Versatile Blogger Award, thank you Erika!


Versatile Blogger Award

Erika of the blog Author Erika Kind has been so generous to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Versatile Blogger Award.

Thank you so much, my dear blogging friend!

Here are the rules:

• First of all, give the link and name of the blogger who nominated you, in your post.
• Secondly, tell 7 facts about yourself.
• Lastly, nominate 15 bloggers for the award.

Here are seven things about myself:

1. Where did most visits to my blog come from so far today?

Country Views
United States FlagUnited States 187
Jamaica FlagJamaica 81
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 30
Australia FlagAustralia 22
Germany FlagGermany 12
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 10
Ethiopia FlagEthiopia 8
Liechtenstein FlagLiechtenstein 7
Canada FlagCanada 7
France FlagFrance 5
India FlagIndia 3
Bahrain FlagBahrain 3
New Zealand FlagNew Zealand 3

2. Where did most visits to my blog come from this month?

Top Views by Country for 30 days ending 2015-04-24 (Summarized)

Country Views
United States FlagUnited States 8,180
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 1,672
Jamaica FlagJamaica 620
Canada FlagCanada 492
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 488
Germany FlagGermany 382
Australia FlagAustralia 374
France FlagFrance 354
India FlagIndia 201
Greece FlagGreece 166
New Zealand FlagNew Zealand 140
European Union FlagEuropean Union 124
Romania FlagRomania 113
Norway FlagNorway 108
Spain FlagSpain 105
Italy FlagItaly 92
Ireland FlagIreland 76
Belgium FlagBelgium 74
South Africa FlagSouth Africa 72
Japan FlagJapan 72

3. Why do I, when asked to tell seven things about myself in an award nomination blog post, often have statistics of my blog?

Because the national flags of the various countries where visits come from make the blog post colourful. And because these statistics are always different from earlier statistics.

4. Which blog posts and pages brought most visits to my blog today?

Title Views
Home page / Archives 63
Fukushima disaster killing dolphins 17
British secret police spying on trade unionists, parliament for Rupert Murdoch 17
Poverty in Britain 12
Entangled humpback whale saved in South Africa 12
Big anti-ISIS, anti-dictatorship demonstration in Ethiopia 11
Impressionism and business at the London National Gallery 10
British poetess Judi Sutherland about blogging 10
How marsh harrier William lives 10
Medicinal leech swims, video 9

5. Which blog posts and pages brought most visits to my blog this month?

Top Posts for 30 days ending 2015-04-24 (Summarized)

Title Views
Home page / Archives 1,834
Günter Grass poem on Greece and austerity, English translation 339
Most hated animals top 50 161
Poverty in Britain 129
Bahraini king’s sexual harassment of Lebanese singer 118
Rubens, Rembrandt, differences in what they painted 101
About 92
European bison, short-eared owl and woodlarks 83
Belgian fascist suspect of Brabant massacres 82
Poisonous caterpillars infest Spurn Point in England 67
Dadabhai Naoroji not the first Indian to be elected to British parliament 56
Ethiopian dictatorship violence against anti-ISIS demonstrators 55
700 refugees drown, European politicians guilty 53
Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations to you all! 53
Monsanto’s RoundUp banned in the Netherlands in 2015 53
Dutch in Suriname, most cruel slave-masters 53
German anti war artist Käthe Kollwitz 50
Will US soldier escape punishment for rape of Dutch girl? 50

6. Which search engine search terms brought most people to my blog this quarter?

Search Terms for 90 days ending 2015-04-24 (Summarized)

Search Views
helen keller 23
egyptian sarcophagus 17
bijju animal 9
gender inequality statistics 8
stork webcams 7
snake in mauritius 7

7. Which referrers brought most visits to my blog this month?

Referrer Views
Search Engines 7,891
Facebook 296
WordPress.com Reader 151
widgets.wp.com 88
topix.com 56
Reddit 54
WordPress Dashboard 43
Twitter 36
decorrespondent.nl 18
typepad.com 17
theobamacrat.com 15
en.gravatar.com/petrel41 14
hrexach.wordpress.com 12
perfumepolytechnic.wordpress.com 11
topix.net 10
gayinthe80s.com 9
sdbast.wordpress.com 8

My fifteen nominees are:

1. clarepollard

2. quercuscommunity

3. peaches and poppycock

4. merlinspielen

5. Joëlle Jean-Baptiste – Author

6. Blu Chicken Ninja

7. Luc Dewaele

8. Miss Ayo Délé

9. Deconstructing Myths

10. mihran Kalaydjian

11. Friendly Fairy Tales

12. Game Addicts Central

13. Oscar Relentos

14. Maria Luisa Marcelino

15. Track

British poetess Judi Sutherland about blogging


Judi Sutherland

By Judi Sutherland in Britain:

Poetry that commits to the struggle

Thursday 23rd April 2015

The Stare’s Nest poetry portal has put paid to cynics like Jeremy Paxman and their disparaging views of poets. Judi Sutherland has the story

Poets know that creative ideas sometimes emerge from a collision of disparate events. This was the case with my poetry blog/zine, The Stare’s Nest.

It had two unlikely muses: Jeremy Paxman and Nigel Farage.

The European elections of May 2014 plunged me into despair. I watched the rise of Ukip, aided by Farage’s constant appearances on TV and in print. After the results were announced, the news programmes reported that 31 million people had not bothered to vote. Presumably they didn’t think it mattered.

I was reminded of the variously-attributed aphorism that “all that it takes for evil to triumph in the world is for good men to do nothing.” And the British electorate did nothing, in droves.

A few days later, during the annual hoopla of the Forward Prizes for Poetry, Jeremy Paxman — the profoundly underqualified chair of the judges — declared that poetry has “connived with its own irrelevance,” because, according to Paxo, poets have stopped talking to the public and are only addressing each other.

I wanted to create a space for poetry that is relevant to that apparently oblivious public. Poetry that deals with social and political issues in a clear and direct way.

I remembered Andrew Motion, who taught our MA class at Royal Holloway, exhorting us to “write about the big stuff,” and that’s what I wanted to draw out from poets.

I set up a website and called it The Stare’s Nest, after a poem by WB Yeats, “stare” being an Irish term for “starling.”

Yeats, writing in 1922 about the civil war in Ireland, wrote: “We had fed our hearts on fantasies / The heart’s gone brutal from the fare / More substance in our enmities / Than in our love; O honey bees / Come build in the empty house of the Stare.”

I recognised the syndrome. In Britain today, enmities have been whipped up towards religious believers, immigrant groups, the poor, the disabled, the unemployed. The way our media operates is based on engendering hatred and setting people against each other (see Benefits Street for example), to cause the kind of sensation that sells papers and raises TV ratings.

We are encouraged to feed our hearts on fantasies and they grow brutal on this diet of fear and suspicion.

So I asked for poems about righteous anger, poems which rail against bigotry and political guile, also asked for poems which illustrate the things that really matter: the relationships and encounters, the little celebrations of what we have in common.

Tell us how it is, I asked the poets, but also tell us how it could be.

The poems started flowing in and mostly they have been of incredibly high quality. We have had contributions from Brazil to Bengal, from Tunisia to Shetland. Some well-known poets have been kind enough to contribute — I won’t list them, but you can find them in our tag cloud — and to all of them I am deeply grateful.

We have also featured new poets, sometimes giving space to their very first published work.

Some poems are polished and beautiful, while others are less sophisticated, but were included because of the passion behind the lines or because of the poet’s unique life experience.

Through all of those, I feel able to trace a still, small voice speaking of hope in the face of the many counsels of despair that we are subjected to.

These poems build our understanding of what we share: our common humanity. You can find them at www.thestaresnest.com.

I promised to publish a new poem every day from the site’s inception last July to the general election. So far we have published about 270.

We have over a hundred hits every day, plus 679 followers who have the daily poem delivered to their inbox and a respectable presence on Twitter (@thestaresnest).

After the election, I’m not sure. It’s a lot of work, at the moment I also have a full-time job and my own writing is falling by the wayside. I’m wondering whether there should be a little book — The Best of the Nest, maybe — to sell in aid of a charity that shares the site’s ethos.

If that happens, I will do my best to get a relevant copy to Jeremy Paxman.

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations everyone!


Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that :)

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty :)

The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

My seven questions are:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

2. What is your favourite sport?

3. What has been a special moment for you in 2014?

4. What is your favourite quote?

5. What was your favourite class when still at school?

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

My nominees are:

1. suzzeta

2. ammaara seedat

3. Mind the Gap

4. The Evolution of Eloquence

5. The Free

6. colouredjustice.wordpress.com

7. Hethersett Birdlife

8. Nearly A Princess

9. Voices from the Margins

10. VERDE DESPERTAR

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations to everyone!


Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that :)

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty :)

The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

My seven questions are:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

2. What is your favourite sport?

3. What has been a special moment for you in 2014?

4. What is your favourite quote?

5. What was your favourite class when still at school?

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

My nominees are:

1. Music of Our Heart

2. SharpBio

3. ByAndreeaM

4. earthgains

5. Talks With Travis

6. I am the ReaL Martinez

7. Karls Blog, feelings from the pit

8. BES Drongos| Follow that monkey!

9. The Indian Reverted Muslimah…

10. The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

Real Neat Blog Award, thanks so much Melita!


Real Neat Blog Award

My blogging friend Melita of the blog Perfume Polytechnic has nominated Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Real Neat Blog Award. Thank you, dear Melita, and all the best for you and your blog!

The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

Melita’s seven questions are:

1. If you’re old enough to remember, what do you miss the most about the pre-internet era?

Reading books, magazines, newspapers, which I still do, but much less.

2. Could you be self-sufficient if you had to be?

No, I don’t own any land.

3. What are your thoughts on climate change?

There is a lobby with lots of money denying climate change science. See, eg, on my blog, here.

4. What is your best developed sense?

Maybe hearing. I may recognize more birds’ songs than most people.

5. Do you make anything with your hands?

Writings, with a ballpoint :)

6. What is the most thoughtful gift someone has given you?

A bird book.

7. Tell us about a person you miss, and what you miss most about them.

When I was nine years old, my eight-year-old sister died. I still miss doing so many things together with her. Like playing at being bears. When we were small, there was a sidewalk, one part of which was lower than the other part. We used to go to the lower part, pretending it was a bear pit, and we were bears.

My nominees are (I have left Melita’s questions in place):

1. The Burnt Bagel

2. 61chrissterry

3. JSC: Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba

4. Petchary’s Blog

5. Jane Risdon

6. Notes To Ponder

7. Teacher as Transformer

8. JanniStyles1

9. Travelers

10. SWO8

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations to all!


Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that :)

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty :)

The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

My seven questions are:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

2. What is your favourite sport?

3. What has been a special moment for you in 2014?

4. What is your favourite quote?

5. What was your favourite class when still at school?

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

My nominees are:

1. Perfume Polytechnic

2. Jeff Ollerton’s Biodiversity Blog

3. A blog about lots of stuff

4. Wheel Stop Trident

5. Vlandaman

6. #Better Be A Hit!

7. Content Catnip

8. Human Rights Honduras

9. The Fifth Column

10. Smiles and Kittens

11. The Noisy Songbird

12. Woodstock Artists Association and Museum’s blog