On Line = Life?

For a few days this past winter, thanks to local power outages & some Rogers down issue I had no Internet access. One local coffee shop was Bell, whew, so I squeezed in 20 minutes there but …. what I realized was how life has become so immeshed in the web. I was addicted. I can’t imagine my daily life without it, really.26brownbox01It’s the grid for my daily routines, I eat breakfast while checking email & posting my various blogs. Check for what I refer to as ‘nibbles’ on carefully selected gay cruising sites, check the weather one last time before I go out for my morning walk. I do not have a smart phone so there’s no distractions from my taking photos to post on my blog. Check for email to cool down when I get home. You get the picture. Nearly all the music I buy is downloaded, same for ebooks, same for guys I meet, same for tee-shirts, underwear – one click & it/he’s here eventually.26brownbox02August has been an unusually good month, so far, for my TOpoet.ca blog. There was an unexpected spike in interest for a couple of weeks where I was getting up to 50 hits a day. Many for home page/archives which is pretty general – then the bulk of them for old posts: the most for There Was The Word, plus some for Racism or Slut Shaming; Creature From The Porn Lagoon. It was as if someone had put a link up somewhere to lead people here.26whitebox03These are all actually clicks to that post. No likes or comments – but you have to be a WP member to do either of those things, I think. It’s gratifying to see those old posts looked at, they are ones that certainly represent me perfectly as a queer writer. Sadly this hasn’t resulted in any new followers though 😦 After some time on WordPress I’ve finally passed the 150 subscribers point. Some that I follow have accumulated thousands of followers in less time. But I haven’t done any real promotion (i.e. tweets that say please please follow me & I’ll follow you) & figure those people who follow me do so because they want to follow me in specific.26glassnbox04Things that I once thought might bump hits have in fact produced next to nothing – I get more likes on twitter for the link to my WordPress than I get hits on my WordPress. Same holds true for having a twitter retweet of that link, or getting included in someone ‘curated’ online newspaper. I guess a low-profile is better than no profile 🙂

sample

Crush

the crops were good

in the years after the war

the fields were rich

with the fallen

buried deep

very deep

that was the secret

to avoid pestilence

disease

the fallen were buried deep

so deep

no one knows their names

no one remembers the war

or how many years it took

before the decay

enriched the soil

recreated the world we live in

the earth we walk on

they will be remembered and forgotten

at the same time

the way it should be

to all challengers of decency

they become our history

dust

our world

is built on this dust

this decay

of what has fallen

crushed under the weight of time

forgotten

by the piling up of more

by the importance of now

all those wasted products of the past

slowly dissolved

first to be discarded

then names to be erased

with so much recorded

there is no one with the time to recall

to read about

to dig for these bones

not while

so much more needs to be planted

needs to be grown

reinventing is easier

than resurrection

the enemy changes

but it is never us

we’re too busy buryingsoon02

cover170x170-1on going 🙂 when new podcast are posted:  Deliciously iTunes

October  6 – Thursday Toronto, 8 pm, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St.

et

http://www.queerslam.com/season-3-dates.html

November 1 – 30 Participating NaNoWriMo

nanobullseye

http://nanowrimo.org/

December – Thursday Dec 1st – Toronto, 8 pm, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St.divine

http://www.queerslam.com/season-3-dates.html

6DC0301

Early 2017:

my first local feature in over a year: location date TBA

it came in

April season 3 FINALS – Friday April 15th Buddies in Bad Times – early show – 7pm startgames

http://www.queerslam.com/season-3-dates.html

June 2-4: attending: Capturing Fire 2017 –

newcap

https://capfireslam.org

check out these poets from Capturing Fire 2015: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx5KD1eDccdjdTdQ28kZRNg

money

Hey! Now you can give me $$$ to defray blog fees & buy coffee in Washington – sweet,eh? paypal.me/TOpoet

Like my pictures? I post lots on Tumblrglass

https://www.tumblr.com/blog/topoet

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