raison d’être

The title is French. I want it to mean my reason for being here on this WordPress site.

I’ve been thinking about why I’m here. There’s:

  • the joy of writing,
  • the joy of being read and
  • the joy of talking about what I’ve written.

Not sure which is the most important right now.

I wrote lots of little snippets of things yesterday but didn’t talk about them with anyone. Lots of people visited. Some people liked and very few people commented. This left me feeling rather deflated but  it’s strange that I should feel that way because I didn’t reply to any of yesterday’s comments. In fact, I’ve only replied to comments once over the past week (or so).

I enjoy writing. But I write for an audience. And so if no-one is reading then I’m not keen on continuing. I guess I get off, to some extent, on the likes. I mean, everyone likes to be liked, right? Anyway, even if they don’t – I do.

Yeah, I know – I need to get out more. *sigh*

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New WordPress Blog

Just had an idea for a WordPress blog – one that that is dedicated to good news. I’ll search for all the latest uplifting articles and posts on WordPress and the Ted Talks site etc. and re-blog them.

Should be an easy way to share positivity with the world, right?

Now, what shall I call it …

And Now For Some Good News

I’ve just read a post called (July 24/17) “A Spontaneous Explanation/Thank You” 🙂 written by a dear friend, Truly. And it really struck a chord with me.

Before I tell you why, here’s a bit of background:

  • When I was a kid I used to listen to BBC Radio One (pop music (do you remember the jingle ‘two forty-seven Radio One – fun for the weekend’?)).
  • When I got older I listened to BBC Radio Two (pop from previous decades).
  • When I joined a weird sex cult I shrugged off contemporary music and listened to BBC Radio Three (classical).
  • When I came back to my senses I listened to BBC Radio Four (in depth news reports).
  • Now that I’ve reached a certain age I’ve reverted back to BBC Radio One (and yes – the little red sports car is on-order) and am blogging here on WordPress.

The point of going through all of that is to tell you that I wholeheartedly agree with Truly when she talks about the state of news reporting today.

When I used to listen to BBC Radio Four it was bad news and then more bad news, but on BBC Radio One, they concentrate on the light-hearted stuff (celebrity gossip and sport). Some would disagree, but I think that this is a positive change for me.

But it’s the things that Truly said about WordPress, and the positivity within this community, that really resonates with me. I love the feeling I get from interacting with the talented and beautiful bloggers here (yes – that means you). However I never considered the WordPress community to be a news system – but it totally is!

WordPress is the best place to get a picture of the positive things that are happening in people’s lives. The things shared here are no less important than the ‘headlines’ on the BBC. But the difference is – the events we read here are more life affirming that the things we hear about in mainstream news channels.

If there was ever a fool-proof prescription for feeling good, it would be getting involved in the WordPress community – giving your good news to the world and getting back the good news of other community members.

And where better to start than the richly layered (and pun-filled) blog that Truly lovingly puts together. Her heart is overflowing with love – long may it continue!