I’ve been blogging here on WordPress for half-a-month now, and it has been great.


Much of the reason it has felt great has been the kind attention and support I’ve received.


It occurred to me to build a post (i.e. this one) in which I introduce those who have chosen to follow my blog to one another and to anyone else who might be interested.


So here goes!

The subtitle of simple Ula, the blog of my most recent follower (a Polish girl living in Canada), reads, “I want to be rich. Rich in love, rich in health, rich in laughter, rich in adventure and rich in knowledge. You?” I do! Speaking of “I do” – Ula is recently wed (congrats!), which is what her featured post is about. Other recent posts detail health advantages of golfing and great memories of 2017, as well as this great post on turning your life around.

DOUGLAS WILLIAM THURSTAN SMITH is a creative writing blog. With a BA in Creative Writing, Sociology & Philosophy, he says, “Fantasy is… my passion… but I also write fiction and poetry.” In today’s post, Tuesday Discussion, the Australia-based writer asks this: “Hardcovers or Paperbacks? And why?”

Karyn of KARYN’S DOMAIN describes herself in this way: “I am a cautiously optimistic skeptic, snow-loving, mid-aged dog & nature lover, thinker & writer-of-deep-thoughts or quick, quirky mind-wonderings, tiny-home-dreamer, book-devouring loner.” Her recent posts have been about justice, relationships, and writing with intention.

Frank’s WordPress address redirects to his own dot com, where he greets visitors thus: “If you love haiku, tanka, haibun and assorted styles of free verse poetry, you have found the website you have been looking for.” Navigating his site can be tricky, but is well worth the effort. Among the latest posts upon my most recent visit were Peace Within Day 1 and Moon Cry. I enjoy visiting Frank and you might too. Pro tip: start here.

 57-yr-old Dale blogs at future daze about “opinion, music, top ten, punk, culture, literature, poetry, member berries”… His last few posts have been TOP TEN PUNK MOMENTS IN HISTORY,PANDORA’S BOX OPENED (a poem about change and hope, followed by the playlist of a supreme love mixtape), & LAST (STRAW), a snippet from his novel.

At REREADING JANE EYRE we find an author with three successful books on Amazon, an English teacher and scholar of Victorian literature who was born in England and resides in Spain. She also enjoys participating in prompts and linkups, does book reviews and author spotlights, and takes part in photo challenges to boot. Her recent posts have been flash (about a passionate poet) for Carrot Ranch, a haiku on and photos of Pompeii, and wonderful photos of Italy.

SIMONETEFFECT – PURE BLACK & WHITE is the blog of an excellent photographer based in Germany who travels a great deal and is passionate about “jazz music, Italian food and surrealistic and visionary art.I find the photos posted here to be compelling in the extreme. Here’s a recent example:

Josephine lives in Germany. She’s a photographer and digital artist. She says, “How we see what’s in front of us is even more important than the object itself. ” The images on her site are exquisite – surrealist and compelling. Here’s the lastest post:
Sandra is a published author, and her blog EXPRESSIONS is pretty much a writer’s playground. Her last few posts have taken inspiration from the WordPress Daily Prompt, Linda Hill’s awesome Stream of Consciousness Saturday challenge, and The Daily Post Photo Challenge. Her writing is strong, and I enjoy her takes on the prompts.

Kira’s surname is Shymn, and the title of her blog is a playful reconstruction of her full name. Kira’s Hymn is full of, as she says, “weird poem things” which I find very enjoyable.

What is SSL?

SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer.

It is a special communication protocol that protects the information being transmitted across the web. It creates a secure connection between a person’s web browser and the server of the company they are interacting with, so all communication between the two is kept private and secure, safe from eavesdropping, and cannot be stolen or changed in transit.

All the information that is passed through this secure connection is encrypted before being sent, and decrypted only when received on the other end.

Sounds good to me…

Great poetry in recent posts from this gal. Her header photo makes me giggle:

Sounds awesome. And free shipping!

Robyn’s blog is Autism in Our Nest. She says, “We are one loving unit, and autism is a part of who we are.” Recent posts detail challenges and triumphs involving autism.

German composer Ewian Christensen is an audiovideo artist. Here’s one of his rad pieces:

Here we find “A nurse and a teacher from Wimbledon, travelling this little world as much as we can.They offer travelogue, excellent photos, and tips. Latest post is… Paris!

Here’s a blog called ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE! and when you read the posts on it, you might just believe that’s true. Joanna of the Forest is a force to be reckoned with. My favorite of her recent posts is about her favorite keepsake t-shirt. She says we might “see an old lady on TV wearing an old raggedy ecology flag T shirt doing something crazy to save the planet.” Lol!
On Netdancer’s Musings, we meet Candace, who lives life passionately. She participates in photo challenges, producing gorgeous photographs, and writes about love, travel, and life. Her most recent post responds to the WordPress Daily Prompt ‘entertain’ with a collage of pictures from a Renaissance Fair.

Bassey describes herself as “a student of the word and writer by night, a graduate civil engineer by day.” The lastest post on her eponymous blog is a Christian teaching entitled System Upgrade – Mankind v2.0.

Darly’s blog is called DARLY – LIFESTYLE BLOG. She loves “fashion, make up, travelling, DIY, decoration, cooking…” Her latest post is a review of several beauty products she has recently tested.

Jenny is “Mother of Hellions, Hater of Spiders, and Drinker of Wine…. an aspiring kicka$# author.” In the most recent post on her blog, Scribbles on Cocktail Napkins, Allen explores the topic of alter egos. The piece starts with a few celebrity examples like Eminem (aka Slim Shady), and goes on to explore how the concept of alter ego applies to readers, writers and writing in general.
Authors have a reputation for being *cough* slightly introverted. The other thing we’re known for? A little thing called Impostor Syndrome. “Impostor syndrome refers to the feelings of fraud and self-doubt often experienced by high-level achieving individuals.”
She also discusses plans to alter the course of her blogging, and she invites other bloggers to discuss their blogs in the comments. All in all, an excellent post, if you ask me.

Recent posts on J-DUBS GRIN AND BEAR IT include a touching remembrance of her brother, a piquant snatch of dialogue to the JusJoJan prompt, and an inspiring reblog from one of her best friends.

This writer’s poems are typically short and awesome. His blog, Playing with words is a treat to visit. His latest three are piercing relationship poems. While you’re checking them out, don’t miss the ‘Fib’ button on his menu. Excellent stuff.

Dwight Roth is a poet with works on Amazon. On the ROTH POETRY landing page, he writes, “I hope that the things you read and see on this site will stimulate your emotions and give rise within you to the point that you to will have to write what you are thinking and feeling.” His latest post is a well-penned reminiscence about his aunt. Which reminds me… I need to call my mother’s sister and tell her I love her.

Kiwinana is Elsie Hagley from New Zealand. The latest post on her blog, Ramblings of a Writer, is a Sidlak poem.

What is a Sidlak Poem?

Sidlak Poetry is a structured poetry consisting of five lines with 3-5-7-9 syllables and a color. The last line must be a color that describes the whole poem or the feeling of the writer.

Elsie participates in many prompted linkups and is one of those bloggers who makes the time to visit the other writers alongside her. Her kind attention and words of encouragement are wondrous.

In the last couple of days (days 8 and 9 out of 31, to be precise) of the My 500 Words challenge I’m attempting, Jeff Goins has encouraged me to 1> make a list, and 2> teach something. It seems to me that this post counts for both of these prompts. As such, since we’re playing school, you’d better study hard for the exam! Ha… see how I slipped in today’s Daily Prompt there? As if this post didn’t contain enough links already…