My Blog Is Me, But I'm Not My Blog

I love.It's been an amazing week for Tales From the Motherland, and it's given me lots to think about....more

Nov 30 Its your turn

 Nov 30   Its Your Turn It’s your turn.  I want to hear from you.  This month, I registered for the National Blog Posting Month event, wherein the participants write something in their blog every day.  There’s no prize, no contest, just the challenge of the event.  But yet, my curiosity and my ego want to know what you thought. Therefore, I seek your words. ...more

5 Signs That You Are an Internet Troll

As a blogger with connections to writers all over the world, I hear a lot of complaining about the trolls ruining the comment sections of articles, especially those posted on the bigger blogs such as  Huffington Post or Scary Mommy. My own work has earned the gaze of trolls along with their pithy (often misspelled and expletive-filled vitriol) explanations for why I should "just kill myself" or my personal favorite to, "get a life." ...more
Thanks for this. I hope it makes a difference, but I suspect that the true trolls know exactly ...more

NaBloPoMo Prompt 9: I commented. Now what?

Today's NaBloPoMo Prompt is, "After you leave a comment, do you go back to check and see if people responded to your comment? Why or why not?"So this week is really boring....Short answer: no.Reasons:...more

NaBloMoPo Prompt 8: Leave Comments

Today’s NaBloPoMo Prompt is, “Write on Someone Else’s Blog Day: instead of writing a post on your own blog, go leave five comments. It still counts as writing!”Woo! Easy day. ...more

NaBloPoMo Prompt 7: Do You Think You Get Enough Comments?

Today’s NaBloPoMo Prompt is, “Do you think you get enough comments? What constitutes as enough?”Well, isn’t this just a loaded question.So I do run three different blogs, so we’ll dissect three different comment sections.So I do run three different blogs, so we’ll dissect three different comment sections....more

Publishing Online without Worrying About Trolls and Abuse

The internet has been incredibly liberating for writers and bloggers who may not have journalism degrees but have a lot of to say about a particular subject or the world at large. It can cost less than $200 to get a .com up and running these days, and all it takes then is your own time to research and write articles/posts that people will engage and interact with....more
I am an novice blogger and yesterday, I got my first snarky comment.  It was actually on the FB ...more

NABLOPOMO PROMPT 3: DELETING COMMENTS

Today’s NaBloPoMo Prompt is, “Have you ever deleted a comment? What would make you delete a comment?“I don’t have the exact numbers, but I would like to say that 99.9% of comments sent to my blog (that aren’t spam) stay on my blog. Of course, there have been exceptions. In the last year and a half of blogging, I could probably honestly say I’ve deleted about ten comments (intentionally–if we go by how many comments I accidentally deleted, then the number is higher. But I always managed to put them back!)....more

NABLOPOMO PROMPT 5: HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CLOSED COMMENTS?

Today’s NaBloPoMo Prompt is, “Would you read a personal blog without a comment section? How do you feel when a comment section is closed?“To be honest, I read a lot of blogs from my phone. As a result, commenting is difficult so I don’t do it. (I always say I will when I get to my computer, but then I either can’t find the post or I can’t remember what I wanted to say.)...more

Deleting Comments – Have you and why?

Now as yet the only comments I have ever deleted have been those spam comments that are either gibberish or have links to places I’d rather not visit. I seem to have been quite lucky in that I haven’t really come across anything negative but saying that I don’t think I would delete a negative comment anyway.The only time I would delete a comment from a genuine reader would be if there was swearing or violence incited in it....more