Blogging Tips, Advice and Blog Strategies – 4/21/16

This kind of blogging advice is always fresh. From Danny at Dream Big Dream Often.

Dream Big, Dream Often

For my blogging tips, advice and blog strategies post today I want to switch gears a bit and discuss the power of having an opinion and losing the fear of offending others.

I remember when I first started blogging and how I was always worried about what others thought about what I was writing.  I think it is a natural fear when you are putting yourself out for all to read and doing so in such an honest forum such as blogging.  Blogging can be intimidating at first.  I was reluctant to express my true feelings on certain topics.  I would write something and then read it to Evelina to make sure I wasn’t coming across too strong.  I still practice this habit, but I am the one usually rereading a draft to ensure my “tone” is acceptable and my message takes into account my true feelings and opinions.  But…

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A Flight of Ideas: Secret Obscenities

My life ended and sent me into crisis.

An arm around my shoulder, a doctor gives counsel:

He says, if I take my pills, I will forget my grief, I will be happy.

He says, the Lord is in my heart, if I search it, I’ll find him, he’ll
save me.

He says, if I climb the right steps, I’ll be normal, if I talk about it:
this grief I can’t mention.

My lies are those of one who doesn’t trust, and so I fear
that unless the lying stops, I will —

Become the prank who attends his own funeral, mingling
with the mourners, and whispering secret obscenities.

(c)text Rob Goldstein 1984, image Rob Goldstein 2017

Nor a Bird More Pure

I soar above the red rooftops
of the City

above the steeples
of the
Mission Dolores Church

below the dusty ledges
of the
Transamerica Pyramid

there was never a sky more
blue

nor a bird more pure.

Image and text  (c) Rob Goldstein 2017