Why Am I Doing It?

Why bother?

What’s the point in doing all this blogging?

What purpose does it serve?

For a couple of visits a day, why spend hours creating a different blog post every day? Is it worth it?

Those are the questions, amongst others, that went through my head when I read a recent comment over on Splodge and Splatter, one of my other blogs. I’m sure the question wasn’t intended in the way that I first took it, but it certainly made me think of these questions.

Several years ago, another blogger (who I no longer follow but is still active in the Blogosphere) asked me if I would consider posting less frequently. The blogger in question rarely visited my blog beforehand, so my posting frequency shouldn’t really have concerned her. I gave her my reasons as to why I post as often as I do, and she never responded. Apart from seeing her face dotted around Blogland every now and then I haven’t heard from her since. This was the first time I asked myself the question, Why Bother?

I enjoy blogging. I enjoy writing and being creative. That’s why.

I may not be the world’s best writer / artist / photographer, but I don’t see that as a reason to stop. I keep on keeping on, because with each post / picture / painting there’s just a chance I may get better.

There’s a chance that I may provide a spark of inspiration to somebody else who feels they aren’t good enough.

I may just give someone a smile when they really need one.

I may, however inadvertently, provide an answer to someone else’s stumbling block with something they are working on.

I like the connections I get through blogging. Connecting with people all over the world, who I would never have the chance to otherwise ‘meet’. I always say ‘as and when’ when it comes to visiting my blog, because I am aware of my limitations, and I’m also aware that there are millions of other (most likely better) blogs out there and there simply isn’t enough time to visit everyone.

I don’t have time to visit all of the blogs I follow either, but it isn’t personal. None of it is. It’s just the way it is.

I apologise if you’ve stumbled across one of my rubbish posts, or a boring post, or a rushed post, or a silly post, or a post you weren’t expecting. The post was where my creativity was at at that time. Not one of us can be perfect every time.

I’m grateful if you’ve enjoyed a good post (or a bad one!). The comments and likes I receive are received with gratitude, and help me to Feel Good, which is my motto and has been since the very first day of this blog.

My intention, regardless of my post, is to try and share that Feel Good factor. In blogging, I believe we should all try to share a little light around the world, whether through stories, jokes, photos, pictures, music or any other part of the creative spectrum.

It’s too easy to get bogged down with all the darkness and negativity that is constantly being bombarded upon the world. Balance that with the light, and the world isn’t half as bad as we are made to believe it is.

Why bother?

That’s why.

Blogging is far more than just posting, but the posts help.

The Art of Synchronistic Blogging

Synchronicity Strikes!!!

The above grainy images are actually one image. And truth be told, they are only grainy in the above image, not in their original formats. I’ve included links later in the post so you can check out the images in their crispness.

Let me explain a little.

As you may be aware (well, if you’re new to blogging you may not be!) my blog visits have slipped into that sparse wilderness of late… they are just behind my replying to comments, which by all accounts are about to fall off the end of the world – although I will ensure that doesn’t happen, and I WILL REPLY TO ALL COMMENTS SOON… the caps there are to drum the thought into my head, I’m not shouting it at you!

I’ve just called into the reader, and found the latest post from Elaine there. You remember Elaine – we had the four painting blog challenge going on the other week – and I simply had to like her post and leave a comment. The posts I like appear in the sidebar over there – it should be on the right, but it could be in a totally different place if you are viewing the blog from a different device – and that is where my latest experience of Blogging Synchronicity occurred.

It also may not be in the same format for very long, depending upon the next posts that I like, hence I’ve added another screenshot (which should be to the left this time, device permitting!) which shows the latest posts that I’ve liked.

The posts I’m waffling on about (yes, thank you, I am getting to the point!) are the top two… the lady and the gentleman looking onward into the great beyond.

The first painting is Elaine’s, which she has titled The End Of The World. The second image has been selected by Hélène from Willow Poetry for her weekly What Do You See? blogging challenge. My response to Hélène’s challenge is here. Written on the wall in Hélène’s image are the words ‘The Beginning is Near’!

What struck me with the two images is how similar yet how totally different the two are, and they have ended up side by side in my sidebar. By pure chance. And only for now. They will soon go out of synch, then back in synch, then out of synch again for the next so many likes… but there’s the next issue. Look closely and you will see currently a quirky quirk with this theme… and after the top two, the other squares in my Liked Posts widget start to slip apart from each other.

One’s female, the other male. One’s daytime, the other night. One’s open, the other blocked. One refers to the end the other the beginning. The colours, the paintings, are totally different from each other, yet seeing them side by side has sparked a major feeling of synchronicity within me… and synchronicity to me always means right place right time. And that makes me Feel Good!

I love experiencing synchronistic events – even those that are days apart. Although I do tend to spot the odd connection or two at times this type of Connection is magical.

Synchronistic Blogging… have you experienced it recently?

The Newsreader

Currently, the tally for the Love Referendum stands at:

Thankfully, it’s the last day of the Referendum today. The scoreboard is now broken, and I’ve channelled that many famous characters from history that I no longer know who I am.

Today’s channelling is from a newsreader who only a few people may know or recognise.

The votes are now cast
And the results are counted
Love is a good thing

Kay Tunrara votes: YES

Kay Tunrara says: “What started out as a closely contested race, soon saw one side taking a clear lead. My vote brings the final tally to YES: 11; NO: 5. Personally speaking, we can’t have a world without love, it’s just ridiculous to even think that way, so there was no option other than for me to vote yes, love is a good thing.

“’Tom Merriman’ who brought about the referendum in the first place wasn’t available for comment at the time of channelling, but it is a well known fact that he doesn’t think highly of St Valentine’s Day and it is thought this is the reasoning behind the vote.

“We in the newsroom are only glad that the vote wasn’t made available to the population of the world, as over seven billion posts like these would have been a bit much, and those together with votes from all of the characters from history would have had serious repercussions on the internet. And besides, the scoreboard was totally inadequate to accommodate that number of votes.

“So, in conclusion: Love wins!”

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‘Tom Merriman’ says: “Ugh! Curses! What happened there? Maybe next year.”

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Disclaimer: Obviously, this has been a work of fiction, and any views contained herein are those of the characters who have been channelled through the ether at the time of writing.

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This is the end.

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Of this series. The blog continues tomorrow.

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Venus

The tally for the longest referendum in history now stands at:

That’s nine votes for love being a good thing, and five votes that disagree. OK, it isn’t the largest referendum, by any means (and it may not even be the longest either – however that research can wait for another day!), but there appears to be a clear leader forming… and with only one more day remaining after today, I can’t see anything changing too dramatically – unless the vote is thrown open to the whole of the United Kingdom. Then again, that too may not make too much of a difference.

So. I wonder just how Venus, the Roman Goddess of Love, will vote? Remember anything can happen in this Love Referendum – look at Cupid’s vote on the first day, back at the turn of the century.

A feeling within
That is apparent without
For those who notice

Venus votes: YES

Venus says: “Of course love is a good thing, child. It is the best thing, the best feeling, the warmth and the passion that flows through every single living thing. It is its own reward. It really needs no words as it is what it is. Be more open to love, and be more loving, and you will see.”

The final referendum vote is tomorrow.

Mother Hubbard

The Love Referendum is still going strong. The results up to yesterday’s vote appear above.

Today, we get a vote from possibly the grumpiest character in existence. I wonder how she will vote? (Actually, to be fair, she isn’t the grumpiest character in existence… she was probably just a tad cranky when I caught up with her!)

“What do you want now?” She asked as she opened the door. I explained I was there for her vote, as we’d arranged. “Vote? Vote? You want another vote? From me?” I asked what she meant by another vote… but she didn’t say. I think it’s likely that with all of the time travelling back and to I’ve been doing lately, I’ve probably, at some point in the future, gone back and visited her before my visit now. It gets very complicated at times.

I love my pet dog
I love all my pet dog’s friends
And I love to eat

Mother Hubbard votes: NO

Mother Hubbard says: “And before you say anythin’, no I don’t eat my pet dog and her friends. She goes out, an’ comes back with ‘er friends. I ‘ave to feed ‘em, so I do. They eat my food. All my food. Me cupboards are always bare. Always. It’s because I love my dog and her friends. It’s the love that makes me do it. That’s not good. Now get out.”

Like I said; grumpy.

There will be another vote along tomorrow.