Apologies

I need to get something off my chest.

I struggle.

When I 1st started blogging, not knowing if in fact people would follow me, or more to the point I would follow anyone, I didn’t know how much I would be consumed.…ok I was a Virgin Blogger. We have all been there.

I have found the last few days (okay possibly longer) that I am struggling to keep up with reading and answering every post that people publish. I NOW realise when I was off work and I was totally consumed by writing to fill my day, that I bombarded everybody’s mailbox. How they must have felt – ‘Oh dear won’t she just shut up’?

I apologise for the amount that I posted….it is draining. Should we just delete the ones we have no interest in, or out of courtesy read everything that our virtual friends have written?

As I haven’t been on line for pretty much the entire weekend, I am faced with 50 emails from posts of the people that I follow.

I am a Cancerian and I am also possibly…slightly obsessive. I need to tell you all that I have the ‘guilts’ – I have the guilts when I can’t keep up. I am not spinning a tale, this is the truth, I feel SO bad if I cannot comment on every post from everyone that I follow.

It takes me a minimum of 3 hours to read every post, then to post a reply. Since I commenced last year, with every person that I followed, I have committed myself to read and respond.  If you feel that isn’t the case I apologise, but I have honestly tried to ‘keep up’ I came on WP to write, but I find myself of late reading more than I write.

I AM TRYING to respond in a reasonable amount of time, I am. I just need to let you all know that if I don’t answer immediately, I will eventually.

I wrote about blog etiquette and I am slipping myself in following through with what I believe are the rules and regulations of being a good blogger. There MUST be respect and acknowledgment. It is not about having people read what you write and hit the blessed ‘like’ button and move on. It’s about being involved with the writer, establishing a rapport, getting to know that person that you follow.

Otherwise this is plainly BS…sorry but that is how I feel.

I started writing because I enjoy writing. I did not start a WP site for praise. I am astounded by those that have followed me ( I am sure some of my followers don’t even read what I write – they do not care) but I DO CARE. I am involved with what you write and who you are and I need to tell you that I shall, when I can, read what you have written and reply. If I don’t then it’s simply a case of I haven’t the time or to be blatantly blunt a particular post you have written has not caught my interest enough to comment, or I have so many to reply too I have to CHOOSE.

Even in saying that I feel harsh… but I am saying it how it is, so forgive me.

I am here to write and then to respond, I will try my utmost to acknowledge the posts that you write, but for the moment I am feeling a little overwhelmed…

I want to be a respectful and caring blogger.. a person who isn’t here merely for stats and likes and a pat on the back.

I can only say don’t feel harshly towards me..I am but human.

Sometimes what starts as an ordinary day… can change

Isn’t it marvellous, when a perfectly ordinary day turns out to be something very special?

My friend  Miriam E. or (Miri) as I call her and myself have decided to create a new site. A collaboration of her brilliant artistic mind from across the seas in Germany and myself, a middle aged mum from Melbourne Australia.

We have been working together on several ‘poetry projects’ in the past and thought it would be a great time to take it one step further.
So, I humbly present our joint blog

Words…From Here To There.

Care to join us for the ride?

and it’s pass the game on time

This was sent to me from firsttimefreedom –  Her post is here http://firsttimefreedom.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/a-little-game-given-by-a-friend/comment-page-1/#comment-108

I am tickled that she nominated to partake in this ‘game’ and I have decided to play. I hope I have done this  correctly..if not – you know where to find me.

Rules:
1. Post these rules. 
2. Post a photo of yourself and eleven random facts about you. 
3. Answer the questions given to you in the tagger’s post. 
4. Create eleven new questions and tag new people to answer them.
5. Go to their blog/Twitter and let them know they’ve been tagged.

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I am on the far right of the photo, the middle one is my girlfriend (that I use to have) the one on the left is a girlfriend of my daughter whom I am very close too. This was taken before the short hair and the wrinkles (last year)  The squinty, serious expression …it was an extremely hot day and I was..a little tired.

Eleven Random Facts

1. I am a devoted blogger.

2. I treasure friendships and I hurt deeply if they come to an end.

3. I’m playing this game because it was kindly sent to me, and tis rude to ignore…..hint hint 😉

4. My 58th is coming up in 2 months…of me oh my…I know…I can email you my P.O Box for flowers and gifts.

5. I love animals, horses and dogs are my faves.

6. I consider myself fairly up to date with most things in this new and advanced world …except spread sheets 😉 (that is for someone I know will comment)

7. I love my daughters, my parents and Mr. S to the end of the world and back.

8. I am impatient and moody and highly emotional.

9. I enjoy the people that I have met in my WP experience. I adore the friendships I have made, I am in awe of those  that follow or to new followers who enjoy my ramblings.

10. I enjoy movies, reading when I’m not writing (so I don’t read very much) and socialising with friends.

11. I think of my life as it is and also now of the after life, for I do not wish to leave this planet, those that I love without grasping the concept that I can always be with them.

The Questions…….

1. If you had a chance to go back 5 years from today knowing what you know what would you tell yourself?

That everything would be ok, that I would find happiness and love (Mr. S and I had our 5 years anniversary yesterday)

2. If you could go back to one point in history when would it be and why?

To see my parents in their youth and meeting each other. Failing that I would like to have been in Wiltshire when Stonehenge was being built. 

3. Who inspires you, be it someone in your life or not?

No one in particular. Creative people, artists be they singers, painters or writers.

4. Three things you love about yourself?

My sense of humour, my ability to write and I’m hot. 😉

5. Who would you love to meet and talk to?

My younger self.

6. What music (if any) helps you get through things?

Depends on my mood – bright happy music or sad, simply lyrics with meaning.

7. What animal would you like to be and why?

A sloth – no need to hurry, take one’s time, ‘cruisy’ life style. 

8. Why do you blog and does it help you?

I blog because I enjoy it immensely. I am able to release my inner thoughts, to write from my subconscious. I also continue to blog to meet very talented people. Sometimes I feel I may ‘blog’ too much but I cannot see myself giving up.

9. Whats the funniest joke you have ever heard?

A horse walked into a bar…. Nup I got nuttin. Too many to think about and choose.

10. What brings you the biggest amount of joy?

My girls, Mr. S my parents and my friends and writing.

11. What is your favorite sweet snack?

Chocolate….chocolate…chocolate bullets…(you eat them you don’t load them) anything with sugar.

My Questions:…. (some to be taken lightly) 

1. What started you blogging?

2. What are your worst and best traits?

3. What is your favourite animal and why?

4. Who would you like to meet and why?

5. What is your favourite memory?

6. If you had the power to change something in this world for the better what would it be?

7. Which country would you like to visit that you haven’t been too?

8. If you could invent something what would it be?

9. Who inspires you?

10. What is your favourite food?

11. Have your read my memoir and if not why? 🙂

The people I hope will play my little game…totally randomly chosen, eyes closed and picked..enjoy!

1. http://knockedoverbyafeather.wordpress.com

2. http://tracysite.wordpress.com

3. http://irishkatie.wordpress.com

4. http://ivegotastory.wordpress.com

5. http://sensuousamberville.wordpress.com

6. http://myspokenheart.wordpress.com

7. http://lynettedartycross.com

8. http://meditatingmummy.wordpress.com

Rambly is home

On the 23/4/2013 I wrote a post that I was having/needing a break from the blog world.
I felt as if I was in a maelstrom with my reading, commenting and writing over the past month. Combined with the worry of being out of work, losing the friendship of a close girlfriend and then commencing the part time job, I felt I was circling the drain, not being able to hold onto the sides and saw my self about to slither down the plug hole.

I have returned from my interlude feeling more optimistic than what I was last week. I realised in my self-imposed need to be the perfect follower and blogger by reading, commenting and writing as much as possible,  that in fact I was putting undue pressure on myself.

LIGHT BULB MOMENT!

My slightly addictive personality got the better of me, I was becoming all encompassed and consumed by my writing. However in saying that,  I am my own worst enemy and I continued, when all that was required was to take a step or two back, take a breath, centre myself and re-evaluate.

I needed to be pulled in another direction for a little while. Life does get like that occasionally, I am sure you have all experienced it in one form or another, where you feel events are getting on top of you and there comes a time/need to refocus.

The ‘obsession’ may very well take hold of me once again as the days pass and I shall possibly fall back into the sink staring once more at the plug hole, but this time I shall be holding onto the edges!  I felt I had to write for every challenge site with a photo or word prompt, every Haiku prompt every flash fiction and though I enjoyed them immensely, I think I was asking too much of myself.

This however may change a little as a couple of you made comment, I had to remember why I started this blog journey, it was my love of writing, my thirst to explore different avenues in what and how I wrote, my unstoppable quest, I did not believe for one moment that it would cause any anxiety and that all that was required was for me to once in a while ‘chill’.

I must THANK EVERYONE who was kind enough to leave a message on my post, wishing me well with my hiatus. I was quite taken back with the response from everyone. You care and I am so grateful that you do and I appreciate each and every one of you for showing concern.

All of you have been so generous with your support and I will continue to support you as much as I can, for as I have previously mentioned, if we do not support each other, then why are we doing this?

I laughed at my stats – (oh yes we all check them from time to time) and, as I wrote on my last post they did plummet to 13 views a day, which was to be expected. You don’t write, no one will read. You don’t comment on other posts, yours won’t be commented on either.

Blogging is a two way street,  do we continue to write posts day after day, week after week because we do not wish to have any feed-back, critique or kind words spoken? No, my friends I think not,  this is a community that we all share and how nice is it be acknowledged? For someone to tell you how much they loved what you wrote, or how they made you laugh, or cried, were helped or inspired in some way by what you have written. This is why we blog – this is why we place our otherwise private thoughts our lives into a public domain (otherwise we may as well keep a secret journal and be done with it).

I am honoured and I appreciate all of you.

I missed my blogging community, I missed my ‘virtual’ friends.

xx

It’s time to say thank you

It’s Sunday afternoon ( 4:00pm to be precise) here in the Land Down Under, eyes down everyone ( no I’m not playing Bingo) look to the left, right, up, or in the middle, depending where you live.

It’s been a little while since I said Thank – You.
My fans, followers have reached an amazing 227 and over 12,000 ‘hits’ (probably many that had lost their way from the tags I placed) but nonetheless, I am bowled over by that amount. For those of you that have a gazillion, be proud of your accomplishment. For those who have just begun your blogging journey, I wish you luck and happiness at being able to share your words. You will meet some amazingly talented and lovely folk.

As much as I love to write, I think it only fair, that now and then we should thank those that follow us (my thoughts only). I could sit at home and scribble my ramblings into my journal, but would I be satisfied with that? Everyone likes a pat on the back and recognition for what they do. Having a site whereby people can follow you (obviously because they enjoy what they read or they wouldn’t otherwise), is my encouragement to continue. There are days when my brain is frozen (yes I know – doesn’t happen often) but meeting challenges and prompts on various sites, or coming up with an idea from reading another post,  or simply having an idea in my head that I need to share gives me such an internal buzz. I love it, we all do or we wouldn’t have started in this realm.

Knowing that people enjoy (hopefully) what I do,  brings a smile to my dial…. like this       🙂

‘so ..yeah thanks heaps’

To start with none
then see one
and gradually increase
stirs up many emotions
in liddle’ bitty me
Some may think I dribble
and I’m really very touched
for you to hang on in there
I thank you all so much

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For knocked over by a feather

This is a little Post for Merby (as I have named her) at knocked over by a feather  If you don’t follow her – why not? She has brilliantly funny posts, every day life situations and informative. So hop over and visit if you haven’t already.

She was lovely enough to write a post on me on ‘Awesome Sunday’ see below:

http://knockedoverbyafeather.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/totally-awesome-sunday-22412/

As she mentioned in her post, whilst out one morning with Mr. S  I saw a painting of the Beatles in a shop window, I immediately thought of her (as she a Beatles nut) and took a shot on my phone. Sadly, I lost it somewhere amongst the blog universe, so I share it again today for HER, (as Mr. S and I went there for breakfast again this morning) not to the shop where they had the pictures ( because that would be too weird), but the Cafe next to it.

So Merby my lovely for doing what you did, this is a a small token of my gratitude in appreciation for what you wrote about me.

PS: Unfortunately they moved the painting, so it was really tricky trying to get a worthwhile shot, due to the window reflection and the street behind me 😦

 

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But I thank you from my ‘beaty’ thing for being so kind

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