Saturday, 20 March 2010
A Year in Blogland
When I first moved to Turkey almost 12 years ago, I kept a diary. I continued with it for a couple of years, and accumulated a fair number of exercise books. I'd often read them, just to remind myself that even though this was a difficult journey, I was making progress.
During one of our many house moves, my diary was lost, and I never started it again. In a way my blog has just replaced that diary. And of course it's a lot easier to type and edit than it is to write it all by hand.
So I set up my blog...with great difficulty..I'm not very good on all this technical stuff, but through trial and error I did it. Then it just sat there...I just didn't know how to start. I kept logging in to my blog, and staring at it...and that's as far as it got. Then a few days later I discovered I had two followers...my on-line friend and his wife. I panicked...oh dear, I will really have to write something now...so this was my first ever post:-
"Sunday, March 22, 2009
TWO FOLLOWERS ALREADY!!!!
Two followers of my blog and I haven't written anything yet.
I now feel somewhat under pressure to make a start. I set up the page a few days ago and thought I could just sneak in quietly when no-one was looking and do a kind of test run just for me.
But there you are...my two followers...waiting patiently for me to produce something.
This first post is a test run though, because I need to work out how to use this blog. I am a pc numpty (as one of you already knows) so it may take me a little while to work out the techy side of things.
In the meantime, I am having a good think about the things in my life that I would like to share, so please be patient till I return."
................................so that was the start. A year down the line, I have 44 Followers, and I even have quite a lot of awards (who will ever forget that wonderful feeling when you receive your first one?). I've made many friends through blogging, and that gives me a great deal of pleasure. I'm also very grateful for the support I get from followers when I'm going through difficult times, or feeling a bit low. Thankyou...you have no idea how much it means to me.
I thought I would never be able to find enough to write about...now you can't shut me up!
But this post isn't just about me and my blog. I have a number of followers who don't have blogs of their own. I also have a fair number of readers amongst friends, who also don't blog, and I'd just like to say to them...give it a go. Everyone has a story to tell....and I love reading them. Once you start, you won't regret it.
Go on...start a blog...let me know...and I'll promise to be your first Follower!