It feels like years but has really only been 2 1/2 weeks since I woke up in a berserk middle-of-the-night frenzy and offered a reward - I mean award - to my favorite post for How I Named My Blog day, and then in the rational light of day withdrew the award, because I don't like "winners and losers" or awards of any kind! In spite of being browbeaten with exclamation points, several friends nicely agreed to post their blog naming story today, and you can find their links below. It's almost December 1, and soon I'll be trotting off to see if they remembered, and read them. Who knows, there may be others joining this grand event who aren't on the list!
Why "synch-ro-ni-zing" and is it the same as "synchronicity"?
Thank you for asking. Oh, wait, I asked.
When I began blogging almost four years ago in January 2006, I had just gotten a new Dell laptop as my primary work computer, with a port for easy connections, and a cute little handheld electronic planner - yes the one in the photo above. It used to be so vibrant and alive! With friends and colleagues I felt both urbane and sheepish whipping it out to see if I was free on a certain date. But it really was handy. At the end of the work day, I inserted the handheld into its stand, and a box popped up on my monitor screen that said "synchronizing" - and the information was exchanged.
Starting my blog at that time, I liked how the concept was like writing poetry: linking things that might not seem alike at first view. So, synch-ro-ni-zing is synchronized with synchronizing. Cool.
The only blogger I knew then was my sister, Ginnie. Hers is called In Soul where she shows her comings and goings and the soulfulness within them. I don't think she's explaining hers today, because she's too busy packing up and moving to Amsterdam this week, a supremely soulful event for her. I had not considered starting a blog myself.
Until one white winter day I took Don's camera outside and suddenly thought how fun it would be to publish a photograph of our Adirondack chairs in the snow.TO THE CREW BEHIND THE CURTAIN:I went to Blogger because Ginnie used it and taught me a lot, and I've been with them ever since, but wow does my blog look different today than it did then. I think I've gone through at least two Minima templates with a couple of different color schemes before settling on this simple white room.
Oh dear! I just saw that all the comments at my old posts are GONE! I wonder how far back they've disappeared?TO THE CREW again:But for the most part, Blogger has been super easy and offers flexibility and helpful tools. Ginnie taught me to create a non-public "test blog" that looks identical to this one, where I write drafts, upload photos, tweak, pinch and squeeze before copying and pasting the HTML into a synch-ro-ni-zing post. Even though I can't edit synch-ro-ni-zing posts right now, I can still edit posts at my test blog, thankfully.
For over a week now I haven't been able to edit posts here st synch-ro-ni-zing; I still can't delete that duplicate Thanksgiving post. I've told your superiors about this! Hey, I can call my dear friends Larry Page's parents who live next door practically. Who are they, you ask? You don't know the founder of Google's parents?
Here are the other How I Named My Blog participants who so agreeably agreed to tell their story, in the order they signed on. What will we find? Freefalling worm holes? I get inspired every day by other bloggers. Thanks to you all!
To synchronize means to bring things into the same moment, like when you synchronize watches. Synchronicity is slightly different - though from the same root -(dictionary.com says: 1615–25; Gk synchronízein to be contemporary with, equiv. to sýnchron(os))- and has a deeper meaning in the "acausal coincidence of occurances," a la Carl Jung. The link in his name explains the story when "synchronicity" began, about a patient at an impasse in treatment who dreamt of a golden scarab, then during their session the next day a rare golden scarab knocked against Dr. Jung's window screen. You can read more there on what he did with the coincidence. I love it when other bloggers post similar topics the same day (like today! I MADE synchronicity happen; I synchronized synchronicity), or comment that they just had an experience related to mine. That used to happen a lot with Letty at freefalling in Australia, as if we were freefalling through a worm hole from opposite sides of the planet toward each other. I like feeling connected with Letty and other friends around the world like that, but I'd need Dr. Jung to explain what it means.
synch-ro-ni-zing's topics are all over the place, but when I sit down to a new post, I bring a couple of things together in a moment. I think I added the hyphens to give a little hint that it isn't the same as synchronicity, but as I said, I like it when synchronicity happens too.
(Margie & Kath - are they really soeurs?)
The Cul-de-sac Chronicles
(Bella Rum - does she live on one?)
Bug's Eye View
(Dana - is she extra short?)
The Marmelade Gypsy
(Jeanie - is that all she eats?)
(M - is her life sadly lacking entertainment?)
What I Really Mean
(Carolyn - is she often misunderstood?)
(Babs - no mystery, she is funny)
(CG - on a lake?)
Icono-Curmudgeon-Clast - Loring Wirbel's Rants
(Loring - did he make up that word?)
(Kanmuri - what is an Iwat?)
(Peter - really, I thought it was mine?)
Split in Two
(Judy - which one is blogging?)
(Annie - is that a village, a metropolis or a country?)
An Explorer's View of Life
(Barry - like Lewis & Clark?)
where there are no chickadees
(Purest Green - oh that's sad!)
On the edge of the chair of literature
(Gayle - mmm, read to me)
Bear Swamp Reflections
(Susan - Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!)
Picturing the Year
(Oliag - what does a year look like?)
bluebirds living in the meadow
(Jean - oh I could have named mine that too!)
(Kenju - ok!)
LIVING IN THE EASTERN WOODLANDS
(Linda - is there a house?)
future of my past
(Anna MR - is she playing with my mind?)
The Task at Hand
(Linda - she is clever if this is about varnishing boats!)
LIFE IN THE SECOND HALF
(Nancy - is this Judy's other half?)
Going Out on a Limb
(Trudi - to blog, or not to blog?)
be yourself . . . everyone else is taken
(Beth - is she talking to herself?)
(Lesley - teehee, that's her in the pink plaid pajamas
Thanksgiving weekend, synchronizing with a chicken)