I’ve been fascinated with the relatively recent feature of the WordPress Reader: the Suggestions that show at the top, just above the feed. What’s so curious about them is:

  1. I often have no idea what the suggested keywords mean. Homesteading? Sous vide? Come on, don’t swear at me! Don’t tell me what that is though, I already Googled and confirmed that I’m highly uninterested in these subjects.
  2.  The suggestions are extremely random. I would’ve thought that as all other advertising (which is what suggested content really means), the keywords would be personalised. I don’t think they are, otherwise I couldn’t have been offered Homeschooling, Politics and Toddlers, all of which I intensely don’t care about.
  3. The whole thing is so hilarious! I waste time taking the three words suggested and using them in a poem or something. Like the thing below, which incorporates my latest incongruous suggestions of Beautyyoga and Batman.
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Beauty, yoga, batman 

Beauty is—not a thing
But if it were
   real

It would be
   me
With my arms up
   in a flying V
In the position
   of a tree

Doing yoga
Flying—
Like a fucking
Batman

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Posted by Mara Eastern

I'm a sardonic blogger, snapper, scribbler and rhymer; a virtual space invader who indulges in cheerful negativism, morbid self-deprecation and bleak humour.

23 Comments

  1. I must be blind 😦 I’ve never noticed the Suggestions thingy – until now! What great prompts for random bits of inspiration – or not….

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    1. I’ve not either. We can’t both be blind…….Mara must be seeing things!

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      1. I didn’t want to say that, but now that you mention it …..

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        1. Are you saying I’m hallucinating? Whoa, I should probably slow down on the pills… Kidding!

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      2. I swear I wasn’t drunk when writing this post. Or was I?

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    2. See! We learn every day 🙂 I think it’s a good idea, though it’s a shame that the suggestions are not more relevant to my interests.

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      1. I will be keeping an eagle eye out for them in future!

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        1. You never know what you’ll discover!

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  2. Nice rift on the reader.

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    1. Thank you, I’m glad you approve 🙂

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  3. Love it! I’ll have to try it some time…

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    1. Do try it, it’s huge fun! You never know which words you’re going to get 🙂

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  4. I really admire the way you write your poetry: cynically, sarcastically and in an irrreverant unpretentious spirit of self-deprecation and throwaway manner, as if each piece were a mere snot rag. But your work is tightening up exquisitely around your ironic ‘core values’ and producing a thing of true beauty. This piece is the best yet. I would happily include it in an anthology.

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    1. Wow. I don’t know what you say. Your words are beautiful, a shame I’m not really worth the praise. I want this as my testimonial though. Or maybe as a tombstone verse.

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  5. So if you pulled a poem out of that, everything’s for the best in this best of all possible worlds.

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    1. Aw, that’s well said! I’m disturbed enough to pull a poem out of the weirdest things. The next thing I’ll know I’ll pull one out of my ass.

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      1. Just found your reply: I’m sure you’ll feel better once you’ve gotten it out of there.

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        1. Yeah. It’s a relief 😀

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  6. […] and finding a note from Ellen, who expressed a mild interest in my curious capability of pulling a poem out of three random words. On this note I noted that the next thing I know, I’ll be pulling a poem out of my […]

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  7. I love this! Both the prompt and the poem. I will certainly be using those suggestions in future writings. The end of the poem is pure gold.

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment! These prompts really inspired me, though in another way than in which they were meant. It’s fun to experiment!

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  8. Reblogged this on SEO.

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