What The…

What the heck… What the noodle… What the snowshoes…

No, not every phrase works well and is memorable. The poet often wants to create unique images that will stay in the reader’s mind however images can not be so obscure that the reader loses the message along the way.

Lose the reader = words go unread = goal to educate reader is not achieved.

This is christyb, I hope I hope I am making sense.

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I Read And Listen

Have you ever wondered if people are actually reading what you have written? Perhaps you contributed a poem to a blog. Did you think, “I wonder if anyone read this?”

Sure, the page was opened 32 times according to WordPress statistics but did anyone really read it? And the next question is, “Did readers understand what I wrote?”

Good questions.

Aha you see where this is going. Or you don’t and continue reading the next line.

Are you able to follow my posts here? Are they too long? Do you prefer I post more opinion and less poetry or vice versa?

I love hearing from you, my followers rock my WordPress World!

And yes I would like a slice of cheese with that line. Havarti please, sliced thinly.

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36 thoughts on “What The…

  1. Marc Phillippe Babineau

    For a Poetic Parfait post I would personally prefer to see you either post your own original poetry, or to dissect infamous poetry by the likes of Coen (Leonard), Stevenson, Wordsworth, etc…

    Great getting to know the inner you with this post!

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    1. christyb Post author

      Thanks Marc, I am feeling more comfortable with WordPress (like a close friend) and developing my own voice. I debating adding my own poetry but am happy to see positive responses here! Good seeing you around the poetic field today.

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  2. Julie Catherine

    Christy, Marc and I are ganging up on you again … I, too, would love to read more of your “Essential Christy” poems – although I love coming by to visit you and see what else you’re up to! ~ Julie xox

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    1. christyb Post author

      You two troublemakers.. hehe just kidding. I wasn’t sure what the response to my own poem would be however followers seem to enjoy learning more about me through my writing. Fuel for me to start another poem! You are so sweet Julie, glad you came by to read.

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  3. Raymond alexander kukkee

    Christyb, This post was wonderful!
    I think you should keep doing exactly what you ARE doing. YOUR approach, your writing on things general –is refreshing, interesting and highly readable –enjoyable.
    If you limit the blog to your own poetry, you have limited your wonderful potential to communicate in other forms. If you limit yourself to dissecting old ‘famous or infamous’ poetic works, many of your readers may not bother –everyone wants to read something new and exciting.
    Out in banana-land, we ARE listening to Christyb !

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    1. christyb Post author

      Aha I understand your point Raymond. Mixing my own poetry, works of others, and personal observations gives variety and freshness to the blog. Thanks for your compliments! When I receive a comment such as yours I feel like I am succeeding in my blog and better yet making friendships along the way. Thanks Raymond.

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  4. Karen

    First, I’ve bookmarked your blog, because so far, I’m loving it. And, it’s your blog so it’s my thinking that you should say what you want to say in however many words it takes you to say it. So far, I’ve found you entertaining and informative!

    Second, “What the Noodle…” has become my new phrase. I love it! 🙂

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    1. Joyce

      Christy, I love you “just the way you are and have always been”. This blog just gives me an opportunity to get to know you even better and to see “what makes you tick”! You always make me smile and I love you for that. 🙂

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      1. christyb Post author

        Awe Joyce I love seeing you here! Thanks for the generous words. If I make you smile that makes me so happy. Especially because we have been through so much together. Hugs to you and family

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    2. christyb Post author

      Hehe Karen I think we should start using the phrase and see the reactions! Thanks for joining in the discussion and for the support. Now I am wondering what to call my followers, how about the “parfait clan”? I’ll have to think more on that one…

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    1. christyb Post author

      I’m loving the reaction to the noodle phrase! And it flowed so easily from my mind to the keyboard.. maybe that means I have noodles for brains.. well they are slimy.. Wait I’m getting off topic.. I hear tremendous support for more poetry including my own. Thanks Simon, I will listen to the masses!

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  5. Casandra Miska

    Christy,
    I like a mix of your originals (poems), and your reviews, etc.
    I do read your blog, as I have the time.
    Yes, Havarti is a wonderful cheese; also happens to be my husband’s favorite. What the Havarti??!! sound good to me. 🙂

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    1. christyb Post author

      Casandra, what a nice surprise to see you here. Loving our friendship by the way! Yes Havarti is tasty, as are donuts, cool whip… Really I am a lover of food! I am wondering what to call my readers, perhaps “mini parfaits” or “parfaitlicious”.. I’ll have to think more about that …

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  6. Sue Dreamwalker

    Hi Christyb, I know long posts can often put people off reading, and even long poems .. But I guess Im just nosey, lol, as If I dont get it the first read I will read it again.. until its digested.. but thats just me… thats why it take me forever to get around all my fellow followers as I do read their posts, unlike some I know who will just click the like button and not read it at all..
    When I write a poem there is usually a profound message within it.. Soooo I hope people read… But I often like to get to grips with their comments that way too I can hope to share more with the reader my thinking on the subject written..
    So what ever it is you post.. I hope to be able to read it, even though I may be a few days later in getting back to you x
    so.. lol there you have it.. a Dreamwalkers thoughts..

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    1. christyb Post author

      I enjoy hearing the words of the Dreamwalker. Sue there is never pressure to comment as soon as I post here. I welcome you to my door whenever you are able to stop by. I look forward to hearing your insightful comments and thank-you for taking the time to read my words.

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  7. Warrior Poet Wisdom

    Keep doing what you’re doing. At the end of your journey, you’ll feel more fulfilled if you stayed true to your own style and were able to keep just one regular reader than if you write like someone you’re not and had millions. 🙂

    I’d also love to see some truth injected into the various social media sites by adding a “Like…but I didn’t actually read it” button. 🙂

    Peace & grace,
    ~Miro

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    1. christyb Post author

      Hehe yes I believe some readers rush through posts and ‘like’ as a way to show they know you posted but didn’t have time to read the whole post. How nice chatting with you Miro, I welcome your comments!

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      1. Warrior Poet Wisdom

        Thanks! I don’t always comment after hitting “like,” but that’s when, after taking a few moments to think about, I truly can’t think of anything to add to something I consider an insightful write. I tend not to speak just to hear the sound of my own voice, or write just to see my own text. 🙂
        Wishing you continued inspiration, yours is one of my favourite blogs to read.

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        1. christyb Post author

          I understand what you mean about ‘liking’ without having a comment to add. I have had that happen a few times and want to write something like “yes I DID read this I promise”… hey maybe that should be another button for WordPress to add. You compliment leaves me smiling. Have a great day Miro!

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  8. Steve Mitchell

    Hi Christy,
    Showcase your own poetry and If you want any guest posts, let me know and I put some of my stuff on.
    Hey check out convozine.com. Your stuff would look fab on here. Take a look at my pages if you like. I should do more on there but the Hub Challenge is taking all I’ve got at the minute. See ya
    Ps post away on there if you like, I welcome new stuff from friends
    http://convozine.com/thewritersblock

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    1. christyb Post author

      Hey Steve, thanks for stopping by and following! Absolutely I will check out covozine tomorrow. Thanks for offering me space to post, I will take you up on that! I will also check out your page and read more then too when I am all fresh and lively in the morn hehe

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  9. Red

    I have deja vu. I have been here before and constructed a comment, but apparently it was not posted before I closed the machine. *sigh*

    I love what you do here. Coming from the Queen of the 1,000+ word post, write what you feel. If it takes 259 or 864 words, we are still going to read!!

    Red.

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    1. christyb Post author

      Red, I had been worrying about the length of posts. I wondered if the lines went too long would readers keep on reading or sigh and give up halfway through the post? My followers are wonderful! Positive support, feedback, and there when I ask them a question. I’m very grateful! Thanks for taking the time to catch up on my posts and continuing to join the (fun) conversations 🙂

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  10. Eric Alagan

    “Are you able to follow my posts here? Are they too long? Do you prefer I post more opinion and less poetry or vice versa?”

    Dear Christy,
    I prefer poetry – short ones as one often says more with less. Poetry does not prevent one from expressing opinions.
    All good wishes, Eric

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    1. christyb Post author

      Good observation Eric. Indeed, poetry includes observations and perspective rather than these being separate entities. There will be more poetry continuing in the posts with some humour and happiness along for the ride as well. All good wishes to you too Eric.

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  11. HINES

    I like “what the noodle”, a lot. I think my ten year-old will like it too- actually, it sounds like something he would say. lol
    I’m relatively new here but I like what I’ve seen and heard (read). Of course, more of your poetry could never hurt.

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    1. christyb Post author

      Thanks Hines for stopping by to comment. Did you tell your son the phrase? Hey are you saying I resemble a ten-year-old?! Hehe just kidding. Glad to see you around here and I appreciate the feedback.

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    1. christyb Post author

      Awe now aren’t you a sweety! Thanks for taking the time to catch up on my posts. No pressure to respond the same day I publish or even the same week. I know you will get here when you can and I love seeing your comments. Take care!

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