Front Page: About Bastet and The Blog…

Lake Garda

Lake Garda

I’ve been writing this blog now since the second of January, 2013.  So far, it’s been a satisfying experience.  But why did I and do I write a blog?

Basically, I thought it would be nice to see if I could write something (outside of my tattered notebooks) and see if someone in the general public would find it interesting.  Then again, I also thought it might be a way to leave something for my children and grandchildren to remember me by once I “shuffle off this mortal coil”.

It’d been a long time since I’d written poetry and writing fiction has never been my forte.  I thought when I began that I’d just write about my opinions and ideas;  you know, the usual stuff like politics, world affairs, that sort of thing.  Then I found myself starting to write about my childhood memories and things that have (had) happened in my everyday life.  One thing led to another, and my first photo poem popped up, and I started a new category to house it called Pills, which has grown since with two sub categories called Haiku and Power Shorts (a nice prosy type of Haiku, I’ve discovered through another blogger, Rick Mallery). The possibilities grew, with the idea of using my umpteen bazillion photographs and writing stories or travelogues around them.

Some of my favourite pieces languished though, so I went back to them to see why they’d never been appreciated, and I discovered that yes, they may have been interesting to me, but they were poor things indeed.  The style was stilted and they weren’t very well illustrated…so I rewrote them and dressed them up a bit…sure enough, there was a lot more interest expressed in them.  Some of my older pieces I’ve rendered private though…I may or may not go back and have a look at them.

Next is the housing project…that is where I blog, my site or whatever you call it. I’ve worked on it from time to time, changing the header, adding and removing and rearranging widgets but, I’m still not happy with it.  So, I’ll have to go and figure out how to actually use the instruments that are provided to make a better site.  I’ll also have to figure out how to do a little work with computer language too if I really want to do those things that your standard WordPress word “elaborator” doesn’t allow you to do…like changing your script size gradually…from smaller to bigger.

Then, there’s the one thing that really bugs me a bit.  I’d like my blog to go beyond a Facebook sort of life.  I look at my stats, and they’re pretty great for a beginner I think, and I love it when I see all the places my blogs have been read  (love those maps)!  I’m happy that people read and like my posts, but I’d also like to see some comments from time to time.  The age of Facebook and Twitter seem to have reduced blogger’s comments to mere “likes”.  I was happy to see an article written about this on Blogher, so I stopped feeling paranoid, it’s a general problem.  I myself find myself reading and liking, just as though I’m browsing through the Facebook…but, I say to myself,  if I’d been satisfied with Facebook, I wouldn’t have started blogging.  Of course, the problem is that there are literally millions of people who are writing and posting daily…so I say, I work on my style right!

Update!  Since i wrote this intro, many things have happened:

First:  I became editor for WDBWP and do a three weekly article for them on photography.  The Tuesday Pixelventures’ Photo Prompt and the follow ups on Wednesday (Pixelventures’ Photo Finish – the results of the former Tuesday prompt) and Saturday (Pixelventures’ Close-up where I talk about photography, photographers, blogs et al that has to do with photography!).

Second: I became part of a Blog called the 13th Floor Paradigm, where I write about Japanese Poetry from time to time and do a Weekly Writing Prompt.

Third:  I write poetry for the Poet’s Corner…I try to get something up at least once a week.  It’s a great place to read other people who interested in poetry and of course be read!

Fourth:  I transferred my photography to its own blog called: “Through the Eye of Bastet”.

Me by my webcam

Me by my webcam

Just a last word:  I comment on people’s blogs from time to time…the problem is, that when I write my blogs, before I transfer them to WordPress, I use a program that has an automatic word corrector which keeps track of all my mistakes and either automatically corrects them or at least points them out…not so for comments.  There was an old rule that I’d learned in school, and it goes like this:  I before E except after C…when in doubt, I  follow that rule.  I’ll never understand why I keep misspelling this word: experience (truth be told…I tend to spell it expierience)?

253 thoughts on “Front Page: About Bastet and The Blog…

  1. My experience is much the same as yours in the progression of what I thought I would blog and what I have progressed to at this point. Now getting enough nerve to post some short stories that will be a continuation project of the life of an individual.

    • Yes, the beauty of blogging here on WordPress is the evolutionary aspect of the experience itself. As you say getting enough nerve to post those projects that will be a continuous growing process in our individual lives. Thanks for your lovely comment DJ. Georgia

  2. I loved your take on comparing blogging to the Facebook/Twitter mentality. I agree that blogging, WordPress, can offer so very much more. To me it’s about making connections and being real…transparent. I am who I project. I know not everyone is…I’m not that naïve ;) It would seem that there are ever widening circles of people who follow people here….then new people get “folded” in adding to that circle…

    You seem to project yourself in a like manner and so therefore I would like to say “Hello…my name’s Christina ~ and I love that I’ve made friends all around this big beautiful globe of ours through WP and…It’s very nice to meet you.” :)

    • Good morning Christina! What a beautiful comment you’ve made here.
      The beauty of blogging is the possibilty of opening the inner treasures which we have to offer and receive those wonderful gifts that others would give us.
      Though we far apart, physically speaking, I’ve often found people who are nearer to me here than in my every day life, basically because here there is a meeting of minds and sentiments, through our chosen artistic expression. I’m very happy to meet you! :-)

    • Over the months, i’ve come to understand that it becomes difficult at times…lots of blogs to read…lots of work goimg om, both on real and cyber world…so, I rejoice when someone can find the time to comment, like you did here! Thanks :-)

  3. Hi Bastet! I haven’t popped over for a while due to my net struggles, but your blog is looking great! I love the new layout. When I’m off my phone and back on my computer I’ll have a better look around.
    Ps. I always spell experience – ‘experiance’. It is the bane of my life…

    • Ah…your ‘expierience’ makes me feel less alone! Can’t wait until you’re finally up and running…I’d never have thought that Australia could have the same Internet set-up problems that we have here in Italy…exactly the same thing here…drives you to distraction! Thanks for the complliments too!

  4. hi Bastet, reading the passage about your blog morphing from what you originally expected it to be, reminded me so much of my experience. on a lark and swallowing all my fear, i submiitted a little poem during April, for National Poetry Month. now i’m obsessed, especially with Haiku.

    i just thought i’d visit a bit to thank you for liking my poetry today, encouragement is always really appreciated. i hope you have a wonderful day, peace..

    • Thanks so much for sharing your experience…seem we have a common obsession…love haiku and english japanese poetry in general…pleasure to have met you and hope you keep on enjoying your experience…have a great day yourself! Ciao!

  5. That’s something I wish I could do on WordPress too….edit my comments.
    Seems I always see mistakes after I push the “Post Comment” button, and then there is no way to correct them.
    Love the photo of the lake.

    • Thanks for reading and your compliment of the lake…yes, it really is terrible…often, when I’m using my netbook I make typos left and right as I can’t type on the keyboard properly because it’s so small…hate it when I see what a mess I’ve made!

  6. I just did some blogwalking on a friend’s blog and stumbled here. Your wordpress ID fascinates me. Bastet and Sekhmet are Egyptian goddesses whose head is cat and lioness, right? Since I love cat, I think I’m going to love blogwalking here. ^_^

    Oh, my name is Nina, and I come from Jakarta, Indonesia. I’ll look forward to visit you again here.

  7. Dear Bastet, thank you again for following my blog. I couldn’t help but smile at your comment about what you consider a good posting is and that very few people read it. This is a common thought amongst many I have spoken to, myself included, what we perceive as good not everyone else does. But we keep writing because we love to do so. I look forward to stopping by your blog and reading your work.

    • Too right about what we consider good writing and what other’s may see in our work. Over the months of blogging I’ve discovered just how difficult it really is to follow other people’s work, sometime really fantastic and entertaining work at that, basically because, there are so few hours in a day and so much is being written! I began blogging and evolved over the months, many of those first post made me shivver with embarassment! I usually try to read and comment…a tall task now as I’ve so many blogs that follow me and whom I follow, and some of us are very prolific! As you say though, I just keep writing for the writing’s sake and am so pleased with the feedback that comes in. From the brief look I’ve had on your blog, you really are good! I too hope to be stopping by often to read your work!

      • Thank you and you are welcome. My American friends have taught me to say that as we Australians don’t use that term, we tend to ‘no worries mate’. I have found as you have no doubt that 99% of the people you meet are the loveliest of people very supportive and encouraging. And for me I write often to try out ideas, my latest post is another attempt at something different. I get bored with the same thing so I experiment with different forms. One question your name? It intrigues me, sorry if that is a rude question, as I am sure does mine.

        • My name…well, now most people who’ve been visiting know, my real name is Georgia. When my youngest son was very little, we used to read to him instead of letting him watch TV in the evenings. He fell in love with history and mythology. One of the favorites in our house was Bastet, because we’re also cat lovers. So I named my main computer, being the eldest and more powerful Sekhmet and my Netbook became Bastet. When I opened my blog, I just put the names of my computers up as the title of my blog…and everyone started calling me Bastet! Rather banal as stories go.
          I can understand with the need to use diverse forms…love to experiment and do so constantly. Your most recent one is grand!
          I wouldn’t really be considered or consider myself an American, as I discovered when I went to visit for the first time 4 years ago. I was born in that country but haven’t lived there in over 43 years. I live in Italy and this has had a great influence in how I think and see the world. So you can say ‘no worries mate’ and I’ll say ‘no problem!’ which is what the Italians say ;-).
          I have to agree again. The majority of the people I’ve met have been fantastic and supportive…I’ve heard of people being treated badly by commenters, but haven’t had the problem…besides if anyone did that I guess I’d call on Sekhmet to blast them then block them!

          • Thank you that’s a great answer and I am happy that you love in Italy as I think you are my first from there.
            Please call me Michael should you wish to comment anytime on my blog,all my friends there do so, I did begin blogging happy to be anonymous as I am in the main a private person but I have enjoyed getting to know a few bloggers well over the few months I have been a blogger on this site. So eventually I ‘came out’ and put my picture on the blog. I think for a long time many bloggers thought I was female as i have discovered I have two muses, a male and a female one. Lucky me I guess. The Summerstommy is a long story.

          • Know what you mean Michael, it’s been fun getting to know bloggers but sad when they stop blogging too, as sometimes happens.
            With these strange blog names I find that I you cant’t always figure out if I’m reading a woman or a man…that’s actually very interesting, as you say, perhaps the muses are two!

          • well if you read my posts my female is clear I think in many. Summer is my female and Tommy my male, though they didn’t start out that way. Summer would always write in poetry, I could never get her to write in prose, just never worked, funny isn’t it how it goes.

  8. Just found you, almost a year later, and am rather glad :) I totally get the word misspelling thing– I can’t spell “Restaurant.” I think it should be RestARaunt. Doesn’t that make so much more sense?!

    • Ah sweet lady…how I know that sinking feeling. I live in Italy, and the language is absolutely phonetic (except for the imported English words) you cannot believe how crazy it is when the letters have almost always the same phonetic value! Of course English is a uniquely rich language, but the spelling is awful!

          • AnElephant is reluctant to disagree with two such delightful ladies but he just loves the intricacies of different languages. As a Scot resident in France he thinks the French language is like a great work of art, it takes time to fully appreciate all the nuances.
            And to the lovely Ms Lorens he suggests that the problem is not in the spelling of such words but in increasingly sloppy pronunciation.
            He means no offence, merely offers one ancient pachyderm’s opinion.

          • An Elephant shouldn’t take these compliments to the French language too seriously. Of Course English was very heavily influenced by the old French language and a lot of it’s odd spelling and grammar rules comes straight out of Brittany of old…not to speak about the Germanic influences of old English which mixed up with the old French. Then for a long period the aristocrats in England spoke “french” and the plebs spoke “english” and they could barely understand each other. During the great vowel shift after the black pleague…things got even more complicated…French is quite nice and I love English but when it comes to spelling their both a mess!

  9. I wanted to post a proper hello…you are gifted in many ways…I just enjoy what you do…thank you for doing it and doing it well…misspelling is no big deal…if ever I see one on your post, I’ll give you a heads up hopefully you’ll do the same :D cheers!

    • Thanks! I do appreciate when someone gives me a tip. One can edit as much as one wants, but as my sis says, we usually see what we think shoud be there ;-) Thanks for dropping by!

    • Thanks Island Traveler! I’m always surprised that people find me or my blog inspirational. I’m happy though that we share this great passion. All the best to you and yours too!

    • True, comments are a way to get to know one another, it’s also the only way to understand wht it is in your piece that the reader liked and sometimes it’s that feedback that helps you improve your writing skills. Comments are really very important, if for no other reason than to keep you going because you know someone cares ;-)

  10. Thank you for following my blog Bastet! I am now following you too. It is lovely to have met you on Poets Corner!

    I see you are a photographer too! I have a flower photo blog which is called Perfect Imperfection. You can access it from the blogroll on my journeyintopoetry blog. I started it because I wanted a place to share my efforts at close ups of flowers. My hands are weak with the MS and I am determined to keep working them as much as I can. So I bought a camera. I stay in my garden mostly to take the photos and can only use auto focus; manual is just too difficult for me. If my hand gets too weak to click the shutter I think there are such things as bite switches. So there is always a way! I feel a great sense of achievement when I have taken a good one, which is usually a long process often involving shots of the wall, ground and sky before I get the flower! 😊

    • Sounds like a cool place to visit. I’m going to have to figure out what the blogroll is, that sounds interesting too. I’m not really a photographer, I just like mucking around with my camera and elaborate the results with an app. I’m happy too we met over at Poet’s Corner…nice way to meet people who share our interest!

      • My blogroll is just at the right hand side of my page. It just has Poets Corner and my other blog listed. I think its another way of listing what blogs you follow but my main list is just titled friends’ blogs I think! Cant even remember! Im not too good with technology, my daughter has to help me set everything up then I usually proceed to mess it up!

        Now youve made me feel better saying youre not a photographer really! Although if we take photos then I guess that’s what we are!! 😊

        • yep…guess we are if we take photos and publish them! I started doing that when I found out how difficult it could be to illustrate a post when you can’t get the artist’s permission to do so…then I started doing the challenges to get practice and improve my work…like i do with my poems.

  11. Hi Bastet,
    Just wanted to swing by to say a huge THANKYOU for your wonderful submissions to The Paperbook Collective. I always enjoy reading your pieces about Japanese poetry, I find it fascinating to read about all the different forms!
    Thanks for your ongoing support of The Paperbook Collective, and I look forward to working with you in 2014!

    • Thanks Jayde! It’s interesting that this year I’ve found myself so involved in Japanese poetry. I love our collaboration and hope to find something interesting to submit for your lovely magazine…thanks ever so much for your encouragement.

  12. happy to learn more about you and sometimes i leave a ‘like’ just so the writer knows i stopped by for a read, as a courtesy, and sometimes i am moved to comment, though i wish i had to the time to comment on everything i enjoy on wp. lt is really the comment, the personal connection that makes the experience so human. best, beth

    • Ah…that was written quite a bit ago..and of course now I know just how difficult it is to actually comment all those posts one would actually like to say something about. So I thank you very much KsBeth for your comment here and I wish you all the best!

  13. You have an impressive blog. My aim is to stop by frequently. I can pick up a lot of knowledge here.
    Hi I am Ranu from Bangladesh. Currently living in Canada.

    • Hallo Ranu! Glad you found it interesting…have been in a bit of difficulty since Christmas when I caught the flu…but hopefully things witll be back to normal asap. I’ve never been to Bangladesh, though I find the sub-continent fascinating…I have been to Canada though and loved the North-Western territories, though I imagine they’r be dreary in the winter…thanks for stopping by! Cheers, Georgia!

  14. Thanks so much for following my blog! I relate to your issues with getting the blog to look the way you want and getting more comments. I feel I am doing better now with the look of my but not so much with comments! One thing I did on my blog that really helped with the look of it was choose a free theme that allowed a custom background and a custom header. I have some limited graphic design chops and was able to create a background and header that are in the same color tones and image motif. So I think this helps my blog look custom without the need to code, which personally I am not very good at! Wanted to throw out the idea to see if that might be of some help:)

    • This was written last year and in the meantime I more or less have settled into my present theme and learnt a lot about widgets and the like. As for comments, I’ve come to understand that one of the problems with receiving and making comments is the huge traffic…reading and commenting is just not easy. In the days when I wrote this post I followed and was followed by far less people. So now, my major problem is how to write my posts and find enough time to read and comment those blogs I follow. Thanks for you kind comment and suggestions…by the way you didn’t mention the theme you use.

      • I use the yoko theme. I am still not totally sure I like it as the font and font size aren’t quite to my liking. However I have come to the conclusion its the best of the free options for me so it will do for now.

        • Interesting…I’m using the Twenty Eleven theme…which I’d left and then came back to. I like the choices that it gave me…unfortunately there’s no choice of font size that I know of…but it has quite a lot of free options. I’ll look into yoko.

    • I enjoyed reading Bill Bryce’s book Mother Tongue..It is interesting to note that many of my mispelled words wouldn’t have been just a few centuries ago! ;-) Thanks for droping by! Now, I’ll have to find out how to use Kaeru in a story!

    • Tell you the truth, I thought I’d been following and then saw that was not so on the reader! Glad you like my work too! Have a good day! Georgia.

  15. You seem to have a large collection of comments. It is nice to meet you and I look forward to getting to know you better. I am also gabby. I invite you to visit my blog. Hugs, Barbara

  16. Our brains are amazing things but try this: with one hand rub your rummy in a circle pattern and with the other pat your head…. now sit down, raise your right foot off the floor and move it in a circular pattern clockwise … once you get the foot going raise your right hand and draw the number 6 in the air… what happens to your foot?

    The letters I and E use the same fingers of different hands… it’s just a bit of brain trickery that you mistype the letters just like the two examples I gave you. You don’t notice it on many other words because they don’t contain the same series of efforts with the same fingers – if you were to type the word experiential your brain would not try to automatically do things so you’d get that one right. The whole sequence of muscle efforts works together to get the confused finger movement right.

    BTW, for comments you can type the comment up in a text editor or word processor with spell check and cut/paste it into the comment box.

    • Good suggestion to write on a word processor with spell check…laborious but good anyway. I enjoyed your anaysis of the whole typo thing. I often find that my letters get moved around, especially when I’m in a hurry…and so have to go back and correct those. As for rubbing my rummy in a circular manner…couldn’t find that part of my anatomy ;-)

  17. Spelling is ridiculous. (or as i would say rediculous) i before e except after c, or in either, neither and a whole heap more. I read some where that this rule is almost as often wrong as it is right!
    Thanks for reblogging my “about haiku” post. I’m really glad you like it.

  18. Your story is so inspiring. Like you, I have felt myself growing in other directions and have added blogs to my original one. Unfortunately, my writing has not been as regular as yours due to being fairly ill the last two years, but feeling better now (thank God) and hope to be a regular again. Thank you for sharing your story and your successes. Truly inspirational!. Well done!

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