Blog closed, please follow my new blog

Over the last few weeks I’ve finally convinced myself to start a new blog! Why would I do this when I have over 1000 followers on my current blog, a wide range of posts from the past 5 years, thousands of images, all organised into a wide range of categories? The question I have just posed is also the answer, because I have come to see it as a bloated repository of stuff that nobody reads! Virtually all visitors to my blog only read the CURRENT post, and that’s it.

I would feel better about it if I had a blog with only a few generalised categories into which I could write a range of post topics that were short and topical. For example, a category called Photography is a winner because it can contain photos of people, buildings, nature, objects without a need for lots of sub categories. Likewise, a category called Reviews can be used for book reviews, wine reviews, movie reviews, event reviews. In my own mind, I have only 4 categories, Photos, Reviews, Memories, Thoughts. That’s it, everything I can think of fits within them, I can be as eclectic as I want.There is another reason however, and that’s the feeling of writing into an echo chamber, a chasm of silence from 99.5% of my “followers”. I don’t blame them or criticise them, perhaps my writing is rubbish so they don’t read my stuff anyway! All the more reason to accept that I write because I enjoy it.

My new blog is called “All States of Being” and some of you will (maybe!) recognise the phrase, where it originates, and my blogging about it here previously. I’ve used that previous post as my About page, if you care to read it. I’ll apologise now for its length, but it’s the longest post that will ever appear on the new blog. I hope my regulars will “move across” and continue to engage with your usual friendship. I’ve made one post in each category to kick off and more will follow in the next few days. Remember, click on my my About page to read the background and enter the blog.



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11 replies

  1. I like the new blog. Bravo for trying something new. A change is better than…

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  2. Kudos for taking a grand leap. Like yours, my blog started out as one thing and has become a hodge-podge of many things. I’ve debated quitting or at the very least taking a sabbatical to rethink. And like Sheree (above), I enjoy writing but then other questions pop up: do I have to share it? Does anyone care? Will anyone notice if I disappear? Is this all merely a vanity project? Maybe I do need to take a sabbatical and rethink. Anyway, I have always enjoyed your posts (doesn’t mean I’ve always agreed with you but who says we all have to think the same way?) and your photography, so I have signed on for your new adventure.

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    • Thank you Margaret. Quite a few of us here have said the same thing about quitting, a sabbatical, or starting afresh. Starting afresh isn’t easy; it took me about three days of faffing with, themes, categories, a name, a header image, connecting the two blogs for a while ….. But it provided some relief from designing a new kitchen and how to combine it with the dining room into one open plan space! Thanks for refollowing me, I’ll try to play nice 🤞

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  3. I think we’ve all toyed with starting over again, I know I have, often. What started off as a Travel-only blog has since morphed into a blog about travels, battlefields, photography challenges and the odd ‘musing’. Originally I was determined to keep the personal out of my blog but after a few years of the ‘friendships’ one develops on the site, I realized the personal was creeping into the Comments. So, I may take the plunge as you are doing, but I’m still not sure about what to write. I already subscribe to a few book review sites so no point doing more there, I don’t watch enough TV to be a good critic, and cinema visits in my area are few and far between as our one cinema focuses mainly on action-thrillers. Conversations with friends are mostly about art, books, travel, and politics, but I don’t want to go into that on WP. Listing my options above has made me realize how curtailed my life is now that I can’t travel, not just Covid restrictions, but not being able to drive (which co-incided with the pandemic), otherwise I’d choose Gallery & Museum Visiting!

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    • Thanks for sharing those thoughts, good to see I’m not alone! I’ve often used the word “morphing” regarding my own blog too. It’s groaning under the weight of categories I’ve covered over rather a long time. Last year I wrote two books using a lot of material from the blog on wine and Nepal. It just doesn’t work for me any more, it’s no longer “who I am”. On this new blog I’ve chosen 4 categories that are non specific and sufficiently broad that I can accommodate any topic I chose. Reviews could be book reviews, wine reviews, restaurant reviews etc. The Thoughts category is my catch all for and politics, science, rants and raves I wish. Nobody reads stuff I wrote 6 years ago! I’m thinking of adding a line at the end of every post which says “this post will self destruct in 4 weeks”! And …… of course ….. thanks for following. And ….. what wine are you buying or drinking these days?

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  4. I write because I enjoy doing so and it’s just a bonus if anyone else does too. I enjoy your pists and am now following your new blog.

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  5. Likes but no comment can mean we enjoyed reading, but the doorbell or phone rang or there just wasn’t time. But I agree, I have Likes that appear one second after I have posted a blog! Interested and interesting comments mean so much more. Most popular blogs are often those with lots of photos and few words!

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    • Thank you, I’ve had similar experiences, even now on my new blog where some folks are following it but I can tell they have never read anything! I’ve just refollowed you from inside my new blog, don’t know if it makes any difference but better safe than sorry! 🤞🤞

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