Europe, 10 Years Later: In the Moment

I strolled through the Vrijdagmarkt in Ghent, Belgium, last Sunday morning, still slightly hungover from a sprawling bike scavenger hunt through the city the previous day.  A veteran farmer with white hair and red, calloused hands hawked different breeds of laying hens to the city folks.  Sidewalk cafes slowly became magnets for those looking for caffeine,…

Fake Followers and Follows: Scram!

Congratulations! If you have recently subscribed to Mindful Stew, you might be the site’s 1,500th follower! Except that you’re probably not, as I know a large percentage of this blog’s followers aren’t real–I’m not sure how many flesh-and-blood folks follow the ‘Stew.  Freakin’ spambots.  fagner1222ds, dhexd, aeryn65, catalinatutu, and eugeniotony: I’d love to hear from…

The Challenge of Blog Promotion

Have you ever finished writing a blog post, then anticipated a deluge of page hits and comments?  After all, you’ve just finished writing what you believe is a truly insightful post, a fresh take on a common theme or daily occurence, so obviously people out in the blogosphere will stop by.   I sure have. …

Dusting Off Some Early Musings

Welcome new readers! One of my favorite aspects of blogging is generating thoughtful discussion, and I earnestly attempt to respond to most comments.  Thanks to my recent post being Freshly Pressed, I haven’t been able to respond to the flood of comments about exploring busyness.  Ironic, no?:)  I’ll start chipping away soon.   Now that…

Thoughts On Writing Well

“All writing is ultimately a question of solving a problem.  It may be a problem of where to obtain facts or how to organize the material.  It may be a problem of approach or attitude, tone or style.  Whatever it is, it has to be confronted and solved.  Sometimes you will despair of finding the…

How much detail is simply too much?

Originally posted on Broadside:
Writer’s Block 1 (Photo credit: OkayCityNate). How much — REALLY? — do we need to know? Everyone who writes a blog, unless it’s focused on a specific subject, shares details of their life, past and present: their kids, their partner, their dating life, their work, their school experiences… How much is…