If there is a Trickle

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If there is a trickle left within our hearts, it is not only a miracle

it is a reminder, that we once had a river. And blogging sages

inspire, but only if we have the ears to hear.

Perhaps the river is only hidden,

and we can ask for

the gates to be opened,

so we can see

the power

in a new way,

inspiring

one another.

      

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A New Blog!

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I’m very excited to announce a blog I just created called, The Mystical Forest. This is a fiction only site. As you may know I love writing fiction, and I wanted to stretch my wings a bit, so please check it out. For now the stories are from Ancient Skies, but I will post new ones once or twice a week very soon.

www.themysticalforest.wordpress.com

And by the way I gave myself a new name and new Gravatar, which is called Mystic Warrior. Why? Because I’m having fun and I thought it sounded cool. Let me know what you think!

I wish you peace!

By the way another blog is also about to be born!

    

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Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

New Adventures

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I’m having a great time writing! I really enjoy this site and I’m so proud of the journey I’ve been taking. Thank you for being a wonderful part of it!

And yet the participation here has been waning, for a variety of reasons, including the summer lull. So I feel a need to stretch my wings, to get involved, and to discover new venues.

Many bloggers have gone to social media, and some have closed down their wordpress sites entirely. So this old guy is going to learn what he can (not knowing a thing) and hang out with people in a new way.

And believe it or not, I’m actually going to start up more blogs! The first new one will be a fiction only site. I love writing fiction but it takes a lot of time, so I will only post there once or twice a week.

After that there will be a music blog! Wahoo!

I will keep you posted. I’ll still be here on Ancient Skies, but maybe a little less.

Peace!

(The guitars are very loud here so please be careful)

 

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Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

A Conversation with the Sky

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So it was New Years Day, and the somewhat older blogger, (ok no snickering here please) stomped off into the woods, to talk to the Sky. He reached a tree stump and sat down.

As he looked up, he had frustration in his voice and said, “Ok listen, I have no fire in my pen, or my laptop, and I have no idea what to write!” Still looking up he continued, “I need something fresh and inspiring!” “It’s a new year!” “Is there any word from heaven?”

The Sky hesitated and sighed, but finally said, “Just be yourself, the one I’ve created.” “I’ve told you this before.” It was a soft rebuke but a rebuke nonetheless. Not receiving these words, the blogger shook his head no and said, “I knew it!” “You’re no help….”

He started to leave, and walked down the path he had walked, so many times before. The Sky spoke once more, “Listen, why don’t you learn how to relax for Pete’s sake……..it is a holiday after all.”

And with that, the somewhat older blogger did relax. The Sky had once more taught him an important lesson. He still didn’t know what to write, but at least he now had a peace about it. Later, he realized that he did have something to write, he just hadn’t done it yet.

        

Writing and Image © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

My Blogging Secrets

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Ok shhh! Move in closer, next to the screen. There now, I’m about to tell you some of my secrets!

Secret #1 – I use my own photographs! Wait! I know what you’re thinking, that’s not really a secret, because you know that already, but let me tell you why I use my own photos (most of the time).

There was a concern about copyrights, and when I thought about that, I realized I was not giving myself enough credit, for being an artist/photographer. I had thousands of photographs, many of which are suitable for the blog. They are not of the best quality, and I don’t have a lot of expensive equipment, but they usually work out well.

Another reason I use my own photographs is that it is a HUGE time saver. When I first started, I found I was spending hours looking for the right photograph! It took longer to find photos than it did to write the post.

Secret #2 – Email and Bookmarks. I find another big time saver is not relying on email, to check messages. I simply use WordPress, and if I have to (because WordPress isn’t working) I use email as a backup. Also – I use bookmarks for sites that I don’t see often in my reader. I simply click and I am there to check on someone else’s site.

Secret #3 – Somehow, and I don’t really know how, I developed my own style of writing. Maybe you could call it “my voice”. It just happened over time. But I want to always be learning and growing. I write from a flow, so I guess my point is, just be yourself. See what style you have and create something from who you are!

Enjoy your blogging!

         

Peace and have a great rest of the week!

          

Writing and Image © Copyright 2015, ancient skies

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

Ideas on Blogging and Following

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So you are blogging and having a good time, and you begin to follow other bloggers because you love their work so much. Suddenly, before you know it, it’s whoa, whoa, there are too many! What am I going to do now??? How did I get so overloaded???

Ok so let’s back it up some. Here are some brief ideas about following:

Follow blogs you really enjoy:  Remember though that you can’t follow everyone. Let’s say 200 people follow your blog and they each put out 2 posts a day. If you follow all 200 people that follow you, then you will have 400 posts to look at! That’s not going to work.

Keep it simple:  If some of the blogs you follow only post once a day or once a week, then you might not get overloaded. If you follow photography blogs, they will usually take less time, and 2-3 of them might be equal in time invested, to one poetry posting.

Remember to stay involved:  This is tough because we all get busy. So the key here is to have balance, and not feel guilty if you can’t read their post that day. Maybe consider going back to them, and reading several of their posts when you can catch up.

Don’t get offended:  If someone doesn’t like your post, let it go and move on.

People are different than you, and they are not always going to post things you agree with, or they may use words that bother you. But you know for sure they are an awesome poet! My suggestion here is just skip that one. However if the blogger continues on a path, that you don’t want to follow (in spite of their awesome talent) then consider not following. It’s ok – don’t feel guilty about doing an unfollow!

Learn from other bloggers:  Diversity means we learn from each other and we all grow. I love your blogs! By the way what does the picture above have to do with blogging? Absolutely nothing! Take chances and have fun!

Enjoy your blogging!

      

I wish you peace.

       

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Blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Ideas for Blogging

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Here are a few ideas I’ve picked up since I started blogging. I am by no means a professional blogger, and I make no money from it. It would be nice to sell a few stories, but it has not happened yet. So I work and have a limited amount of time for my blogging hobby. Some of these tips may be useful, especially if you are short on time.

Be positive: Most of us like positive people (I’m not talking fake happiness) and as a community we enjoy posts that encourage us, and have something good to say. Quotes are great for this. Photography with a few lines of verse, have tremendous success. It also helps us writers to have a positive focus. You can have a dark post sometimes, there is often power, and even romance in this type of post, but if all you have are dark posts, you may be limiting yourself.

Keep it short: I’ve mentioned this a few times, but I have found that shorter posts are going to allow more people to view them. Here’s how it works – there are so many wonderful blogs out there – we want to see as many as possible. We often follow a lot of blogs, so if yours is long, it may get skipped. Remember the example of photography with a few lines. I have shortened my fiction to about 400 words (roughly). I realize some non-fiction articles are going to be naturally long.

Don’t flood: This is related to keep it short. By flooding I mean don’t release a lot of posts at once. This tends to jam our wordpress readers, and actually knock out or block posts from other bloggers. It’s a matter of courtesy. I know a blogger that releases 2-3 at once, so they can go about their day, and that works well. But if you are letting 10-12 fly at once, that’s too many.

Use your stats: Stats are a tool that can help you to learn about your blog. It can show you good and slow days, as well as times, and can help you strategize when to release your posts. By the way, I usually release 2 a day, once in the morning, and once in the evening. It works great.

Ok I have reached my word limit, but I have more to share later in the week, specifically on following, meaning you following other bloggers, and they following you!

Enjoy blogging!

I wish you peace.

        

Commentary and Image © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

One Year Ago

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I am celebrating one full year of blogging! Wahoo! A great big thank you to everyone!

Here is a poem:

It was one year ago,

I began seeing,

the value of art,

the value of people,

love unconditionally,

and the Creator living.

I knew some things,

but lacked the love,

still recovering from false doctrine,

you encouraged me,

strength,

from Hong Kong,

Tokyo and Korea,

from beautiful Wales,

Great Britain, Canada,

France, and Liechtenstein???

yes Liechtenstein,

Then too there was Oklahoma,

and yes Alabama,

I can never forget India,

Pakistan, and many others.

We encourage one another,

and for that,

I am forever grateful,

brothers and sisters,

from the bottom of my heart,

thank you,

for being on this journey with me.

From our house to yours, PEACE, and every good blessing!

 

Poetry and Image © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Thoughts about Awards

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My first thought is thank you! To all those who have nominated me in the past and more recently, I am deeply honored, and blessed. I tell My Love all the time, how awesome you are.

When I first started blogging I did not accept awards. Then I thought I would try it, in order to enjoy the interaction, and to be mutually encouraging to one another. However, I have come full circle now, and have decided to have an award free blog once again. It wasn’t an easy decision.

To be honest, I have a limited time for blogging, and I want to concentrate on my work, in order to produce the highest quality possible. I have several projects that I am spending more time on, including the “Escape” series.

I have received so much encouragement, simply from you reading what I write, clicking the like button, and making occasional comments. I love that we can encourage each other in this way!

I write a lot of comments. I love commenting on your work. Not only do I love your work, I think it’s important to pay back some of the wonderful encouragement I have received.

Peace to everyone, and thank you again.

 

P.S. We had a great time at the beach today! The weather is excellent, and the waves are amazing. My Love and I went for a walk last night, as the sun was going down. What could be better?

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Blessings to everyone!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Awards!

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I want to say thank you to two people that nominated me for 3 different awards! Wow! Randombytes at Randombytesfromlife nominated me for the Infinity Dreams Award, and Erika Kind nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, as well as the Premio Dardos Award. I am deeply honored, thank you! I am so thankful to all who read my work. I have been blogging for less than a year, and I am still amazed that you want to read what I write. I have learned a lot, and I’m continually encouraged by your work! Thank you for being such wonderful writers, photographers, and artists!

Two of the awards wanted me to write 7 things about me that you do not know, so I will place 15 here (one extra). Here it goes!

I took linguistics and anthropology in college, and often think I should have been an anthropologist.

go cart 2I love go cart racing – meaning driving a go cart. I don’t compete though.

My favorite dog is the Labrador Retriever. But any big dog is good!

I think the most boring thing to watch is golf! I don’t see how people can do that, but playing golf is fun.

I started with a bow and arrow when I was very young.

I once took Tae Kwon Do (a martial art) and broke wooden boards (so cool!)

I love classical music, in particular Vivaldi, and J.S. Bach. For some reason I don’t care for Beethoven.

My favorite Christian rock band is The Letter Black. Check out their song – “Up From the Ashes”.labrador

I love blogging, and wish I had 5 more hours a day for it!  I am busy with family, work, learning about nature, and other cultures (exciting stuff!). So I post when I can. I don’t always see your work, but I love what you do, and visiting your sites! In my spare time, I am writing two books, and not only that, I’m planning on starting a publishing company. First though I need to learn how!

I don’t cuss or curse. Yeah I know, sounds weird! I don’t judge anyone, but I don’t practice it at all.

If I could live anywhere in the world, it would probably be Maine. Parts of it are really rugged, and yet there are some beautiful small towns.

I am currently reading the Book of Psalms.

In the future I hope to start another blog which will be more music, and commentary oriented.

I want to learn more languages, including French and Italian. For some reason, and I can’t explain it, but I believe I need to learn Italian.

My wife is my best friend in the whole world (but you probably already knew that)!

The toughest part about the awards is trying to nominate other people (Ok Lisa you can stop laughing now!)

You are all deserving of awards and recognition! You are awesome!

Three in particular come to mind though.

Lisa – Underground Energy – for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Trini – Love Notes from the Angels – Premio Dardos Award

Esther – Hortus Closus – The Infinity Dreams Award

I don’t think any of them accept awards, but if they change their minds, they are more than deserving! Happy blogging everyone! Be blessed today and every day!

 Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

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