Personal Blogs Tell Your Story

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A personal blog is a weblog where people publish articles related to their daily lives, interests, projects, passions and happenings. Personal blogging is a crème de la crème when it comes to being a creative outlet for self expression and a wonderful way to meet new people online.

Creating a personal blog that stands out among the millions is essential to  attracting an audience. But be cautious about featuring multiple niches, as it can dilute your blog’s focus and make it even more difficult to attract a regular readership.

People are social and blogging is social. There are as many reasons to blog as there are bloggers and they center around connecting and forming relationships; exploring ideas, concepts and beliefs; sharing expertise; inspiring and persuading; entertaining; sharing experiences; and learning and growing.

Each blogger has a unique personality; each has a unique writer’s voice. Your audience will be coming to read what you think and what you have to say so don’t leave “you” out of the blog.

Your personal blog can contain a wide range of topical articles on everything under the sun from acorns to zebras but those focused on no more than four major themes do best.

You can use your blog as an armchair for fireside chats or a soapbox for expressing opinions on a wide range of topics but do consider the long term.

While blogs are great places to let go and be yourself you need to keep in mind that publishing a personal blog and promoting it in social networks can impact on employment, job search, etc. for better or for worse so it’s wise to think things through when creating a blog. Everyone with an internet connection will have access to your blog and what’s in it now and even after deletion may still be available in years to come. Just how personal you may want to be is up to you but a question you need to answer early on is: Will you blog under your real name or a pseudonym?

In Example of a Perfect Personal Blog, Lorelle isolates what’s key to succeeding as a personal blogger.

 A personal blog is about sharing personal stories with readers – readers that might be family, friends, or strangers.

It’s also about focusing on the story, not the commercialism and monetization. The site may or may not have ads, but the blogger isn’t obsessed about his or her stats, clickthroughs, and such.

It’s about being personal, not distant, with the reader. It’s about sharing. It’s about the story. …

A well-told story is one that is visual, emotional, and features a great climax, a powerful point in the story. It’s a rare talent to combine the visual arts and written arts with passion and style.

Heidi Cohen provides an very interesting comparison highlighting the differences between personal blogs and professional blogs in Blogging: Balancing Professional Versus Personal [Chart].

To help you navigate the blogging waters regardless of whether it’s designed to achieve professional or personal goals, here’s a chart across a variety of topics. (Note: When we discuss personal blogs, the reference is to something broader than a personal journal.)

Leo Babauta provides his insights and advice:

When people begin to learn about you, whether that’s at work or through a personal relationship or through your blog or other ways you’re establishing a reputation … they put you into a pigeonhole in their minds. Once you’re in that pigeonhole, it’s really hard to get out. Personal Branding: Be Aware of Your Pigeonhole – It’s Hard to Switch

What goes into creating an Engaging personal blog?

Attracting an audience is hard and retaining their interest is even more difficult, so have something interesting to say, say it well and say it often.

Be discoverable
Be welcoming
Be authentic
Be creative
Be an artist
Be a poet
Be a friend
Be a guide
Be a mentor
Be a reporter
Be a reviewer
Be current
Be opinionated
Be conversational
Be controversial
Be informative

Be reflective
Be revealing
Be a storyteller
Be insightful
Be inspiring
Be serious
Be gracious
Be humorous
Be entertaining
Be enthusiastic
Be engaging
Be explanatory
Be visual
Be curious
Be a good listener
Be a problem solver

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Personal Blogs Sampler

Zeb Bakes: Bread, the Garden, Walks in Green Places

This isn’t a very serious food blog, it isn’t meant to be, it falls into the category of journal/social/chitchat/foodie sort of a blog.It has bits about growing things in it, a few posts about local places we visit,  it has occasional rants.

Ekostories: Exploring narratives of nature, culture and self

The purpose of Ekostories is to look at the many interesting stories, anecdotes, parables, tales, and myths that have influenced my personal thinking on the connections humans have with the earth. They come from a diverse range of sources, ranging from novels, films, childrens’ books, and television, to games, biographies, short stories, and documentaries. They could be prominent environmental works, or they could be things that have very little to do with environmental thinking outside of my own mind.

Cycle Write Blog: My words, visions & trivia along the way

Cycle Write Blog is Jean’s personal blog on cycling and  how cycling leads her to other things along the way.

Since 1992, Jean has been a long-time regular cyclist  in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary. Vancouver has been one of her bike home destinations since 2002.  She  has written for Tourism Vancouver’s Inside Vancouver blog to promote cycling tourism (sample articles provided)  and has written  for Momentum cycling magazine.  She knows many regular cyclists who have discovered the key to good health, youthfulness and fun.

 

Lantern Post: Read. Think. Write.

The Lantern Post is my little spark in the darkness of cyber space, shading light on my words all the way from the cobbled streets of Zagreb, Croatia to the wind-swept streets of Wellington. It means to serve as a platform to chronicle and share ideas, love for the written word, and spark conversations.

Be yourself!

Quirk. Eccentricity. Genius. Content I won’t find anywhere else is what attracts me to personal blogs.

That extra ‘something’ of time, effort, engagement, competence, caring, a world view that is worth respecting – those are the kinds of things I look for in a personal blog.

What do you look for in a personal blog?

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7 Basic Blogging Dos and Don’ts
10 Guidelines for Writing Engaging Posts
6 Ways to Make Google Your Blog’s Best Friend

54 thoughts on “Personal Blogs Tell Your Story

  1. I wish I had started blogging years ago. I’ve just started my personal blog, and although it’s about a month old, and I’m still learning, I find it a great way to spend my time on the net. This is the first time as well I’ve used Google blogs search to come across personal blogs, so I’ve got a lot of searching to do, and I hope to make a few friends along the way.

  2. Good stuff. I’m all for personal blogs, especially if people need an outlet to express themselves and if they can be somewhat entertaining. I’m one of those people who also believes that it’s okay to get personal on a business or niche blog every once in awhile to show their human side; nothing wrong with that from where I’m sitting.

  3. Dear timethief,

    To say THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for mentioning the Lantern Post does not even come close to how I feel right now -:)!

    As I said before … when I started blogging, almost a year ago, I truly did not know anything about it. All I had was urge to write and to write in English even though it is my second language acquired only some years ago. Initially it was another blogger that nudged me towards your posts as full of great tips for blogging … and I am so grateful for that!

    The Lantern really is my little spark and it has enriched my life more than I could have ever envisioned … of course through people, interactions and above all sharing of our unique human experiences in this vast and mesmerizing world we have created.

    Many, many thanks
    Daniela

  4. Have you ever thought about creating an e-book or guest authoring
    on other sites? I have a blog centered on the same ideas
    you discuss and would really like to have you share some
    stories/information. I know my viewers would appreciate your work.
    If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an e mail.

  5. Hi timethief, I really became engrossed with the links you sent, in fact desmogblog popped up other articles as I was reading, giving more background of the climate change issues.
    Here’s a link connecting Tobacco, Tea Party, Climate denial and Fox News:

    http://climatecrocks.com/2013/02/19/study-links-tobacco-tea-party-climate-denial-and-fox-news/

    I’ve included this other link to the big tobacco tea party ties, you’ve probably already seen them but just in case:

    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/big-tobaccos-tea-party-ties-exposed-20130213

    It is with great sadness and rising anger within me that I see these sort of lies and deception used to fleece and hurt the general public at whatever cost to them, they’re only interested in lining their own pockets and retaining power. This is not only happening in the USA but in the UK too (in my opinion).

    I feel the same as you, that the populace are so disillusioned and confused by conservative politician’s and their rich friends they don’t know what the truth is any more, the sneaky way in which these people carry out their selfish policies and lies have blinded them to the truth or scared them into inactivity. This needs to be stopped somehow as their lies and aggressive behaviour are becoming more brazen. It is an insult to our intelligence and more – a fight we must continue until this deplorable behaviour is stamped out.
    Take care timethief and my best wishes, James.

    1. Hi James,
      The sadness and anger are so hard to deal with. I read this comment when I approved it but was reluctant to ruin my day by tuning into anything form Fox News. It astounds me that people are so dull witted that they rely on that dubious source of misinformation to form their opinions.

      I waited for a few days and then read and watched what was at the links you provided. It wasn’t new to me and I felt so sad after I did that.

      Best wishes to you too.

  6. I look for strong, informative, entertaining and, well, just interesting blogs, in the ones I read, and as Phil MOTH said, good writing is paramount. Preferably with short paragraphs :D

    Ironically, when I find blogs I like and comment, few comment/visit back on mine, so I move on. But others find mine somehow, and they usually seem to have interesting blogs. So I’m getting lazy in hunting out new ones and waiting for people to come to me.

    I did start roughseas (back in the days when it was itchyfeetatforty) with the idea of it being relatively objective and informative, somewhat like your blogging tips – rather than your personal one – but it’s slipped into being just as personal as all my others. Probably not helped that I’m sub-consciously writing more for a regular readership than I was all those years ago. Not always, but a lot of the time. And because of that, I feel the need to change the topics, the style, the subjects, the length so that people don’t get bored.

    Clouds is even more personal in that it is just literally thoughts about specific topics, far more like your personal blog. The most informative and least personal one is my Land Rover blog where I try and post up tips and info about maintenance. Or anything related to driving/Land Rovers.

    But there is a difference between a personal blog that is the old idea of a diary – web log (ugh, who really wants to read what I do every day, although I did write that sort of post yesterday!) and a blog with a personality. I think that is the crucial difference.

    For each of my blogs, I do have in my head, a vague set of parameters about what goes on which blog, eg roughseas – life in Gib and Spain eg politics, news, events and how it affects me, or just what’s happening right now, clouds – environment, feminism, animal rights, consumerism, you get the idea. And of course, some people follow not just one blog but all of them!!

    I think the key to a personal blog is not so much writing about you, the person, but putting you into it. Big difference.

    1. Hi there,
      Thanks so much for another of your usual thorough responses which I have come to love. As of May 1st I will be posting more frequently here and commenting on blogs like yours more frequently too.

  7. Sunday afternoon and I am catching up on the blogs I follow and reading and nodding (muttering away to myself, yes, yes, must try harder, be more consistent and then here I am in your post and I am very honoured that you mention me!) I am one of your readers who found you via where your volunteering on WordPress.com and have always come back to read as I appreciate your calm voice and scrupulous clarity of thought. Reading the comments above I am struck by how far reaching your blog is and how you touch the lives of so many different people, a niche blog in a key position, at the heart of my and many other folks’ blogging landscape. thankyou so much !

    1. Hi Joanna,
      I’ve decided that from time to time I will promote some of the blogs I read ie. blogs like your lovely blog. Thank you so much for the praise. I have connected with so many bloggers and I’m humbled by how well they are doing. Sometimes all they need is just a little help in the beginning or along the way. You are building a very nice blog centered community and the comments you get for readers are excellent. I’m on the sidelines cheering you all on.

      I wish I had more time to blog and comment too but our business and my contracted work add up to a heavy load and by the time I finish answering support forum question and working I’m done in. On May 1st I will be making some changes. Before that I will blog about them so my readers are alerted to what will be happening.

  8. I was reading this, nodding away at the sage advice, and got such a surprise to see a bit from my blog that I actually jerked and nearly dropped my kindle! Thank you for, as you say in one of your comments, ‘paying it forward’.

    I read your post on ‘real name/pseudonym’ many months ago, and it helped confirm my instinctive feeling I should choose anonymity. I set up an email address, twitter account, gravatar and blog all under the same pseudonym. I felt concerned on a personal level (that absolutely anyone on the internet could know who I was, now or in the future), but also I’m from a social science research background with a strong emphasis on ethics/confidentiality, so it was in the forefront of my mind that I should guard against other people in my life becoming identifiable, with no ‘informed consent’. I live in a small, remote rural community in quite an iconic landscape, so I have to be careful what photos I post, too!

    Perhaps in the future I may have a different kind of blog or website, and may need or wish to use my real name in that. But – as such a newbie to these things – it is good to be finding my feet and learning how to blog through this two year project/personal blog.

    Thanks, once again, for a succinct summary of issues that it’s wise to consider and resources/other blogs to follow up on. I enjoy the comments and discussion on this site, too – so often thoughtful and informative.

    1. Aha! So this promotion took you by surprise good as it was meant to. I have my own reasons for blogging under a pseudonym and they aren’t far removed form yours. Very best wishes with your blog. Note that when you see I unfollow you from this blog you ought not be concerned please. Thereafter, I will be following you from my other blog under my other username as our passion for yoga intersects.

  9. It’s always interesting deciding what to reveal and what not to… It is sage advice to remind people that everything they post is subject to scrutiny by their employers (if they use their real name). Great stuff.

    1. No one wants to be fired or not hired over something inopportune that they say online and few understand that deleting it does not mean it’s not available somewhere online. That’s why I frequently remind bloggers of this reality.

  10. Admittedly when I started to read this article, I wondered if I should change my elevator summary for the personal blog after reading the advice. Then skimming down the post, my blog spiel was here in its imperfect nakedness.

    The decision to have a pseudonym is a serious consideration. I decided not to because I started to blog initially for some other established organizations in a blog team.

    I didn’t know about your hard lesson learned for the first blog. Wow. Good thing to let go of something that was making you feel toxic.

    Well, this is true that once a blogger does have a personal blog that is oriented a few core subject areas, people may pigeonhole you. Well, I guess after being around on Earth for a few decades, I’d rather be clear where my heart and natural orientation lies. It doesn’t bother me now. It might have bothered me in my 20’s.

    I like personal blogs where clearly the blogger enjoys different facets of their subject by presenting it in a captivating, yet warm manner for readers. Also the blogger has acquired some knowledge or familiarity with the subject matter. Or the blogger knows to approach an unfamiliar situation with the right attitude and provide the right details for the reader without getting overly bogged down in useless detail.

    Maybe I need revisit that blog synopsis. Cycling is both a subject and also a motif to tie together a few favourite subjects in a blogger’s journey.

    Who have thought 40 years ago, that closet writers would be given the gift of blogging?

    1. This is such a thought provoking question: Who have thought 40 years ago, that closet writers would be given the gift of blogging?

      Forty years ago there were no digital cameras, no personal computers, and the Internet did not exist. We are old enough to have witnessed the development of technology and what it was like prior to the internet. Way back then I was handwriting writing lengthy letters. All my notes in college and university were taken by hand and all assignments were laboriously typed. Long distance telephone calls were expensive and reserved for only special occasions.

      I love the way the cycling motif is woven through your blog posts. I like the way you structure your posts. You use photos and captions to skillfully to inform and retain reader attention while providing rest for the eyes from reading text.

      I like the fact that your share part of your personal life without becoming a diary blogger. I started as a personal journal blogger and was amazed by the details others included in their personal blogs. I vowed I would never blog in a way that violated the confidentiality of family and friends. Then someone close to me who was not cautious online that their identity stolen and the hell they went though made the decision for me. I am personal but not too personal. What happens between me and those close to me is not recounted online.

      On one hand there is always the danger of being pigeonholed. On the other hand lurks the danger of trying too hard to attract readers by featuring multiple niches and diluting the focus of the personal blog. Somewhere in the middle is where a personal blogger wants to be.

  11. Always honoured by a mention by you, Timethief.

    I think for me, the personal blogs I like to visit tend to have a specific focus or an angle to a subject I am interested in. It’s not enough to be an environmental blog (for example), the best ones tackle the subject matter in a unique (you could say authentic) and thought-provoking manner. It has to be written well and be easy to read in terms of length and formatting. Luckily there are many great writers and storytellers out there, so I never find myself lacking pieces to read.

    1. Hi Issac
      You are right. There are a wealth of personal bloggers online who are skilled storytellers and writers. Like you I’m never at a loss when it comes to find thought provoking blogs to read. What I struggle with is making the time to comment as well as to read. I’m so introverted that I’d rather read more blogs and think about what has been said than respond to a few. That’s my blogging weakness. I frequently find that I think too long as by the time I’m at the place where I want to comment the blogger has published at least a couple or more new posts and commenters have already said what I would have said. Comments are gold and I need to become more communicative. Hopefully, some changes I will be making including reading fewer blogs will free up more time for commenting.

  12. Great article (I try to read read your posts and the archive has been my help desk). I have a super narrow niche (butch and/or trans) and keep telling myself to be content with reaching my audience/peers and not worry about stats/visits.

    The WordPress topic/category is excellent for finding other bloggers and for them to find me, and I am finally getting some referrals and google search returns. In dog training we say “patience is a virtue” to try to get dogs to sit and stay. It is the same here. Thanks again.

    1. Hi Jamie,
      It’s good to meet you here in my blog and it’s good to read about you, Donna and Gracie in yours.

      Your write honestly, straight from your heart and it’s your authenticity that holds me. I’m looking forward to reading about your Guatemalan trip.

      You are telling yourself the right thing about being patient. It’s the waiting that’s the hardest part. Don’t become addicted to stats watching – just be who you are.

      Make sure your blog is discoverable, be a prolific content publisher and wait it out.

      1. Timethief, I got an email from Cheri at WordPress.com informing me that I was going to be Freshly Pressed! If you had a hand in making this happen, I want to thank you. If not, I want to thank you anyway for providing access to so much information and advice, particularly for beginners.

  13. Love this post! It’s so true. I love hearing people’s authentic voices. That is what makes come back to visit their site because I enjoy listening to their stories and building connections with people. That is my favourite part about blogging – the connections that you make through sharing your life with others. Thanks for encouraging other bloggers to do this! Hope you have a great weekend. Thanks for your valuable advice timethief!

    1. Hi Arianna,
      I have always been a voracious reader and an introvert who isn’t very chatty. Though commenting is not my strong suit I enjoy reading your blog very much. It’s authenticity that draws me in and I love reading stories. The connections I have made to excellent personal bloggers have sustained me and helped me grow in many ways and will continue to do so.

      We all blog for validation and I clearly recall being a beginner blogger and how much encouragement meant to me then and still does now. I try to pay it forward when I can and when I can’t I endeavor to express gratitude. In fact this post features just some of the many personal blogs I will be featuring from time to time in this blog.

      Thanks so much for being genuinely concerned about others and for reaching out to them through your blog.

  14. I look for sense of humor, common sense, knowledge of the subject,- or flights of fancy – or beauty in words or pictures – and especially good writing. It’s much more social than I ever expected – you get to explore the world. (and find so much in common)
    And on occasion it’s thoughtful to give a new blogger a bit of encouragement.

    1. Woo hoo! What a concise set of criteria you present. You had me nodding my head in agreement all the way through. Your blog rocks and so do you.

  15. Hi timethief,

    I’ve just found your site and just wanted to say how grateful I am to have done so. Full of superb tips and guides on blogging and blogs, I have found it a wealth of information.

    I am able to set up a basic blog/website but need to master many more subtle and not so subtle skills before I reach my potential. I really enjoy blogging as it has opened up a whole new world for me and I’m eager do my best.

    Thank you very much, I will have a great time here :-) My best wishes and regards, James.

    1. Hello James,
      It’s good to meet you and also to visit your blog which I’m now following. I’m so happy to hear that what I provide here is helpful to you.

      Blogging opened a whole new world to me as well. I began as a private journal blogger. Then I decided to go for it and I created a blog in a niche that I had a strong background in. I am a paralegal, a librarian, a researcher and a successful political and environmental activist (now retired), who was also a campaign manager for nearly 20 years. All of my candidates were female and every one was elected and re-elected to office more than once. So I chose to create a political and environmental blog. Within a year that blog had a page rank of 5 and was in the top 50,000 blogs.

      However, I am a Canadian and we are without doubt different than Americans. I was unaccustomed to the bile that prevails below the 49th parallel. I was shocked by the comments I received from a minority of intellectually challenged people who were distorting realities and locked into contriving a revisionist history. The daily chore of responding to climate change deniers, religious zealots and other right wingers, who in general seek to control others under the banner of Jesus compounded by profound ignorance they demonstrated in their comments did not sit well with me. They were unaware of the fact they were as far from being democrats as one could ever imagine. I’m an assertive person, who has a tongue that can cut like a knife and I did and still do possess the information and skill to slice any fool but it wasn’t worth the effort. When I found myself becoming aggressive between the ears and wishing they would flock off I made a decision. I would not moderate another comment that was an attack on free thinkers and democrats such as myself and I deleted the blog.

      Thereafter, my blogging experience became a positive one as I focused on blogging tips in one blog and personal growth in the other. I met wonderful people online, read their excellent posts and subscribed to their blogs. There’s a whole world of potential friends to attract to your blog and I hope you attract many.

      1. Hi timethief, thank you for such a great reply, I’ve spent some time in Canada and liked it so much we were going to move over there (Saskatoon), we even got as far as selling the house but our plans were scuttled at the last minute, alas!

        You have had a really challenging and interesting career and I totally agree about people, I too have met self righteous, blindly hypocritical individuals who think and preach that they are something they are not. I dislike this too as I strive to be honest about myself and my opinions and if I’m wrong, I have admit it.

        I’m a driven person and always seek the truth, perhaps that’s why I was drawn to and became a scientist (microbiology). I naively thought that being scientists everyone would seek the absolute truth as I did, this was not so, people are people and their personalities and beliefs influenced their attitude to work, I was displeased!

        Don’t get me wrong, these were also in the minority but it makes one wonder!

        Thank you for a really nice welcome to your blog and for following mine, I really look forward to speaking with you in the future. Thank you for your positive encouragement.

        Speak soon and my best regards, James :-)

        1. Hello James,
          It’s good getting to know you. How interesting it is to know you almost moved to Canada. I do know Saskatchewan though I haven’t traveled there for many years. I share your love of nature, wildlife and history and I’m looking forward to reading more articles in your blog.

          These are interesting:

          Why Climate Deniers Have No Scientific Credibility – In One Pie Chart
          Global warming deniers often claim that bias prevents them from publishing in peer-reviewed journals. But 24 articles in 18 different journals, collectively making several different arguments against global warming, expose that claim as false. Articles rejecting global warming can be published, but those that have been have earned little support or notice, even from other deniers. Only 24 of the 13,950 articles, 0.17% or 1 in 581, clearly reject global warming or endorse a cause other than CO2 emissions for observed warming. The 24 articles have been cited a total of 113 times over the nearly 21-year period, for an average of close to 5 citations each. http://desmogblog.com/2012/11/15/why-climate-deniers-have-no-credibility-science-one-pie-chart

          A new academic study funded by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institute of Health, http://www.cancer.gov/ confirms that front groups with longstanding ties to the tobacco industry and the billionaire Koch brothers planned the formation of the Tea Party movement more than a decade before it exploded onto the U.S. political scene.

          Published in the peer-reviewed academic journal, Tobacco Control, the study titled, ‘To quarterback behind the scenes, third party efforts’: the tobacco industry and the Tea Party, is not just an historical account of activities in a bygone era. http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2013/02/20/tobaccocontrol-2012-050815.full

          The common public understanding of the origins of the Tea Party is that it is a popular grassroots uprising that began with anti-tax protests in 2009. However, in 2002, the Kochs and tobacco-backed CSE designed and made public the first Tea Party Movement website. September 2011, the U.S. Tea Party site was taken offline. According to the DNS registry, the web address http://www.usteaparty.com is currently owned by Freedomworks. http://who.godaddy.com/whois.aspx?k=2GpUJmhQ25TBfBu/kJSuqLnRM93tJYx4pP01v6qFV0lkDlA3uNJRKdNeTpbDqCUA&domain=usteaparty.com&prog_id=GoDaddy

          Traditional conservatism in the USA has been destroyed by authoritarianism. The Religious Right teamed up with amoral authoritarian leaders, who are corporate pawns to push its un-democratic agenda onto the country. Yet at the grassroots level individuals are so delusional they do not comprehend what they have done and are doing.

          While it is well known that corporations can influence policy, this case study demonstrates the extent to which a particular industry has leveraged its resources to indirectly affect public policy. The tobacco companies funded one of the main Tea Party predecessor organisations, CSE, as well as other conservative organisations, including the Cato Institute, American Enterprise Institute, Americans for Tax Reform, the Washington Legal Foundation and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to support the companies’ broader economic and political agendas.

          One may think this report will serve as a wake-up call as this so-called “grassroots” movement the right wing fringe are so emotionally attached to, is in fact a pawn created by billionaires and large corporations with little interest in fighting for the rights of the common person, but instead using the common person to fight for their own unfettered profits, but it won’t and there are psychologists studying phenomena.

          The Religious Right are convinced this is all spiritual warfare (the work of the Devil) and could care less about uncovering truths. Freedomworks and Americans for Prosperity are both multi-issue organizations that have expanded their battles to include other policies they see as threats to the free market principles they claim to defend, namely fighting health care reform and regulations on global warming pollution. Their connection to the climate change denial movementis clear and myself and others are currently researching their connections to the pro-life movement.

        2. Hi James,
          I’ve actually had more than one career as we all do these days. My careers have primarily been focused on legal and biological research and journalism. They were complimentary to my interest in politics and environmental issues. Those who come behind this generation of baby boomers will have even more careers in overlapping areas than I did.

          In my twenties I discovered that I’m a very strong personality with leadership qualities but I have remained a reluctant leader. I’ve always been blunt and when combined with my introverted personality type I tend to be a taciturn observer. When one isn’t chatty they can isolate the bias that others project.

          You say: ” I naively thought that being scientists everyone would seek the absolute truth as I did, this was not so, people are people and their personalities and beliefs influenced their attitude to work, I was displeased! ”

          Me too. I have been repeatedly disappointed and perplexed and even angered when those who are said to be pursuing science do not seem to be aware of their confirmation bias rooted in religiosity and delusion.

          “Belief…is the insistence that the truth is what one would ‘lief’ or (will or) wish to be… Belief is fervent hope, and thus a cover-up for doubt and uncertainty.

          Faith is an unreserved opening of the mind to the truth, whatever it may turn out to be. Faith has no preconceptions; it is a plunge into the unknown.

          Belief clings, but faith let’s go…faith is the essential virtue of science, and likewise of any religion that is not self-deception. If we cling to belief in God, we cannot likewise have faith, since faith is not clinging but letting go.” — Alan Watts

          Among my life lessons are:
          (1) We don’t see things as they are; we see things as we are.
          (2) Ideas, theories and beliefs are not necessarily truths.
          (3) A belief is not an idea held by the mind; it is an idea that holds the mind.

          Belief has no role to play in science and it galls me that those who profess faith cannot distinguish between the two. Those who distort facts and create revisionist histories abound on the internet and can be found posting their stuff to political and environmental blogs. Many are trolls and I simply didn’t wish to be exposed to their twisted thinking any longer nor did I wish my blog to become a platform for idiocy.

          That’s not to say that I’m not well informed because I am. Myself and my colleagues have trained up another generation of free thinkers who have already taken our places in the political and environmental arenas. We remain mentors and that’s not to say we don’t speak up on related issues our community and region because we do.

          As for me, I’m now a semi-retired environmentalist in the forest dweller stage of life. I don’t speak out often but when I do people do listen. Developers aren’t pleased to see me enter the fray when they bring their applications forward. I am tenacious and not in the least intimidated by those who have money and power. I am well informed, passionately concerned about the environment and capable of raising to the level of formal debate and tenaciously refuting every point the other side raises. But where I excel is mobilizing at the grass roots level and I have passed that knowledge onto the next generation.

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          Yes, I unintentionally turned this comment string into a blog post. It’s interesting to look at my stats and see how many people are following my blog comments. I suppose they may want to know me and my commenters better and the numbers I see humble me. It seems when the right buttons are pushed I can become quite talkative and that’s when people experience the other side of me ie. the legal researcher and journalistic side of me.

  16. One of my readers once wrote,’ how do you feel about us tip toeing through your life like elves’.. I thought about this for a while and concluded that I would not write a daily blog if i didn’t want their little footsteps in my life. Though i am still surprised and always grateful to have such a daily connection. It is not lonely running a farm, but I am usually alone and as you said, blogging is social. So it is a gift really.. Have a lovely day, and thank you for the link to your own personal site, i would love to pop in and read if i may.. celi

    1. Hi Cecilia,
      I live in a semi-remote location and I am usually alone as my husband’s new position requires travel. I have previously lived on farms and ranches I appreciate what you say about blogging being social. This past year was a very difficult one for me. I had to make a supreme effort to create the time to create content let alone creating the the time to comment and build relationships online. This year will be a better one for me as I’m “pruning” and what that means will be expressed in an upcoming post.

      P.S. I love your blog and have now subscribed to it because I’m into simple living and healthy eating too. I blog about that here http://thistimethisspace.com

      1. Thank you for popping by. It is an interesting concept building relationships online. I think it surprises me that we can even DO this however the history of letter writing is so old that connecting using words and images is like comfort food so I am not sure why I am surprised.

        I think it is the instant coffee communication thing that my tired bones are still evolving towards.
        To my delight you are my 1000th subscriber. Isn’t that lovely. c

  17. Wow! Once again you uncover something I said that was brilliant instead of pedantic. :D I always know I can come to you for a fantastic feel-good moment.

    You’ve summed up a personal site so beautifully, as has some of your commenters. There is no perfect answer to describe a personal site. It is your site. Do with it what you will. Just know that people can spot fake from a mile away and sincerity and passion will always win out. Which you described perfectly!

    By the way, your own personal site reflects an ideal example of a personal site, heartfelt and honest. I love that you live by example, my friend. I like following your steps.

    1. Thank you, Lorelle. It’s feels so good to read your praise. You just made my day.

      I don’t think I am a wow! type of personal blogger. The personal development niche is full of bloggers with related professional degrees, products like books, courses and coaching for sale etc. Most tend to make some income from blog advertising too. I think they tend to be more professional or business bloggers than personal bloggers but they may beg to differ. My personal blog http://thistimethisspace.com is overcoming chronic illness by taking charge of my own happiness and health and becoming the best me I can be. I’m honored that you choose to follow it.

  18. I always look for some sense of passion and personal expression, whether expressed through recounting personal experiences, knowledge or insights. Sincerity always grabs my attention, however it is expressed.

  19. Oh this is so interesting. I have been considering stopping blogging my stories thinking that maybe blogging is more about expressing opinions rather than creativity. I’ll keep going for a while then …

    1. Don’t stop! You have barely begun and you are such a talented writer. You blog does stand out among the many because your content is unique. Hang in there.

        1. Please keep it active and try not to be discouraged. Way back 7 years ago I did not have a readership for this blog. The few bloggers who were readers knew me through the support forum where I volunteered to answer questions. My personal blog slowly gained a readership and when it reached 1500 views daily I moved it to a WordPress.org install. I was devastated when I lost the majority of readers by doing that. The blog never recovered its former popularity. I moved it back here to WordPress.com and though the audience is a small one I’m satisfied that the few followers it has are true followers who do care about me and what I blog about in it. The first two years of blogging are tough but I still advise you to blog on. I appreciate your creativity and in time others will too.

    1. Aha! So you look for what you give. And, why am I not surprised? You just stated two reasons I like your blog.

      Birds of a feather do tend to flock together. But I’m a bird of a different feather or better said I’m not a bird at all. I’m not a kitten, Susie. I’m a mountain lioness.

      I’m not attracted to content that amounts to fluff nor am I attracted to Pollyanna type bloggers. I have a sense of humor that’s drier than melba toast. Like many depressives, who excel at improvisational comedy, I have learned offline how to deliver stand-up that causes audience discomfort for the split seconds required to set the stage so I can deliver a laugh out loud punchline.

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