Just some thoughts on blogging…what do readers like?

I’ve been doing this here blog for a few years now, and I have noticed some things.  Like, I seem to get new followers whenever I do a post that’s not relevant to the theme of my blog (conservatism).  And a goodly number of other WordPress bloggers seem to blog about their personal lives, and the challenges they face.  Like, how I survived a dread disease, or in-laws, or unemployment.  It seems to me that a lot of younger bloggers are very self-centered.  Maybe it takes age, or experience, to make you turn your eyes outward, to the bigger picture.

I could expound on the dental ordeal I’ve endured for the last three months, but do people really want to hear my tale of woe?  Yes, I haven’t been able to chew on the left side of my mouth since September, but why should you care?  I’m not asking for sympathy, I have a husband for that.  I tend to blog about current events, since there’s so much going on that disturbs me greatly, and I fear for the future of our country and its people.

It’s funny, I got a lot of likes on my story about taking my cat to the vet.  But I don’t get so many likes on my posts dealing with issues that are very close to my heart, like liberal media bias, and the growth of government putting us in a straitjacket, and taking over the best medical care system in the world and destroying it.  These things will affect all of us, right where we live.  You younger bloggers might have noticed that it’s harder to find a job when you graduate from college, IF you graduate.  Why do you think that is?  Maybe it’s getting much harder to start a business, or grow your existing business.  Government regulations make hiring new people very expensive, so employers work their existing employees harder.

Or would you rather hear about the worst year of my (65-year) life?  The year when I had knee surgery, my mother died, I got a mouth infection, and I lost my job?  That’s in the past.  The future matters more.  Keep blogging, and try to turn your attention outward.

Something Different-My Own Recipe

Something Different-My Own Recipe

Have you ever invented your own recipe for a main course or side dish for your family?  I did, while I was single, and couldn’t afford to eat out.  Since I cooked all my own meals, I had to introduce some variation to my somewhat monotonous menu.  I actually came up with this one while half asleep on a weekend morning.  It sounded so much fun, I had to try it, so I found the ingredients in my pantry, and came up with this.  It’s easy to make, and very tasty and versatile.

RushBabe49’s Craisin Pilaf

Ingredients:

1 Cup long-grain brown rice

1/4 Cup wild rice, rinsed well

2 Tbsp. minced onions (the dried variety)

1 chicken bouillon cube

1/2 Cup Craisins (sweetened, dried cranberries)

2 Tbsp. butter or margarine

2-1/2 Cups water

Directions:

In a heavy saucepan, over medium heat, cook both kinds of rice and onions in butter for approximately two minutes.  Add water and bouillon cube and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover, and cook approximately 15 minutes, until the water is almost absorbed.  Add Craisins and mix well.  Re-cover and cook until water is completely absorbed.  May be served as a side dish, or makes a great poultry stuffing.

I hope you like it.  Merry Christmas!