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5 years with WordPress

5 years ago I began my wordpress journey.  It doesn’t mention a particular blog, only that I registered 5 years ago.  In actuality, my very first blog was actually Life Happens… (Which originally had a different name – don’t ask me what at this late date), but I wasn’t doing much with it and it kind of lie dormant for quite a while.  This blog here was the 2nd one to be started up and is my main/personal blog.  Not sure of the start date but it was a few years back.  I’ve started a couple others more recently – Taini Writes and Public Safety Tidbits.

Lately, I’ve been a bit slow in the blogging department…  There’s been a lot going on and I’ve been focusing my time on my new business.


A Look at my 2014 Blogging Year

Seems the the WordPress Stats helper monkeys have  been hard at work putting together a summary of my 2014 blogging year (along with all the others that they’ve been busy doing).

My busiest year here was on January 03 with 71 views, the most popular being Daily Prompt Challenge: Progress (I can only hope that I have succeeded in having “followers” (is that what you call them) that enjoy my blog and blog that you can enjoy reading) and most of my readers came to my site through DailyPost

My most viewed post was Words That Describe Firefighters.  I have created another blog called Public Safety Tidbits for my Fire, EMS, and Police related blogs.

I want to thank Cee N. Photography, Stanton Sunshine, Writing and Ruminations, and Khana’s Web for being my top commenters.

So that’s 2014 in a Nutshell…  Now, Happy 2015 and Happy Blogging

#Writing 101: What Are You Scared Of

As you can tell, I’ve been skipping/missing days in this whole Writing 101 gig  (but I did say early on that I’d be doing this as I could and never promised to get to each and every day)…   I did take a look at yesterday’s assignment  but then I never did do parts one or two  so three was sort of out of the question (unless I take the time to go back and do the other two)…

So today

“What are you scared of? Address one of your worst fears. If you’re up for a twist, write this post in a style that’s different from your own.”

I guess the main things that I am afraid of (or things I fear) would be snakes (more specifically venomous kinds), being stuck or entrapped (different from claustrophobia – I’ll refrain from explanations on this at this time), and fear of dying (well more the fear of suffering)….  Guess you could say pretty typical fears.  Nothing out of the ordinary there.  Going to attempt to write something with this in mind  that may or not be my typical style (as I am really not entirely sure yet what my “style” is…

The door was stuck….  again….  How many times had she begged and begged for the door to be fixed.   It hadn’t been the first time Norma had found herself unable to open the door,  but usually her husband was there to open it for her.   But this time he wasn’t there,  no one was….  No one would be for days. 

“Why had she picked this time to, stupidly, go into the basement?  Why hadn’t she just  waited until Jack got home.”  Norma tried to swallow down panic as she tried, yet again, to open the door  but to no avail.  Panic welled up even bigger than before…  Refusing to be pushed aside.

Suddenly she heard a hissing sound followed by an unmistakable rattling sound…   Again and again Norma shoved her weight against the door  the hissing & rattling sound grew stronger louder   She was going to die down here alone.   A slow painful death.  She hadn’t even thought to bring her cell phone with her.   A scream lodged in her throat….

“Sweetheart, wake up.  You’ve been dreaming again.”

Norma’s eye’s flew open, her breath coming in uneven gasps.  Sweat dripping from her brow.  She wasn’t in the basement.  There wasn’t even a basement in this house.   And she wasn’t alone.  Her husband, Jack, was right there next to her pulling her into his arms  his lips tenderly brushing against her forehead as he gently rocked her back and forth.

It’s a bit rough, but let me know what you think.

#Writing 101:

Today’s Writing 101 Assignment is to:

“You’re told that an event that’s dear to your heart — an annual fair, festival, or conference — will be cancelled forever (or taken over by an evil organization). Write about it.

For your twist, read your piece aloud, multiple times. Hone that voice of yours!”


Melanie couldn’t believe her eyes as she scrolled through her facebook feed.  Several of her Fire/EMS friends had liked, shared, and commented on posts all saying that the local Firefighter Fund Bash (the one that took place every year to support the local volunteer fire stations as well as helping those who had been injured on the job and the widows & orphans of those who had died in the Line of Duty) was being taken over by an organization who’s goal was to do away with all volunteer fire departments forcing the small community to be solely covered by that of the larger city fire department.

Not wanting to be rash and believe something  just because it was plastered all over FaceBook, Melanie opened up a new window in her browser and did a search for “Firefighter Fund Bash” and “Take Over”…  Sure enough several sites, including a number of well-known reputable sites, had articles relating to the new take-over.

Melanie was outraged.  “This can’t happen”  she thought to herself,  If that organization takes over the bash will be a shambles….  No doubt this is just another of their plans to make a laughing stock of the annual bash and the local volunteer fire department.”

Her outrage growing, Melanie opened up her word processing program to pen an article on what she thought, followed by a letter to the editor of the local paper.


This is a work of fiction, written for the  above Writing 101 Assignment for today

#Writing 101: To Whom It May Concern

Writing 101:  day 14 – To Whom It May Concern

Pick up the nearest book and flip to page 29. What’s the first word that jumps off the page? Use this word as your springboard for inspiration. If you need a boost, Google the word and see what images appear, and then go from there. 

Today’s twist: write the post in the form of a letter.

It so happened that the book nearest to me (sitting here in the home office/train/hobby room)  was a copy of Situational Awareness For Emergency Response.  by Dr. Rich Gasaway.  There was no text (to speak of) on page 29, rather there were 2 pictures and captions to with.  Reading those captions, what grabbed my attention was Experience .  So here’s my short letter/memo to those of the Fire/EMS Profession

Dear Fire/EMS Personnel (of all levels of experience and expertise),

To the “newbies” listen to those who have been in the field longer than you.  Listen to their words of wisdom and experience.  There is much that cannot be learned in books but only through actual, hand-on, experience.

To the Old-Hats, Don’t let years of experience make you complacent.  Just because you’ve been in the Fire/EMS field for 10, 20, 30, (whatever) years doesn’t make you in fallible.  There’s always something new to learn out there.  Also, Don’t forget you were once a newbie yourself (and most likely made your own set of “stupid” mistakes.  Don’t ridicule and demean;  Help the “newbies” learn and grow and become better.

Here’s a quote from Dr. Gasaway’s book Situational Awareness for Emergency Response:

“My mission (job) as an old firefighter is to ensure young firefighters become old firefighters”