I have dropped off on posting about the zero-to-hero. Partly because some of it seemed to be things I was doing anyway (chinking out new blogs, making comments), but also because I am feeling like this is just another procrastination-related activity that has started to feel isolating rather than anything else. I don;’t want to do things like get rid of the games on my laptop, just to replace it with something that leaves me feeling the equivalent.
So, at this point I think I will revert to my original plan of tracking my efforts and increasing contact with folks in my life and at doing something new each week, with occasional extra posts as I am so moved, and leave it at that.
I already had an “about” page, but I have added a little bit of text and a couple of photos. The top photos is narrow-leaved plantain in bloom (a completely different plantain than the banana relative). Although commonly considered a weed, it (and the closely related common plantain) also has medicinal uses. One simple, but really useful, way to use plantain is to make a poultice for insect stings and bites. Rub (or chew, if that doesn’t gross you out) the leaf up, then apply to bite or sting.
Here’s an image of common plantain:
I already have a header on my site. Even though most of the fish are a little blurry I still like the photo,
The photo was taken at an aquarium in Chicago, taken during a vacation with a couple of friends
Ok, I’m going to try to post a few photos of some plant friends
motherwort: she might not be so pretty, but I love her
comfrey in bloom
As far as I can tell, there is no way to crop the photos once you have inserted it. Seems strange, as i could crop the photo for my header, but ….. complete!.
Exploring themes …. The day I set up the blog, I looked at a number of themes, and decided I like simple, plain. Today I changed from Typo to Zoren, only because I like how the widgets show up on the side rather that the bottom. I’m not sure I’ll stick with it, though.
I’d already discovered the reader feature, and had started following several blogs but had not noticed the feature for searching for posts on specific topics.
I added a couple of blogs to my reader:
Shady Character, about gardening in a community garden. He’s posted photos of really cool structure in his community garden: http://shadycharacter.wordpress.com/
Thought and awe: interesting science nerd (fyi: nerd is a positive word in my world) and public health posts: http://thoughtandawe.wordpress.com/
There was no specific post that I wanted to write when I decided that I would keep a blog for a year. My main reason for doing it was that it’s not something that would be my first inclination to do. But after spending a couple of years with a fairly narrow focus, I want to add in some new things. Even (especially?) a few that make me a bit uncomfortable.
Additionally, I thought that writing about my life could help remind me to be more expressive . It’s certainly not that I think an e-life is a substitute for a real life, and I do have plenty of friendships in my day to day life. But I can easily become withdrawn from people when I am stressed, and I am often not very trusting. I sometimes feel a strong dichotomy between my desire for a greater number of deeper friendships, and in internal resistance — a sense of fear. Those rooted-in-childhood, can usually cover-it-up-pretty-well-in-company, but still there fear about people being dangerous (emotionally). Normally it all stays in my head! (And my younger self would probably be quite pleased at how well I can usually act ok in company.)
I used to journal a lot when I was younger, and found it very helpful. somehow, I stopped doing it. So I guess I’m hoping for some sort of mental shift — that posting will lead to my psyche “thinking” that I don’t just keep it all in my head.