I am an old soul. It is a good feeling to know exactly what and who you are and how you determined your own point of view in this world. The initial encounters in my nursing career were always beneficial in understanding myself. After graduating from college and moving on to hospital nursing, it occurred to me I enjoyed one on one time with my patients that were geriatrics the most. I loved hearing an 85 year old’s perspective on life. Getting older can be a joy. This was a good lesson to learn early on.
Sitting out in my garden this afternoon on a beautiful Saturday with bright blue skies, I brought out a new book to enjoy reading. This book is very special to me and if you are a gardener you might want to think about picking it up on Blurb printing. I am thrilled today to share my friend and fellow blogger Kevin G. Loud’s book Seeing Green.
You ever wonder what the most touching blog posts are written about especially those that always bring back your audience for more? By having a blog and developing a number of readers over the years who have in many instances stayed in touch with me through email, Instagram, or Facebook , I have found that my platform strategy in writing is utilizing my personal life experiences. For example, I have worked over the years to deliver topics around my son Luke who has autism and the many struggles that have followed us through various experiences.
Blogging is a vehicle that I enjoyed utilizing in the last few years. In the fringes of life and just holding on with a pen in hand, I can truly say my blog was a godsend. As the moments of my life converged into a simple exercise on thoughts put to paper, I worked toward illustrating my ordinary moments as extraordinary with eyes wide open to the vastness of those everyday experiences. That was intentional on my part. After all, most life is ordinary and only a tiny portion of is extraordinary.
Back by popular demand-the scariest post I have ever written. I noticed my blog is blowing up with views. It always does at this time of the year due to this particular fun post I wrote four years ago while working on genealogy projects! It was a fun day. BOO!
I am driven to write. There is no exception even when unhappy with my words. I can not compare myself to those that have editors or proofreader’s to read their work before it is published. I even hate freshly pressed endorsed by this platform.
Why do I write these days? I received that lone comment that gives me pause. Hearing from a woman dealing with two rare brain tumors brought tears to my eyes. She seems to have a strong will and a determination in her spirit. If you are reading this, I am glad you decided to follow me.
I just got out of the hospital. I am learning not to advertise much of my life on social media, but we all still need to reach out for help. If any one knows me very good, they know I love watches. Here is a bit of my collection. I love swatches the most, but there is a Gucci in there somewhere.
The arts mean more to me in my 50’s than any other previous decade of my life thus far. It may have to do with the fact I did not have as much time to appreciate and embrace human creative skills and imagination. I truly believe that the arts are meant to make us better people because of their beautiful and emotional power.
Sofie just came hunting in my backyard. I see her, but she does not see me. I watch. I enjoy. Sofie went MIA after neighbors shot off obnoxiously loud fireworks July 4th. It is no surprise She went into hiding. She showed up a few weeks later in the postman’s arms to the delight of my heartbroken neighbors!
Occasionally I look at my stat page on Word Press and see what I have written that has the most views (spoiler alert at end). I wonder is it the writer that you come to visit or my subject matter? Since I write a majority of the time about my experiences, I find that the writing and myself is one and the same. You see it is in my words that I am finding myself.
When I Word Press my life story, I wonder out loud, “I hope this helps someone out there.” I figure what the heck. It is helping me to just write it. It also becomes apparent that my world is colliding with someone else that it would never have had a chance to before. Who would have ever thought I would have a conversation with another blogger who strips for a living. That was eye-opening!
How about the interaction I have had with Chris who amazes me everyday with his bike excursions around the globe. He is raising money for cancer research. I also have ran into the 15-year-old blogger who has more sense than half the grown ups I know!
Recently I read a blog from a lady right here in my home town Seattle. She is a photographer and inspires me.
I realize you are sitting at your own desk and recognize my blog because you have read me before. You are the blogger living in a small town in Canada, Australia, or perhaps somewhere in Japan.
We found each other through invisible wires that absolutely make no sense to me, but here we are.
Today my stats were measured and this is what I learned. Most of my views over the year were my archives. I was amazed by this stat because it was close to 3500 views. It spoke to me because more than likely you went to my archives because you read something current I had written and you found me interesting enough to pull up my other stories. Thank you.
My second most popular stat showed you wanted to know who I am. You went to my “About Alesia” page and viewed what I had to say. I realized today that I need to make it more current. I will get to working on that.
My third biggest stat views was from an adventure I took entitled, “The Haunting.” Over a thousand views of that alone shocked me. Gee. All I did was go to one of the most haunted cemeteries in the United States and report about my findings! I guess there are a lot of morbid people out in the blogosphere.
My fourth largest viewed page was titled “MEN!” Oh my God, that was scary. I know nothing about men except they have a penis and typically can’t seem to see too far past it. (Just a little joke. Do not get your panties in a wad fellas).
My fifth most popular post(s) deal with my son with autism. This makes sense. My son inspires me more than words can tell.
Other posts that came in close sixth place were my photography and inspirational posts. That made me smile.So there you have it. Do I really know you? That is totally a loaded question. I know you might be sitting in your home looking at your I pad and reading my post in India. Or you might be looking at your I phone on a break from your job in England. Quite possibly you are hiding from your abusive parent dreaming about a different life and come across my blog. Maybe you are a 40-year-old woman in rural Kentucky laughing at something I wrote. And just maybe you needed that laugh because you sure are not getting enough of it in your own home.
Who ever you are, I am glad you are around and I do look forward to having you come back. Stats are fun to look at, but your comments are much more entertaining because it is there that I really get to know you. Please leave a comment. I want to know you.