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In 2013, I blogged about

  • memoir writing, from which I learned a lot
  • my three trips abroad
  • writing courses
  • various aspects of living in Jerusalem
  • a couple of books in review
  • social anxiety
  • snow

and more.

And I tried various challenges:

  • 100k in 100 days
  • A-Z challenge
  • 100 word challenge
  • NaNoWroMo

WordPress sent me my stats for 2013:

  • I posted 91 posts. This must be number 92.
  • My visitors came from 79 countries.
  • My 5 most active commenters were:

2013Commenters

Thank you, Angela, Jean, Rachael, Rosalind and catdownunder and all the other commenters and visitors. Without you I wouldn’t be here.

And so, as 2013 draws to a close, I have to make a decision: will I attempt the 100k words in 100 days challenge again, starting tomorrow? If I do, I’ll have to come up with more ideas of what to write. Hmm….

What I’m sure about is that I will continue blogging in 2014 as long as I still have visitors.

Happy New Year

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I’m taking a break from blogging for a month or so. When I return, I expect to have plenty to tell you about.

Don’t do anything I wouldn’t. Or do things I wouldn’t, but keep safe.

Until then….

Miriam

I’m popping out of hibernation just to say it’s my blog birthday today.

This was my first post:

Speech is silver, silence is…

…not golden. Just a fake gold that soon dulls.  Like the necklace I bought in Cyprus. They told me it was gold. I knew they were lying, but I bought it anyway. I felt I had to buy something because they gave me tea….

I’ve been keeping silent for most of my life. It’s time to talk.

And I’ve been talking for four years. Thank you so much for listening and encouraging me to continue.

I’m… like… confused about why… like…  people… like… like, if you… like… know what I mean.

Facebook is the mother of likes, I think. It has many objects you can like. Posts, comments, pages, photos. In WordPress, you can like blog posts.

But why? Why does anyone like anything? Possibly you:

  • Just want to show you like the object.
  • Want to show you agree with the object.
  • Don’t have anything particular to say about the obect.
  • Are to lazy to say anything about the object.
  • Don’t particularly like the object but want to encourage the person who created or posted it. Saying, “This is awesome!” would be going too far, but one click of a like… well, that’s OK if it makes someone feel good.

While these can all be valid reasons, surely when you click that four-letter word you’re aware that you’ve made yourself  visible to a lot of people, some of whom might know you or know of you, but most of whom will not. Surely you’re aware of the possibility that some people might want to know more about this person who clicked this button.

In WordPress, in order to like a post you need to have defined a gravatar. I have no idea why it works in this way, but it does. A gravatar is a sort of profile. It tells people things about you. In particular, when you define your gravatar, or when you edit it, you can add links to it. You can direct people to your blog, Facebook page, Twitter profile or whatever you like.

And this leads to the reason why I’m confused.

Confused

Of the (currently) five people who liked my last post, only one has any link at all on their gravatar. And that one contains two links that no longer exist and no link to the author’s blog, although I know he has one.

And I ask myself

WhySurely most people who press like, especially on a blog post that is usually viewed by other bloggers, are interested in publicity. Surely they want new followers and are keen for others to find them.

So why don’t they all update their gravatars and include links to their blogs/websites/social media profiles? Perhaps they:

  • Don’t know how to.
  • Can’t remember their password.
  • Can’t be bothered.
  • Other (please state).

Those problems can be solved. I think it’s important to solve them. Don’t you?

It feels good to be appreciated. I don’t think I get a lot of appreciation at home. Generally, I’m taken for granted.

Yesterday, I received two signs of appreciation online.

The first was about a new short story anthology, which includes a story of mine: Reflections in Watercolour. It’s published by Stringybark Publishing and is called: Hitler Did It, a title I’m not too enamoured with, although the story with that title is a beautiful tale set in wartime London.

If you’re interested in reading the anthology, it’s available here as an ebook and there might be a print version soon.

Hitler Did It

The other sign was a blogging award:

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

which I received from Rachael of Honest Speaks. Thank you, Rachael!

So I’m supposed to list 7 things about me and 15 inspiring blogs.

  1. I have worked with computers all my working life. That doesn’t stop my son from telling me I know nothing about computers.
  2. There isn’t a lot of food I adore. Eggs, potatoes, white chocolate. I think that’s it.
  3. My favourite drink is cold borscht.
  4. I love the weather in Jerusalem. Cold, rain, sun, heat, snow, I love it all.
  5. I’ve never been to the Far East, but hope to rectify that soon.
  6. I’m not good at pronouncing Rs, which is unfortunate since there are three in my name.
  7. I love most classical music and pop, but not jazz.

Now for the blogs:

  1. http://jeandavisonwriter.wordpress.com/blog/
  2. http://bottledworder.wordpress.com/
  3. http://susanwritesprecise.com/
  4. http://davidrory.com/
  5. http://mythoughtsonthesubjectareasfollows.wordpress.com/
  6. http://fortyoneteen.wordpress.com/
  7. http://victoria-writes.com/

I think seven is enough.

This blog post has added 247 words to my word count for today. No – 256… 257…

So I seem to have signed up for the A to Z Challenge for the third time running.

BUT I don’t have a theme yet.

Two years ago I wrote about writing and social anxiety.
Last year I wrote about Jerusalem.This year?

Following my post from yesterday, I’m thinking of doing some research on memoir writing and organising the fruits of my labour alphabetically.

Do you think that could make an interesting topic?
Is there any other topic you’d like me write about?

I’m open to suggestions at this stage.

In 2012,

2012 Most Active CommentersMany thanks to everyone who commented in 2012, and especially to Mike Offutt, Angela Brown, David Rory, J.C.Martin and Rosalind Adam.

Have a great 2013!

Happy New Year

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