A Milestone: The 850th blog post

This is the 850th blog post on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.

To everyone who reads the blog, follows it, likes posts, etc. Thank you.  It is a good feeling to know that there are people out there who actually read this.

Having 850 posts is important.  It is getting close to the very large number of 1000.  1000 feels like a lot.  At one time, having this many posts seemed very far away.  It is somewhat strange to have gotten this far.

As readers should know, and for those who don’t, on the blog there are poems, poems with explanations, poetry topic ideas, photographs to inspire poetry, artwork to inspire poetry, experimental poetry forms, bilingual poems and a number of other things.  If you go to the Posts List page you should find links to all of the posts organized by date.  Hopefully everyone likes the kinds of things that are there.

When the blog was started, there was some notion that it wasn’t going to be a blog of just poems.  There was a sense that there needed to be more.

Also, there was a sense, that this wasn’t going to be a blog that was too personal or followed a strict chronology or was just about daily life.

Additionally, there was a sense, that the blog would have a certain feeling and tone to it.

The idea of the blog was to entertain, inspire, inform, educate, and promote thought.  Hopefully it has done that.  Hopefully the blog that developed has been something readers have liked.

At different times, there have been thoughts of somehow altering or expanding the blog.  One idea (that didn’t work well) was accepting poems for consideration from readers.  Another idea (that hasn’t been tried) was having essays about poetry.  Another idea (again, that hasn’t been tried) was reviewing poetry books.

It is hard to know what the blog will look like in the future.  Although the general idea of being of and about poetry and poetry related things isn’t expected to change, there is some feeling that the blog should change or grow or adapt in some way.  There is some sense that it just somehow needs to be more than it is.  Keep reading.  Who knows, maybe at some point, something will develop.

Again, thank you to all who read this blog.  It really does mean something.  It is a nice feeling to know that, maybe, people out there are getting something from all of this.

If you like the blog and maybe have something you like about it (like the poems with explanations or the poetry topic ideas as examples) then please tell your friends through social media.  The support would be appreciated.

If you have any thoughts about the blog, then please use the form on the Contact Page.  The only thing the form requires is the message and that you click submit, and so if you just want to say something, or express a thought, or just say hello, without really saying anything about yourself, then you can do that.  Hopefully you will.

Again, thank you readers.

In closing, a poem:

Here is a tiny poem,
just because,
well,
this post just needed a poem.

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A Milestone: Three year anniversary of First Try publication

First Try Cover

First Try Copyright 2014 M. Sakran.

Book cover Copyright 2014 eLectio Publishing.  Book cover used with permission.

 

This past Saturday, July 8, 2017, was the three year anniversary of the publication of M. Sakran’s collection of poetry, First Try.

The first six poems from the collection are available to read on this blog, and can be seen here: first six poems (scroll down on the linked page to read them).  First Try is available at various places online, including:

from the publisher: First Try by M. Sakran

and on Amazon: First Try by M. Sakran.

If you have enjoyed M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things, please consider purchasing a copy of First Try (available in print and eBook formats) as a way to help support M. Sakran.

Many thanks to all readers.

A Milestone: 800th blog post

This is the 800th blog post on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.  The first post was on April 24, 2014.

800 posts is a lot.  It feels like a lot.

There has been a lot on this blog.  There have been poems, poems with explanations, poetry topic ideas, experimental poetry forms, artwork to inspire poetry, photographs to inspire poetry and bilingual poems among other things.  There’s often a sense with each post to have something a little different from what has been there before.  Hopefully there was a sense of having something at least a little new with each post.

There is hope that everyone who has read something on this blog has enjoyed it.  Hopefully you were entertained or thought or were inspired or learned something.  Hopefully something was gained from it.

Thinking back on the posts, it’s hard to say what it all adds up to.  800 posts is a lot to think back on.  There is a sense, that there is something in the totality of it all, as if it were a novel or something, but whatever that something is, it’s hard to describe.

Thank you to anyone who has in any way interacted with this blog.

If you’d like to show your support for the blog, please consider purchasing a copy of the eBook, Understanding: poems with explanations.

As a side note, there is a new set of photography, artwork, poetry and fiction on MSakran.com.  The short story in the set examines an interesting philosophical idea: What would it be like to communicate with an entity, if you couldn’t be certain if that entity was a person or a computer?  The idea could be used to inspire poetry.

Again, thank you to everyone who’s interacted with this blog.

Milestone: Three Year Anniversary

Today is the three year anniversary of the very first post on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.

Wow.

Three years.

It’s been a lot.  There have been so many posts about so many different things.  It has been an experience doing it all.  There is way too much that could be said about writing over seven hundred and fifty posts.

Here’s a haiku just to say a little:

pebbles in the pond,
seven hundred and more,
so many ripples

Hopefully, some readers, somewhere, have enjoyed what has been on this blog.  Hopefully it has been entertaining, educational, insightful, inspirational and other things.  Hopefully someone has gotten something from it.

If you’ve liked this blog at all, you would make M. Sakran’s day if you would do one or more (hopefully more) of the following:

  • Like this post. It’s really easy, takes a second or so, and is hopefully something everyone will do.
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  • Follow this blog. This too is easy, takes only slightly more than a second or so, and means that you might see M. Sakran’s blog posts in your reader (a fun and amazing thing for sure).
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  • Read more posts on this blog. There is a page with links to every single post.  It is the Posts List page. Go there.  Find a post.  Read it.  Repeat.
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  • Tell your friends (as well as acquaintances and people you only barely know) about M. Sakran’s blog. Maybe put a mention of it on your blog or social media page.  Doing so will bring a little bit of joy to M. Sakran.
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  • Use the Contact Page to contact M. Sakran. You don’t have to put any other information other than your comment.  Tell M. Sakran anything.  Say what you think of the blog.  Say what you’d like to see.  Tell M. Sakran about your blog.  Write a recipe for rhubarb pie. Anything.
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  • Go to www.MSakran.com. It is M. Sakran’s website.  There is a whole lot there (like poems, artwork, even a whole science fiction novel).
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  • Purchase a copy of M. Sakran’s self-published eBook of poems with explanations: Understanding: poems with explanations. Doing so will actually cause M. Sakran to dance with joy.
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  • Purchase a copy of M. Sakran’s collection of poetry, First Try. Doing so will also cause M. Sakran to dance with joy.

 
Thank you to all readers.

Gift Ideas: Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas is coming soon!

Maybe you’re looking to buy gifts for family and friends.  Maybe, some of those people, like poetry.  If so, here are some book and eBook gift ideas:

 

If you think the person might like a general poetry collection, then consider:

First Try by M. Sakran

First Try Cover

First Try Copyright 2014 M. Sakran.

Book cover Copyright 2014 eLectio Publishing.  Book cover used with permission.

First Try is a collection of one hundred poems.  It covers a variety of topics.

First Try is available as a paperback book: First Try by M. Sakran,

and as an eBook: First Try by M. Sakran.

(As a note, there is a way to give an eBook as a gift.)

 

If you think the person is interested in learning about poetry, then consider:

Understanding: poems with explanations by M. Sakran

Understanding: poems with explanations by M. Sakran

Understanding: poems with explanations Copyright 2016 M. Sakran.

Understanding: poems with explanations by M. Sakran, is a self-published collection of twenty original poems, with explanations of each of them.  The main purpose of this book is to help readers expand their understanding of poetry through the explanations.

Understanding: poems with explanations is available as an eBook: Understanding: poems with explanations by M. Sakran.

 

If you think the person, might be interested in poems about illness, then consider:

Insides by Freya Pickard

Insides by Freya Pickard

Insides Copyright 2016 Freya Pickard.

Front Cover Picture Copyright 2016 Freya Pickard.  Used with permission.

Insides is a collection of poetry focusing on colorectal cancer, written by a colorectal cancer survivor.

Insides is available as an eBook: Insides by Freya Pickard.

 

Lastly, if you think the person likes poetry, but would prefer it in conjunction with fiction, then consider:

Vintrig’s Kingdom by Freya Pickard

Vintrig's Kingdom by Freya Pickard

Vintrig’s Kingdom Copyright 2016 Freya Pickard.

Book Cover Copyright 2016 Freya Pickard.  Used with permission.

Vintrig’s Kingdom is a fantasy romance novel that has a haiku at the start of each chapter and other poems as songs in the book.

Vintrig’s Kingdom is available as an eBook: Vintrig’s Kingdom by Freya Pickard.

 

These are some book and eBook gift ideas for your family and friends who like poetry.  Buy your gifts today!  Merry Christmas!