Saturday, February 5, 2011

Blog of Note Moment: A Thank You, and a Call for (Love) Letters



So that happened. Which blows me away. And I won't feign being too cool to be geekishly happy about it. I mean, I'll never be cool. I've chosen geekdom. Geekdom is my metaphoric sad-ironic-cardigan-sweater-closed-with-a-safety-pin-and-worn-out-of-season and I wear it for easy identification. So relative giddiness is appropriate.

I'm also mystified, since The Trouble With Poet started just two months ago and has had about 3 readers since. I never expected it to go beyond that. Poetry/literary/artsy-sneeze blogs are the pariahs of the internet...worse than child pornographers. Getting a nod is warm and fuzzy and exciting, like finger-painting with the reckless abandon of a hyperactive child who knows they won't have to clean up their mess. Or splitting open the perforated entrance to a fresh box of Crayola 64-color crayons (with the sharpener in the back) while eyeing a pile of blank coloring books. Warm. Fuzzy. Happy.

Thank you to Blogger for reading a non-traditional blog full of creative allergy symptoms and weird little poems and drops of fiction.

First, to answer a repeat question: 

There is more about our SEO Septuagenarian Lovers on the very, very near horizon. Saul and Pippah are spotlight hogs. They're loving the attention. I think Saul bought a new fedora in honor of the occasion. Pippah is more sensible--she had an old dress tailored to fit better in case anyone drops by to congratulate her and is now wearing mascara with semi-regularity, but that's about it.

Second, two real-life characters need thanking: 

1.  My dear friend Ramon Lopez II, who is a brilliant graphic designer and brand specialist who did my logo design. If anyone wants to snag him for logos, branding and/or identity stuff, I cannot give him a higher recommendation...the kid works for major brands like Levi's by day, so know he's legit. You can track him down at ramonlopezpr@gmail.com.

2. Another person won the hearts of Blog of Note notable Hannah Miet and myself by going above and beyond the call of heterosexual duty: literal rock star Michael, who filmed us at Bowery Poetry for this post. Michael sat through an afternoon of dive-bar poetry instead of watching the NFL play-offs that afternoon just to film the reading, and that is a generous sacrifice to make.

Finally:

I've gotten a dozen comments and emails about Saul and Pippah reminding them of their own love-letter days, or how they miss pen pals. So, I offer this: send me your own love letters--to friends, lovers, exes, family members, it does not matter--via emailed PDF, jpeg or good old fashioned snail mail and I'll post them here, with links to your own blog if you're so inclined. I'll do my part and respond. We need to resurrect the lost art of letter writing. If you're looking for a mailing address to become a snail-mail pen-pal, email me directly. I'll respond to everything from turnips to poems on post-it notes to grocery lists and beyond. It's nice to come home to something other than bills.

Thank you for reading. Thank you for following. Thank you for making your own words happen.

40 comments:

  1. Sending my congratulations on your blog of note and inviting you to come over to mine, at:

    www.duncaninkuantan.blogspot.com

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  2. I'm new to Blogger and was looking for people to follow, and I actually found your blog because it was listed as a blog of note. You have such a way with words!

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  3. Hey, this is pretty good stuff. And I'm not just sayin that because blogger has crowned you "new jesus-slash-blog of note", I like your fiction. If I didnt like you, rest assured that I would find some sort of fairly creative-slash-snarky way to rip into your whole deal. Like I did that one time with those other guys with the photo thing.

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  4. I hardly ever check "blog of note" - unless I'm reeeaaalllly bored. So, what a treat to find one that really is notable. I'll be back.

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  5. @Duncan, Schirling and Caitlin--thank you, and I'll be watching your blogs....creepily. You know, with binoculars from across an alley.

    @jarheadbox I had no idea blog of note was connected with new jesus. this explains the bleeding palms and feet. I do love snark though. I have no idea who you ripped into, but it must have been spectacular.

    @Jim I am so happy you were bored. I'll be over to yours regularly. I'll already combing through posts.

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  6. Kimberly.....so glad that I found you through the blogs of note.

    Saul in a new Fedora and Pippah in an old tailored dress. Ah...the imagination soars. Can't wait to read more!

    Working on that snail mail to my childhood pen pal. We have much to catch up on.

    Thank you for stopping by and leaving a footprint (comment).

    Gina
    http://motoxmom72.blogspot.com/

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  7. Gongrations! Blogs of note!!!

    http://questoesdefutebol.blogspot.com/

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  8. Nice blog, maybe you might take a visit in mine too

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  9. Pay no attention to the new jesus thing, I was off my meds when I wrote that. Im doing better now.

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  10. @jarheadxbox You being off your meds still doesn't explain my bleeding palms and feet....

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  11. I saw you posted a comment on Duncan D. Horne's blog that said "your blog is so much more interesting than mine". actually, that's how I found your blog. But how can it be so "uninteresting" if you're on the BON? ;D

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  12. Wow, I think yhour blog is really great. The blogosphere is a really creative and supportive place to be isnt it. This is what I have found since starting my blog very recently. If you would like to visit - the address is:

    http://revedoa.blogspot.com

    see you there:):):)

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  13. It's nice to easily find so many other bloggers.

    the-wide-angle.blogspot.com

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  14. nice blog! congrats on being a blog of note =)

    feel free to visit my blog:

    http://jenniferscavone.blogspot.com

    Ciao!

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  15. Thanx for visiting my blog and thx for your wonderful comment. Yes, I agree, the art of letter writing is a lost one ...

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  16. Congratulations. It's well-deserved.

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  17. You are a beautiful and original writer and I look forward to more and more and more. Now I'm wondering if I can find some old love letters squirreled away ...

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  18. oh, it is a good post! I like it!

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  19. Hi! Look at my blog:
    www.myladycatherine.blogspot.com
    www.ladycatherinecaprices.blogspot.com

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  20. I've been writing letters and sending polaroids to people all over the world for the past year as part of an art exploration/project. I'd love to share some and/or write one to you! http://callmebalthazar.com/letter

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  21. Congratulations on your blog of note moment and I look forward to following and reading your work :)

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  22. Follow my blog:

    http://questoesdefutebol.blogspot.com/

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  23. Love your blog, I was hoping since I am following your blog, you might follow me back. I can use the help. www.roof-detective.blogspot.com

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  24. @Olavo Marques: Demands to follow your blog should be formatted with artsy line breaks and questionable punctuation. Here. Like this:

    follow
    my Blog
    http://
    questoes
    defutebol

    dot

    blogspot

    **snaps fingers**

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  25. Ok, you cracked up with the line "an old dress tailored to fit better". Oh boy, still giggling. It's so sad and oh I don't know. It's funny, ok.

    I've only read your one post. On a bottle of dark beer from the Grocery Outlet. And I never drink. So you're sounding real good to me. You go for it, blog of note person. Hey yes.

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  26. Gosh darn it, I didn't even compose that comment correctly. Brain types faster than fingers. Oh gosh darn it.

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  28. congrats!



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  29. I like your blog! Congratulations.

    You are welcome to visit my blog:

    http://www.christelelsayah.blogspot.com

    From Sweden :)

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  30. Just started blogging and I am feeling like the kid with the box of Crayola's (loved that) except I am eyeing blogland as my scribbling pad!

    I will share my love letter when I reach The Universal Truth of Divine Love in the coming weeks...

    Well done you sad-ironic-cardigan-sweater-closed-with-a-safety-pin-and-worn-out-of-season-super-fantastic-noteworthy-blogger

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  31. Congrats on BON! I am a creative fiction writer and I also started blogging recently and I also have 3 followers. lol! See, I'm a geek too!

    Anyway I have 2 blogs, one for random thougts and the other for my stories.

    You would be more than welcome to come and take a look, in fact I would be honored to have your feedback.

    Thanks and good luck with your new found fame!

    http://teatimewiththehelz.blogspot.com/
    http://storiesbythehelz.blogspot.com/

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  32. Congratulations! Love seeing someone honored for a good job. Haven't seen your blog before so I'll check in from time to time.

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  33. Kimberly, I had no doubt this would happen for you. Congratulations! ;)

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  34. I also was one who came across your blog via the blogs of note and I have enjoyed what I have read so far.
    I hope that as you have experienced success on blogger, you could perhaps share some advice to those of us new to blogger?

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  35. hey congrats! great to discover and uncover--feel free to visit mine too, as i slowly upload old post and delve into new fires: dragonflycoterie.blogspot.com

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  36. Присоединяюсь к поздравлениям!
    С не которых пор взяла привычку гулять по блогам: следующий... следующий... рада встречать жемчужинки!
    Учусь в блоге, хочу найти форму написания, которая мне понравится, чтобы выложить книгу стихов, которую издала.
    Письма... замечательная тема. Когда у меня будет много свободного времени - напишу моим близким людям письма чернильной ручкой, на хорошей бумаге, медленно... с любовью.
    Творческих успехов, простого счастья!
    Из России.

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  37. your blog is a breath of fresh air.....best wishes.x

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