My baby turns three months today! Perhaps that is a weird way of looking at it, but in a way A Glass of Bubbly is my baby and since I don’t have any ‘real’ babies, I don’t think that is all wrong? I do tend to spend a lot of time in front of my computer, pouring my heart out to the blogosphere, reading others’ poetry and commenting here and there. A Glass of Bubbly just hit 13,000 views the other day and I don’t quite know what to say about that. There have also been some 2,000 comments made, but if I understand the system correctly half of those are my own, so I don’t know if that is impressive or not? I am impressed, though, I really am. I never thought… *smile*
In all honesty close to 600 posts have been posted on A Glass of Bubbly in the past three months, so no one can say I’m not working for the attention. Sometimes I even feel I deserve it, even though admitting that scares me, as I fear I might jinx the whole procedure. The process of creating. Lately I feel I have been a bit more cautious about just posting willy-nilly on every topic I think of, taking a bit more responsibility for the quality of what I put out there, even though I am not at all going for high-brow stuff. I even wrote a piece about being unable to find my toe-nail clippers the other night… But humour is also poetry, just as much as love and pain, and if we can’t laugh every now and again, then…
A Glass of Bubbly: 600 pieces of poetry and prose in three months, never less than two posts in a day… I am getting to the point where I can barely remember the early things I wrote (sometimes even things I wrote earlier in the week are kind of blurry), even if I occasionally refer back to earlier pieces. There is the whole ‘Commuter’s Complaint’ series, the ‘One of the Senses’, the ‘One of the Elements’ series (so far consisting of only one poem, but I am aiming for at least three more) and off and on I will feel two pieces belong together and refer back to the previous one, or ping back as it appears to be called in ‘blogospeak’, and I am considering doing a page dedicated to linking back to my own favourite poems on here (and possibly elsewhere if I get into it)… Still pondering that idea (perhaps something like “Vintage Bubbles”?).
When A Glass of Bubbly opened three months ago I didn’t think anyone would want to read what I had to say, that none of the words, the poems and scribbles, floating around in my muddled mind would mean anything to anyone. I am not saying I’ve changed the world in three months, but I have certainly changed the opinion of my own work and in some sense of my own worth. I seem to have a knack for playing with words! Who would have thunk it?
Over the past month CC Champagne has been asked to do bi-weekly postings on The Gooseberry Garden, a “Place for Poets To Share and Get Inspired”. Out of all the things on Mother Nature’s Green Earth I could have been asked to write about, I ended up doing something I really don’t get, namely Poetry Forms!!! Although I did a brief stint of English Literature at University back in the dark ages, I am one of those people who wouldn’t know a sonnet if it jumped up and bit me on the bum (unless it has Shakespeare’s name under it with the word (sonnet) in brackets) and I can’t write a haiku to save my life (honestly had never heard of haikus until a few months ago). Still, I added the words ‘Poetry for Dummies’ to the Thursday Poetry Forms subject line (stocked up the fridge with bubbly) and have set about learning. Admittedly it is slow going and I don’t know if anyone else appreciates the awkward efforts so far, but it is an interesting journey and after just a few weeks I think I’m getting my head around it, finally! Now I am also sharing the responsibility with the talented Ava from Verse in a Nutshell and at least she seems to know what she’s doing.
Another month has gone by. A Glass of Bubbly is still here… How about we raise a glass of bubbly to the muses of poetry, the powers of the universe, and to me having more interesting things to share in yet another month?