I never know what will inspire me to write a blog post, until I’m writing it. Sometimes I plan and think and plan some more; other times something hits me and Ka-boom (see below*), I’m furiously writing! Some posts are deeply meaningful, while others are humorous or whimsical, or informational.
I like Michele W’ at WordPress. Of course I don’t really know her–– though I did meet her at BlogHer 2014, and was enormously amused to realize that her gravatar is a photo! We were chatting at the WordPress help center, and I suddenly felt like a geeky fan, as I made the connection between the very cool photo I’ve always seen, and the real WP guru. It’s not enough that we share a love of semi-colons, but face to face she was super helpful, funny and kind. Ok, so maybe I am a geeky fan, and I may get off topic occasionally–> back on topic:
I don’t do the Daily Prompts very often. That said, they can be very inspiring… which takes me back to what inspires a post. Well, Michele’s Alphabet City prompt inspired me this time. These are words for each of the 26 letters in the alphabet, that represent why I blog; what inspires, impacts, motivates me; how I feel about/when blogging, or what I get from blogging. This is my alphabet of blogging!
- A- Admiration, Acknowledgment
- B- Blog, Blogging, Blogosphere
- C- Connection, Commitment
- D- Delight, Determined
- E- Energized, Exposed, Emotional
- F- Friends, Freedom, Forgiveness
- G- Grief, Gratitude
- H- Honored
- I- Inspiration, Inspired
- J- Joy
- K- Ka-boom!*
- L- Lucky, Linked, Love
- M- Motivated
- N- Naked
- O- Organized
- P- Present, People, Playful
- Q- Qualified
- R- Random, Real
- S- Sincerity, Support, Spontaneous
- T- Thankful
- U- Ubiquitous
- V- Validation, VOTY’15
- W- Writing, Writer, Word Press (see gratitude)
- X- Xanadu
- Y- You, Yes,You!
- Z- Zany
Note: Ok, admittedly, X- Xanadu is weak, but if you know what Xanadu is, then I can say that blogging metaphorically takes me there. But, the link takes you to a video that I couldn’t resist… not the “an idealized place of great or idyllic magnificence and beauty” that the dictionary’s defines it as, and how I feel about blogging (admittedly a teeny bit over-stated). But we can all agree that Olivia Newton John, with a Gene Kelly cameo and those dancers, and the 80s hair and style, are infinitely more amusing, right? Also, of note: L-Linked… I don’t mean linked, like the links I’ve included in this post, but the incredibly awesome links I’ve developed with other bloggers and readers. That, THAT, is really why I blog. Right there. Linked. Final note: only after posting, and getting comments, did I notice that this was supposed to be a photo prompt! What?! Duh! So, here’s a “photo” of ABC:
Again, who knows why one prompt inspires, while other equally good ideas don’t. Today I saw this Daily Post and I felt the ABCs of blogging speak to me. Thanks for the inspiration, Michele. Final note: That last link, ABC– after putting Xanadu, how could I not redeem myself with this? I mean epic. Really, watch it and dance. (Takes me back to a happy time and a mad crush–– when a crush on Michael Jackson was uncomplicated and fringe was so cool. And just like that, I’m down the rabbit hole of YouTube Jackson videos!)
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