A Milestone: The 900th blog post

This is the 900th blog post on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.

900.

Wow.

900 is a lot of posts.  There was a time, a while back, when 70 posts felt like a lot.  There was a sense of not knowing what else could be written about.  Now there are 900 posts.

900 is close to a thousand.  A thousand posts really feels like a lot.

Hopefully, readers of the blog have enjoyed what has been here so far.  Hopefully this blog has been of some use and entertainment.

If anyone wants to look back at past posts, they are organized by date on the Posts List page and there are broad category links on the About page.  If anyone wants to send a message about the blog, use the form on the Contact page.

If you like the blog, please consider liking this posts, following the blog if you don’t and telling your friends about it.

At one of the past milestones, there was a mention that something new might be added to the basic categories of the blog.  There is still some thought about that, but nothing definite.  One idea that is at the front of the list is essays about poetry.  It’s still being thought about.

Again, hopefully everyone has enjoyed the blog.  Thank you to all readers for your reading and other interaction.

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A Milestone: One Year Anniversary of Understanding: poems with explanations

Understanding: poems with explanations by M. Sakran

Today is the one year anniversary of the self-publication of Understanding: poems with explanations.  It is a happy day.

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 the book is to help readers expand their understanding of poetry through the explanations.

The poems in the book cover a variety of topics such as poverty, homelessness, pain, neglect, crime and illness.

The explanations look at the overall meanings of the poems, the meanings of individual parts of the poems, and form in the poems.

Understanding: poems with explanations is currently available for purchase as an eBook here: Understanding: poems with explanations.  It is available for $0.99 (plus tax where applicable).

Poems with explanations has been a regular category on this blog.  You can read the ones that are on it by clicking here: poems with explanations on the blog.  If you like what you read and you like the idea of reading an explanation of a poem, then please consider purchasing a copy of the eBook.

M. Sakran would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has already purchased a copy of the eBook this past year. Each purchase brought a little bit of joy to M. Sakran.  Thank you.  Hopefully you all liked the eBook and found it informative and enlightening and hopefully it helped you learn more about poetry.

If you have purchased a copy of Understanding: poems with explanations please tell your friends about it.  Let them know what you thought and feel free to link here.  Also, if you like, you can use the form on the contact page to let M. Sakran know what you thought.

Again, today is a happy day.  Thank you to those who will buy a copy of the eBook today and thank you again to those who already have.

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.

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.