River of sweet poetry, or: Sacred tendrils climbing

A ‘Magnetic’ free verse quadrille

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gentle rain on ancient fertile seed
river of sweet poetry wets earth
water murmurs with secret song beneath
warm spring sun watches from above
life's thick fresh roots growing deeply
sacred tendrils climbing up through the grass
winter's beautiful cold frost spirit will wither

Notes

  • For this poem, I decided to make use of the ‘Nature Set’ on the Magnetic Poetry website;
    • I chose this set because it contains the word ‘seed’, which was required for this d’Verse quadrille prompt;
      • A quadrille is simply a poem of 44 words (excluding the title), and it can take any form. This week’s challenge was to use the word ‘seed’ in a quadrille.
  • I searched for and found the featured image only after I had written the poem.

Enchanted, or: Kelp forest

My 2nd kimo

No breeze 'pon long leaves reaching t'ward bright skies
Turbulent waters nurture
Providing all but light 

What’s a kimo?

According to this website, kimo poems are an Israeli 🇮🇱 version of haiku. Apparently, there was a need for more syllables in Hebrew. That said, most of the rules are still familiar:

  • 3 lines.
  • No rhymes.
  • 10 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second, and 6 in the third.

Also, the kimo is focused on a single frozen image (kind of like a snapshot). So it’s uncommon to have any movement happening in kimo poems.

Tips for bloggers #1: Your profile – linking to your blog

Getting over the hump

This post is a departure from my regular content, and it’s only intended for WordPress bloggers who are 1) new to the blogging game, and 2) would like to increase their subscriber counts.

For most of us, the majority of our readers are WordPress bloggers. That is why I would like to be helpful to new bloggers – I was in your shoes only one year ago.

Therefore, I have decided to post one blogging tip weekly. I have sensed a great deal of curiosity for such advice, as many burgeoning bloggers have reached out to me for support ever since I posted an entry about reaching 2,000 subscribers.

Now, say what you will about Donald Trump, but he was certainly correct about success breeding success. That particular entry of mine, which I posted less than one month ago, has already been viewed more than 1,000 times: more than twice as much as any other blog post I’ve written.

Also, it took me 9 months to get to 1,000 subscribers, 2½ additional months to get to 2,000, and I am now at nearly 2,500 only several weeks following that. This leads me to believe that for those who want to increase their subscriber counts, the most difficult work comes at the beginning – just as we are beginning upon this blogging journey. Once we’ve achieved a certain level of popularity, others naturally gravitate towards us. So the question is – how can we get ourselves to that point?

I have never taken a blogging course; all of my advice is based upon my own intuition and limited experience. Also, I think it is important to note that some of my very favorite bloggers are people who make no attempts to increase their subscriber counts – they are content to write purely for themselves, and I have tremendous respect for that. You need not necessarily feel that you must attain a lot of subscribers. Blogging for yourself can be very rewarding.

Anyway, let’s get on with this week’s piece of blogging advice!


Your profile

Starting with the basics

Most of my advice is very fundamental, and this week’s focus is no exception.

All too often, somebody likes one of my posts or leaves me a comment; and, curious to know more about them, I click on their icon, only to discover that either 1) the URL that they have provided in their profile takes me to a defunct blog, or 2) they have not included any URL in their WordPress profile at all.

In fact, I have friends on WordPress whose blogs I have had to search for myself because their profiles don’t include links to their blogs. Friends, if you want other bloggers to interact with you on your blogs, you must include links to your blogs in your profiles!

How to edit your profile

When you are on the backend of your blog, there is a little circle on the upper right of your screen with your user icon on it.

See where that arrow in the upper right is pointing?
Here’s a close up

To edit your profile, you must click on this little circle, which will take you to your profile page.

How to add a link to your blog

Once you have gotten to your profile page, you should scroll down to the bottom until you see a section titled ‘Profile links’

The arrow pointing to the left is pointing at ‘Profile links’, and the down arrow on the right is pointing to the ‘add’ button.

When you click on the ‘add’ button, which you can see in the image above, a menu will pop up next to your cursor with two options:

  • Add WordPress site
  • Add URL

Now, for the purposes of this exercise, let’s click on ‘Add WordPress site’ because that’s really the most fundamental aspect of your WordPress identity. (You can always add other links later)

Once you select ‘Add WordPress site’, you should see a list of your WordPress sites appear:

The down arrow is pointing to an unchecked check box, which you should check.

Click the unchecked check box next to your active blog’s icon and name; then, click on the ‘Add site’ button, which is below the check box.

And… that’s it. Now your potential WordPress friends and subscribers will be able to easily find your blog simply by looking at your WordPress profile.

As I said before, very fundamental.

Your father, or: Your faith

A ‘Magnetic Poem’ tanka

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tiny happy girl
you innocent joyful child
your father loves you
your faith fascinates me so
little blooming soul believes

Notes

  • For this poem, I decided to make use of the ‘Love Set’ on the Magnetic Poetry website;
    • This is only the 2nd time that I’ve used this set;
    • I think this is a brand new set of virtual magnets;
  • I once again opted for a tanka, rather than a haiku;
    • The extra two lines (14 syllables) provide a greater challenge, as well as a larger canvas;
  • This particular poem is a reflection of my love for my six-year-old daughter (obviously, right?);
  • I searched for and found the featured image only after I had written the entire tanka;
    • This is a free stock photo – it is not a photo of my daughter;
      • Back when she was born, we decided to keep photos of her offline.

Rubber, or: Glue

My 1st rhyming sestina

Some people don't like the word Jew 
A label that fits me like comfy shoe 
Jews were murdered and made into glue 
Regarded as less than beasts at a zoo 
Blamed for both the plague and the flu 
In the end, though, it's the haters who stew 

Jewish cholent is a magical stew
If you'd like some, just befriend a Jew 
It can cure both COVID and the flu
And when it spills, it won't stain your shoe
Come, let's pack some for a trip to the zoo
Food and family bind us like glue

From true history we cannot unglue
All began with primordial stew
We all got here by way of the zoo
European; African; Jew
Mortality fits us all like a shoe
And we die of the very same flus

There are always new strains of the flu
Viruses to human cell membranes glue
Vaccines help but cannot fully shoe
We are but chunks of meat in this stew
Asian; South American; Jew
Are we destined to live as if in a zoo?

It takes a great deal to get me zooed
I don't suffer much from brown bottle flu
My friends joke that I'm a Russian Jew
I reply that I'm rubber, they're glue
And we laugh over hearty Jew stew
The secret ingredient's sole of shoe

In the heat, men buzzing flies shoo
But not so those beasts at the zoo
Nor are they wont to sit and stew
Every species has its own flu 
DNA is a powerful glue 
Oceanian; North American; Jew 

Some racists claim diplomatic flu
When accused, they stand as if glued
Much abashed by this very proud Jew

Notes

  • My initial intentions in writing this poem were:
    1. Write a sestina that rhymes
    2. Write a poem about antisemitism
  • I deliberately used the word ‘Jew’ as one of the rhyming words; the other five words that rhymed with ‘Jew’ were picked at random.