The Journey of 1,000 Posts…
Today is 1 July. June is Avatar Blogger Month is complete! Can you believe it? I know some of the peeps in the photo below, and some of the other avatar bloggers who weren’t able to be in the photo, can’t believe it! We survived! Some of us did 30 posts. Some of us did more than 30 posts. Some did less. But what matters most is: we survived 30 days! Pat yourself on the back, you’ve reached the avatar blogger month finish.
Blogging :: Community
What I love most about this photo of 11 of our happy avatar bloggers, is that 2 of us weren’t even official participants in ABC! But we were avatar bloggers at the gym when we took the photo, so of course everyone should be in the photo. Some of us worked really hard to do 30 posts in 30 days. Some of us stressed over it. Some of us felt bad if we didn’t achieve 30. For me the best value of a challenge is to challenge myself. If I challenge myself to do 10 pull ups by the end of the month, it doesn’t matter that Trilby can do 100, or that Fiona can’t do any, it’s just my challenge. At the end of the month, whether I can do 10 or 9 or 11 doesn’t really matter, all that matters is that I tried. Even when I was lazy and didn’t feel like it, I tried. Even when it was hard and I wanted to stop, I tried to do one more. And if I never got past 5 because the kids were crying and I had to go feed them, that’s legit too. Challenges shouldn’t be about shame or failure, they should only be about trying to reach a little higher. No one can do it all. This world is filled with so many more places than I’ll ever be able to see. There are so many more worthwhile challenges than I’ll ever be able to attempt. Probably we all try to do too much. For me, what matters most is being present. I’ll never do a lot of things, and I might only do this thing for a little while, but for as long as it lasts, I want to really be here.
[box type=”download” style=”rounded” border=”full”]Here it is! Your final gold star for participating in Avatar Blogger Month! Now for any of you who completed 29 or fewer posts, please do not make me slap you by asking if you still qualify to put it on your blog or anywhere else you like! The “30” is for Days, and I hope by now you know that at least for myself, the only thing that really counts is participation. Shame and guilt are a waste of time. They’re minutes of life you can never get back. Be honest. Do your best. Keep moving forward. No one can ask for more than that. Make the best of whatever cards you’re holding. Or if you’re cards really suck, then invent a better game! The “30” star is a .png with transparency. Click on it to bring up the full-size image, then right-click that and save as. Use the transparency to put it on top of something else, or just use it as is. But whatever you do, ENJOY IT! It’s a fucking gold star! How great is that!? [/box]
2 weeks ago Agnes hosted The Tree of Missing Avatars workshop at LEA11. People go missing all the time. They leave a virtual world. They graduate from high school. They get a new job. They don’t come to the gym anymore. They change their religion or political party. They meet somebody new. If we have a few people who’ve been persistent in our lives for some time, then we’re lucky. For sure loss is an ongoing part of life. Perhaps part of the sadness of loss isn’t just someone’s absence, but regret over not having appreciated the time we had more completely. Whether it’s making love in the physical world, dancing in the virtual world, or doing projects in any world, did you realize that this might be the last time you would ever be here with this person? And if you had, would you have paid more attention? In the end maybe attention is the most valuable gift we have to give.
Avatar Blogger Month Finish
For the past month I’ve had the joy of giving some attention to the couple dozen avatar bloggers at the Avatar Blogger Crossfit gym. I wish I’d given so much more attention! Still, it’s been a true pleasure to read your blogs and hang out with you at the gym. 1 July is the end of the official Avatar Blogger Month, and ironically, today is also the end of Google Reader. If you’ve transitioned from Google Reader to something else, please leave a comment below and LMK what you’re using, and I do hope you’ll include iRez on your list. If you weren’t a Google Reader or anything else user before, I encourage you to become one today. If you’ve ever taken any kind of writing class, you’ll recall that there’s always more reading than writing in a writing class! You might write 5 or 10 thousand words, and read half a million words!
Write :: Read
Reading does a couple of great things for a writer: it teaches us to write better, and it helps build a community of writers. New and better expression. Connections to people we share values with. With the demise of Google Reader I thought I might use Bloglovin’ as my new reader. I like it a lot. But at the suggestion of Berry and others I tried Feedly, and I like it even better. If I set it up right, hopefully I’m now following all of you on Feedly. One of the really cool features of Bloglovin is “Friend Activity” which lets you see posts your friends have “liked” and also Friend Profiles which lets you see blogs your friends publicly follow. Those are really cool advantages for Bloglovin, but I guess I’m still going Feedly for it’s slightly stronger interface.
Don’t Be a Stranger!
Yes, it’s the avatar blogger month finish. Yes, our official challenge is complete, but the gym isn’t closed. The Linden Endowment for the Arts “Artist in Residence” (LEA / AIR) that Alice in Cornelland and Avatar Blogger Crossfit gym are a part of runs until the end of July. You can still come workout on the treadmills and other machines. You can still come decorate your workstation.
I promised everyone who participated in ABC their very own treadmill to take home, and I’m making good on that promise today with the opening of the Alice in Cornelland FreeStore. You’re welcome to come take a Treadmill Desk, use it, mod it, share it. You’re also welcome to leave anything you’d like to share at the AiC FreeStore. I really like full perm objects because they give not just a thing to use, but also they pay forward with creative possibilities for all. But feel free to leave stuff with any perms you choose or that might be dictated by materials you’ve incorporated. The only AiC FreeStore requirement is that it be “sold” for L$0. (and not be copybotted stuff, bla bla bla)
Thank you all so much for sharing June with me. It’s been so much fun. Best of all was meeting all of you and learning a little about your diverse interests and perspectives. It’s all just been go great. Thank you. I love you guys.
Vanessa Anne Blaylock
1 July 2013
LEA11, Second Life
L I N K Y . L I N K Y
• Strawberry Singh.com / Google Reader Alternatives
• Bloglovin / Vanessa Blaylock
• Blog Reader / Feedly
• Online Media Signals / Why Bloggers Should Read Blogs
• The Guardian / The Best Advice for Writers? Read.