An Offer I Couldn’t Refuse

25 Jul
brains of milk and chocolate

brains of milk and chocolate (Photo credit: Alejandro Peters)

Give your newer sisters and brothers-in-WordPress one piece of advice based on your experiences blogging.

Don’t omit words if you don’t want me to have an aneurysm.

‘…experiences OF blogging,’ WordPress!  ‘OF!’

Or is it?

Is it ‘in’?  Is it ‘when’?  Is it something else altogether?

I have a headache.

New one piece of advice, new bloggers: don’t pretend to be an expert when you are full of self-doubt.


Do you feel uncomfortable when you see someone else being embarrassed?

Always; that’s why I have an aneurysm instead of pointing out your grammatical, punctuation and spelling errors.

What’s most likely to make you squirm?

Anyone who says ‘supposably’.  I feel all the embarrassment they don’t.


Do you need to agree with an artist’s lifestyle or politics to appreciate their art?

No; but don’t be surprised if people assume you do.

To spend money on it?

No; I need actual money to do that.


 You receive a call from someone an unexpected person. Who is it, and what is the conversation about? Go!

Caller: Did you read the latest WordPress prompt?  An extra space, a superfluous word and an imperative!

Me: Sorry; I can’t talk right now: I’m having an aneurysm.


Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith (Photo credit: Anz-i)

If you could be someone else for a day, who would you be, and why? If that seems too easy, try this one: who would you like to have spend a day as you and what do you hope they’d learn from the experience?

I wouldn’t be anyone; I’m happy to be me.  If pushed, however, I would have to say Jada Pinkett Smith.  For obvious reasons.

If someone had to be me, I would take a WordPress prompter; I hope they’d learn how not to make my head explode.


What’s the most significant secret you’ve ever kept? Did the truth ever come out?

Yeah, right, WordPress!  Like I’d tell you…nice try.


Describe a little thing — one of the things you love that define you worlds but is often overlooked.

I like the letter ‘r’.  I can tell you don’t feel the same way.


The Tooth Fairy (or Easter Bunny, or Santa Claus . . .): a fun and harmless fiction, or a pointless justification for lying to children?

OsterhaseNikolaus Nein

OsterhaseNikolaus Nein (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m a parent; why would I need justification to lie to my children?


Here’s the title of your post: “An Offer I Couldn’t Refuse.”

Set a timer for ten minutes, and write it. Go!

WordPress, WordPress, WordPress…you make it too easy for me.


32 Responses to “An Offer I Couldn’t Refuse”

  1. jatwood4 July 25, 2013 at 12:23 #

    I love you when you are at your wry-est, most sarcastic. Great responses!


  2. July 25, 2013 at 12:46 #

    Back on form, Tilly. Thank you for the giggles. I have just left a comment, about an article on the creative writing courses, in the OU Newsletter and was horrified to see an un-deleted superfluous “the”. It is I who is having the aneurism!


  3. sanstorm July 25, 2013 at 13:01 #

    A very reassuring post, somehow.
    All is right with at least a few parts of the world.


  4. Katharine Trauger July 25, 2013 at 13:36 #

    The letter “r”. Love it. Thanks so.

    As if . . . 😉


  5. misswhiplash July 25, 2013 at 13:51 #

    I think that WordPress is an American company which is why the are not always grammatically correct…forgive them….


  6. Al July 25, 2013 at 14:20 #

    I can’t believe WP can make this many errors in their prompts. Supposably, they have proof readers don’t they?


  7. Pearl July 25, 2013 at 14:35 #

    thanks for the smiles.


  8. benzeknees July 25, 2013 at 16:55 #

    ROFL! This is my kind of prompt – don’t be surprised if I steal it! Do you remember Wimpy from the Popeye cartoons? I will gladly pay you a Malteser Tuesday for a Malteser today.


  9. Megan Broutian July 25, 2013 at 18:09 #

    How about “your blogging experiences”? No need for a preposition at all. I hate prepositions. Or is it propositions? Gah, that just gave me a a headache!


    • The Laughing Housewife July 25, 2013 at 20:15 #

      My problem is, I know what they do, but not what they’re called. Impressed by your knowledge. Have an aspirin.


  10. slpmartin July 25, 2013 at 18:18 #

    Rather sets the tone for the morning for me…smiling…thanks!


  11. Janet Williams July 25, 2013 at 18:46 #

    Oh dear Tilly, you’re back — on top form!

    Experiences — with blogging, perhaps!

    Do other bloggers really take the WordPress prompts seriously? What’re the purposes of these prompts? Inspiration? Inspiration for whom — Tilly?

    Have a lovely evening! Tilly, please come back often.


    • The Laughing Housewife July 25, 2013 at 20:09 #

      Lots of bloggers take them very seriously – that is the WP intention. But I lost it after the kittens in a sack on a railway track and never managed to get it back again 🙂


  12. adinparadise July 25, 2013 at 19:47 #

    Hehehe. 🙂


  13. Laurie Nichols July 25, 2013 at 19:49 #

    Tilly, I’ve missed you!!!! Those WordPress prompters need to be reminded that our Tilly is still on the look out for silly questions and questionable grammar usage. Hooray for Tilly. 😀


  14. Terry July 25, 2013 at 20:09 #

    excellent reading. I always wonder to myself when I see this type of writing,,,,,,,,,,what school did they go to,,,


  15. Rorybore July 26, 2013 at 05:37 #

    I love these posts! they need to be compiled and go in a book, seriously.


  16. Musings July 26, 2013 at 08:02 #

    This might show you how inept I am. I’ve got a back-up blog on WordPress and haven’t seen those prompts. I must be doing something wrong.


    • The Laughing Housewife July 26, 2013 at 09:50 #

      No, you sign up for the daily email. They are voluntary but they do help people struggling for ideas.


  17. bluebee July 27, 2013 at 03:33 #

    We’d hate to see your head explode, Tilly. As therapy, perhaps you could do a weekly summary of bloggers’ grammar/punctuation errors (see the NYT – I’m in!


  18. Helen Cherry July 28, 2013 at 10:52 #

    Ha ! most excellent Tilly!


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