Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award

Heart or mind? Why?
Mind. It keeps the heart in check.

I would like to thank NeuroDevotion for nominating me for this award! Their blog consists of both poetry and longer form blog posts about inspiration and motivation. Go check it out!


1. Thank the person who has nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog.
2. Answer their questions.
3. Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions.
4. Notify the nominees through their blog by visiting and commenting on their blog.
5. List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo.
6. Provide the link to the Award creator, as Rising Star from (It’s all about Inspiration).


1. What is the best compliment that you have got from a blogger?

I kept typing and deleting, typing and deleting, typing and deleting my answer to this question. It makes me feel uncomfortable because I can’t figure out a way to write it that doesn’t come across as conceited. Instead, I’ll just put a screenshot of the comment.

If y’all like reading haiku, tanka, and other forms of poetry or want to learn more about meditation and yoga, go check out Genie Akano’s blog! She’s wonderful!

2. What are the three things that you want to learn?

Swing dancing, how to properly cook Indian cuisine, and programming

3. What is the one thing that you want to confess?

For much of my life, I really disliked poetry. I especially disliked “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot, which is now actually one of my favorite poems and was the inspiration for my own poem “Galaxies, Or Regarding Poor Prufrock.”

4. Heart or mind? Why?

Mind. It keeps the heart in check.

5. What is your favorite food?

Potato wedges. Yum!

My Nominees

My nominees are any of my readers who would like to participate!

My Questions

I loved these questions and had to think deeply to answer many of them, so my questions are the same ones!

I have one more nomination left to go before I take a break from awards and tags for a little while. Once again, thank you to everyone who has nominated me, whether I was able to accept or not. Your support means so much!

The resource today for laughing and learning is White Savior: The Movie Trailer from Late Night with Seth Meyers. It’s a super funny video, and it points our a major and pervasive problem in Hollywood.

Wanna Know You Better!

What kind of a “dream home” you dream about?
I doubt this will ever happen, but I would love to have a big, full house. I want to have lots of space for friends and family to live in or visit. I also want a big garden where I can grow a lot of my own food.

I was nominated for this tag by Era from The Hidden Soul. Thank you so much, Era! Her blog is full of articles, poetry, and awards. Please go check her out!

“Wanna Know You Better” was created by Riya from World of My Thoughts. Go check out her blog if you want to read some of those thoughts. Thank you for creating the tag, Riya!


  • Title the blog post as “Wanna know you better!!”
  • Describe Riya’s blog and a put link to her post.
  • Describe and thank the one who nominated you.
  • Copy all the questions and answer them one by one.
  • You may create your own questions for your targets
  • Pass the game as a challenge to any of your favorite bloggers and mention them in your post.
  • Add a link to your post in the comment section of the Host and nominees below so that they would come to know about you.
  • State the steps.

Era’s Questions

Q.1 Have you ever been foolhardy? When? Why? Describe briefly.
I can’t think of any specific examples, but I definitely have said and done things in the heat of the moment that I thought were brave but regretted later. For the most part, though, I am very reserved. It takes me a while to make decisions because I like to weigh all of my options.

Q.2 How do you prefer the curtains, drawn or pulled apart?
Every morning, I think that I prefer the curtains drawn, but, the truth is, I feel so much better when they’re pulled apart.

Q.3 What kind of a “dream home” you dream about?
I doubt this will ever happen, but I would love to have a big, full house. I want to have lots of space for friends and family to live in or visit. I also want a big garden where I can grow a lot of my own food.

Q.4 If you had the power to transfigure into an animal/bird/insect as per your will what would you’ve chosen? Why? (Only one allowed!)
I’ve always wanted to become a dolphin. They’re smart, they do things for fun, and they get to stay in the water all the time.

Q.5 If I offer you Watermelon or a Chocolate ice-cream during summer what will you choose? Why?
If the chocolate ice cream is vegan, I would choose that. Otherwise, I’d choose the watermelon.

Q.6 In your home what’s your favorite inanimate object and tell me the reason behind that?
There is a puzzle that was gifted to me on my 20th birthday. During quarantine, I broke it out of storage and redid it. It is missing a piece because the person who gave it to me took that piece as a keepsake. The timing of that gift and the person who gave it to me are both really special, so the puzzle itself is also really special.

Q.7 If you had got an opportunity to make somebody else’s blog (except mine) yours which blog would you’ve swapped with?  (Take it as a compulsion. I know we all love our own creations and couldn’t dream of exchange! I just want to know your favorite blog)
Up until fairly recently in my blogging journey, I probably would have been able to come up with an answer to this question, but currently, I am so in love with my blog and its content that I wouldn’t dare trade it. A recent favorite blog of mine, though, has been The_tenth_zodiac by Nima Mohan.

Q.8 Which is/was your favorites swing in the park?
I was lucky enough to have a swing set in my backyard while I was growing up, so those swings were my favorite.

Q.9 Anything you would like to suggest to me to become better? (You can’t answer Nothing)
I love learning more about you through your tags and awards, Era, but my favorite parts of your blog are the poems and other creative writings. I would love to see more of those!

Q.10 How do you feel about God? (I know you can write a novel on this but just tell me in less than 100 words)
My feelings about and experiences with religion have varied quite a lot over the years. As of right now, I believe in love, and the Bible says that God is love, so I believe in God.

My Questions/Nominees

I nominate anyone reading this who would like to participate! My questions are the same as the ones I was asked.

Today’s resource of love and understanding is this zine by MPD 150 that answers FAQs about abolishing the police. “Abolish the police” is a shocking and seemingly radical statement, but this resource shows what people really mean when they say it (ex: such a change could not happen overnight, and we would still have a division of people who are well-trained and able to respond to violent crimes). Even if you disagree with these ideas, it’s good to have more information to prevent falling for the straw man fallacy when debating the concept.

And that’s all for today. Peace out!

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Are you, so far, proud and satisfied with your blog’s progress? 
I look at my statistics and get teary-eyed sometimes. I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve so much support, but I am exceptionally grateful for all of it. So in short, absolutely, yes.

Hi all! This is going to be a long acceptance, but I implore you to check out the bottom of this post that I marked with an asterisk* where you will find my social justice resource for today. It’s about an issue that is not getting the support or the coverage it deserves because so many other worthy causes are in the news right now. Now, onto the award!

I recently had the privilege of receiving a nomination for The Sunshine Blogger Award from 3 different bloggers. I’m going to combine all of their nominations into this one acceptance post, but I encourage you to go and check out each of their blogs.

Firstly, there is Silver Stone from The Bored Side of the Phone who creates artwork, shares deep thoughts, and creates a ton of light, enjoyable posts.

Then, there is Jirah from Writings by JM. She is just as lovely to talk to as her blog would make you believe. And her illustrations are incredible!

Last but not least, I was also nominated by Era from The Hidden Soul. Her fantastic blog is full of poetry and awards.

Again, please do check all of them out.


  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions given to you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your blog post.

Silver Stone’s and Era’s Questions

  1. Do you think your name is cute?
    Yes, I love the name Joy!
  2. If you had a chance to name yourself, which name would you choose and why?
    Joy is actually my middle name, but I decided to go by it for my blog because it’s the name that I would choose if I could rename myself irl.
  3. Do you have any hobbies other than writing?
    I like cooking and hiking, I watch a ton of YouTube, and I really love learning about linguistics and languages!
  4. Be it books or movies, if given chance,which character’s life would you choose to live and why?
    All of my favorite fictional characters have profoundly tough lives. I guess I’d probably want to be a character from a rom-com, but I don’t watch a ton of those, so I don’t know who to choose.
  5. If you have a job now, are you happy with it? If you could change it now, which one would you choose?
    I do really enjoy my current job.
  6. Do you like to cook ?
    I love cooking!
  7. Which is your Zodiac sign?
    I’m a Scorpio. Do you guys think I seem like a Scorpio?
  8. Do you believe in predictions made for your zodiac sign?
    They can be fun, but no, I do not believe in them.
  9. Are you, so far, proud and satisfied with your blog’s progress? 
    I look at my statistics and get teary-eyed sometimes. I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve so much support, but I am exceptionally grateful for all of it. So in short, absolutely, yes.
  10. What’s the most useless piece of knowledge you know?
    That starfish swim backward and sideways, not forward. I learned this fact in a magazine more than a decade ago when one of the Cheetah Girls (I believe it was Kiely Williams) was asked a very similar question.
  11. Which is your favourite work from your blog? Leave a link so everyone can enjoy.
    I think most of my followers have seen the best of my recent poems, but I also really like The Mountain Doesn’t Sing.

Jirah’s Questions

  1. Can you give an uplifting message to your readers?
    There is still a lot of work to be done, but child mortality has dropped drastically in the past few decades thanks to a variety of interventions (in some regions, by more than half). When humans work together to improve things, we can truly make a difference. It gives me hope that similar progress will be made for other causes.
  2. What is your favorite quote?
    “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” –a paraphrase of an essay by Victor Hugo, often misattributed to Winston Churchill.
  3. Do you have indoor plants or succulents?
    Yes! I have a pothos named Germaine, a spider plant named Terrence, and a succulent named Elphaba.
  4. Would you rather own a bird or a bunny?
    I don’t want a pet, not because I don’t like animals, but because I feel weird about owning a sentient creature. In the wild, though, I find bunnies marginally cuter than birds.
  5. What is your favorite movie?
  6. Have you watched The Black Mirror? If so, what is your favorite episode and why?
    I’ve seen a few episodes of Black Mirror and my favorite out of those is “San Junipero.”
  7. What has quarantine taught you the most?
    Quarantine has taught me the importance of consistency.
  8. Would you ever want to study philosophy?
    I’m happy with the college major that I had, but I’ve done some independent study of philosophy, and I’d love to learn more!
  9. What is your Myers-Briggs personality type?
    I just took two tests because I couldn’t remember, and I got INFP-T on one and INTJ on the other. If I had to judge myself, I would say that I am an ENTP. (I’m changing the I to an E because I do get energy from social situations and I don’t like being alone, even though I am rather shy.)
  10. What is your zodiac sign?
  11. Who is someone you look up to and why?
    I look up to Kristen Bell because she’s lived a full and diverse life and she uses her platform to support a lot of good causes.

My Nominees

I’d like to nominate all my readers! Feel free to participate if you want to.

My Questions

If you accept this award, feel free to pick and choose 11 questions from the 21 (one was a repeat) up above!

Lovely readers, I have just a few more award nomination posts to get to, but I want to announce that I won’t be accepting any more awards going forward. I am truly humbled and flattered by the number of people who have thought that I am deserving of these awards, and I truly appreciate each of you who takes time out of your day to read my blog. I’ve been trying to maintain a balance between spacing out the awards so that my blog still consists mostly of poetry and not waiting too long to get to any of my nominations, but that balance has become difficult. If you were thinking of nominating me, I suggest that you spread the love to someone else who is equally deserving of your support. Again, if you have messaged me before now with an award nomination, it is coming, but I will not be accepting any more going forward.

*The social justice resource for today revolves around the Anti-Terrorism Act in the Philippines. Though innocuous-sounding, this bill has the potential to do a lot of harm to anyone in the Philippines, especially those who speak up against injustices. If you want to learn more, Human Rights Watch did an article about it, and Jirah has a post on her blog about it. You can also visit this carrd to find ways to help. I urge you to at least sign the petition that you can find through that carrd.

Peace out!

Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award

I write for a myriad of reasons. I write to make people laugh. I write to make people feel better. I write to convey information or a story. Mainly, though, I write because it is the way that I best express myself.

I was nominated for this award by Ismael Mansoor from This Engrained Heart. Ismael is a good friend and a phenomenal poet. His poetry deals with the topics of religion, emotion, and his experiences as a Deaf person. He also has videos of some of his poems in SASL. Please go check him out! Thank you, Ismael, for this nomination!


1. Thank the person who have nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog.

2. Answer their questions.

3. Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions.

4. Notify the nominees through their blog by visiting and commenting on their blog.

5. List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo.

6. Provide the link of the Award creator of ideal inspiration blogger award as Rising Star from 

Ismael’s Questions

  1. Why do you write?
    I write for a myriad of reasons. I write to make people laugh. I write to make people feel better. I write to convey information or a story. Mainly, though, I write because it is the way that I best express myself.
  2. You have explained why you write, so what do you expect from us readers?
    The only thing I expect from my readers is that they let me know when they disagree with me. If I write something that seems wrong or harmful, tell me, especially in posts where I make scientific claims or speculate on the experiences of others. I’ve always been afraid of being in an echo chamber, and I want to make sure that I do not cultivate one on my blog. Outside of that, I hope that my readers enjoy my work and use it to reflect on their own experiences.
  3. I am sure that you know that I am Deaf, but what would you say to any Deaf person when you see them?
    I would say hi and introduce myself. I am from the U.S., and I know a little bit of ASL, so if the Deaf person I met primarily communicates using ASL, I would be able to do that using their primary language. I’m not nearly fluent; I only know the alphabet, a few common phrases, and an eclectic smattering of words from “pride” to “day” to “Christmas”, but I’m learning. If you are also from a country where ASL is spoken and you would also like to learn ASL, I have some resources for you. is an amazing ASL dictionary, and Dr. Bill Vicars who runs it also has a great YouTube channel where you can learn along with his students. If you’d prefer to learn by immersion, I love the Sign Duo YouTube channel, where Ellen and Ryan vlog in ASL and Ryan answers questions about his experience as a Deaf American.
  4. What is your strength?
    My strength is finding connections between my experiences, and those connections provide the inspiration for my life and my writing. I find that experiences with my friends and family are especially meaningful and allow me to learn and grow and connect the most.
  5. What is your advice to every writer and reader?
    My biggest piece of advice to everyone is to look at everything (yourself, others, and the planet) with compassion. It can be difficult to do sometimes, but it is worth the effort.

My Questions

  1. What is an uncommon fact you know that you wish other people would know, too?
  2. What is one skill that you would like to improve?
  3. Describe yourself using 3 movie titles.
  4. What is your earliest memory of writing?
  5. Where do you go when you are in need of inspiration?

My Nominees

I nominate all of my readers! If you’d like to participate, just leave me a comment.

Peace out!

Vincent Ehindero Award

I love to write, and I was writing so much anyway that I thought that I might as well post it. I’m so glad I did! The WordPress community is so phenomenally supportive!

The Vincent Ehindero Award was created by Vincent Ehindero himself, who runs a wonderful blog. I was nominated for the award by my ever-so-lovely fellow blogger rishabh kumar! Thank you to you both! And if you haven’t checked out their blogs before, go do it!


  • Thank the person that nominated you, with a link to their blog
  • Make a post of the award (with a photo)
  • Post the rules
  • Ask 5-10 questions of your choice
  • Nominate 10-30 other bloggers


Are you an introvert or extrovert?
I’m a shy extrovert. I definitely get energy from social situations, even if I’m rattled with nerves the whole time.

What was your motivation to become a blogger?
I love to write, and I was writing so much anyway that I thought that I might as well post it. I’m so glad I did! The WordPress community is so phenomenally supportive!

What is your goal for 2020?
My goal for 2020 is to end the year even just a little better than I started it, which I know is vague, but whatever. It’s been a weird year.

What are three words that best describe you?
Curious, thoughtful, and imaginative

What is your best piece of advice about life?
To (possibly) quote Yogi Berra, “If you come to a fork in the road, take it.” No matter what life throws at you, make a choice and keep moving forward.

My Questions

I love these questions, and I would love to see all my nominees answer them!

My Nominees

I nominate any of my readers who want to participate! If you’re interested, leave me a comment below saying that you would like to participate and I’ll update this section to add you to a list of my nominees.

The Penable Award

Recently, I have been reading a lot more poetry and trying to hone my own poetic writing skills.

After winning the galaxy-themed Penable poetry contest with my poem “Galaxies, Or Regarding Poor Prufrock”, I was nominated for a The Penable Award. Thanks again to SaaniaSparkle from Fun With Philosophy for choosing my poem and H.R. Phoenix at Penable for hosting the competition. And thanks also to Phoenix for nominating me for this award!


  1. Tag your post with the #penableaward
  2. Display the Penable award logo (above) on your post and follow Penable if you haven’t already
  3. Thank the person that nominated you
  4. Tell us what your writing talent is
  5. Answer three questions that you have been asked
  6. Nominate three inspiring people for this award.
  7. Let them know of their nomination
  8. Give them three new questions to answer!

My Writing Talent

I think this is the hardest part to answer. When I started this blog, I planned to do only traditional blog posts, and that’s where I still feel most comfortable–writing essay-esque long-form blog posts. Poetry is what I dabble in on the side, since writing one of those long-form posts (from coming up with an idea, to researching, to writing, to editing and formatting) can easily take most of a week to complete. Recently, however, I have been reading a lot more poetry and trying to hone my own poetic writing skills.


1. If you had a time machine, where would you go back to?
I assume you actually meant “when” would I go back to 😛 , but I feel kinda lucky that this was phrased the way it was because my answer includes both a “where” and a “when”. I have recently been enthralled by the idea of the American expatriate writers of the Lost Generation in Paris. I would love to meet Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, and the Fitzgeralds.

2. Who are three people on WordPress who have inspired you?
I answered a very similar question in my Awesome Blogger Award post, so I’ll share three more.
1. João-Maria of (CALIATH) for gorgeous prose
2. Lucy of Lucy’s Works for beautifully descriptive poetry
3. Shreya of Wild Scared Crazy for consistently posting thought-provoking ideas via poetry

3. What are three books from your childhood that you wouldn’t mind reading today?
I’ve answered a similar question before and I gave my late elementary school/early middle school answers, so here are my early elementary school answers:
1. Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman
2. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
3. Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

My Nominees

  1. Shreya of Wild Scared Crazy
  2. Roser of Howl
  3. Silver Stone of The Bored Side Of The Phone

My Questions

  1. If you could live anywhere in the world other than where you live right now, where would you choose?
  2. Who was your favorite author when you were a child?
  3. Do you prefer warm drinks (like coffee, tea, or hot cocoa) or cold drinks (like lemonade or smoothies, etc.)?

Awesome Blogger Award!

Better late than never

I was nominated by the oh, so wonderful H.R. Phoenix from Penable for this award! Thank you Phoenix! It was so kind of you to think of me!

Before I jump into the award, I want to go over two stupid mistakes that I made recently so hopefully you wont make the same ones. First of all, I completely forgot to check my spam comments for a long while. My nomination for the award was in there, and I didn’t see it for nearly two weeks! Secondly, I am constantly confused by blog posts that have multiple pages. I don’t know why, but my eyes just skim right over the little button to click over to the next page. It’s not the fault of those blog posts; it just speaks to my inability to perceive those pages numbers at the “end” of the post. These two mistakes combined are the reasons why it has taken me so long to accept this award. Oh, well…Better late than never.

I was also nominated by the incredible Silver Stone from The Bored Side Of The Phone. Thank you Silver Stone!

Since I accepted this award so recently, I decided to update this post with Silver’s questions rather than making a new post.

Award Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Tag the post with #awesomebloggeraward.
  • Answer the questions you were asked.
  • Nominate at least five bloggers and inform them of their nomination.
  • Give them ten new questions to answer.

Phoenix’s Questions

Name three people who have inspired you on WordPress
Gabriela M. of short-prose-fiction who writes beautiful poetry and was one of the first people to comment on my blog
Erik Shinker of Perpetually Past Due because I absolutely adore his poetry
Mark Miles of Mark All My Words who runs a hiking/nature/photography blog that teaches me so much
(Also H.R. Phoenix of Penable, of course, for her encouraging comments, but it felt like a cop-out to include my nominator in this list)

Winter or summer and why
Definitely summer. I do not like the cold, and I especially hate scraping ice and snow off of cars and driveways.

What is your favourite piece of poetry and why
Currently, I’ve been loving “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas. (Maria Popova from Brain Pickings has a really post about Thomas’s life and this poem, which includes a video of Thomas reading the poem himself. You can find that post here.) I don’t know why this poem has been on my mind so much lately. I must have read it in high school, and it randomly popped into my head a few weeks ago and hasn’t left since. I love the acknowledgement of the vulnerability of the human condition and the encouragement to face death with an abundance of strength. I also really love “This Is Just to Say” by William Carlos Williams. I even have a blog post touching on that poem.

Name three books you remember reading in your childhood
A Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin
The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan

Tell me something you have cooked/ baked that you are proud of
I love cooking because I can really experiment with techniques and flavors! My roommate and I hosted a Friendsgiving last year, and I was in charge of making several of the dishes. I think the bread dressing turned out the best!

What was the funniest moment of your life?
This definitely wasn’t the funniest moment of my life (I find those really hard to explain to anyone who wasn’t there), but this event was certainly memorable. I was once texting and walking, and I strode into a knee-high hunk of concrete in my path. Startled, I immediately fell over. Don’t text and walk, kids. It makes me feel slightly better that I was walking with two friends, neither of whom noticed the giant block of concrete until it was too late, either.

Have you ever cried during a film, if so, which one?
I’ve cried during so many movies, so I’ll just provide a list of the ones that I can remember: Bridge to Terabithia, Up, Les Misérables, The Big Sick, Roma, and Short Term 12.

Give three things your friends would describe you as

Have you ever got late for school when you were younger and made up a ridiculous excuse? If so, what was it?
Nope, I was a good kid (at least in respect to timeliness).

Would you rather spend a night in a haunted house or by yourself in the woods??
Even though it would actually probably be more dangerous, I would rather spend the night by myself in the woods. In fact, I have considered taking up solo camping as a hobby. Plus, I don’t think I could sleep in a haunted house. My imagination is too active for that.

Silver Stone’s Questions

What would you take with you, if you happen to be stranded all alone on an island?(Any 5 items would be ok)
I would take my phone (maybe, just maybe it would work), a hatchet, a firestarter (not a lighter, but either a flint or magnesium firestarter because they are nearly infinitely reuseable), some rope, and a tarp. I’d have the possible problem of boredom, but I like to think that, with those items, I’d be able to survive on my own for a while.

Who’s the one celebrity you’d love to meet, and why?
Kristen Bell seems really nice and cool. She appears to be super down to earth, and she does so much activism and charity work that I would love to pick her brain about.

Are you an extrovert, introvert, or an ambivert?
I am 100% a shy extrovert. I definitely refresh my energy by being around other people, even though I feel anxious the entire time. I realized this half a year ago, and it made so many social experiences make so much more sense in hindsight.

What advice would you give your teenage self?
I would tell my teenage self to break more rules. I didn’t go through a wild teenager phase, and, though I think my overall personality precludes me from going too wild, I wish I had more experiences of testing the waters and facing the consequences.

You happen to find a hundred bucks in your jeans after you’ve washed it. What would you spend it on?
This might sound really uninteresting, but I have been eyeing these reusable food storage bags called Stasher Bags for a few months. They’re rather pricey, but a hundred dollars should be able to buy me a full set.

What is the best way to relax after a stressful day?
Watching YouTube, though that’s the way that I relax after any day.

Name your least favourite sport
to play: basketball
to watch: soccer (sorry, I know that answer can only be possible because I’m American)

Would you rather have a boring job, but get paid more; or have a fun job, but get paid less?
Fun job, but get paid less.

The dream concert you’d like to go to?(it could be in the past,as well! )
I’ve really been loving Young the Giant’s music recently (not because they put out anything new, but because I didn’t realize just how good they are), so I’d love to go to one of their concerts. Or Muse. Their concerts are supposed to be incredible!

As a kid, who was your favourite cartoon character?
As a young child, it was Blue from Blue’s Clues. Once I got a little older, I didn’t watch many cartoons, but if I had to pick, I’d say Katara from Avatar: The Last Airbender.


If you are reading this, I nominate you!

I don’t want to be the blogger who always does this for nominations, but this award has been around for so long that I cannot think of five people I follow who accept awards who haven’t done this one already. If you haven’t done it yet, though, I would love to hear your answers to the following questions:

  1. Who is your favorite author?
  2. What is your favorite piece of art and why?
  3. What is your favorite post on your own blog?
  4. When is the last time you adopted a new favorite/updated a favorite (book, color, food, etc.)? What was it and why?
  5. Describe yourself using 3 pictures.
  6. What experiences have triggered delight for you in the past week?
  7. Who is your biggest writing inspiration?
  8. Do you prefer hot drinks or cold drinks?
  9. How do you show compassion toward yourself or toward others?
  10. Name a fellow blogger you think would make a great friend irl.

I’ll be back tomorrow with another poem. See you then!

Peace out!

3 Month Check In

Thanks for everything!

She clicked “Publish,” and her whole world changed.

How’s that for an under-10-word short story?

In all seriousness, I just want to say that if you are reading this, thank you.

I’ve posted some writings to other platforms in the past, and WordPress has by far the most welcoming, encouraging, and lovely communities I’ve seen.

The poetry community on here is especially wonderful. My original intentions for this blog did not include poetry whatsoever. In fact, when I first started The Yellow Brick Ave, it had been years since I had written a single poem. My transition to a majority-poetry blog happened entirely by accident. One day, early on in the life of this blog, I was struck by some inspiration and I decided to write it down in verse. I posted it without any expectations. That poem, “You Are”, received such a swift and supportive reaction that I decided to write another poem. Then another. Then another. Now, poetry makes up 2/3 of my posts on here, and I plan to keep it that way. And though my technical poetic writing skills definitely need some practice, putting that work in has so far been so fulfilling. Thank you for sticking by me as I experiment and change and (hopefully) improve.

I feel so incredibly lucky to have stumbled into this type of writing and this community so early on. From what I understand, finding your blogging niche is one of the most difficult and time-consuming parts of getting started. I don’t know for certain if I will continue down this particular path for the entire life of this blog, but it was very humbling to discover within my second week a little corner of the internet where I felt like I belonged.

Now that all that gushy stuff is out of the way, I want to talk about my intentions for the future of this blog. I’m going to keep all of this kind of vague because, though I do have ideas that I want to execute, I don’t have timelines for any of those ideas, and I don’t want to make promises that I can’t keep.

First of all, I have been keeping a schedule for the past two months where I put up two poems and a longer-form blog post every week. I like that schedule a lot because, as it says on the picture on my homepage, it is “consistently inconsistent.” However, though I do intend to continue having multiple types of writing on here, that weekly blog post (to which I have been referring in my head as my “Free Friday” post) has been kind of all over the place. I think I want to continue using “Free Friday” to write about a variety of different topics (keeping the “free” in “Free Friday” so to speak), but I want to iron out the tone, so it doesn’t change so wildly from week to week. This improvement will happen when it happens (I think it’s another thing that I just need to stumble into), but any feedback that you have would be very helpful to maybe help me stumble quicker. Is stumbling quicker a thing? Maybe I should make it a thing.

Secondly, I want to be more active with commenting on other blogs. I know how gratifying and encouraging it has been to receive positive comments on my blog, and I want to provide other bloggers I admire with similar feelings. My other reason is a little more selfish: I’ve heard from a variety of sources that active social media use has a lower correlation of depressive symptoms than passive social media use, and simply liking posts does not seem to be enough to qualify as active use. I know that correlation does not imply causation, and that there are a plethora of reasons why this particular correlation may exist, but there doesn’t seem to be any harm in commenting more. Especially if doing so may make someone else’s day.

Lastly, as I said in another early poem of mine, “Light,” “I hope that one day/I can find a way/to reflect the light.” I adore blogs that use their platform to lift up other creators, and I would like to do that myself. I plan to do this slowly and in stages, but if you have any advice/suggestions, I gladly welcome them in the comments. For now, I’m just going to leave some links to blogs that I already follow that come to mind when I think about writers using their platforms to support other writers. (Note: This is not a comprehensive list.)

H.R. Phoenix of Penable

PoojaG of lifesfinewhine

Phoebe, MD: Medicine + Poetry

Once again, thanks for reading, thanks for following, and thanks for supporting. It truly means the world to me.

Peace out!

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