Just in case it hasn't been abundantly clear to everyone, let me start by saying I have LOVED blogging! It's been a challenge, a joy and a tremendous creative outlet: for writing, primarily, but also for matching images to what I write, which can mean seeing into and beyond the words - seeing them visually, so to speak. But it is the words which have been uppermost, and engaged in a cyclical dynamic, in which reflection leads to writing which leads to further reflection, especially if there have been comments and feedback.
And those comments have been another joy. I have not been writing for my eyes or enjoyment only, but engaged in a kind of dialogue with others, in which comments have the power to shed new light on what I have written, making me think and see anew. In the process I have strengthened or formed relationships with several people, especially other bloggers. I have never met most of them, except in cyberspace, but I can recognise and appreciate their writing at a hundred paces. The times when we have each had a different slant on a similar theme have been as enjoyable and illuminating as receiving comments on my own posts.
So thank you one and all!
A year ago, in that first post, I summed up by saying: This is who, what and how I am, and what I want to share with others. So in this blog I hope to bring together my different loves - of words, photography, creativity - and place them at the service of my central love, the Love that will not let me go. So how has that Love fared on this blog?
Well, I recently started playing with Wordle, which is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that I provide, which give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. It's fun as well as a revealing way to check out what my blog's predominant themes have been. So here are two Wordles. The first one comprises all the words in my current RSS feed.
And here's the RSS feed as at the end of April 2011, comprising my first four bright-eyed and bushy-tailed posts!