Hello out there, how are you doing? I hope you and yours are well. I also hope you always have your favourite hot beverage to the rescue when life gets challenging. And a friend or family member too.
So what are we talking about at our "favourite hot beverage" time this week? Let's talk about blogging. Are you a blogger? Or do you read blogs?
I do both, but I am also currently beating breast cancer. For all those who don't know me yet: In January, my doctors diagnosed me with cancer. I spent February and most of March at appointments to find out how bad and where it came from because it was "unsuspected" as they said. It turned out to be breast cancer (two tumours, one of which was the primary one).
At the end of March, I was lucky to have an operation in which they took out both tumours, and my lymph nodes as five of them were affected. The fear is that the cancer has spread to other parts even though the hospital hasn't found any other tumours yet. I should have started chemotherapy last week but could not because I developed an infection. I got antibiotics and see the doctors on Monday the 4th of May to find out if I can start or not.
For a couple of months now, I am figuring out how I can beat cancer besides the treatment I get from the hospital. I assume that I have better chances if I do not give cancer too much attention, and do something I love to keep me occupied. And I love blogging. So I do it as much as I can.
You can see it on my "Bee Wordless" Blogger blog: Originally, I "just" wanted to do "Wordless Wednesday" posts. However, one of my missions is to spread some kindness, and one of my passions is photography. I try to take a daily photo and share it with family and friends on WhatsApp with a little message that I think of them. This habit made me think; I could do that on one of my blogs too. So I did, and you can find the latest here.
Another one of my passions is poetry. In 2014 and 2015, I did a project to write a poem a day, and it somehow became a habit later on. I share some of them on a fellow bloggers blog (find them here on Carol Anne's "Therapy Bits"), and they are popular. Which made me think: "Why shouldn't I spread the joy further?" Again, so I did. Now, I am not superwoman and can write daily poetry posts on two blogs. That is why I re-purpose some here on "The Bee Creates..."
But the project I am most excited about is "Come Away With Me" on my Wordpress blog "The Bee Writes...". Over the years I have taken part in several music blog projects from "Song Lyric Sunday" to "Love Is In Da Blog". While most bloggers shared the music they've always liked, I became bored and wanted to discover music from other countries. YouTube had suggested some exciting Scandinavian artists to me, which made me wonder what sort of music other countries are listening. So I started to blog about them last December on "Music Monday". Later on, I re-named it "Come Away With Me Musical Challenge". For the next couple of years, I am going to write about a musician from a different country every Monday. I'll also share some video's to get an idea about the country we visit. You can even take part with your blog if you like.
The reason why I am also on "Buy Me A Coffee" is: I would like to fund my expenses for blogging. I use Grammarly because my mother tongue is German, not English. The premium subscription is 139$ per year. I have a premium subscription for Wordpress which includes the domain for 84£ per year. Weebly is on a Connect plan which comes to 5£ per month and includes the domain. I have also invested in Iubenda security for Weebly and MissingLettr for better social media coverage which comes to 9£ per month for each of them. All this comes to 471£ per year, which is hard to fund via a part-time job.
Your support means the world to me, and I offer to write about a topic you choose in turn if you are not a blogger. If you are a blogger and support me, you can choose between the topic for a blog post or a blogpost and shout-outs about your blog.
Am looking forward to seeing you around. Happy Thursday to you all despite everything.
Please stay a little longer and discover music and good news on The Bee Writes... at Wordpress.
You are more into photography? Please find my photo posts for Wordless Wednesday on Bee Wordless... on Blogger. Thanks!
Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me for cancer is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.
Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.
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