Theme Thoughts

During my recent blogging break, I came to realise how I am drawn to the idea of posts that are written around specific themes. Last year, I found the whole concept of ‘Gatherings from Ireland’ to be a great way to harness my thoughts and I’m just loving two very different blogs that are using  specific themes this year.

The first is There is No Cavalry  in which David Milligan-Croft is writing a captivating  365- post series called: Things for which I am Grateful.  The second is,  that of my neighbour here in Co. Waterford, Foxglove Lane, who has chosen the interesting theme Pilgrimage on her brilliant photographic and writing blog.  Be sure to check out these blogs if they are new to you!

Sheep's Bridge, Co. Waterford
Sheep’s Bridge, Co. Waterford

I’ve been playing around with all sorts of possibilities but I keep coming back to the word ConnectionFor me, that’s what blogging is really all about ~ finding connections, building connections, seeing connections and,  of course, exploring the multitude of ways in which social bridges are built both within and between people, places, events, ideas, imaginings and a host of other things.

So, 2014 is going to be my year of Connections here on Social Bridge and I hope that it will be a journey which allows me to consolidate existing friendships and forge new ones with people from all across the globe.

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

12 thoughts on “Theme Thoughts”

  1. I was delighted to see you back on the blogosphere the other day. I’m pondering your theme now….connections……suits you perfectly Jean as I feel you really do that anyway. I was on Garrarus the other day……you were there too, can’t go there now without finding you and Clare somewhere in the breeze…..Looking forward to “connecting” even more in 2014. x

    1. Hey Catherine, lovely to hear from you and thanks for the vote of confidence!
      Missing Garrarus like mad! We must make a pilgrimage out there with Clare when the storms abate.

  2. Sometime back, you built a bridge by posing a question about poetry. It was by taking that route that I found this bridge. What are the odds of us ever connecting had you not built the bridge? There are lots of ways that carbon, hydrogen and oxygen can connect. But a particular connection of them can sweeten the coffee or the tea because of the unique way the connected to make sugar.

    Some years ago, I watched a boy leading a few cows across a bridge. I saw him look about, and one time he stopped to stare at the river in the gorge below. The cows seemed not interested in the view, as they mainly looked at the planks that appeared solidly before their feet.

    Once on the other side, the cows soon began grazing in a meadow. I doubt they even thought about the bridge. If they had, it probably would’ve been in no abstract way, but only a memory of walking between two places to graze. After all, what is a metaphor except to be a place to graze?

  3. Nice to see you back – I think a lot of people (myself included) have been enjoying a break from blogging, but it’s great to know you can connect when you want/need to. A very appropriate theme to come back with.

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