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I have received a message from WordPress wishing me a Happy Anniversary.
It was three years ago today that I started my Blog.
I had just begun a creative writing course and I wanted an outlet for my writing, I’d read an article that mentioned WordPress and this seemed like fate was giving me a nudge.
I am a bit of a technophobe and yet WordPress made it all easy.
It’s been a strange journey the last three years but I have come so far.
I admit that my initial energy has turned rather lukewarm and I am not writing as much lately, but I do hope that this changes soon and I start getting into a better routine with more time for writing.
I will be posting some of my earliest posts. It will be interesting to see if my writing style has developed at all 🙂
Thank you to all my followers for joining me on my journey.
2- Share some highlights for you over the past decade and if you want, a few low points
3- Tag whoever you wish to.
4- Ask them some questions
5- Use any picture appropriate for such a tag.
1. What is the most important lesson you have learned in the past ten years?
I’m still learning it – it’s to accept that life is a mixed bag and to enjoy the good while it’s happening rather than waiting for things to be perfect because things are NEVER perfect.
2. Can you share a moment where you were laughing so hard you had tears in your eyes?
Those moments are ‘in the moment’ and never sound funny when explained, they just happen. That’s life.
3. How many jobs have you had in the past ten years?
I have only worked for two organisations in that time but have had a variety of roles, I am shortly embarking on the new experience of managing staff, something which I have managed to avoid so far in my career.
4. Where do you see yourself ten years from now?
Not much different to now, I would hope I have formed new and meaningful friendships but also it is likely that a few of my nearest and dearest will no longer be around. Career-wise, it would be nice to have progressed further and it would be nice to have progressed in my writing to the point where I have published some stories and poems. That would be great.
Ten years apart, Have I aged much?
So would you like to have a go of the challenge? – If you want to, please feel free. 🙂
My questions for you:
Where would you like to be, location-wise, in 10 years time?
What has happened in the last ten years that has surprised you the most?
What do you think the next ten years will be remembered for?
What lessons have you learned in the last 10 years?
Well, I am proud, over the moon and chuffed to bits to have been nominated for this award by a blogger that I have such high regard for, who I have collaborated with a number of times writing several poems; Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess.
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select 15 other bloggers for this award.
6. Comment on each blog to let them know you’ve nominated them and a link to the post you created.
How my Blog Started.
Well, It all began back in March 2018. It was on the 7th of March to be precise. I have been writing stories and poems for years but I had never shared my work or sought feedback before. For a Christmas Present, some friends bought me a 6-week creative writing course at the CityLit college in London. Having enrolled on this course I found that my urge to write became insatiable. Before I wrote once in a while but after I started writing daily. It was like an explosion. I decided that I needed to have a place to put all the stuff coming out of my mind. I entered a competition and I didn’t get anywhere but in the feedback, I was given a link to WordPress. I am naturally a bit of a technophobe but I had a go and created my blog. I have not looked back since. It has been a wonderful experience and I wish I had started much earlier. The blogging community has been really helpful and supportive. I have made some excellent blogging pals.
Since then I have written a lot of short stories and lots of poems. In the last few months, I have slowed down a bit and am not currently blogging as much but I hope that with the energy that comes with the New Year, I will start writing more again.
Advice or Guidance
Blog about something that you love and just keep going, followers will come.
Don’t worry if you can’t keep up with the rate of other bloggers. Write when you can and when you feel like it.
This is always the bit I find hard, not because of a lack of people I think deserve it, it’s because there are SO many wonderful bloggers out there putting their heart and soul into everything they do that it is difficult to choose.
My thoughts are that if you are reading this then please consider yourself nominated. You Deserve it.
And also, as we draw near, I hope you have a lovely Christmas or whatever way you spend the darkest days of Winter.
Deb Whittam, of the blog Twenty Four, who created this challenge originally, has agreed to co-host this challenge with me. I am honoured to hand the baton over to Debbie, who will post this week’s 50 Word Thursday Challenge!
You can’t beat Weird Al for parodies, so here he is singing Like a Surgeon.
2. Post a song that you love by an artist that was not one of their biggest hits.
Donna Summer, famous for ‘I Feel Love’, ‘Love to Love you Baby’ and ‘Hot Stuff’ here is a lesser-known song, ‘I Remember Yesterday‘ something that’s becoming more of a challenge for me as I get older …… 🙂
3. Post a song that was featured in a tv show or in a movie.
How about Top Gun and Take My Breath Away by Berlin? – In fact, if you take the scenes with this song playing out of the movie, it only leaves about 35 minutes of screen time. 😉
Hope you enjoyed this selection.
Who to nominate?
Well, if you fancy having a go, please be my guest.
Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.
Answer the questions from the blog who nominated you.
Nominate seven to ten bloggers.
Ask them seven questions.
So big thanks to Sadje for nominating me for this, I very much appreciate it 🙂
Where does blogging fits in your daily life?
Have you ever tried to do;
b) Horse riding?
c) Deep-sea diving?
Do you celebrate your birthday?
If you have free time at hand, would you go for a walk or a long drive?
Your best friend calls in the middle of the night and asks you to meet them at a deserted place, will you go? BTW, this friend has known to pull pranks!
Since starting my full-time job in May I have struggled to keep my blog going. I don’t blog as much as I used to, but I still manage to maintain a presence on the blogosphere and write some short stories and poems. I think if something means a lot to you, you will fit it in somehow, but you have to be realistic, there are only so many hours in the day.
No, No and No. I have done some snorkelling in the past but I would rather go for a walk in the park or a trip to a museum than any of these activities.
Yes and No. I usually celebrate my birthday on the closest Saturday to my actual birthday, but I don’t do anything big, like have a huge party. An afternoon tea or a trip to see a show, that would be enough.
I’d go for a walk, or do some more blogging, or maybe go for a long drive in order to find a suitable place to go for a walk.
I would ask a lot of clarification questions of my friend, before taking the plunge and go to meet them. I rarely go out in the middle of the night and I’d need a very good reason for it. Being my Best friend, they would know that.
Questions for my nominees:
When were you last surprised, what happened?
If you were to put together a time capsule that encapsulated your life right now, what three things would you put in it?
If you could drive in any direction, what direction would you drive in?
If you could choose a new name for yourself, what name would you choose?
Would you prefer to live in a world where alcohol was free or where politicians were honest?
What song would you play at a party in order to encourage people to leave?
Who was a really good role model for you when you were a child?