Anniversary, anniversary! We all have anniversaries, Your annual birthday being the most obvious, others include:
- Your first day at school.
- When you went on your first date.
- Your first kiss.
- First day at work.
- The day you met the love of your life.
- The day you joined Facebook
Truth is most people don’t remember the majority. Yet, at the same time computers are like elephants, they remember everything. They have started sending anniversary notices. Hence this message this morning. The polite congratulatory message in my notifications. The meaning is that the week I celebrate the birthday of Goggledegoox coincidentally happens in the same week when I setup my first blog. There is a coincidence, for a person who does not believe in coincidences, clearly all part of an unconscious plan.
It may be, that February is almost as special a month as November (when all my most personal anniversaries happen). I find good news motivating, I hope you do to. This post is not really one that is about motivating readers to improve in a specific area (unlike most posts here on GobbledeGoox). I intend to share my feelings, motivations, and perhaps a little of what drives me. Writers should celebrate their successes. They should also celebrate the success of their friends/allies.
Reading & Applicability to Life
I was reading the following yesterday:
“I often walk by myself in Westminster Abbey; where the gloominess of the place, and the use to which it is applied, with the solemnity of the building and the condition of the people who lie in it, are apt to fill with a kind of melancholy, or rather thoughtfulness…” J. Addison, Spectator number 69, 1717.
I know and remember Westminster Abbey from the time I lived in London. I have to admit that I do not recall the place as gloomy, instead I recall it as airy and light. Perhaps in the, more than 250 year time difference, between Addison’s visit and my own the neighbourhood underwent massive change. There are many historic figures lying in state, considered heroes of Britain. For example, it was the final resting place for Sir Isaac Newton, the man who first explained gravity, great mathematician and astronomer and one of the most influential scientists of all time, at one time President of the Royal Society. Although Newton was laid to rest in the Abbey after Addison wrote these words.
The point, writing is both immortal and relates to a specific age. The writer must relay the conditions they see, along with the moods and emotions they experience. No two people will have the same experience, even if they witness the same event. We bring our own experiences to bear on the material we write about.
I read a comment on Facebook recently that suggested writers must go out and explore the world around them, their ability to write links directly to their experiences. Gaining experience of the world is more important than writing, but writing translates that experience to others, now or in the future.
Not Standing Still
This was the week of groundhog day, not the film, but the day these critters left their nest to predict the weather for the next six weeks. Truth is that billion dollar Artificial Intelligence computers, cannot accurately predict the weather, what chance that poor animal? Being born in England, I know nothing of the habits, let alone pronouncements, of these curious critters. Every time I see them I am certain all these poor critters wish to do is escape and hide in their natural habitat, well away from prying eyes. Flee, flee, protect yourselves in the woodlands!
Seasons change, it is a fact of life. Predictions often go wrong, another fact of life. A few months ago a weatherman predicted the start of a bitter horrid winter, starting November 20th (2016). He got that one wrong! That date was a bright sunny day with positive temperatures (Celsius) and the winter has had some cold days, but little in the way of snow. It is not yet over and we may get some bitter cold, I doubt more than a few days though. Yes seasons change, we face them and go on.
The key to life, like the seasons, is to adapt to change, never to stand still. If you stand still you stagnate. Dance a little, just like this young girl. I have several projects that are ongoing and hope to make some announcements during the spring. One thing you will witness over the coming months are experiments to monetize GobbledeGoox. Feel free to click on items that appeal to you, you will be contributing to the continuity of this site and the ability to celebrate another anniversary.
I shall be continuing my series on the value of using powerful headlines. Other subjects being investigated include:
- Building visitors.
- Keeping fresh on Social Media.
- Blog tools and how to use them.
- More Web Explored pieces.
- Using pictures and images.
- Building your writing goals.
- Motivating yourself as a writer.
I feel empowered to go into the future with plenty to do, many thoughts to explore, many people to meet, and much to write about. You? An anniversary, motivational, or empowering experience to share?
Buy Peter B. Giblett a coffee to thank him for this collection of thoughts. If you have questions then please ask them via a comment. The images included here are from royalty free public domain image collections, including Wikimedia Commons, Pixabay, or from Peter Giblett’s collection.