February 2010 QuoteSnack News

I like to joke that other than my dessert fetish, I’m not hugely into Valentine’s Day. Keep me away from the cheesy commercials, mylar balloons and cheap, mass-produced, chocolate “love” tokens and nobody gets hurt. Friendly hand-made gifties and real poetry are in another class entirely.

In the next and new category, I’m gathering up a series of quotes from classic love poems, and maybe a little prose, too. To start with, I have collected Francis William Bourdillon, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, John Donne, Paul-Marie Verlaine, and Emily Dickinson. Where there aren’t copyright issues I’ll stretch my snack-sized quote format and post some mid-sized poems whole. My goal is two a day – we’ll see!

Those who are just looking for famous quotes may be disoriented by the coming onslaught of Victorian passion. Think of them as odes to a passionate life, and bear with me – you may find some drool-worthy lines for that special Valentine’s card.

Still Loving the Goals, one Year Later

How time flies! QuoteSnack is now fourteen months old. Wasn’t I just starting up yesterday?

I wrote this last February. Still works!

  • Always relate a quote to its context – this adds dimension for the reader and confirms it as the real deal.
  • Creativity – this takes “dimension” further and deeper, for me: I grow.
  • Share an intellectual snack – give readers something uplifting or stimulating within the space of a blog post.
  • Have fun – play with the brain food.
  • Get some community style interaction going – though I am your hostess and this blog’s boss, this isn’t just the Elizabeth show: it’s also about literature and culture in general.

Top Pages from January 2010

  1. On top of regular readers, Social Media sent over 3,000 pageviews to “Writing a memoir gave me nowhere to hide; it forced me to own up to my life,” from Adrienne Kane’s new book.
  2. Fans of winter like “The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep” from Robert Frost’s classic poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.
  3. Many of you were transfixed by the image shown with “Your enemy is never a villain in his own eyes,” by Robert Heinlein.
  4. Emerson’s famous quote, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds” seems to be popular New Years resolution reading!
  5. The QuoteSnack home page got some good traffic from search engine users who have been here before. Pretty cool, huh?

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