Put the pen to the paperPosted: April 27, 2011 Filed under: DRambles on Black Mountain | Tags: Debby Rothman 3 Comments
I need your help with the spring makeover. Tomorrow I have a conference call scheduled with Kirsten Wright of Wright Creativity.
After hearing her in a couple of interviews, I checked out her website. It was just what I needed! She is giving with knowledge and information about blogging, integrating social media and a lot more. My current homework, so to speak, is streamlining this site’s categories. Categories are different than the pages you see listed at the top of the site. About Us. About Our Lhasa Apsos. Those pages lay the foundation and, you’ll notice, have been pruned down. Categories provide the backbone for blogging. When it’s all said and done only six or so categories will show in the sidebar. And tags will be utilized for specifics.
Here are the categories I’ve come up with:
Art and Photography
FFT Lhasa Apsos
Gompa Lhasa Apsos
Lotsa Lhasa Info
..here’s where I need your help. A name for my ramblings, my soap box. The site is about Lhasa Apsos, ours in particular, but part of its personality, part of the reason I like blogging is I get to write. I was never a big Guns ‘n Roses fan, but have loved this part from Don’t Damn Me:
Don’t damn me
When I speak a piece of my mind
‘Cause silence isn’t golden
When I’m holding it inside
‘Cause I’ve been where I have been
An I’ve seen what I have seen
I put the pen to the paper
‘Cause it’s all a part of me
That really speaks to me. But I don’t know if Put the Pen to the Paper is a good category name. Debby Puts Pen to Paper? Ideas? Comments?
Funny thing… One of the links Kirsten provided in her Wright Creativity post this morning is titled Are you creative for you or your readers?
I know that everyone has a different reason for reading my blog, or for writing their own. But, after spending the last 6 months working on this one, I have figured out that there is one main point that I have to think about: Am I creative for me or my readers? The answer is, and must be, both!
Whew! Was I glad to read that! I was almost afraid to read the entry. My creative juices started flowing again. I didn’t want to damn them up, putting my own creativity to the side!
How about this:
You know that the same letters in Apso also spell Soap. Just sayin’. 🙂
My head is whirling with images, not so much with words. I see an old-fashioned soap box, with letters all over it. Four specific letters all over it. S. O. A. P. A. P. S. O.
The soap box looks a bit like a speaker, with Express Yourself playing.
From a private email… can’t think of you without thinking of your mountain home…you and the Gompas are one with the nature of that mountain, greeting each mysterious season…blending with the rhythm of your private Himalayan retreat… Are you drawn towards something playful …like “yakity-yak”….or something serious…like using the tibetan language in your soapbox? I love your prayerwheel photo…does that image play a role in speaking your mind? What new images are emerging? What is nesting in your heart? …be true to yourself…Be assertive…confident…
…humble…joyful…colorful…speak your mind….open the doors to dialogue…follow your path…
Lots to inspire me! Thanks! I know there’s something waiting. I will know it when I see it. Or hear it. It will embody the above.
In the meantime I’m going with DRambles on Black Mountain. I live on Black Mountain. I use the initials DR. I tend to ramble on. As I’m ambling up and down on this ol’ mountain. 🙂
DRambles on Black Mountain.