Crafty Green Poet

Today I would like to introduce you to one of my favourite bloggers, the Crafty Green Poet (aka ย Juliet Wilson), author of the poetry collection ‘Unthinkable Skies‘ and editor of online poetry journal Bolts of Silk, who lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Her blog can be found here.

The Crafty Green Poet blogs on varied and interesting topics under the banner of ‘creative thinking – greener living’. Posts include her wonderful poetry, photographs, bird watching, craft making from recycled materials, book reviews, movie reviews, and observations/opinions on local and global environmental issues.

Juliet has been kind enough to answer a couple of questions from me ๐Ÿ™‚

Why do you blog?

I started blogging around 5 years ago because I thought it would be a good way to share my poetry (and my crafts) and to help to spread the word about environmental issues. There’s a plethora of environmental information out there, but I wanted to offer a more creative viewpoint, and hopefully to inspire people to look at the issues differently. I continue to blog because I really enjoy it (see below!) and because I think it is a great way to keep myself motivated as a writer.

What do you like most about blogging?

I love the community around blogging. I’ve met some wonderful people through blogging, some I only know online but others I’ve met in real life. I’ve enjoyed lots of interesting conversations in the comments sections in my blog and in those thatย I visit. I’ve discovered interesting ideas, poetry and recommendations for books to read. I could go on, but really what keeps me motivated as a blogger are the other bloggers out there!

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Thanks Juliet ๐Ÿ™‚

16 thoughts on “Guest Blogger – Crafty Green Poet

  1. I love Crafty Green Poet. It is one of my favourite blogs. Juliet continues to inspire me with her passion for the environment, love for animals and, of course, her wonderful poetry. I also love to see her photos from the old country. Och aye!!

    Keep up the good work, Juliet, and thanks for the interview, Gabe!

  2. Thanks for interviewing me, Gabrielle! I always enjoy reading your blog and I’m delighted to be featured here!

    Selma, thanks for your comments!

  3. Consider Craft Green Poet bookmarked you Gabe, thanked and hugged for the introduction to a wonderful poet. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Thanks for this Gabe & Juliet… the blogging world just continues to amaze! Such generosity and warmth out there.

  5. Another wonderful guest post. I first encountered Crafty Green Poet when I started blogging many years ago … but somehow her blog has popped off my radar, so thanks for the re-introduction! ๐Ÿ™‚

    PS. Sorry for my slack visiting and commenting of late, things have been busy and I wanted to try and shake off my blah, negative mood before visiting. It’s nice to be back. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Gabrielle, I’m resisting signing up for yet another identify site (gravatar), but I miss being able to click on one of the comment profiles in order to go straight to that person’s blog. I’m curious why you opted to use this service?

    1. I’m not sure what you mean Chartreuse – my gravatar is part of WordPress so is not an additional service (I do have a blogger account – which I set up years ago, when I wasn’t sure which blogging tool to use – and I occasionally use it to sign in to a comment, so I can see follow-up comments – but then I realised WordPress is much better than blogger ๐Ÿ˜‰ so don’t actualy blog with the blogger account – very confusing I know. I also have a gravatar associated with my twitter account – but that is also just part of the sign-up process. Personally, I love gravatars and being able to change the image whenever I want. ps You don’t need a gravatar to be able to click on the link to a blog – you just have to set it up that way in the blogging account.

  7. Gabrielle, because I don’t have a gravatar, when I click, for example, on Tracey’s photo or name in the comment above mine, a window opens up showing Tracey’s photo, but that window does not take me to Tracey’s blog – as happens when I click on someone’s comment on a Blogger blog post. Instead I’m asked to sign up to Gravatar. And it seems that unless I do that, I can get no further information about Tracey’s public profile (though I’m not sure I’d get that if I did sign up). As this hopping around is my preferred method of finding new blogs (i.e. leap-frogging from one person’s blog to blogs of others whom I’m curious about), not being a Gravatar member seems to be impeding my finding new bloggers. I guess I could sign up to Gravatar if I want to be able to check out others’ blogs – though I notice that for some comments (e.g. by breathenoah) I am able to click right over to that person’s blog. I don’t know why this person’s comment allows me to click across to his or her blog and most don’t. Perhaps Tracey and some others limit access to their blogs? But I suspect it’s just Gravatar members whose blogs I can’t access without signing up to that service. And I don’t know why, but I am resisting being forced to move to another service that I don’t need. (Just stubborn, I guess.) Anyway, it’s my problem and no one else’s. But I’m just feeling miffed that Gravatar has apparently set up the service in a way that minimises cross-fertilisation between blogs! Does that make sense?

    1. No-one tries to limit access to their blogs (that would be a bit strange) chartreuse – Try again to click just on the name (not the photo) and you should get to their blogs.

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