8 Year Anniversary: Motivating and Empowering

Anniversary Motivate Celebrate

8 Year AnniversaryAnniver­sary, 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.
  • Wed­ding.
  • 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.

 

Motivating?

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.

Scott and Marilyn Two Drops of InkIn that respect I find that I have to con­grat­u­late my friends Scott Bid­dulph and Mar­i­lyn Davis for their suc­cess with Two Drops of Ink. I am proud to have been of some help to site devel­op­ment as it tran­si­tioned to Word­Press. They have achieved great suc­cess, being list­ed in “The 100 Best Web­sites for Writ­ers” for both 2016 and 2017 by The Write Life. They have also been list­ed in the “Best Writ­ing Blogs for Writ­ers 2017″ by pos​i​tivewriter​.com I am proud to have pro­vid­ed some small assis­tance and do wish Two Drops of Ink all suc­cess for the future. I con­stant­ly look to both Scott and Mar­i­lyn for inspiration.

 

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.

Isaac Newton coutesy Portrait of Newton in 1689 by Godfrey KnellerI 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!

Little girl dancing by jill111Sea­sons 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.

 

Upcoming Articles

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.

 

 

 

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