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Statues in Florence

Ludovico Buonarrati, Michelangelo’s father. He was a wealthy man. He had no understanding of the divinity in his son, so he beat him. No child of his was going to use his hands for a living. So, Michelangelo learned not to use his hands.

Years later a visiting prince came into Michelangelo’s studio and found the master staring at a single 18 foot block of marble. Then he knew that the rumors were true — that Michelangelo had come in everyday for the last four months, stared at the marble, and gone home for his supper.

So the prince asked the obvious — what are you doing? And Michelangelo turned around and looked at him, and whispered, sto lavorando, ….. I’m working …

- Replica in front of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence -

Three years later that block of marble was the statue of David.

18 months of desperate nothing, staring at low numbers or none at all. I still continued, and kept on blogging. It was only the start of the year that I gained activities on this blog after deciding to participate on the Weekly Photo Challenge. Last April, my stats skyrocketed from being Freshly Pressed. Eight months after the rise, two days ago, I met my 1000th follower. She seem to have a witty and charming personality, Joyce. We share the same passion for the TV show Lost. The excerpt above is quoted by John Locke to Boone from the episode “Hearts and Minds”.

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THANK YOU very much!!! More especially to those who truly return to like and comment.
In continuing blog milestone, I also had my 3000th comment recently by Jo Bryant of Chronicles of Illusions- here. I wish I can say the same with the Likes, but I need 300 likes before I hit 5000! Again, I appreciate all the support.

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Enjoy Florence…

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- David watching over Florence -

Last Call…

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68 Comments

  1. Sunshine says:

    Simply beautiful…

  2. shofar says:

    I LOVE your posts and photos, Rommel! It does not surprise me that you have so many followers!
    Thanks to you I have enjoyed the art and sights of Italy! I hope I can go there one day. .

  3. Those are some amazing stats! Congratulations! :)

  4. Congratulations & well done!!!! Must feel good!!! :) **

  5. Daniela says:

    Congretulations! Well earned -;)!

    Daniela

  6. One unforgettable story I read about Michelangelo and his obsession with the “perfect marble” is the story about one pope or bishop ( I don’t remember which) who commissioned him to do a sculpture. Michelangelo wanted his marble to be pure without a single crack. He waits for the morning sunlight falling on the marble everyday to check for any blemishes. For the commissioned sculpture he found the perfect marble on top of a very high mountain. A few laborers died getting it down. When the pope or bishop saw the unblemished stone he decided it would be perfect for the floor of his church. Lol. Michelangelo as you can imagine went berserk.

  7. benrowef64 says:

    I think its great that you kept blogging even when your stats said not so many people were reading it. Is Blogging about the “stats” or is it about sharing. Its great you have your 1000th follower and hope you have another 1000.

    • rommel says:

      :D I really needed to have a constant outlet for my thoughts and passion. Stats are addicting as whoa. I don’t blame if others are much into it… but just as long they don’t forget that it’s really all about sharing.

  8. Marianne says:

    First of all CONGRATULATIONS on having 1000 followers. That´s quite an achievement and a meteoric rise in your stats. Well done Rommel – very well deserved.

    It´s been a while since I was in Florence, but your photographs have been a lovely reminder of a beautiful city.

  9. Debra Kolkka says:

    Gorgeous photos! I will be there next week to see them all again. Congratulations on 1,000 followers.

  10. jag says:

    Cheers with Dharma Beers! :)

  11. LuAnn says:

    Congratulations on your 1000 followers! Your photography is stunning so I am not surprised. :D

  12. janaknmistry says:

    congratulations on 1000 followers. It was an interesting post on the statues.

  13. Gilly Gee says:

    1000 followers! well done and much deserved!
    Florence’s statues are all too full of dominant men for my liking, unless thats what you chose to photograph!!!

    • rommel says:

      Ahihihi. There are some women there. Just a little against the dominant men. :D What to do, I guess Florence likes men sculptures better. :D You know how I stand with you, Gilly. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for always showing up. Very much appreciated.

  14. Having only recently found your blog, I have yet to find it boring or mundane! Your posts are filled with life, energy, color and what I think must be your lust for adventure and travel. I am proud to be one of your followers and after reading this post may I say I am both humbled and Honored that you are one of mine! Everyone longs for success at some level and I am always happy for those who achieve it.
    As a side note; I will be traveling to Italy in May 2013, Melfi to be exact. My first trip abroad and I can’t wait!

    • rommel says:

      Thank you, thank you Mountain Gypsy. Thank you very much for the kind words.

      Melfi huh? I believe I haven’t even heard of it. Next year? Hurry up now and go there. Hehehe I wanna see pictures of it and hear all about it. I’ll definitely keep this in mind. And, first time is always a memorable time. Would love to hear how your experience of it.

  15. cannedhamcrazy says:

    Great post. We’re taking our kids to Italy this fall including Florence. Your tour of statues was inspiring!

    By the way: congratulations on your 1000th follower! I followed you yesterday when you became my very first like! My blog’s been up for ~48 hours but I’m looking forward to a nice adventure on WordPress. Thanks for the motivation!

  16. I’ve loved Michelangelo’s work since I read Irving Stone’s _The Agony and the Ecstasy_ as a teen. While I have had the chance (many moons ago, now) to see a few of his works in person on display in Paris and more recently in Fort Worth, your photos brought to life the power and gift of his work in marble in ways that I might otherwise have missed. Thanks! ~LD

  17. Hello, congratulations! I love how you presented your blog’s accomplishments against humble stories of a great, great man. It’s such a display of pride tempered with wisdom. This is inspiring. My reason for being here often is being here feels like just chillin’ out, if you know what I mean.

    • rommel says:

      Thank you for the compliments, and thank you for the interest to my blog. It’s nice to hang out in the blogosphere. :D

      My FB Likers know that this is not my initial idea for this post. Glad I re-watch the first season of Lost. When I heard that story, I thought was perfect timing to segue my accomplishment.

  18. Michelangelo’s work is a true piece of art…. And congrats on your followers! :D

  19. Amy says:

    Amazing growth, Congratulations! Enjoy reading and visiting your blog. Thank you!

  20. WOW Congratulations!!! I’m amazed even more amazed that you still take time to look at my blog. I’m sure you have been nominated for this award but I’m nominating you anyway for One Lovely Blog award. Don’t feel obligated I just want other people to find you.Your photographs have improved immensely and your blog I love to read.Carla

  21. Congrats on your blog success! The photos remind me of the need to return to Florence some day and see all that I missed. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    • rommel says:

      It’s such a huge cities with so so so many places to explore. Before I left Italy, I pressured my friends to go there so I can revisit the places again and again and again. Hope you get to do that as well. Thanks!

  22. Fergiemoto says:

    Congratulations on the blogging milestones! Wishing you many more.

  23. Congrats on all the followers, likes and comments. Alot of milestones along the way. Amazing photos of a great city. Italy is certainly on my list as I’ve only been to Rome but know there is so much more!

  24. COngrats Rommell, you deserve to have that many followers, I love to see all the pictures you have to share with us all. I know its going to be something different and new and inspiring. I’m glad you never gave up when it felt like you had nothng or nobody checking your blog.

    Thank You for the kind comment on my blog, it truly touch my heart and lift my spirit. I’m speechless, can you believe it? :) Many Blessings to you my friend and keep bring us that wonderful talented you have to share with us here at wordpress. God Bless :)

    • rommel says:

      I can never forget your support when I lack viewers. Featuring you is the least I can reciprocate back to you. Stay safe, have fun blogging and good luck in what you do.

  25. Anna Marie says:

    I love Florence and each time I go I discover something new! Congrats on achieving 1000 followers and thank you for visiting my blog. 😊

  26. DonQC06 says:

    Is this in Italy right?

  27. Just got back from Florence and discovered your blog! Great photos, look forward to browsing more.

  28. Say Gudday says:

    Wonderfully beautiful article.

  29. bucketdave says:

    Great story about Michelangelo, and great story about your own success. I’m inspired now! Thank you so much.

    • rommel says:

      Love to have came across on that story. It was perfect timing. Thank you so so much Dave, unlike others, you are always checking back in. I really thank you for that. Keep sharing us your stories and others’.

  30. Christina says:

    Wow, congrats!! I will be in Italy very soon – I bet I will see some amazing sculptures!

  31. themofman says:

    Classical sculpture is outstanding. What it takes to make stone not just look but feel fleshy to the touch is amazing.

  32. Amy says:

    1,000+ followers, wow! No, you don’t have a blogging community, you have a kingdom, Rommel!

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