Thursday

Moving to New Blog Address

While clicking and clicking this morning, I managed to get this page back.  Still no custom domain.com. That is gone forever, I am afraid.  I’m now posting on blogspot.com, for the purpose of relaying the address for Back Porch Musings’ new home.
I hope you all will visit me at:
Thanks so much!
Pat
Tidbits
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Bradford Pear Blossom
Monday morning, we made a quick trip to Wentzville MO, were J was having a blood draw at Quest Diagnostics.  Nothing to worry about, we are making progress with the pesky Pro Time.
As I waited in the car, listening to the radio and reading, I glanced out the window and thought I was seeing things.
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The parking lot, at Quest, is lined with Bradford Pear trees. 
Normally, in our neck of the woods, Bradford Pear blooms in early Spring.  This one appears to be confused.
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I attracted attention, as I was getting a closer look and capturing a photo or two.  The expressions on various faces didn’t deter me from my mission.
I wonder if folks were focused on the quirky little old white haired lady, with the camera, and missed the phenomena of a September blooming Bradford Pear; I hope not.
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This fellow, not believing his eyes, moved in for a closer look at the tree and the photographer.
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My camera is with me at all times.  Not for possible blog opportunities, but rather the passion I have for photography.  I had an interest in photography long before I began Back Porch Musings, in 2007.  Because of Back Porch Musings, my interest grew.  I hope the passion continues, when Back Porch Musings is a distant memory.
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A carousel ride…
A few days ago I visited my cousin’s Facebook page and was absolutely delighted with a photo, I saw.
Sad to say, many times senior citizens are dismissed as confused and a tad quirky, if not downright loopy.  I’m sure similar thoughts were going through the mind of at least one of the people watching me “dance” around the “confused” pear tree, clicking away with my trusty Canon.
My cousin’s 70th birthday is in December.  I smiled when I saw the Facebook photo, taken while she rode a carousel.  The photo’s title, 7 or 70. 
I’m not sure, with my short chubby legs, I could climb upon a carousel horse.  I might give it a try, for my 70th birthday in three years….or maybe sooner.  Until then, I’ll enjoy the Camaro…another kind of carousel ride.
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Blog Confusion….perhaps….
I continue to enjoy blogging and am amazed at the number on the Follow list.  It was two years ago next month, when that list began to grow, not long after I added the Follow widget.  I’ve never asked anyone to follow, the list just grew. 
I think, at times, we are taken in by numbers and confused by the competitive nature that sometimes happens in the land of blog. 
The advice of this little old white haired lady is to blog because you love it.
I completely understand having an interest in numbers if your business is connected with your blog.  But if you are blogging as a hobby, forget about the numbers and competition.  Someone somewhere is reading your blog and benefitting from your efforts, whether they stop by and tell you or not.  You touch the lives of others, without being aware of doing so.
Relax, enjoy the process.  I’ve always said, when the Back Porch becomes work, I’ll stop blogging.  I’ve slowed down a time or two, when it began to feel like a job rather than a hobby.  I’ve begun to do a few more posts, lately.  It just happens.  I don’t plan it.  If a project, day trip or meal looks like it will work for the Back Porch, I’ll take some photos and put together a draft. 
I believe a laid back approach to blogging works for me.  Otherwise, blogging just might take over my life and I would miss out on confused pear trees and carousel rides.
Thanks to all who read Back Porch Musings.  I truly appreciate your visits.
Thank you, also, for indulging this senior with her rambling little story of the confused tree and other things.

18 comments:

Southern Lady said...

Pat, my heart skipped a beat when I saw you had posted from the old site, but I see you're still planning to move to the TypePad blog. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Helen said...

I must share this ......

My sisters and I spent an entire day at the St. Louis Zoo during our reunion.

Guess who rode the carousel ??

Yes, you are correct. Me ... the oldest! I chose to ride the cheetah. I also climbed on the back of a brand new three wheel shiny black Harley and let my cousin who is in his sixties whirl me around their country roads.

It felt so good. See you soon in TypePad Land.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Pat, It looks like you were able to get back all your old posts--thank goodness. Will we still be able to access them when you move to the other site? There is so much to learn in this blogging world. I'll read your posts wherever you are! Linda

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Good morning Pat, how discouraging. I paniced when I couldn't post pictures, can't imagine the sinking feeling you had. I've put your new address on my latest post... don't want folks to loose contact with you. As always, beautiful beautiful pictures... hugs ~lynne~

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

I will follow you also! Beautiful photography....

Lou Cinda :)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I added your new site to my list of favorites, but want to follow also, so I will know when you post. When I click "follow" it wants me to enter my email password also - ?

Judy said...

I found out about your blog situation this morning from Rhoda so I immediately added the new typepad address....don't want to lose you in blogland! Wonder what happened? That's scary that an entire blog can disappear. Hope that never happens to me.

You are right-on about the blogging not becoming a job. I have cut down on my posting drastically, due to many family situations, plus I refuse to let the blog run me. Thanks for the reminder that it's okay to still have a life outside of blogging.

Hugs to you dear friend!
Judy

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Just thought I would let you know - You probably already know. When I click your blog name (the one that disappeared) on my bookmark list, a backporchmusings comes up with a picture of a girl and lists of sites for porch, patio, deck, etc. products and info. - did someone steal your name? Have you contacted "Blogger" concerning this? I figured the password thing out - I need to create one. Coffee had not kicked in earlier.

On Crooked Creek said...

Pat,
SHEER PANIC! ! !
Your last post mentioned your passion for photography. . .when Back Porch Musings is a distant memory! I thought you'd taken the plunge and had stopped blogging!
You are such an inspiration to me (and I'm sure numerous others). . .
Ed & I look forward to see what you've posted concerning Bennett Spring State Park and Missouri that my heart was torn. Thank goodness. . .you're still here with these lovely posts and photos!
I look forward to be one of your admirers. . .for (hopefully) a long time to come!
Welcome back!
Fondly,
Pat

Rose - The Center of My Self said...

What an unusual gift to see a Bradford Pear blooming at this time of year. Great pics, Pat! Love the little visitor as well.

Glad you're making a move that you've been wanting to do before the hackers got to you. I pray they don't get to you on typepad. Bad hackers!

And I totally agree with you about blogging because you enjoy it, NOT because of the numbers. (I've stopped visitng the ones that are now sponsored by businesses.) I'll always remember something you once posted: that you don't visit everyone's blogs (including mine) who post on yours because you simply do not have the time. I used to feel badly about not visiting some of my friends' blogs regularly, but when you posted that, I thought that was just smart and honest. It's not because you're not a friend (I feel that you are), but it's just because life has other priorities. No guilt for not visiting or for not posting. What a healthy outlook!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

I just started blogging and your blog has been one of my inspirations to do so; it is always so incredibly lovely! I thought it would be fun...and it is...but I quickly realize that something else was involved too - that old competitive part of things and a focus on numbers...how many comments; how many followers. Throughout my life I have always tried to follow my inner voice and I see that in this case I need to do that. This is a long way around to tell you how much I appreciated your post...the real fun should be in the doing and if someone enjoys it and gets something out of it...well that is a bonus! See you at your new address.

KHS said...

Hi Pat,
I wanted to drop you a few lines and let you know how much I enjoy your blog. You are a great photographer and writer. I tried the chicken soup recipe on one of your older posts and it was wonderful. Thanks for suggesting those great Kluski egg noodles to use in the soup.
Hugs, Katherine S.

Pat transplanted to MN said...

I am glad you explained that the pear tree was confused because it caught my eye and I wondered, "why is it blooming now??" Maybe it's in it's early stages of dementia? This is on my mind again because MIL is now in nursing home in town and her memory is going faster every dayWe have recognized this for quite some tiome but she was fighting us....now it has happened/ And we have another place to clean out....oh woe is I..(sigh my compulsion for correct grammar is back...)

Tommie Jo said...

We had a few "confused" trees in our backyard after hurricane Ike blew through and shook things up. Weird isn't it?
You take the most beautiful pics!

♥ Kathy said...

I totally enjoyed that Pat..I'll be heading to your new place now :)

Terry @ La Bella Vie said...

OK so a little late here on the uptake but just wanted to say, I couldn't agree with you more on blogging!
Terry

Gabriella Szabev said...

Dear Pat

I have changed my blog.
Looking forward seeing you like an old follower on my new blog.

Have a nice day!

Gabriella

www.gabriellasphotography.blogspot.com

Alice Lynn Alfred said...

Pat ~ This is a gorgeous blog...love it!! ~alice