It’s Monday again (and a little late, got lost reading) and so I’m here to talk about my past week and future ideas.
Blogging is ever more an interesting a rewarding occupation. When I began last January, I just thought to write one article, about Mali and the terrible inner conflict that had befallen yet another African country. I’d been requested by one of my students to write down some of my reflections about the situation…reflections…but with a different twist. She wanted me to tie the present with the past, that is, she wanted me to write about my experience of civil war. The post didn’t come off quite that way. The thing that weighed on my mind, was the clamber and clatter of outsiders, looking down their noses, safely judging as they sit and watch TV, people and places they’ve never and will never know anything about. I hate the condescending way people judge other people based on that gossip mongering bit of technology TV and alas Internet too. I doubt though that I got my message across…the comment proved that.
Anyway…the blogging bug caught me. I soon found that I wasn’t interested in adding my voice to the dissection of human affairs that we call current events. I just liked writing, had always wanted to be read…and so I wrote. My childhood memories came first…then how I learned to drive…a poem, then a second poem…a photograph I was lucky enough to shoot…here let me show you that one, I still love it very much:
It’s a raw photo as you can see…I haven’t signed it yet and there was no re-touching…that would be something I learned in the future.
I met my first blogging friends, as I began to comment their work…I wrote a post about the death of my dear cat friend Maao…and was Liebstered by Barb Taub, then by Cranky. I discovered Power Shorts through Rick Mallery and prompts, read my first Eric Alagan post…started following others and being followed.
I discovered The Arkside of Thought and through Sahm, We Drink Because We’re Poets and began writing poetry again after nearly 40 years. I think this was the turning point…meeting Sahm King…he made me feel like I could really write poetry…that Bastet was something special…here is my first Palindrome. I think no single bloggers have had quite an influence on me as Sahm King and his MT Blu. They pulled out something that was hidden and encouraged me to take a step towards being more than I thought I could be.
I began to post everyday…had to to follow the We Drink daily poetry prompts…and it became like air, water and food. At some point I began to write my morning Haiku. And this weekly post: Just a Note…and The Sunday Walk.
I discovered the Weekly Photo Challenge and started participating…as well as submitting a photo to Toemails and another blogger Alexy Markovich who specializes in publishing other people’s photos as well as his own.
I jazzed up my blog page…simplified it and now I’ve jazzed it up again. Learned about widgets and how to make a static front page and how to use Picasa 3…started playing with photos and then recently became part of We Drink Because We’re Poets. That link will take you to the first poetry prompt back in April by the way.
I met wonderful bloggers, some came into my life like comets and disappeared never to be seen again…others like Charles Yallowitz, M E McMahon, and Eric Alagan and MT Blu have become a part of my blogging life. A special thanks to ME McMahon for trying to get me to publish…if I can get the guts up, I promise you I will.
Where to from here:
I’ve started a new series people! It’s called Sketches and what it’s all about is an idea…I want to write drawings…a sort of prose in poetry inspired by classical music. I’ve written 4 so far…the last requested (Sketch 4: Pictures at an Exhibition) by Cathy Ulrich. Sketch 3: Thunderstorm (which I translated into Italian as well) was inspired by a splash of comments with Ye Olde Foole as indeed were a couple of poems I wrote last week about my childhood memories.
Starting next Sunday I’ll be writing a weekly though with Jerry Stolarski…he puts the photo and I put the poetry. We did a dry run this week and Jerry said…we should do this more often and I said…yes, a weekly duet blog…and voilà!
I wrote oodles of poetry last week too! And will continue to do so. I jazzed up my blog page a bit adding a slide show of some of my photos and art work and things that have meaning to me. I’m going to edit my front page soon and I want to group up my Haiku into pages…so I’ve editing work to do because some of those Haiku and Senryu!
The We Drink Weekly Photo Challenge went slow this week…I think my prompt was too abstruse…so I’m going to have to strain my brain and do better next time. I’m thinking of changing the name too…I don’t want to challenge anyone…I just want to propose a fun way to add pizzaz to people’s work, making it 100% their own. Or what the hell…give people another opportunity to show their wonderful photos to the world!
And I want to keep on meeting wonderful, fun and talented bloggers like those I’ve mentioned above but some I didn’t mention yet, like Shainbird (are you still going to do Erik Satie?) and Cubby and Rob and Belinda…who have been bringing sheer delight into my world! As well as all you other wonderful bloggers who comment and write your wonderful posts…just wish I could stay 48 hours a day to read all your posts and admire all your photos.
Darn! This thing got looooong!!!! Probably no one will read it now 😀 …and besides it’s all about me, me, me… and not just the past week but the past 7 months! Well…if you got this far, just let me wish you a wonderful week blogging! And a big hug to you all!!!