Screeching to a halt. Or starting up again

rrrrrr...arrrhhh, crunchhhhh 

No hits, no runs, no posts . . . no excuses, but it’s been something of a dry spell, on a blog I call Wild Turtle Crossing (cross posted on Open Salon and Blogger.)

I’m reminded of the words I first put under its banner two years and nearly 150 posts ago.   

Slow: writer at play.

I'm amused - and heartened I guess, to find  a similar banner line here on Our Salon.

To blog or not to... that is my question here.  

Blogging -- slogging through  -- has been something of an accidental occupation for me, and still is a "wild turtle crossing."

Have you ever actually seen a turtle crossing the road? It’s no accident. Turtles, we’re told, know where they are going.

Traveling against all odds of shell-smashing disaster, oblivious to speeding tires, they are homing. Returning to the pond, following the path of least resistance to their source. Food. Water. Sunlight. By design eons old, carrying their architecture on their backs, turtles are hardwired to retrace the footpath of their ancestry. Back to their origin. To mate. To reproduce. To live.

Writers in the blogosphere now travel in unfathomable numbers. We are told  -but who’s counting - that there are an estimated 450 million active English language blog sites today. How many blogs are there really?  How many are long abandoned empty shells? The numbers vary wildly according to marketing sources, no doubt in favor of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Pinterest and so forth and so on and on. 

The thing about social media is that you dare not stop, lest you lose
your face on Facebook
your feed on Twitter
your interest on Pinterest
your links on LinkedIn
your circle of readers on Blogger, Word Press, Open Salon

No matter how tight or small, that circle closes the moment you stop
your fidgeting at the keyboard,
your commentary
your responses
your writing, no matter how trivial or profound, 

It all comes down to getting down to it every day. Write.

Hit “publish”  or perish. 

And so . . here we are.  Here we go.  Such mind-boggling traffic. So many speeding tires. So many turtles. Why follow? And where to? 

If you are a writer, an artist, a musician, a dancer, a dreamer, a builder of a body of work you call your own, then you already know. Call it the persistence of the reptilian creative mind (I breathe, therefore I write.) Or call it an act of faith. Turtles all. Crossing the road.



"All the turtles are free.
As turtles, and, maybe,
All creatures should be."
-Dr. Seuss

Do you believe it? 
I can't verify the stats below (nor their date of entry), but I find them of relative interest: their source?

  1. One in every nine people on Earth is on Facebook ( This number is calculated by dividing the planets 6.94 billion people by Facebook’s 750 million users)
  1. People spend 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook
  1. Each Facebook user spends on average 15 hours and 33 minutes a month on the site
  1. More than 250 million people access Facebook through their mobile devices
  1. More than 2.5 million websites have integrated with Facebook
  1. 30 billion pieces of content is shared on Facebook each month
  1. 300,000 users helped translate Facebook into 70 languages
  1. People on Facebook install 20 million “Apps” every day
  1. YouTube has 490 million unique users who visit every month (as of February 2011)
  1. YouTube generates 92 billion page views per month (These YouTube stats don’t include videos viewed on phones and embedded in websites)
  1. Users on YouTube spend a total of 2.9 billion hours per month (326,294 years)
  1. Wikipedia hosts 17 million articles
  1. Wikipedia authors total over 91,000 contributors
  1. People upload 3,000 images to Flickr (the photo sharing social media site) every minute
  1. Flickr hosts over 5 billion images
  1. 190 million average  Tweets per day occur on Twitter (May 2011)
  1. Twitter is handling 1.6 billion queries per day
  1. Twitter is adding nearly 500,000 users a day
  1. Google+ has more than 25 million users
  1. Google+ was the fastest social network to reach 10 million users at 16 days (Twitter took 780 days and Facebook 852 days)



Photos: Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss,

Random House, 1950 

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Comment by Christine Geery on October 7, 2012 at 9:44am

May I say, this is too mind bloggling.

Comment by lorianne on October 7, 2012 at 10:23pm

numbers make my brain hurt, but 1 in 9 people on the planet are on facebook? this truly boggles when you think about the number of 3rd world countries where most people have no computers or internet...  crazy!

but here we all are...  doing our part to keep those numbers going.

Comment by Arthur James on December 9, 2013 at 2:54am


I use to correspond with a Neighbor of Wendell Berry.

His Neighbor helps respond to regular` snail pace mail.

He's a Kentucky Gentleman. He Plays the sting guitar.

I always request the song ` Blue Moon of Kentucky -

Keep on rising . . .


The Atlantic published an article by Wendell Berry

Title: Why I Will Not Buy A Computer - ( Google? )

There more that could be said ref ` These Times.

Maybe his daughter or wife bought a computer?

I ask Mr Charlton, W.B.'s Neighbor and editor.


I never read Facebook etc., No cell phone,

or any other gadgets. I've no credit card.

If I need a credit card I borrow one

someone else.  It's personal . . .

I can keep up Reading Dr.

Zeus, Seuss, and Please . . .

Stop and escort turtles

across roads. It's sad

to see turtles splashed.

Comment by Arthur James on March 15, 2014 at 4:31am


I was wondering when the

Hibernating Bears, snakes,

and Box Turtles will begin

their Spring Travels. Never

Take a Box Turtle Far Away

From Mommy. The Turtle

Will Spend The Rest Of

Life Searching For The

Mommy and Father

Box Turtle That

Loved... Honest.

It might be True.

I read that in The

Sunday Washington

Post Kids Section

that's in the Pull

Out Comic Page.


Soon we can visit

woodlands, and

find morel fungus,

as in edible Spring

Mushrooms. Elders

Can Use Walkers

and Visit Local

County Parks.


Folk can

See Plays

such as:



& All The Other

Tragic Themes

about Human

Nature. We go

To Park, and

Be Enthralled.

It's Sunrise...

It Time To Go

Feed One-Eyed

Cat` Cyclops.

Cyclops Guards

my Burnt down

Home. But, local

Mennonites, and

Amish are Good

Community Folk

& Fine Neighbors.

I Haul Trash To

Dump & Run

Wood & Nail,

Loose Screw,

& Odd Errands.

It's Wild & The

Creative Spring

Sap Flowing

Season. Aye,

a Hoe, a Hey,

a Huh Fun

Time post-

tragedy of

a cold winter...

Comment by Arthur James on May 9, 2014 at 4:10am


I scrolled HERE Looking

for a un`Hacked Blog To

Sigh & `Sign Out ` Gin.

No Blame ` Box Turtle

If Comment` Stink &

Gets all ` Stuck Up &

Refuses ` Heehaw &

Comment ` No Go!

Comment by Arthur James on August 8, 2014 at 2:10am


I saw this great Turtle Post

atop` keicko alvarez's blog.

I have been seeing water

Snappers. If only little

it is Illegal to keep

Turtle as a pet.


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