Okay, I am feeling decidedly playful tonight. I’ve been editing. And I must say, despite the topic and issues raised in this work of mine, I’m incredibly proud of what I’ve produced to date.
I’m polishing it up. Taking those phrases when last I passed through this book of mine, which was a year ago, and defining them in a way that is more conducive to the meaning trying to be conveyed.
A year ago I had read through this work of mine approximately seven times or so.
And truth be told I didn’t want to look at it again. For two years I’d worked on it and during that tenure, I had been living part of the book.
Emotions were at times volatile. Behaviours were erupting in a tidal wave that I found myself swept up in with the only hope that when all settled, I would have survived and grown as a result.
Then on the heels of all these momentous changes came the health issues, shifting this life in yet another direction.
Really there was no other choice than to run with it.
Things have settled considerably now after some four years of some rather extreme challenges.
And now as I read back the words, let me tell you, I got it right this time.
I have told something so very personal that it exposes my vulnerabilities and fears to the world. I put out all my flaws and weakness’ without excuse . I’m happy with the effort and result.
If you’ve followed this blog for any length, then you’ll know I want more than anything to become a respectable wordsmith. To take this craft and be able to lend the words to such a favorable position that their meaning might well touch the reader in a manner that is positive and profound, that quite humbly is my only wish.
There is a blogger that I follow on this site with some 70,000 plus followers. I loved his writings and his depth.
Now it seems every post is requesting finances from his followers for some crisis he seems to be having in his life.
I’ve not reached such popularity, however, I have remained true to the purpose of this blog and shall remain as such.
I will never ask you to donate for my aging computer equipment, nor I will never ask you fund my online subscriptions, for my health care, my rent, etc.
It has truly saddened me where he’s taken his blog. This makes me wonder why we are all on this forum.
I, for one, read all the posts I’ve signed on to. If I am moved to comment then I do.
Still, this morning, when I rose and checked my email and saw the blog from Christian stating ‘Help!” I knew he would again be asking for money.
I sighed wearily. It’s just such a turn off. Time to sign off.
For me this forum is where we can all come and express ourselves. There is no expectation, and hopefully no judgment.
You either like it or you don’t. It either speaks to you or it doesn’t. This is a place where we can all share our thoughts and ideas.
But for fifty dollars, I could pay Christan to upload one of my posts! After all he has some 70,000 plus followers.
Don’t we all wish for that? And then I saw the posts being re-blogged as he said he would.
In some there was an odd desperation in these writers trying to gain exposure for their work. Like me they probably don’t know shit about marketing.
He got lucky. What you have to understand in this world, is that sometimes people just get lucky.
There is an old saying that it’s 25% talent, 25% who you know and 50% luck.
I don’t know. I’m not into statistics.
I see this happen all too often though. Someone becomes popular in their writing or delivery of words, written or oral.
And the price goes up.
Think of these so called prolific wisdom gurus such as Tony Robbins and the like. Hell, the fees attached to their seminars are exorbitant.
If you’ve attended any of their seminars, what have you learned?
I can tell you now, they will not disclose any information to you that you’re not already in possession of. What they’ve become masters at is unveiling such information in a manner that seems new and invigorating.
And I feel like that with a many of bloggers whom I’ve followed.
Then you have the ones that seem to be buying into their own ‘greatness’ after all, how could 70,000 plus followers be wrong?
And admittedly for a time, this confused me. I blogged about it. Why were the words and thoughts I was expressing not being acknowledged by WordPress? Why had I never been ‘Freshly Pressed’?
Then it came to me. I am here only to practice the craft I love. I will never ask for any compensation other than you like what you’ve read.
It’s just that simple. I have no agenda to separate you from your hard earned cash.
If, what I’ve written, brings an emotional connection to you in any way, then I’ve done my job.
It’s just that simple.
If we cannot share our words and expressions with honesty, then what?
Last evening, as I have done for the last six years, I boarded the Britannia here in Vancouver as a staff volunteer to kick off a cruise for the Pride weekend in Vancouver.
I have many friends who are gay, and you know, I learned a long time ago to judge people by what was in their heart.
So if I can assist my friends’ and make this celebration that much more exceptional, then I will.
I took my camera and snapped some 300 photographs on the cruise last night.
I spent another three hours today reviewing and correcting any inconsistencies then uploading onto my friends Facebook page, along with mine.
And as I did this, I felt blessed for the people I have in my life and even more so that I can write the things that I do.
Enjoy your day and thank you for stopping by.