IT’S EASY TO PLAY ALONG WITH #WQW
This weekly writing challenge runs from Wednesday through Tuesday. The only rule is to use a quote. If you want to participate, create a pingback to link your post. Not sure how to do that? See how to create pingbacks here. Be sure to link to this post, not my page.
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Your friendships mean so much. Thank you all for joining in.
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- LOVING LIFE
- LIFE AFTER 50 FOR WOMEN
- NEW2WRITING WOTY ENTRY
- NEW2WRITING WRITER’S CHOICE ENTRY
- PRIORHOUSE BLOG
- ROBBIE’S INSPIRATION
- SECOND WIND LEISURE (SUNDAY STILLS)
- SO WHAT? NOW WHAT?
#WQW # – Topic:
Definition: Communication, the act or process of using words, sounds, signs, or behaviors to express or exchange information or to express your ideas, thoughts, feelings, etc., to someone else human communication nonverbal communication Miriam Webster
Quote Your Blogging Friends
This is a long quote from Sadje’s post last week about her Word of the Year (WOTY). Poetry is one way that many bloggers communicate.
One of the most important aspects of blogging is to read and understand what your blogging friends are saying and to respond back to them. We are all great at leaving comments, but sometimes we want to remember what they wrote on our post and allow even more people to interact with it.
We can and should always leave links, and we should, but quoting them gives our readers a chance to see why they should go read the link.
Without the shimmering robe of hope, Our souls stands naked, exposed The world looks barren and desolate Not a flower or tree in sight Like a fairy, a wisp of light vapor Condenses into a tangible form of hope It anchors our heart and soul to life Gives us a reason to wake up on the morrow Lifts us up from the doldrums of sorrow Dresses us in rainbows of dreams imagined Clothes us, protects us and nurtures us Without its shimmering robe we are defenseless ©Sadje 2022 https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2022/01/28/my-word-for-this-year-hope/
Photos, Narration, and Comments Hold Valuable Words of Wisdom
Most people spend a lot of time on their blogs, writing the post, curating the photos, and responding to comments. Comments hold value for others as well. When I have the time, I love to read what other readers have said about the post I finished reading.
Flocks of migratory Siberian birds squawking and flying fearlessly near our boats had us up on our feet. Apparently, they love eating the namkeen sev and enterprising boatmen in tiny rowboats will urge you to do the boni (first sale) and buy a packet.Sheetal Bravon
Using the link address to share a friend’s photo does a couple of things. It gives credit to the author of the post/photo, and you don’t store the photo in your blog’s memory. If you take a lot of pictures, that is super important.
“Stunning photos and evocative text – I almost feel like I have been there even though I haven’t yet visited. But of course now I want to even more than I already did. Looking at your photos I yearn to have the chance to attempt at least to take similar ones!”Toonsarah on Sheetal Bravon’s post about her trip to Varanasi
Link Parties Bring New Friends
I joined the WOTY link party and Christy Hawkes came to my blog. I’ve included her post in my list because she posted about her WOTY and is a professional communicator. She has this to say about communication through blogs.
“Authentic communication requires vulnerability and messiness, and that’s where the meaningful connections happen. That’s where we help each other and ourselves. I make a conscious effort to focus on the positive, but that doesn’t mean I ignore the difficult or challenging…that I pretend nothing bad exists.”Christie Hawkes from So What? Now What?
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I have taken this advice, especially recently talking about having cancer and deep vein thrombosis. Like many other bloggers, I have learned a lot from my “messy” life that I try to share with others so that they can 1. know how to avoid or better deal with their situations and 2. feel free to share their stories with me.
Challenges and Interviews Improve Blogging Communication
Yvette Prior, my sixth interview in the Challenge Interview Series, is chock full of pithy advice for both challenge hosts and participants. I think it is a must-read. The post cautions bloggers as well as encourages them.
The challenges that we join allow us to network and build rapport with others. Or they can – depending on how active we are and how others in the group respond to newcomers or to your unique contributions and style.Yvette Prior from Priorhouse Blog
Personally, this post generated a huge email flurry of communication between Yvette and me about my purpose in blogging. She also helped me redesign my menu, my blogging motto, and a widget I was working on. Some of what she had to say was hard to hear but it cemented our friendship.
Not only that, she followed up the interview/guest post on my blog with a summary post of her own. At the time of this interview, I had taken a break from what I called my hobby blog to attempt to create a professional blog. The result was that I had to almost start over to remake connections with the blogging community that I loved.
The effort that she made in her follow-up post on her blog to reinforce the work she had done on my blog welcomed me back into the warm and caring community of bloggers I had loved from the start of my blogging experience. She taught me a lot about protocols – from her perspective both as a challenge host and a challenge participant.
Take Blogging to the Next Level
When you comment with your friends on your blog or theirs, the communication is online for the world to see. Sometimes we want a more private connection. Even though we might live across the world from each other there are other ways bloggers communicate. Here are several ideas.
- Zoom is my favorite means of communicating now because I can see the friend as well as talk to them and if we talk about blogging or another hobby, we can share screens. It is a great mode for teaching and communicating on a deeper level. I’m involved in a couple of weekly conversations with Cee Neuner to talk photography and to share blogging ideas with other bloggers. Some bloggers get very creative with these meetings. Check out my interview with the producers of “What’s on Your Plate,” Debbie, Jo, Donna, and Sue.
- Messenger and other face to face accounts like Skype and Facetime, allow you to chat face to face with your blogging friends. I am old enough to remember phone charges for long distance. These options have opened up the world especially to bloggers.
- Phone, Email, and Snailmail all have their places in bloggers’ communication. My teddy bear, Manny travels via UPS or USPS all over the world. In return the other bloggers and I have an amazingly strong connection. It’s almost like Manny is real. Email provides a valuable option for planning and sending word docs and jpegs. Google allows us to share documents and collaborate on projects.
- The ultimate communication between bloggers would be meet-ups, trips and vacations together. Those are lifetime and lifechanging. I have met several bloggers, but only traveled overnight with three bloggers at this point. I have talked a lot about my time with Carol, the Eternal Traveller and our friend Leanne Cole from Australia. I spent three weeks in Australia for the sole purpose of meeting up with them. Terri Webster Schrandt, Second Wind Leisure blog and I have spent a couple of nights together with local travel following. We are planning a meet-up with several Northwest bloggers this summer – hopefully in August centering in Portland, Oregon. If you life or might be traveling into the area, let me know if you’d like to meet up. Cee has promised us some photo shoots! You can meet my crazy brother, too! 🙂
Other Challenges that Inspired WQW 2022 #5
CMMC: Pictures with V Words in Them
I’m a week behind with CMMC because it comes out the same day as WQW. Last week I was done in time to connect to the week before so it messed me up.
Last on the Card Challenge
Yesterday I posted crazy odd pictures of my brother riding a carousel at age 60. Last night I found these wonderful pictures of carousels at antique stores in Sedona or possibly mislabeled at Senora. I’ll check one of these days. But I thought, “How odd is it that I would find these pictures minutes after his post posted.”
If you want to link in with Becky B, click this link for Square Odds #2.
February is a month of Squares, and theme is odd. So basically nearly anything goes as odd includes odd numbers, odd balls, the exceptions, follies, and even odds and ends. Just remember to keep your photographs square and it would be great if you could use the tag SquareOdds. If you want to know more here’s my challenge poster.Becky B
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Tell us …. Thanks so much for stopping by and having fun with quotes and fun communicating on your blog.