Fall/Winter 2019 Blog News

With Election Day now behind us, there are a couple of announcements I want to make about my upcoming blog schedule, as we head into the holidays:

  1. I will not publish posts on the following Mondays over the next few months: November 11 (Veterans Day), November 25 (Monday before Thanksgiving), December 23 (Monday before Christmas), December 30 (Monday before New Year’s Day), January 20 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), and February 17 (Presidents Day). These breaks from publishing have given me much-needed breaks in past years, especially around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
  2. That being said, during this stretch around Christmas/New Year’s, I will publish a blog wrap-up for this calendar year. Last year, I experimented with publishing a series of social media posts that highlighted my most read post, my most liked post, the post that received the most comments, etc. However, doing this became challenging for me to keep up with during a time when I was hoping to take it easy. Instead, I will try to publish a single blog post that makes note of some (if not many) of the same highlights (as well as some highlights I didn’t mention in my social media posts last year, such as the blogging awards I received), and this will come in the form of a blog wrap-up for the calendar year. I’m tentatively thinking of publishing this post the day after Christmas, but this is very much subject to change depending on how the holidays are for me. It’s the first time I’m trying this, so I’ll welcome the feedback when/after the post is published!

That’s it for now. Happy reading, and I hope everyone is having a good fall (or spring, if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere)!

Another Mystery Blogger Award!

I recently found out that I have been nominated for another blogging award—this time, another Mystery Blogger Award! I want to thank Ospreyshire’s Realm for the nomination—please give the blog a visit! I also thank Okoto Enigma for creating the award; you can find a link to Okoto’s blog here.

As for the rules:

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  9. Share a link to your best post(s).

I’ve already done the first four on this list, so now to the three things about myself (and these are three other things I haven’t shared before):

  1. While I have my own talents, playing a musical instrument isn’t one of them. I went to a public school that taught violin for a time and then recorder for a time, but I wasn’t exactly the best talent ever at either instrument.
  2. I was into singing, though…in choirs. Between 5th and 12th grade, I was always in my school’s choir, singing at school Masses.
  3. I still enjoy singing, even though I haven’t been in a choir since 12th grade.

As for the questions I was asked, here are my answers:

  1. What makes you an innovative blogger in your field? In my field (social justice blogging), I focus on injustices we may be blind to and/or blindly commit. I think this makes me innovative because most of the time, the injustices that we want to focus on as bloggers are only injustices that end up in the news.
  2. What are issues that you’re passionate about? There are a lot of issues I’m passionate about, such as racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, indigenous rights, ableism, immigration, and economic justice, just to name a few.
  3. Who are three famous people that you would want to have coffee with? I’d love to have coffee with Archbishop Desmond Tutu as well as Malala Yousafzai for similar reasons— I admire how they integrate their faith with their work (Anglican in the case of Archbishop Tutu, and Muslim in the case of Malala). The third famous person I want to grab coffee with is a choice that may create controversy with soccer/football fans who read my blog…because I’d like to grab coffee with Jürgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool Football Club. I’m not even a Liverpool supporter, but he’s a funny guy with major interests and passions similar to mine (football/soccer, faith, and, apparently, walking).[1]
  4. Why do you blog and what are your goals for your it? I blog so that people (myself and others) can hopefully be aware of some of these injustices we may’ve been blind to or blindly committed in the past. My goal is for that awareness to spread on those “blind injustices.”
  5. Would you rather own a house that’s attached to an ice cream company or one that’s attached to a chocolate factory? Yes, that’s my required weird/funny question for this award. Haha! I’d rather own a house attached to an ice cream company! With a chocolate factory, I would end up limiting myself to chocolate. But with an ice cream factory, I could have chocolate ice cream if I’d like, but I could also choose to have something other than chocolate if I wanted.

Here are my nominees (with links to their most recent posts, as of the time I was drafting my award acceptance). This is in no particular order:

  1. Novas Namaste 365 Online
  2. denise421win
  3. No Half Measures
  4. Shine Heart
  5. Green Revolt
  6. Retrospective Lily
  7. Invisibly Me
  8. Sylvia Marcia
  9. Gadfly on the Wall
  10. Love is Stronger

My questions for you all are:

  1. What are you passionate about, outside of the topics you blog on?
  2. What made you want to blog on the topics you now write about?
  3. What do you enjoy the most about blogging?
  4. What is the biggest piece of advice that you think new bloggers need to hear?
  5. Are you a superstitious person? If so, what is your biggest superstition? (That’s my funny/weird question.)

Three of my best posts (these are different from the posts I shared the previous time I accepted a Mystery Blogger Award) are:

  1. “Men and Mental Health”: Given the suicide crisis with men in the United States, I thought it was important to really raise awareness on this topic. It looks like I was successful at that, with 115 WordPress likes as of the time of drafting this post!
  2. “Racism Exists Where You Don’t Expect It”: This post, which I wrote nearly two years ago, is a favorite because I was able to turn a negative (racist writing in my neighborhood, including on my own family’s car) into a positive (this post on how racism exists where you don’t expect it).
  3. “Addressing the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting”: I was worried about the quality of this post because I wrote it literally the night before publication. But, looking back at the timing of the post (mere days after the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh), a blunt and relatively unfiltered view of just how deep anti-Semitism really was/is was maybe what was needed at that time.

Congrats to my nominees, and once again, thank you to Ospreyshire’s Realm for the nomination!


[1] Klopp’s undergraduate thesis was on walking. Additionally, when he was the manager of Borussia Dortmund in Germany, he enjoyed taking walks from his team’s stadium to his home after matches.

September 2019 Blog News

Before going into this “blog news” post, let me say that I am thankful for all of my readers, both new ones and ones who have been around awhile. It is truly amazing to see how much my readership has grown, as well as how much engagement on my posts among my readers has grown, so I thank all who visit my blog.

That being said, there are some things that I notice with my readership patterns, and those things I’ve noticed are the basis of my two pieces of blog news today.

One thing I’ve noticed is that an overwhelming majority of my readers are from the United States. Now, that’s not a surprise, as many of the issues I focus on are specific to the States. That being said, since most of my readers are in the United States, I’m thinking that noon on Tuesdays (for my regular content) and noon on Fridays (when I do things like blog news, re-publishing old blog posts, etc.) might not be the best time for readers. After all, 12 PM East Coast time is 10 AM in the Mountain States and 9 AM on the West Coast—hardly ideal times for people in that part of the country who have regular work schedules and want to read my blog. Additionally, 12 PM on Tuesdays and Fridays are in the middle of workdays for me—something that was not the case in the past because I was a part-time intern when I started my blog. Therefore, I will publish my new posts at 6 PM on Mondays (except holiday weeks) and save things like blog news and re-published old posts for 6 PM on Thursdays (but not every Thursday, just as I don’t publish those things every Friday at the moment). This way, my posts publish right after work for many in the Eastern and Central U.S., and publish near the end of the workday for everyone else in the Lower 48 States.

Another thing I’ve noticed is that my readers seem to prefer my original content over posts I share from other bloggers. My interim solution has therefore been to not share as much content from other bloggers as I have in the past, but that’s not a good long-term solution, as I would still like to share posts from other bloggers. Therefore, I will not publish shared posts on Monday/Tuesday as I have in the past (so that I can stick to original content in my Monday/Tuesday posts), but instead on Thursdays at 6 PM, when I feel there’s share-worthy content. Note that the content I’ll share will stick with the theme of my blog, which focuses on exposing injustices that we may be blind to and/or blindly commit.

In summary, this is my new blog post schedule:

  • On Mondays at 6 PM (except for holiday weeks), I will publish new blog posts.
  • On select Thursdays at 6 PM, I will publish blog news, re-publish old blog posts, and share interesting posts I’ve seen from other bloggers. Note that I will not publish every Thursday evening, because there are some Thursdays when I will not have blog news, old blog posts to re-publish, or posts to share.

Happy reading!

Another Blog Award! This Time, the Mystery Blogger Award

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As my readers can tell by the title of today’s post, I was nominated for another blogging award!

This time, I was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award! In the words of the creator of the award, Okoto Enigma, it’s “an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.” I thank Okoto for starting the award, as it’s a great way to spread the word on others’ blogs. For more details on the award, as well as Okoto’s blog, you can click here.

I also want to thank Jordyn at The Chronically Unimaginable (link: https://thechronicallyunimaginable.blog/) for nominating me! Her blog, which focuses on chronic illness, mental health, and disability, is consistently eye-opening and awesome, so I encourage my readers to check her blog out!

In order to accept the nomination, there are a few things I should do:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

I’ve already done the first four on this list, so I’m off to a good start! Now to three things about myself:

  1. I went to a Catholic high school seminary. That’s because, at one point, I was discerning for the Catholic priesthood! It took me until a couple years into my college career to realize that I wasn’t called to the priesthood, but it’s an important part of my life.
  2. Back when I was in high school, I was on my school’s speech and debate team, in a category called extemporaneous speaking. In that category, I had to make a 7-minute speech on a current events question I draw at random…and had to make that speech within 30 minutes of receiving the question. So, if you need someone to make a speech on the fly, I’m your guy!
  3. In spite of being pretty successful on my speech and debate team, I sometimes trip over my own words. For example, one time my late grandpa offered “butterscotch ripple” as an ice cream flavor option, and I said that I wanted “butterscotch scripple.” Oops.

As for my favorite posts, it’s difficult to select a few posts because I’ve done over 100 of them at this point! However, here are three of my favorites, in date order (mentioning in bold why it’s one of my favorites):

  1. “The #MeToo Campaign” (https://blindinjusticeblog.com/2017/10/17/the-metoo-campaign/): It was a difficult topic for me to write on, but what makes this among my favorites was the fact that so many people were helped and touched by it.
  2. “Self-Care is Not Selfish” (https://blindinjusticeblog.com/2018/11/20/self-care-is-not-selfish/): It’s a personal favorite because it represents a complete transformation for me, as far as my mental health was concerned—from not practicing self-care to practicing self-care, and then from practicing self-care to teaching others about self-care.
  3. “Looking to Share Emotional Burdens with a Friend? Before Sharing, Let’s Seek Consent” (https://blindinjusticeblog.com/2018/12/04/looking-to-share-emotional-burdens-with-a-friend-before-sharing-lets-seek-consent/): Mostly, I really like this post because I brought to light an idea (emotional consent) that I think has the power to transform countless friendships, dating relationships, and even marriages.

Jordyn gave me a few questions to answer, so here are her questions, and my answers to them:

  1. Why did you decide to start blogging? I felt that there were a ton of injustices that people (myself included) were blind to and/or blindly committed, and that those “bind injustices” should be talked about on a larger scale. So, I started to blog.
  2. Have you ever been ticketed (or arrested) for anything before? My home got some $25 ticket years ago for a recycling violation, and I’m the main person in the family who deals with trash and recycling. So I guess that counts?
  3. In 5 words or less, describe your greatest strength. Care for others.
  4. Would you put pineapple on pizza? Yes! I love a good ham and pineapple pizza.
  5. What is the strangest thing you did as a child? Oh gosh…there were so many strange things I did when I was a child. Echoing everything my brother said (to the point of annoying him) is probably somewhat high on that list.

My nominees (in no particular order) are:

Here are my questions for the nominees:

  1. Does your blog focus on a different topic (or set of topics) than you did when you started it? If so, what made you decide to change the focus of your blog?
  2. What is the best piece of blogging advice you’ve received?
  3. What’s your dream job?
  4. What was the funniest fear you had when you were a child? (I guess that’s funny/weird.)
  5. It is often asked whether you would rather travel forward or backward in a time machine, but do you even want a time machine in the first place? Why? (Well, make that two weird questions.)

Thanks for reading! This is different from what I usually write about, but hopefully you all learned a thing or two about me today! Also, hopefully people will be able to read my post, because WordPress was a bit glitchy when I originally put my draft on here!

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