Just A Note: Monday 8th of July

Hello World!

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Well, to say it was a busy week would be understating the case!  There has been so many things going on that it almost seems like a year has come and gone.

Awards:

This week I was nominated for the Semper Fidelus award by Petitemagique who also wrote a Haiga for me!

Here’s the award: And here is the Haiga:

georgiaThank you very much Patty!  Bastet has never looked better! 🙂

I’d like to nominate in this occasion all those glorious bloggers who have blogged through thick and thin and are still here to tell their tales!

Blogging World:

Which leads me right into the Blogging World!

There’s a new blog in the world (well probably oodles of new blogs in the world actually) and it’s been opened by The Cranky Caregiver!  She’s become a published author folks and to celebrate, she went and opened a new blog!  Poor Mrs. Gulch though, her old avatar, found herself ousted our, rather unceremoniously…well not really.  What happened is that it seems one can’t have two different avatars…so as Mrs. M.E. McMahon had to have (heaven’s forbid!) a real life photo for her more serious blog…out went Mrs. Gulch!  Here’s the story and the follow-up is on her next page…lovingly funny as always!  Her new Blog is called: A Dream Come True…by the way the second link will take you not only to her blog but to the story she dedicated to me!  😉

Over at my favorite pub, We Drink Because We’re Poets Lilith began writing her bi-weekly feature dedicated to music!  Her posts are on Tuesday and Thursday, the second being a prompt dedicated to the musical artist she introduces on Tuesday.  This week we met a Japanese artist, Miyavi whom she describes as “Guitar Samurai”  go have a look!

Yesterday I reblogged two posts that I feel are important to us all…the first is entitled:  Hello? I have posted. Is anyone out there? from my thoughts on a page…a great poem, it’s theme…well read it and you’ll quickly see, I’ll give you a hint…read the title 🙂

The second is on a different note, it’s entitled: 10 ways to tell if you are writing with confidence from Writers Write. Take a look, it’s very interesting.

Bastet and Photography:

Well…now I’ve been experimenting with what I can do with Picasa 3 ™ trying to do new things with photos.

Just let me say here, photography is not my chosen artistic medium, I like to take pictures, I like to fool around with them, I like to use them with my poems and stories, and now I try to challenge people into creating and maybe using their own photos with their work! Ergo I work with the We Drink Because We’re Poets as their “photo editor” putting out a weekly challenge and writing an article about photographers or photography.

In order to do that, as I said I’ve been experimenting.  First of all, I started using the “Gallery” option from the “Add Media”…and found that I like how the slide shows work when adding multiple photos, for example when I participate in the Daily Prompt Weekly Photo Challenge or when I do my weekly Sunday Walk.

I did my first collage this week too with Picasa 3 ™ … and wrote a post showing each passage I did to get the end photo…not an exceptional work of art, but it has an interesting potential for future use I think…

I learned about Haiga from Sahm King from the Arkside of Thought…he loves this form of art and has tried his hand at it from time to time with pretty awesome results. This is one of the things he liked about the photographic element over at We Drink.  On Saturday, I made my first attempts at Haiga…I posted my first attempt called Haiga: Embrace asking for feedback from the readers and some actually gave me that needed feedback!  Permitting me to make a second and finally third Haiga, until I came up with the two final posts: Haiga: Water Lily  and Haiga: Wisteria. I’ve discovered I’ve mixed feelings about Haiga, you need a particular sort of photo in order to come up with something really awesome…so I’m thinking I won’t be doing too much of that sort of thing, unless I find something really inspiring, one should never burns bridges!  I don’t mind pictures with my Haiku and Senryu (another term learnt from Sahm King) but I’m not sure I want them superimposed…

Now apart from the results…which do not completely satisfy me, as I think you gathered, another thing popped up…I discovered that I want to learn more about the WordPress editor…for this particular experiment it would have been a good thing to be able to use the “poll option” for example.

Bastet also published her first Trilogy…shades of Tolkien here, people!  It is a series of three poem to three different elaborations of a photo I did last week while experimenting (hell I’m using that word a lot recently!).  I called it:  The Desert Water Lily Pond!

I also published an article about the great and only Leanne Cole…I can’t say that I really wrote it as most of the stuff in the article are things she herself wrote and permitted me to publish on the We Drink blog…let’s say I retooled and edited it with some of my own comments thrown in for good measure… 🙂

Stats and all that Jazz:

A couple of weeks ago…I got 202 views, that was in my 21st week of blogging and that week I received 901 views from 297 visitors…wow I said…and then the views plummeted or so it seemed.  In fact, the next week, I was away from home and Sekhmet (my main computer) alas, my daily views dropped down from that 202 top to 50.  I couldn’t post very often and I couldn’t comment my reader.

Bastet and Sekhmet now has over 430 followers…but readers…ah, there’s the rub says the Bard…there are about maybe less than 30 regular daily readers, they are the “Semper Fidelus” to whom I referred to above.  Many have never said a word to me…they just read and like what Bastet does.  Others comment and give encouragement.  They’re all great people and I love to see them in whatever way they choose to visit!

We WordPress bloggers have a thing for stats…it can become a really painful experience if we’re writing for stats.  Bastet’s opinion is:  don’t get caught up in the stat’s game…it does nothing for your blogging nor does it do much for self-esteem.  Mirrors are a fine thing…but I think you should take them in small doses…expecially at my age!  Just do what you do to the best of your ability…and be happy and serene knowing that you’ve done a great job.

Conclusion:

On this note…hopefully uplifting and wise coming as it does from the Akashic library…you all have a wonderful week and keep on blogging!
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7 thoughts on “Just A Note: Monday 8th of July

  1. Hi there, Bastet!
    Have a good week, and I agree with you on statistics. Perhaps the most important thing is to go on blogging – I’ve recently found out myself that I can think of endless reasons not to, but I’ll try again. And knowing that there are people like you, who just get on with it (busy or not) really helps!

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    • I think this is a wonderful comment…there are moments when I think we all can find lots of reasons to stop blogging. Writing with WordPress has it’s advantages and it’s disadvantages. On some of the blogging sites…most of them I think, there is no community behind it, you very often don’t know if there is even anyone reading your posts at all…the downside can be the stats stress…or unhappily trollish types who make you feel pretty bad and one doesn’t really need that sort of hassle. Of course one can block these people and mark them as spammers..as Sahm mentioned this morning on a comment on today’s We Drink post. Im really glad you’re going to keep on blogging, I love your posts!

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  2. Thanks so much for the mention! It’s really appreciated. I’ve been laying low the past couple of days due to an extremely hot and dirty DIY project. Taking pictures for a future post! Again, thanks my friend!

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