I had this idea you see, that I would take the blog to the boatyard and sort it out, make it all tidy and organized, fill in the cracks, redo the varnish, stare at the many blog themes that WordPress has to offer, tweak this and that – after all I have been chucking posts on here for nearly three years now. I was going to write an Index and organize all the posts into neat little categories but…
they don’t fit into categories
and it will take me days
and I just don’t want to do it
but people are wondering why I made the blog private, well, that was so I could mess it up in peace and quiet, because if you, dear reader, are reading it while I am trying to sort it out, it runs slow at my end
I am just going to leave them as they are. I feel a moment of T S Eliot coming on. You know that bit about not being Prince Hamlet, but a pair of ragged claws scuttling across the sea bottom? That’s me.
My tip if you are desperate to find something on this blog, do an internet search using the blog name as a term i.e. zeb bakes plus the name of the thing you want and a search engine like Google will find it for you better than the search box on the blog does. That is what I do, yes, I use the net to search my blog.
i.e. Zeb Bakes rye bread will give you …..
Very simple and quick!
The old definition of a blog was a weblog. Like a diary, not a cook book, not a website, not a content producing factory, not a source of free images for people to stick on to their Pinboards. So that is what this is, an old-fashioned blog, where the tides of words and images rise and fall, sometimes big, sometimes small, following my rhythms and my energies. The world is full of stuff, the internet more so. I have no image to maintain, no hidden agenda from blogging, no book waiting in the wings or small business opening.
On Pinterest and similar sites
Thanks for reading. I really, truly thank all of you who read this drivel but to those of you who don’t read, who are just busily scavenging away this is addressed to you….
Please don’t pin my stuff on Pinterest ever. Please do not copy my stuff onto your sites without asking me explicitly first. I have an irrational hatred of Pinterest. It just plops me in with a host of other stuff and devalues my work. Makes me feel like I am part of some huge online shopping catalogue. No one has ever come and left a commment, saying, oh I saw your photo on Pinterest and wanted to get to know you or chat to you. It does nothing for me in the least.
Call it vanity, call it what you like. I don’t need traffic driven to this blog or whatever other justification you put on doing it. I am more than happy for you to copy stuff to use at home, you can email it to your friends, print it out for a class or whatever, just don’t copy it and plaster it all over the net with some link back and assume that I will see it and be OK with it, because I am not. As far as I am concerned it is the height of bad manners.
If you want to stare at bread photos all day, then copy someone else’s who wants to be copied, who buys into the whole Pinterest thing, there are lots of them out there who love it and welcome it. They have buttons on their sites saying ‘Pin Me, please pin me’. I don’t.