Mi Casa, Su Casa #amwriting #MondayBlogs

Still under construction. Mind that step.

Things are changing around here. Just baby steps right now, but so far I’m enjoying the process. As I’ve already written about here and here, I’m trying to give my blog a more professional appearance. At least more organized. I’ll settle for that. I’ve added a page for my publications (few though they may be) and a page for links to the book reviews I’ve written. I’ve revised my About Me page and my Contact Me page.

Whew, organizing always tires me out 😉

Some of you may be aware that I also write on Medium, a place to read and write big ideas and important stories (their words, not mine). If you’re a Medium member, or even if you’re not, you can find me there at @marieannbailey. So far writing on Medium has been an interesting experience. I’ve made some new friends and read some really interesting and well-written essays, stories, and poems. Recently, I was published in P.S. I Love You, a Medium publication: “Bonita: A Short Story.”

What’s not to like about all that?!

Well, Medium is a different experience from blogging on WordPress. Not a better experience, just different. I’ve been casting about for a way to describe how they differ when it finally hit me.

1WriteWay on WordPress is my homemi casa, where my friends, mis compañeros, come to visit (mi casa es su casa). Likewise, through WordPress, I visit my friends’ blogs homes and hang out  for awhile.

Medium is like the Barnes & Noble in my town, where sometimes I meet up with friends for coffee and to browse magazines and books. It’s like a community center where you can learn about writing or programming code (or writing programming code), photography and travel. Or listen to read ideas about politics, relationships, and sundry other topics.

Some writers use Medium as their only platform, the one place they express themselves. Medium does most of the work; the writer just needs to learn the different but limited formatting styles.

I believe in diversification, both in my finances and in my personal life.

On WordPress, we get to decorate our houses (or renovate as in my case here). We share ideas on themes, plugins, whatnots, and thingamajigs. We get to express our individuality in ways other than writing.

I was relieved when I thought of WordPress, or more specifically 1WriteWay, as my home and Medium as a community center. It fits with the introvert that I am, the homebody that I tend to be.

1WriteWay es mi casa y ustedes son mis compañeros.

In other news: my girls are driving me crazy.

Maxine has a chronic urinary infection that seems resistant to antibiotics. I’m grateful that she still has her appetite and seems no more cranky than usual for a sixteen-year-old cat with arthritis and in the early stages of kidney disease.

Ah, the life of a southern cat in summer.

Wendy went in for a regular checkup and came out with a diagnosis of bladder stones. She shows no symptoms of a urinary tract infection, no crying or straining when she pees. But we saw the x-ray and it’s there. Our vets tend to be conservative so we’re starting with a special diet but today she decided to go on a hunger strike. Sigh. War of the Wills. I’m hoping she’ll give in because our only other alternative might be surgery. Double sigh.

Wendy stretching her legs.

Fortunately (as I knock on wood), Junior (our toothless one) is disease-free and just happy to hoover the girls’ food bowls when they leave bits behind.

Junior can’t seem to keep his tongue in since his remaining teeth were removed.

How do you cope when your furred kids change their behavior and won’t say why?

In the past, I’ve known some writers who wrote both on WordPress and Blogspot so I’m not an anomaly. What are your thoughts on writing on different platforms?

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30 thoughts on “Mi Casa, Su Casa #amwriting #MondayBlogs

  1. I hope the furkids are doing better. They sure are beautiful and photogenic. We’ve been through chronic UTI with one of our kiddies. No, make that two. Hard to keep track with four! 🐈🐈🐈🐈 I was telling my husband the other day, we are finally in a sweet spot with all 4 healthy and doing well. That doesn’t always work like that. I’ve never tried Medium. I have enough of a struggle keeping up with work writing and blogging—which I love. Both of them. I enjoy reading Medium. There’s so much good writing on there! There’s so much good writing to read everywhere! Sometimes it’s overwhelming. Sometimes life is overwhelming! 🤣 I like the way you think about writing for the two platforms—glad that brought you some clarity.

    • Thanks, Cheryl! The kids are pretty much back to normal. We had a “good run” for five years since our Luisa died, so we can’t complain. Of course it would nicer if all three were in their prime but, eh, they get old. I’m enjoying Medium so far, but it remains to be seen whether I’ll keep up with it. I definitely didn’t this past week 😉

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  3. To my knowledge you’re the only writer who I follow who is on Medium. Your assessment of it makes me realize that it’s probably not for me. I have enough difficulty with WP and all it’s wonkiness. I admire your ability to maintain an online presence in two places. You go girl!

    • Thank you! I haven’t fully decided whether Medium is for me. I’m giving it a year. It helps that I see it as a different kind of place to write; that is, it is no substitute for my blog and the community I have here.

    • Thanks for reading and commenting, Lindsay. Medium is interesting, but I’m still trying to sort through how to “function” there. For me, it’s a steep learning curve, but I’m enjoying it for the most part 🙂

  4. Oh, your babies!!! Stones sound scary! And I well know the UTI issues. Pear has to stay on the antibiotic for about 23 days each time she gets one or it just comes back with a vengeance. I like the changes you’ve made to your blog, especially the organization!

    • Thank you for your comments about my blog 😀 Maxine’s UTI is from E. Coli. She has to be on antibiotics for three weeks this time and I’ve been advised to wipe her nether regions frequently. Our vet suspects that she might not be as hygienic these days 😏 Stones sound scary to me too, but our vet seems to believe they will dissolve on her own if Wendy will just eat the special diet. Last night and this morning she would only eat the dry food sample that the vet gave us for gastrointestinal problems. Sigh.

      • Pear’s UTIs are E Coli, too. They think it’s just the way she’s built that she gets these, so I don’t now. I never heard about the wiping. What do you use? A wet washcloth? Felix is now on special food, which is different from Kana’s special food. YIKES.

        • I hate it when they have to be on different foods. As for wipes, I bought some hypoallergenic unscented wipes for cats from the pet store. A wet washcloth would work as well. Max has a gut, enough of one that I’m thinking the vet is correct in suggesting that some her poop is finding it’s way into her urinary tract. The other night after she had done #2, I wiped her and, yup, she wasn’t very clean down there. Good thing I’ve done this before. Our first kitty—Joshua (RIP) —rarely cleaned his butt (he was the “dirty old man” of the cat world) so I regularly wiped him. Mikey (RIP) had irritable bowel disease. In his case, I usually had to clean him in the shower because he was also frail and blind and would fall into it ☹️ Poor guy. Good luck with your kitties!

  5. I can scarcely keep up with wordpress but I have limitations due to health issues. But I say go for it if you can keep up with various websites! Sending hopes and wishes that your kitties will be okay.

  6. I couldn’t do two platforms. Just tough enough with social media, WP and book writing. I hope your kitties are going to be okay. I’ll keep them in my thoughts.

  7. Hey, Kevin! Medium is an experiment for me, and it is challenging me to write more. Whether I keep up with it, who knows? It is like blogging with the whole follower thingy and clapping (no hugs or kisses). They have their own battery of stats for me to obsess over, and no shortage of “how to make money on Medium” articles 😉 The only downside is it’s taken time away from Clemency. Some good news, though: I’m more than 3/4 of the way in revising so there be light at the end of that tunnel 😉

  8. All I know is that I’m happier now that I’m blogging less often! Medium seems like an appealing place to highlight good writing, but the last thing I need is another outlet where I’d obsess over the number of views and followers and hugs or kisses or whatever. You’re moving toward full-time writing though, so it’s a great thing for you to focus on to build a new readership. 👍

  9. Congrats on that short story! It’s great that you’re writing on multiple platforms! So cool that you’re taking your writing so seriously.
    Under my pen name, I tend to stick with WordPress for now. But under my given name, I have published on other platforms.
    Sorry to hear about the health ailments of your kitties. 😞 Hope they can get some relief soon.

    • Thank you, L. Marie! My ego got a nice little bump when the story was published 😉 Good to know I’m not alone in writing on other platforms. I’ll keep you all posted on my cats 🙂

  10. Interesting way to describe the platforms. It seems to fit from what I can see.
    I hope your girls are OK. We had an old lady cat who had arthritis and kidney disease. She really didn’t let either slow her down until it finally did. She tolerated “the boys,” but she let them know that she was the queen. Our boys are due for their checkups. Last year Mickey wouldn’t even let the doctor touch him (he has one of THOSE files). 😉

  11. When I first started blogging, I tinkered with the look of my blog(s). I haven’t done that in years now. But it’s on my list of things to do somewhere in the months ahead. It’s time for an upgrade! I’m also going to start exploring Medium and trying to write some posts over there as well.

    I agree with you that Medium and blogging are two different platforms and I like your description of the differences.

    Good luck with your cats

    • Thanks, Mark. I feel a little more “settled” now that I’ve articulated the differences between Medium and WP. I am enjoying Medium, but it’s work. The only way my writing gets any traction is if I follow other members, read their stories and comment. Much like blogging in that respect 😉
      My husband is taking Wendy to the vet this afternoon. He’ll have to record the visit since our vet is a fast talker 🙄

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