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March 10, 2014 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Jelly: Like minds afoot.

Jellies: Not just for toast – or tootsies any more.

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Footin’ it with fanciful dreams ahead. (jelly shoes

Jelly could spread, but what if it’s already jammed and you’re worried?

Well, you could Google it.

But with all those authoritative sources and those like Dan, the Dullard, competing to supply the answer…

Who wants to risk tossing a thought out into the open to be seen by who knows who or what. (Shiver!)

What’s an inquiring mind to do? Something. Someone. Some place safer…

Where no one will laugh or snort or deceive.

Where answers or feedback surfaces quickly.

Where you can also help others with what you know . Practical information from real human experience.

There an App for that. Yes: Jelly.

Buzzfeed’s Jon Steinberg calls Jelly “almost like an Instagram of questions.”

Post a question with a picture to Facebook and Twitter friends (and their friends) to get responses.

Scan questions and offer answers.

Friends helping friends. 

Cozy. Making a big confusing world more personal?

Like mom always said, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.”

Moon Jellies. Cliff from arlington, VA/flickr/

Magical Moon shadows (Cliff, Arlington,VA/flickr/

Which got me to thinking about individuals acting in sync.

Jelly’s founder explains he chose the jellyfish to represent the product because the creature doesn’t have a centralized brain – only a loose network of nerves that function together as needed.

Similar to swarm behavior or collected behavior (NPR) where individuals hearing a call and answer it before disappearing until needed again.

Like ants (Nat.Geo.Mag.) when someone disturbs their bed or flood water rise.

Like killer bees when their hive is in danger from an intruder.

Like the Pacific sardines in Monterey Bay Aquarium who swim synchronized to protect against predators.

Like bloggers on WordPress.

For tears or cheers or internet freedom, bloggers swarmed together. And departed.

Monterey Bay Aquarium,2010.(Cam Vilay/flickr/

Quite a force when together.(Cam Vilay/flickr/

WordPress isn’t mindless jelly.

WordPress blogger swarms are the finest of caviar.

Salute and carry on.

See ya’ when summoned,

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Could be Jelly be entertaining as well as helpful? Read more:

Don't worry! Celi's lamb, Marcel, is now thriving - with a little help from friends and Nanny Boo. Never underestimate the power of friends and kindness of strangers.

Celi’s orphan lamb, Marcel, is thriving – with a little help from friends and Nanny Boo. Never underestimate the power of friends and kindness of strangers.


  1. Carrie Rubin / Mar 10 2014 1:28 am

    The blogosphere is a wonderful place to find solutions, answers, and general support, that’s for sure. If only there were more hours during the day. I know there are many wonderful blogs I’m missing out on. Thanks for highlighting some of them here. (And thank you so much for the mention!!)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 10 2014 4:47 pm

      If you’d had time to explore it all – it would only expand even more. Murphy’s Law or something? Most of us splash around and paddle hard to keep up as we can. Thanks for floating by!


      • Carrie Rubin / Mar 10 2014 4:57 pm

        My reader is already so full of my blogosphere travels that I fear it’s about to implode. Hmm, wonder if that’s ever happened…


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 10 2014 5:09 pm

          You know how facets start drip drip dripping in the night when they get old and can’t hold the water back anymore….could readers get like that? Maybe we should worry…where will the puddle grow and how to mop it up? Oh, nooooooo!


  2. marthaschaefer / Mar 10 2014 1:34 am

    You lost me for a moment, then, so many wonderful blogs. Thank you for a light in the darkness…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 10 2014 10:54 pm

      Nothing like starting out with a little confusion (I must work on that a bit) Glad you stayed to flounder around. Thanks for floating over a comment


  3. PiedType / Mar 10 2014 1:35 am

    What a wonderful tribute to bloggers everywhere!


    • PiedType / Mar 10 2014 2:38 am

      Oops, I guess that sounded immodest considering you included a link to my blog. Mea culpa.


      • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 10 2014 4:52 pm

        Not at all. Couldn’t decide who to link to about the CO floods, but that video was too funny, so the current post got the nod. Thanks for floating along


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 10 2014 4:51 pm

      It just kept occurring to me how all these bloggers are already swarming as needed.Quite remarkable. Applause for all!


  4. BrainRants / Mar 10 2014 2:54 am

    Thank you for the linkback, PhiloMouse!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 10 2014 4:54 pm

      More to that brain than rants. People need to check into that. Thanks for paddling over to comment


  5. Bongo / Mar 10 2014 3:30 am

    Hey, I’m on here. Along with a lot of other great bloggers. Thanks for adding me to this post.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 10 2014 4:55 pm

      Whoo-hoo! (Molly said it would be rude to feature a doggy jail.It’s spring, so girlfriend hunts are definitely a good topic). Thanks for dog paddling by


  6. pouringmyartout / Mar 10 2014 3:47 am

    I love the lamb!!!


  7. gingerfightback / Mar 10 2014 7:24 am

    Cheers I will have to check a few of these out


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 10 2014 4:58 pm

      Smart readers will wander over to get a giggle – and some good reads at your place. Thanks for splashing down here with a comment


  8. Eagle-Eyed Editor / Mar 10 2014 10:33 am

    The supportive nature of WordPress bloggers is one of my most favorite parts about blogging here. And thanks for including a link to my recent post, Philosopher.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 10 2014 5:01 pm

      WordPress may have a small number of wandering trolls, but generally this is a pretty warm place – so many interesting people from everywhere. Thanks for floating by to comment


  9. cecilia / Mar 10 2014 11:42 am

    Oh and I have to absolutely agree.. the advice I get from the blog community is huge, and what a wonderful collection of blogs you have here to have a look at.. (just as soon as i have been out to have a look at my expectant cow) . You know, what surprised me, though it should not have, is the huge wealth of kindness i have discovered in the blogging world.. wonderful isn’t it.. c


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 10 2014 5:04 pm

      While I was reading about that App, all I could think of was how many times WP bloggers have appeared with needed advice and encouragement. Quite remarkable – totally unexpected. (and I knew people would want to be reassured about your orphan)
      Thanks for paddling in to chat (….and I must run by to check on progress of so many at the farmy)


  10. susielindau / Mar 10 2014 2:54 pm

    Wow! This gave me shivers! You are so right about this community. I really do believe it’s because of you and other bloggers that I was only stage 1 and the cancer didn’t spread to my lymph nodes. I will never forget the day of my surgery when I felt all that positive energy from the #susiestrong posts and didn’t know what was going on!
    Thank you Phil! *muah*
    The app sounds amazing! I wonder if anyone knows how to fix my printer….


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 10 2014 5:06 pm

      There’s something about sudden “swarms” focusing positive energy. We’re part of a vast organism that is just toddling along. How much fun it is. Someone knows something about printers…mine is: they are so cheap now, get a new one if it won’t “heal itself” or cooperate. Thanks for wildy waving a comment this way


  11. Littlesundog / Mar 10 2014 7:32 pm

    This post really touched me. I know that this community of friends on WordPress is the greatest and most compassionate bunch of people I’ve ever known. I have been such a loner in my life, and I never felt I belonged anywhere. But here, I have found healing and I have found a niche in the world… Being Daisy’s mother (thanks for Including the link) has changed my life… but the encouragement, advice, kindness ~ even “feeling the love” of so many wonderful people – well, it cannot be topped! You hit the nail on the head with this post – well done!

    I simply must check out the blogs you listed that I’m not yet familiar with! I’ve probably been missing out on some more GREAT folks!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 10 2014 9:11 pm

      It’s pretty impressive how bloggers will leap to help – to spread the word – to offer encouragement or assistance how ever they can. It is a true selfless swarm behavior that came as a total surprise to me. Perhaps far flung individuals on WP are the vanguard as humans change and are changed by technology. A bright direction of human evolution? Glad you and others are enjoying the phenomenon, too. Thanks for splashing a comment over this way


  12. jmmcdowell / Mar 10 2014 11:37 pm

    I love the encouragement and support offered by so many in this corner of the blogosphere—and this was a great way to celebrate that camaraderie. So many great bloggers in your post, and I’m humbled to be included in the mix!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 11 2014 1:06 am

      That app Jelly – looked at it – and thought, but we are doing that swarm thing here. From your perspective, do you think this is an evolutionary direction humans are taking? Flash swarm behavior will become normal as it become more “one world” mentality – a way to still have a close community feel – with rapid responses. Must look up some sci-fi novels…and anat research.
      In any case, it’s fun – and functional. Thanks for floating along


  13. pegoleg / Mar 11 2014 4:58 pm

    Nice shout-out to the community that is/can be WordPress. I’ve never heard of Jelly – gotta check it out.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 11 2014 8:24 pm

      The reviews are a bit harsh – but maybe because the founder spent months setting it up – and it is quirky niche thingy. (There’s bound to be something we can think of to make as much money as these guys!) Thanks for floating over



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