the reasons we quit blogging. We still enjoy using Facebook, and I like seeing the hounds there, too. Don't suffer fools lightly, Steve. Do what's best for you.

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    1. I will definitely send you an invite if I decide to take it private. Of course if Sadie continues to look healthy and Stella eventually puts her weight back on, those two will have nothing to download. LOL

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  10. People... I swear.... they just have no lives but someone elses :) I read now and again and enjoy seeing the dogs and their walks. You live in a wonderfully beautiful area. My pups have had dental issues, Carl, the English bulldog is 9 and Luci the doxie is 11. Just age. So we are going no where this year, everything extra went to them. What can u do? Dental issues is not a reason to put them down for heavens sake.... But it is a hard pill to take... but lessons learned and we are being much more diligent with dental chews and what not.... Luci is much more peppy getting the abcessed tooth out. Carl jus sleeps all the time and still has pain for his arthritis issues... Spend all my time cleaning up after them and doing yard work, I DO get lots of enjoyment out of that tho, keeping things in order out there.... :) Hope you don't go away, don't let others dim your sparkle!!!!

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    1. I know what you mean about vet bills. The vet I have used for the past 9 years doesn't believe in knocking the older hounds out to do a dental cleaning. He likes that I uses the old 'soup bones' I buy at a local grocery store. Yet they don't chew them as much as they need to. What do you use for Carl's arthritis?

      I spend all of my time being 'their doorman'.

      Thanks for stopping by the blog. You also live in a great area.

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