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The Kindness of 'Strangers'














Kindness is the
golden chain by which society is bound together.

GOETHE


I've just used up two brand new ink cartridges. They only printed 43 pages of blog in black and 14 in colour and they are both now empty. I am not impressed. £18. It's worth it, but not good value, I will look into sourcing cheaper cartridges from somewhere.

As I've mentioned before I print out each post I make and keep them in a file, a keepsake, a 21st century journal of my adventures in blogland. It represents my personal journey, one of self discovery and understanding. I've heard it called virtual therapy. I get that.
Stimulated by the lives and thought provoking prose and images of other bloggers. These others are the strangers we meet online, who become friends, confidants, supporters and teachers.

Unlike keeping a diary or journal in the traditional way, a weblog - blog can become a fiercely defended and protected responsibility. These mentors which are the sisters and brothers of whom I now read and listen and learn from, on so many different levels!

I am lucky in that I have a small circle of personal friends - I have talked about in my post
' My cup runneth over' but due to the geographical and demographical differences, we are not always in sync, not always 'available' to each other when we are 'in need' to rant, to vent, to talk, to laugh or to scream at someone, anyone.

I have blogged on my hobbies for some years, but during this last year opening my world up to a personal adventure which has been interestingly wonderful and has been creatively surprising. I have received a level of friendship and fulfillment that I could never have guessed I would find.

Printing out the posts I make is not for vanity - though there must be an element of this in there somewhere I admit, but the dominating factor is to keep it as a mark of a period of remarkable friendship and generosity as I pass through this wonderful time which is to me a kind of watershed. It also may be of interest and perhaps even help some in understanding for my daughter and even son, to be able to reflect upon their Mum and have some insight into the world from my perspective. One they quite rightly have little understanding of right now. If it doesn't, no matter. It's the journey I feel, that matters.


Comments

  1. I think printing them out is a wonderful idea. I sometimes shudder to think how I would feel if blogger had a tamtrum and lost my blog. It isn't just a public work but a record of things I have done and what is important in my life, Margaret

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  2. I really appreciated this post because I sometimes wonder exactly why I blog and is it too egocentric!!! I think printing is a great idea. Do you have a specific way you do it?

    Enjoying your blog!!!

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  3. Saz, I was just talking to my husband about this this morning over coffee. To have it all printed out would be a lovely thing. I wonder, do you print comments too? Because for me this is such a vital part of the whole process. When people share their stories somehow my stories become more vital. It's like a garden, I think, this growing.

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  4. I dont know why I never thought of this, its really quite smart .. and hard copy to keep .. who knows what can happen in the future .. I am going to do this ... good question about the comments ... do you print them as well?

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  5. I print out my 55's, wordzzles and Portrain of Words stories and keep those in a file - one day I'm hoping to put them in a book as a keepsake for my grandchildren.

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  6. PRINTING OUT MY BLOG...

    1. YOU CAN JUST GO TO THE FIRST POST YOU EVER MADE AND IT WILL PRINT THE LOT OUT, BUT BEWARE IT MAY TAKE 7 HOURS OR MORE AND HAVE PAPER INK AND A LARGE POT OF TEA/GIN STANDING BY!(BEWARE THEY WILL ALSO BE IN AN UNUSUAL ORDER. HARD TO EXPLAIN BUT YOU WILL SEE WHAT I MEAN. I RECOMMEND 2ND METHOD.

    2. OR ELSE WHAT I DO IS - I OPEN A WORD DOCUMENT AND COPY/PASTE INDIVIDUAL POST , EDIT, TAKE AWAY EXCESS IMAGES AND CHANGE THE FONT TO SMALLER AND ALSO MAKE THE TEXT BLACK. AND PRINT EACH ONE THIS WAY.

    I GO BACK AND ADD THE COMMENTS SEPARETELY...

    IF ANYNE HAS AN EASIER WAY I WOULD BE VERY GLAD TO KNOW IT..

    ALSO DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO BACKUP THEIR BLOGS, THE ONLY WAY L HAVE FOUND ON THE NET IS VERY COMPLICATED. SOMEONE SAID SOMEWHWRE, CANT RECALL WHERE THAT THERE IS SOFTWARE FREE ONLNE.. WHERE OH WHERE?

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  7. Great quote and photo.
    You remind me, I need to catch up on my blog printouts. Yes, I do that, too, and I uses MS Word in basically the same way to copy, paste and edit.

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  8. I have never printed anything off, so if Blogger ate my blog, that would be that! Gulp!

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  9. I'd like to print mine, but it's my bloggyversary soon, so it seems a rather large (and costly) task!

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  10. That is a great idea! I might give that some thought. Do you print out the comments as well, or just the posts?

    Oh, wait, I see you just do the pages. Mm. I wonder if it would be worth using one of those online vanity publishing places and making a little soft cover book for each year?

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  11. Very well said. I print mine too but have a different method. On your dashboard under settings, you can click on to e-mail and the first item is for you to e-mail a copy of each post as it is posted to yourself or up to ten people. It comes immediately into my e-mail without all the sidebar stuff. You can then save it into another folder so that they are all together, or print it out immediately and also save one which I'm sure you can then back up. I have only done my last six and have yet to figure out where or how to move them. I guess from there you could put them on a disc. I think!!! I'm going to have to try it soon. I will let you know when I do, but if you figure it out first send word!!!

    Good luck and keep posting,
    Catherine

    I don't know about printing comments.

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  12. Greetings from a fellow Cumbrian!

    Yes, the cost of refill cartridges is extortionate! They seem to lure you into the trap with a cheap (or even free!) printer, and then get their money back by selling you the ink at ridiculous prices. Cartridges are getting smaller too! Luckily I have a little shop in Barrow that refills your empty cartridge and it is much cheaper!

    I don't print out my blog, but I have assumed that Blogger does have its own back-up system. I wonder what anthropologists will make of our blogs in 1000 years!

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  13. I keep broad copies of my blogs on Wordpad, but I do tweak and edit them online, so sometimes the changes do not 'read across'.

    I'd worry about printing mine off - Not that we have a working printer (with my husband in IT, 'n' all!) but with my excessive photos, I might be waiting with that pitcher of gin for a week!

    I read your 'older' post too, Saz - Both are beautifully crafted and written pieces once again, with lovely images - Well done for being so wonderful, and I think printing your blogs off and keeping them in binders is a great souvenir and memoir of you! xox

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  14. What an amazing heart you have my dear :)

    Steady On
    Reggie Girl

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  15. I think this is a great idea. I read on another blog (can't remember which one) that you can actually have your blog bound like a book. Leave it to me to forget who does this service, but it sounded pretty neat.

    I enjoy reading your blog.

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  16. 200 page paperback book in colour is approx £25

    checkout
    http://www.lulu.com/uk/

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  17. I print out all of mine, too. They really do make a marvelous pile in my bedroom, no doubt to go up in flames someday when I drop a cigarette on the floor. In the meantime, I trip over it every so often and curse.

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  18. What a fantastic thing to do. Another inspiration from a fellow blogger; a wonderful way for my daughter to reflect on our family life.

    CJ xx

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  19. I worry about my blog going AWOL and I do think about slurping it up into a book at blurb.com, but there's so much of it now!!

    PS happyprinter.co.uk Excellent service - never had a problem with them or their cartridges.

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  20. It's a good idea to hang onto your blogs. One "cheap" way to do this is to write them in a word processor first and then keep them stored on your hard drive or keep them zipped/archived on CD-ROMs. Then, at some point, you can do a mass printing. You wouldn't end up with all the extraneous stuff.

    Ink and paper (and space!) are too precious for me to spend a lot of any of the above printing out my blogs. I'm too prolific for that :-)

    Peace - D

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  21. Hello Saz! What a beautiful post and sentiment. I love the idea of printing out your posts and keeping them. I may have to do the same. It's so true about the therapy, my life has been enriched by the people I have met on here and the ability to say whatever I want. It's very freeing. Good luck with your move! Sending good thoughts your way!
    xoxoxo
    Judith~
    Paris Atelier

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  22. Speaking of the kindness of strangers, did you have a chance to read my weekend post "Nightmare Alley"? (www.moonlighthollow.blogspot.com)

    Malisa

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  23. Invest in a laser printer. Just use the inkjet for color printing.

    I save a LOT of money in ink costs. I've had the same printer for 10 years, and have only had to buy TWO toners for it (about $100 each). And we go through about a ream of paper a month, at least.

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  24. Saz,

    I do think printing them out is a wonderful idea. I just started blogging for the purpose of sharing my thoughts and getting feedback. It really does help to hear other perspectives on our thoughts. It opens up a whole new world for us. My profession is such that I am quite isolated. I work with children all day and adult conversation is rather scarce. In the evenings, my young adult children come home and I meet their needs as a single parent. I enjoy blogging, however, I do not know how to draw people to my sight in order to get their feedback. I am having fun learning! :)

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  25. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


    Ruth

    http://fendisite.com

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