Fellow bloggers! Stop what you’re doing! Pry your fingers off the keyboard! Quit thinking about what you’re going to say next!
(clearing throat) Thank you.
It just hit me like a bolt of lightning this morning. We bloggers have to stop–right now–and give ourselves a few moments of congratulatory appreciation. Internal high fives. Give ourselves hugs.
We have DONE IT! We have helped revolutionize the world with our blogging! We are part of the common movement–Let the People Speak!–and we have done a mighty fine job of it.
Think of it, fellow bloggers. Think of the majesty of our world-wide revolution! Think of how much free speech is circling the globe on this worldwide web and WE are part of it.
Think about it even more. What if we got PAID for blogging? Some of us would be rich by now. What if we were paid by word, or by readership, or by thoughtfulness? What if we were paid by every time we taught somebody something? Every time we offered a kind word? Every time we explored an idea, gave joy to another human being, inspired another?
(OK, OK, what I truly believe is that we ARE paid by it. Maybe not in cash dollars, but in the joy of our self-expression. Every time we press the “Publish” button…heck, before that…every time we write a word or thought…our internal payroll clerk is handing us a check of good will, delight, satisfaction. Even when we’re writing things that may be gloomy, dark or negative, we’re still expressing free will in a world where that still counts, still may have power, still contains energy. Pay yourselves liberally today, fellow bloggers!)
Think of what we put out in the world. Think of how we are publicly expressing ourselves–and have to stand by what we share with the globe. Other people can share only to limited fellow beings and–hence–sometimes shield themselves from public ridicule and mistakes.
We share our not-knowing, our tentativeness, our mistakes with EVERYONE! We learn how to calm the wild beast commenter who criticizes. We learn how to honor all the readers who stop by, bitchy or loving. We learn how to dance with whoever stops at the doorstep of our blog.
Oh how we learn! We learn how to say something when there’s nothing to say. Or, conversely, how to share from our innermost convictions. We learn how to share with integrity.
We travel up the roller coaster of blogging and down the roller coaster of blogging. The winds are in our sails when we’ve written a satisfying blog and then we’re sitting dead calm adrift in the sea when we want more people to be reading. We learn to navigate through both kinds of waters: the kind where the waves are foaming and we’re struggling to hang on…and the times when nothing seems to be happening and we wonder why we’re blogging anyway.
We have learned to flow, or we’ve learned to condense information. We’ve learned to write better, or we’ve learned to express from our heart. No matter what we’re blogging about–if we’ve blogged long enough–we’ve learned something.
And we’ll continue to learn something each day we blog.
Therefore, dear blogger, sit up straighter at your computer. Feel the pride. Feel the joy of self-expression. Feel the way YOU make a difference.
Think about it. Really think about it today. Imagine giving yourself the biggest hug in the Universe. Hug yourself until some more words want to leap off the ends of your fingers and onto the keyboard and into the mysterious parallel world of Cyberspace!
Enjoy the fruits of expressing what has ripened in your heart. Enjoy the fruits of sharing with your fellow travelers. Do NOT underestimate yourselves.
No matter what: you will learn something about yourself and others in the act of blogging.
I salute you!
Thank you for your attention. You may go back to blogging now.:)
ha too bad you can’t see the face i made at you!!!
But Elisa I had so much FUN writing this! ha ha…
Now must go to work… don’t forget to hug yourself! lol!
Hooray for you and all the others like you that feed me words every day!!
I’m so happy that you do what you do. 🙂
Hoping we feed you NUTRITIOUS words and not junk-food words, Sue. Oh, OK, maybe some junk food words SOME times. LOL and thanks for the hug. I felt it way up here while swimming in the lake last night.
I’ve always been grateful for this place to write, and the opportunity it gives me to have a readership of sorts; a place to put the days thoughts and feelings. And a way to meet so many people who feel the same.
Dawn, I agree with you totally. Feeling so much gratitude that this opportunity exists for us. I remember days in the woods in previous years where you never talked to anyone besides family members. It’s so precious that the world is opened up to us. (Another blog idea!)
Thank you…hugs to a job well done. Now, get out there so you can produce more photos and words for us. 😀
OK Scott! I’m out in the world! Guess where? It was BAT DAY at the Quincy Mine today. Can’t wait to write a bat story and am praying honest-to-goodness that some indoor bat photos show up. If it was you, you would have high-quality bat photos… Me, I better be able to tell a good story. lol!
Kathy, thanks for big smile you put at my face gurl 🙂
Hi there LuLu! I am sooo happy to have put a smile on your face, lovely lady! So nice to see you here in blogland…miss reading the blogs you used to have on Gaia.
Nice thoughts, as always, Kathy. I do have days where I wonder whether anyone really cares whether I blog or not. As much as I love readership and comments, I’m doing it for me, to have a place to share when I’m feeling creative or even a little proud of a picture I really like. Through you and Scott, I’ve found many fun people who help put a smile on my face on a regular basis.
Karma, yeah, I know about those days when it doesn’t seem like anyone cares if you blog or not. Today, as a matter of fact, is one of those days. It is so slow here on this blog that a tortoise could creep over the computer screen and never see anyone. (Does that metaphor work?) I always feel the best when I concentrate on my inner joy of creating, and not on readership. And the inner joy of connecting with WHOEVER comes by to share of their precious essence, and not wanting more…
Your words are the payment and hug today. Since I have been unable to blog for the past few days, for my own unknown reasons, I am once again encouraged to write my blogs, one blog at time.
Beautifully written, wonderful photographs !
I am Love, Jeff
Jeff, A hug for you too! I love how we bloggers keep inspiring and re-inspiring one another. How words and photos can help us gain our energy or focus or help us connect to our creativity. Hope you are having a nice weekend!
We share our not-knowing, our tentativeness, our mistakes with EVERYONE!
LOL! This struck a chord with me. When I first started blogging I was shy and tentative and worried about making mistakes (even the little ones such as typos). I also had a hard time leaving comments, not knowing what to say/write. I’m glad I got over it.
You put together words and photos wonderfully. The apples, in particular, are tempting.
Robin, oh I’m glad you understand! When I first started blogging I was PETRIFIED! I remember shaking in nervousness thinking somehow that it was all going to turn out wrong. For the first few months every time I turned on the computer my heart beat really fast. Glad I got over it too. By the way, the apples come from a photo Kiah took when she was visiting. I found it in my folder yesterday and thought it was beautiful. She said she didn’t want any attribution–but I’ll tell here in comments anyway.
Kathy what a way to start my Friday. Thank you and hats off to you in your blogging success and your attentive readership. Hats off and hugs to you and all bloggers!
Hats off to ALL of us bloggers, Terrill! Throwing a hundred multi-colored hats of red and purple and green and blue and fuschia into the sky right now! (See how just your presence inspires creativity?)
Horray for all my blogging friends! though my family teases me about you all, (kind of like imaginary friends they think) I love to come here and to the others that I read for your words of wisdom and silliness, for serenity and joy, for being reminded to be grateful for all things. Many blessings to you, Kathy – and to Amy, Gerry and Kath – for being my “blogging friends.”
Cindy Lou, Barry and I got a good laugh out of that one. OK, they can’t think that I am imaginary, can they? I mean maybe Amy, Gerry and Kath are imaginary, but they HAVE seen me in person! LOL! But, seriously, your words are very beautiful.
Yay! Sorry, I was too busy finishing my blog post to read this earlier. 🙂
That’s the spirit, Celeste! You’re getting into this blogging excitement, aren’t you? So exciting!
Thank you and kudos to Kathy and to all of you who blog! Even when I don’t leave comments, I’m reading your words. I like reading all the comments from others, too. This is a place I come for renewal and “me” time …. Blessings…
That is really sweet, Susan. That our blogging words can be a place for renewal and “me” time. And don’t worry about leaving comments! Only when the Spirit tickles your fingers and makes you mini-blog! Ha ha…
Kathy – I’m getting as tall as I can — on tippy-toe — to give you a STANDING OVATION. Great post!
Oh, a standing ovation?? But not just for me! Let’s both stand up and give a standing ovation for ALL bloggers everywhere! Together, now. (clap, clap, clap, CLAP, clap…)
You know I loved the Blueberry photo! It is perfectly catching the moment!
Thanks for the story and hugs
Kim, thank you for liking the blueberry photo. Most of these photos were taken on the way to the Mouth of the Huron last weekend for the mini-pilgrimage. The fields were wet with dew and I loved how the earth smelled all piney and sandy. The blueberries looked heavely. Except they may have been huckleberries.
Wise observations, Kathy. Thanks for the pep talk! I like your idea, “the joy of our self-expression.” Many (((hugs))) to you!
The joy of our self-expression is the most important joy of all, I think, Barbara. When we’re in our own joy…our joy ripples out into the Universe…
Darn! I tried – I really tried – to give myself a hug, per your instructions. I heard a pop, and it took a long time to get myself unwound. So, can I give you a hug instead?
Laughing! The people in the coffee shop here are looking at me oddly to see why I am laughing. I’m not sure it works to actually try to give ouselves a PHYSICAL hug. Here’s what you do. Close your eyes. Picture yourself hugging yourself. Feel it with your heart down to your tippy tippy toes. THERE! Much better. And now you’re not even a pretzel! (But, yes, I would welcome a hug as well.) tee hee…
The ferns say it all – sometimes juicy and sometimes dry – that’s blogging!
Barb, I KNEW there was a reason I put those fern photos in here. I am glad you came up with the reason why. Sometimes juicy…sometimes dry. You got it!
So good to drop in next to you Kathy and savor the moment. I am sitting up taller at this desk in Munich, thrilled to find your voice calling me. Thank you! Can’t wait to post. Hugs to you and the apples and blueberries, Love, S
Suzi, it’s so good to “see” you! You’re in Munich? How awesome! Will drop in to see your blog…Wishing you a feast of dark beer, sauerkraut and sausages. LOL! I don’t think I could eat/drink ANY of that!
Very true! Resonates with me as true. Thank you for your work and your sharing.
Always delighted to see you, Martha. So glad this resonates. Let me know if you start blogging again.