I have received my annual report from WordPress. It was humbling to find that my top post was one that contained the least words and just one picture. I noticed its popularity and added another pic and a line in Chinese for my Taiwanese ‘readers’ who dropped in to see the Black Genoa in my post, Goodbye Summer Goodbye Figs.
The word got around on a Taiwanese fruit forum about The Fig and members clicked on the link to take a look, never leaving a word. Back on their forum they discussed The Fig, speculating on how I did it but never asking me!! As it happens I can read and write Chinese so I added a line in my post to say: no, my figs are not fed chemicals and the tree is in a pot.
A friend suggested that I’d made it difficult for people to comment because of the condition I imposed: that they must register and leave their name and email address if they do not hold WordPress accounts, and that comments will be moderated.
The reason I do this is because I had previously been troubled by trolls. I participated frequently on a fruit growers’ forum once and was targeted by them. After I left the forum I started this blog in March. The filter helps me minimise the risk of further attacks.
I have been blogging for nine months now and am still finding my way around Blogdom (yes it’s a word in my book, spellcheck!) I try to blog each day but have yet to succeed. My orchard takes priority because things die in there if neglected. No one will die from missing a post from me; I’m sure of that! :) Age and declining health also mean that trying to stay alive has nudged everything else out of the way.
They say that Blogdom is occupied by the very young and very old. I am encouraged by that; maybe some of the very young will remember reading a line from my blog and pass it on and in that way, keep something of me alive. If not, that picture of the Black Genoa may.