Category Archives: blogging

This blog is Full – please visit my new one

I have ran out of room here despite deleting a lot of files so please visit at: lifeisbutthis2018.wordpress.com  and follow that site if you wish.   Due to interruptions from pop-ups I will  not be posting as often but hope … Continue reading

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Why I am Not Renewing on Wordpress

  First, for weeks now I have not been able to read or write on my site without interruptions from WordPress with messages requesting usage of space on my drive. These messages blocked any effective use of the site; they … Continue reading

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Expiring in 21 days

My premium account  with WordPress expires in 21 days.  I thank WordPress for providing a platform for my writing and a means of sharing my love of gardening.  My original account was free but there was the potential of having … Continue reading

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Must Leave Wordpress

I have been bombarded with this sort of messages from WordPress – pop-ups that won’t go away and won’t allow me to write anything while they are on my screen. I must quit if this does not stop.  My contract … Continue reading

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Why I am Still Blogging

WordPress sent their congratulations on my third anniversary as a blogger.  I was surprised that three years have lapsed since my first post.  Why am I still here? This morning I noticed someone from Slovenia read a post I wrote … Continue reading

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Erasing a Hundred Posts

As part of my New Year resolution, I am going to edit my translations of Chinese poems.  Most of them, actually all of them were done on the spur-of-the-moment, immediately after reading a poem that I wanted to translate. I … Continue reading

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Two Years a Blogger

I started this blog two years ago.  Though I meant to post every day I was not able to fulfil this promise to myself. They say that it would take this long to build a readership and I am delighted to … Continue reading

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The Heart is Willing

There is a Chinese saying, 心有餘而力不足 “The Heart is Willing but the Power is Wanting”.  It describes all things that one desires but is unable to achieve – not for the lack of will but want of means. 心,the heart, … Continue reading

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One For Mary Tang

Originally posted on derrickjknight:
AS ALWAYS, CLICKING ON AN IMAGE, REPEATED IF NECESSARY, WILL ENLARGE IT The kitchen door was open this morning as I wandered into it. Such was the heady blend of sweet scents that pervaded the room,…

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Around the World in Twelve Months

When I started this blog with WordPress a year ago, I was content with having a place to put my writing.  Like having a pigeon hole for my manuscripts, a desk at a study hall or a quiet room in a … Continue reading

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Putting things in Perspective

I have received my annual report from WordPress.  It was humbling to find that my top post was one that contained the least words and just one picture.  I noticed its popularity and added another pic and a line in … Continue reading

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So Long Lives This

If a newspaper lasts a day, a magazine lasts a week and all journals are superseded by the next issue, how long would a blog post endure?  On WordPress alone, according to WordPress.com: Users produce about 54.2 million new posts and 49.9 million … Continue reading

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A Blogger for a Hundred Days

A hundred days ago, I would not have believed that I would last this long, nor that I would now have two public blogs. My other blog, 30daysinistanbul.wordpress.com, is as the name suggests, about my latest trip which is on … Continue reading

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Translation – My Process

I have been indulging in translating English poems into Chinese.  It started with the poet Jeffrey Schwaner’s open invitation on his blog then I invaded Robert Okaji’s space and translated a number of his poems.  I have posted them on … Continue reading

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A Gift of Time, A Gift of Spring

Today I received flowers from Europe, UK and the USA –they were on the posts of bloggers I follow.  Spring blooms at the edge of winter; that is a gift.  That they took time to photograph, select, edit and share, … Continue reading

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A New Dimension

I have spent all morning attaching audio files on all my Chinese translations of English poems as well as my own Chinese ones.  It was a big job; I hadn’t realised how many of those I have created!  I had … Continue reading

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The Vital Statistic

I admit to a morbid interest in numbers and their meanings.  How statistics can tell you so little or so much. To me, the most important ‘stat’ on my WordPress blog is the ‘views per visitor’ ratio.  It’s not displayed … Continue reading

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Living Offline

I lost my internet connection during the storm.  I am hoping that one day it will be restored so that I can post this on my blog. I live in what I call a ‘black hole’ where I cannot get … Continue reading

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