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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,800 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,500 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 19,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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there is something to blogging

English: Monkeys Blogging Español: Simios blog...

Monkeys Blogging (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s Just Words today reached 300 follows
which is about 300 more than I ever expected
although, I knew my mom would’ve followed my blog
if only, she could figure out computers and get connected

it’s been two years since September 2011
when I first started this humble blog
and there have been 578 posts and 9 pages
through which some unwary readers have had to slog

I’ve already posted most of my college poems and songs
and even written more new stuff than I ever anticipated
and I now I want thank all the blog’s readers
and commenters that have also very kindly participated

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Super Sweet Blogger Award

Nominated on July 11, 2013 by the super sweet and very beautiful blogger San. Thank you for this sweet nomination, San. Check out San’s blog, 35andupcynicismonhold or her tagalog blog sasaliwngawit. Her writing and poetry are heartwarming, sensitive and inspiring. I also especially enjoy her descriptions of her travels, she makes me wish I was there traveling with her.

I think there are five super sweet questions that go with this nomination. But be careful reading them, they could make you hungry for a treat!

I must admit that after I got my first blog nomination/award, I was very slow to make a page acknowledging that and expressing my thanks. And I’ve since been slow or reluctant to make any nominations of my own. However, I have spent some time picking out links to add to my BlogRoll, please check out those links. Also, I once wrote a little poem about blog awards, in case you’re bored and want to check that out, too.

Have fun blogging my sweet friends, and save a Hostess Twinkie or Cupcake for me.

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… is no longer available

Adirondack Chair

Adirondack Chair (Photo credit: frontier.1968)

Blogging is not as easy as it might seem, I think. It can take our precious time and can sometimes play havoc with our emotions. It can lead to the joy of new found online friends and sharing, or sometimes to hurt and pain and misunderstandings. I’ve only been blogging for a couple of years now, but over this time there have been blogs that I enjoyed reading and following that have been deleted. I’m sure there are lots of reasons to stop blogging. Perhaps, more reasons to stop than to start. However, I wanted to create a little list to mark some of those blogs that have touched and inspired me and that are no longer available. All of these are greatly missed and I truly thank the bloggers for sharing them with us for the time that they did.

  • planaquarium.wordpress.com – I think this blogger was one of the first bloggers to like one of my poems. He was a prolific poet and always had amazing pictures to go with his poems. His use of pictures inspired me to go back and add pictures to my blog and I’ve been including pictures with my poems ever since. So, if you have ever wondered why “It’s Just Words” has words and pictures… well, now you know.
  • bellesogni.wordpress.com – was an amazing blogger and poet. She was very free and open with her comments. If I had anticipated that her blog might be deleted, I would have tried to save it all to one of my disks for future enjoyment and reading. It’s sad that the world doesn’t have access to her work right now. I would read her poetry and immediately think to myself, I wish I had written that!
  • eaglewingssoaring.wordpress.com – a follow on blog by bellesogni that was very appropriately named, but brief. She also included reblogs of interest in addition to her own original work in this beautiful, but short-lived blog.
  • hellisafourletterword.wordpress.com – was another amazing poet and blogger. I found the often darker and exposed raw emotions in her poetry very intriguing and refreshing. I was often inspired by her work to try and make my own  poetry more edgy, but I just don’t have it in me.  I hope she is arranging to have her work published.
  • zoemecredy.wordpress.com – a very young blogger and, I hope, future writer. I believe she was still in high school. I enjoyed her poetry and stories and her comments on my blog.  I hope she is doing well and is perhaps now busy in college.

Any other deleted blogs that some of you want to mention that inspired you and that you now miss?

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 44,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 10 Film Festivals

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gravatar graveyard

blogging

blogging (Photo credit: hgjohn)

sadly, here’s to old friends whose blogs are now gone
for in my memory their writing will linger on

over time, I’ve grown accustomed to some blogs
mostly poetry but a couple are prose or photo logs

and when I’m in a meeting at work or when I’m all alone
I’m looking forward to each email on my smart phone

or at night when I can find some quiet time
to pull up the reader and look for some fine lines

I often see many gravatars that I recognize
that have left their mark and clicked like to apprise

forming a small community spread all over the world
meeting sometimes on line to share our love for words

so, is it too late for me to say some blogs will be deeply missed?
and that, for me, the memory of their words will forever persist?

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such a wannabe

Woman reaching out

Woman reaching out (Photo credit: http://www.guigo.eu)

sometimes I feel like a poet wannabe
refusing to face my empty destiny
aspiring to be something that I’m not
and so I keep giving it all I’ve got

and there’s nothing wrong with that
after all, communication is where it’s at
although, I may not have the proper tools
and may come off as the worst of fools

but if my little blogging is all for show
then I guess it’s good for me to know
and before reaching my final destination
to reach out beyond my natural limitation

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tit for tat

tit for tat

tit for tat (Photo credit: only alice)

I like dis, so you like dat
it sometimes seems like we are caught in a game of tit for tat

I guess it’s only polite
and I wouldn’t want to slight

honestly, there is so much blogged that is worthy
and I wouldn’t want to be known for any discourtesy

in some blogs, it seems that I like almost everything
and I have to look hard for an excuse not to click on anything

but, I really try to only hit “like”
when I feel something is worthy of my strike

although, I admit when I see something with very few
I sometimes click “like” just to encourage a little, too

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blogging for attention

BLOG IDEAS

BLOG IDEAS (Photo credit: owenwbrown)

perhaps, I am blogging in a selfish attempt to get some attention
or maybe it is my way to relieve my poetic tension

I didn’t think winning blogging awards would make me feel any better
and was at first worried that nominations kind of work like a chain letter

until I realized that blogging connected me to a new community
and that nominating and sharing builds upon that blogging unity

so, I’m sure you are all now waiting with breathless anticipation
for a list of blogs most worthy of your discerning reading consideration

for while a blog answers a writer’s urge of publishing our self-expression
a nomination serves to help us share other blogs that have left a real impression

but please forgive me while I work to compile my own nominations lists
and for the fact that this final line doesn’t have my usual ironic twist

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it’s just words patented po-it-tree algorithm

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Fig. 2 ”The distance between various areas of memory are randomly selected, indicated by a half-head arrow. For example, the gap between the stack and the top of memory is random in magnitude. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

first randomly select a set of tags from my current tags
but weighted to maintain my current distribution
use a primary tag to select random topic, secondary tags for subtopics

next select a final zinger line apropos to the topic
from a database of topical quotes or personal sayings
break it into clauses and re-sort it in a random fashion

then randomly select one of my favorite rhyming patterns
for example, two line stanzas both lines rhyming
or four line stanzas with second and fourth line rhymes

next select the number of stanzas, usually two or three
because I like to keep things short and simple
but occasionally add a few more to keep myself guessing

if rhyming, randomly select sets of rhyme words for each stanza
then use more searches to find on topic sentence fragments
that could reasonably end with those words without sounding stupid

add in lines without rhymes using a contextual algorithm
linking noun to noun or verb to verb using alternating databases
with either networked hierarchy or linked contextual nodes

if alliteration flag is set then re-parse through words
looking for synonyms with similar consonants or vowels
or pronunciation stress marks and transpose

next allow Zemanta to analyze and come up with a list of pictures
randomly select one with preference for matching node words
if picture has description, loop back to see if any lines can be adapted to match

finally select a title phrase by randomly alternating between
an existing fragment or something based upon picture description
or anything even remotely on topic

populate appropriate tags as previously selected
and then publish on a word press blog like this one
repeat entire process at least once daily for good health

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for the birds

a friend of mine asked me recently
aren’t you afraid someone will steal your words off your blog?
I laughed and said I suppose that’s a possibility
but let me raise a few points with you in dialog

first of all, my words aren’t exactly golden gems, their value is intrinsic to me
these are not words worth stealing, like a letter from Emily Dickinson
my words are more like little trinkets,  keepsakes, mementos or comfort food
you know, this isn’t rocket science and I’m not here shooting off a B meson

Birds eating bread

Birds eating bread (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

so, these are just my humble words
and they’re so common and plain and so distinctly me
that it would be obvious to anyone on this good Earth
that, for these words, only one person bears responsibility

finally, imagine a person so bereft of imagination
that all they could do is to steal someone else’s words
for that person, you would have to have some concern and pity
since that would be like living off bread meant for the birds

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it’s getting late now and I’m looking back

Unrequited high school love

Unrequited high school love (Photo credit: jfew)

it’s after dinner now, time to kick off my shoes
and sit down in my comfy reclining chair
with my laptop balanced carefully upon my lap
and my notebook of old poems sitting right there

I look through the old yellowed pages
trying to find something worth blogging about
looking over many old halfhearted college attempts
to capture all my fears and self doubts

and oh so many, many love poems I must have written
saying the same thing over and over again
I wonder who I was really trying to convince
that my deepest unrequited love wasn’t simply all in vain

some poems obviously dating all the way back into my time in high school
where I was introspective and way too self-absorbed
boy, could I really go on and on about myself
now, that is all just leaving me so bored

but here or there I find a little nugget
a line or a phrase that still brings back a memory or a smile
and I spend a few minutes to rework or revise it
and in the end, I guess it all somehow seems worthwhile

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