Sunday, September 14, 2014

Soulful Sunday: Favourite Weekly Posts - Mine and Others!

Photo by Roberto Kaplan

It seems that the two favoured of my blog posts I wrote this past week were the following: my Tuesday posting about the Supermoon (http://www.xpressyouressence.blogspot.ca/2014/09/tantalizing-tuesday-supermoon-no-5-in.html) which garnered some interesting commentary as well as the last in a series on Robin William's death (http://www.xpressyouressence.blogspot.ca/2014/09/part-3-aftermath-of-brilliant-comics.html), the latter on the stigma of mental illness and how I overcome it.

Friday's post, "LOA: Suicide, Homicide, and Me," was somewhat unusual in that I reversed Thursday's and Friday's posts and also I had forgotten to ask a question on both days. I did so later. Thus, the remarks on Friday's post reflected around my courage for telling my tale online (http://xpressyouressence.blogspot.ca/2014/09/part-3-suicide-prevention-week.html).

Was I justified initially in feeling upset and angry about not receiving comments hours after posting? This in response to my raw exposure of my soul and in observation that some fiction writers received lots of replies on their themes of suicide? That is, they didn't pour their heart out like me, leaving it raw, open, exposed, and vulnerable. However, I later realized that it was Friday night, the start of a weekend here and a Saturday on the side of the globe. Maybe that was the reason?!

All but one of my postings this past week ended up being on the topic of suicide. And I read some great posts too, though I didn't have as much time nor record them with an exceptionally busy week:

Vinodini Iyer’s scintillating writing on the theme of 'darkness' –
http://vinodinii.blogspot.ca/2014/09/the-power-of-black.html. Her blog post inspired me to want to write on that about the circles under my eyes - LOL - which could be a due to a lack of sleep and/or allergies. ;)

Penny McDaniel’s post on water which sounded so poetic. I wished she had written poetry instead to counter the photos she posted (http://pennymcdaniel.com/lessons-we-can-learn-from-water/#comment-1435).

What post would you most favour of mine this past week, Monday to Friday? And why?

23 comments:

  1. Ellie, this is the first post of yours I've read, and that's due to your being featured on the Ultra Blog Challenge. It's hard to judge the reaction after you bare your soul on the internet. I wrote a very emotional post about my son yesterday. I poured my heart and soul into the words and knew it was the best I'd ever written. Yet, my confession received 250 less reads than the day before. I'm sure your revelations on suicide helped many people understand.

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    1. Thanks Francene. I appreciate your honesty. I would love to read your post; however, I only see two blog postings about books or the like. Can you tell me which blog address? This may also help you to gain more readers! ;) <3

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    2. Francene, I have since found and commented on your posting that I found through one of my email addresses. <3

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  2. I have to admit that last week I was so busy that I didn't get to check out as many blog posts as I'd have liked to. I need to go through all of yours and read them, Elly, before I can really answer your question. I do remember seeing your one on Friday night, but as you said it was Friday night and I was out of the house then (the first night out my husband and I have had where we've had someone other than family babysit).

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    1. No worries Lexi, you needn't apologize. Perhaps that was why I originally intended Friday's post for Thursday. ;) <3

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    2. ...and Lexi I also understand about not being able to read as many blog posts as I too was busy. ;) <3

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  3. I know how you feel about that. Lots of times we bare our souls only to be glossed over. But I love your bold honesty!

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    1. Thanks Michelle. I appreciate your words. :) <3

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  4. Elly, sure, we all wait in anticipation for people to comment on our blogs or at least Like them. And yea, we take a peek at a the number of views ... but at the end of the day - it's just numbers. You never really know the impact of your post on people and whose life you have actually changed.

    I have found that people DON'T respond for many different reasons that actually have nothing to do with the quality of our writing or the impact that it has made.

    Some people will tell you how they feel about your writing. Others will keep it in their hearts. But, believe me, you are there and that's all that really matters.

    HUGS <3

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    1. Yes, you are absolutely right Judy. I realized that that was the most important thing. That even if it makes a difference to one soul, even anonymously, would be worth the effort. I believe I came from that place, that intent when I wrote that particular post. :) <3

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  5. The theme of suicide can be a painful thing to write about. Two of my husband's relatives have committed suicide in recent years, so we have seen firsthand the pain that can result. One of my co workers, this week, is going to the funeral of a young woman who killed herself a few days ago. People may not comment, or may not read, posts about subjects that cause them pain. It doesn't mean your posts weren't appreciated. Alana

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    1. Yes, it can certainly be a challenge. I imagine many people know directly and/or indirectly at least one person personaly who has committed or attempted suicide. Sorry to hear about your family. And I appreciate your last remark as I didn't even think of that! :) <3

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  6. Hey, thanks for the mention Elly. I'm glad you found my post inspirational to write about, even if it's your dark circles...he he he! I look forward to reading about your under eye maladies ;)

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    1. Oh, I didn't write about it Vinodini, not yet anyway! ;)

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  7. elly, thank you so much for the shout-out...i am honored. i'll work on a poem for those water photos. thanks for the suggestion. i clicked on your links to read your posts, though, and they both said your page they were unavailable??? will look for them again. :)
    penny

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    1. You're welcome and you needn't write a poem, unless you want to of course! I don't know what is happening with the links; however, they are from this past week so just go backwards. :) <3

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  8. May I just say that I love that you do 'favorite weekly posts'? I love reading blog posts, and this is a great way to share other blog posts you liked, with your wonderful writing attached.

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    1. Thanks so much Amalia, though I have to admit that idea came from Kathy Hadley as part of the Ultra Blog Challenge. If you haven't already, you may wish to sign up. And I appreciate your feedback! :) <3

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  9. Elly,
    I, too, love the idea of a blog with all your posts!
    And your passion shines through!
    Amy

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    1. Thanks Amy, though the idea originally came from an email from Kathy Hadley who is the organizer of Ultra Blog Challenge. ;) <3

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  10. Thank you Elly for writing this very informative post. It is very difficult to judge what is going in the mind of a person who decides to commit suicide. Thanks for sharing this extraordinary post here.

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    1. What post are you referring to Usha as I think you may have commented on the incorrect one...as this is a synopsis of the week's posts. ;) <3

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