Friday, August 24, 2012

Next Blog, Planting Rue and Thomas Hardy

Common rue

Do ya'll ever click on the Next Blog tab at the top of your page on Blogger? I just started doing it, and you know what? Every single time I do, the "next blog" is a hard-core Catholic one or evangelical Christian one. Names like Jesus Fever, Got Bible?, Stampin Sisters in Christ, Christian Apparel -- I'm not talking run of the mill fervor, either, but some scary stuff. Guns and God. Is it retribution? Is it a message for me? Is it a warning?

Am I digging my grave?

 Am I planting rue?

Will I rue?

Answer me, Sue.

"Ah, are you digging on my grave,
            My loved one? — planting rue?"
— "No: yesterday he went to wed
One of the brightest wealth has bred.
'It cannot hurt her now,' he said,
            'That I should not be true.'" 

"Then who is digging on my grave,
            My nearest dearest kin?"
— "Ah, no: they sit and think, 'What use!
What good will planting flowers produce?
No tendance of her mound can loose
            Her spirit from Death's gin.'" 

"But someone digs upon my grave?
            My enemy? — prodding sly?"
— "Nay: when she heard you had passed the Gate
That shuts on all flesh soon or late,
She thought you no more worth her hate,
            And cares not where you lie. 

"Then, who is digging on my grave?
            Say — since I have not guessed!"
— "O it is I, my mistress dear,
Your little dog , who still lives near,
And much I hope my movements here
            Have not disturbed your rest?" 

"Ah yes! You dig upon my grave…
            Why flashed it not to me
That one true heart was left behind!
What feeling do we ever find
To equal among human kind
            A dog's fidelity!" 

"Mistress, I dug upon your grave
            To bury a bone, in case
I should be hungry near this spot
When passing on my daily trot.
I am sorry, but I quite forgot
            It was your resting place."

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

If you're on Blogger, tell me what happens when you click "Next Blog."


  1. I got the blog of a Kenyan artisan! To be fair, there are a few God references there too...

  2. Where is this tab? On what page? I can't find it. I'm ignorant.

  3. "Tuck @ Denbeigh Church of Christ" is what I got! Now I'm off to look at my own blog and see what's next up!!


  4. Same thing! A blog called Fiddle-dee-dee which is just a common or garden "I did such and such today" today, except that God was with her telling her what to do every step of the way. Freaky!!

  5. i got a blog with a post at the top titled "women silent in church." I clicked away fast, so don't know the blog name. wow. i wonder what i'll get from my own blog? Hmmm

  6. I got Youth Base, which seems to be something for Christian youth.

  7. Yep. Found it. All Christian. WHAT IN THE HELL IS GOING ON WITH GOOGLE? WHY?

  8. I won! I like what I got:
    That Thomas Hardy poem is a crack up.

  9. Mine was a typical family blog. Booooring. I don't think I write a typical family blog, so I don't appreciate being associated with one, especially one with misspellings! The horror!

  10. நானும் படிப்பளிதான் 2,



    It's not what you think.

  12. Ha! Take heart. I got a wonderful gardening blog. She wrote of harvesting potatoes with her friend Elizabeth.

  13. my was a blog about an Irish family on vacation in Arkansas. Interesting to see the state through their eyes.

  14. uh-oh, then


    Aaron Shust's thoughts about God, family and life on the road.

    maybe it is a religious conspiracy?

  15. Ten out of twelve: help me Jesus.

  16. Elizabeth, this has REALLY freaked me out! You're right -- I'm getting all Christian/religious blogs. One by a Mormon family with a kid off to mission, one by an evangelical pastor in Boston, one by an elder at an evangelical church in Glasgow, one for the "Living Stones Fellowship Group" in Union City, CA, and one described as "a Christian student's adventure through life."


    Maybe Google chooses blogs that have been getting a fair number of hits, and these blogs do because of fellow church members? This is SCARY!

  17. For what it's worth, I don't get the same sorts of blogs when I hit "Next Blog" from my own blog page. (Among others, I got the blog of a Chinese guy, one of whose posts said -- I kid you not -- "I swear, one day my tongue will swim in your mouth.")

    I think Google must somehow base its "Next Blog" choice on the content of the preceding blog. But why it's saddled you with Christian content I'm not sure.

  18. It is not just you! I landed on a blog filled with pictures of the "Jesus Revolution Team."

  19. First: Family blog last updated in Aug 2010. Given my own recent hiatus, it seemed appropriate.
    Second: Family moved from CA to AK. Also apropos, since I've lived in both states, except they had a whole tab devoted to faith.
    Third: A blog written by a cat, as dictated to its owner. I kid you not.

    I would have placed more faith in Google's magic computers & been a bit concerned about myself except for your experience. *phew* Those cats scared me.



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