Am I interesting times seven?

Emily of Author’s Canvas nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. I’ve had the No Awards, Thank You sign up around these parts for a while now. Five years blogging and counting, there came a time when I’d had enough and wished for the awards to go elsewhere. But because Emily is new in BloggyVille…

I can help figure things out, Dooley noted

The question came from my Syracuse-area blogging friend Ermine. She wanted to change things around on her too-dormant WordPress site. She didn’t want to change the whole domain and lose the followers she’d built. Could I help? I’ve made enough alterations here since starting markbialczak.com in February 2013 that I agreed. So she came over…

A pleasant surprise from many miles away

It wasn’t the usual piece of mail I get in my box at my workplace, the Liverpool Public Library. The envelope was addressed to me, and it declared that it came from across the miles. Inside was a Christmas card, bookmark and beautiful message. The sender was a fellow blogger. New Bloggy Cat, also known…

The real payoff: Meeting Beth in person

I feel as if I’ve known Beth from I Didn’t Have My Glasses On forever. She’s been my friend in BloggyVille forever, one of the first people I met on WordPress, a writer of special note, a photographer of fine image, a person of great wit, a person fun and smart and easy to be…

My swing at the 6-word challenge is borderline

I was scrolling through my Twitter feed the other day, and a six-word challenge from writer.ly hit me over the head like a two-by-four. I had to take a crack at the topic: Crossing the border. Because something non-fiction came to my mind. Not the type of border crossing that most people would think of…