Friday, December 31, 2010
When I first started this little blog last year I had no idea that it would be something that I would still be doing a year later. My blog originally commenced its life as a "Travel Blog" - a way of keeping Alan (and the rest of the family) updated on the trip Matthew and I made to New Zealand last year. I remember sitting in our motel room at the end of each day churning out long, descriptive passages about the things we had done and the sights we had seen. In a funny sort of way I imagined myself as a "foreign correspondent" sending back news reports about life in foreign and exotic lands! When I think back now - probably a phone call would have been quicker....... However there is something strangely satisfying about putting pen to paper and (for me) I have always been able to express myself much better with "written" rather than "spoken" words.
Blogging allows me to combine two of my most favourite things - "Journalling" and "Corresponding". I have always enjoyed the idea of journalling and over the years have commenced many a Diary - only to find that I manage to fill the first couple of days and then ..... nothing! (I have SOO many yearly diaries with blank pages from the 5th January onwards....).
Letters - how I LOVE receiving letters. Years ago (pre email/pre Facebook/pre Twitter - well, the "olden days" actually!) I used to have a pen friend in the USA. Every month a letter would arrive from my pen friend in its distinctive Air Mail envelope with its unique USA stamp and I would spend hours reading and re-reading every word. For a kid growing up in Australia in the 60's the USA was a wildly romantic and exciting place and to receive a letter from someone in the USA - well, that was just the BEST!
Nowdays I can "journal" (and include pictures!) and receive "letters" from all over the world! Not only that, in the past 12 months I have learnt SO MUCH about a whole range of things and been constantly inspired by the incredibly talented and creative bloggers who open their lives and share their talents on a daily basis.
Clicking onto my blog each morning and finding that a comment has been left - it really makes my day. Reading about the incredible things you all do - well, it makes me feel so privileged to be invited into your lives. Thank you all so very much.