Day 8, 2017.
Wow! We are already heading into the second week of the new year. January is the busiest month of the year as far as family birthdays count. My late husband, two grandsons, a son, great-granddaughter, son-in-law, and daughter-in-law. And that is just my immediate family, not counting at least one niece from my Florida-Clan.
I used to send cards with detailed notes in them, and even money. Now that I am basically a poor church mouse, I’m lucky if I get a card out at all. Oh, sure, there are electronic cards that are relatively easy to send, and I must say those are often very attractive…and they even sing or play music for the recipient.
My intentions are good, and yes, I do know what they say about good intentions. I do at least think about people on their birthdays.
Unfortunately (I guess,) I am not really into Facebook or other social media. Let’s not go into that here, with a wink and a nod to my excuse/reasoning that these venues cause a LOT of trouble. E-mail was bad enough, always a risk for correspondents.
Blogging is my love, being a source of endless blank pages on the computer screen, beckoning with a promise that I can write/say almost anything about nearly any subject. I write poetry, essays and diaries about the good old days…at least MY good old days. My goal for this new year is to write something every day…or at least re-post something that I have written since my blog SOMETIMES was born.
One of the sweet things about blogging is that we tend to attract like-minded writers who more or less follow our work. We enjoy each others’ photos, essays, and poems, and short stories.
One rule I set for myself is to write with care. To me that means avoiding offending anyone, getting uppity with those who do not agree with me, or writing obnoxious or unsubstantiated things. Normally I rest fairly well assured that when I push the SEND button, and later when someone opens my post to read it, there will not be any adverse effects. Sometimes (often, actually) what I write is intended to be humorous, though representative of my views and opinions. Satire and sarcasm I use sparingly, with care and judgement.
I have published 671 posts to this blog, Sometimes, as of a glance to my Stats page just moments ago. This represents steady publications the last couple of years, and the total over the life of my blog since 2011. I have deleted two posts that I recall, rewrote a couple, but most have stood as written. I don’t think I’ve offended or insulted anyone, and I take great pains to avoid such writing.
My number one goal this year is to write every day. Actually I do write daily, usually in a variety of diaries and notebooks…then transfer items to my blog. Once in a great while I have misgivings about a post, and accordingly re-write it, edit it for spelling or grammatical errors…and for any questionable content. It takes a few moments to go back in the pages and fix typos or mis-spellings, or to make glaring corrections of fact.
Yesterday I wrote one of my problem pieces, and have mulled it over in my mind since. It is about the infamous Wall which has been proposed…whether actual or theoretical, our president-elect now owns this idea, and possibly feels he has an obligation to “build the wall.”. My purpose was to post the link to photos of the existing wall between the United States southern border and Mexico. The suggestions that were included in my post are facetious…tongue-in-cheek…sarcastic. When I came to my computer this morning I fully expected (dreaded, perhaps,) some negative comments about my rather outrageous “suggestions” for extending the border. Especially worrying to me are “guests” or browsers who happen-upon what I write, not regulars that recognize snide…ok, snarky…sarcasm. So far so good…