8th Assignment – Blogging U 101 – Be a Good Neighbour January 13, 2015
9th Assignment – Be Inspired by the Neighbors January 14, 2015
I decided to combine the two most recent assignments into one. By the time I had read the 8th assignment, “be a good neighbour”, I had already completed some of the assignment. Unfortunately, I did not keep track, so started over and added in my inspiration as I proceeded.
Each of the blogs I commented on intrigued me for very different reasons which I will discuss below. I look forward to checking in with them on a regular basis to discover more.
1 Under new tag – Metaphysical: Check out this Link Expansiveness of Light
Living in Two Different Worlds
My Comment: I am glad you have followed your instincts and have started blogging. I agree, as an empath, it is difficult to separate whose feelings, I am feeling, my own or someone else’s. I appreciate your honest and open voice and look forward to more posts from the expansiveness of light. In Love and Light
Discussion: It eases my mind to know that I am not the only one who has difficulty walking in two different worlds. One of my goals is to fully renounce the material world of sharks living in suits and walk among the peaceful in the world of love and kindness. Each time I experience the stillness in meditation I move little closer. I too am fearful of not having what we need to live in todays’ world, money. It has been a struggle. I have never had to struggle for anything. This is my time for learning how.
2 Under new tag – Poetry Check out this Link [L]ittle Red Strings
[ d ] epression
My Comment: What an accurate depiction of depression. Quiet, Ferocious and Unrelenting. It does devour and suck the life out of person. A lovely poem about a very difficult subject to express. In Love and Light Cheryle
Discussion: I enjoyed many of the posts on this blog. I selected [d]epression as the one on which to make a comment as my way to spread the word, so to speak. Depression is an elusive illness. The poem touches many of the aspects that are so difficult to convey to someone who has never experienced the darkness it brings. I found the language to beautifully portray the ugliness of depression and its’ insidious persistence. The more people can learn about this dis-ease the easier it will be for people to let go of the shame that shrouds those sadly suffering silently
3. Under the Tag: Life Check out this Link Daily Cup of Wisdom light in the head, glow in the heart and a spark in the soul
My Comment: Hi Mabel: Excellent Blog. I like your About page. You come across as a happy down to earth person, someone who everyone wants as their friend. Your photos are beautiful as well as serene and your posts are inspirational. Thank you for blogging. In Love and Light Cheryle
Discussion: I found the photography and the sayings to be both beautiful and inspirational, something we all need in our lives.
4 Under Tag – Daily Post Check out this Link Needle at Sea Bottom.. a whimsical look back at our world
Blogging 101 – Keep personalizing ….
My Comments: I enjoy your phrasing, your voice flows very nicely. I also appreciate the images you selected. Thank you for inserting the link to Tom Veiga. I will certainly visit the site. I like reading your blog. Good Job Kind Regards Cheryle
Discussion: What caught my eye on the “Needle at the Sea Bottom” blog was the visual stimulation hirundine608 offers the readers. The balance of text and empty space drew me in to read more. It begins with the definition of personalize, laid out exactly as if I was reading a dictionary. Interesting hook. In addition to the unusual beginning I found the art work delicious. I appreciated the link to the artist.
Not only did the beginning of this blog appeal to my desire to learn, the dictionary, it fed my eyes with the colourful images of Tom Viera’s artwork, it continued to stimulate my knowledge button, but providing me with a link to learn about the artist and see more of his work. What a feast.
A lovely surprise for me, was the comment hirundine608 left on my blog. A beautiful message that included the words to “Starwalker” a song by Buffy St. Marie with a link to the music video. Overall this response touched my heart by the personal nature of the words written and sung by Buffy.
My Comments: Wow! What an awesome song. It touches me in so many ways, it resonates with who I am, who I want to be and Who I may one day aspire to be. You are so sweet. Thank you for offering it. In Light & Love Cheryle
In conclusion, this exercise certainly demonstrates the importance of connecting with your neighbours. The resulting conversation can enhance your own writing experience in unexpected ways.
It is also an effective method of overcoming any resistance you may have in making comments or meeting new people. A small comment left on someone’s blog can encourage them to visit your blog and continue the discussion. You may also have experience or information that would help other writers improve their writing or help them make a decision they have been wrangling with.
In addition to increasing your community, you can learn new bits and pieces. This exercise taught me to more effectively use the tool bar on the New post page and to use the side bar on the Reader. This is where I discovered I can check on which blogs I have commented on and which blogs I have like. Another tap to my knowledge button.