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the user's guide to more like space

since the blog now has its own spiffy facebook page and a number of new followers and because traffic on the blog this month has shown a steady increase, i figured now might be as good a time as any to give a little primer for those who might not be familiar with things here...


to start with, you can look at the about me page, which gives you an idea of what i'm doing, but which is kind of out of date now that i look at it. what you need to know about this blog is that if you like one particular aspect of it, there's a good chance that other parts won't be so interesting. in defiance of logic and popular wisdom, i just write about whatever is on my mind and that means that there isn't really a theme here other than "hey, look at the inside of my brain!"

that said, i do try to be good about tagging posts and when there is a large group of posts that fall under one theme, i usually create a category for it. so here's a little primer on what you can find.

first of all, there are several tabs at the top of the page. those are updated whenever i post something that fits those parameters. for the most part, these permanent pages contain links to my various creative projects. that includes my short stories, attempts at poetry and my photography and video art. there are also links at the right side of the page which go to sites where you can support me and my arty projects by buying books or movies [well, a movie]. since i'm not placing renting out the blog to advertisers, your support is appreciated. [you can also just make a direct donation through this page.]

now, as far as categories are concerned, here's a brief round-up:

making faces :: i have always had a healthy relationship with cosmetics and beauty products and a few years ago, i decided to start writing about that on the blog. at least once a week, you'll find reviews or experiments i've done on my face or other beauty-related ramblings.

mental health mondays :: i've always been fascinated with the mind and the ways in which it can become disordered, so i decided to dedicate a day to talking about those issues. for a while, i'd abandoned this, because i didn't have the time to research it properly, but it's been revived and i am trying to do a post every single week. 

world wide wednesdays :: this is a brand new feature on the blog [seriously, as of this post there's only been one entry], where i take a lighthearted look at various marginal or at least little-known cultures from around the world. i'm looking forward to doing more of these!

dj kali :: i've had an intimate relationship with what might be called "difficult" music for more than twenty years. i've also insisted on inflicting that music on random passersby whenever i can. i've done some podcast enclosures here [and may yet do more] and i'm always careful to post playlists whenever i do a live set. if you're some kind of glutton for punishment, yes i am available for parties, weddings, bar mitzvahs and funerals. you might want to make sure you understand what you're getting yourself into, though.

cuisine :: i'm no chef, but i do like cooking, so i write about that, too. a lot of times, this is more yammering than recipes, so if you're going to check those posts out, you should be prepared for some conversational banter. [also, every four years i do a massive series of posts called "eat the cup", which involves cooking meals with a world cup theme. i've done it for three successive cups, which actually makes it the longest running series of posts on the web site.]

proud fur-mom :: i describe myself as a crazy cat lady and i wear that label with enthusiasm. [i'm also lucky enough to have connected with that rarest of creatures, the crazy cat man.] i don't have flesh-babies, but i do have five wonderful children- three boys and two girls- who are pretty much the centre of my existence. seriously, if you get me alone at a social event, you can start counting down the moments until i pull out my phone and show you pictures of my totally awesome children.

so political :: i have opinions about politics. lots of them. i define myself as a progressive, or as very liberal [in some cases, i use the terms anarchist and libertarian, but those have connotations that i believe make them confusing] and you can be damn sure that anything i write about politics will reflect that. if that's going to offend you, you might want to avoid my political posts. on the other hand, you might want to engage me in a debate which i totally welcome. regardless, you can expect that i'm going to write a lot about politics in the world.

those are some of the major themes, but there's always more to explore and more things that i have in mind for the future. for a long time, i had a running series called friday favourites. i liked doing it, but it was a surprising amount of work and the posts weren't as popular as others on the site, so i finally abandoned it late last year. that said, i've been trying to think of ways in which it could be revived. any suggestions are welcome.

also, while i went through my adolescence thinking that sports were for the kind of people who liked to beat me and my friends up, i do have to admit that i [and my long-suffering partner] are huge "real" football [or soccer as you may know it] fans and, since the world cup posts have been extremely popular, i'm thinking of ways in which i could incorporate that. as with most things, i'm not adept enough to offer informed commentary, but when has that ever stopped me?

of course, at least half the posts on the blog don't fall into any of those categories, which is where i beg you for patience/ indulgence. maybe you visited here for one thing, but got snared by another. that's awesome. welcome.

i really love getting feedback and try to respond to it whenever i do receive some. if you have suggestions for regular features, feel free to contact me. i'm extremely open-minded.

but most of all, thank you for taking a few minutes from your hectic life to look at these pages. i am humbled by your interest and i hope that i can earn more of it. i may have started this blog for me, but it's no fun without you.

p.s. :: the image above is an illustration of me with the various elements of the blog, including my feline army of the night and neville, who is my insomnia and who is thus responsible for a lot of what you see here.  

p.p.s :: i'm surprised that this blog doesn't yet have a "greenland" tag. i'm strangely obsessed with greenland.

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