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Just Missed!

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Our month of June fell just 53 hits short of 6,000. Oh, well. So we start a new one.

The temptation for me is to get hung up on the numbers. I pray that doesn’t happen.

In our own small way, using the tools that He has given us, we are trying to advance God’s Kingdom. I say “we” because I mean “we”–all of us together. There wouldn’t be much here without your readership, and your comments.

And so I say “Thank you” to all of you who take part in this small enterprise.

The cat video comes later.

 


Bonus Cat Video (Can I Get 300 Views Today?)

No, I haven’t forgotten to post the daily hymn. I just wanted to use this cat video while I had it, in case I couldn’t find it again. It’s fun to watch cats having fun! Wish my apartment had a hallway…

It’s the last day of June and I’m 300 short of 6,000 for the month. Don’t worry, I’m not going to ask for money. But if you have an opportunity to share any of the posts on this blog with some friend who hasn’t been here before, please do! I’ve hit that 6,000 mark every month this year but one, and I wouldn’t like to come so close in June, only to fall short on the last day. I mean, really–don’t you hate it when that happens?


Hooray! Progress!

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Okay! Thirteen chapters of The Temptation are written, typed, and ready to be sent to my editor, Susan. I have no idea how to do that anymore, but my wife does. Today she succeeded in sending edited articles, and they actually got there. It’ll take me a while to learn the new procedure.

Meanwhile, Book No. 10, The Silver Trumpet, has gone through its first cycle of editing–my copy editor’s name is Kathy, and she’s great–and is waiting for me to go over it. We need cover art, a blurb, etc.

Now all we need is for Robbie, our cat, to start getting better. The medicinal ear gel is easy to administer, and we pray it will kick in soon.

For the time being, exhaustion is setting in…


Our Email’s Fixed… Again

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I am on record as saying my wife is the smartest person I have ever met. Further proof: this morning she announced that she has solved our email problem. I will now be able to submit book chapters, columns, and articles to my editors.

It means a change in a procedure that I’ve followed literally thousands of times and could probably still do even with my brain removed. I hate changes. Computers are always imposing changes on me. “Today your car will only go backwards. But tomorrow it will only go round and round in circles.” That kind of thing.

Thanks to you all for your suggestions. I don’t know what Patty did to fix this problem, I probably wouldn’t understand it anyhow. In another few hours I will call my Newswithviews editor in Oregon and see if he received my column. If he says yes, I’ll know I’m back in business.


At the Vet’s Tomorrow

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If I’m not around much tomorrow, it’s because I have to take Robbie to the vet to have blood work done. It’s only a 15-minute drive, but try it sometime with a cat yowling piteously about once per second.

Please pray she’ll be all right.

If you’re new to the blog, I hope you’ll take a few minutes to explore the archives. There’s bound to be something you’ll like in there, somewhere. Heaven knows how many cat videos I’ve stored up.

If you come here often, bring a friend tomorrow. I’ll try to post at least a hymn and a “retro” article before I start trying to catch Robbie to put her in the carrier.


I’ll Be at the Eye Doctor’s

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Like the man said who designed this chart, “Ah, felopzd!” That’s Hittite for, “Another morning in a doctor’s waiting room.”

Normal service, hopefully, will be resumed when I get back.

Meanwhile, as long as you’re here, please stick around and browse the blog archives. There are thousands of posts here, on hundreds of assorted subjects. You’re bound to find something you like.


Win Aladdin’s Lamp!

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You know I don’t like to make extravagant promises that I can’t possibly fulfill, so in all honesty, I must reveal that it’s not my comment contest that is offering Aladdin’s magical lamp as a prize.

But gee whiz, it’s the comment contest, I have to do something to make it exciting!

Well, whoever posts Comment No. 15,000 on this blog–and we’ve only got 21 to go!–will win an autographed copy of one of my books. Everyone on earth except for Keith Olbermann is eligible, and any comment is eligible except for the following: remarks that are abusive of anyone else on this site; comments containing profanity or blasphemy (which I’ll just delete anyway, so don’t waste your time sending any), commercials thinly disguised as comments (which is insulting), or comments simply too inane to bother with. Otherwise, anything goes.

Lots of readers have won these contests, so if you’re new to this blog, hop right in! Anyone can play and anyone can win.


Unbearable Excitement! Fabulous Wealth! (Comment Contest)

Where is everybody today? Dudes! Don’t you know there are less than 100 comments to go in our current comment contest?

According to a bona fide board-certified charlatan, Dr. Name Withheld, a member of the International College of Charlatans, whoever wins this comment contest, by posting Comment No. 15,000 on this blog, “will embark upon a course of rare good fortune that will very shortly lead to the acquisition of fabulous wealth, world-wide fame, and a really nice ham casserole.”

Just in case my charlatan is wrong, the backup plan is for the winner to win an autographed copy of one of my books.

The contest is open to everyone in the world, and all comments are eligible, except for the following: comments abusive to anyone else on this site, comments that contain the f-bomb, other profanity, or blasphemy–not that I’m going to publish anything like that. Also ruled out are commercials thinly disguised as comments, and comments simply too inane to bother with.

Hey, this morning’s viewership is way, way down! Please tell your friends and family members about this blog and urge them to visit it. Use threats if necessary.

For new readers: listen, lots of readers have won these contests so far. The next winner could be you!


I’m Here!

Normal service will be resumed this afternoon. I had to sit around the Social Security office all morning to get more paperwork done for Aunt Joan.

I will unwind with a cigar and then get to work.


Attention! Fellow WordPress Bloggers

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I wonder if any of you have had this problem. If so, I wonder if any of you can tell me what has happened, and what, if anything, can be done about it.

In January, February, and March I averaged over 500 Facebook referrals to this blog. In April it was down to just a little over 100, and for May it looks like it won’t even reach the 100 mark. This is a hefty chunk of my readership.

I have no idea what has caused this. Okay, The Chicago Tribune was complaining, weeks ago, that Facebook’s new anti-fake news (anti conservative) algorithm had cost the Trib 40% of its online readership; and other big media outlets had similar complaints. But if that were the cause, you’d think Facebook would’ve gotten rid of that algorithm by now.

You will pardon me for not knowing what an “algorithm” is. As near as I can figure out, it’s something in your computer that takes the place of thinking and decision-making.

So, hey out there! Can anybody give me a hint? Do you know of any way I can get my FB referrals back? Please advise!


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