Guess What…?!

I’m taking another blogging break.

I know I haven’t really returned from the last one fully yet, but there is a different reason for this break. I have only gone and developed Bell’s palsy, and the whole right side of my face is paralysed.

I have a gorgeous smile on the left side of my mouth, and nothing on the other. I can now blink with only one eye. Flare one nostril. Pick up different sounds with my right ear. And I have a gorgeously smooth forehead – on the right side.

I can’t close my right eye, so I have to sleep with an eye mask on, and use eye drops to stop my eye drying out. I’m taking steroid medication for the muscle loss.

I have to get as much rest as I can, although I am still working and concentrating on computer screens, so I have to try to get a balance between being on screen and off, which is why I’m taking time away from my own computer.

Hopefully, this won’t be for too long, but we shall see. I can’t in all honesty stay away from Blogland for that long, so I’ll undoubtedly be popping in and out as I love reading your posts, even if I do so only as a lurker. I’ll probably be liking more and commenting less, but again we shall see there as well.

It’s only my face that’s affected, and the rest of me feels fine, and I’m handling what has happened OK. I can even see the comical side of it… especially when I laugh. When I laugh, it sets others laughing, which makes me laugh more, so they laugh more – and so on. In the end, I have to say “Don’t make me laugh… you won’t like me when I laugh.” And we laugh.

It’s a reminder really… anything can happen at any time, which makes it all the more important to enjoy the moments before that ‘anything’ happens. And really, more than ever, to keep Feeling Good.

I was going to switch the comments off for this post, but I’ve decided to leave them on. If you do leave a comment, I will try to reply as soon as I can… and this goes for all of the other comments on the other posts you’ve left recently that I’ve failed to reply to.

I shall apologise for this delay, and advise that normal service will be resumed in due course.

Keep smiling! Open-mouthed smile

Beginning Year Ten

Just noticed this achievement in my dashboard. Nine years ago today I registered with WordPress and launched myself into the scary world of Blogging. I keep saying this – but I love it!

Tomorrow, I begin Year Ten. Today, I celebrate completing Nine Years. I must have been very young when I started!

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.

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

Let the Blogging Commence

No, not commence.

Resume.

No.

Start again?

No. That isn’t quite right.

Begin over.

Nah. That doesn’t cut the mustard.

Start where I left off?

Nope.

Carry on as before.

No. No. No!

Pick up where I left off.

NO!!!

Slide back on in there…?

Oh. Most definitely no.

Restart.

Oh, come on.

Now that that Valentine’s nonsense is out of the way, normality returns once more to Beyond the Sphere. Folk ask the question “What is normal?” And I have to agree.

Here’s a photo of a pomegranate:

Yes. Things are back to normal. And the image is from Pixabay. It isn’t even mine.