I’ve decided to try a little experiment. I’m going to mirror my poetry posts from my Blogger blog here.
There’s really only one reason for this. I want to reach a wider audience. And I want to make it easier for people to find and comment on my poems.
What got me thinking about this was a comment from Mike Patrick, who blogs here at The Poet’s Quill. He mentioned that he found it difficult to comment on my Blogger blog with his WordPress information. He was kind enough to leave me a comment anyway, but it was connected to his Blogger account, which he uses for different purposes than the poetry we’re both writing this month for National Poetry Month.
Many people have more than one blog, as I’m sure you know. You might be one of those people. I’ve maintained multiple blogs myself in the past, but now I mainly want to post my poems. And others also mirror their blogs. So, I’ve decided to have my blog at two sites.
This might be an experiment that fails. But I won’t know until I try.
And just so you don’t think I’m arrogant… I’m not doing this because I think my poetry is that good.
I discovered the Poem-a-Day Challenge last year, in 2010, at Poetic Asides. I had a blast writing a poem a day for thirty days. Around the middle of the month, I discovered Read Write Poem. For a few weeks after April was over, I continued to write poems and post them, often using prompts from Read Write Poem that I discovered a too late. Sadly, that website is no longer active, though there is still much there to see.
I got a little distracted over the summer as I worked on revising the novel I wrote for NaNoWriMo and as school started up again in August. And then there was writing a new novel in November for NaNoWriMo again. But now it’s April and I’m again writing a poem a day, which some people refer to as NaPoWriMo.
And I’ve joined a community of fine people who share poems on their blogs. So far, I’ve been inspired by prompts at Poetic Asides, Big Tent Poetry, We Write Poems, Writer’s Island, and Three Word Wednesday. Through those sites, I’ve read some amazing poetry and met some incredible, creative people online.
I enjoy writing poetry. And reading other people’s poems. Currently, I have no interest in trying to get my poems published. Maybe at some point in the future, that will change. But right now my life is pretty full, being a public school teacher, husband, and father of two. So, this is just my way of trying to get the poems I write out to the largest audience possible without a great deal of work on my part, i.e. traditional publication. And I appreciate it when others read my poems and leave me comments. I hope this additional blog will facilitate all that.