March 22, 2017

What I Wil Do Next Is This

Last Friday, I teased everyone with a potential big change for my Blogger blog. As some of you have probably deduced, I've been traveling on empty for pretty much the entire year as it applies with my Blogger blog. And as you've probably deduced, I found my ju-ju again blogging about my writing on Tumblr.

So I came up with the brilliant idea of turning my Blogger blog into a mini-version of my Tumblr blog, in that I would reblog my posts from my Tumblr blog. Even had a new name for the blog, a new blurb and a new pic, which is the only change that I've been able to apply so far. All that was left was clearance from both Blogger and from Tumblr. I kind of got a "yes" from Blogger, who basically said this to my question about reblogging content from my Tumblr blog to my Blogger blog:

If you own the post content, you can surely have it in both places as long as it doesn't violate Blogger Content Policy and Google Terms of Service.

I answered in the affirmative, but I had one other question, which was this:

It doesn't violate Blogger Content Policy (I already have a blogger blog that is labeled adult) and I'm pretty sure that it doesn't violate the Google Terms of Service (but I can always put note at the end to the effect of "This post first appeared as XXXXX at my Tumblr blog"). As a safety net, would it make sense to give the post(s) in question a new title? I title it one particular way (use the Tumblr blog title with a changing date) and I would have no problem in giving it a completely different title. Again, any advice would be greatly appreciated.

As of today, this second question has not been answered (nor, by the looks of it, a reposting of the 2nd), so the end result of asking Blogger was a "yes, so long as it doesn't do this or that". Which really doesn't help, because as you know, sometimes the word yes has a nasty habit of turning into the word no.

With Tumblr, I asked the same question, and apparently, I didn't dumb down the question (I guess with all customer service reps, simpler is better), because he automatically assumed I was making complaint over a violation being done to my blog. So I dumbed down the question, and as of today, I have not received any further response.

So where do we stand with Father Nature's Corner? I quote a post that I wrote some several years ago for my now closed short story blog:

From out of the far horizon, a horse ambled in to the front porch. I could see that his eyes were rimmed with red and his demeanor melancholy. Getting up from my rocking chair, I rolled up my copy of the Yellow Spasm and tucked it into my back pocket, before reluctantly stepping off the porch and walking towards the horse.

When I got there, I could see that he was holding a small mail pouch between his teeth.

"Is that what I think it is?" I asked warily, even though I already knew the answer.

He dropped the mail bag at my feet, before bowing his head in prayer. A minute later, he snorted, turned and waited for me to make the next move.

I picked up the bag and emptied the contents all over the porch. There wasn't much inside the bag beyond a small 3 x 5 envelope. I picked up the envelope and studied the familiar handwriting on the front for a minute or two. Sighing hard, I opened the envelope and took out the letter. I read it without really reading it, then stuck it back in the envelope and stuck the envelope in my back pocket.

Sighing again, I stepped inside the line shack to gather what little belongings I had: my shot up hat, my broken six shooter, my frayed whip and my worn out saddle. Shutting the door, I gave the house a lingering touch, then walked over to the horse and threw on my saddle.

Apologizing for the way it landed on his back, I then secured the straps and climbed aboard. Patting his neck a couple of times, I said, "Onwards my friend, for you are the driver on this new adventure."

The new adventure, so to speak, is to be a wandering minstrel in the Blogger blog world, reading and commenting on your posts, while perhaps posting the monthly IWSG post (except for April) and taking up permanent residency in the land of Tumblr. Please keep in mind that you can always like a post on Tumblr and that you can ask a question as well.

Most importantly though, is that I will continue to write. The bug has finally returned and even though I have one story done and in the can (so to speak), I'm three chapters deep into another that will ultimately be a proper lead in to the recently completed 1st.

All of my blogs will be available for you to either peruse the archives at your leisure {Cedar's Mountain, It's Always Saturday In Suburbia and Pictures For Smarties} or to buy personalized paperback copies of my books {Books By G. B. Miller}. Additionally, you can find me on Amazon and Smashwords.

It truly has been a fantastic 9 1/2 year Blogger journey of epic proportions. A journey that I could not have possibly taken without the incredible support of you good people who have inspired me to be the very best blogger and writer that I could be. But, after writing 1,659 Blogger posts spanning 6 blogs, it's time to take a Blogger blogging break.

I am forever humbly yours,

G.B. Miller

(c) 2017 BOOKS BY G.B. MILLER. All Rights Reserved.


  1. As long as you share you continued journey here, I will be happy. I don't have Tumblr or Smashchat, etc. Love the story beginning and want to follow. This is where I view your work.

    1. If anything, I'll probably do a monthly post here and will keep a permanent link to my Tumblr blog.

      Thanks for the compliment.

  2. We'll keep up with you on Tumblr. I mean, I don't really know how to use Tumblr or interact with you, but we'll keep up with you, by jove!

    1. Tumblr is exceptionally hard to interact with. The only way you can comment is via the "The Ask Me" link, and Tumblr does not play well with IE 11. It works with Chrome and Firefox, and I have used it with MS Edge browser.

  3. Hate to see it end.
    Hope you continue with the IWSG every month, which will keep this blog active. (We have many members who only post once a month for the event.) Or if you feel like a new title and repost from Tumblr is in order, run with it.

    1. Unfortunately, both Blogger and Tumblr gave me ambiguous answers, which makes me incredibly leery of re-posting/re-blogging my own stuff here.

      Monthly will probably work for me. The IWSG newsletter usually has some very superb writing prompts for me to play with.

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    1. Thankee...I shall be around visiting all my favorite blogs, because you can never get rid of a pesky family friend like myself...

  5. I haven't experienced the joy of Tumbler yet

    1. The despair of Tumblr right now outweighs the joy. The joy of Tumblr is writing just about anything you want. The despair is the inability to comment directly (but you can comment indirectly), no autosave (you have to write your posts in Word, then copy/paste), doesn't work with IE (but it works with other browsers), among other things.

      I will say the other joy is the rebirth of getting back to what this blog was originally about 9 1/2 years ago, which was about my adventures in writing.


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