Thursday, January 30, 2014

What to Do? #atozchallenge

           This blog has been entered in the A to Z Challenge every year since going on line.   Now I'm faced with the decision of entering A Faraway View for still another April Challenge.  What to do?  With prescheduling of posts it's been pretty easy in the past two events, but still it's work.  I don't know if it's worth it.

          My dream blog does not generally get many visits per post, but you who do visit are faithful in doing so.  I thank you all for that.  Participation in the April Challenges has added followers, but not loyal readers.  Some of you have expressed similar circumstances on your own blogs.   I'm on a constant quest to figure out what it takes to increase and keep readers, but for this blog I've certainly not zoned in on what it takes to do that.

          The highly personal nature of many of the blog posts here and the limited lure of the topic are not a big draw for an audience.  In part this blog has a content problem and I've been aware of that almost from the start.  A Faraway View is definitely a niche blog and expectations of high readership should be reflected by that fact.   Maybe I can find a way to broaden the audience potential, but so far A to Z hasn't done that for me here.

           I'll have to think on this for a while before coming to a final decision--weigh the work against the rewards reaped.  I love doing the A to Z here, but I've gotten so behind in so many aspects of my life that I'm not sure the time I spend is worth it.     I've even considered stopping any new activity on this blog--leaving it open for past posts, but not keeping posts current.  

            Are you participating in the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge?    Do you think continuing to post on a blog that does not have a growing audience is a waste of time?   What suggestions do you have for increasing readership on this blog?

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Still Sleeping, Still Dreaming

Koala sleeping on a tree top
Koala sleeping on a tree top (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
        As some of you may know, I've been rather ill over the past few weeks.  I'm getting better, but still feeling a bit weak and tired.   That means a lot more sleep.  Some days I've slept most of the day.

        This week I've been sleeping less, but still taking a couple naps each day.  All this sleep means a lot of dreams.  I wish I could remember them all, but I haven't been writing any of them down.  Some I've dwelt on for a while, but still I forget them.

          I don't mind the dreams, but I'm not thrilled about the excess sleep.  I'm looking forward to getting back to tip top shape so I can get back to doing things I need to do.

          How's your health been so far this year?   Have you been hit by the flu or a cold?   

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Crazy Road Dream

English: Disney World, Orlando, Florida
English: Disney World, Orlando, Florida (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

     According to my travel schedule I should have gotten home by Wednesday January 8th.   Instead, an unforeseen event--the illness of my wife's favorite aunt--has brought us to Orlando, Florida.  And to complicate things I've become rather ill with flu or some such ailment.  I've been spending a good bit of time in bed in our motel room.  With sleep comes dreams.

       I had a rather odd dream Wednesday afternoon.  More than odd--since all dreams tend to be odd--the dream was disturbing.  I clearly see the influence of my state of traveling and illness in this dream:

      I am driving behind a truck or a vehicle pulling a large trailer.  There is a large opening on the driver side of the "trailer".   I see boys probably about 10 to 16 years old waving and hanging out of the opening.  They seem to be festive with an attitude of showing off.
      After a while they individually begin to do daredevil stunts where they hang horizontally out of the opening.  Their bodies are very close to the roadway and they push this closeness even more with each successive stunt.  Suddenly one of them drags his body on the roadway.  He loses grip and falls off, tumbling to the side of the road.  The vehicle ahead of me continues onward at a rapid speed as do I.
       More boys try the stunt and are thrown from the vehicle.  I run over a couple of the boys as do cars behind me.  I am very concerned about this, but also somewhat angry and afraid.   
        I then awoke from this dream and pondered its meaning.   I'm sure my upcoming trip home has affected my dream.   My state of illness probably has something to do with the disturbing nature of the dream.

         I am now anxious to return home.

          Does sickness tend to make your dreams more disturbing?   Are you well in this post-holiday season?

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Dreams for the New Year

Dreams 10/52 2011
Dreams 10/52 2011 (Photo credit: JanetR3)
   I've been dreaming a lot over the holidays, but not retaining much in the way of memory of any of these dreams.  Waking in an environment that is not my home makes for a change in activity that takes away dream reflection time.  Different schedules and more adaptation to surroundings distracts my dream memory capacity to focus on waking life situations.

       In the year to come I'll be reflecting more on dreams that I remember and perhaps delve into dreams from dream journals from years ago.

        I hope everyone's holidays were wonderful and I wish you well for 2014!

        What happens to  your dream life and memory when you are in a different environment than your own home?   Have you ever kept a dream journal and if you have, do you still have your old dream records?  What are your dreams of aspiration for the coming year?    

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