By February, I found that I was turning my grief into unstoppable work. It occurred to me that writing about it might help. And so, “Talkin’ to Myself” came into being. Here is the link to version 1. http://musingmueller.blogspot.com/2011/02/
My blog has brought me friends that I would never have met otherwise. Although I don’t write every day, I do share the projects and changes that occur in my life. There are a lot of dogs and cats, flowers and fiber arts. Lately, there is a lot of travel. Be careful, there is a bit of snark here and there!
I don’t consider myself a “writer”. I am not a “photographer”. I don’t force myself to write something or create anything. I write about the things I see and the stuff that my brain wants to sent out to the cosmos. But the blogging has helped me heal.
Grief will always be with me. But writing has helped me to accept the world as it is. Sometimes the things I write are relevant to other people.
heyelsale is my creative playground where I expose my thoughts, insights and feelings. It is an authentic expression of what life means to me. My main topics revolve between self-growth, travelling and, certainly, food.
I love to write and take photos, so a blog was the perfect solution. Since high school, I accumulated many blogs from Tumblr, Blogspot to WordPress. It was always a way to be creative and to push me to be more healthier, to get out of my comfort zone, etc.
In 2012, I moved away from the hustle and bustle of London, to a peaceful retirement in a small country village. One of my friends suggested I start a blog, to record the experience of that huge change in my life. What began as a tentative journal soon developed into so much more. Recollections of my previous jobs, music nostalgia, film reviews, and memories of my youth in London. Then I got a dog, and began to add stories of daily walks with him. Encountering local wildlife, enduring often awful weather, and meeting other dog walkers on a daily basis. I later added fictional short stories, some of which were subsequently published in a magazine, and on other websites.
Blogging went from an idea to a way of life within a few years, and I am now part of a great community, lucky to have many loyal followers who have become good friends too. I now try to help new bloggers too, by adding posts about blogging do’s and don’ts, help and advice, and suggestions to inspire them. It is a great way to combine self-expression with meeting a diverse group of people from all over the world.
It is about my journey through life, and that of my dog Scrappy Doodlepip, and as l say to everyone, we each have a story to tell. So l try to tell mine in the most eclectic and entertaining fashion that l can.
What inspired you to start your blog or website?
In truth – l don’t really know. It’s strange l ask people this very same question all the time on my own interview series and everyone has a different reason for doing so, and yet l ask myself the same question and all l come back with is … why not? Not the most inspiring of answers l admit at my own concession – but l just love to write and it was literally a case of thinking, if everyone else can do it, surely l can too?
Blogging on animals, peace and war, science, social justice, women’s issues, arts, and much more.
When I started blogging at ModBlog in January 2005, I wrote (and I will repeat it here, to prevent it from going down with, now in 2011, Blogsome):
Welcome, to read the diary as I write.
Like Anne Frank 63 years ago, I am starting something while unable to predict how the world around me will evolve.
I hope this will be a many-sided diary. I hope I will be able to write much on new discoveries on ancient cultures; new poems; new paintings; new scientific discoveries in medicine, the lives of birds, and much more.
However, political and economic power being in the hands where they are now, I fear that I will have to write much on “four more years” of war in Iraq and elsewhere; rich getting richer and poor getting poorer; torture in Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere; environmental destruction by corporations and governments.
Still, I hope that I will also be able to report on people fighting against these phenomena; for a better, more peaceful and just world.
In chaos theory , there is the “butterfly effect “: a butterfly in the Amazon rain forest, flapping its wings, usually does not cause a storm far away, felling mighty trees.
However, in some unusual circumstances, it does.
May there be favorable circumstances for bloggers and others speaking truth to power! “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”, as Muhammad Ali used to say.
Brian was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on a cold January day in 1965.
Clearly, the odds were already against him.
But he persevered, slugging through this and that, and he quickly learned at a very young age that some people can achieve greatness with dedication and hard work, some people are destined to awe the world with their ineptness and lack of admirable qualities, and most people are quite happy to simply plod along in the middle, leading pleasant but mundane lives where they occasionally find a stash of misplaced quarters under a sofa cushion and everybody gets to go out for ice cream.
Brian was not impressed with any of these options. He looked up from his paperwork at the Life Goals Development Center, and studied the applicants around him. Everyone else was quickly selecting one of the three avenues, shoving their completed forms at one of the bored administrative people, and then rushing out the door, because “Charlie’s Angels” was on TV in a few minutes and you couldn’t really miss THAT.
In frustration, Brian turned over his application, intent on writing a scathing missive to Whoever Was In Charge that he really didn’t appreciate the skimpy menu of opportunities, and he noticed a fourth career path, hastily scribbled in by someone with vision: “Some people feel compelled to study the world and people around them, and then stay up all night writing down their thoughts on the matter.”
Brian smiled, checked the box, and added his signature with a flourish. And so it began.
My blog title is I refuse to give up. They say “what’s in the name?”……I say everything. This title is self explanatory. My blog is about spiritual journey through life lessons. I believe we are closest to our win just when we reach the toughest spot, so refuse to give up. Remember the Lowest points in your life come just before the beginning of your best phase. This blog started on my toughest days , I had no clue what it will be like , while writing I realized my love for poetry and I am writing almost everyday since. The purpose is to inspire and motivate the readers and also stay motivated. I refuse to give up on hope …. I refuse to give up on myself ….come what may. My blog link is www.irefusetogiveup.wordpress.com
My blog is about a full-time student still making traveling possible. This blog is mostly me venturing, taking pictures, and then writing about my days abroad, travel tips, and-of course-local cuisines. I’ve seen a small part of the World, and am currently on an ongoing process to see the rest of it.
I started my blog to trace my footsteps, see where I’ve been and which destinations I’ve crossed my bucket list. However, along the journey, I have also discovered my love for writing and other amazing bloggers, which motivated me to keep posting!
Grief is a journey, an ever changing and painful process. It can isolate you and make you feel more lonely than one could ever imagine. That’s where this blog comes in. It’s my way of giving grief a voice and writing about what it’s like to be a young widow with two teenagers. More importantly, it’s about hope and coming back to life!