As a blogger, I sometimes link my posts to other bloggers’ pages. It’s a way to meet new blogging friends, find new blogs to read, and potentially provide a larger reading audience for my blog.
One of my favorite blogs to link with is A Spirit of Simplicity, who hosts Selah on Sunday mornings. Selah (an intrinsically beautiful word) is rather small, as link-ups go, but the inspirational posts linked there are usually short, beautiful, and encouraging. I read every one linked this Sunday.
At the bottom of the link up page is a button, stating that this blogger is a Peace Blogger. I was intrigued, so I clicked on the link. It took me to the webpage of Mimi Lenox, a passionate and articulate campaigner for the cause of Peace. Her website is called Blog4Peace.
I cannot begin to describe all the features of this wonderful website, but here are a few:
- You can get a “Peace Globe” for free to display on your website. The Peace Globes can be designed by Mimi, you, or a collaboration of both of you.
- Instructions are enumerated on how to Blog for Peace. November 4 is Blog4Peace Day. On that day, Mimi encourages bloggers to write a blog about peace, post it, then submit it to her. She will publish all the posts she receives. Details are here if you want to participate.
- Connect on Facebook and Twitter with other Peace Bloggers.
“And it may well be that we will have to repent in this generation. Not merely for the vitriolic words and the violent actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence and indifference of the good people who sit around and say, ‘Wait on time.’” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
With negative advertising reaching a fever pitch before the upcoming election, this quote from Martin Luther King resonated with me. Please, promote your candidates. Extol their virtues, tell us why we should vote for him or her, but don’t post negative name-calling, ridiculing diatribes on social media that personally attack the “other” side. You will not convert anyone to your views by doing it, and you make yourself look petty, uninformed and mean.
Thus ends my rant for the day.
One of the things I learned very quickly about blogging is that it is very much a community affair. I pictured myself quietly pecking away at my lonely laptop, occasionally sending out missives that may or may not be read. I never anticipated the vibrant blogging community I encountered.
I learned (again, from the wonderful blog A Spirit of Simplicity, which you should read) that there is an association of blog writers called Bloggers Commenting Back on the website Readers in Wonderland.
To join this group, all you must do is pledge to try to-
-Reply to comments on your own blog
-Visit and comment back on blogs that have commented on yours
It’s that simple. There is a list of bloggers who have joined this group at the link I posted above. You may want to check out some of them to see what they are up to. I try to do both of these items anyway, so I will probably join the list.
I posted earlier this fall about being in a rut, reading-wise. It seemed like all the books I chose this summer caused a “Meh” response from me. Lately, however, I have been coming up aces with my book choices.
On a recent trip to Colorado to visit family, I finished reading Miranda Kennedy’s fascinating “Sideways on a Scooter“. Kennedy was a reporter for NPR, stationed in Delhi, India. The culture clash between a modern, American 20-something young woman and the very traditional, conservative Delhiites she encountered is, by turns revealing, heartbreaking, and hilarious.
She writes about her marriage-obsessed Indian friends, her illiterate and assertive Brahmin maid, an alcohol-soaked, hard-driving reporter for one of India’s most respected newspapers whom she encounters regularly at a press club, and many other citizens of Delhi with whom she crossed paths.
This book was easy to read and gave captivating insights into some of the lives of the 1.3 billion citizens of the second-most populous country in the world. Indian society is diverse and evolving, but still very different from ours.
I am linking up with Heather Gerwing for her “Four Somethings”. Thanks, Heather, for giving the opportunity to think and write about four such compelling topics. Also with Debbie at Dare 2 Hear, Random-osity for Little Things Thursdays, My Little Tablespoon and Laughing My Abs Off for their Fab Finds Friday, Jessica and Amy at Live Life Well, Susan B Mead for Dancing With Jesus, Crystal Twaddell for Fresh Market Friday, Spiritual Sundays for Welcome, Embracing the Unexpected for Grace and Truth, The Blended Blog for Friday Loves, Counting My Blessings for Faith ‘n Friends, and It’s a Small Town Life for Thankful Thursday.