Spotted in Lima

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There comes a time when a blog gives birth to another one. Intensity Without Mastery is proud to announce the arrival of Spotted in Lima, who was born yesterday morning. The labor lasted 19 years and stalled many times. After years of worry that her pregnancy was a false one, the mother realized that her baby would refuse to be born without a name worthy of her.

In other words, I’ve wanted to create a photo-focused blog for a very long time. I’ve started and scrapped such a plan several times over the years. The problem was focus, and the name Spotted in Lima has given me one. That phrase occurred to me like a proverbial bolt from the blue a couple days ago, and I didn’t sift it away like so many other thoughts that appear and fade away like scattered showers.

Right now the blog platform is just a simple and easy one. I don’t know what the future holds for this new arrival, but the nursery is ready.

Summer Photo Walk, June 8


The weather is hot yet dreary today. It is possible that we may add to our coffers of rainfall once again. We’ve had entirely too much rain over the past two months (17 inches, according to the Lima News).

This morning I wore my oldest pair of shoes and headed toward one of the soggy parks. The light was unreliable at best. I took some B&W photos, too, but many of those turned out blurry because I forgot to adjust the ISO for the dim light in the forest. Despite this issue, I did find a few of the B&W worth posting on this blog.

By the way, have any of you had luck with using a Facebook page for your blog? I don’t do much with mine, but I noticed there’s lots of features now for making posts, like easy slideshow videos and “Notes” which can incorporate text, photos and video. There’s also some ambitious-looking carousel post which can have links to multiple destinations. This makes me curious as to why Facebook hasn’t harnessed their publishing assets to create the go-to destination for bloggers. It’s like they intentionally left room in the online world for platforms like WordPress and the like.


Glitch in the Blogs I Follow Widget

I am curious to see if any of my fellow bloggers have noticed a problem with the Blogs I Follow widget. When I visit a blog that uses this widget, I literally see a list of the Blogs I Follow, in order of the blogs I’ve most recently started following. I don’t see the author’s blogroll. I see my own.

Has anyone else noticed this glitch?

The Center Can Hold: Celebrating One Year of Intensity Without Mastery


It’s been a year since I first posted on this blog. I’d like to thank all of my readers for your support. You’ve helped sustain me through the highs and lows of the past year, and I look forward to sharing so much more with you.

To my fellow bloggers, thank you for uplifting me with your stories. I’m so glad that the venue I found for relating the details of my life led me to discovering yours.

For those of you who read my posts but do not have a website of your own, please, please consider starting a blog. When I started a year ago, I thought this site would just be a mental junk drawer where I exorcised demons and collected details I might forget about the various things I do as a woman, wife, and mother. The process has proved to be so much more fulfilling than I expected. So many of us post on social media, but those forums are so geared to the present tense that much of the material from the past sinks to the bottom. It’s hard to find a narrative or sense of pride in the ordinary business of living when your pictures and tales get bumped by dozens of other posts in your newsfeed. By having your own site, the shape of your story and the significance of all that you do becomes much clearer.

By having your own site, there is also the opportunity to see your reach in the world. This is not possible with a personal social media account. Start writing for the world, and I’m sure you’ll be surprised at how far your words will travel.

Below is a map of my visitors from the past year. The numbers are small compared to many blogs, especially the ones with longevity.

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Intensity Without Mastery


After a bit of reflection, I have decided to switch my blog’s name and tagline. I feel like Intensity Without Mastery (a phrase I first heard in the great film Slacker) captures my scattered interests well. I hover like a bumble bee over lots of stuff. This has been my habit since my early days, when I’d keep myself awake entirely too late halfway building towns with my Fisher Price Little People and their accesories like the pink dragon with rubbery arms that the powers-that-be didn’t let get past the 70’s for safety reasons.

It’s been almost a year since I started my blog. Thank you, dear reader, for your continued support. I don’t know if I’d have continued past the first few posts without you.

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