Hello to all my fellow students on the Blogging 101 course, and hello to any other visitors who are dropping by today. Welcome to one and all!
I am delighted that you have chosen to spend some time here at ACT Made Lyrical. I hope you will enjoy what you find here and that you will visit again, as often as you like, and if you want to leave a comment, so much the better!
I have been blogging for about two months now, and for me this is the second time around. I first dipped my toe into the blogosphere about three years ago and I blogged away for about fifteen months. That blog was called soulsnet.com and it was pretty similar to ACT Made Lyrical in that it was made up of the same combination of poetry, commentary and photographs. I used the 2010 theme then and I was pretty pleased with how it looked and what I produced.
Over the next year or so I learned a lot about both blogging and the blogging community and for the most part I really enjoyed it. But, I ran out of steam. Why? Well I think I turned a pleasure into hard work and once it started to feel like a chore and visitor numbers weren’t growing I started to get demotivated. So I stopped.
Why have I started again? Well over the course of the next couple of years although I stopped blogging I never stopped writing poetry. The difference was that instead of sharing them on a blog I just wrote them down in notebooks that then went into the cupboard.
At the same time I became interested in Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT). I did some ACT courses and now my poetry had more of a focus. I wasn’t just writing poetry I was writing poetry that was grounded in ACT. I felt that what I was writing was more meaningful and had a therapeutic value. I had discovered in fact that what I was writing was therapeutic poetry. It was certainly therapeutic for me writing it and I believed that it would be therapeutic for people reading it too.
And so ACT Made Lyrical, with the strap line Living Well Stressing Less, was born!
Two months later I have published 14 posts and I am really pleased with the way the site looks. That is not so much down to me as to the 2015 Theme that I now use. It is amazing. I can’t believe how professional it looks. I love it and am really glad that I took that break, if for no other reason than it made me try something different. I am not good with new technology and I know that I wouldn’t have made a change otherwise. I have had MANY teething problems along the way and I have a lot to learn, especially in regards to social media which both fascinates and frightens me!
Another key difference this time is this course and all the others that WordPress now runs. As far as I know these were not available last time. Writing can be a pretty solitary affair, blogging can feel like shouting into the void, and so it is great to have this opportunity to connect with others and to learn with each other.
I am looking forward to learning a lot and getting to know you in the weeks to come.
Have just remembered I have got to put tags. Tags and categories is something else I don’t know how to use properly!!!