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.

Almost Hallowe’en

The nights are cold
And longer too
There’s a chill in the air
Or maybe two
When pumpkins glow
And cats eyes shine
Owls hoot
And werewolves whine
Ghosts appear
And witches cackle
And folk are dressed
In all kinds of tackle
The night of All Hallow’s
Calls by again
And then
And then
And then
And then
BOO!
Surprise!
It has begun
The Night that’s filled
With Gothic fun

So… Hallowe’en comes around once more.

My posts are scheduled for Wednesday this week, all 22 of them (hopefully they will appear in the right order and around the right times – the recent clock change seems to have had a really bizarre effect on those scheduled posts, and re-scheduled them to appear an hour earlier. Time will tell… and if they do go out of sync, I will post the whole story sometime during November. With 22 parts, it is the longest post ever on this blog… and that includes my rambling waffly ones, of which this post is not.

So. A day off for me, and another chance to catch up with the Superheroes from the Elite Force of Britain on the night of Hallowe’en.

Happy Hallowe’en, and I shall see you on the other side. (In November, I hasten to add!)