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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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Zechariah #AtoZChallenge

This year my A to Z challenge is about Christmas, a major festival in the Christian Church. Another major festival is Easter, which I wrote about for the A to Z Challenge in 2020.

My A to Z challenge began with Advent and angels one of whom appeared to Zechariah. Zechariah became the father of John the Baptist, who prepared the way for Jesus’ (Yeshua’s) ministry.

This Zechariah is not the same one as the prophet, whose name is given to the penultimate book in the Old Testament. The prophet Zechariah foresaw events which occurred in Jesus’ life. Zechariah 9:9-10 is one example. It predicts the events of Palm Sunday.

The New Testament Zechariah also appeared in my post for the letter Q. I rewrote Zechariah’s story in my own words for my A to Z challenge in 2017. Why not click through to read it there?

A Christmas carol which uses the letter Z is the Zither carol. Zither was my post for my A to Z about musical instruments. The link above to the Zither carol is a karaoke version. To listen to the carol being sung, please click here.

While this year’s A to Z badges by Anjela Curtis honour the late Jeremy Hawkins, I hope that my posts about Christmas honour Jesus Christ, ‘who was and is and is to come’. Revelation 1:4

I hope you have enjoyed looking at the Christmas story with me.

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A topical poem

My social life at present is enhanced by the online groups I have joined. One of these is a poetry group, which meets once a month. There is an optional challenge to write a poem on a theme. The poems are read aloud at the next meeting.

The theme for our March meeting, which falls in the Christian season of Lent, is wilderness. Earlier this week I wrote a poem, which I am sharing with you here. My prayer is that the prophecy in Isaiah 2:4 would soon be fulfilled.

The War in Ukraine

Making a wilderness,
Burning and destroying,
Polluting, disrupting,
Soldiers deploying.

Some people are fleeing,
Their settled lives over.
Women and children – how
Will they recover?

Men and youths (all ages)
Bear unfamiliar arms.
An unprovoked foe can
Cause such alarms.

Homes deserted, folk
Shelter beneath the ground.
Noise, dust, black smoke and fumes –
Where can peace be found?

Around the world people pray
In bewilderedness
For a quick, peaceful end
To war-caused wilderness.

The post linked to on the word Lent mentions wilderness as well as Lent. It is one of my posts for the Blogging from A to in April Challenge 2020. I have found that taking part in The Blogging from A to Z Challenge has helped me connect with bloggers in other countries (and continents). Information about the dates for the 2022 Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge may be found here. The theme reveal is later this month.

Another blogger who has written about Lent and Wilderness is Malcolm Guite, an accomplished poet.