Life after blogs

Your life without a computer: what does it look like?

writing

Oh no!!!  No computer, no blog!!!  No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Someone please wake me up from this nightmare existence!

I desperately need a keyboard to purge my soul of all the words struggling to find their way out.  My mouth simply can’t comprehend the foreign language brought forth by my brain.  However, when I bypass the mouth and let it flow from my brain through my finger tips, it culminates to a blissful release.

I have a huge respect for the great writers: William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain and Ernest Hemmingway for instance.  How did they do it.  How did they put quill to paper and get thousand of people to read their work without internet connectivity, without email and online publishers?  Respect!

No, I can’t imagine how they did it or even fathom the possibility of me being able to do it!

What others would do without blogs:

  1. Masterpiece, it’s all dependent on perspective | weliveinaflat
  2. Digital Detox | MC’s Whispers
  3. Daily Prompt: Life After Blogs| Disconnected | Under the Monkey Tree
  4. Daily Prompt: Life After Blogs | Alastair’s Blog
  5. Go on Actual Blind Dates | Daily Prompt: Life After Blogs | likereadingontrains
  6. Daily Prompt: Life After Blogs « Mama Bear Musings
  7. A Fairy Tale Tribunal | Spirit Lights The Way
  8. Poem – Reboot | Cozy Compulsions @ Midnight
  9. Daily Prompt: Life After Blogs | suzie81’s Blog
  10. Remembering When . . . | meanderedwanderings
  11. Zoe without computers… Shhhh! It would be… | Mad Pot
  12. Daily Prompt: Without | Books, Music and Movies : my best friends
  13. Daily Prompt: Life After Blogs | Retired2Travel
  14. Where would I be without my Computer? | Linda Nelson
  15. Off-Limits… | DG Toons

 

A career in Political Writing?

Go to your Stats page and check your top 3-5 posts. Why do you think they’ve been successful? Find the connection between them, and write about it.

top 5

Here are my Top 5 posts since I started blogging:

Eugene Tere’blance, Julius Malema and everyone inbetween

About

On being hugged by a black guy

An Open Letter to Ina Bonnette

What happens when Madiba dies?

I must admit, I was quite surprised when I discovered that 3 of the Top 5 posts related to politics in South Africa.  I was secretly hoping that my posts about personal growth and being positive would be top of the list.  Mmmm, very interesting indeed.  Perhaps I should be looking into doing more posts about politics?  What do you think?

I will run a poll later and would love to hear what you think!

Some insight into other blogs:

  1. Daily Prompt: The Stat Connection | flow of my soul
  2. Statistical Connections | Books, Music and Movies : my best friends
  3. Daily Prompt: The Stat Connection | suzie81’s Blog
  4. Small Windows | Daily Prompt: The Stat Connection | likereadingontrains
  5. I Have Dreams About Stats. And Nightmares! | Black and White Heart
  6. The key to success | Sue’s Trifles
  7. Obvious Connections | clarior e tenebris
  8. The Stat Connection | Geek Ergo Sum
  9. To Write A Blog Post | Lewis Cave
  10. Hi there | Relax…
  11. Whoring Statistics | My Beautiful Breakdown
  12. Daily Prompt: The Stat Connection > Elementary, My Dear Watson | From Ground to Home
  13. What Makes A Good Blog Post – Or Not? | The Jittery Goat
  14. Stats | Hope* the happy hugger
  15. Connection | windandlaughter

My Life, My Book

From a famous writer or celebrity, to a WordPress.com blogger or someone close to you — who would you like to be your biographer?

The poor man would have to return from the grave to accomplish this, or perhaps in the afterlife we can sit down and work out the smaller details, but I want no-one other than Shakespeare himself to write my biography.

shakespeare

Perhaps it is the love I have for the that time period; perhaps it is the love I have for his work – the way he intertwines tragedy and bliss.  I simply love Shakespeare, a love affair which started in Grade 12, when Hamlet was enforced on us as prescribed reading.  I started reading grudgingly, but fell completely in love with the man’s talent.  One of my bucket list items is to, one day, read and own the complete set of Shakespeare’s works.  O my, how fantastic that would be!

What other Bloggers had to say:

  1. RM (And This Prompt Has Been Done Before) | Daily Prompt: Your Life, the Book | likereadingontrains
  2. Who Is My Biographer? | Eyes Through The Glass – A Blog About Asperger’s
  3. A Daily Prompt Poem « Vicariously Poetic
  4. Your Life, the Book | Geek Ergo Sum
  5. [My mirror’s word cuts] | clarior e tenebris
  6. Daily Prompt: Your Life, the Book | Chicomallorca’s Blog
  7. Daily Prompt: Your Life, The Book | Alastair’s Blog
  8. Why I Don’t Want A Biographer | The Jittery Goat
  9. Daily Prompt: Your Life, the Book « Mama Bear Musings
  10. Whether You Fall | Prayers and Promises
  11. Who Would I NOT Choose to Write My Life Story | Iam Who Iam
  12. It Would Be Quite Problematic | Maggie’s Stories
  13. Standing out in her field.. | Relax…
  14. Daily Prompt: Your Life, the Book. | ruthrambles
  15. Once Apon a Time…… | downtownnokomis

50 Shades of writer’s block

I’m emotional, irritated and annoyed.

writers block

In the span of 4 days I’ve read all three of the 50 Shades and I am utterly shocked at the effect it had on me.  I started reading with a preconceived idea and had, as a matter of fact, already made up my mind about what I wanted to write about the books.  I was so wrong.  I will do another post, a review if you will, during the course of the next couple of days, but for now I just want to rant about the writer’s block, no – void, that it has left me with.

The books have forced me to face certain emotional aspects of myself, which have been buried deep down for obviously far, far too long.  The result, I am unable to string two words together in a coherent sentence.  Bigger result:  5 started but never finished thus unwritten Daily Prompts, unfinished Weekly Photo Challenge and 110 Creative Challenge which is due today.

50 Shades have left me with a mountain of emotions to deal with, bringing with it a very sudden, inexplicably, out-of-control-very-unlike-my-normal-personal-control-freak-self rage, sulking and emotional roller coaster.

The cure?  I intend to just absolutely bury myself in writing today.

Needless to say, my stats have taken a serious nose-dive.  Thanks for sticking around, I’m tackling the block head on today and will be back with a vengeance…

Keep out or don’t – this is my space

Who is the one person you hope isn’t reading your blog? Why?

This here site is my playroom so when you choose to enter, you do so entirely by choice.

playroom

Until a while ago I thought that The Ex was not reading my blog.  Not that I mind, but I just didn’t think he would care to.  That was until the day I wrote something which was very close to my heart and, the next time we spoke to make arrangements for Luke’s holiday, he mentioned it.  Ouch!  Or not really.  I’m not sure.  We actually had a really nice chat after that, so I guess it’s all good.

I will never say anything on here that is not:

  • a) True to who I am
  • b) Not true about someone else
  • c) I am not prepared to repeat when coming face-to-face with the person / situation I am writing about.

I treasure each and every one of my regular readers and without them, well, my stats would look pretty pathetic.  Quite frankly, if you are here and you don’t like what I have to say, then perhaps you should be reading elsewhere.

If you are here because you want to: Welcome, from the bottom of my heart.  I may not always be kind and sometimes I may say something which will offend you, but after all, I am true to me and that is all that matters.

Here is what others had to say:

  1. Come in! | Vivir, que no es poco
  2. Daily Prompt: Keep Out « Mama Bear Musings
  3. Daily Prompt: Outside | Books, Music and Movies : my best friends
  4. Daily Prompt: Keep Out #photography | ThisCornerOfTheWoods
  5. The Girl I Did Not Write About | Daily Prompt: Keep Out | likereadingontrains
  6. Daily Prompt: Keep Out | Under the Monkey Tree
  7. The Amends Trip | Lewis Cave
  8. Keep Out | Geek Ergo Sum
  9. 9 July Daily Prompt: Keep Out | family photos food & craft
  10. Daily Prompt: Keep Out For Now | Mindful Splatter

Turning the tables

Are you as comfortable in front of a camera as behind one? Being written about, as well as writing?

tables turned

I’m definitely, without a shadow of a doubt, a behind the scenes kind of girl.  I lost the ability to be photogenic somewhere around my 13th birthday and I simply don’t make for good pictures.  On the other hand, I love taking pictures.  I got that from my mom and my  next big goal is to get myself a (reasonably) decent camera again.  For now the Berry will have to do.

As far as being written about, I’m not sure.  No one has ever really written something about me, so I guess I will have to wait and see.  I suppose it would not be a problem, as long as all the facts are correct.  Facts are very important to me!

On Turning the Tables:

  1. Catherine B.’s Blog | Tables Turned | Daily Prompt
  2. Daily Prompt: Tables Turned | Books, Music and Movies : my best friends
  3. Control of the Situation | Daily Prompt: Tables Turned | likereadingontrains
  4. Hide | Script Under Construction
  5. Tables turned | Geek Ergo Sum
  6. Daily Prompt: Tables Turned | suzie81’s Blog
  7. Daily Promtp: Tables Turned « Mama Bear Musings
  8. Daily Prompt: Tables Turned « Vicariously Poetic
  9. Daily Prompt: Tables Turned | George and Nigel
  10. Daily Prompt – Tables turned | Kate Murray
  11. Pink Nightmare | Good2begone
  12. Daily Prompt: Which Side Of The Camera? | My Daily Prompt Blog
  13. Why Do Writers Write And Photographers Photograph? | The Jittery Goat
  14. Behind the Scenes | downtownnokomis
  15. Necrotizing Fasciitis | clarior e tenebris

A rolling stone

If you could live a nomadic life, would you? Where would you go? How would you decide? What would life be like without a “home base”?

rolling stone

I have always had a wandering soul and I’m pretty sure that I was born 20 years too late.  Hippie-ness is definitely in my blood.  Even though I love technology and don’t ever leave home without my Blackberry and / or laptop, I’ve never been really materialistic.  I have no driving obsession to own a six bedroom home filled to the brim with the best furnishings and latest technology.

I would take up the opportunity to live a nomadic life at the first opportunity.  As a matter of fact, I have only 8 years left until Luke is finished with school and we plan to do just that once he leaves home.  Our plan is to buy a motor-home and just travel.  There is no definitely plan for where we want to go or what we want to do.  I’ve always found the idea of playing spin-the-bottle on a map very attractive.  Our country and continent have so much to offer and I believe that it is about enjoying the journey, not the outcome.

For me, something like that would be a learning curve.  Not only for us, but also for the people we would meet.  I look at it as an opportunity to inspire, motivate and inform.  One thing I would definitely love to do is to learn a traditional dance, eat a traditional meal and wear traditional clothing while living with each groups and tribes we cross paths with.

Jacques and I know a couple, deep in their 60’s they bought a motor-home and all they do is travel the country.  The go from town to town and map their journeys out on a large format map.  The highlighted lines crisscross across South Africa and their photos and diaries holds treasure upon treasure of interesting stories.  They are happier than anyone I know and the absolute joy and peace in their souls shine through.  They are a huge inspiration to us and I can’t wait to get there!

Here are what some other bloggers had to say on the prompt:

  1. My Life is a Rolling Stone (with no commitments): Daily Prompt | Texan in Tokyo
  2. Dogwalking, Bright light, Harsh shadows |
  3. Daily Prompt: Rolling Stone | Under the Monkey Tree
  4. Oh, Him And Her And Them? They’re Just My Home… | All Those Small Things
  5. Lost in the Thought of Africa | Daily Prompt: Rolling Stone | likereadingontrains
  6. Daily Prompt: Rolling Stone « Mama Bear Musings
  7. Nomadic life: the importance of a base | Melanie Ryding – Ryding2Health BLOG
  8. Daily Prompt – Rolling Stone | Kate Murray
  9. I’ll go with you | clarior e tenebris
  10. Daily Prompt: Rolling Stone ~ #photography | ThisCornerOfTheWoods
  11. Papa was a Rolling Stone… | The Rider
  12. Adventures in Paradise | The Jittery Goat
  13. Semi-permanence and the expat | A Girl and Her Travels
  14. Daily Prompt: Travel « Vicariously Poetic
  15. Let’s go | Spunky Wayfarer

Great or Greatest?

What makes a blog great? What makes you follow a blog or “like” a post?

There are so many great blogs out there and I discover a new one to follow almost daily. The WordPress Freshly Pressed portal is usually where I would be trawling around for new and interesting posts. Further, as a rule, I follow back anyone who follows me.

Even though I follow a lot of blogs, getting a “like” goes a bit deeper than that. For me to “like” a post, it would have to be something that absolutely speaks to my soul; something that really gets through all the mental clutter of a busy day and makes me think. A re-post goes even deeper! You know that feeling when you hear a song, watch a movie or read a post that sends the goose-pimples racing up and down your body? Better yet, when you read a post and by the time you are done you do the annoyed look around the office to see who is watching as you wipe away the tears? That’s a re-post right there!

Thank you to all the wonderful members of the WordPress family for inspiring me everyday, for making me think, for lifting my spirit, for bringing back to earth, for making me cry! I love reading your words every day!

Never!!!

Tell us about a thing you’ll never write about.

hemingway

Writing about something you will never write about sort of defeats the point, doesn’t it?

I had to think about this one.  What is there that I will not write about?

  • Will I never write about what makes me happy?  No, for sharing my happiness may bring a smile to your lips.
  • Will I never write about what makes me sad?  No, for sharing my heartache with you may lighten your own burden.
  • Will I never write of my accomplishments?  No, for sharing them might inspire you to do something you’ve been putting of.
  • Will I never write about my pain?  No, for it has made me who I am and I am proud of who I am.
  • Will I never write about  my God?  No, for He rescued me and made me new.

Writing about something that is (emotionally) difficult pushes us to better express ourselves and ultimately helps you grow.

Writing about something that is controversial might cause more controversy, you might even step on toes, but that is in itself an accomplishment as it makes people think outside the box.

The beauty of being human is that we all have the ability to form our own opinions.  Alas, what is an opinion if you can not share it with someone?

So no, there is nothing that I will never write about.   What about you?