Eight Years of Blogging

what be
gan in friendship,
reciprocity, two
narrowing the spaces between
you/me

became
mutual art
in methodic madness–
shared creations expanding from
centers,

edges,
ideas—hands
working in parallel–
threaded layered multiplied back
and forth—

always
more to explore–
relationships growing,
branching like trees and scattering
new seeds—

hoping
to inspire each
other, to our surprise
we found ourselves weaving a web–
us/you

A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.”
–Jim Morrison
(this quote is the first thing I posted)

Nina and I began our blog on May 6, 2014, as a way to show each other the art we were doing. We had both let our creativity languish and were hoping to inspire each other to produce more. We made the above two combined logos–the top one merging art from each of us in the center, and our avatar which contained a drawing each of us had done of the other from the 1970s, when we met, working as designers in a textile company.

the news is full of sorrow

It’s difficult–no
not should have been–two years
over–zero help

On May 7, I received my firsts “likes” for the above post. I didn’t have a clue…where did that come from? When Nina told me we had acquired followers I was mystified. Two of those first likes came from blogs I still interact with–Robert Okaji, and Outside Authority.

In the beginning I mostly posted drawings and old art, with the occasional 17 syllable poem. I got my first comment from someone other than Nina on May 30, for my first Beach I Ching post. I started writing more poetry in 2016. For the first few years Nina and I posted almost every day, and we did a number of collaborations.

Above is one of our collaborations with the Oracle.

Life has tossed us around a bit in the past few years. I’m posting less and doing some of my art/poetry at Kblog now, but you can still find me here for my monthly circle/grid, Draw a Bird Day, and Thursday Doors, with The Kick-About, and a few other things thrown in from time to time. Nina and I hope to get back to collaborations too.

drawings we did of each other in 2017

The cinc-cinquain which started this post is a response to Laura’s prompt at dVerse, and David’s new W3 prompt/poem in which he asked us to respond to his poem and use the word hope.

I would not be doing the art or writing I’m doing today without this community. I’ve learned and been given so much–thank you, thank you, thank you! for your continued support .

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About memadtwo

For more madness, follow me on Instagram @h_zimel methodtwomadness is a blog of two friends, Nina and Kerfe kblog is Kerfe's solo branch on the tree

59 responses to “Eight Years of Blogging”

  1. merrildsmith says :

    Congratulations on sharing art, poetry, and friendship! 💙

    Liked by 2 people

  2. SelmaMartin says :

    The community is what keeps us going. So glad to know all this. Happy writing and creating. Xoxo

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Sun Hesper Jansen says :

    Thank you so much, both of you, for being a source of inspiration in my life almost since I started blogging! I don’t always have the words to comment but every single post gives me a new way to think about the world and my day. I love having the story of your beginnings! Makes me dream about where my own longstanding friendships will take me… 💜

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  4. ben Alexander says :

    This post gives me the warm fuzzies – they may end up bursting out of me! 😀

    Liked by 3 people

  5. petrujviljoen says :

    What Ben Alexander said.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Gillena Cox says :

    Congrats. I tapped across to the kblog link and left you an invitation to Art For Fun Friday

    Much💛love

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Ingrid says :

    It’s lovely to hear the story of your blogging collaboration, Kerfe: a true friendship to stand the test of time!

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Helen says :

    Every word … fascinating! Thanks so much for sharing.

    Liked by 2 people

  9. Truedessa says :

    Collaborations can be tricky. I am so glad your friendship cultivated art. A lovely share and poem.

    Liked by 2 people

  10. a.h. starlingsson says :

    A strong testament to friendship…

    Liked by 2 people

  11. Laura Bloomsbury says :

    Bravo on the blog anniversary and putting it all into a cinquain – really captures the unity and co-operation and the sparking from each other
    “edges,
    ideas—hands
    working in parallel–”
    p.s. I love to pop by here and read the poems or look at the art work – long may you two continue!

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  12. paeansunplugged says :

    Fills me with warm feelings! Congratulations on your blog anniversary and may your friendship and collaboration continue. And those drawings of each other are priceless. ❤️

    Liked by 2 people

  13. Prior... says :

    Enjoyed this post and brief history of the memadtwo blog.
    And I think Robert Okaji was an early connection for my blogging days as well – but I have not seen that name in quite some time – might click the link and go and say hello!

    Glad this blog is still active and the new one at Kblog has me curious so will check that out too
    😉

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  14. Claudia McGill says :

    Happy blog birthday. Both of you have enriched my life. Thank you.

    Liked by 2 people

  15. writingwhatnots says :

    It was really interesting to read the story of the genesis of your blog. How fabulous to have that bond. Happy 8th birthday to you, and may there be many, many more.

    Liked by 2 people

  16. philgomm says :

    Congratulations both!

    Liked by 2 people

  17. robert okaji says :

    Can it be eight years? Seems like yesterday!

    Liked by 2 people

  18. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Nice to see your friendship growing for the better, Marta. Keep it going and such a lovely poem.

    Liked by 2 people

  19. Bela Johnson says :

    Glad you’re on wp, Kerfe. My wold is a little better for it. 🙏

    Liked by 2 people

  20. H Schlagen says :

    Hi, why did You go to Kblog? Are there any opportunities not to be found on WordPress?

    Liked by 2 people

    • memadtwo says :

      Kblog is also on WordPress. This blog is a collaboration between Nina and me, and for various reasons she has been posting infrequently and sometimes not at all for long periods of time. It should not be all my posts, so I set up a separate one just for me.

      Liked by 1 person

  21. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) says :

    So many years of blogging… and friendships made. I sympathize a lot with this.

    Liked by 2 people

  22. M says :

    you are lights in the dark. spirit birds, perhaps 🙂

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  23. robertawrites235681907 says :

    Congratulations, Kerfe, on 8 wonderful years. How did I miss you had another blog? I’m going over to have a look at it now.

    Liked by 2 people

  24. Manja Maksimovič says :

    Most marvellous. Happy for you both. I’m so glad that you’re here.

    Liked by 1 person

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