Yep, backstroking my way to 500 posts, GWGT hits another big one.
If I was getting paid as a columnist, I might be doing three articles per week making some money. At small hometown newspapers, columns are maybe 500 words per feature article, so that limitation keeps me from being a garden writer. (Maybe try for garden photographer? Joking…no time.)
Here at wordy GWGT, 500 words would be ‘Post Lite’.
No editor cutting the fat, squawking on sentence structure, or censoring my copy, so you get the full brewed version. I write in an honest and enthusiastic way, as if you were right in front of me chugging down a flask of my thoughts.
No editor means tackling subjects free of overseer. The best part in posting what you like, is doing it without care of repercussion.
Lots of powerful issues to pursue, but who has the time or energy? Many of us just settle for blah, blah, blah.
After 500 posts of writing on things related to the environment, conservation, sustainability, garden, photography, and design, I realized something important.
It changed my life.
Not in a cheesy life-affirming way, but one to express, question and say out-loud things that matter to me, and hopefully, to others as well. Pretty life changing when you think about it, reaching others.
Each day I see new readers, keeping me enthusiastic about blogging, but…
The reality is there is only one of me, one small voice in a sea of many.
I have no assistant, researcher, or intern lending a hand. Just me, tackling things to satiate a curiosity, taking things I know and building upon them. Seeing the subject at the level the subject presents itself.
Similar to photography, where one gets down to subject level to see more of the essence it possesses. I know… a hokey concept, but it is true.
And issues such as global warming…
You have people who agree with it, work to fix it, ignore it, outright deny it, or sadly, even lie about it. No middle ground and hardly a more polar topic to research.
I try to look at all sides researching such an issue, whether I agree emotionally, intellectually or think the pundits are just plain stuck on stupid.
Earth ending misinformation is everywhere, the aim personal responsibility, the high-road moral aspect tiring. Everyday we are bombarded with earth shattering headlines, nagged into ambivalence, guided by misrepresentation. Nibble around the edge of these problems is what is mostly done.
In blogging, nibbling is all we can do. The rest a soapbox, and after a while, nobody listens. At least not to the unsubstantiated fatalism spewed by some.
How many issues do you yourself feel strongly about? The environmental or conservation issues you might report will always have those that are protecting something you fear as destructive. Can we as a species actually break the planet? It depends on what you believe.
The photos are my little corner of this world, and of course, the blah, blah, blah.