From the Desk of Patty L. Fletcher – Up in the Night – Still Undecided About Facebook and an Unknown Pain #Blogging, #Facebook, #Writing

From the Desk of Patty L. Fletcher – Up in the Night – Still Undecided About Facebook and an Unknown Pain #Blogging, #Facebook, #Writing

From the Desk of Patty L. Fletcher – Up in the Night – Still Undecided About Facebook and an Unknown Pain

By Patty L. Fletcher

October 6, 2023

Moon Phase Waning Gibbous

Patty sits in an office chair at a kitchen table. She wears a light pink v-neck t-shirt with a purple and blue butterfly on the front. She wears blue jeans and light blue sneakers with no laces. Her hair is grey and is in a half ponytail. Between her legs sits a black Labrador dog with a chain collar. at the dog's feet is a yellow tennis ball.

*Note*

The first section of this post was originally shared onto my Facebook timeline yesterday.

It has been lightly edited.

Good morning, everyone. I hope this message finds you well. Here is a brief update and some information. As many of you reading no, I have been having continuous issues with Facebook. It is quite possible that I will need to delete my account. It is not yet decided as to whether I will create a new account, or it may be that I will not be able to. But what I would like to do is give you an easy, free, very accessible, way to follow me. You can find out what’s going on with me. Read post about things I am following. See what books I am releasing. Read my writings. My rantings. My ramblings. And very much more. I even have a recorded demo that I can share with anyone interested on how to navigate my website. It is screen reader friendly. Large print, friendly, etc. I would love to have you there. You can comment on posts, like posts, share post, and contact me via email even. The photos will all have descriptive text, you’ll never have to worry about things you cannot see or read, and you will meet lots of my new friends that I have on the blog every day. So, this is an option to keep up with me and blue and all we are doing. I hope that you will follow and leave me a message to let me know that you have done so. There is an email Patty link on the footer of every page. You have heading navigation button navigation etc. Please reach out to me and let’s get started having fun. No stress drama or any ugly news posts. Just lots of fun where everybody is accepted. Loved and welcome. Check it out and let me know if you have any problems. If you’d like to receive the link with the demonstration recorded including screen reader sounds and instructions, please leave me an email via the email Patty Link found at the footer of this page on this link I am sharing, and I will send it to you straight away. If those of you who are in groups, mine and others would share this for me, as I am not allowed to post in any groups, because of my continued minimum security Facebook jail incarceration that would be appreciated too.

PATTYSWORLD.COM

) Today…

This seems like a great option, right? I think so. However, I still have concerns. What if people won’t follow my blog? Could I just delete my Facebook account and start again? Has Facebook lost its glamour for me? Because there are few who comment, or like posts here in Patty’s Worlds, how can I know if people are reading? If they are reading, but want different content, how do I get them to let me know? In short, what am I doing wrong here? I very rarely get a comment, or like. If people share, they’re exceedingly rare. What can I change? The list goes on and on.

Why do I blog? You ask. Well, it’s like this.

In 2015, I wanted a space all my own. I wanted to be able to make my own rules about what I said, how I said it and for people to be able to reply with their comments in an area where they wouldn’t be kicked to the curb for speaking their truth.

At first, I staggered and stumbled through the blogosphere. I hadn’t a clue what I was doing. The site looked hideous at times but still I persevered.

After some time when by, the changes WordPress was making to their editors and such became a nightmare and my wonderful friend, who is also my Virtual Tech Advisor and Research Assistant Casey Mathews recommended I change to the web host he was using. Though expensive at first, in the long run, it was worth it.

When we made the change, the difference was immediate and wonderful.

But, not for all. I soon discovered people were having trouble commenting and the like. So, Casey and I began making changes and one by one all the problems people were reporting disappeared.

But still, no one made comments, or even hit the like button to let me know they were there.

What to do? Why of course, ask what’s the trouble?

After more chatting with close friends, who did seem to care, I decided to create a recorded demo on how to navigate my blog. Still not much response. In fact, the only feedback on the demo I got was from a fellow blogger, who already knew the ropes. Though she knew how to navigate, she did say she wasn’t aware of the different pages on my blog and complemented me on a job well-done. Though it was nice to receive a complement and I was glad she took the time to listen and learn something new, I still wasn’t getting the desired result.

Yesterday, while posting posts like the one you read above, I began feeling the most frustrated I’ve felt in quite a while.

“What am I doing wrong?” I cried as I stood in the shower letting the spray mingle with my tears. My blog is my heart. It’s where I’m working to build a network, but it’s flimsy and feels quite unreliable. Should I just give up? Maybe go dark?

This didn’t seem like a great idea either. Especially with a full-length book coming out soon as well as an anthology including a story by me within on the way.

Before I go on, let me say, I’m not trying to guilt trip anyone. I only want to know, “Is there anybody out there?” Does what I do matter to anyone at all? How can I know?

I’m hopeful, writing from my heart will spark a conversation. To you who do comment on and like posts, thank you so much. To the rest, even if you have nothing to say, is it so hard to hit that like link and let me know you read what I write? If you’re not interested, why are you here?

Inquiring blogger wants to know.

Well, as momma said, enough is enough and too much gets nasty, so before I launch into a long, nonsensical rant, let’s move on.

Over the last few months, I’ve been having some sort of weird pane. At first, I thought I’d pulled a muscle. Then, when it didn’t go away, I thought I might have a kidney infection but when tested, the answer was no. For a while, I tried to ignore the pain and soreness in the right side of my back and rib cage, but now, the only real relief comes from sitting in my Great and Powerful Chair with the heat pad running full blast.

Today, I’m fairly sure it’s one of the reasons I woke at the Ungodly hour of 2:21 and couldn’t go back to sleep. So, I’m going to give in and go back to the doctor. Stay tuned to find out what if anything I learn.

For now, the coffee is hot. The weather is for the moment not, and that’s the way the Chief and I love it.

Thanks for reading if you did.

May Harmony find You.

Blessid Be.

*Reference Links…

Talk to Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing Tours Patty’s Worlds – Demo.

Casey Mathews Virtual Tech Advisor and Research Assistant.

Abbie Johnson Taylor – TTW Sponsor.

Poet Joan Myles – TTW Sponsor.

Trish Hubschman – TTW Sponsor.

Author Poet Marlene Mesot – TTW Sponsor.

Sally G. Cronin – Writer’s Grapevine Magazine Contributor.

Robbie Cheadle – Fierce Supporter.

Writing To Be Read – Fierce Supporters.

Patty and her guide dog Blue. Patty has her hair tied back in a low ponytail and rests her right hand on Blue's head. She wears a white shirt with a pink and purple butterfly on the front and light blue shorts. Blue is a handsome black lab. He wears a brown leather harness with a handle attached to the back and is smiling at the camera as he sits in front of Patty. In the background is a brick building with white, windowed doors and a flowerpot overflowing with pink and yellow blooms.

About Patty L. Fletcher

Patty Fletcher is a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom she is enormously proud. She has a great son-in-law and six beautiful grandchildren. From April 2011 through September 2020, she owned and handled a black Labrador from The Seeing Eye® named King Campbell Lee Fletcher A.K.A. Bubba. Sadly, after a long battle with illness on September 24, 2020, King Campbell went to the Rainbow Bridge where all is peace and love. In July 2021, she returned to The Seeing Eye® and was paired with a Black Labrador Golden Retriever cross named Blue.

PATTY’S BLINDNESS…

Patty was born one and a half months premature. Her blindness was caused by her being given too much oxygen in the incubator. She was partially sighted until 1991, at which time she lost her sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. She used a cane for 31 years before making the change to a guide dog.

WHERE SHE LIVES AND WORKS…

Currently, Patty lives and works in Kingsport, Tenn.

She’s the creator and owner of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist), The Writer’s Grapevine Online Magazine and the creator and host of the Talk to Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing Podcast.

WRITING GOAL…

Patty writes with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disabled from the non-disabled.

Patty is also a published author.

Books by Patty Fletcher

Pathway to Freedom – Broken & Healed

Bubba Tails

Campbell’s Rambles

The cover of "Pathway to Freedom". 
A garden with rocks and pebbles, surrounded by grass and trees. To the left, a bench sits below a tree with a seated dog silhouetted on the grass in front of it. An ethereal glow of gold and green shines through the middle of the picture with the title of the book written in fantasy style lettering in darker gold and with black shadowing.

Pathway to Freedom – Broken & Healed

In this, the first book in her memoir trilogy, Pathway to Freedom – Broken and Healed: Book One – How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life, Patty shares how her decision to gain complete independence with the help of ‘The Seeing Eye Guide Dog’ school in Morris Town, New Jersey, reveals to her a glimpse into worlds she had never before known existed.

Once home from ‘The Seeing Eye’ she soon begins to realize all is not right in her world.

Watch your step as you journey down the pathway with Patty and Campbell, for there are many obstacles along the way. There are triumphs and tribulations, tears and fears, but through it all that forever guide by her side, King Campbell works tirelessly to keep her safe from harm.

Reviews

Powerfully raw at times, the author’s words never shrinks from expressing what needs to be told. By way of her own story, Ms. Fletcher urges readers to pay attention to their own hearts, to protect their own spirits, and to blaze their own trails. – JM

 

Pathway to Freedom Broken and Healed: Book One How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life Second Edition, by Patty Fletcher is the author’s own story about courage and determination, as a blind person and a woman, and the intense love and trust between human and dog. – TH

 

Bubba Tails

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In this magical and love-filled tail, King Campbell, Super Seeing-Eye Dog AKA Bubba travels to the puppy nursery at The Seeing Eye to help ready a group of puppies who are just about to embark on the fabulous journey of learning to become Seeing-Eye dogs. Just as he is about to finish his tail, a wee pup becomes very frightened of all that lies ahead, and one frightfully stormy night she runs away! Will King Campbell hear the urgent call from the puppy nursery in time? Will they find her and save her so she can fulfil her destiny?

Reviews

Wow! I loved reading this! What an amazing story about an incredible journey. This is about a journey from The Seeing Eye, Inc. in New Jersey to Kingsport Tennessee, but is also about the journey of a loving owner, and her special canine companion. – SL

 

This is a sweet story, chock full of educational information about the training of guide dogs and also magical, whimsical details about dogs and puppies wishing, dreaming, singing, fearing, and hoping for the future, doubting themselves, and working together to find one of their own and bring her home safely. A great teaching tool for kids and an entertaining piece for adults as well. – BB

 

Campbell’s Rambles

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This is the story of how the author obtained her first guide dog, Campbell, from The Seeing Eye™ in Morristown, New Jersey: what motivated her, the extensive training she had, the special relationship she developed with her trainer, and the good friends she made.

Once she returned home to Tennessee, there were many new challenges to be met and overcome, including domestic abuse. All that was in addition to her chronic conditions of bipolar disorder and fibromyalgia.

With honesty, courage, and humor, Patty Fletcher tells a remarkable story of personal development that is sure to inform, entertain, and inspire others, both blind and sighted.

Legal Notice: THE SEEING EYE and SEEING EYE are registered trademarks of The Seeing Eye, Inc.

Reviews

I really enjoyed this book! Patty Fletcher is a great writer. She shares in a vulnerable and authentic voice about not only getting her seeing eye dog, Campbell, but about her life. – WW

 

Ms. Fletcher paints a vivid picture of her experience in training for a guide dog under difficult personal circumstances. A must read for those contemplating the move from a cane to a guide dog, as well as those interested in the physical and mental obstacles faced by the blind. – LD

 

CONTACT…

Email: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com

 

Find Patty on Smashwords.

Find Patty on Amazon.

Find Patty on Goodreads.

Walk alongside Patty and Chief Seeing Eye® Dog Blue on the Pathway to Freedom.

 

10 Comments

  1. Tasha Halpert Reply
    October 6, 2023

    I always enjoy reading your personal rambles and want to encourage you to continue. You are special, and if folk don’t comment it might just be they’re not the commenting type. Not many comment on my blog, and I’m sure it isn’t because of any reason but that. Cheer up and rejoice that you can express yourself this way. It’s a blessing to have an outlet, at least that’s how I see it. Hugs and happy hearts, Tasha

    1. I understand what you’re saying, but I must find the best place, with the most outreach and connection to promote the work of my clients and myself. If I do not I may as well close my business. So far, you’re the only client to make a comment. We’re coming close to the possibility of my closing the business and letting people find out just what they were getting from me and how cheeply they were getting it. I’ve said from the beginning, this business required client participation and I’m not getting that. I cannot and will not do it alone.

      1. Tasha Halpert Reply
        October 6, 2023

        I do hear you and I do wish you well as I have from the beginning. Hugs, Blessings, Tasha

    2. Well, Tasha, I figure I can stay down in the mouth about it and solve nothing, or I can do something and see if it works.

  2. Patty L Fletcher Reply
    October 6, 2023

    Hi, I just decided that it will be what it is. I went outside, threw my hands up in the air and yelled wahoo. I am free then I went over and picked up fresh vegetables and fruit, frozen meats, and I am going to spend the afternoon cooking, putting up vegetables, reading a book, and generally being lazy. How’s that?

    1. Good for you,trust in the universe to keep you going and be optimistic, you’ll be fine. Hugs and blessed be. Tasha

  3. Patty, ever since I started participating in Open Book Blog Hop and Six Sentence Story Thursday Link Up, I’ve gotten more followers. As you know, I now have over a thousand. You might think about participating in these features. That might draw more readers.

    If you decide to stay on Facebook, you can join the Open Book Blog Hop group and find the weekly prompts there. You can subscribe to GirlieOnTheEdge’s blog at: https://girlieontheedge1.wordpress.com/ to get the prompt word for Six Sentence Story Thursday Link Up, which comes out on Sundays.

    Also, have you read Julie and Julia? It’s a memoir about how a woman named Julie in New York City cooked 365 of Julia Child’s recipes and blogged about it. At times, she felt like you, frustrated because she didn’t think anyone was reading her posts. But she soon learned that was far from the truth, and you’ll realize that, too.

    Believe it or not, people are reading your posts. They’re not always liking and commenting on them. But don’t sweat it. Keep blogging, and you’ll soon find reward. I hope you and your doctor can figure out what’s causing that pain and get rid of it.

    1. Hi Abbie, I have a bit of trouble navigating her blog. So many of the links just read “Link Link” when I look at them. My screen reader has nothing to enable it to read where the links go. Just now I pressed enter on one and it took me to a social media site I don’t belong to. That’s the reason I have not participated. I have a hard time determining the share links from the post links. If the links were labeled I would do more of it. But it is nearly impossible for me to obey her rules because I cannot find the posts people are putting up so I can read them.
      I do however participate in other blog tours and it still doesn’t seem to help. This is why I want to understand what it is I’m doing wrong.

  4. Patty, It took me a while to figure that site out, too. I’ve never explored any of the links there. I mainly concern myself with the six-sentence prompt, which comes out on Sunday. I access this by either navigating to it at heading level 1 or clicking the Skip to Content link at the top of the page. I then write my six-sentence story, using the prompt word at least once. On Wednesday, she posts the link to the In Linx party where bloggers post their links when their posts go live. In her Wednesday post, the first link after the prompt word is the In Linx link. So, when focus is on the prompt word, pressing K should take you to that link. The In Linx site can also be confusing. I can email you an audio tutorial on how I include my link and read other bloggers’ posts on that site if you think that would be helpful.

    I don’t participate in a lot of blog tours because they don’t seem to draw as many likes and comments as the six-sentence story and the open book blog hop features. People don’t always want to read about other books. People want to read more of your writing. That’s why they visit your site. These features are a great way to write and share with your readers. So, I suggest you give them a try. If you need more help, let me know.

    1. Hi, Abbie. This does help. I’ll give it a try.
      Book promotions are good though. Like Sally’s book excerpt promo, I just bought four books because of that thing.
      I’ll be putting a book excerpt in that soon.

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