Writers Write (Revisited): Your Comments are Part of Your Writing Mosaic

quill-penLast year, I wrote a post called Writers Write: Your Comments are Part of Your Writing Mosaic. I’m even more convinced this year, after a blogging break, that our authentic selves often show up in our comments, regardless of what we present in well prepared posts. My tentative return to blogging has been subdued, to say the least, but I’ve felt myself starting to reconnect and engage again in some familiar comment boxes. Here’s an extract from that post; I enjoyed revisiting it:

I take thirty words to say what genius poets and great thinkers can say in a heartbeat! I think that’s why I’m so drawn to quotes. Some have a kind of distilled essence that comes from having been lovingly shared and passed around for years, like a worn wedding ring or a sea tossed pebble. ~Janice  (in a comments box somewhere…)

Are you tired? Do you regularly find yourself wondering where you’re going to find the inspiration for your posts? Maybe you don’t realise that your comments on other blogs  – and the replies you write in your own comments boxes – contain gems, the seeds of whole posts. They’re your spontaneous writing, your honest, authentic, initial responses to the writing prompts that are other people’s ideas and feelings.

I’ve had beautiful comments in the comment boxes here, pieces of writing that make the boxes a blog within a blog. Some blogs hint that people shouldn’t write long comments because it’s not good netiquette; when I’ve emailed bloggers to check, every single one has told me they’re touched to see that their posts have moved someone to say more than “Great post!”

It depends on which blogs you visit. That’s the key. Go where you love the work, enjoy the person and feel appreciated.

That way, the comments, whether they’re a few words or a paragraph, will flow unbidden and reveal the real you, piece by piece, like an online jigsaw coming together.

One of the reasons I get tired is that I enjoy reading my favourite blogs and checking out new sites, but I also like to comment if something moves me or inspires me. That takes time, but writers write and it’s all a jigsaw. We learn as much about ourselves from the comments we write as others learn about us. And it’s all practice. Here are some of the comments that gushed and flowed out of me, unedited, on other people’s blogs this week alone.*

(*I’ve removed the comments that formed the original post and replaced them below with some I left at colleagues’ blogs last week. Making occasional mosaics out of your comments or responses can also be a refreshing way to send link love to the bloggers whose posts have evoked those comments.)

I’ve always thought in terms of evolving, making the most of the seeds inside me and trying not to change my essential nature. I prefer, instead, to work on changing my supportive environments wherever possible, by providing the best soil, sun and water to nurture those seeds and getting rid of weeds and anything toxic that may throttle growth. Recently, I’ve also learned from nature that some of us are more deciduous than evergreen, and have distinctive and noticeable periods of dormant growth before blossoming. I’m also getting better at spotting ’squirrels’…

To Mary at Goodlife Zen

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In all aspects of life, not just in threatening situations, as soon as we stop blaming others and take responsibility for our own choices, happiness, health, language use and safety, as soon as we learn when to stay silent, when to be curious, when to ebb and flow or accept what we can’t change, that’s the miraculous moment we claim our power.

To Lori at Think Like a Black Belt

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I’m old school and techno challenged a lot of the time, but I still believe that if folk put as much effort into living authentic, fulfilling lives as they do reading loads of how to have it all and get rich quick now posts, they’d write better, be happier and ’success’ would be a by-product.

There’s a side of blogging reminds me of the story of The Emperor’s New Clothes – so many folk willing to believe what they’re told rather than listen to their own common sense.

To Barbara at Blogging Without a Blog

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Seeing life in terms of memoirs is such a powerful tool on so many levels. It reminds us that we’re here on earth to leave a legacy and that everything’s meant, even if we don’t ever get to see how many threads we’ve woven or lives we’ve touched. Sometimes it’s only when we look back that we can see all roads were actually leading to something we were unaware of; sometimes, our interests as youngsters were actually the first signs of our gifts and of our destinies. It’s always empowering to see ourselves as the authors of our own lives and experiences.

To Bo at The Calm Space

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And here are some replies I wrote to a variety of wonderful, supportive and thought provoking comments in the boxes here at Sharing the Journey last week.

Oh how I wish I could lie and tell you I went into the garden wearing a flowery apron and carrying a trug and some gardening shears, deadheading and selecting the dewiest blooms….But, nope…I bought them from our equivalent of Walmart. My garden’s full of flowering evergreens and perennials because I’m an intrinsically lazy gardener. I like creating and arranging, but maintenance? Not so much.

I’m so glad you liked the flowers. One of the things I’ve always done with my blog – and one of the reasons I take frequent breaks – is that I always ask myself what I have to offer anyone taking the time to visit my site when there are so many out there to choose from. Even if the answer’s as simple as a coffee and chat with a friend and some cheery flowers to brighten a blogging day, I feel I’ve contributed something.

(…responding to Brenda )

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I’ve been craving scent and colour recently – as well as soup – and it’s almost as if I’m being guided back into my full-on senses way of operating. Sometimes I get so overloaded with sensation, inspiration and engagement that my synapses feel fried, but after a restorative rest, it’s always intriguing to see how life lures me back in! (…responding to Evelyn )

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Your words warmed my heart. I went to a hermit aunt’s funeral yesterday, to support my elderly dad. I was surrounded by a small group of family members; some of them I only see at funerals, and some I hadn’t seen in 35 years. They didn’t know me back then and they certainly don’t know me now. I found myself thinking how my friends and blog readers from continents on the other side of the planet know me much better through listening with open hearts to my written words than many of the folk in my ‘real’ life do. I work on improving my life every day, but I never cease to be grateful for comments like yours and those above. They restore my faith and keep me writing from the heart, even when I’m ridiculed and sneered at for doing it. (…responding to Ciaran)

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Have you had a good look at your comments on other blogs recently; the replies in your own? Try cutting and pasting a week’s worth into a document to see what your online jigsaw looks like. Are there any seeds of spontaneity there that you could build whole posts from?

36 thoughts on “Writers Write (Revisited): Your Comments are Part of Your Writing Mosaic

    • giving new perspectives and wisdom in special little care packages of words

      That’s why I love comments boxes, Lori. That lovely comment could stand alone as a tagline! Thank you. I hope you do have a look back at your comments; you’ll get to know and enjoy a woman of strength, integrity and resilience as the mosaic comes together.

      Getting to know people gradually as their mosaics piece together in all three kinds of commenting venues (their own boxes, mutual friends’ boxes and here in mine) is one of my favourite parts of blogging.
      .-= janice´s last blog ..Writers Write (Revisited): Your Comments are Part of Your Writing Mosaic =-.

  1. Hi Janice.
    I so agree with your statement about our Selves showing up in the comment section. When I leave a comment because I’m inspired to, I continue to be amazed at what comes up to be expressed. I do keep a separate document to save some of these comments. I think it’s a great idea.
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..Book Review: WordPress Defender =-.

    • Hi Davina,
      It is like a kind of extended blogging, isn’t it? For example, I enjoyed your comment here about you and your family’s snow days in the boonies; I don’t know if you subscribe to comments, but I mentioned in my reply that I’d love if you could write a bit about it. There was an immediacy in your response that made me feel your journey back to a moment in time and place.

      I’m so glad you save some of your comments. I often leave comments that are probably too long, but if a post inspires a comment, I think it’s nice if the blogger knows their writing has prompted a creative response.
      .-= janice´s last blog ..Writers Write (Revisited): Your Comments are Part of Your Writing Mosaic =-.

  2. There’s gold in responsiveness, in relationship with others. Often, when commenting here, I feel palpable satisfaction, delight in self-intimacy as I share. Mmmmmmm, your Sharing the Journey offers a resonating chamber, Janice!

    • I’m glad to hear it, Connie. I’m blessed to still have smart, supportive, creative people reading the blog and taking the time to comment. (I lost a lot of readers when I went AWOL and when I stopped commenting on their blogs when I wasn’t well.) No matter what ups and downs I have in my blogging experience, there’s been one constant; I have never regretted calling my blog Sharing the Journey or abandoned my dream of it being the kind of place where folk can feel safe to share their journeys, as little or as often as they want to.

      You know I write best in that responsive situation you described above. A dear coaching friend of mine, who knows I have fluctuating self-esteem, saved some of my words and responses from forums, emails, articles and posts over the years and let me read them recently. It was a wonderful tonic to see my best self reflected in the mirror of frienship.

  3. Hi Janice .. I love the way you’ve pieced these mosaics together .. and other than one or two blips I hope my comments generally have been positive and relevant ..

    At the moment I’d love the Siberian wind to move away, and let those rainbows of colour come through – mind you the daffodils are starting to flower in the hedgerows and gardens ..

    My blog is a weave .. just about every post has two or three or more interlinks in it .. however I have today before I came here started to take some comments down regarding meditating from Jan at AwakeisGood .. and I must get to use EverNote more effectively to store and file these things .. I have paper everywhere!! Lots of blog posts sitting gathering dust .. oh well – life is a jumble of bright ideas ..

    I’m off – hope your day is as sunny up there as it is here .. but golly gosh is it cold still .. have a good week – Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Fussbudget .. a bore, or a boar … =-.

    • Hi Hilary,
      I’m sure that lots of folk will agree with me that you’re one of the most consistently supportive and generous commenters around. Each one of your comments shows you read the posts with care, and the comment threads, too. I really hope you have kept track of some of the poignant, inspiring comments you’ve shared with us as you chronicle this phase of your life as you’ve been caring for elderly loved ones. They’re like mini posts in their own right. I also hope you tell your mum about the conversations and chats you have with folk all over the world who value you and what you contribute to the blogosphere.

  4. Here you go again, doing something unique and original that I’ve not seen done elsewhere. I don’t even know how to link to a comment. How do you do that? And “ridiculed and sneered at” for writing from your heart? I’d love to know that story. I got an image of squirrels getting into your house and running amok as they do, knocking things over, chaos, frustration, and confusion ensuing. Pretty funny actually as images go. You’re a complicated and fascinating woman. I’d still like to know your ‘score.’ And boo on anyone who hurt your big heart. This post proves how generous you are. Thanks for including me. 🙂
    .-= Brenda´s last blog ..Global Thinkers =-.

  5. (Hi Brenda,
    I’m so sorry. Not only did I manage to lose my original reply to your comment, I seem to have lost or deleted your actual comment, too. I’ll have a root around and see if there’s anything I can do to retrieve it.)
    **** Yay! Just found it in my spam folder! Must have accidentally clicked ‘spam’ while going for ‘view all’ or ‘edit’ or something!****

    I just lost a three paragraph long reply when I copied and pasted the following link then clicked ‘view all’ thinking it would make the box bigger. 🙁

    Anyway, here’s the link:
    http://sharingthejourney.co.uk/quotes/a-patchwork-post-authenticity-quotes-book-giveaway-winners-link-love-and-spiritual-pioneering/
    It’s to a post I did which highlighted the comments people had left on my blog. In this one, the links went straight to folks’ blogs, another way of spreading link love. It was my wee attempt to highlight quality and alter the numbers-weighted way of seeing blogs. I value lots of things: bloggers who create community, inspire connection, get folk thinking and wanting to contribute and also the contribution commenters make to the whole blogging experience.

    The squirrels were a metaphor that developed from what Mary said about acorns not turning into anything other than oak trees. We were discussing the importance of nurturing and focusing on our strengths and our ‘good bits’ (our seeds/acorns etc) rather than trying to change our ‘ bad bits’. I thought of squirrels as any person or situation that stops us nurturing the seeds of our destinies, those gifts and callings we were all born with.

    The sneering story will have to keep for another time. I can’t face writing it again.

    PS I’ve tried to go back and retrieve your comment, but I couldn’t find it. I’m so sorry. I hope you have it saved in Notepad or something and can repost it. It was lovely. I also remembered that my original response mentioned how to link to a comment. You go to the comment in the box and click on the part after the person’s name, the part that has the date and time. That’s a unique identification number for the comment.

  6. Hi Janice .. that I suspect is the straw that would break the camels back .. keeping the comments I make (or some of them!) .. just so much else to do – if I was organised I probably would have done so ..

    I will do something with the brain full of information in due course, but my learning from others’ blogs is giving me back up knowledge as I go down the routes I’ve been going – and will be a very good tank full of wise words, kind thoughts, caring ideas ..that I can carry forward – that’s what I’d like to do .. using my positive letter ecelctic posts as an asset base to weave things into.

    I’m mighty grateful for your incredibly kind words .. I try and add something meaningful, not always easy as the posts are pretty erudite – which is the absolute pleasure I have in reading them .. though I need to clear my head sometimes. I’m loving the writing ones too – as I can see how people structure things and learn from all the different varieties out there .. it’s a good place to be and I’m very grateful.

    I told Mum that friends were sending her their hugs & love from the blogosphere – she couldn’t believe it – just made her smile so much .. at one stage a car man was commenting and he’d post about British cars – Mum and I’d chat about them when we drove them years ago .. it always amazed her .. now she loves her blog hugs. Too much is too much now – so I have to go easy – and my blogs are way too much – far too much intertwining!

    I’m honoured by your words – hugs from a cold south!! Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Fussbudget .. a bore, or a boar … =-.

  7. PS Janice .. if you lose something – try immediately hitting the back button, I’ve recovered comments that way .. then I copy them and try again .. some of them I write in Word .. and then copy across – it means I can write the reply and read the post as I go .. and if the little blighter drops off the planet ..he’s on my Word doc .. which at least saves itself if the machine goes down (which can happen here!) H
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Fussbudget .. a bore, or a boar … =-.

  8. Hi Janice,

    You’re so right. The comments we leave not only on our blogs but on the blogs of others weaves a mosaic of our life, and of our thoughts – at that moment. I also like how they show the mosaics of other bloggers lives, as well.

    As I was reading this post with all of your snippets, I thought of how just one snippet you write could be a stand alone post. As much as you eluded you’re long winded, when you do write, a paragraph speaks volumes.

    And just like the comment you left on my post today, you inspired me to write a reply so long it could have been a blog post. You have that gift of words that inspires others. Although I don’t have the answer, I do feel there’s a direction you could go with that.

    Thank you so much for the link love, as well as for this beautiful post.

    P.S. It pleases me you decided to blog again – this time on your terms. You do know, blogosphere isn’t the same without you.
    .-= Barbara Swafford´s last blog ..Be Careful What You Wish For =-.

    • Thank you, Barbara. I’m glad you were inspired. I get so much practical help from your blog, and enjoyment, connection and inspiration from all of the blogs I visit, it’s good to feel I can give something back to the blogging pool. Like everyone who visits here, you write very well, and I enjoy the different glimpses of self expression we all get of each other in comment boxes. One of the reasons for my blogging break was that I genuinely believed I was no longer being of service to the people I hoped to connect with.

      I’ve had a good think about what you said here and over at your place about my post lengths. I’m going to try to vary the lengths of my posts again, and I think it’s time to revisit what my blogging aims were last year: to do wee snippets and quotes, film reviews and book reviews, recipes and videos as well as my longer pieces.

      I re-read my post above, and there was enough in it to form the core of several posts! I have to ask myself why I’m so comfy with two or three wee paragraphs in a comment, yet feel the need to write novels for blogposts. I know I must have lost a lot of borderline skim readers who simply don’t have the time to sit back and settle into a piece.

      My favourite pieces are still the longer articles I did for my Coaching Moments column – I loved that space and the way it raised my game to have editors I trusted and respected – but it’s time for me to take responsibility and create the kind of place here I always wanted, a flexible place I can build around my family’s needs and my own. As you say, “on my own terms”. I learned from all of my blogging breaks last year that the sky didn’t fall in when I lost readers each time, because I write for myself, and that one reader I connect with when I’m writing.

  9. Janice,
    I’m such a short comment commenter. My personality is straight and to the point. I’m also good at one liners. So much of the time I leave short comments. Occasionally they will be long but it’s REAL occasionally.

    I do agree we leave gems all over the internet and so do other people in comments. I’ve been inspired by many.

    Glad to see you back!
    .-= Tess The Bold Life´s last blog ..Bold Solutions For A New World =-.

    • Hi Tess,
      Long comments or short, I appreciate every single one and it’s always a pleasure to have you visit. Your response to my comment on your blog yesterday was lovely and came just at the right time.

      I agree with what you say about gems; they’re scattered all over our blogging routes. Luckily, we have a few of your longer quotes in the archives over here, like this one, which I’ve always remembered:

      I grew up with my mom hanging clothing and bedding for 12 people on the clothesline. I grew up making tents out of the sheets. And I brought my children up hanging our laundry on the clothes line. Until we moved to a city where hanging clothing was not allowed.

      But they couldn’t take away the memories and smell of clean sheets, the stiffness of dry jeans and the memory of my mom, extra clothes pins in her mouth as she worked up and down the clothes line hanging clothes and bedding for 12.

  10. What an interesting concept! I never really thought about this, but you’re right. There is so much gold to be mined from comments.

    I don’t understand the idea of long comments being bad netiquette. I love a long comment that shows how much thought a reader has put into whatever the topic of the day on my blog is. I read so many blogs that I’m more guilty of leaving comments that are too short, just to let the blogger know I was there and appreciated what she had to say.

    So glad to see you blogging again, Janice!

  11. Hi Julia,
    Great to see you. I’m glad to be back! I’ve had a couple of very productive days, spring cleaning the mechanics of the blog and catching up with blogging friends. I’ve also been trying to get a feel for the direction I want to go in by seeing what comes easiest and where I get most into the flow. I just have to make sure I don’t get into a cycle of overdoing it again. That’s why I’m planning on re-running some older posts for folk who’ve not been visiting since the start.

    I enjoy the comment situation on your blog and the satellite blogs I visit from it because the protocol there is that it’s genuinely OK just to drool and say thank you for the inspiration, or to share ideas, opinions or tips. On days when I can’t face connecting or writing anything, I still visit for a ‘fix’. Your film houses ….oh they’re so my guilty pleasure!

  12. Hi Janice
    All my training is science based and my writing skills are sadly lacking but reading comments and commenting is like taking a short course in writing.

    Comments should be short, relevant, humorous and clever. This means that every word has to have a purpose.

    I’m OK with the short, and relevant but I’m still working on the humorous and clever.
    .-= Keith Davis´s last blog ..A helping hand… =-.

    • Hi Keith,
      I’ve good news for you; you’ve come to a place where you can leave all the shoulds behind and just be yourself. We don’t expect clever, humorous or short here, and although relevant’s good, we’ve enjoyed many a wonderful tangent in these comment boxes. I know I’m speaking for my regular readers, both the silent kind and the commenters, when I say that what we value most over here is authenticity. Everything else follows. Root around the sites of the commenters present and past, and you’ll also see supportiveness and kindness of heart, whether the bloggers specialise in offering inspiration, practical help or pure entertainment. Trust me, no-one would ever visit this blog if they thought short and witty was the only way to go. 😉

      I see your site’s about public speaking and presentation. I used do coaching presentations, and as a teacher and lecturer, l learned the hard way how to keep the attention of folk of all ages from 5 to 70. The humour, timing, passion and interactive delivery were important, but as you know, that came from confidence and practice. The main thing was to know your stuff and your ‘audience’. Teenagers and paying customers can spot a fraud at a hundred paces. Authenticity, being yourself and believing in what you do, can make any piece of human communication soar and touch hearts as well as minds, whether it’s in a perfectly put together comment, a grateful response, a well planned post or a presidential speech.

      Nice to have you visiting – you got me thinking!

  13. Thanks for this tip Janice! I have been commenting heavily this past day or so and am now wishing I had copy and pasted each comment after I had written it. Newly venturing into the blogging world, it is hard to create good topics that others will want to read AND comment on.

    Thankfully, I have been logging which sites I do comment on so as to return to collect my thoughts. It will be interesting, to say the least, to see what my jigsaw turns up!
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Spring Has Sprung, Almost =-.

    • Hi Lisa,
      You’re welcome! Your comment made a couple of things clear for me as I was reading. The first was the phrase “collect my thoughts”. It’s a great image. Sometimes bloggers have so many thoughts, responses and flashes of inspiration that it can become quite overwhelming and even result in the kind of writer’s block that comes from not knowing where to start. If we programme our brains to recognise a “seed” after we’ve spontaneously commented, it makes it easier to do a gentle tidy up – a gathering – of our ideas at the end of a day, or maybe a week. I rarely gather my ‘seed’ comments straight after commenting, even if they leave me thinking “Oo, I hadn’t realised I felt like that…” The risk for me is that I start writing for myself and my own perceived audience instead of genuinely connecting with the blogger and his or her readers.

      The other thing was what a good idea it is to recognise the blogs that spontaneously trigger our most creative responses. If we’re hunting and gathering, they’re often the best places to go to jog our memories.

      Good luck with the new blog!

  14. Hi Janice – Happy Mother’s Day – just wanted to call in .. lovely day down here and sincerely hope you and your family have similar sun and warmer temps than recently.

    Excellent post and comments – making us all think .. I too love Tess’ image of making tents out of the washing on the washing line .. especially on a day like today. I can smell the laundry!

    Have a good week ..
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Women – how much education have women had in the past 2,000 years? =-.

    • Hi, Hilary,
      I’m thinking of doing a patchwork post later today that includes Mother’s Day. I had a lovely time with the kids, which is how I celebrate my own mum, although she’s no longer with us. I hope you had a lovely day with your mum.

      There’s still a gentle thaw going on here and we have had a few bright days. I promise I’ll tell you, though, when the snow plough mountain out front finally disappears to reveal pavement, plants and grass! My son has got quite fond of it; he used it as battlements first, then as the back wall of an igloo. Now that it’s smoother and lower, I had to stop him using it as a snowboard (tea tray) slope that ends in road&concrete&cracked skull. The front garden plants that survive this winter will be officially honoured and cherished in a post!

  15. Janice, I haven’t been blogging as much and it took some of the pressure off me for now during a busy time. But I enjoy so much reading the wisdom of people like you and others who visit my blog. I’ve had some real gold in my comments. I enjoyed what you said here about comments as gold…

    “Maybe you don’t realise that your comments on other blogs – and the replies you write in your own comments boxes – contain gems, the seeds of whole posts. They’re your spontaneous writing, your honest, authentic, initial responses to the writing prompts that are other people’s ideas and feelings.”

    When an idea sparks from a comment or a quote you see, work from that spark and the rest seems to just flow. 🙂
    .-= Robyn McMaster´s last blog ..Gratitude: 5 Tips to Generate More =-.

    • Hi, Robyn.

      I love how you use the spark image. The wisdom in there is to do something with those feelings while they’re still hot enough to flame into something bigger, whether it’s a swipe file of your own words, or a collection of other people’s gems to use in a post that honours them and spreads link love at the same time.

      Just today, I thought of your wonderful right brain left brain mini series. ( I was leaving a comment about unique self expression within the limits of musical and writing structure.) It changed my life, pointing out for the first time that it wasn’t madness that made me feel I’m both a right brain and a left brain thinker. I remember that post of yours because I linked to it, sent it to friends and applied it to my life paradigm. Doing something with words that inspire us – our own and other people’s – is crucial.

  16. Hi Janice .. the post to come on your Mother’s Day should be fun and interesting – glad you had a good day together. No snow here thankfully .. yes I can understand you saying you’d like to see the grey freezing lump melt away. Cracked skulls – not what any of us need. I think that’s a sensible embargo!

    I’m just going across to Robyn’s post on the left brain right brain info – sounds interesting .. lovely here today too .. have a good week .. cheers Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Women – how much education have women had in the past 2,000 years? =-.

  17. Writers write. Oh how I love that.

    I often get as much (inspiration of all sorts) reading the comments left in my favorite-to-read blogs. Blog-reading is a time-consuming activity in anyone’s week. I usually do mine with a fresh mug of coffee at hand — either in the coffee shop, or here at home.

    You are so right to point us to our own comments left all across the world — like bread crumbs on the forest floor — to find our way back home.

    Liz Strauss calls this taking the conversation back home to expand on it, or to share some insight with our readers.

    The shortest post can become a treasure box of inspiration, thought, ideas, insights — all through the comment section.

    Thanks!
    .-= Barb Hartsook´s last blog ..We Live Where Our Focus Is =-.

    • Hi Barb,
      You write beautifully, in brush strokes, so it doesn’t surprise me that you enjoy the mosaic effects of our words on the broader canvas of our blogging community canvas. I learned at great cost to my health and writing a few months ago, how difficult it is for me to separate all the threads of my blogging experience. They all give me some kind of pleasure, but in the end, my writing and my usefulness as a blogger both suffered because I simply spent too much time blogging.

      I used to write my monthly column articles based on notes I’d written in cafés. I often long for the simplicity of those days, writing one good article I was proud of every month, and the rest of the time living, connecting, writing, reading and quote hunting but not necessarily publishing or doing it all online. But then I remind myself of all the pleasure I’ve had from blogging. It’s one of those elemental clashes of conflcting intentions.

  18. Hi Janice .. thanks for the link back to Robyn’s blog .. I’d managed to find it .. and a lot of other interesting information – I’ve subscribed, so I’ll pick up more nuggets & I can come back & read the brain ones .. when time prevails!

    Re the comments etc – we’re going on about here .. I’m always being pleasantly surprised (when I haven’t been a prat & not concentrated!) when I get wonderful answering comments to my comment left – that’s what amazes me – and gives me huge comfort ..

    Sometimes I think the post isn’t too brilliant – but the comments make me see it differently – I’ve opened up people’s minds to a different approach .. educationally eclectic .. I called it on Joanna’s site the other day .. her recent post on tumbling words might interest you – if you don’t subscribe?
    http://confidentwriting.com/2010/03/woven-meaning-tumbled-words/

    Interesting how we think about ourselves and our ideas, and how others see us! Have a great rest of the week – cheers & time for tea! Hilary

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