29 October 2016

Explanation

Not a half stop, a back stop, a bus stop or even a glottal stop - but a full-stop. That would be one hell of a way to leave the blogging stage. No explanations. Nothing. Just gone for good. Period.

And having made that last post, I must admit that I was somewhat tempted. Eleven and a half years of blogging - that's a substantial chunk of my life. Yet like an online anarchist, I could put it all behind me with a simple full-stop.

However, that's not what it was about. All I was doing was making a bid to get into "The Guinness Book of Records" - for creating the shortest blogpost in blogging history and you may be pleased to learn that I might have got there. In an e-mail, the guardians of this holy Irish record book have promised to consider my submission for the 2018 edition. But was it a standardised throwaway response?  I hope not.

It's amazing that the last post attracted thirty comments - even though the post consisted of just one full-stop. Unfortunately, twenty one of those comments contained bad language or unsavoury suggestions so I have been forced to delete them. May I say an ironic "thank you" to someone called "Doug" from London who threatened me with physical harm and "sorry" to the lady in Bangalore, India who ignored my full-stop post in favour of promoting her seedy escort agency.

19 comments:

  1. Tell her I'll pay up soon. Good post.

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    1. You have run up quite a bill with The Bangalore Rumpy Pumpy Escort Agency Treey!

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  2. Well , I guess you put that out for reaction and you got it. Maybe the reaction you got was unexpected. so people interpret Things differently. I thought blogger was doing one of it's things and not publishing. I thought i would have to go back later to read the post.

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    1. You should know by now Red... I am a tricky fellow. The Ricahrd Nixon of the blogosphere.

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  3. I think Coppa's girl was correct! Dry or sweet sherry, Yorkie...which takes your fancy? ;)

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    1. Moonlight Lee. Moonlight...not moonshine. Why? See your previous comment.

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    2. Duly noted, Yorkie. :)

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  4. I don't know about the Guinness Book of Records but I have had a huge laugh at the post itself, the very idea of the topic, the comments (deleted) AND the fact I missed the post entirely.

    Alphie

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    1. I am pleased the posts tickled you Alphie and hope your frilly Victorian bloomers remained dry.

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  5. Very clever YP !
    We should have known you had an ulterior motive. Hope you make it into the Guinness Book of Records.

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    1. I am considering producing the world's longest blogpost now by copying and pasting the entire Bible randomly mixed up with the entire Koran and the entire twelve volume Oxford Dictionary.

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  6. I thought it was an issue with blogger and therefore did not comment.
    But... I hope you were not seriously tempted to leave the blogosphere!

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    1. When I posted that fullstop I had no thought of leaving but then "What if..." crossed my mind. I could have returned as a different blogger - developing an alter ego. Perhaps a marathon running fireman called Butch.

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  7. I am astonished at the number of unsavoury comments your post attracted. "Why?" I ask myself or anyone else who may know the answer for that matter. Good luck by the way.

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    1. Not everyone is as fair-minded and generous in spirit as you are Graham. Some folk can be very nasty - especially when faced with a dangerous looking fullstop. I mean, what if they spread?

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  8. Surely you cannot be serious.

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    1. Like the title of that BBC comedy panel show - "Would I Lie to You?"

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  9. Should they argue that your shortest post should have some sort of meaning, you can say that it isn't a full-stop but Morse code for the letter E.

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    1. "E" as in "E by gum" or "e" as in ecstasy? To me a fullstop does have meaning. It's an ending or it's a pinprick droplet of ink. In fact it could be many things. A little black star, the eye of a very tiny rodent, a small bullet-hole.

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Mr Pudding welcomes all genuine comments - even those with which he disagrees. However, puerile or abusive comments from anonymous contributors will continue to be given the short shrift they deserve. Any spam comments that get through Google/Blogger defences will also be quickly deleted.