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September 26, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Blogmire. Read to scare.

Eight Eyes. engraving after C.Le Brun. Iconographic Collections/Wellcome Gallery Images/

Do you dare look? (Wellcome Images/

Shifty? The ayes have it. Obviously there’s been a rebalancing, a recalculation, a refocusing.

Cruised through the list of recent blog subscribers. Have you done that with yours recently?

Seems to be much more interesting than a few years ago

Previously, Fall usually brought some basic types of new subscribers:

  • The high schoolers forced by teachers to start a blog
  • Moms either thrilled have school back in session and maybe feeling crafty or ready to cook something up
  • Some really cool people with assorted interests and ideas
  • The “Hey, let’s be blog friends. I’ll follow you and you follow me” charmers
  • A few, needy, weepy individuals
  • Some eager to ramp up high stats (while only posting reblogs and running by to subscribe to all the blogs around yet never to return of offer a comment). All done in order to gather a big following in order to make money which everyone says you can by blogging….
Ivory Heads with experessions. Iconic Collections/ Wellcome Trust/UK /

Face it. Anonymity is the current popular costume.(Wellcome Trust//

Now? Who are these people?

Lots of “consultants” for hire, Media/web managers (who’ll gladly “help” you with your blog), a couple of Russian brides, and one offering to tell fortunes. No doubt a few Nigerian princes.

  • Gotta love the ones who post in their profile their portrait …with a watermark on it and I recognize the picture from some advertisement.
  • And there’s the blurred out facial features ones (Like, if you don’t want to show what you look like, then why?…oh, yet another stolen image.)
  • And there’s the ones with hand raised and middle finger blurred (Dude, just tell your teacher you ain’t gonna do a blog).
  • And there’s the ones with nothing on their profile page and no gravatar to go with the alphabet soup / number series offered as their identifiers/name/email. (Isn’t it fun to see how creative bored people can be coming up with letter combos that spell out the most interesting things – as well as revealing attitudes and real persona.)

Oh, well. It’s not that no entertaining blog topic has demanded its’ turn on the stage today.

Just time and (Stop that barking at the Amazon van 14 houses down the block!) uninterrupted focus for writing.

Blame cabin fever, the equinox shift, too much waiting.

Sad man with reclining/dead/sleeping woman.1915 Movie promo for The Raven (USPD., artist life/

Oh, she’s fine. Just refusing to participate until cool weather actually arrives. That one red leaf is nothing. NOTHING, I say. Although it is blood red and the moon is full. Can a Halloween awakening be far behind? (USPD/

You know what’s the best part of being confidante to a small child periodically?

Oh, yeah, forgot that benefit – the part about skipping the shrill media political circus which is the truest definition of “all sound and fury signifying nothing”.

No, the best part is what you’ve forgotten: the children’s books.

The recent rediscovered winners are:

  • “The Monster at the End of the Book” starring Sesame Street’s Grover “lovable, furry old Grover as he begs the reader not to turn the page—for fear of a monster at the end of the book.” He ties the pages shut with a rope. Builds a sturdy brick wall like in 3 Little Pig’s. He pleads. “Oh, I am so embarrassed,” he says on the last page . . . for, of course, the monster is Grover himself!” Great giggles: interactive, predictable, and hilarious. Kids love it. (Adults should resist getting philosophical/pointing out universal lessons – and just go with the story. Geesch. Some adults have to ruin everything….They probably watch/listen to too much news and political nonsense. Got lost from what is real.)
  • The vintage version of “It’s Halloween” by Jack Prelutsky with the old scary pictures. Short poems that are funny, with repetition and predictable language – so easy to memorize (and after a few sessions each of multiple readings by demand, they will be, you don’t need any light or reading glasses to read it one more time). Yep, you need this book – bobbing for apples apples apples…there’s a house own the hill we will not go inside…and the Green Goblin as green as a goblin can be sitting in the tree waiting for me…(But we skip the big black cat poem…not sure why, but we do)

Anyway, time to duck. What? Get out from under the table.

Duck, as in I saw a couple of flocks flying over this morning. They must know something.

There’s rumors of the Vegetable Invasion beginning. Waiting for that.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Palms against blue sky. (© image. All rights reserved, copyrighted, No permissions granted)

The palms are practicing their frond rattling. Preparing for “bony, bony, bony with nothing in between…” The odd red leaf in costume rehearsal. (© image)



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  1. easyweimaraner / Sep 26 2019 6:41 am

    yes… the children books ! … but they are now a target of the goodies too… uuuh…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 26 2019 1:55 pm

      Grumpy people with waggy fingers determined to make their problems someone else’s problem might do better if they went out and harangue someone who cares…like maybe a field of bitterweed. That might give a sneeze.
      Read on with glee and freedom! Paws up in thanks

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  2. Ally Bean / Sep 26 2019 7:01 am

    I was shocked when I was talking with a friend’s 12 y.o. daughter and the girl didn’t know what a blog was. Her mother explained to her that it was like a vlog with words. This made me sad. Blogs be good. World needs more blogs. Fewer video anythings…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 26 2019 2:00 pm

      Never thought of it, but I guess that should have been expected…dial phones and records are probably museum pieces, too.
      We had an old saying: Once elementary/middle school teachers get clued into a popular idea and incorporate the trend into curriculum or teaching strategies, it’s over. Done. Stick a fork in it. Besides all that finger control and little muscle movement is so tiring and not necessary if you can just talk and video, right? It is sad. Things lost before they even know the worth of them. (even sadder, video will probably outlast everything)
      Thanks for blogging like a dinosaur!

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  3. Kate Crimmins / Sep 26 2019 7:03 am

    Just this morning someone new commented on my blog. I have to approve new ones and I always check out their blog first (although she asked me to do that in her inane comment). So I looked. Just a bunch of headlines obviously not written by her. I don’t follow anyone unless they look interesting to read. Waiting for that rich Nigerian prince. No vegetable invasion here but at least the nighttime temps have dropped to high 50s. I know. You are envious. I can feel it. It is glorious to go out in the morning without sweating.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 26 2019 2:12 pm

      The way things and people are, it makes sense to screen commenters. Some are just looking for emails (and people to scam) – one guys was quite up front about that years ago. That was before you could really block people in subscriptions. Fakers, like the one who posted the same short post about 25 times on his blog in order to look legit (and get approved) are creative…but I have to be really bored to seek that entertainment. (Oh, the prince asked for your email as you seem to be not responding to his phone calls…he really needs that 25 thousand dollars transferred so he can come to the US with all his gazillion billion dollars to share with you…I demurred. Hope that’s OK HaHA)
      Arrrgh. You are hogging the fall weather!We got mosquitoes – need some fish pond flying snack? HaHA
      Thanks for slogging through the blogging

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  4. marina kanavaki / Sep 26 2019 10:03 am

    The types are too familiar, though I haven’t done that for quite some time! I stick to my good old friends here and if a new one visits with interesting views, they’re welcome. 😉 Enjoy a lovely Thursday, my friend! 😀


  5. belocchio / Sep 26 2019 10:41 am

    And here I thought I was the only one with these thoughts. Thank you for your good words.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 26 2019 2:14 pm

      Someone had to say it (Mom always said I was one to point out problems when it was more polite to ignore them HaHa)
      Thanks for cooking ups comment to leave on this porch

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  6. mohawkvalleygirl / Sep 26 2019 3:59 pm

    The Monster at the End of the Book was a favorite! To this day when my sister and I write each other letters, we worry about the monster at the bottom of the page!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 27 2019 8:34 am

      It is such a classic book – universal and true. Love the way you have kept it part of your life.
      We do that a bit with “That’s what a smart turtle would do” from another book…hmmm might have to do a few more book reviews of those worthy
      Thanks for being brave all the way to the end!

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  7. Beth / Sep 26 2019 5:12 pm

    I still have my “The Monster at the End of the Book” Golden book from when I was a kid (at least I think I still do – I thought I saw it in the last move over a decade ago). Grover was my VERY favorite! I have such a squishy little soft spot for him even today. Oh, and I’m afraid I’m an offender on the Gavatar image – you get the one eyeball and the half-smile – mostly because I’m not the hugest fan of my face, but half my face I’m ok with. 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 27 2019 8:32 am

      I had forgotten what a fun read that one was. Well designed to be a classic (Those people with “issues” about it? Not just being contrary or looking for attention, maybe. People are so weird)
      You are not an offender…oh, with the gravatar image – otherwise/other cases, my lips are sealed. HaHa. Gravatars are a whole different game – always interesting to see what people choose and how that is reflected in their writing. It’s the blogger’s image chosen for their Profile page WP always prods you to visit: not one bit of a tag line or a picture that makes sense – if the gravatar is there, that’s fine, but all the stolen images (with watermarks no less) and the fuzzed out features and fingers – now that’s a bit goofy…people: write a phrase and stick in a real picture (of something) that you took – don’t swipe other people’s work. (and I’ll resist the urge to get into stealing and copyright…)
      Half full smiles area always full of fun. …those are secretly holding back secrets and promises of hilarity
      Thanks for adding some grins here

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      • Beth / Sep 28 2019 5:40 pm

        And completely agree with your observations on the followers. They’re always interesting to peruse – from those who have similar interests to those who are selling things. I always love when I discover a new artist, as in the case where I discovered you – an artist with a gift for words who can beautifully paint a metaphorical image and introduces me to new thoughts and worlds.


  8. shoreacres / Sep 27 2019 6:31 am

    Given the facial recognition business, I’m sticking with my tried-and-true artsy gravatar. For one thing, after more than a decade, it is recognizable — and her hair hasn’t gone gray.

    One of my early morning routines every day is to go through the new followers and delete the ones that are obviously any of those sorts you described. Little by little, I’m going through the bulk of followers, too, and doing the same thing. It’s clear that some are bot driven. There are days when there will be two or three, and then there will be the sudden influx of thirty or forty — and sometimes the same list shows up! They may never know they’ve been tossed onto the ash heap of blogging history, but I do. We have to take our pleasures where we find them these days.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 27 2019 8:18 am

      “Intriguing” stuff going on…or the stuff of intrigue (
      Gravatars are not the humorous part – those are symbols anyway, it’s the pictures on their profile pages that are fun – glanced through those recently? Yeah, between the bots, opportunists, and bored people, new subscribers can keep you busy – You’re the one that got me started on that periodic review. It is funny how so many obvious tossables show up repeatedly…like one lawnmower company…that’s an odd one. Some do not take hint…or consider persistence a virtue? Thanks for adding some chuckles to the morning

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  9. RKLikesReeses / Nov 19 2019 11:06 am

    Bwahaha!! There are some very creepy sights on these sites! By design, this little blog’o’mine is tiny: five subscribers, whom I treasure. It’s not as busy as it used to be but it feels like home. My art blog(s) are public so when I post I do get a flurry of the oddballs you’re describing. Occasionally there’s an actual person behind the page, a non-threatening someone whose posts are interesting and who wants to interact a bit. But most are obviously here to sell, earn clicks, shock, or say they tried a blog but it didn’t work because the world sucks. LOL People crack me up!
    I’m glad that you and your blog are here.
    Oh, children’s’ books! No kids here so my memories are of my own, and there were many. I still have a few of them. One particular favorite is an anthology: “The Bumper Book.”


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