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I believe my blog’s anniversary is not far off

Daily Prompt: I Believe

by Krista on March 16, 2014

For today’s prompt, tell us three things that you believe in your heart to be true. Tell us three things you believe in your heart to be false.

Today I am dragging the post I had started to prepare into the Daily Post arena.

I have more than three facts here, but they are not the same as beliefs.  Facts are not often disputed, but people may hold differing beliefs.

This morning I was in church speaking the words of the Nicene Creed.  It is what I believe. Creed comes from the Latin “credo” – “I believe”.

The factual part of my post begins here.

25 March is the anniversary of the day I set up Sue’s Trifles.  This blog will soon be one year old.

It has been an exciting time for me as a blogger.  I had already been blogging since 23 July on Sue’s considered trifles, so I have been blogging for 20 months in total.

A recap may be in order.  I also intend to make a comprehensive contents page.

I began this blog in order to take part in challenges and to blog about anything which took my fancy.  Initially I used the Daily Prompts from WordPress.  Then I looked around to see if there were other challenges, which I might find interesting.  (I do not always wish to respond to the Daily Prompt.)

One of my early posts was for Rarasaur’s Prompts for the promptless.  (Counterintuition)

On 29th March I announced my intention to take part in Blogging from A to Z in April 2013.  I had only just found out about it.  As a result I published 26 posts on the chosen dates.  These were written along the same lines as two posts on my first blog, which I had enjoyed writing.  Those did not really belong there as they were not about sayings, rather having fun with words.

My first post after A to Z was a craft post.  It has been my most viewed post – cathedral window patchwork pincushion.

Next came my reflections post for the A to Z challenge.

Then a craft post for Prompt for the promptless.

My next 3 posts were about blogging for different prompts. https://suestrifles.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/my-best-kept-secret/

https://suestrifles.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/what-every-blogger-should-know/

https://suestrifles.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/a-silver-lining-for-my-blog/

Then it was Ascension Day and I wrote my first post about seasons.

Rarasaur wrote a post about non-blogging friends, which inspired Promoting blogging to non-blogging friends.

My next post was a joke.  (Well it made me laugh.)

To continue with the second part of the Daily Prompt-

  • I do not believe that either of my blogs is about to win the UK Blog Awards for their category.
  • I do not believe that the internet is either good or evil.  It is how it is used that counts.
  • I do not believe that anyone has more right to express a point of view than anyone else.

What should I do for my next two hundred posts?

This is a milestone post on this blog.  The number of posts here overtook my other blog a little while ago.  I have 165 posts there and this is post 200!

Looking back over my 200 posts I have taken part in some challenges.

Blogging from A to Z in April 2013 resulted in at least 28 posts.  One announced my intention to take part and one reviewed the month, giving a larger total than the number of letters in the alphabet.

Blog Action Day enticed me onto Twitter.

Blog Every Day in November was a challenge with a suggested topic for each day of the month from Elizabeth of Rosalilium a lifestyle blog.

Rarasaur and Dave (Queen Creative) provided interesting prompts in their promptforthepromptless challenge.  I learned all sorts of new words and gained a badge.

The Daily Post team provide a Daily Prompt each day.  I have taken part on and off.

All these challenges have helped me “meet” other bloggers.  There was one blogger I actually met.  We had our photos taken together.  He has also entered the UK Blog Awards in the Art and Culture section.  You may vote for Fletch the Perchcrow by clicking the badge.
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Vote for Fletch the Perchcrow in the UK Blog Awards
More recently I helped “roast” Arlee Bird, the founder of the A to Z challenge.

Blogging has been a steep learning curve.  I still have much to learn about social media.

Writing down my learning experiences is something else I enjoy.  A number of my posts are about blogging.

I also enjoy what I do away from the computer.  I have posts about knitting and other crafts I enjoy.  My experiences out and about in the local community and farther afield and books I have enjoyed also feature.  (Early New Year’s resolution: Read more books even if it means reading fewer blog posts.)

Occasionally I write fiction and sometimes my ideas come out as verse.

I hope that variety is the spice of life.

My posts may appear in a fairly random order.  I only respond to a daily prompt if it resonates with me in some way.  This may mean that I don’t know myself what I am going to publish until 1pm London time.  I try to vary my topics so that I do not publish several craft posts in a row.

I also published a number of chapters of a book I began writing about twenty years ago.  This was a ploy to keep my blog active while I was busy.  With hindsight I should have used more tags.

Would you like to vote for which of my categories you like best?  (It may not influence what I post, but could be interesting)

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Johari window

Queen creative’s Prompt for the promptless this week appeals to me.

The Johari Window is a method of representing information (regarding feelings, experiences, motivations, intentions, attitudes, etc) – from 4 specific perspectives.  It is a technique to help you understand how you are perceived by others, and how you see yourself.  The perspectives are as follows:

1.      Open area: The things that you about yourself, that others also know about you.

2.      Blind area: The things you don’t know about yourself, but others know.

3.      Hidden area: The things you know about yourself that others do not know.

4.      Unknown self: The things no one knows about you.

The four perspectives are not always equal.  Someone who regularly self-examines may have little to no content in window 4– “unknown”.  Someone who is secretive by nature may have a large window 3 – “hidden”. Creators of the Johari Window use 56 adjectives to guide the completion of these four perspectives.  Those can be found here, along with more information about how the window works: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johari_window

Suggested Prompts:

  • Share one, or all, of your areas with us
  • Show us a picture that represent perception
  • Compare a self-perspective to an      outside-world-perspective
  • Describe yourself from the perspective of a      stranger
  • … or make up your own related prompt!

I have not heard of the Johari window before.

I am drawn to writing about numbers 3 and 4.

There are lots of things about me which I only share with trusted friends.  They are things from my past – the difficult things and some of my achievements.  That is all I am prepared to say regarding number 3!

Number 4 really makes me smile.  No-one?  Psalm 139 (NIV) begins

O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.

There are many passages in the Bible which assure us that our Creator knows all our thoughts, motives, fears, loves, dreams, desires and He loves us in spite of everything.  He longs for us to receive all the gifts he offers us – forgiveness, redemption,  eternal life, love, joy, peace, longsuffering/patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  (Galations 5:22-23)

He wants us to become like Him.  This takes time.  In fact it takes a lifetime – and that is what each of us has.  We also have the choice.  We can choose life and prosperity or death and destruction.  Moses spoke of this in Deuteronomy 30:15-20

The main unknown cited in the Wikipedia entry is human potential.  God knows this and desires us to achieve it by living in a relationship with Him.

Does the idea that God knows your inmost thoughts worry or reassure you?