Blogging Vs. Fame :0

Okay — so we all want to be that person walking in the street, whom everybody whips out their smartphones to photograph. We’d be like, “Yep, you know it. I’m the next Marilyn Monroe.”

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But, the truth is, that hardly ever happens. When it does, it’s oftentimes mere luck, or fortune — and our own chances are slim.

But do we really want to be that famous? Do we really want everybody all up in our biz? Well, most of us probably want someone a little bit up in our biz. At least one person. Maybe two or three?

Maybe ten or so thousand on our blogs?

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Personally, I’ve been blogging since October of 2015. On my alternate blog, Blackwood’s Magazine, I only have 356 WordPress followers. A little over 3,000 email followers — but the WordPress followers are the only one who like posts and leave comments, so we mainly just count them.

Not much of an accomplishment for almost a year of work, right? But that’s how it is for a lot of people. The trick is, not to let the fear that nobody’s watching keep you from sharing your creativity.

We might say, “Well, why should I post this? Not many people will like it. Probably no one will leave a comment.”

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So what? Do you like what you wrote? Do you believe it? Does it make you feel proud of yourself to have written it?

Then that’s all that matters. Take out your own smartphone, and snap a selfie.

#ImFabulous

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Thanks for reading!

C.M.

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Blackwood’s First Folly: Wimpole’s Folly in Cambridgeshire

Hello, all! Welcome to my new blog. If you are a friend of Blackwood’s Magazinethen I welcome you heartily! If you are a new friend, I welcome you with arms equally open.

In the spirit of my new follies, I have decided to center my first post round a particularly romantic pieces of folly architecture: Wimpole’s Folly in Cambridgeshire, England.

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The lake and folly in the grounds of Wimpole Hall.

Wimpole’s Folly is a folly ruin located on the grounds of Wimpole Hall, in the parish of Wimpole. The folly is designed to resemble the ruins of a medieval castle. It was built on the grounds of Wimpole Hall in the mid-1770s at the order of Philip Yorke, first Earl of Hardwicke, the then owner of Wimpole Hall.

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Wimpole Hall.

Yorke commissioned Sanderson Miller, the noted follies architect of the day, to design the folly in 1751.

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Sanderson Miller.

The folly was built in 1769 by Lancelot “Capability” Brown.

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Capability Brown.

The ruins are 200 feet in length, and include a 4-story Gothic tower. They, and Wimpole Hall, are currently owned by the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty (better known simply as the National Trust), and are open to the public.

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Wimpole garden.