I rather liked this post because while I can be quite pedantic when it comes to written language; I’m not always quite so when it comes to speech. I can of course be informal in writing and formal in speech if the occasion commands it.
Do you have any such conventions in your language?
I can speak Greek but I need certain triggers to be able to say what I know and actually communicate with people. If the right situation doesn’t occur then that program doesn’t get loaded and we get nowhere. I also have to like/care about you or want to impress/show off to you. If your not interesting to me in some way then forget about it. I’m gonna make my excuses and leave where possible.
This is true of me in English too. I’m entirely capable of having a conversation about anything here but I just have to be motivated sufficiently to do so. Otherwise I’m probably not going to say a word and if forced well you better like bad jokes.
Have you ever come across these types of scenarios before?
Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
Share a link to your best post(s)
I would also like to thank Okoto Enigma, creator of “Mystery Blogger Award.” Okoto’s blog can be found here.
What Is the Mystery Blogger Award?
“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
i)Why did you decide to start blogging in the first place?
ii)Do you have a plan for your blog?
iii)How much time do you devote to your blog?
iv)What has made you happiest so far about your blog?
v)What would you like to change/improve to make your blog better?
The answers to the questions that I was asked:-
What would you sacrifice so your dreams can come true?
Compromises are always necessary in life as we simply don’t have the time, energy or motivation to achieve everything that needs to be done. So we are always sacrificing something regardless of whether we want to or not. The choice here is to change the dynamic so that you are choosing what gets left by the wayside, not the universe and everything else.
What is your relationship with pain?
I have been through a near fatal car accident, a force 5 hurricane, experienced a fire, earthquake tremours, floods and powercuts. I also get bad monthly pains so I’m used to it but I don’t like it. I think I have a strong pain threshold but I’m yet to experience the ultimate ie childbirth.
What type of behaviour do you consider weird?
I am an extraordinarily weird person so you have to do something quite shocking and unusual to make me think you are weird. On the other hand things which you find normal I may find weird simply because its different from what I am used to.
How does your writing help others?
Well I would hope that it assists others to lead better lives and to have more understanding of the breadth of diversity that is currently out there in the world.
What is the funniest dream you have ever had?
I very rarely remember my dreams but the one that sticks in my memory is when I dreamt about giving birth to a black baby and since the mind can’t comprehend a pain it hasn’t experienced yet, it was completely painless so very bizarre.
Today I decided to write a post to Thankyou all for visiting my blog and for the fact that I have received 1000 likes! I am also happy that I have been nominated for a mystery blogger award and for the fact that I have been asked for a written interview in a fb group I am part of.
As it’s April fools day as a joke I wrote this entirely on google translate to show that you shouldn’t do this and also why I don’t write in Greek. For those of you that can understand this, how is google doing?
Thankyou for the replies on this. I know it’s not an exact transcript above but it’s almost perfect. Here is the link to the original article:- April fools!
Now for some editorial comments.
It would seem that I was incorrect in my assumption that posting every day for 8 days was what was causing my ratings to rise. It would seem that in fact I need to write in Greek to engage your curiosity. Comments will come from a couple of people who are really interested in my blog but mostly it’s just likes which I’m quite happy to receive.
So here goes Μου λείπεις η λεφκαδα. Λοιπόν θα επισκεφθω πολύ σύντομα.
Or Lefkada is missing from me ( I miss Lefkás) so I will visit very soon.
I wish you all the help you need in your language journeys.
Σήμερα αποφάσισα να γράψω μια θέση με μια διαφορά να πω ευχαριστώ όλους γιατί με παρακολουθήσατε αλλά και για τις 1000 αρετές! Έχω επίσης υποψηφιότητα για ένα βραβείο μυστηρίου blogger και μου ζητήθηκε να δώσω μια γραπτή συνέντευξη για μια ομάδα στο Facebook στην οποία είμαι μέλος. Αισθάνομαι μάλλον χαρούμενος και χαλαρός τώρα που πηγαίνω σύντομα στην Ελλάδα για διακοπές εργασίας. Δεδομένου ότι είναι η πρώτη ημέρα του Απριλίου, αυτό γράφεται εξ ολοκλήρου χρησιμοποιώντας το google translation για να καταδείξει γιατί δεν πρέπει να το κάνετε αυτό και γιατί δεν γράφω στα ελληνικά. Για όσους από εσάς καταλαβαίνουν τα ελληνικά, πόσο καλά κάνει το google;
I’ve just been spending some time in Disneyland Paris to practice my French. There is a lot more to languages than just knowing the words and being able to formulate sentences. You have to get the accent right so that you are emphasising the correct bit. You also need to punctuate your sentences correctly. Otherwise you end up with things that you didn’t technically order like this morning I wanted a cappuccino and a special eclair with nuts on but I got a cappuccino, special eclair (we switched to English to pick the nut one) and a nut coffee.
You can be excellent at learning and remembering words, you can study grammar but without practice you will never get past the intermediate level or the classic “broken” speech that so many people have. I am one of those artificial people in terms of speech as I work off scripts and it’s so formal that it’s an immediate giveaway. I would like to be better but it’s not one of my talents communicating.
You also need the desire as well as a need to communicate. I want to do this but I don’t have the ability despite having the intellect. You don’t need resources as many people around the world are polyglots without any money but you do have to like talking. Not only that, you need to like talking to strangers. I most certainly do not like that. So a lack of practice due to reticence will cripple any linguistic endeavour you may have.
What struggles have you come across in your life so far and how have you dealt with them?
I was asked by a fellow blogger Express the gabbiness (gabby) to complete this prompt so I thought for a change I would do one of these.
There is only so many posts one can do of a serious nature like politics, religion or my life. All the things your not supposed to say but I do anyway because it’s necessary and they shouldn’t be taboo.
So as well as writing my 2 blogs, I write e books. I have written a children’s book as yet unpublished, a couple of books on how to react to an autistic child and how to educate them as well as books on language learning and a fairytale romance novel. I like writing and words. This has always been a passion of mine and I’m lucky to have the time to do this with, the technology through amazon to sell them and a loving husband who works hard to pay the bills so I can concentrate on what I love.
I decided to look back at my archives for my blog and found that I really did write about the most inane things. Most of the time though I wasn’t even writing! I just shared others opinions on beer or recipes to make things with beer. ( I originally thought the world needed a female voice to talk about the developments in craft beer in the uk. Turned out 2 years later that most certainly wasn’t the case. )
The other things are still relevant like my struggles with the Greek language but they didn’t garner much interest because they really were diary entries. I do occasionally look back and edit them but I think it’s more a record for posterity than anything else.
The other key point is my struggle with autism and coming to terms with how that affects my life. I have a friend who wrote at length about her difficulties and it was very popular and I tried to emulate her. I still post on my blog about my dilemmas but it doesn’t gain any views as it’s a free blog. She no longer posts on hers as her child takes up all of her time.
The third point was my absolute fear of both being childless but also being a parent. It’s one of those things that nothing can ever prepare you for and I just couldn’t comprehend my life to the point that I couldn’t make a decision either way. In some way I was hoping that nature would make the decision for me and I think it has. After 5 years of under going subfertility investigations I decided that was enough and I wasn’t going to under go ivf. I had heard many tales of unsuccessful attempts but none of success. I also knew the rate wasn’t too successful and with my increasing age, it would just continue to plummet. It’s a difficult issue to accept as no one ever expects to not get pregnant. We hear lots of stories about what happens if you get pregnant too young so we’re all indoctrinated about safe sex. However the other side is never told. The what happens if you don’t have children for whatever reason. This is something you can’t ever escape for your constantly bombarded with adverts for ovulation and pregnancy tests, Thankyou YouTube. Television is no better or any other form of entertainment. We’re all expected to procreate at some point and we’re deemed unworthy and some how incomplete or broken if we cannot.
Are you prepared to blog continually no matter what happens in your life?
If you are not then why are you starting a blog in the first place?
Are you going to stop blogging when you come across the first hurdle ie you become disheartened?
If you do then why did you create your blog?
Are you one of those that thinks a blog is a get rich quick scheme?
If you are then your going to be sorely disappointed.
Making a successful blog takes a lot of time, patience and hard work. You have to :-
write well,write about interesting topics,write in an engaging manner,write so that you connect with your audience andwrite in your own authentic way.
This is a tall order to do all of those things but you have to persevere. Everyone knows that anything worth doing isn’t easy.
In fact it is the most worthwhile moments in our lives that scare us the most. The life defining events like our marriages or the birth of our children terrify us to our very core as we are never sure we are ready but we overcome all obstacles in our path.
What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.
I may be starting to sound rather cliche here with all of these maxims but there true and have passed the test of time.
We all know how to live our best lives but occasionally we need help to keep ourselves on that path. It takes courage to admit we need assistance and that we are not flawless. When we open ourselves to the fact that our egos do not define us and in fact are holding us back. Then we can progress and make the world a better place.
I plan on using this motivation to continue my blog and not to quit.
How are you planning to keep your blog going through thick and thin?
This tv show is the philosophical successor to the Matrix. This show is so amazing in how it captures your attention and makes you think so deeply about what is real and what is worthy of your attention. It strips away all artifice and lays bare who you really are at your core. I dare you to watch this show and not be transformed after viewing it. It’s a good way to analyse your own psyche without having to under go hypnosis, meditation or even go as as far as visiting a retreat or taking transcendental drugs.
To examine what is real and what is not is a very Buddhist way of thinking. Becoming one with yourself and seeking the true path to enlightenment is quite some task. This is what religion has tried to inspire in us over the millennia to varying degrees of success. Since it is so difficult to achieve and none is ever sure how to do it or what happens when it has been achieved. Numerous books have been written on the subject with their own version of attaining self actualisation. I believe we all try to attain this state at some point in our lives. We just differ in our methods of attempting this process.
I believe my way of entering this trance state is every time I watch a programme that commands my entire attention. This is rare that I enter this flow state but it is beautiful. I feel reborn and that I am connected to everything in the universe. I know that everything is going to be fine because I am at peace with the world. The state of catharsis is the most blissful feeling you can have. It is the absence of feeling but also a complete and utter fulfilment. So you are full of the most magnificent cleanliness. It is difficult to describe the fullness and emptiness at the same time.
This is however when we are at our most free and at our most creative. When we connect to ourselves and our very being it is a marvellous thing to behold. We need to hold on to this higher state of being for as long as possible as we all want to reach nirvana one day and to remain for as long as possible if not for eternity.
Since we are currently in both catholic and orthodox Lent, it is fortuitous that I am currently feeling that way and it’s only just begun. The whole purpose of this time is to get to get closer to the most pure version of ourselves. When we purify through lack of stimulants both external and internal; we open our minds and bodies to the possibility of greatness. When we stop all the different versions of ourselves that we need for our daily lives and become the one that is the crux of our being; then we can rise above everything and be the very best version of ourselves. In doing so we can help all those around in their personal quests too. For a healthy community nourishes the land, life and everything.
Have you ever thought you would be able to achieve such a state of peace?
Once again Cristian Mihai has managed to out do himself and wrote the most amazing blog post ever. Sometimes I feel like he knows me and my life which is impossible as we’ve never met and I doubt we ever will. At times he knows exactly what is on my mind which is extraordinarily difficult even for myself. He has a very good way with words. He is able to present his points in a much more user friendly approach than I can. Maybe because he is not English but I do write how I talk. I am a thesaurus Hahahaha.
This is something that is very difficult to do as we all have things we want to say or we want others to know about ourselves. Modulating our needs with our wants and desires is a tricky balancing act especially when you throw in the rules of society. These vary according to your age, status, religion, the era your living in, country you were born in but also the country your now living in as that can differ greatly. Successive governments can change the ruling style of a country too so the regime you were born into is not the way that is now in operation. All of these requirements can make it nigh on impossible to discover yourself if your having to follow such restrictive regulations. It is precisely these environments that test the mettle of a population and the cream will rise to the top to overcome dictatorial rule. It is often women who fight their oppressors in the strongest way possible.
Women have it hardest in life but are able to make the most of adversity as matriarchal societies are more stable than there patriarchal counterparts. Women value peace and family far more than men do. We are thankfully coming into a time when women are being respected for their contributions finally. Women are taking their place in the world as we do make up a significant portion of the workforce. We are more than capable of running governments and countries. I believe the world will be a far better place now that women are in control of world economies as it will be a much more prosperous place for all concerned.
Do you have any stories about how women have improved your life?
There are lots of words around that are part Greek and part Latin. These were both the languages of scholars so it’s almost like they couldn’t decide which was better and compromised a lot of the time.
Today I came across an article about the aurora borealis and it explained that this comes from both Greek and Latin. Aurora meaning dawn and borealis being the word for north. Hence we have the northern lights
Another instance that is popular in today’s culture is that of polyamory. This has poli from Greek which means many here and amory which is Latin. That stands for love. So a polyamorous person loves and engages with many people. This label is an ongoing joke within the community because the scientists who come up with this monikers are so indecisive.
However, it would make more sense if they didn’t chop and change the language these terms came from in the first place. There needs to be rules to follow but right now everything seems to be in a state of flux as everything seems permissible.
It happens to me quite frequently that I know certain well known and familiar concepts but until it’s explicitly pointed out, the realisation is not apparent to me. It doesn’t click and you don’t get that aha moment!
It also makes me think that children are constantly questioning everything, trying to figure out why things are the way they are but as adults we accept the status quo and just go along with our daily lives. Children have a lot of common sense as they don’t understand the social reasons for a lot of what they do. They just do things in the simplest and easiest way. We have to remember to not remove their innovative ways in the quest to teach them the ways of the world. We also have to accept that there ways may actually be better.
Language is a good area to demonstrate this as it’s forever evolving. Us as adults try to control everything as we think we know best being more experienced and worldly wise but this is not always true. Letting go is important for true freedom from the constraints that hold us back.
Can you come up with any examples that have shared linguistic roots? Or perhaps you have a similar scenario to share with us today?
When you start blogging you are often full of passion for your new project but you can quite quickly get demoralised when you are spending a lot of time writing and it doesn’t seem like you are getting any attention. I have felt like this previously on many occasions so of course I stopped blogging. However this is not a cure for what ails you. Finding your motivation again is essential but also finding reasons for your blog failure is important. For if you don’t know what went wrong before how can you prevent it from happening again?
I know people evolve as does technology but you have to make your blog reflect not only yourself but current times as well. A good looking blog is important but of course the content is where you really to focus yours attention. A blog that is shared on many social media platforms will just embarrass you if your writing capacity doesn’t do you justice. English may be the lingua Franca or universal language but if your not comfortable writing in that language don’t! Write in the language that allows your voice to be heard at its best. You will gain an audience with your posts regardless of what language you are using because the whole world is online. What is crucial is that you use punctuation and correctly, you have the correct spellings of words, you have good grammar, you are not writing in a style so simplistically that it would bore a child!
I read a lot of blogs on WordPress and I give the writers credit for writing in a language that doesn’t come easily to them but why haven’t they used a spell or grammar checker? There writing is often incoherent. This is a big turn off when trying to attract followers to your blog. Don’t substitute quotes, pictures, videos, reblogs or anything else if you can’t write in an adequate manner. I would like to say we’re all adults here but today I read the blog of someone who said they were 14 so that doesn’t quite fit in here anymore. We are still mostly adults though so write in a style that is comprehensible and doesn’t show you up.
I wrote this posts in response to the fact that there is a lot of anger today on WordPress and Cristian Milai wrote a well received post on the subject which I read. I then checked out all the blogs of the people who commented especially the ones complaining of invisibility. There were a surprising amount of blogs which had been deleted already since there comment, so clearly it didn’t work out for them as they expected. I also came across blogs whose home page was the default one. If you can’t even format your landing page than you do not deserve followers!
What do you do to help promote your blog? What irritates you about your blog? Anything else?
I hope you find these useful and I was not too harsh in my opinions.
I watched this video and she brings up some amazing points. These are things we all know and we all do yet we powerless to prevent them. It’s autonomy that we all crave and control. The ability to decide for ourselves what we are going to do when, how and also why. We can all live richer lives but without the riches that we think we need to do so. She draws upon Ancient wisdom but also the knowledge we learn growing up and foolishly discard as being outdated. We need money but not as much as we think. It’s about learning that self discipline and if we cannot planning accordingly so that we never run out of money.
This is the first video that deals with making money and my issues with this :-
I’ve just been reading the BFG to myself in Greek and this makes me quite happy that I can follow what is happening in the story. I don’t quite get all of it yet but if I continue I should be a lot better than when I started.
The first time I tried to read this book I was concentrating far too much on what I didn’t know so I didn’t understand the story at all. I know the story and I’ve seen various film adaptations but to actually read the original is quite different. I also referred to the English version far too much so I lost the flow as they don’t always correlate. What I do hate in writing though is the justification of words to fit in columns that results in lots of hyphens. It’s difficult enough to read the words and to have them split across 2 lines is just plain irritating. How am I supposed to read it out loud and put the emphasis on the correct part if I don’t even know what the word is?