Tag Archives: writing

Tipping point

I see on my blog stats that over 1000 comments have been made on my blog.

Thank you to all the people who follow my blog and to those who have left comments over time.

I read this comment by another blogger recently and it really tickled my sense of humour.

It went something like this: “Thanks for reading my blog and leaving a comment. At least I know that I am not constantly talking to myself.”

I appreciate hearing from you. Take care out there.

Crunching the numbers

I’ve completed my annual bird survey today. The instructions were to record the largest number of each type of bird that was seen or heard at any one time – not the total number of each bird over the hour. That was a bit complicated but bird numbers were low in the garden today so it was not as arduous as I thought it might be.

The common sparrow headed the list, followed by wax eyes, blackbirds, chaffinches, starlings, and goldfinches. I could hear a Tui over the road feasting on the red flowering gum trees so that was included too.

Male chaffinch

I blogged about the 2011 bird survey here.

I received an email late this afternoon telling me that a new website is being set up so that I can record any observations relating to nature but it will also be where future annual bird survey results will be loaded. I’m really pleased about that as there are times when I see a new bird in the garden and wish I could tell someone “official” about it.

The other numbers I crunched today were on my blog. WordPress provides a raft of statistical data and I do check my stats regularly. This post will be number 308. My readers have posted 966 comments and I now have 70 blog followers.

Thank you to all my readers. It is very gratifying to know that you enjoy my postings and continue to turn the pages on my blog.

There is an interesting statistic amongst the people who regularly comment on my blog and that is that 4 of them have names beginning with the letter “J”.

I also have a regular group of “likers” and it is always a pleasure to find your “Like” appearing in my notifications.

11 of my blog posts have been “shared” and that seems an extra honour and potentially widens my audience.

Spam wins the day with 1,356 items that have been successfully thwarted at the cyber boundary of my blog and I am very grateful about that.

I began blogging with so much trepidation but now it is almost a habit and I miss the days when I don’t post something. I began writing to satisfy an inner voice but having gathered followers I feel spurred on to provide something that I hope will interest you in some way. My photography interest is proving to be very satisfying to me and that has been a surprise too.

Thank you again for reading, lurking, liking and commenting. You all enrich my days.

Two quotes on Saturday

Writing is a struggle against silence. Carlos Fuentes

The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe. Gustave Flaubert

Everytime I post on my WordPress blogs there is a piece on the lefthand side of the page offering a quote in addition to other statistical information and the tags I have used and some extra tag suggestions.

These two quotes stood out for me this week. The first quote spoke to me because I find my blogging fills a gap left by the community education in which I used to work. My blog offers me a voice that I previously used in that work but which now has the potential to reach many more people on a global scale, rather than in my local community.

The second quote reinforces why writing blog posts helps me on a more personal and internal journey as I search for and unearth what I believe.

Is your writing a struggle against silence?

Does writing help you discover what you believe?

I’d be interested in knowing.

P.S. The photo is a sand dune on Farewell Spit, New Zealand

A Leunig cartoon

I really like the cartoons drawn by Michael Leunig. Here is an offering that is so relevant to life these days. The weather here was not that good for lying on the grass and gazing at the sky but I did watch the incoming cold front at lunch time and the variegated coloured clouds at dusk tonight. Charge up those batteries out in nature.

Funny quote on my blog stats today

When I publish a blog post WordPress tells me how many posts I have written and encourages me to keep going. Part of this encouragement includes a quote about writing. Today’s one made me laugh! Thanks Steven Wright.

I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done.
— Steven Wright

Thank you!

The tally of hits on my blog has just gone over 4000. So a big thank you to all the people who pop in to read posts, who have clicked “follow”, who link from Facebook and Linkedin or via search engines.

I’m glad you are out there and give my blog your attention. It spurs me on to keep writing and taking photos.

Flowers are often given as thank you gifts so here is a photo, taken today, of my Aladdin patio rose, flowering abundantly for the second time this season. Enjoy and thank you!

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Head space

I’ve had a “thank you” card to write for over a month now.

A month ago busy, distracting life events stopped me attending to the card and the special thought I wanted to put into the words I would write.

Since then I have procrastinated and allowed a holiday mind-set to stop this very small but important task to be done.

Of course all this has nudged around in my head and how much better is it to get some words written down or the thank you card finally written?

Jotting down such things on a list, drafting out the words on paper can really clear considerable space in our minds. And this happened yesterday when I drafted out my words to include in the card.

The card has now been purchased so writing and posting the card will open up even more space!