City Jackdaw has been flying for five years now. His wings aren’t tired yet.
I’ve decided to create a new blog which will contain nothing but poetry.
Fear not, City Jackdaw will go on as normal, featuring the usual mix of various subjects. (And there will still be poetry featured on Jackdaw, too, from time to time.)
But the new blog will be solely for my poems. New ones; old ones; complete ones and works in progress.
The title of the blog is Coronets For Ghosts, taken from a line in one of my poems. For those of you who want to check out my newborn babe, you will find her here:
I hope you will continue to fly with City Jackdaw, too.
In 2013 I was searching the Internet after googling ‘Canky Middleton’. Canky was the name of a legendary figure connected to my hometown of Middleton, allegedly a bodysnatcher of the 19th Century. I was trying to discover if there were any kernels of truth in the story, or if it was rather just a notorious urban legend.
My search led me to a post written by Pam, the author of a blog called Mushy Cloud, who lives in a town not too far from my own. We had a conversation on there about the infamous Canky. Afterwards, I began to explore WordPress, and so was sown the seeds of writing my own blog. This was how City Jackdaw came into being. I followed her blog, she reciprocated by following mine.
Fast forward four years to last Thursday afternoon.
I was attending the funeral of a dear family friend. The length of time that the woman who had passed had been connected to my family can best be illustrated by the fact that, not only did she knit clothes for my children when they were born, she also knitted clothes for me when I was born. Her family and mine had been tied together for decades.
Anyway, at the service, the vicar who was taking the funeral service called upon a ‘Pam’ to lead the people gathered in prayer. I watched her walking to the front of the church, thinking: I’m sure that’s the Pam who hosts Mushy Cloud.
I knew from some of her posts that she was exploring her vocation within the Church Of England, and this was the town in which she lived. When the service was over and the mourners were filing out, I approached her as she sat at the back of the church. No doubt she thought that I was one of the many people saying goodbye as they walked past to the church doors.
“Are you the Pam of Mushy Cloud?”
She looked up at me. “I am. Who are you?”
“I’m Andy, of City Jackdaw.”
She started in surprise, then immediately thrust out her hand to shake mine, both of us declaring how good it was to meet after all of our WordPress-fielded conversations.
She said “It’s like two worlds are coming together.”
She wrote in her most recent post that it was a lovely moment in the coming together of her online life and her ‘real’ life. I think we could also look at it as the world of Mushy Cloud and the world of City Jackdaw that came together, two separate planets connected in friendship and confederacy through the nebulous and all encompassing universe of WordPress.
Trust you, my wife said on reading this, to turn it into something all sci-fi!
But all of our individual blogs are like individual worlds, existing in the blogosphere, each with its own inhabitants and laws, welcoming travellers from near and afar.
Thursday was a nice reminder that we do all exist in the real world, and sometimes indeed our paths do cross.
Keep an eye out for me as you go about your business. I’m the one in the green coat, probably with kids in tow.
Here is Pam’s post, where she mentions our unexpected meeting, go and set down on Mushy World:
*As I’ve commented on Pam’s post, a further twist that underlines the connections theme is that it turns out that my wife and Pam have met in the past in a professional capacity. City Jackdaw was the ghost that moved unsensed between them.
This is a post by Swedish artist Anna that was inspired by a conversation on one of my posts-some light hearted comments on a dark-subject post. Our newly fledged Anglo-Scandinavian peace movement. In Polyester or fleece 🙂
A comments thread that maybe went wild?
You can read the post and the comments to get a picture of what happened. Here’s the link.
This is the comments that made me create an image in my head
Thanks Andy for the inspiration to the drawing!
Thought I would share this with you guys. Anna is a Swedish artist, and from a throwaway comment that I made on one of her posts she created this cool picture. So be careful what you say here on WordPress-you never know what it will lead to! There are many ‘weird heads’ out there!! 🙂
A conversation with Andy from City Jack daw come to be about sleepwalking.
He said something about difficulties to sleepwalk in a hammock.
Those words immediately made a picture in my weird head.
It can’t be easy to rise up and sleep walk in a hammock. Have you tried?
Have a great day all of you!
City Jackdaw has now been flying for four years.
Despite just having to use the smelling salts, his wings aren’t showing signs of tiring just yet 🙂
To all you great people who visit me here in my cyber-roost, be it regular or occasional:
So make that +1.
I used to be a postman. Always late.
I typed into Google search: there are 7000. These were amongst the first results:
*There are 7000 people whose blood is blue
*There are 7000 undergraduate students at Stanford
*There are just 7000 web users in North Korea
*There are approximately 7000 diseases
*There are 7000 descendents of Schindler’s Jews
*There are 7000 chemicals in cigarettes
I didn’t click on any of these links, so I can’t vouch for their veracity.
But one thing that I can tell you is that City Jackdaw has just hit 7,000 followers.
I have to spell it to help it sink in: SEVEN THOUSAND! !
Holy blog posts!!
That number is unbelievable. When I first started flying on WordPress, about three years ago, I thought I may attract a handful of followers, probably all off my Facebook friends list, just to be nice. Hand on heart: maybe a few hundred. But the numbers have grown exponentially, helped at one point by a Jackdaw post being selected by one of the WordPress ‘ghosts in the machine’ to be Freshly Pressed. That opened up my blog to a wider audience.
To mark this moment, I will repost that post tomorrow night.
In the meanwhile, I’d like to thank all of you for travelling with me: you likers, you commenters, you sharers, and you silent, wonderful voyeurs. To the loyal bunch who have flown with City Jackdaw right from the very beginning, to the new sojourners that have just joined the flock:
I appreciate you all.
Now, let’s see where we go next. I’ve got a few ideas…