I have made a decision to stop blogging. So this will be my last post.
I started this blog in March 2009. I've published 1178 posts in that time, and gathered a lot of followers and now good friends along the way. Surprisingly I have received awards for my blog and had it listed amongst Turkey Travel Blog's top ten Turkey blogs. Unexpected but very flattering.
It was always a personal thing for me. I used to keep a journal in exercise books when I moved to Turkey nearly 18 years ago, but sadly these were lost during one of our many moves. The blog kind of replaced them.
It started out as an almost daily record of my life in this country, interspersed with other irrelevant topics, and for years I found the whole exercise very therapeutic. I enjoy writing and the blog has been a way to get things off my chest. There is a link to my journey in Turkey and all the places we have lived which you can read by clicking this LINK
Gradually the blog became more and more about my work with street animals. I tried to keep it separate from the main blog by opening another page in January 2014 after we had started feeding the dogs at the sanayi (industrial estate) on the main road out of our village. I stopped recording on that page in August 2014 and continued to write about our work on the main blog. The page is still there and I find it useful to dip into it from time to time. You can see it if you click on the title at the top of the blog "Rescued /Street Dog Feeding and Care Programme".
I now have a Facebook page entitled Ayak's Animal Welfare, the link to which can be found at the bottom of this post and also on the sidebar of this blog. The Facebook page has really taken over from blogging and I simply don't have enough time to update on there and on my blog. If you haven't already joined, please do. I'll be very happy to welcome you there. It is a Closed Group under my control, so that it can continue to be a pleasant group of people, with no negativity.
Apologies to those of you who don't use Facebook, but I hope you will understand that my time is limited and I have started the new year by trying to manage my time a little better. I have a huge "to-do" list and I'm afraid not everything will get done if I don't let some things go.
If in the future I find myself with spare time (some hope!) I'll come back to my blog, but in the meantime, thankyou to all of you who have followed me and your words of support and encouragement.
Happy New Year from me, Kaya and all the dogs and cats xxx
AYAK'S ANİMAL WELFARE (Facebook page)