Just over two months ago (30.10.13) our beautiful baby boy Ashton was stillborn at 38 weeks. Naturally, I have been offline since our tragedy. We have had wonderful support from family and dear friends during this intense grieving period. I’ll always be extremely grateful for the loving support, space, hugs and heartfelt correspondences (and dinners, plants, flowers, etc. etc.) As the fog is slowly lifting I wanted to share our awful news with you, dear reader. My PLN, twitter friends, Libraryland people and online buddies have always extended the kindest of support to me, most excellent wife J. and Belle (AKA #GeeBee). During this pregnancy was no exception. So I wanted to you to know why I have been quiet online, and more importantly, what’s been going on in the Greenhouse.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Most people are asking, in their own way, what can they do? What do we need?
We have truly felt solace and comfort from thoughts and prayers; spoken, written and otherwise. For us, it is important to talk about Ash with people because it acknowledges his too short and extremely important life. Communicating with us about a tragedy like this is sometimes too difficult for people, and we completely understand this. I feel and appreciate these people’s thoughts and prayers equally. To save others from living with such a loss, we are raising money for research into stillbirth. My family, and others, would be very grateful for any donation you could spare. Please visit: https://give.everydayhero.com/au/ashton-lamond-phillip-green
THANK YOU so much to those loving folk who have already donated ☺
And thank you dear reader for your support.
May 2014 bring you love, positivity and good health.
GeeBee has been completely getting into playing with toy babies recently. Here she is trying hard to buckle “Bay-bee” (as she calls her) into her high chair. It’s a super-cute phase she’s entering; lots of cuddles & feeding baby. She also pats Mummy’s tummy & says “Bay-bee!”
Thankfully most excellent wife J. is pregnant.
BREAKING NEWS: I’m using Tumblr, and I like it!
In case you missed the memo, Tumblr is a very cool, short-form blogging platform that is clean and super-easy to use. Tumblr is another form of microblogging; the current giant being Twitter. People share photos, music, links, videos, thoughts, quotes, short text, ANYTHING with minimal effort. Like ‘blog’ is a short-form of weblog, this type of (micro-)blogging gets its name from tumblelog. Positioned nicely between Twitter and longer-form blogging platforms like WordPress or Blogger, Tumblr is fast and simple push-button publishing, with a focus on looking schmick. Many (most?) Tumblrs have ‘tumblr.com’ in the address, but some people self-host and choose the URL. Just like many websites use blogging software and self-host to create their own domain. Also a social network, Tumblr users (Tumblers? Tumblees? Tumblfolk?) connect and follow each other’s posts, and reblog and like (favourite) posts. Reblogging is prolific on Tumblr; sharing is caring and all that. Some may feel Tumblr is too littered with reposts, that it is lacking original content. However, if that’s how people want to use it, I see no problem with that. There definitely is original content in amongst the reblogs. Perhaps as a reaction to the negative ‘reblogging’ tag, the fun people at Tumblr bring you REBLORG, the home of original content only: http://reblorg.com/about. To my mind, using Tumblr is like any 2.0-ish ‘thing;’ you make it work for you, how you want it to, and no, it won’t be for everyone. I like the following description from Tackling Tumblr : web publishing made simple by Thord Daniel Hedengren.
Tumblr is a hybrid service- part blogging, part microblogging, and a social network to boot. Not a very definite description, is it? The thing with Tumblr is that it really becomes what you make of it. It’s not just about understanding how the Tumblr service works, but also how you can use if for your own needs. (p. 6)
Given I mainly focus on libraries and learning here on dpgreen.net, I am using Tumblr to share my other loves. So in a moment of super-name-coming-up-with-ness, I’ve titled my Tumblr:
My Tumblr tagline reads:
Here lie the other loves of David Green AKA dpgreen. Expect music, art, theatre, photos, & GeeBee. Libraries, learning, books & reading will surface too.
You can check it out over here: http://dpgreen.tumblr.com/
There is a thriving art community on Tumblr. Gaming people and comic fans and creators too. You can follow folks with font fetishes, and literature enthusiasts. Design absolutely suits this platform, and of course tech is popular too. Oh and music, and music, and more music. You should find whatever you’re after, with hi-res photos adding to the goodness and the glossiness.
My current fave Tumblrs are:
- Underground New York Public Library – all sorts of awesome
- Oh Dear … – make sure you click ‘start’ to read this comic from the beginning
- To Shake Your Rump is to Be Environmentally Aware – David Byrne bits’n’bobs
- Heart of Darkness – photographic eyecandy
I do have some fave library Tumblrs too (SURPRISE!) and I’ll mention those soon in my next post: Tumblr pt. 2.
Do you use Tumblr? Please leave me your Tumblr link in the comments, &/or recommend your favourite Tumblrs