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My First Blog Post

My piece I am peddling to journals today. Inspired by a concert I attended “The Lightness of Dark” Tour

by Fiona Joy Hawkins & Rebecca Daniels.

Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

This is the first post on my new blog. I’m just getting this new blog going, so stay tuned for more. Subscribe below to get notified when I post new updates.

The Ascension

No one could understand her need to carve out the dark recesses of pain in her frenetic scribblings across blank pages. Years of images, words and more words ravaged, haunted, tormented her mind until every expression was conveyed. The process would then begin again. She understood lyrical, musical notes like her letters formulating words once the whole emotion was splattered across the page. What was once a blank canvas becoming an incarnation. Images like tiny druids would mock her mind and taunt her until she set them free. What once was sorrow shifted to feeling like home. A melancholic reverie of her soul.

This was always her ascension. As she turned the rusty knob of the ancient cathedral where ghosts lured in tombstones on the outskirts like withering holograms once human holding hands in poetic chants. She knew she was home. Poetically jointed piano keys and sorrowful strings beckoned her up the creaky stairs. Each footstep so silent as “The Lightness of Dark” lured her into abysmal places in a heart of grief, sorrow, unforgiving shouts of strings forced her rapidly to question her existence on this earth. Did she ascend the spiral steps of this cathedral to descend over the pulpit and die?

Or was this the message of death’s consuming hold within her life-the piano promised poise in the face of incomprehensible soulful streams of sounds of loss. No, she would not lure herself to her death! The evocation of lingering notes that lounged in crevices above her resonated blasts of hope-she would ascend in unison with keys and strings summoning only life-A trance of hallucinatory ascension guided by the bow!

copyright 2019 by Gloria R. Buckley

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus you own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.