Writing - and an antique teapot
While I ponder what to next write in this blog of mine, the words of an old song keep popping into my head: “What should I write, what can I say, …….”
which is exactly how I am thinking.
However, the rest of the song, which goes something like this, “how can I tell you how much I miss you?” doesn’t fit my current wonderings
These lyrics were written (and sung) way back in the 1960s, by Carole King and it’s all about lost love and “…..it might as well rain until September”
Well, it is September and it has (surprisingly) just rained, even though the sun is shining. (Just one of those tropical downpours I have to become used to).
Still pondering what to write,
Francis Bacon, the 16th century philosopher - not the later (20th century) painter - is quoted as suggesting one should: “Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come the most unsought for are commonly the most valuable.”
So, do I? Write down the ‘thoughts of the moment’ that is.
So what should I do? What should I write?
Should I vent my spleen on the war-mongering that is proliferating on our planet right now?
Should I continue my diatribe about the inequalities that abound?
Or perhaps I should just tell about how I am in the throes of photographing and trying to sell great-grandma’s old fine china on eBay.
Because, yes, that’s what I’ve been doing.
Terrible feelings of guilt have been hard to slough off, but I am telling myself that if someone does buy these items, then they will be owned by a ‘someone’ who truly appreciates them and, unlike me, will not simply stash them away in a cupboard and never use them.
Then again, as I am unaware of the true worth of these pieces, I may be ‘ripped off’ by some antique dealer.
Nevertheless, I guess that ultimately the fine china teapot - and the tureen - will become possessions for someone who loves them. (Hopefully!).
But, of course, first I have to have a buyer.
We shall see.
And, look, I haven’t even mentioned Global Warming or fighter jets. (Phew!)
Blogging for me - is it vanity?
I began writing a blog in March 2012, thinking it might be a useful addition to my website, which contains pieces of my writing in other forms, such as fiction, non-fiction and children’s stories.
My blogs began as simple one sentence observations, usually accompanied by a photo. They soon branched into reports of how I was achieving – or trying to achieve – the sale of my/our house in eastern Victoria, Australia.
A year later, although our house hadn’t been sold, my blogs began to appear longer and more introspective and thoughtful as I commented on social and world issues and whinged a lot about things I disliked. I ‘got on my soap-box’ a lot and enjoyed having the chance to air my views.
Nowadays, well settled in our new home in the sub-tropical climate of south east Queensland, my blog, even though still used as a soap-box from which to whinge, has become (I hope) a vehicle for positive thought as well as self-reflection.
Surveying the statistics of how many hits this page receives daily, numbers have risen from single digits to the grand total (the other day) of 570 +.
I am not purposely writing for an audience; I thoroughly enjoy the ‘art’ of blogging for the simple pleasure of writing, but I have to admit that I do also appreciate that there is an audience out there; people who bother to read what I have written.
Unfortunately (I nearly wrote ‘sadly’!) any comments I receive are indeed few and far between and I can hardly recall the last time anyone posted a comment on my blog. I am therefore asking for you, any reader, to simply leave a comment - negative or positive, one word will suffice - (and it can be anonymous) - just to let me know that the statistical figures are not misleading, or even lying.
My confidence and my vanity are needy today, as I try to edit my memoir for the very last time.
Starting a Blog!
I feel I need to have a blog attached to this website, but not sure what to write about yet. However, it may give readers of my site a chance to comment. Maybe?.....I'm rather new at this. Everything is like an experiment in learning. I'm one who is used to being the teacher and now I'm the very slow learner. (One step at a time). Any Weebly site users, please feel free to offer helpful advice.
I do have a couple of blogs on another 'server'; one about words and one just an outlet for me to complain. They may be found at firstname.lastname@example.org
I choose to comment on social issues and write creatively on a variety of subjects - for a variety of audiences.