Letting the Neighbors Inspire Me

Like everyone I’ve been reading blogs.  There are quite a few that I found interesting, funny, depressing, serious, whack-a-doodle, exciting, pompous, and any number of other adjectives.  One that particularly interested me was by Miss Understood (gotta love that name).  See the link to her post below.  She writes haiku, but this particular post, “Smelt thoughts. Forge prose.” is about the process of writing (she focused on “therapeutic” writing) and how it can shape and define our thoughts and opinions.  She talked about different types of writing, and how much effort, editing and polishing we put into different pieces and how they serve different purposes.  She also discussed the differences of blogging vs. journaling privately.

This made me think.  Ouch. Ok, just kidding, sort of.  I went off on a bit of a tangent from the post I read, but that’s not a bad thing.  So here are a few of my thoughts on writing:

First off, I’m lazy and have a short attention span.  So if I’m writing for an audience, I think maybe they are too, and I try to keep my posts shortish.  I also tend to use humor or sarcasm because, 1. that’s my personality, 2. I think it’s an effective way to get a point across, 3. there is enough deadly serious stuff out there already, 4. when I take myself too seriously I think I sound like a pompous ass, 5. it’s more fun.

Next, when I start writing about something it forces me to think more deeply about the subject, and organize my thoughts.  I think back in the day, when public figures wrote essays about current events it informed both the reader and the writer.  And it worries me that today our politicians deal, not essays, but sound bites. Ten seconds and 140 characters are simply not enough.  And this is coming from me, the lazy one with the short attention span!

Finally, writing is a way of going deeper or farther or both.  And you can choose which you prefer to read and to write. How cool is that?

Thanks to Miss Understood for getting me thinking about this with her post:



Getting to Know the Neighbors

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood!


In Blogging 101 we have been asked to get to know some of our neighbors.  Below are a few of the neighboring blogs and bloggers I’ve found particularly interesting and/or entertaining.  And you might like them too!

http://notavelociraptor.com/  Not a Velociraptor is about a woman who fosters dogs.

https://thewanderingfeline.wordpress.com/  The Wandering Feline is a beautiful travel blog.

https://thewordclown.wordpress.com/  The Word Clown is not funny, but thoughtful writing.

https://keepkaryn.wordpress.com/ Miss Understood (as if the name isn’t enough itself) is a blog of humoros Haiku.

These are new blogs to me, as we were assigned, but I also want to mention a blog I found one of our first days and really enjoyed.

https://runnerwithablog.wordpress.com/  Runner with a Blog is about running, but other stuff too, and written in a very engaging voice, and with some great photos too.

Have you ever had one of those days when you could really use something like this:


Well then, this is for you.  You’re welcome!

*Note: What with being away, then being back and trying to catch up on all the things that happened while I was away, I find that I seem to have fallen a little behind.  So, in an attempt to not get a big behind further behind I’m doing a short, sweet post today.