It would be pretty difficult to open your “WordPress Reader” these days and start scrolling through and not find a post dealing with some aspect of the ongoing COVID_19 pandemic.
It is without a doubt, that the entire world has been touched to one degree or another by this crisis.
For the most part as bloggers, unless you are writing on a particular subject from purely a technical perspective, many if not most of us write based on our own day to day personal experiences to a great extent.
So, again it would be a challenge to after spending just a few short minutes scrolling through your own WordPress Reader feed and not find at least one post that deals with the ongoing pandemic crisis.
Dr. Tanya(Salted Caramel) looks at blogging within the context of the COVID_19 pandemic in Blogging Insights #31 – Blog Posts About The Pandemic
She provides this insight or background preamble to this installment:
Posts about the pandemic feature prominently on many (if not most) blogs these days. Blogs by definition are chronicles of the lives and views of their authors and the world around them. It is no wonder that the pandemic features prominently in many (if not most) posts today. Articles and posts about corona virus/COVID-19 could be seen dotted about the internet since the beginning of this year. These were mostly articles about health, epidemiology and the environment. In the beginning , Covid-19 had not spread across continents. It reached the status of pandemic a couple of months ago and turned our lives topsy turvy. The lockdowns and social distancing that followed are things that we have never experienced before.The pandemic has changed the world as we knew it . It has deeply touched the lives of all , even those who have not been infected.
In today’s Blogging Insights we discuss how it has affected our blogs and blogging
There are four challenging questions Dr. Tanya asks regarding how we blog(or don’t blog) about various aspects of the COVID_19 pandemic:
1. How frequently do you post about the pandemic? Please share links to a couple of your “pandemic posts” that you particularly like. If you have not written anything about Coronavirus/COVID-19 (seems unbelievable) what are your reasons for this?
2. What kind of “posts about the pandemic” do you like to read? (If you don’t, then pleasetell us why?)
3. How have you and your blog adapted to “the new normal” ?
4. Have you seen any change in your blog stats during the pandemic? Also, are you posting more or less than you used to?
Here’s where “justbitfurther” has gone in terms of writing and blogging about the COVID_19 pandemic.
Questions and responses:
How frequently do you post about the pandemic? Please share links to a couple of your “pandemic posts” that you particularly like. If you have not written anything about Coronavirus/COVID-19 (seems unbelievable) what are your reasons for this?
At the beginning for myself(at least here in Ontario and Canada), the COVID_19 crisis came to the forefront in late February and early March. The media had certainly been covering and reporting on it with great gusto for some time before that, but it seemed to hit home for many in during February and into March.
My first post on the COVID_19 crisis was on March 11, 2020 – It’s Okay to Unplug. As time went along, my writing and posting has varied between anger and disbelief in the world and hence the people in it; to pure frustration at times; and as well to adding humour to get a point across.
Since March 11, I may have posted perhaps 10 or 12 pieces dealing with some aspect of the crisis. Some of them were short, while others where longer which allowed me to vent and spill into words the emotions I was feeling at the particular time.
A few posts:
Six Simple Feet Folks – It Ain’t Rocket Science
Peace Over Panic
There Are No Words
What kind of “posts about the pandemic” do you like to read? (If you don’t, then please tell us why?)
At this stage, I’m pretty much burned out in terms of reading about the crisis; dealing with the crisis and anything remotely about the crisis as it has eveloved over time in this country.
Regions of Canada are now pitted with great anger and hatred against other regions of the country.
The maritime provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland have for the most part walled themselves off from the rest of the country. Unless you are God or the next coming of Christ, you cannot get into these provinces from other areas of the country, including from one maritime province to another. If you happen live in these province, but have a car with “out of province licence plates” many have been threatened, harassed, bullied and shamed on social media. These provinces are willing to ignore our “Charter of Rights and Freedoms” and the embedded right of travel across provincial borders. So, hence the standoff.
How have you and your blog adapted to “the new normal”?
For us, things haven’t really changed at all, other then in terms of blogging on a variety of aspects in regards to the pandemic. My work schedule is currently on a sort of “emergency crew board periods.”
What would have been a 14 week “crew period or schedule” is now during the pandemic changed to a four week “crew period.” So instead of selecting a crew schedule every 14 weeks, we’re now doing it evey four weeks due to the fluid changes occuring within our industry.
When we’re out and about getting groceries and such, we’re like everyone else – social distancing; wearing a mask and less frequent trips to stores.
Have you seen any change in your blog stats during the pandemic? Also, are you posting more or less than you used to?
Funny question to ask.
I think I may be posting slightly more than pre-COVID_19.
A new part of “justabitfurther” is a section called “Short and Sweet” which I introduced a couple of months ago. You’ll need to “click” and read it to find out “why?”
In terms of stats on a general basis, they have been about the same month to month during the pandemic.
The only exception was last month(end of May), were my stats went through the roof(at least for me). An online media company “Narcity” published an article on Ontario’s Nottawasaga Lookout. In the piece, they included links to several other blogs that had done bits on this location, including my own. Mine is the first link in the Narcity article.
One day alone, I had close to 600 visitors to my blog and that specific blog post. For the five day period from May 27 to May 31, we had +/-1300 visitors and +/-1150 views of that particular post.
In summary, for many of us who find ourselves in and poke away at the keyboard in this “weird world of blogging”, the COVID_19 pandemic will have influenced our writing to some degree or another. How could it not?
The world may be forever changed because of the pandemic. What the future unfolds might truly be the greatest unknown in front of us.
Our blogs evolve, change and adapt to situations that confront us as we “evolve, change and adapt” to those situations as well.
Once again, a big shoutout and thanks to Dr. Tanya(Salted Caramel) for her neverending work on this “Blogging Insights Series” and specifically looking at how our blog post contents have reflected the ongoing COVID_19 crisis.
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