What is blogging? Is it a passing phase in the continually changing consciousness of the nation and the world?
OMG did I say that?
Yes. And it is a question worth asking. I have been a blogger for almost two years now. It has been an enjoyable experience. And one that suits the kind of mind that is. . .
Not too analytical
Not too smart
Not too goal oriented
But one that enjoys people and enjoys creating moments.
Not necessarily big moments. But moments that can be enjoyed and appreciated in a photo or a poem or a description of something.
Blogging can drive you batty. And I have seen some very talented people fall along the way because they couldn’t quite figure out what they were doing.
People arrive and read your post. Then they leave without any kind of response. You have no idea how they felt about what you were trying to say. Maybe they will return.
Maybe they won’t. Maybe the plugins will work tomorrow. Or some mysterious bug will mess them up. Or the company who runs the servers will decide to shut you down for some obscure reason.
How do you get a handle on that? Well I don’t think that you do get a handle on it. You just wait to see what happens next. It’s a lot like life.
And I am here to document that with you. I enjoy waiting for the next surprise.
A little moment. And perhaps next time…
A big moment. You never know.
I think I will add things here as time goes on and ideas percolate to the surface. They won’t necessarily be my ideas. They could be yours if I understand and appreciate what you are saying. Or you could just add your idea in the comment section. I rarely understand anything that goes on there. 🙂
But then it’s fair play when you are an incoherent blogger at three in the morning.
Or anytime as I can be while wrestling with ADHD or RLS or GRLS(haha).
My notion is to envision here what things will be like once we all stop beating the dead horse of our so-called economy. We are all attached to Trigger and it’s a difficult time. Soon they will be bringing out the paddles and an old electric battery and i don’t even want to hear about that.
The first thing that comes to mind is that it would be really cool if we could limit the debt people incur in some way. And the second thing would be that a sense of community returns to our cities and towns.
All of the politicians need to go. And the new ones should have a clear understanding of the real needs of the citizens. Their terms should ALL be limited and they should have to sleep at the huge shelters that will be set up at least five days per week.
I can see people coming together in large numbers here in Richmond to share a meal every evening. And there will no longer be a great divide between city and suburb. The dinner hall will be right in the middle. The county line will run right underneath the large soup containers.
People will sit around in their rusty lawn chairs after dinner and talk with other diners who they would never have seen in the past. Why not? They don’t have jobs to go to. And the sleeping areas don’t open up until nine.
But don’t be depressed by the thought of a homeless shelter. They will be much nicer now that a much larger portion of the middle-class are enjoying their comforts. Endless rows of neat bedrolls with space in between for a small box with a flower vase on it. Plastic, of course, but still full of daisies picked that morning on the side of the road.
A small job for a smaller economy.
(to be continued)
Beth reminded me that the Neptune Festival is happening next weekend at Virginia Beach. And there will definitely be photo taking opportunities there. It’s difficult to believe that a year has gone by since the last festival. There are photos here from that competition. Hopefully this year I will be able to gain a little different perspective while clicking away.
I had to laugh when I was going over some photos taken last July. What is that thing out in the water? Is it Jaws?
I never noticed it before but there is a dolphin out there. Maybe he is watching the people having fun on the beach. Maybe he is curious.
I was looking here yesterday evening and just sort of staring at the blog. Feeling relatively empty after a week of turmoil and just amazed also at all the things I have done here in the past month.
Lots of creative stuff for an old geezer and maybe that’s what blogging will do for you after awhile. Like anything else if you pursue it over a period of time you will learn some things and grow in different ways. I was amazed as I went back to the beginning of our trip in August. But now I’m feeling pretty much empty. When that happens it is always a good time to try and get out to take more photos. Photos are the fuel and the Nikon D70 is the fuel tank. It is rather small by today’s standards but then the fuel comes in micro-bits.
Beth tells me that the National Folk Festival will not be coming here this year but Richmond has managed to retain all the sponsors and plans to do the same thing again. Hopefully many of the same talented people will be here plus some more. Smile everyone! Click.
Actually that’s not the way we take photos here. We like to go for the candid shot. And it’s difficult to get birds to smile. Their beaks are a little too stiff.
And then we will be going up to northern Virginia to see my daughter and her family. We have not seen their new home in Leesburg, Virginia. It’s a pretty picture perfect part of the state so there should be more photo opportunities there. As well as my grandchildren of course. But not to worry they are all part of the paranoid wing of the party (I mean family) and like Beth will never be seen online. Or rarely. I have managed to sneak one or two photos of the kids into the blog but don’t tell anyone.
Have a nice weekend everyone. The nice weather is finally coming in many places. Hopefully the storms have passed and some of us can enjoy life a bit more again.
This was taken at Maymont Park this morning. I took a few photos. In digital camera terms that’s about one hundred or so pics. I am not sure if I like it or not but here it is. And maybe I will post a flower or two and bring the total to three which is a lucky number.
I was noticing that it is rather dark outside my little window this morning. And I could hear hard rain hitting the roof. But only when I received an email from someone in South America asking me if I was alright did I go to the Weather Channel and find THIS.
This storm is right on top of my house! That’s not very nice.
THIS MAP IS PRETTY COOL. It shows weather from all over the world and changes from day to day.
Thank you for all the comments lately. I appreciate them. I ALWAYS want to know what you think about anything. It doesn’t even need to be about a post here. It could be about a dream you had last night. I spent years listening to people talk about their lives in a professional capacity. It’s just something that I enjoy. And thank goodness for that! Otherwise I might not ever have had a job!
There is one thing I need to stop doing however. When I write to someone and they do not respond for whatever reason I try to figure out why they did not respond. And usually I come up with reasons that have to do with my own inadequacies. And then it drives me crazy. You might be thinking I am one of your favorite bloggers (unlikely but possible) and I am thinking you hated something I wrote and are never coming here again. Meanwhile you have simply not checked your email or something like that.
After a little over a year of blogging and many lost minutes of angst over stuff like this I’m officially putting this one in the delete bin. It’s ridiculous to do this. It’s a bad habit. It’s a waste of time.
Well it looks like today is definitely going to be a wet one. I would say that the air show is probably not going to happen. But they could still be having duck races down on Broad Street.
Bright and early Sunday morning. What’s Happening?
I don’t know. One thing may be happening. Or another. Or Both. Since we have returned from our vacation comments around here from just about everyone have stopped. And when that happens the blogger has to ask him or herself. . .what is happening?
Maybe the vacation stuff was a degree or two more interesting and entertaining than your normal fare around here. Readers are waiting for something as good before commenting. Or maybe it is the Labor Day weekend. Everybody is off enjoying their own vacation. I hope this is the case.
Or maybe it’s me. Maybe I’m having a letdown because I can’t take photos like this one now. And so I don’t know what to do.
Probably this last thing is at the heart of the problem. There are always things to write about and take photos of in your environment. It’s more a matter of attitude. Am I excited about life right now? That’s the issue. And I would have to say “No” to answer that question.
And two things can happen at this point. I can lay low and say nothing. Wait for the life springs to start flowing again. Or I can explore this other world. I can write about it. Take photos of it. And share some of it with you.
Or, more importantly, what are you doing this Labor Day weekend?