My blogging has slowed due to stress and heat which together bring fatigue. I saw this at create a connection and was motivated to play, in the cool of the morning. This photo is Dave's as he played with the reflection on our back table.
When did you begin your first blog and what inspired you to do so?
My husband's daughter had an AOL blog to keep us updated on their lives far away and I got hooked on reading other blogs. I came across a woman that was writing her journal on her battle with cancer with raw honesty and strength. When she died I sobbed for the loss and the connection I had made with her, even though she never could return any of my comments. I was seeing real life, creativity and encouragement in every blog I read. It made me want to be a part of it and not just a voyeur. There was a mass exodus from AOL at the time, so I tried out blogger Nov. 2005 and here I sit.
Do you have more than one blog? Why? How are they different?
I thought of doing a "poetry only blog" because I wanted to eventually put together a chapbook. I found that I was not keeping up with my clubs and was blogging too many hours due to my one working finger. When I scaled back I found a good balance and no need for another blog.
How would you characterize your blog? Creative,Political,Informational,Community-oriented or something else?
A journal of my life, Love's and newly found creativity. I'm hoping my grandchildren will know me fully one day by reading my blog and the power of encouragement from people all over the world. Pretty cool legacy!
To paraphrase Oprah, what is "one thing you know for sure" about blogging?
People need to be connected to other people. Blogging connects people on many different levels and brings a creative outlet to many.
Is it important to you to get feedback in terms of comments or pings? Why or why not?
I think the love and encouragement in a comment keeps me blogging, gives me confidence and allows friendships to blossom. Comments are a validation that what I'm doing is worth the effort. I don't know what a ping is and I don't have a site meter. I can tell the "response" comments from the ones who care about all my posts. It's good manners when in a club to give comments on as many posts as you can. Some of those encouraging "response" comments can bloom into real friendships over time. I do my best to have good blog manners, so I cut back on clubs and discovered Bloglines. :)
What 3 blogs would you recommend to our readers and why?
There are not just three and at this point I could never narrow it down. I would like to say a loving thank you to those who lift my spirits on every post, whether good or bad. I'm really drawn to poetry, creative writing and photography.