Where am I Going With This?

January 25, 2012

The blog title, Ramblings of a Crowded Mind, came from a document I’d begun years ago, a journal of sorts, wherein I’d documented things about which I’d often thought. The title was a way to find what I was looking for in my myriad of computer files, about memories that clamored in my head until I finally wrote them down.

They included some of my fondest memories. What my maternal grandmother’s home looked like, felt like, smelled like.  How it felt each night when my mother tucked me in after helping me to memorize “The Lord’s Prayer.” Then, there were some not-so-fond memories we don’t need to go into here.

The blog experts say if you want to have a successful blog, you must have a focus, a theme or subject, by which you interest blog readers and entice them to follow your blog. I thought about reviewing books I’d read. However, most blogs I’ve perused do not usually review books, but rather invite the authors to tell us about their books. That’s good; however, I’m looking for something a bit different. Not only that, I can review books on Amazon.com, from which I purchase most of my reading materials, or other sites.

I’m not an expert on anything. I’ve dabbled in many things to the point the cliché applies: “jack of all trades and master of none.” So for now at least, my blog will simply be ramblings. Not likely I’ll amass a great following, but if you know me and wonder what I’m thinking about, stop by, or “follow” me and you’ll get an email notice when I blog. (Of course if you have a book you’d like reviewed here, I’ll be more than happy, as long as it’s clean and theologically sound.  I do love to read.)

Setting up my Blog – Day One

January 21, 2012

Retirement was a real adjustment, especially because my hubby retired the same day I did. It took months to shed the gnawing feeling every Monday morning that I should be getting ready for work.  I’ve never had a problem finding something to do, so retirement is blissful to me–no longer having the responsibility of a public job, and doing whatever my little heart desires.

Who knew nearly eight months ago that I would be writing today?  I thought I’d be making fashion jewelry, scrapbooking, or remodeling houses. Apparently, God had other plans. And I have to tell you, it didn’t take long for me to find out just how much work writing entails. But I’m enjoying every minute of it. Or was, up to now.

I am as technologically challenged as I am mechanically challenged.  I had to memorize “righty-tighty, lefty-loosey” just to know which way to unscrew a bolt. If the window washer basin on my car didn’t have an icon on it, I can’t imagine where I’d wind up putting the water.

Now here I go, trying to set up a blog by the seat-of-my-pants. But then, isn’t that how I do most things? I’m too cheap to pay someone to teach me, so if I have to do everything twice to get it right, it’s my own fault.

In spite of the fact the WordPress makes this process as simple as possible for techno-dummies like me, I managed to lose my entire first post, as well as the custom header I’d created from a personal photo. Now here I am trying to create my first post.  Since you are reading this, I guess I did something right.

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