Sensitive material on your blog; how not to alienate regular readers

Some of you may have noticed that my blog does not follow a traditional niche.

Nor do I write to a specific target audience.

So it is probably not surprising that this blog has attracted, and welcomed, a global and culturally diverse following. And, most importantly, many of you feel comfortable coming here from across all the continents to express and share your own views and perspectives on whatever topic I blab on about.

How fabulous is that? 🙂

However.

I’ve been thinking about diversifying my content a little bit. 😲

Here’s the preamble of my brain’s inner workings:

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(Un)happiness

Look. I don’t like it but I do use it occasionally, this block editor Gutenberg thing. Only because they’re going to punish us more later, when they remove the other options indefinitely.

I blog in admin when I’m on my laptop, not block editor. This is what admin looks like. Continue reading “(Un)happiness”

Emotional ebb and flow of life

Everything is temporary.

A wise person said this once but it escapes me now where I read it.

It’s true though, don’t you think? Be it euphoric joy or debilitating depression, we pass through these sets of emotions and emerge with a fresh perspective. Maybe a new outlook. Definitely with accumulated life experience.

It’s the latter that defines us, characterizes us as the individuals we are today.

Life experience. Continue reading “Emotional ebb and flow of life”

Some thoughts about Rilke, writers’ block and creativity

I read a book by Rainer Maria Rilke some time ago called Letters to a Young Poet.

There is a passage that I came across today that I feel the need to share here with you:

“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.” (Rainer Maria Rilke)

There is much to take from this that is healing and helpful when you are feeling down or anxious, confused or depressed. Continue reading “Some thoughts about Rilke, writers’ block and creativity”

Looking ahead: reflections and gratitude

Announcement

The end of 2020 will mark many endings, and a few new beginnings.

Redirect me to this statement next time I sound exasperated, exhausted, depressed, anxious or confused. (Basically every 15 minutes or so.) 😉

Something’s gotta give. So I’m writing down my master plan, a sort of directional instruction guide.

Continue reading “Looking ahead: reflections and gratitude”

Edging closer to the covid-abyss

Every night I look at the global covid maps. I want to see how other places are doing with reopening and easing of restrictions.

I leave America last. Sometimes I skip it all together. Sorry, it’s not you, dear readers, it’s your dear leader…😳 Continue reading “Edging closer to the covid-abyss”

Online reviews: are they useful, and do you use them?

Yesterday when the menfolk came to visit us girls at my mom’s place, we got into a conversation about online reviews.

Do you read reviews? Continue reading “Online reviews: are they useful, and do you use them?”