Kachinas, Community, Catching Up, and Cows.

“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are.”                                    Kurt Cobain

Good Monday Morning! Playing some catch up with the                                      WordPress Writing 101 Class.

From Mingus Moutain accross Verde Valley to Colorado Plateau Photo: JoHanna MasseyDay 10: Update your readers over a cup of coffee: No matter what type of blog you have, it’s sometimes necessary to post updates: from project news to personal messages about what’s going on in your life. One  creative approach to an update post is a “virtual coffee date.” Share any details you’d like and include as many as you want, as long as you begin each with If we were having coffee right now…

Day 11: Writing and Not Writing : What do you do when you’re not writing? How do you reset and return, refreshed? What do you need in your day-to-day life to maintain balance. Today, publish your post in any form you wish, as long as you focus on one or all of these questions.

If we were having coffee right now  you would be asking me about the boxes DSCN0477in the living room. I would  assure you, that while on a some visceral level packing out the books feels weird, it is not another move. The boxes  are in preparation for painting the kitchen/living room area of the townhouse.

If we were having coffee right now, I would tell you that I am working on Connor’s Reach this week, on Week Six of Eight my Journalism Class for Engaged Citizens. Sweet Terry and I are so glad the weather is cooling as it is big time playtime for us to be hiking again. High tourist season is in full swing now and we will begin to utilize  the more local known only places and routes when out.  I would be asking you about your family, health, and any travel plans. I would ask what you are reading. I’d ask what is on your mind and heart and I would listen to what you had to say. I’d tell you Sweet Terry and I  traveled over Mingus Mountain on Sunday to Prescott and had a perfect day strolling Gurley and Cortez Streets.  I’d tell you I have started taking my camera everywhere again. It feels good, it feels right, and these are some pictures from Sunday.

If we were having coffee right now   I would ask if your friends and family show up to your site? I would share with you that while I have  330 global followers on my website, Hopi Kachina : photo by JoHanna Masseythat no one I actually know                                           reads,                likes, comments, follows,                 or contacts           me              through my website.  My daughter and one friend, with my nagging,  looked once,  months ago with no interest or feedback and have not mentioned it since. I would pass you the banana bread I baked and tell you how I love my blog,  and growing it with more skilled, variety,  and quality content is so important to me. I would be telling you how much I value and appreciate you for all of the support, interest and help you have given to me, and how much I enjoy visiting and supporting your website.

I would say thank you so much for stopping by for coffee, and suggest we go outside for a good long walk together.


Todays Music: Jefferson Starship- Miracles



32 thoughts on “Kachinas, Community, Catching Up, and Cows.

  1. “…no one I actually know reads, likes, comments, follows, or contacts me through my website.”

    Likewise — though I don’t particularly encourage it. There’s a degree of freedom that comes with not having to worry too much about offending others — or disputing one’s own perceptions of things. And to be honest, I’m not sure why I write. The satisfaction seems to be in the creation as opposed to the sharing, though I do enjoy the exchanges.

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    1. I found the majority of people who responded on the subject of ‘known’ readers has same view and experience. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
      It would indeed take the fun out of the writing to be subject to interpretation of events scrutiny. My best to you.

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  2. My mother will occasionally read, but doesn’t comment on my posts themselves – she calls me because she always thinks of more to say than she wants to type – and because she respects that she may have more insight into the struggles I’ve had that lead to my more peaceful thoughts and doesn’t want to add her own interpretation into the mix.
    It’s nice to be respected in my own space – especially by someone who has raised me.

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  3. I enjoyed hanging out and hearing about the weather cooling and that it is time for hiking playtime. About the boxes and your love of books. Thanks for the banana bread, one of my all time favorites, and for expressing how much you love your blog. Thanks for the inspiration

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  4. I would love to have coffee with you, JoHanna! But that post was the next best thing. I don’t think any of my friends or family reads my blog, or just once or twice out of curiosity. I guess it’s because they feel we have a different relationship, which is fine by me.

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  5. I haven’t even told family or friends about this–that is why I got off FB. I need my own space and this space suits me just fine. I should say one of my kids reads this periodically, but he doesn’t do FB, either. He and I are so much alike! 🙂
    I would tell you I would love to take a walk but would really like one more slice of banana bread…for the road, of course!

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    1. I’m not on Facebook either. You have created a wonderful space, loisajay. I really understand about it being your very own space. I feel the same about mine. Thanks for engaging in this conversation today. So far, consensus is that we are all carving out our own individual ‘private ‘creative spaces in a very public global community!

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    1. Thank you for your response. I am getting a glimpse that I should not take this phenomenon friends and family being absent personally, it may in fact be more common that I thought. I too, am careful about adjectives and postings because I am always conscious of this being the internet.

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  6. I love the quote you opened with. Sometimes we are so busy comparing ourselves to everyone else, we forget that we aren’t supposed to be like them. We have our own strengths and talents that will be wasted if all we do is wish we were like someone else.

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  7. I like your updates. I have a good friend who says she doesn’t have time for reading my blog. My family doesn’t read it either. That’s Ok with me. One thing I like about blogland is the chance to write anything about myself I want to and be and not have to keep in mind sensitive topics of others.

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    1. Yes that is so true. I do have a sense of increasing freedom with my website with the knowing Sister Mary Catherine, Auntie Lois, or Judge Kruzan is not looking over my shoulder. But….It has to be that my ego still needs some serious work as it just has felt odd to me. Which is why I included it in my post this morning. Wondering if anyone else had this experience and hoping they would speak up about it. Thank you for speaking up about it.

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