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thoughts from my mind to yours


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Follow me on Twitter!

I finally figured out how to do the twitter widget thing…so you can now follow me on twitter right from my home page!  🙂 Just thought I would share!

If you are already following me—THANK YOU! 🙂

 

PS: For other twitter challenged bloggers like me, if you want to know how to do add the widget to your home page, just ask me in your comments and I can tell you step by step 🙂

 

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Music of the cosmos

Perched on the branch of silent reflection,

you drift with the moonbeam,

to the stars,

your heart lost,

to the music of the cosmos.

 

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The ‘Like’ Button: Enabler of the inactive participant OR Advocate of the introverted blogger?

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First off, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this discussion that is going on with this, I will respond to each of your comments individually shortly after I make this post but wanted to say THANK YOU for taking the time and sharing your opinion! For those who are reading the post for the first time this is what I had posted in the morning:

“I will weigh in with my comments later and update this post but I wanted to get a reaction from my fellow bloggers on this, without my  influence…Please put your thoughts in the comment section 🙂 Look forward to a lively discussion!”

Second, as promised here is my stance on the issue:

I remember when I first joined wordpress and I got my very first ‘like’ on that first post – I was ELATED! As belsbor says in his comment it is indeed a great boost! Someone out there thought my work was good enough to be liked! …Then, when I received my first comment… I was beyond thrilled.

 

As a business major and professional, I know how difficult it can sometimes be to get responses. Some projects never take off because of not being able to generate enough interest. Of course, this blog was not or  rather is not a business venture, but it is something that I am quite passionate about and thus, generating a strong readership is important to me…Coming back to the issue at hand…as to whether or not the ‘like’ button is an enabler or an advocate, I believe it can be both and  like some of you have said in your comments I too have worn both hats on different days.

 

Since that first initial boost of getting a ‘like’, I have felt that initial ‘elation’ become a ‘pleasantly pleased’ emotion. Although I still love it, I am thrilled to get comments as it allows me to understand exactly how much the reader liked my work or how they connected with it but I appreciate that ‘like’ none the less. I agree, it is not just an advocate for an introvert, although it can become one in many cases.  Sophie L raises an excellent point that I had not thought of with regards to the language barrier and how the ‘like’ button becomes an universal tool of approval. It is like casting a vote, just like nobody puts a comment on that ballot card, it is just enough support for the candidate and in this case the author’s post.  I do not see it as a negative button in any sense, and like many of you I always try to read what I have liked. As Genuine Poetry (Denise) puts it, it is a way of letting the reader know that you were there and you liked their post; however, lately I have been feeling a bit guilty of being an inactive participant due to the lack of time.

 

I understand that as the number of blogs I follow increases along with my readership, it will be harder to keep up with all the posts all the time…but I have caught myself using the ‘like’ button as a crutch… and I did not like it.  Sometimes, I skim longer posts, like it, saying to myself that I would come back and read it thoroughly later but there are days that it doesn’t happen. It made me wonder how many others actually read the post before liking. Ronovan raises a good point about how liking after barely a second of publishing kind of gives away the fact that it never really was read… and though thankfully, I am not guilty of that,  it was just something I needed to reflect on and be more conscious of. I always try my best to comment when I have the time, especially with the blogs I follow regularly and have built a rapport with, but like many of you stated, time becomes a factor on how much I can do.

 

In conclusion, I think the ‘like’ button can be one of the best tools to encourage fellow bloggers. But before pushing that button, ALWAYS read the post you are about to like, if you have the time to comment please do and always be conscious that you do not become one of those ‘inactive participant’ using the like button as an automated response.

 

Thank you to each and everyone of you for taking the time to read my work,

 

Neha 

 

PS: I loved each like on this posts! I also loved the posts I liked! 😉


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Hope

“Hope is the thing with feathers 
That perches in the soul 
And sings the tune without the words 
And never stops at all.”  

-Emily Dickinson

 

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Soulmate

You come to my life…

like the long lost melody of my soul,

like my heart’s forgotten scroll,

like the cool breeze after summer rain,

the one who cradles my pain,

like the traveller walking on sunshine,

who brightens my days,

and lightens my nights,

You come to my life.

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Listening

When did the world stop listening?

You did not know…

for that chaos that used to be your mind,

had reluctantly calmed down that night,

leaving you in silence both inside and out.

 

Your hearing was getting worse each day,

but why did the world not hear what you had to say?

Did it need a hearing aid as well?

You did not know…

 

The long years you had travelled on this earth,

hearing the sounds of night and day…

hearing, the rivers flow into the ocean’s tides,

as the wind blew hard making the trees sway…

hearing, the twigs crush underneath your feet on the forest floor,

hearing, the drums in the thunder of the distant shores;

and the soft rain by your window…

hearing always hearing,

hearing, your mother’s soothing lullaby,  

the whisper of your love in your ear,

the cries of your children when they were sick,

the laughter of your grandkids rang loud and clear…

hearing always hearing,

until now…

But when did the world stop listening?

You did not know.

 

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* It has been very hard to watch my grandfather slowly lose his hearing. We are very close and at 96 his mind is still strong but old age gets the better of him somedays…and he doesn’t want to have long conversations cause he can’t hear everything on the phone. This is inspired by my grandfather and others grandparents out there…even though you may feel like the world is not listening…we are. ..and we always will.


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Chasing Clouds

My heart refuses to stay still…it runs,

behind the white clouds…

floating on the infinite blue…

dazzled by the kiss of the sun,

happy on a perfect Sunday morning.

 

greens

* free google image

 


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By the river side

With some cheese and fruit to share,

we sit in the open air,

feeling the cool water under our feet…

 

In the serene comfort of our joint hands,

we have a picnic in forgotten lands,

in the melody of our heartbeat…

 

You and I…

by the river side.

 

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