A Year of Ink

 

 

As it is so rare that I editorialize, I will beg my readers to bear with me, if this post is longer than a one minute read. I want to celebrate a milestone with the people I must surely thank.

 

A while ago, a year in fact, I was inspired and challenged by the blog, Borden’s Blather, written by Jim Borden. Although I find his posts wonderfully written, entertaining, and informative, it was his consistency that really left a mark. Jim is celebrating over five years in a row of posting to his blog daily. It was nice to have someone I enjoyed reading be available to me every day and I found myself so looking forward to his posts with great anticipation. And I was never disappointed, because like clockwork, each day had a pearl for me to read and enjoy.

 

It made me question my own efforts at writing. How consistent was I being at committing the time it takes to write? Why did I always use the onset of my muse as a prerequisite to writing? My muse does not willingly hide from me, I just don’t always take the time to look for her. And I learned that I must be more committed with my time and my muse. I decided I would challenge myself to post daily for one year. Not as lofty an accomplishment when compared to Jim’s success, but you need to start somewhere and that seemed an achievable goal.

 

I am happy to share that yesterday’s post was the end to that journey, having posted daily for one year. I know that Jim has found it challenging, which he has often discussed in his posts. But I did not know how challenging it would be. Once my blog took on poetry as its theme and greatest purpose, I, all too late, realized I would need to write a poem every day. But, as a former Marine, we are known for being a bit tenacious and stubborn. We are ingrained with a “no quit” philosophy and it seems to stick with us long after our service. The Marine mascot is not a bulldog by accident.

 

In reality, it was not about writing a poem every day. For one, I have a tendency to write in bunches. So, when the muse struck, I wrung her for all she was worth, and on some days, wrote as many as five or six poems. Other days, when my muse relationship was strained, the paper would go without ink. But, somehow, we saw it through to have a new composition for each day. Secondly, I began a series each week called, “Tuesday Tidbits”. A series of original quotes meant to inspire and support my fellow writers and artists. It gave me one day in the week when I did not need to have a poem to post. It doesn’t sound like much, but that is fifty-two less poems in a year. It is substantial. The series offered seven quotes each week. So, in turn for skipping fifty-two poems, I took on writing three hundred and sixty-four quotes. I started it as a limited series (fearing I would run out of pithy things to say), but its success has made it one of my most liked series and kept it going to this day. One of the other challenges of my blog was starting my series “Whittled Words”, which looks at the many various forms of poetry available to the writer. This still required an original poem in the form chosen, but it also gave me an opportunity to learn and try forms while sharing that journey with others. This learning is what will always remain with me and is invaluable. A real gift given in simply trying.

 

I owe this success and all the benefits I have garnished from this effort to so many people that they would be impossible to list without missing someone. So, I will not try to name you all. You all know who you are, and I hope that, in the passing of this time, I have told you more than once how much I appreciate each of you. Your readership, support, and following of my blog, wrapped in the heart-felt and genuine kindness of your comments and words, have kept this ship afloat in the calms seas and the raging storms. Each day I would be touched by something from you that strengthened and nourished me to continue. I have learned something from all of you. Many of your own beautiful writings and poetry have challenged me to elevate my art and hone my own skills. You have pushed me to be a better writer, to see the world through more open eyes, and to be a better person. I try to take the occasion to thank everyone in a post (no, I usually post a poem that day too, it wouldn’t be fair to cheat), but “Thank you” seems to never be enough. I am happy to celebrate this achievement with all the people who are so deserving of my humble and forever thanks.

 

Although, I cannot list you all, I would like to pay special recognition to just a few:

 

To Jim:

 

And here, you only thought you inspired and taught the youth of the world in your lecture hall. Without it as its purpose, your success challenged me to find my own, and in doing so, taught me more about who I am and who I want to be. I will always be grateful for that knowledge, your words, and your friendship!

 

To my loving sister:

 

Long before words were important to me, you were always there. You are my family! Wholly loved, deeply cherished, until my ink ceases to flow. I want no world without you in it!

 

To my muses:

 

Each of you is unique in your beauty and the grace which you bestow on me by gifting me words. Your love, your inspiration, your glow are the sun, moon, and stars in my universe. May my words shine back on you as brightly!

 

 

“The gift of words, holds within it every possibility. Boundless permutations of human thought, emotion, and expression. It is like the universe wrapped with a bow. And, how do you thank someone for that?”

 

 

 

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30 Responses to “A Year of Ink”
  1. A year of ink is a remarkable achievement Brad. I stumbled upon your blog not so long ago and ever since I have been not just a great admirer of your work but also consistency, like how you maintained a daily flow of writings with your weekly informative series, you never failed once to comment on my work and motivate me. Trust me it’s a big help in an unknown world where you are learning and exploring. So a big thank to you, and like how you got inspired from Jim, I have found inspiration from you.
    Through these last few months when I was at times loosing my muse or finding motivation hard, I wondered how you did it and then read your comments on my post that you do miss my work, that made me feel valued.
    I am extremely happy to see your achievements and will always wish that your ink keeps flowing, because its just not an inspiration for me its for many.
    Though your message talked about achievements it also felt like I will see you less in this poetry world, but I hope that’s not the case, because each day whether I comment or not I eagerly wait for your posts.
    All my best wishes for you my friend. Take care, stay safe. 😊🙏

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you so kindly, V! I am not going anywhere so I hope to keep you motivated for quite awhile longer. I so appreciate your words and it is humbling to think that my work inspires others. I am working on a method for us to easily communicate and will return your email soonest! Thanks again, my friend!

  2. How, dearest favorite brother, do I put into words how commendable your efforts in achieving this goal are?? I’ve long envied your ability to find this niche and create such meaningful works through it, while my own blog, when I DO write, travels in tangents and wayward paths based on equally wayward thoughts. I love and adore you, I’m grateful and honored to have you be the hero in my life that you are, and I’m proud that, as two siblings, we have a tested and proven love for each other that goes beyond blood lines. It pains me to think of how lost I would be without you!

  3. kristianw84 says:

    Congratulations on a year of daily posts. You’re such an inspiration! I’m glad to have been a small part of this journey, reading your work and watching you grow. Each poem stealing a little more of my breath, making it impossible to pick just one favorite. Thanks for sharing your brilliant art with us! ❤❤❤

  4. jonicaggiano says:

    Dearest Brad,

    How beautifully written is this tribute to Jim, your sister and your muses.

    Writing for a year is a very long time. Also your quality of writing has always been an inspiration to me. You have challenged me with your discipline and of course the quality of your posts.

    I have often felt your sharing different methodologies for poetic form to be incredibly kind. Also for the most part I would find your own written example to be the best example, which is no small feat. I admire that incredible work ethic of yours. I had a good friend who was also a marine so I know where that can come from and it can be quite the gift.

    Your quotes were always delightful and also encouraging Brad. I certainly enjoyed them.

    I hope this doesn’t mean we won’t be hearing from you anymore. Instead, I hope this is your way of celebrating meeting an amazing goal and wanting to share it with us, your audience.

    Congratulations my friend on your accomplishment and I will continue to look forward to reading your poetry and learning more from you in the future, even if it isn’t as often.

    Love to you Brad and thank you for all that you have shared and taught me this year.
    Yours, Jonikins 💕❤️💖😘

    • Brad Osborne says:

      I started to see that the wording of my announcements makes it sound like I am done, but that is far from the case. I hope to continue to post daily as long as I can or at least as long as the finish product is worthy of public consumption. I appreciate all your support, kind comments, and love! You will always be my, Jonikins! 💖🌹💖

      • jonicaggiano says:

        Oh thank you Brad that is a blessing and I am so glad to hear that. Yea!!!! Still a big day to celebrate 🎉🎉🎊 I would certainly say my dear Brad. Love 💕❤️😘you Jonikins

  5. beth says:

    it has been our pleasure. and congratulations on this huge accomplishment

  6. That’s amazing. Congratulations, Brad. Proud of you for pulling it off. I love Tuesday Tidbits. Don’t ever give up on that one!

  7. yassy says:

    Ah thank you , Brad. Happy I can read your fabulous poetry. Very inspiring. More ink to your quill.

  8. sudrakarma says:

    Congratulations in this milestone. While i’ve only recently discovered your work, your exploration of different poetry forms (and your excellent examples) inspired me to explore and create my own. Thanks for all you’ve offered!

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you Sudra for your kind words! It warms my heart to think that I have helped you to discover your own desire to express yourself. I hope you will always feel the pull to put pen to paper and enrich the world we share!

  9. Jim Borden says:

    congratulations on reaching such a milestone! I can’t imagine writing more than one poem a year if I’m lucky, so to write poetry every day for a year is mind-boggling to me.

    thank you for your kind words. You have taught me much about poetry and how to enjoy such a beautiful art form. I enjoy your two series, whittled words is a nice weekly lesson, and the Tuesday Tidbits always contain a phrase or two that motivates me to keep going.

    And I agree that there are so many wonderful people in the blogging community that makes it a joy to be a part of.

    I wish you continued success!

  10. petespringerauthor says:

    I’ve only been blogging for seventeen months, but the beauty of blogging for me is the connections we make with others around the globe. It is a microcosm for the way civilized people should act.

    I discovered Jim maybe a year ago or more, and I started to recognize this character named Brad, who was a regular on his blog. Now I try to show up here each day even though I haven’t written a poem for twenty years. I do love the beauty of words, and that’s enough for me.

    Congratulations on hitting that remarkable milestone, Brad. You Marine types make us all look bad. Now, Borden has me showing up and responding to his blog each day and doing planks (not simultaneously) Knowing him, that’s what his next post will be about.😎

  11. A beautiful way to express your thoughts and your dedication as a poet, a great poet, for one year of continuous writing. You are an inspiration to many of us, Brad, your ability to write so clearly, plainly and precisely, and to teach (Whittled Words) and to give us insights and very real thoughts (Tuesdays Tidbits) is something that we all appreciate, I certainly do. All the best to you my brother!

  12. jupitergrant says:

    Congratulations, and well done, Brad. You are a truly masterful and gifted poet, and your writing is so vivid, so clever, and so wise. May your muse continue to ride with you and be ever-present. Love, Jupiter 💋

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