Ajoy, mateys…time for another pie-rated offering (*depending on how this rolls out, a third post in as many days will be easy as pie or, far from a cake walk*). And, just to be clear, I don’t mean to insult your obvious intelligence by italicizing any no-brainer puns (or set ups for puns to follow); but, depending on your age, geography, level of alertness (catch me on a– “What?! Morning already?”–bad day and I am as dense a dunce as ever was)…
Oops, I didn’t mean to say that not catching my wordplay is evidence of stupidity, Dearests–I sincerely hope you know me better than that!!!
Wow, did I sound accusatory and critical just then? I should’ve phrased my well-intended correction a different way…and, I shouldn’t have used the word “should’ve”, should I?…it might come across as dictatorial, preachy, and judgmental–and, I’ve vowed to be kinder to myself.
(*Okay, so far, this attempt rates 1 out of a possible 10…lighten up Sugar Pie :)*)
And, this Wonderfuls, provides another example of the digression regression that trips me up as a skip merrily along the sidelines, rather than getting down to the business of moving onword …
Yep, it’s striking how boring writing can be when much of the time is spent spinning yawns (*Boston pronunciation of “yarns”*) so hopelessly tangled that I bottle the message.
(*Exception to the no-explanation rule: “bottle it” means failing to achieve your goal–as in, when I fail to concisely make my point…making “bottle the message” a message-in-a- bottle/pirate/Peter Pan pun…sea? 🙂
Okay…I have to admit, that got me back on board my little ship of fools (crew consisting of me, myself, and I.*)
And, Amazers, now that I’ve (re)set my course for adventure on my Love Gloat cruise, what I meant to start with is the announcement that I woke to find I have 400 Followers.
What?! Me, the social media introvert whose Facebook footprint might as well be a baby toe? (*I have less than 100 FB Followers…and would have far less than that if I weren’t too polite to ignore “friend requests”.*)
And, that’s not to dis FB–it’s great that there are all kinds of virtual worlds to explore/be part of. But, I am sooooo blessed to be part of this one.
(BTW…here’s a shout-out to my FB friends who read my blog….and to those who look me up online and read…thank you soooo much!!!)
And, sure, out of the 400 bloggers, there’s only a small core group who faithfully visit/click “like”–and a subset of those who include comments–but, I’m grateful for everything!
I’m grateful for the random people who Follow, then don’t click “like” on anything (who knows if they ever read anything beyond my, “Thanks for connecting”, and comments I leave on their blogs). I’m grateful for the “visitors” who anonymously come and go–and, perhaps even come back again…how am I to know? And I’m so grateful to the bloggers who I got to connect with before–busy with other pursuits–they “dropped out of sight” (life can be a demanding (multi)taskmaster).
After all, no one owes anyone anything…what we receive are gifts from generous souls…and, how lucky am I to merit even the briefest acknowledgement out of thousands and thousands of bloggers?!
And, speaking of acknowledgement, I’ve been toying with the notion of external validation.
I heard this once: “Give people the power to feed you, and you give them the power to starve you.”
I get it…we must believe in ourselves (write for our own satisfaction…paint, sing, dance, perform for ourselves)…but, it becomes trickier when we want to share that which we believe will enrich others’ lives (and, in doing so, enrich our own).
(*Uugh…did that smack of delusions of grand-yer sure full of yourself?*)
No (person) is an island, after all–we’re relational and interconnected beings. So, how can I expect to gain the confidence to move through the rejection that will come when I (eventually) submit work to publishers if I don’t internalize the wonderfully-kind and complimentary comments I get from those who get my work?
Isn’t that akin to applying for a job and being rejected because you don’t have any (paid) work experience?
Having said that, I think my best bet is to continue focusing on a quality versus quantity perspective, for–given repeated evidence that my writing has broader appeal than I’d imagined (no offence, gents, but I had no idea you’d be fans…and, I’m delighted that young readers appreciate my old-school references…and, I love that people from other cultures get me)–I’m going to tuck those treasured comments in a special place where their light will outshine the places rejection’s sting seeks to dampen my spirits and dowse my dynamite.
So. in an externalized context, and fitting metaphor, I’m going to fight fire with admire!
Thank you for sailing this, “Hi, (let’s) seas-the-day” post with me, Dazzlers…growing up in your company has unfailingly resulted in an accelerated growth process. I honestly don’t know that I would have come this far without you…
God bless you and your loves 🙂
Affectionately, Truly 🙂
P.S. In Canada, today is a holiday (Victoria Day)…so, that’s how I had the (leisure) time to write.