Sunday, September 23, 2012
I’ve been reading some lovely blogs recently and quite a few of them list the reasons why they blog and I find that quite interesting. And I thought, why don’t I do the same thing .. try to explain why I blog.
I didn’t know what a blog was a few years ago. In fact, I went to a writer’s group at the local library at that time and listened to some interesting audience feedback to the presenter, a published author, who was talking about writing, and how to get the stories out there in the world. She said that blogging was an excellent way to do this.
One person listed his blog and stated that it helped him with his creativity in writing fiction. It was something like … Running with the Tao, or something like that. I remember thinking how brave he was, to publicize his thoughts .. could I ever unlock my soul to be so sharing also?
Interesting, also, he discussed the fact that his sister had created a small one-person play and played this part over and over and over, at fringe fests all over the place, Canada and the US. She perfected the play so well that it was finally produced as a tv show. Unfortunately, I didn’t note his or her name, nor the name of the show.
What I did remember, though, was the persistence of the woman, how she rehearsed her little play, the same one, over and over and over until it was polished sparkly bright.
That imagery of her focus stayed with me. That is the power of dedication. I love hearing stories of people who work hard like that.
Reminds me of the poem: A diamond is only a piece of coal that stuck to its job you see. If it wasn’t for that piece of coal, where would the diamond be!
Anyway, I dutifully copied down his blog address, went home and typed it into the url location, expecting it to take me to a web site. No joy. After a few more attempts, I gave up.
Then, nearing retirement, 2 years ago, and wanting to continue yakking about gardening, a co-worker suggested that I start a blog.
What is a blog, I said? And, who, me? Who would read what I wrote? And could I really write my thoughts down so that others, people I don’t know .. could read them? Bare my thoughts about gardening and how it brings such pleasure into my life?
Another co-worker helped me with locating a good blogging site, ahem, WordPress!
And so I went there and timidly (I’m serious!!) I registered and started writing.
At first I was stiff and very conscious that others might possibly read what I wrote, so I was very cautious And really, I wasn’t used to just letting my thoughts flow from my mind down through my fingers tapping away at the plastic keys of the keyboard, resulting in all these neat and tidy black symbols on a white screened background.
Sheer magic. I fell in love.
Once again, I felt the joy of creativity. I enjoyed the power of unleashing my hidden thoughts. The energy of the free flow of my dear subconscious, free at last from the chains of being in the background. I’d not used my creativity for quite a few years and thus this freedom was such a joy.
After awhile, I stopped worrying about what I wrote, how I wrote it and what people would think, if they bothered to stop and visit, that is.
Now, I know that I must write everyday if I can. The simple pleasure of sitting at my keyboard, mug of Yorkshire Tea, photos downloaded .. time to look at what’s been happening in my life and appreciate all those treasures.. is such a treat.
I love very much the beauty that surrounds me. The activities and awareness of nature that fill me with awe .. like the magnificent ocean visits, the cheerful whirlwind that is the flock of Bushtits that twirl around the suet block.
The little sparrows that momentarily alight on my little water fountain (actually a barrel liner with a bamboo spout). The quizzical chirps of the Chickadees as they flit from branch to branch on the various trees in the yard.
The Anna’s who dive and zoom and sip at the nectar in the hummingbird feeder.
All of this is right here and having the time to just sit outside in the quiet of the day and enjoy all this is quite a treasure for me.
Beauty .. it is everywhere .. sometimes I have to look hard, but when I shift my view .. well, there it is!
Well, that’s enough for a Sunday morning .. time to get going and see what else is happening out there.
Enjoy .. and if you liked my ramblings, well, that is good .. and I feel happy for having taken the time to ramble on and on and on.