An Independent Blogger

All the single bloggers
(All the single bloggers)
All the single bloggers
(All the single bloggers)
Put your hands up, yeah. Put your hands up.

Enough of all that! I don’t know what made me start typing that in the first place anyway.

Moving on.

I’ve made a decision which will dramatically alter my blog somewhat. For a good few years I’ve been participating in various blogging challenges, and although they are inspiring and help to fill the time on some days when my inspiration for writing is a little low, they take me away from writing specifically for my blog, and I want to get back to that. On the other hand, whenever I set a challenge on my blog, in the hope of gaining connections, adding a little more fun and further inspiration to the Blogging Universe, they go down like lead balloons with hardly anybody taking up the challenge. Hardly worth coming up with them, when you see things that way. I know everyone’s busy, and I understand that, but it can feel a little disheartening when all I see is a blank sea of emptiness ahead of me.

Bit overdramatic, that.

It’s a nice, pleasant blank sea, with lovely emptiness and a nice warm breeze – and a lighthouse over there on the horizon. There’s always light. There has to be.

So. No more challenges from me, but I’m also stepping away from all of the challenges I currently undertake. I’ve enjoyed taking part in them over the past few years, and I thank everyone who has kindly set their challenges for me to take part in. The challenges can be a challenge in themselves!

From now in, I’m going back to being an Independent Blogger  (All the single bloggers (All the single blogg…) Don’t start that again).

There is one exception, however. I shall be taking part in World Watercolour Month, although quite probably not everyday. I do like to splosh a little colour around.

I’ve always said that if something feels too much, or it feels more like work than pleasure, or it starts to feel like a chore, I’ll just walk away, and I don’t want to do that with blogging. I do enjoy it, even if I may post the odd grumbling gripe every so often.

I’m not leaving the challenges completely, though. Oh no! I’ll link in with a post every now and again. I ain’t turnin’ my back on inspiration completely. I ain’t daft.

That’s the joy of being an Independent Blogger. As and when. That’s a motto I always use, and it works very well indeed.

See you shortly in Blogland!

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Wait! Posted in response to nothing. Just posted.

All the single bloggers
(All the single bloggers)
All the single bloggers
(All the single bloggers)
Yeah, yeah, yeah!

Whistle

Pfft.

Pfffft.

Pfffffttttt. Pfft. Pfft.

Pfft.

PFFFFFTTTTT!!!!!!

It’s one of life’s little mysteries
That’s never really bothered me
I’ve never been able to whistle, see
But I’m OK with that.

I’m not musically minded, though
And when I try it really shows
But I very often have a go
And I’m OK with that.

I can whistle a little bit
Very faint and quite high pitched
It actually sounds a little shigh
Yet I’m OK with that.

I find lately I hum a lot
As whistling I just cannot
Do. This poem’s gone to pot
Still I’m OK with that.

But whistlin’ and me, we don’t get on
And it’s terrible when I hear a song
And I simply have to pffffft along
‘Though I can live with that.

Pfffft.

A bit of fun for this week’s Brew’N’Spew Café; the link to Eugenia’s site is above.

Earth Mother

They welcomed her warmth
As one they came together
Hearts all connected
And surrounded by Nature
They knew they were home

It’s Hélène’s What Do You See? Challenge once again, and this week she has provided the above picture which is named ‘Mother’. It has a definite Mother Earth feel to it, and that is where my writing took me this week. Link below:

Weekly challenge

Pretend

The world has been at peace today, Monday. Strangers greeted each other with warm hellos, and traffic flowed congestion-free for the first time ever. Supermarkets opened their doors early with quality goods at their best ever prices, providing exceptional quality to the consumer. These like-for-like prices promoted sales which have never before been seen, and provided a much needed boost to the global economy.

Companies which damage the environment, whether for ‘profit’ or ‘research’ have found themselves subject to a new environmental levy of 75% of their turnover if they do not prove what they do harms the planet in any way. If they prove they harm the planet, their levy increases to 90%. Win win all around apart from those companies that damage the environment.

Warmer temperatures mean more tourism, and the tourism industry is welcoming a sharp increase in numbers due to the current temperatures. Experts advise the numbers will level off, as the environment begins to adjust to legislation changes, but with countries experiencing a boost in income due to the consumer quality sales promotion this will be counter-balanced. This in turn means that more tourists will stay home to explore their home lands and islands, adding a further boost to the local economy.

Bicycle sales are up, and smog levels are down. The air has never been fresher! Open those high-rise windows and smell the freshness!

In other news, schools are saying…

Huh? Snort. Wha???

I – erm – I didn’t fall asleep there. I was pretending…

Posted for Eugenia’s Brew’N’Spew Café. Link below…

Applause

They paused.
The applause
Was the long pause cause
‘Cause the applause
Filled a short pause
That shouldn’t have been there.

Brew’N’Spew Café time once again, and Eugenia’s word this week is ‘Applause’. And this week, I’ve written about the importance of timing. In a roundabout way. Sort of. Link above!