Haibun for the end of something

Once again WordPress isn’t working correctly and I can only get into my blog through Site Admin, which gives me the ancient editor. I’m wondering if it isn’t time to get a different life.

sun returns

pared of its heat

summer fading




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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

34 thoughts on “Haibun for the end of something”

  1. Your verse gave me a smile
    The WP issue? Sigh. Quirky is the normal. (WP is acquiring another company, so while that is all integrated, it’ll be “interesting”)
    Good excuse to go outside. Glad the sun is angling into wonderful weather again

    1. I’ve given up trying to sort it out. You’re right, it’s great weather for being outside ‘gardening’. Gardening here means pulling saplings out of where I’m trying to get roses to grow, chopping out brambles and encouraging the prettier wildflowers to strangle the ugly ones—hopeless, I know.

    1. I’ve got WP back which makes blogging easier. I enjoy the interactions with some bloggers (you can guess the identities of a few of them) and responding to prompts, but the whole returning compliments thing gets me down. I think I’ll step back for a while, use the prompts but not leave a link to the poem so no one will feel obliged to leave a comment.

  2. I like your haiku. It captures that end of summer feeling well. I know what you mean about WordPress. I am having trouble with it too though mine is because of the dreaded Block Editor. I am somehow locked into it and can only escape by upgrading to a Business blog. I already upgraded to ad free and can’t afford to spend more on this. I keep coming across interesting and creative blogs on Typepad and Blogspot and am starting to think I’ll move over there when this blog is up for renewal. I used to enjoy WordPress but lately have found it very stressful.

    1. Thank you.
      I think it’s easier to get out of the block editor if you have the free version of WP. WP itself is often a pain and since we’re all going to be bounced into the new editor anyway, maybe leaving is a good idea. Like all the social media it’s a mixed blessing. I’ve enjoyed using it as a magazine for publishing my own poetry, since I’m highly unlikely to publish it any other way, and the poetry groups seemed like a good way to get critical feedback. it doesn’t seem to work that way though. It’s more about returning compliments which is time consuming and not entirely honest. I don’t know, maybe I’m just getting pissed off with the whole writing lark.

      1. Ditto to all of that. I do find though that blogging can help when I’m feeling isolated in my creative work. Maybe I should put my energy into building a network of creatives in my real world. The feedback on blogs does get pretty superficial and returning the input does involve a degree of dishonesty. It’s hardly an intellectually rigorous environment and there is no quality control at all. It’s good that any one can blog but I’m finding that means a lot of sloppy work gets promoted. Also there is less discussion now than there was a few years ago. Many people click like but don’t comment.
        I’m giving myself till early next year when my renewal is due before I decide what to do. I went ad free because of the type of ads that were being shown earlier this year but it’s starting to feel like a waste of money.

      2. That’s right.It’s the same as the self-publishing phenomenon. It’s wonderful that the great books the publishers won’t publish can find an outlet, but if they do, they get lost in the mass of awful books. Publishers reject books that are beautiful, well-written and worthy but that aren’t like the current best-sellers. It doesn’t mean that those books will ever be self-published or if they are, that the author will have the business nouse and the money to promote them into the public eye. The people who are good at one are rarely good at the other.
        I think you’re right, that there is no quality control for what is published on blogs. If you don’t like something, you don’t have to leave any comment at all, I’d hate it is everyone who disliked what I published left a critical comment. But the wildly flattering praise that some stuff gets amazes me.
        Often I just click like because it’s part of the deal when you join a poetry group. If I don’t comment at all it’s because I can’t think of anything to say. Poeple don’t want criticism. They want to be brushed up the right way. Nobody learns anything, except perhaps diplomacy.
        I’d never hand over money to blog. I can see that the ads are irritating though.

      3. You can still have those. There are quite a few people I would love to meet in real life, because of the virtual exchanges we’ve had over the years. But the writing groups seem to be just a race to get something linked up before everyone else to get the maximum number of visits and likes for your post. Daft really.

      4. Which makes me think that it’s all about getting in there first. It’s true, when I read other contributors’ poems, I start at the top of the list. After a dozen I give up. Takes so long.

      5. Stamina’s running out. That’s why I’m going to give it a rest for a while. I know my poems aren’t ‘stunning’ and anyone who says they are is either very easily impressed or they’re not being entirely honest 🙂

      6. I think some of your poetry is very good actually. Maybe look at the work of the person offering you a glowing critique. If you like their work and respect their intellect take it in the spirit it is given. If you find their work isn’t all that good put their comment down to the hype and hysteria that seems very prevalent in the blogging world right now – often it’s no more than a mutual admiration society based on little more than a need to be noticed. 🙂
        In an aside – I had a Paypal fraud on my account this morning and found Paypal so hard to contact I got annoyed and cancelled my account. I rarely use it anyway.
        I just checked my emails and discovered one from them telling me that because I had cancelled the account no further payments to WordPress would be made. Seems like the decision to stop blogging at ‘Being in Nature’ has already been made. 🙂 Now I’ve got till next February to work out if I will continue blogging at WordPress.
        I can understand your decision to have a creative rest. It’s an absolutely necessary part of the creative journey I think. Always publishing and publishing fast can have a really detrimental effect on quality I find. I aren’t writing or publishing many poems at present either.
        All the best – Suzanne

      7. Thank you. I write some poems I’m happy with, and you write poems that read like ‘real’ poetry to me too. Being part of a mutual admiration society doesn’t help in any way though, and the injunction to visit, comment on and share on social media the poetry of other group members is very like the injunction some indie publishers make—review and praise fulsomely other authors we publish.
        If you leave WP where will you go? I started to build a Wix site a while ago for when I have a book published by a serious publisher, but I’m still waiting for that happy event.

      8. I don’t know what comes after this blog. I’ve blogged on various blogs for nearly 10 years now. Maybe 2020 heralds the start of a new decade and a whole new field of endeavour for me – as yet shapeless and no more than an urge. 😀

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