Recently Acquired: Blogging Knowhow

What’s the most important (or interesting, or unexpected) thing about blogging you know today that you didn’t know a month ago?

The Daily Prompt.

What’s that little something

I’ve learnt over the past month

That I didn’t know before

About blogging?

It’s just this:

When I read something interesting,

Worth sharing, worth re-reading,

Worth saving, worth referring to.

I should shout out from the rooftops,

“Yes, friends, I Reddit and I Digg it when I StumbleUpon it.”

—Linus Fernandes.



Blogging tips in tweets (from me)

Blogging tips posted to Twitter by yours truly:





Medium: A fresh platform

Dear Readers:

I have discovered a brand new platform, Medium, to host my posts.

For starters, I have begun posting articles from my secondary blog, Make Time For Sports, at the site. The initial posts are identical in style and content to the originals but I have since decided to combine five to six posts in a digest-like format and publish them on the platform.

Thus, you can expect a lag from the time they are published on my site and on Medium. If, of course, you cannot wait, you are welcome to visit my blog and catch them earlier.

Medium’s editor is markedly different, very minimalistic and unobtrusive. Once you learn to use it, you will fall in love with it. I did.

Medium, like WordPress, provides the functionality of sharing your draft with whoever you wish to seek input or feedback from.  [Not that I have used the functionality, yet, but I am more than willing to, if someone (anyone) will put up his or her hand.]

This , for now, is all my experience with Medium.

Do not forget to visit my posts there.

My profile:




Rubber Tyres Site Referral Stats

All Time

Referrer Views
Search Engines 14,237 Reader 281
Facebook 277 274
WordPress Dashboard 194
Twitter 191 141
StumbleUpon 122 113 86 84 78
Google 67 64 52 50 42 42 34 32

How to Ride the Euphemistic Treadmill

Euphemisms for the Intimate Enemy

Euphemisms for the Intimate Enemy (Photo credit: Sweet One)

How do you refer to a person or people with characteristics outside the perceived norm? Why should you do so at all?

Describing a person as belonging to a certain race or ethnic group or having a physical or mental disability, or commenting on a provocative or embarrassing topic, is a challenge on more than one level. Linguist and cognitive science Steven Pinker has called the first level of challenge “the euphemistic treadmill,” a form of pejoration (a shift of meaning to a negative connotation or a less sophisticated sense) or semantic change (an alteration of meaning).

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20 Ways To Laugh…



Laugh (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Go ahead and try this (if you’re alone, that is): Explore all the varieties of laughter you can produce, and label each one. There’s an often-distinct word or phrase for each type. Here are twenty ways to laugh, and some related expressions.


1. (Be) in stitches: to laugh
2. Belly-laugh: to laugh in a deep, hearty manner, as if from the abdomen or in such a way that one’s abdomen moves from the exertion
3. Break up: to laugh as if helplessly
4. Cachinnate: to laugh loudly and/or obnoxiously
5. Cackle: to laugh harshly or sharply


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21 Tips About Writing From Twitter


English: A Twitter tweet

English: A Twitter tweet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I’m a writing tip junkie. Any tweet or blog post or random comment that begins, “Here’s the best tip I’ve ever gotten about writing…” makes me click. What’s thirty seconds of time when I could pick up a gold nugget that changes my writerly life?


Mostly, 1) I already know them, 2) they’re pedestrian, or 3) they’re wrong, but occasionally I get one–or twenty-one in this case–that I think are worth passing on. See if you agree:


  1. Don’t try to be a writer


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