I have a new android that captures sweet moments like the
music of Valencia Street in front of the store that sells Trump piñatas.
There’s something Zen about standing in front of this store: a happy
little place where no one pretends that Trump is a healthy person
who deserves power.
I’ve learned a lesson in blogging this week that I will share:
If you’re going to make a list of bloggers that you admire be specific
about your reasons and the number of people.
My blogging is sometimes too spontaneous.
A post begins as a simple idea: I want to share a selfie because
it’s something I couldn’t do.
It then evolves into a gratitude post and I decide I want to honor
a few fellow bloggers, to be specific: bloggers who’ve followed
me from the beginning and a few new bloggers who deserve
Everything was going fine until I checked out Kitt O’Malley’s blog.
This was when I first learned that an important mental health
blogger was dead; and more shocking, from suicide.
I knew of Blahpolar, she was one of the first people I followed.
I didn’t follow her as closely as I do others but she was always
there and usually had something funny and tart to say.
The suicide of someone else with a chronic mental health
condition is frightening.
My dissociative response to intense emotion is confusion
I finished my selfie post which had evolved into a post
about 9/11 and the positive action we might take
to honor our loss.
This lead to making a list of people who use their blogs for
I read the list of names I’d gathered and worried about
who I was forgetting.
I hoped that people understood.
Under the best of circumstances, I can’t list everyone
I follow in a single post..
That may sound like bullshit but I don’t follow people
whose work doesn’t interest me or whose writing
is trite or negative.
I’m not always honest but I’m too lazy to lie.
So, here’s the deal: I screwed up and may have offended
some fine people.
I’ve learned from it.
In the future, I will be specific about why I am choosing
the blogs I list and I will limit the number of people I
Please know that I respect and value the work of everyone I follow.
I’m going to take a couple of days off because tomorrow I’m
getting a kitten.
That’s another small victory.