Late Spring/Summer 2019 Blog News

It’s been a few months since I’ve made a post on blog news, so I thought that I am due to make a “blog news” post.

I have two pieces of blog news.

First, there are two upcoming Tuesdays that I will take off from blogging: July 9 (the Tuesday after Independence Day) and September 3 (the day after Labor Day). I usually like to take Tuesdays off when they fall at or around holiday times—these breaks allow me to rest a little bit and allow my readers to rest a little too and spend time with their families.

The second piece of news is that I am now actively using my Pinterest account. I’ve always been able to use Pinterest through my Gmail account, but I have never actually put it to use. While a lot of bloggers seem to highly recommend the use of Pinterest, the main reason I’m interested in Pinterest is because it gives me the opportunity to visibly promote other posts and blogs I like in ways I’m not able to on Facebook, Twitter, or even WordPress. Basically, what happens is that I can create a “board” in my blog’s Pinterest account for blog posts that I like, and then I can “pin” those posts in that board. While I will definitely share my own content on Pinterest (as well as Facebook and Twitter), the biggest purpose of Pinterest for me is promoting others’ work. That being said, if people who are experienced with Pinterest have other ideas for how I can use it, I am open to suggestions!

So, with that, I wish everyone a good weekend!

Oh, and speaking of social media, here are the links to my Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter accounts, so please feel free to follow me on one, two, or all three forms of social media I currently use!
Pinterest
Facebook
Twitter

Blog News: My Decision About Re-Publishing Old Posts

As many of my readers know, I made a post just a couple of weeks ago detailing my thoughts on the idea of re-publishing old blog posts.

Needless to say, I had very mixed feelings. On one hand, I viewed it as an opportunity to share some old posts with my readers, many of whom may not be familiar with my older content. On the other hand, I was worried that I would be giving the false impression that I was publishing new content when really, I wasn’t.

So, I decided to see what my readers thought.

Generally speaking, you all reacted positively to the idea of my re-publishing old blog posts. However, what I found interesting was that some of my readers made suggestions that went beyond simply re-publishing old posts. In particular, some suggested re-publishing, but with more of an eye to updating old posts to reflect how my thoughts have changed and/or how events have changed, instead of simply re-publishing old content without making changes.

So, based on feedback, what I will do is that I will re-publish old posts of mine. The re-published posts will generally fall into one of three categories: posts on matters that I think people need to be reminded of (like emotional consent), posts that have become relevant because of current events, and posts that need updating for one reason or another (changes in how I think, changes with what’s going on in the world, etc.).

As to when I re-publish old posts, I have no set schedule in mind, unlike for my regular blog posts. When I do re-publish, I will do that on Fridays; however, given my busy life, I don’t think it would be reasonable for me to have a set schedule right now beyond my Tuesday blog posts.

So, that’s pretty much it for now. Happy reading!

Blog News: Time for Some Feedback from My Readers!

Hello, my readers!

As some of you might know, I already (sometimes, kind of) do Throwback Thursday posts on social media, where I share old content of mine on my Facebook and Twitter accounts. 

Now, I haven’t always been the best at following through on those Throwback Thursday posts on social media, but I still think that doing something similar to that is important because it gives me an opportunity to share old content that is still relevant.

However, I’ve realized recently that I can do the same sort of thing on WordPress. Basically, I’ve discovered that you can re-publish a post on WP that you’ve already published. Ever since discovering that (mostly through other bloggers who’ve used that feature), I have thought about using this feature on my blog to re-publish some of my old posts (especially if they’re relevant to what I do now, or relevant to current events). 

With all that being said, I have a simple question: How would my readers feel about my using this re-publish feature to re-share some old blog posts?

I want to see how my readers feel because honestly, I have somewhat mixed feelings. On one hand, it would be an opportunity to share some posts that many of my readers might not be familiar with (I have many more followers now than I did even one year ago), and additionally it may be good to be reminded of certain “blind injustices.” On the other hand, doing this might give readers the false feeling that I’m publishing new content when in reality, I’m just re-sharing old content. 

So, I am open to hearing others’ feedback (as well as taking feedback from a Doodle poll on this, which one can take here). Do you want to see some of my old content re-published, or not? Depending on the feedback I get,[1] I will decide whether I re-publish old posts.

So, people have one week to give me feedback (until the following Friday at 8:00 PM). I will announce the results of that feedback in a blog news post two weeks from today.


[1] If more than 60% of those who vote and comment approve of what I’m thinking of, I will try to re-share old blog posts at least once a month. If 40-60% approve, then I will re-share less frequently (a few times a year, probably). If fewer than 40% approve, I will just not re-share/re-publish old blog posts at all.

More Blog News!

I hope everyone is getting off to a good start to 2019! As far as blogging is concerned, I have gotten off to a good start myself, so I thought that I’d highlight the good in my latest “blog news” post:

  1. I recently hit 1,000 “likes” for my blog posts! That may be a small number for some really popular bloggers, but considering that I only started my blog a little over 18 months ago, I consider that a success! Thanks to all of my readers for your wonderful support of Blind Injustice.
  2. I wrote a guest post on someone else’s blog! The other day, I published a post on a topic different from what I usually discuss; namely, I wrote about four amazing female race car drivers. Yes, I am a fan of motorsports (even though I haven’t really talked about it), and it was cool to use that fandom to put a spotlight on four talented drivers. Check out my guest post and the blog that published it, When Women Inspire.

Autumn Blog News

Now that people are settling down from Election Day, and maybe gearing up for the holidays, I want to provide you all with two pieces of blog news:

  1. I will not publish blog posts on the following Tuesdays: November 13 (Tuesday after Veterans Day), November 27 (Tuesday after Thanksgiving), December 25 (Christmas Day), January 1 (New Year’s Day), January 22 (Tuesday after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), and February 19 (Tuesday after Presidents’ Day). These breaks (especially around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year) allow me (and hopefully my readers) to spend plenty of time with family.
  2. If I need to make a major change to a blog post, I will make the change and then announce the change through a blog news post. There has only been one time when I needed to make a change to a blog post: when additional barriers were placed on Native American voting in North Dakota. Hopefully such a situation (having to change a blog post because I discover additional injustice that is relevant to my post) will never happen again, but if it does, my readers now know how I will handle such a situation.