Here’s what happened in my life over the past week:
- Thanks to Rory of A Guy Called Bloke for gifting me a compliment for my post How Do You Feel About Your Own Company? Also, thanks to Meg of Where Good Advice Happens… for nominating me for the sunshine blogger award! And one more, thank you to Michael of Kuched for the awesome blogger award! All of you are fabulous!
- On the dumb as a sack of potatoes front, someone plagiarized a post I did on COVID-19, but they didn’t bother to remove an internal link I had within the post, so I got a pingback when they published it. I filed a DMCA takedown notice with WordPress, so they’ll take it down in a few days. The last time someone plagiarized my work, I updated my site’s terms and conditions to say that I would name and shame copyright violators, so if you’re reading/following plagiarist Andres-David at blogwithdavid.wordpress.com, you’ll probably want to remedy that situation.
- I decided to go hunting to see if I could find some more plagiarizers. Some asshat named Odius Chibaya, who claims to be working on his master’s degree, copied the same post shortly after it was published in March. How very educated of him, and I’m not sure what the point is given that his blog doesn’t appear to get any readers. Anyway, another DMCA notice sent to WordPress. I’ve got a post scheduled for tomorrow on how to do a takedown notice.
- It’s interesting to see the different ways illness manifests itself. When my thinking is slow and I’m writing, I’ll pause to think mid-sentence, and rather than start again where I left off left off, I’ll retype the last word or two before continuing on. This wasn’t something I ever did when I was well. What I find really interesting is that I do it a lot, to the point that it’s not about just happening to make mistakes, it’s a reflection of how my brain is operating. A while back I started using the Grammarly extension for Chrome, so it catches the doubling up, although I don’t necessarily notice to correct it. One day this week, I was writing something near the end of the day and I was fading rather quickly. When I finished what I was writing and looked at what Grammarly had picked up, it was littered with duplicate words and paired words. Fascinating.
- My woodpecker had been quiet for the last couple of weeks. This week he’s making himself heard. Usually it’s mama (who has a different roost somewhere) who’s the vocal one, and he mostly limits himself to pecking on the bbq. This week, though, he’s been very vocal. I haven’t gotten a good recording on my phone, but Bird-sounds.net has a good example.
- My wheezing and coughing have gotten worse, although I’m still quite sure it’s not COVID. It turned out my doctor was off this past week, and I didn’t think it would accomplish much to talk to a doctor who didn’t know my history. Luckily my local grocery store’s delivery service isn’t as booked up as it was early on in the pandemic, and I was able to get delivery 2 days after ordering.
As guests on my blog this week, I had:
- Coconut Heels, who did an emerging blogger postemerging blogger post on hospitalization and dealing with hallucinations.
- Kacha of Food.for.Thoughts, who did a wounded healer interview.
I was interviewed for a post by Rainbow Warrior on how to improve mental health.
How has your week been?