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)?

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

  1. For some reason when I want to comment on something I have to read all the comments before doing so, it’s partly because I don’t want to repeat what other people have said and partly because of my nosey curiosity.
    I was sad to see that you still don’t quite believe DragonSpark and I are two different people but I guess anything I say will just strengthen your belief.
    I learned “I before e excpt after c but only if it rhymes with me” and I believe the ei in either or neither is supposed to rhyme with eye.
    I came “here” to ask if you would be interested in “portraits” I took as prompts. Though I was (and am) a bit awed at everything you’ve achieved even just reading these comments.
    Tell me if you’re interested :)

    • I do believe that DragonSpark and you are two differente entities, sorry I didn’t make that clear, but I’m not always sure whom I’m speaking with! The problem of reading all the comments can be a dilly…and interesting too! What did you mean about “portraints taken as prompts”? I do prompts for Mindlovesmisey’s Menagerie as well as We Drink Because We’re Poets and I usually do so using photos, sometimes other’s have contributed them. I like to use other people’s images, which I always give credit for on the posts I write. So, if I can understand what you mean, I may be interested :)

      • I see. I’m sorry I wasn’t at all clear, basically I took a few pictures I thought could make good prompts and I was wondering if you wanted to try one? Or put it on that site where you do shadormas?

      • How to know who you’re seaking with? If it’s poetry, it’s not me ;) I’d NEVER heard of a “shadorma”, or even seen the word! I stumbled on this conversation on accident. You two have been busy with the poetry stuff lately…
        Congrats to your imagination and ingenuity. I’ll stick to politics and fiction for now if you don’t mind.
        See you around Bastet! :D

        • Hello DragonSpark!! So no poetry means ImabOOkworm and politics and fiction are you, thanks for the tip! Actually the shadorma isn’t one of the most tooted forms around, but then outside of the haiku most of the micropoems are pretty unknown. Thanks for dropping in and visiting, always nice to see you.

  2. It’s not difficult to generate comments but keeping up with the responses and making all the return visits needed becomes an enormous task. Yours is one of those blogs I’d like to visit more often but there are only so many hours in the day. Thank you for my ‘like’ today :)

    • You’re absolutely correct about what you say. At the time of writing this front page I had like 10 followers. It was easier to keep in touch with everyone, go visit and reply to comments and make my own comments. Now it’s become much much more difficult … I used to spend a couple of hours a day to read mail, blogs and comment. Now in a couple of hours I’ve just about finished reading the notifications of my commenters and should go to the reader and look at my e-mail. :-/ So, I know what you mean that you’d like to spend more time visiting blogs but there are only so many hours.

  3. Thanks for the reblog!

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your ‘About’. When you learn how to change font size in a post let me know. At the moment it’s at the top of my list of things I want to be able to do.

    • Know I didn’t and don’t know why it should … it’s just a regular old Blogger (once blogspot) account. I haven’t linked it to the google + account or anything! Anyway … on the blog there’s the email button for following the blog and replying. I’ve now linked all my e-mails to my principle email account so I can run past them easily at least once a day without having to go specifically to them outside of libero. Thanks for the info and now … to read! (Welcome about the push ;-) )

  4. Hello Bastet! Thanks for your visit today! I’ve been so crazy busy, but maybe things are getting back under control now, God willing. Hope all is well with you and your hubby, best wishes to him for a full and happy recovery! ♥♥♥ ;^)

    • Thanks so much Aisha for dropping by … know about crazy busy … I’ve barely time to even read a blog now and again as I’ve been off line for the better part of three weeks with one problem or another with the computer. Hopefully things will settle now … otherwise we’re doing good. Hope you passed a serene Ramadan. <3<3<3 and a big hug!

  5. Oh, I forgot to suggest you try these tricks for different font sizes in your posts:
    put some text here it will be slightly larger than your normal font size
    put some text here it will be larger than h3
    put some text here it will be really large!
    add , e.g.: I like this size and weight a lot, try it, too
    you can keep typing in a new “h” size for as long as you want until you close it with a
    hope this helps, have fun! ♥♥♥ ;^)

    • Oh, crap, it stripped the marks, it should be (im going to try this one more time with quote marks, just strip the quote marks when you try this)
      “” put text here for very large effect ”
      “” text here “” – substitute h2 and h3 for varying sizes and combine with bold, too, ok, here’s hoping this works this time!

      • Boo, this is a pain in the butt! In between the quote marks is supposed to be the “less than” and “greater than” symbols. I’ll send you an email, I saw it up above in the comments earlier! ♥♥♥ ;^)

        • Ah … thanks… this instint messageing service isn’t working too well lately, don’t know if you noticed. I thought it might be my computer, but see it’s common to many. Thanks tfor the suggestion will try it!

  6. If words are pearls of wisdom, you must be quite wise indeed. You have set up this page beautifully, and I think there are a lot of us who cannot yet manage a large part of the blog lingo. I am going to look at your photos now. Thanks so much for following me.

    • Thanks for your wonderful comment! It does take a little getting used to the new lingo as you say. But it’s a satisfying adventure. Loved your work so I followed – I only hope to have more time to read you! :-)

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