Behind the Scenes Blogging Tag

I saw this post on A Thomas Point of View. It seemed like a fun way to share something about myself. I’m also hoping that some of you who read here, will do this as well. {So if you post this as well, tag me…

  1. Where Do You Blog? I usually write my content at home, then post it anywhere where I can connect to the internet. (I do not have wifi of inet connection where I live).
  2. Where Do You Find Inspiration For Your Blog Posts? Any place, really. I try to write something at least once a week, or maybe once every two week. I also do not have a fixed topic I write about.
  3. How Long Does It Take You To Write a Blog Post? I try not to write long posts. So most often not that long. About 45-60 minutes. It also depends on the topic.
  4. Do You Plan Your Blog Posts? How? Not really. And that might be the reason why I do not blog all too often. I might start planning it a little bit more.
  5. What Kind of Camera Do You Use? What Editing Program? I use a Nikon (forgot the code now). I also take photos with my phone (currently Samsung G Young, or something) and my iPad (Mini). I don’t really use an editing program when I want to post photos. When I want to use it for my business, I use Silhouette.
  6. Do You Use a Notebook To Track Your Ideas? Not really. I sometimes write down ideas, but I don’t often use that ideas.
  7. How Do You Take Your Pictures? My camera, cell phone and iPad
  8. What’s Your Favorite Type of Blog Post to Write? I like to write about music I listen to or books I read. I also like politics; and I might start writing about that in the future.
  9. Who Knows About Your Blog? I do not know of any of my current circle of friends or family who know about my blog. I am part of a Facebook group/page where I post links to posts. I think most people who know about my blog are from that group/page.
  10. Are You an Organized or a Messy Blogger? I think I am extremely messy. I do not have one or two or three fixed topics, so I think I might be classified as a messy blogger.
  11. Biggest Blogging Pet Peeve? I can’t think of any pet peeves with regards to blogging.

Open letter to companies: How about having the correct change in your tills?

I do not plan to make my personal open-letter-movement a movement of constant complaining and fault-finding.

This letter, though, will be a little complaint.


Dear companies (at lack of having a better addressee)

I have a problem. When I pay, there are always one of two things that happen on my till-slip. 1.) The prices of items are rounded to the nearest 10c; 2.) Prices are 99c, but the till immediately calculate the total price to a “cash rounding” of (for an example) 10c if the amount payable was 19c.

Thank you very much for this “cash rounding” (I call it a “discount”).

Here is my problem. Why is it that sometimes, when my slip say R2-10 change, I only get R2 change? Sometimes my slip would even say R2-40, and I will still only get R2 change.

Is that a new view on “cash rounding”. I know what it really is: The person at the till most likely doesn’t have the correct change in the till; or worse, he/she doesn’t care enough to give me the correct change.

I have worked it out. On a quite day, when a there are only 25 customers at one till during a day, and each customer gets 10c short changed, that till makes a “profit” of R2-50. (I think I am aiming low when I talk about 25 customers). Many big shops has about 10 tills. So multiply that R2-50 by 10, and that shop would make R25 a day, and in a month of 30 days: R750. Again, this would be a very quiet month for even an average small shop. (If a shop serves only 25 customers a day, I will gladly give an extra 10c, especially if the service is good).

Please, all owners of shops around the country, could you make sure that the tills in your shops have the correct change? Every time I get “short-changed”, I feel like an idiot to actually ask for my change.

I mean, R2-50 a day might not be a lot to you, but if I give every place I buy an extra 10c, I will pay an extra R20-25 a month to your shops. (Again, maybe not a lot to you, but that is enough for one week’s milk for me, at current prices).


Kind regards

One of your dear customers

Quotes about friendships

I recently started to record quotes about friendship. I don’t have a lot yet.
In this blogpost, I want to share all of them.

“We are the captains of our own ships sailing the sea of life, but in times of stormy weather, you will discover true friends when they don’t hesitate to be a lighthouse.” [Dodinsky]
“Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and then wait for the answer.” [Author unknown]
“If a friend is in trouble, don’t annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it.” [Edgar Watson Howe (1937)]
“Friendship is a two-way street. Both have to contact the other one in the friendship first. If one in the friendship always contact the other one first, it is not a friendship.” [Freddie de Lange]
“I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar.” [Robert Brault]
“The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend.” [Aristotle (322 BC)]
“It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.” [William Blake (1827)]
“What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.” [Aristotle (322BC)]
“Friendship is nothing else than two (or more) people in a relationship, who agree and disagree on different values.” [Freddie de Lange]
“I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favour of the kings of the world.” [Thomas A. Edison (1931)]
“The best kind of friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never saying a word, and walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you’ve had.” [Author unknown]
“I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.” [Plutarch (120 AD)]
“A true friend is one who thinks you are a good egg even if you are half-cracked.” [Author unknown]
“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art … It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.” [C.S. Lewis (1963)]
“Say what you want about ageing, it’s still the only way to have old friends.” [Robert Brault]
“In the end there doesn’t have to be anyone who understands you. There just has to be someone who wants you.” [Robert Brault]
“Shared joy is double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.” [Swedish Proverb]
“As a friend, you first give your understanding, then you try to understand.” [Robert Brault]
“That’s what people do who love you. They put their arms around you and love you when you’re not so lovable.” [Copyright 2007, by Deb Caletti]
“It is not so much our friends’ help that help us, as the confidence of their help.” [Epicurus (270 BC)]
“If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself alone. A man should keep his friendship in constant repair.” [Samuel Johnson (1784)]
“Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend.” [Oliver Wendell Holmes (1894)]
“Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them.” [Francesco Guicciardini (1540)]
“A real friend is someone who would feel loss if you jumped on a train, or in front of one.” [Author unknown]
“Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings.” [Miles Franklin (1954)]
“In the end there doesn’t have to be anyone who understands you. There just has to be someone who wants to.” [Robert Brault]
“A friend accepts us as we are yet helps us to be what we should.” [Author unknown]

“Old” blogs on my reading list…

I like lists. I like making lists.

I like blogs. I like reading blogs.

And I wanted to start making a short list [purely for my own interest] of the blogs that I have regularly read over the past 12-36 months. I don’t always comment on all the blogposts that I read.

So, following, is a list of those blogsites that I regularly read, and to whom I am subscribed.

This is the first blog I subscribed to, and it is still one of my top 5 sites to read. Cobus doesn’t overflow you with posts. Whenever he post, it feels fresh and well-written. If you want Theology that (really!) meets real life, this is a must-follow blog.

I came across this blogsite about 6 months ago. Jory challanges readers to think again the way women should be treated in ministry. [I don’t know whether she will want to be seen as a feminist; I don’t really know when someone is a feminist, so I don’t want to label her one.]

I don’t know if this can be counted as a blog, but I count it as a blog. It is a great place to read analysis of, especially, South African news. It is in depth, and very well written. The amount of contributors is excellent. The views are well-balance (in my own opinion). Well worth the read.


Open letter to myself: Becoming part of the “Open letter” community

A few years ago I became aware of the so-called “Open letter”.
I first encountered it on Daily Maverick’s Opinionista pages, in the form of letters by Onkgopotse JJ Tabane, which was called “Let’s Talk Frankly”.

Since then, I noticed open letters from politicians, musicians, artists, and many others. I saw that these letters are written for many different reasons and to different people (sometimes individuals, and sometimes groups).

People like FW de Klerk en Thabo Mbeki and Mmusi Maimane has recently written open letters. I remember Steve Hofmeyr once writing an open letter. Recently, I read about an open letter by a company (Skywise) to a government (South African President, to be precise). Even journalists has written a few open letters.

In my search, I came across “An Open Letter to Writers of Open Letters”, by Teddy Wayne, which appeared in “The Morning News”. And when I Googled “an open letter to writers of open letters”, I came across a few of these letters. Two mention two: Open letters by Charlotte Alter and Jennifer Fliss.

I decided that I also want to start writing open letters.

In his open letter, Teddy Wayne writes in his first paragraph: “To those who feel compelled to address the world from Facebook, Twitter, and email chains, here is a message: No one is listening, least of all Luther Vandross.”

So, as I join the community of Open Letter Writers, I already wonder: Will my letters be read?

To be truthful, I don’t really care. I will be writing my open letters to organizations and people who “influence” me in some way. I will write these letters more of a way to get my frustrations and joys aired. I will never shame someone, because that is not my style. I might complain about service by companies or share my thoughts on certain events.

I realize, as I write this, that many blog postings can seem like open letters anyway. I would venture a guess that most people who write a blog, want people to read it – the more, the merrier. These letters I will be writing, will be called “open letters”, to make a little differentiation on my other postings.

Movies seen during 2016… Volume 1

On this day 19 March 2016, I have seen the following movies, from beginning to end, in 2016:

  1. Amazing Grace
  2. Remember the Titans
  3. Fast 5
  4. Fast & Furious 6
  5. Jurassic World
  6. Ultraviolet

I have seen other movies, but they do not qualify, since I haven’t seen the full movie. Most of the movies that I have seen, was from the middle, or from the start and then I got bored or the power went off or I just stopped watching for some reason or another.
Either way, there hasn’t been a lot of movies that I have seen this year. I am just not a big movie-goer anymore.