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Rethinking my blogging aims

Back in May I was full of hope that I could post twice a week here on Sue’s Trifles.

Well, I managed to write six posts for Saturdays in addition to my regular Thursday posts. Then there were two weeks when the paint chip words and phrases from Giggling Fattie did not inspire me at all.

I began to question my motives for doing poetry challenges. A topic is set for an online poetry group I attend once a month. This requires or encourages me to write a new poem. Sometimes I already have a suitable one.

As if I hadn’t enough part-finished writing projects already, I have set myself the task of writing a series of poems on a local theme. The time and energy I might spend doing Paint chip poems would be better used for that project. Perhaps I am growing up as a writer if I can think of my own prompts!

It will soon be ten years since I began blogging. My blogging and writing milestones appear on my ‘What’s new’ pages here and on Sue’s considered trifles.

I am still learning all sorts of things about writing, blogging and poetry. After deleting 55 comments Akismet had identified as spam I turned off permission to comment on the page concerned. Now why hadn’t I thought of that sooner?

Blogging has widened my horizons and taught me lots of things I’d have missed otherwise.

As I mentioned in my previous post I have plans for the next two weeks on this blog.
That will take me beyond my blogiversary. About this time last year I wrote about coming out of lockdown and which activities I had resumed.

This year I am singing in the Church choir again and another choir I belong to has resumed rehearsals. The Ladies’ Bible study group meets when enough people are free and well. We are currently looking at Spiritual Gifts with a study guide by R. Paul Stevens in the Life Builder Study series from IVP. My voluntary work has taken more time recently.

Apart from travelling to the local writers’ group in May, I haven’t been more than a few miles from home since November. As a result mainly photo challenge posts are appearing on Sue’s words and pictures, which was not my original intention.

On Twitter I have not been consistent in my posts. I haven’t contributed much to #wildflowerhour recently due to illness and other demands on my time. There are other hashtags I like to follow and use occasionally, mainly relating to the countryside. As with my photography blog, travel would give more opportunities for photos to tweet.

As I am now in an environmental group at church, I have become more aware of the issues around posting needlessly on social media. The World Wide Web needs a lot of energy and storage space to keep it running. Posting large photo files or videos adds to environmental damage.

This blog is listed on Bible Gateway’s Blogger Grid. Not all my posts are faith-related. The hashtag #bgbg2 is for those which are. Re-evaluating my aims is something I do prayerfully.

Looking to the future I may not blog every week here on Sue’s Trifles. Some of my other projects need to be prioritised over blogging.

Thank you for reading. Watch this space!

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The A to Z Road Trip and my blogging plans

Yesterday I signed up for the Blogging from A to Z in April Road Trip. Last year I took part, but I’m not sure how many blogs I visited. Some years I haven’t signed up due to previous failures to visit many blogs. There are so many blogs and time is limited!

Badge courtesy of Anjela Curtis

As well as the official Road Trip list I shall be using links in my Reflections post to visit blogs. I have already started on this.

My future plans for this blog include my regular Thursday posts and possible extra posts on Saturdays with my responses to the paint chip poetry prompts from Giggling Fattie, who was one of the participants in the A to Z Challenge this year.

On Sue’s words and pictures I intend to continue to post a photo each Wednesday for Cee Neuner’s Midweek Madness Challenge (CMMC). Hopefully I shall also post on some Saturdays with photos of places I have visited.

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What I am writing in November

November is a month when there are traditionally lots of online writing challenges. Once I took part in Blog Every Day in November. This year I have signed up to NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), not to write a novel, but to carry on writing my childhood memories, which I started many years ago. I shared some episodes here on Sue’s Trifles back in 2013.

At the end of October Linda Kruschke announced that she will not be setting any more Paint Chip Poetry challenges. It has been fun and has taught me a lot. My Paint Chip Poetry page will not be updated again. I need to change my pinned tweet, which has been a link to that page for some time.

Sue’s Words and Pictures is still a participant in Cee Neuner’s Midweek Madness Challenge on Wednesdays.

I also take part in #WildflowerHour on Twitter. During the darker months I am unlikely to Tweet every week with flowering plants I spot. The challenge through the winter is to find 10 plants in flower each week. On Sunday I found 22 different species growing wild. I saw two others, which had been planted for educational purposes.

On Wednesdays I sometimes tweet with the hashtag #WildWebsWednesday to show how other organisms depend on plants.

The writing group I belong to is still meeting on Zoom. There is an assignment to write for that every two months.

I am still writing poetry. I have joined an online poetry group which meets once a month on Zoom. We are given a topic to write about between meetings.

I intend to post on Sue’s Trifles every Thursday.

If you are a writer, what are you writing?

If not, what are you reading?