What’s your blog made of?
Is it about sugar and spice and all things nice,
Or a confessional of a particular vice?
Or reviews and comps and giveaways galore?
Have you so much to say that you post every day,
Or are you less frequent to come out to play?
Do you follow your stats with an eagle eye,
Or go with the flow with no ‘wherefore’ or ‘why’?
And how about linkys, do you take part in one,
Or even run one for double the fun?
And blogging support – it’s second to none,
It’s addictive, it’s social, it’s oh-so-much fun!
With humour and truth and bare-your-soul posts,
A dose of self-help, ‘how to’s’, ‘meet your host’,
The techy bit’s done, SEO and short lnks,
We’re ready to schedule or hit publish, me thinks…
But wait – one final edit, one final ‘tweak’,
The ingredients are mixed now, you need a good heat,
In an aga or retro eye-level grill,
The method won’t matter, it’ll still fit the bill!
‘Cos whatever makes our blogs, whether newbie or star,
We write from the heart we are what we are,
And that’s what matters, don’t aim to be ‘pro’,
Just blog what you want to and go with the flow!
By Carol Cameleon 2015
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‘My Amazing Mum’ ~ a poem for Mothers Day
This was written as a competition entry to win my lovely Mum a bouquet of flowers for Mother’s Day. So winner or not, this is a virtual bunch of flowers!
My blog is like a doorway…
A warm welcome to my blog, you will see it’s like a house.
Come over the threshold, turn the handle, the proverbial ‘mouse’.
In the hallway it’s fresh and light, it’s the decor, it’s the ‘theme’.
It’s personal choice, it reflects your blog, it’s the first thing to be seen.
My visitors are my ‘followers’, they come by every day.
A refreshing drink and a chat, it’s great to hear what they say.
Into the kitchen, kettle on, time for coffee and cake.
I love to hear their thoughts and banter, with the ‘comments’ that they make.
Into the lounge, take a seat, make yourself at home.
Escuse me a minute, look around while I answer the phone.
Someone’s got lost, their sat nav’s broken, they don’t know where to go,
When you’re trying to find my blog, you rely on good ‘SEO’.
Back again. What to do when the comments halt or stall?
You can get fresh air from a proverbial ‘window’ when you hit a blog ‘brick wall’.
Up the stairs, one by one, this is your ranking goal,
A comfort break to the bathroom and of course the ‘blog roll’!
So, is your ‘house’ on a busy road or is it a dead end?
Good content’s vital for your blog, remember this my friend.
Just like a house, a blog’s good structure really is the ‘key’,
Come in, through my ‘doorway’, you’re always welcome, come and visit me!
By Carol Cameleon
I published this poem months ago on this very same blog but aside from being snowed under with my current writing project, I have been musing on how far my blog has come. With that in mind, I wanted to give this another airing 🙂
I recently saw a blog post from Tales of the Motherland called “Alone in a hotel room”.
From the title I assumed it would be a sad post full of soul-searching. While I write this (very rarely do I type and go!), I haven’t read the blog post, as I don’t want to be swayed by the content.
It struck me how much just one word can convey.
To a busy parent it could mean 5 minutes of peaceful me-time
Or it could be someone travelling for work with only wifi and/or satellite TV and/or mini bar for company. (Not exactly alone then!…)
‘Alone’ can mean so many things to so many people.
It can mean a deep, empty feeling of being on your own.
It can mean shutting a door on an intrusive world.
It can mean time to free your soul by putting pen to paper in letter writing or any kind of writing.
It can mean absorbing yourself in a book (bliss!)
What does it mean to me? Well, from past experience, alone is a black place to be. Being alone can mean too much time to wallow. I used to feel ‘too’ alone when I experienced depression (which was, thankfully a good while ago now).
I used a journal to record something positive each day and when I recovered, I vowed I would never, ever go there again.
Along with focussing on all things literary and writing, I try very hard to keep my Virtually All Sorts blog positive and to that end, this post will finish on a positive slant.
For me, ‘alone’ has to be indulging in a bath of the perfect temperature, candles on and a good book afterwards (don’t want it getting soggy or the ereader falling in the bath!!)
So what was the point in me writing this post? It struck me how just from reading a title containing a single word can provoke thoughts and feelings and inspire a whole new blog post. Do read Dawn Landau’s post at Tales from the Motherland to see why she wrote the post that inspired this post…
What would you do if you had some ‘alone’ time?
Tell me in the comments below.