Changes

Changes

It is energising and refreshing to take a break from the daily routine and the last three weeks were wonderful, spending quality time with friends and family. The break also allowed me to reconnect with nature and more importantly myself.

Over the last couple of years things have moved fast with Inside The Mind Of Davy D. I worked out most weeks I have been spending in excess of 20 hours a week on social media, managing the blog, visiting and commenting on other bloggers sites, handling the social media accounts associated with the blog.

Although this has been fun and exciting, the recent break highlighted how this approach has started to leave me exhausted and pulled me away from the core of who I am and what I am trying to achieve with my poetry. Add to this a recent health scare, and it has made me realise I need to spend more time connecting with the world around me and the poetry I want to find and write. I also need to make time for a couple of other projects with Poetic Beats, including putting together a podcast centered around poets and poetry.

To do this, I am reducing my time on the blog and going, for the future, to posting two days a week. I will be posting on Tuesdays, which will be a mix of Poetic Motivations, Thursday Thoughts (now Tuesday Thoughts), my poetry and any other things of interest in the world of poetry. Fridays will continue to be Poetic Beats, the recording from the poetry show on Red Kite Radio.

The upside of this is I will have more quality time to read and interact with my favourite bloggers who have helped me so much to get to this point. Some days I felt I was just breezing through your writing and poems in order to get through as many as possible, and this wasn’t doing the quality of your work any justice.

As David Bowie once said, “Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth, and when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.”

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It’s great to have you back, Davy! Please don’t take this the wrong way, but I’m glad you’ll be posting less because I was kind of wondering how you managed. The internet of writing can take away a lot of the joy. And I’ll be able to keep up with your latest projects. I hope you are well and taking care of that health scare. I’m wrestling with some health issues and need to get outside more. Best to you and your family, Laura

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    Thank you Laura for your kind words and thoughts and things health-wise are on the up. Sorry to hear that things are not great for yourself and hope they start to move in the right direction. I think sometimes a change of pace and direction can sometimes help. Best wishes to you and your family also.

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I echo Laura’s sentiment Davy, and I’ve reached the very same conclusion, my poetry pit is in very real danger of becoming just that, a pit. One thing I’d like to do is more ‘voices’ of others work, so if anyone would like me to read n record their art just ask.
Great to have you back mate !

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Dear Davy D, it is good to have you back
especially wonderful to hear how you got time to connect with yourself, to take stock of what is important. Too often to we miss this and just get caught up in the maelstrom. You have made some wise decisions and at the same time enjoyed nature in its glory together with family and friends. Couldn’t be better.
Now, make sure the healthscare stays just a scare.
With warm wishes
miriam

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    Miriam thank you for your kind words and thoughts, they mean a lot to me. I think the disconnection was starting to effect the writing and poetry but the break has refocused me. The health scare has been put to bed. Sometimes these are given to us to make you evaluate what is important. I am looking forward to catching up with some of your posts I have missed 🙂

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Davy, it’s good to see you back and hope your health is okay! Blogging intensively is not only time consuming but as you’ve found draining. I started off with a few times a week but recently cut down to once or twice a week, turning off email notications (I was getting hundreds a day) and also taking long breaks away. You’re wise with your new plan and trust you will find a balance with WP and your all important friends, family and Poetry! Take care!

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    Thank you for your kind words and thoughts Annika. You are right. It creeps up on you. One of the things that changed it for me was speaking to a social media expert who suggested adding more hours and using more social networks to get more likes etc. I knew then things had to change.

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Dear Davy, I deeply support your wise and loving decision. You are blessed with a rare gift of being able to turn words into pieces of the heart. And taking the steps you’ve mentioned, honors that gift – and respects yourself. Beautiful. May blessings abound in all that lies ahead. With thanksgiving, Gwen

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    Thank you Gwen and your kind and supportive words are deeply appreciated. You are right about respecting and caring about the gifts we are given and hopefully I can continue to give the right respect to my writing.

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I’m glad you used your time to consider the future pattern of your output, Davy, and it would seem that your decision will be a sound one. I have felt something similar during my enforced break. The need to keep to a strict schedule can certainly be to the detriment of quality too. As you correctly point out, the sheer volume of excellent work of fellow poetry bloggers makes it very difficult to give sufficient time to absorb their intent and to do justice to their work when commenting. I do wish you well, Davy. You have a great talent and mustn’t allow it to be compromised by tight schedules or over-indulgence in social media. (My own flirtation with Twitter, by the way, lasted one post by me and only a few days trying to cope with the flood of incoming content).

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    Roland your kind words and thoughts mean a lot to me and thank you for them. I am in the process of purging my Twitter account as it can quickly become noise. I do find occasionally I can pick up the odd snippets of useful information, so I will see how it works out with less involvement.

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Davy, I’ve missed you!
But, as Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet, “To thine own self be true.” That is a line we all should try to live by. You need to remember it and to keep yourself healthy and functioning. I hope your health scare was just a scare, but please be “selfish” and take good care of yourself. Create what brings you joy, but doesn’t overwhelm you. Be kind to yourself. Yes, you have a fan base, but be kind to yourself first and foremost.
Yes, I have missed your Poetry, but now your poems will be like a delicious dessert I savor because I’ll have to wait for it, imagining what is to come next.

Be well, create when you are able to, and if the powers that be allow, I will be here to receive your incite and your talent. And you will be able to share your amazing gift of transforming words into magic. Your poetry has brightened my world. Welcome back.

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    Thank you Lesley for your wise and thoughtful words, they mean a lot to me. It is good to be back, refreshed and looking forward to developing the poetry and some of the other projects I mentioned. Howard suggested we should bring Poetic Beats over to you on tour. We need a rock queen to add to the balance 🙂

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      Haha. On tour? That’s a hoot. Just take a lot of selfies standing in front of travel posters. No one will ever know the difference. Lol 😂Actually, that’s a trick they use in films. They can be in a warehouse in Georgia standing in front of a fake set by a window and there’s a picture of snow or mountains in the back and the camera translates it as real. My son (the assistant director) says they do that ALL the time. I could stand in front of a Mick Jagger poster and we could pretend we’re on tour. Hehehe. 🤗

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      We should give it a try Lesley. It could be a world tour lol 🙂

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It’s good to have you back, Davy. I agree with your decision. Writing should not be a routine task but rather fun and enjoyable. It’s quality that matters, not quantity.

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Davy D!!! 🙂 It’s so wonderful to have you back!!! 🙂
I’m so glad you had a great time away with family, friends and nature!
I applaud your decision! ‘Tis wise!
(I’ve written enough drivel that I could put up a blog every day…but I only have time to blog once a week or sometimes only 3 times a month. I have too much life to live! 🙂 And it gives me time to read and comment other blogs, and read and comment back to the friends who leave me comments on my blog posts. 🙂 )
Do focus on your health, family, friends, life, writing, and projects!!!
Especially Poetic Beats! I n-e-e-d Poetic Beats!!! 🙂 Ha, you can’t take it away after I’ve become addicted! 😉 😀
I hope you are fine health-wise! Heath-scares and health-issues are a bummer. 😦
HUGS!!! 🙂

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Davy, I am glad to see you have found that comfortable place.

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You’ve done well to keep up with five days a week for so long! Looking forward to reading the new improved DavyD.

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I was trying to figure out how I missed this, but then, I have been trying to spend less time on here too.
I am so glad if you had a good break. Health scare, not glad about, hope all is well now?

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Welcome back! I believe balance is everything. Glad you enjoyed your vacation and your feeling better. Health scares do put a lot of things back in perspective.

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Davy, it’s really great to have you back with us for whatever you can give us! Sounds like your time off and away was just the perfect thing for you! Hope your health scare was just that, a scare and a minor one! Life has it’s way of reminding us of the important things in life and you are wise to listen and make changes. Don’t know about you but the ol’ clock on the wall seems to tic tock louder and faster! I often feel, even though I love WordPress, blogging and reading and connecting with everyone that it does often approach “trying to get a drink of water out of a firehose”! Overwhelming at times! I think I would be very inclined to follow your example to except I have a fear that my writing would suffer and my muse might leave me. Plus as you very well know, I find so many great seeds of inspiration from you and others that I would end up missing!

Please use some of your “Off time” coming up with more of your great discussion questions!
Chuck

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    Thank you for your kind words and support Chuck which are most appreciated. I felt it was time to take my foot off the gas a little so I could devote more time to other stuff and connect more with the poetry. My muse did disappear for a week or so with the new routine but she has edged her way back. I will continue to offer up thoughts for discussion as I enjoy other writers thoughts and the interaction it brings.

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      Yes, sometimes it helps to slow it down a bit so things aren’t such a blur with all the pressure of “getting things done”! I’m looking forward to the output from your writing time increase! Glad to hear that you will still keep providing thought provoking questions for us!

      I so appreciate your work and the great inspiration it always is for me! I am forever in your debt for the works/words that came to life from a seed of inspiration from you. And Davy, I so appreciate all the support and encouragement you have given me! Also, have had so much fun with our chit-chat and banter! Hope that will continue!!
      Blessings to You and Mrs. D
      Chuck

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i love that Bowie quote! taking time and knowing when you need a break and getting refreshed is part of a writer’s journey. realigning yourself will give us an even deeper content of work Davy I am sure of that. Take the time you need, good friends are here to support and applaud you.

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    Thank you Gina and that is comforting and supporting to know. I think there is always a thought in the mania of social media that if you take your foot off the gas you get left behind. Hopefully getting back in tune with myself and the world around me will also help connect better with the poetry.

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      The immediate connections of social media can leave us so exhausted at times. Exhilarating in the beginning but then very draining. It is ok to set our own limits and boundaries Davy. Our creativity should always take priority over just feeding the wants of the masses. When I stepped back I found other avenues of expression, I wrote longer pieces in my journals and had ore time for reflection, while I blogged less I became better acquainted with myself. i think you are doing the right things and walking to the beat of your drum which is how it should be. And we are certainly enjoying the better poetry!

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      Thank you for those kind words Gina and it is good to hear your experience of walking a similar path. I was reading recently about how social media changes patterns in the brain and is a stimulant for ego. The like button is a perfect example and was designed based on research around our survival instinct and need to be liked.

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