My Blog Has My Back

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The reason I write a Blog may not be the standard of why other writers write a Blog.  I have been writing for most of my life.  Most of my writings have ended up on scrap paper, napkins, post-it-notes and lined paper notebooks.  I pretty much was just writing for myself and these forms seemed OK to me.  Then, in early 2000 I joined a poetry writing group.  Because of this I finally started to use the word processor program of my computer which gave me a digital record of my writings.  I no longer needed to keep loose papers with my words scrawled all over them.  I was thrilled, I was able to keep files of my writings without the actual physical files cluttering up my home office.  Plus, I could easily print out any of my writings and doubly plus (and most important to me) my writings were safely ensconced in these digital records inside my computer.

OR SO I THOUGHT!  All of a sudden, out of the blue, one day the worst thing that can happen to a computer happened to my laptop.  IT CRASHED!!!!!.  Yep, completely gave up the ghost and died.  I was now without my “trusty companion” (I can’t tell you how many hours I spent daily on my laptop).  I had no way to access the internet and horrors upon horrors I had no way to access my “safe” files of writing.  Oh my files were safe all right!  Safely tucked into the digital insides of my laptop with no way to get to them as long as my computer would not start.  And no, I was not smart enough to make a backup of my files.  So, there I was, lost with no way back except to get another laptop and start over.

Thank goodness the IT guy at my work was able to save my files from my hard drive and install them on my new laptop.  All was not lost!  I was up and running on the internet and happily wordprocessing again.  I still had all my writings available to me and all was well.  That is until this second laptop crashed and died.

Did I learn my lesson the first time.  Nope!  I didn’t!  I did not backup my files so when computer death came again I was completely out of luck. I was so out of luck this time even my hard drive could not give me access to my writing files.  However, even tough I did not backup my files on a flash drive I had at least made a print out of every one of my writings which filled a thick binder.  I had not lost my writings after all.  They were in physical form and not digital.  Again, I was content.

Fast forward to moving day.  I packed up my writing binders where I could keep them with me as the moving guys loaded all my furniture and belongings to be stored for a couple of months.  I safely put my binders in the cab of the moving truck and off we went to the storage place.  Little did I know that my binders would get lost never for me to see again.  My writings were gone.  Everything I had written in the way of poems and short stories for the last 10 years was gone.

I moved on.  There was nothing I could do.  My only consolation was that I guess I no longer needed my writings I had tried so hard to keep with me.  I moved on and started over.  Only this time my decision to start writing again was made not only from a creative decision it was made from a very practical one as well.  I was going to start a blog and my blog was going to be the “safety deposit box” that held my work.  OK!  I now knew what I was going to do for the safety of my writing, but, I didn’t have a clue as to where or how I would start a Blog.  Enter WordPress.

I had learned about WordPress when I lived in San Jose, California.  At that time I worked on developing a WordPress Blog with a friend of mine for her environmental concerns about Ecuador.  I was super impressed with WordPress.  So, when I moved here to Las Cruces, New Mexico with the loss of my writings still stinging me I decided to try out WordPress for myself.

Voila!  I soon had a Blog up and running.  (For a Luddite like me that is quite a feat).  I was thrilled because not only was I writing again I was also “collecting” my writings.  I was collecting my writings to never be lost again.  I realized that no matter what happened to my computer or computers (in case I have to get another if this current one does the “dive”) my writings would always be safe.  With a Blog I have a way to store my writings safely.  Through this Content Management System (CMS) I will always have access to what I write.  I am tremendously happy that my Blog has my back and that my writings have their own “security blanket” located on the world-wide web. This need for a “security blanket” was definitely my main reason for starting and writing my Blog.  Having a space for journaling is important as well and sharing with people who come to my Blog is a great extra for me.

What a relief this is!!!!!!  What a blessing!

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Kitty Cats Christmas (A Poem For Amber And Jet)

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This Christmas the two household cats decided to celebrate in their own special way.  Amber and Jet are two-year old black cats of the rare Bombay Breed.  This poem is dedicated to their very “unique” personalities. 

The Christmas tree was brought in sparkly in all of its winter pine needle finery

Ready to be decorated with heirloom ornaments, to celebrate the season with favored adornments

White crystal bells along with wooden treasures and red and silver balls were hung with pleasure

The family was pleased with this site, especially, when the tree was strung with all of the lights

Sister, brother, mother, father and grandmother too, admired their beautiful Yuletide view

As they knew that Christmas was started now, they stood back to look at each lovely bough

They talked of the past, shared stories together; Hugged, sang and laughed with each other

While merriment and joy filled the room, almost forgotten, idly batting at some very loose cotton

Two family members sat in the corner away from the rest; Plotted and planned their big midnight zest

Amber and Jet curled up, black tails wrapped around paws; Stared in rapture at what they saw

They waited patiently til all were asleep to begin their much anticipated holiday treat

Soon darkness surrounded the beautiful tree; Amber and Jet set out on their spree

They nibbled the needles, deftly batted colored balls, red and silver rolled all over the halls

Oh what a fun time they had, chasing ornaments to and fro; Never admitting this was naughty or bad

In the morning their adventure was found; The house awoke to the tree brought down

Amber and Jet sat patiently on the floor by its side, dreaming of pine needles broken and dried

Two sets of golden-colored eyes filled with wonder, recalling their marvelous night of plunder

©2015 Merriam Kathaleen

Taking Time To Take A Deep Breath And B-r-r-e-a-the……….

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Started my blog so swiftly fast and quickly

Everything fell into place just so sweetly

Didn’t take the time I needed nor did I

stop, look, read or heeded

WordPress information handed to me

so neatly!

Slowing down now to search and study

the WordPress site designed to help guide me

 

Please accept my little poem describing my initial experience as I first hurled myself into the blogosphere.  Today’s post is about how I am slow-w-w-w-ing down and taking time to read the helpful hints WordPress has to offer newly minted bloggers such as I am.  I am a poet, and apparently my poetress self emerged as I was beginning to write my post.

Now that I have some posts under my belt I have decided it is time to really get serious about my blog.  I chose WordPress because they have designed creating blogs to be as simple as possible.  Believe me, the greatest technology luddite of all times, if I can figure out how to start a blog then anybody can.  Thank you, WordPress for your Zero-To-Hero Guide.  I am now learning about Tags, Topics, Pages, Gravatar, and OH MY WORD everything else.

No, I am not advertising for WordPress I am just giving them kudos for the help they provide. I am very grateful that they are here so that I can create a blog there.  There being the internet, of course.

I am having so much fun with this wonderful experiential experiment I have embarked on.