Dream Road Trip?

For Bloganuary #2 it asks – What is a road trip you would love to take?

I would like to do the North Coast 500 in Scotland. I have visited Inverness a few years ago but I took unwell so the trip was cut short. In these Covid times, I think keeping travel closer to home is probably still advisable for the near future.

I love to travel and to be honest, I am never too bothered by the destination.

I have stayed in a beautiful boutique hotel with a stunning rooftop terrace where you could sip cocktails whilst admiring the Parthenon. I have stayed in a rather dodgy hotel in Malta which absolutely stank of smoke and in which I spent a good hour disinfecting the room from top to bottom as it just didn’t feel clean. I’ve spent a freezing cold winter weekend in Scotland in a Caravan with the wind blowing through the closed windows (it seemed a good idea at the time of booking).

I could go on, but you probably get the gist. The thing is, I have loved all of those trips. They all have fantastic memories for me and the bits that went a bit wrong, well, they tend to make funny stories to tell friends. I am just happy with any opportunity to go somewhere I haven’t been before or to see something I haven’t seen before.

Medicine is today’s FOWC. I was trying to figure out how to tie that in with travel when I came across this quote:

Reportedly, women who vacation twice a year are substantially less likely to suffer a heart attack than women who travel only once every few years. Men who skip an annual vacation are at a 20% higher risk of death overall, and that jumps to a 30% higher chance of dying from heart disease.
Another, long-term study revealed that women in their middle years who travel more have less likelihood of having heart problems 20 years later, and the same study found travel also helped with blood pressure.

https://www.sanditz.com/blog/6-reasons-why-travel-is-the-best-medicine

Not sure of the sources of these studies, but if it means we can justify more trips, I am happy with that. What would be your dream trip? Road or otherwise?

KL

It’s Question Time

I have discovered a new blog series – Questions hosted by Rory at “aguycalledbloke”.
You can check him out here!

Are you ‘mostly’ a short content or a long content reader and how many words within those defines can you comfortably read per post?
I think I am ‘mostly’ a short content reader, although equally I love a good story and will get hooked in and continue reading longer posts too. I think around 1,000 words is probably my comfort level but it really depends on the content. Some of my favourite bloggers post longer stories and I will read to the end once I am invested (especially those that I know often put in a good twist in the ending – haha).

How many blogs do you read per day?
This varies every day. I would say I read around 5 or so blogs over reader on a normal day but over the weekend I read quite a few more as responses to the #writephoto challenge I host tend to mostly come in on a Thursday – Sunday. When I check out the responses I always like to have a browse around their blogs to read latest posts (or just anything that jumps out at me).

Are you a short, long or varying length content writer and if so what is your preferred length for a post that you create?
Depends again on the content. I think I am a varying length content writer. I mostly write fiction but don’t mind if that is a flash piece or a short story. I have done a few serials in the past but I think that’s a little off-putting to the readers so I tend not to do that any more.

What kind of relationship do you have with the blogs that you follow – in so far as Like Only, Read-only, Interact only, Comment only or a combination of all?
I tend to always like a post if I have browsed it. I think it’s great for a reader to see who has stopped by and is enjoying their content. I like to comment too, I love when my followers comment as I think it’s great for a writer to get feedback so I try to do the same with the blogs I read. I like to let bloggers know I enjoyed their post or even what I enjoyed about it.

Thanks for stopping by.

Much love,

KL ❤

Know Your History – 26th April – Boobquake

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On this day… 26th April, 2010 – The boobquake phenomena…

 Today could be a really easy one for literature history, its Shakespeare’s baptism (1564), but as I already covered him in this post. I thought I would bring writing history back up to date, to the latest century and the power of blogging.

In 2010 blogger Jennifer McCreight devised Boobquake in response to news reports that Iran’s Hojatoleslam Kazem Seddiqi had blamed women who dress immodestly for causing earthquakes. On April 19, it was reported that Seddiqi advised his listeners that “Many women who do not dress modestly lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which increases earthquakes” and Iranians should “adapt their lives to Islam’s moral codes” to avoid being “buried under the rubble”.

The day that Seddiqi’s comments were reported, boobquakeMcCreight encouraged her blog’s readers to help her poke fun at Seddiqi by dressing “in your immodest clothing to represent Boobquake”, an invitation then extended to the world via Facebook. She described Boobquake as a scientific experiment: “With the power of our scandalous bodies combined, we should surely produce an earthquake. If not, I’m sure Sedighi can come up with a rational explanation for why the ground didn’t rumble.”

McCreight’s idea was popularized by prominent blogs and soon caught the attention of the international media. Obviously this study had its flaws but you cannot deny the power of blogging…

You can read a full review of – What I learned from Boobquake by Jennifer McCreight