Review Tuesdays today features a blog with a simple title, yet poetry that is exquisite in its simplicity. The blog in the spotlight is Bloggin’WithAmanda, authored by Amanda G Moore.
Who is Amanda Moore?
Amanda is a passionate poet, blogger, loving wife and mother to two teenagers. She’s also a B.S in Criminal Justice with emphasis on Psychology, an amateur photographer and radio operator, and a passionate reader of true crime stories. She also likes to write prose. She is the hostess of Musical Mondays as well.
What does Bloggin’WithAmanda look like?
Having an own domain, there is a lot of choices in Wordpress.org for templates. Her site uses the Clear Line theme, white post background with a single sidebar that disappears when the post is being read so as to emphasize the poem or prose. Customized fonts like Lucida lend the reader a calming feel as well. The sidebar hosts features like Tweet This, Follow on Networked Blogs, StatCounter etc and the bottom bars hold Recent Posts and Comments Listing. I couldn’t find an archive as such, but the countdown widget in her blog intimates that she’s now into her third year of blogging. The Google Connect widget is recent, and she has 19 followers there, 33 on Networked Blogs.
Now to the poetry:
Amanda is a poet who likes to explore formaic poetry and free verse both. She’s an avid writer and her passion for writing is evident from her words. If you look at her recent posts, you can see that as well. In her last ten posts, many forms are present like haiku, cinquain, loop poetry etc. Her most favored forms are Acrostic and Haiku I feel, coz those are more present in her archives, and she’s regular at the meme sites that offer inspiration for the two forms.
To share a few of her recent works as “must reads”, I think her recent cinquain for Hollow is one I loved. It expresses sadness in 5 lines, few syllables and also it prompts readers to think of a scene that could follow her visual piece. Another I liked was her post on Sarcastic, which is a form called Minute Poetry. It was previously unknown to me, and it is an interesting style to which she has done justice. Among her haikus, the best I’ve read so far is Wings, where she writes about the wings of dancers; a unique take to the prompt for which first thoughts tend to waver toward birds or butterflies or such.
Amanda writes for many meme sites like Haiku Heights, Acrostic Only, One Single Impression, Poetry Potluck etc. Her enthusiasm toward writing is something I personally admire.
I love the page and its design as such. I don’t think you should, even in the future change that. However, if it’s possible, could you add a widget to search by tags or categories? It’ll help readers to read posts of a particular form easily I think.
Who am I?
I’m Vinay, formerly known as Leo; author of I Rhyme Without Reason, co-host of Review Tuesdays here at Jingle Poetry along with Someone is Special. Hope you enjoy reading about the blogs, and do go read them too. Simplicity doesn't have any rivals I think. You've a beautiful space on Blogsville, Amanda. Continue to amaze us as you do now. Thanks for the opportunity and honor, and do let me know if there was anything wrong in the review.