This is a Weekly Coffee Share hosted by: Eclectic Alli.
Alli manages a weekly list of posts from a small group of bloggers who want to just stay in touch, chat about blogging, writing, travel, photography, children, pets, work, life hacks or just about anything else that might be of interest.
Greetings, and yes, I know the photo at the top is not particularly coffee-centric, but I’m still laughing at it.
Last week I posted a new story titled; “Suffer Not The Children” which was one of those, my most embarrassing event stories. It featured this 12 year old girl from the church my wife and I were attending back before we had our own kids and her thing for frilly dresses. It was pretty funny, per the feedback from both friends and family and even those blessed strangers I’ll likely never meet because I know them only as readers of my story blog. But what has me still laughing is how my search for that photo became a thing in my web usage.
It took me way too long to find that photo. I tried so many different variations on: girl, young, dress, frilly, poofy, party, prom, wedding, full, lacy, etc. because what I was looking for was pretty close to what you see above, and I was getting everything except a decent full frilly dress on a non-sexy young girl of about 12 years. Maybe you can imagine what each search engine sent me for consideration, and then it had to be labeled for reuse and had to be of sufficient resolution to serve as a large featured shot. Bla – Bla. So I finally found the one you see.
But I pretty much managed to overwhelm my search history with gorgeous girls in gorgeous gowns of all ages and degrees of availability. Even those two ads that appear at the top of the linky link for our coffee share threw up a full blown slide show of girls in similar dresses. The search engines must have concluded that I’m trying to dress a whole graduation class of prom-bound maidens.
So, I should be spending the evening searching for power tools again. I thought things were going back to normal after that whole similar event with the mannequins for my “Manic Mannequin” story. Some of those images were absolutely not approved for viewing by my wife.
You know what the web needs? A “No Solicitation” sign for web advertisers. That’s right, don’t send me ads for anything. No, I don’t care what you think I was looking at prom dresses for. Just go away! Power tools or burger coupons you say – okay, maybe just a few.”
Work last week was a blizzard of frenzy but I decided to promote my short quip from last week’s coffee share about the dark cave my parents took me to when I was 6, into a full (but short) story. It also seems well received, but it (or maybe the author) could do with a tad more feedback. It was shorter than my normal ~2000 words, but just did not seem to attract the number of readers somehow. Maybe this next week will bring a few more by. If you’ve not seen it and are interested, here’s the link to; The Dark Cave Adventure. If there’s a formula here somewhere, I’ve not found it.
Work has given me less time that I had about a month ago to keep up on reading the blogs that I follow, so I find that by the end of the week I have something like 60 plus items queue up for my review and I really need either more time or more discipline or something – because after writing these stories and sharing them, reading what you’ve written is what I love to do.
So, I love that you stopped by to read my coffee share. I am keeping up with visiting yours at least (but most of those are pretty short) so they don’t amount to much time unless I get wordy with my feedback – which I admit – I am fully capable of doing. I’m going to cut this short because despite it being early Friday evening, several of you have already posted yours – and I’m keen on seeing what you’ve produced this round.
I counted them up and this is my 39th coffee share and I know I missed only 1, maybe 2 weekends, but overall, reading your shares has become something I look forward to each weekend.
So I’m off to see what some of you are up to. Thanks again for stopping by.
Have a great week all.