Over the years here on this site,
I've occasion 2 post a thought in rhyme
A different way to present a message,
tho hoping for smiles each time.
So here as we begin our journey anew
Thought we'd look and reflect what's behind
Maybe get a bit inspired by the old
Or possibly new jazz we'll find.
Reading with Ears Wide Open (posted 9/19/2009)
Let not your eyes wander,
Put your mind at ease
Lend your full attention
Just listen for a bit, pretty please?
In the marketplace of old,
Conversations all about
and the only hogs allowed
had short, smelly snouts.
No soapboxes to climb upon
if you tried that, you talked alone
An equitable level of engagement
Would set the proper tone
Seek first to understand
A habit amongst the great
Likewise in the blogosphere
Eyes & Ears wide open an important trait
So with patience, fully listen
Go ahead, take your time
Premature response formulation
in some communities is a crime.
Energy + Urgency = Passion (posted on 5/5/09)
Some people are loud in their passion,
Some are passionately meek
Their eyes tell the story
The fire in their belly is what I seek
I teach people to use these tools
that allow their voice to reach ears all around
and enhance the engagement and connections
and here is what I've found.
Give me the one that believes so much
in what it is they have set out to do or be
In those their voice will be embraced
As far as ears can hear and eyes can see
Give me those that believe there are others
who want to accomplish a thing or two
to change things for better around and about
they'll find a community that sticks like glue
Are you one of these world changers?
There's always room for one more
One who believes in others first
their ideas will always soar
Do you have the energy?
Is Urgency one of your senses?
These together create a passionate pace
Find that – and you'll hurdle all fences.
Love is Only a Smile Away (posted 01/16/09)
The loving look of a smile
With a still moment of pause
To show the passerby
They're important to your cause.
Whether young or old,
Citizen senior or Gen Next
Doesn't matter their race or religion
Nor does it matter profession or sex.
To take but a moment
With all the muscles in your face
And let that person know
You're glad to find them in this place.
There are no coincidences
Only the illusion of chance
And the loving look of a true smile
Will make even the coldest heart dance.
So if it's on your blog or your phone
At Panera or on a tweet
Take a moment and smile a real smile
To all who cross your path – online or in the street.
Photo on Flickr by cmaccubbin
The Battles Hymn of the Blogger (posted 08/09/06)
If your blogging becomes a chore,
Something you dread to do.
Be slow to blame the blog
Because maybe it's just you.
This doesn't happen to everyone
But maybe you're battling Blogger's Block
Stop trying to strike gold with each post
or you'll find yourself losing to the clock.
Maybe you fear nobody's reading your stuff,
They're there – if not today in the morrow
Write as if you'll always touch someone
Stop wallowing in self-sorrow.
The best way to Manage Your Writing
Is pen to paper, finger to keys
Once you get a rhythm
You'll find yourself posting with ease