Saturday, December 03, 2011

LDS Writer’s Blogck Content Contest, and a Quick Thought

By Keith N Fisher

Good morning boys and girls, today, we are going to have a contest. Its really an open book test, with the chance to win a one-pound Hersey bar. All you have to do is post your answers to some trivia questions, and you will be entered in the drawing for the chocolate.

First question:
1. LDS Writer’s Blogck went online when?
2. Who were the first bloggers?
3. What writers group did our blog come from?
4. What was the title of the first post, and who posted it?
5. If you found out the answer to number 4, what does the name of this blog stand for?
On a personal note, I joined this blog later. For question number six, what day was my first post, and which blogger did I replace?

While you’re posting comments, please add your recommendations; should we change our format? What subjects would you like to read about?

The answers to the questions and many others can be found on the blog. Remember to post your answers in the comments section. The drawing will be held in a week and I’ll post the results here. Good luck in the drawing, and keep writing.

Now, just a quick thought.

My friend posted a fun little thing on Facebook the other day. Some of you will get a kick out of it. I found it interesting to note, however, that all of the time and labor saving devices we have today were invented by my generation. Perhaps we are to blame, but would you really want to go back to the old ways?

Roger “B” Heilman posted,

In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.

The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day."

The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment."

He was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the disposable kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that old lady is right; we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana . In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she's right; we didn't have the green thing back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?


Good luck with your writing---see you next week.

5 comments:

Donna K. Weaver said...

1. LDS Writer’s Blogck went online when?
2. Who were the first bloggers?
*C.L. Beck
*Heather Justesen
*Darvell Hunt
*Connie Hall
etc

3. What writers group did our blog come from?
Authors Incognito

4. What was the title of the first post, and who posted it?
To Semi-Quote Shakespeare, What's In a Name? by C. L. Beck

5. If you found out the answer to number 4, what does the name of this blog stand for?
Play on words from one of the original suggestions "Writers Block"

On a personal note, I joined this blog later. For question number six, what day was my first post, and which blogger did I replace?

Sorry, You don't have a search feature provided and I haven't got the time to click through every post until I find yours. I've got writing to do. ;)

No chocolate for me.

Melanie Goldmund said...

1. LDS Writer's Blogck went online in April 2006. April 21st, I think.

2. The first bloggers were C. L. Beck, Heather Burgess Justesen, Darvell Hunt, Connie Hall, Nichole Giles, W. L. Elliott, and Danyelle Ferguson.

3. The writers group that your blog came from was Authors Incognito.

4. The title of the first post was "To Semi-Quote Shakespeare, What's in a Name?" and it was posted by C. L. Beck.

5. The name of this blog is a catchy play on words between Writer's Blog and Writer's Block.


6. Your first post was on Saturday, June 24th, 2006, and from the information that I've gleaned from the 2006 archived posts, I think you might have replaced Danyelle Ferguson.

And I'm fairly conservative; I like the format the way it is, and I can't think of anything that I'd like to read about that hasn't already been covered here.

Connie Hall said...

Good post and good contest. One of the first advertisements about our group said -

There's a new group of LDS writers on the block. This blog details our struggle in our quest to become published in the LDS market. LDS Writers Blogck is Sponsored by Authors Incognito.

Renae W. Mackley said...

1. First post is April 21, 2006.
2. Heather J, Connie S H, C L Beck, Nichole G, Darvell H, Danyelle F, W.L. Elliot.
3. Authors Incognito
4. To Semi-Quote Shakespear, What's in a Name? by C L Beck.
5. Blog plus Writer's Block.
6. Melanie G guided me to your post on 6/24/06 called Standing on the Precipice. You replaced Danyelle.
My suggestions: update your AI list , which will be way too long, so link to the AI Newsletter instead. I liked seeing your LDS publisher list but I believe it needs an update too. Good blog posts. Thanks.

Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen said...

1. April 21, 2006
2. C. L. Beck, Heather Burgess Justesen, Darvell Hunt, Connie Hall, Nichole Giles, W. L. Elliott, and Danyelle Ferguson.

3. Authors Incognito.

4. "To Semi-Quote Shakespeare, What's in a Name?" and it was posted by C. L. Beck.

5. A mix of Writer's Blog and Writer's Block.


6. June 24th, 2006--Standing on the Precipice. You replaced Danyelle Ferguson.

The format is nice. The only change I'd make is a "marketing" one: have quicker-to-complete contests when you have them. Honestly, if it's not fast, lots of people won't stay. Unless you give away something HUGE of course.