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First Year BloggingSeptember, 2011 – 2012

English: The logo of the blogging software Wor...

English: The logo of the blogging software WordPress. Deutsch: WordPress Logo 中文: WordPress Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My blogging tutor, the eldest daughter, had no idea the Pandora’s Box she opened. Reviewing the past year, I am so appreciative of her guidance and all of you who write and follow. Who knew there were so many talented and caring people online!
What has this meant to me?

1 – New personal relationships with creative thinkers worldwide. Amazing sharing keeps me coming up with fresh ideas to write about.
2 – Taking time to reflect on expanding subjects. Just reading the posts in my inbox takes my mind in important directions. My reading and research have been expanded.
3 – My contributions beyond posting includes bringing new bloggers to WordPress and artists into other groups I have joined online. I have been able to share my art with all of you.
4 – Learning is, I believe, a lifelong task. This journey has sometimes made me feel like there is too much to take in. Writing is a way to organize my thoughts. The posts are small teachable moments to share. There is still so much to learn to improve the blog.
5 – The challenge is to continue to stay involved in this growing community even when personal issues press. My followers have been caring and concerned as if we meet regularly. What a club we have joined!

Many Thanks and Welcome to Year Two.

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Paintings

You can now find a collection of my paintings on

http://www.fineartamerica.com

Artists are listed by name. There are other categories which may be of special interest to you. Just like blogging, I will be adding so you will come back often!

It looks like many folks are using the site for inspiration. You can comment thereto let me know if you like my work. If you are a member, I will look-see your work.

 Organizing Projects

This is a goal that never gets reached. At least, not by me! There are so many things to do and see and learn and…

Women’s magazines explain how to get organized so that all the household chores can get done. They suggest what to do each day, weekly, monthly and so on. It never worked for me. Cleaning a closet meant emptying things onto the bed. (Made or unmade?) Probably with the sheets thrown down the handy shute or stairs. And there is where the problems began.

Diversions to try on clothes to save or discard. Answer the phone. Read an old magazine. Answer the phone. Lunch time. All the way to bedtime.

And the sheets are off the bed! And all of the closet things are piled on the bed! Hardly a few inches left to lay my head down.

Not a pretty picture. Did I say I started a new painting  after lunch? Surely, no one else has had days like this.

Who knew?

Six months ago, I did not know how much pleasure blogging would be. The writing gives an outlet for the ramblings of my overactive mind. More importantly, I have followed and learned from so many interesting people around the world. That little map WordPress has added tells it all.

I first heard of the internet when some graduate students offered to let me use their  library privileges. At the time, I owned the dark-ages Osborne computer with a 5″ screen. I could not get my head around the possibility of reading directly from the university library. The explosion of knowledge digitized since then is equally hard to believe.

When my grandchildren ask “Were you born before the automobile?” I will share with them my tech history. So there.

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This morning leartisteboots by itself hit  2000 on its stat page!

Who knew?

Many, many thanks for all who have made this happen. It has been a pleasant surprise that anyone finds our posts. Even more surprising has been the generosity of sharing from readers around the world.

Some, really few, have commented negatively. BUT they took their time from busy lives to express their feelings. And many of you are now buddies. And special thanks to the many twitter and WordPress followers.

I have learned so much from others. The process is sometimes challenging, stretching my mental abilities! It is not true that you cannot teach an old dog new tricks.

My mentor knows she opened Pandora’s box when she introduced me to WordPress. What wonders lie ahead?

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