Thursday, 3 February 2011

I Love My Blog!

Today is the anniversary of my very first blog post on 'Moonroot', back in February 2007. I had set up the blog and then found I hadn't a clue what to write about. So in time-honoured fashion, I chatted about the weather! I began just writing about my daily life, and gradually found my voice. It was so heartening to find that people were leaving comments and enjoying the blog.

I myself was greatly enjoying it. I had always kept journals, albeit somewhat patchily. Sometimes I would even buy a beautiful new journal but not write in it, anxious about despoiling the clean new pages, waiting to start 'until I had something worthwhile to say'. Since starting my blog, I still keep hand-written journals, but something about the process of blogging has freed up my journalling. I no longer worry about having to write an entry every day, I write when I want to. And somehow I want to write more. I don't worry about the state of my handwriting, or the crossings out or smudges, or even the tear stains that occasionally mark the pages. This is journalling as it should be, life on paper.

Blogging has also encouraged me in other directions. Buoyed up by the kind comments others have left here I have taken a couple of writing courses, which have been both fun and educational. I have also become enthused by digital photography - having started taking photos merely to illustrate the blog and make it more interesting I now carry a camera with me everywhere, snapping away whenever I find inspiration, and learning by trial and error what works and what doesn't!

I have also 'met' lots of lovely people via the blog and found great joy in reading their blogs in turn. There is such a flowering of creative talent in the blogosphere! And these same people have been so kind and supportive to me in times of difficulty - most notably, of course, during my recent divorce. Thank you all so much. You have no idea how much you helped me in those dark days.

Sometimes people ask me why I blog and it is hard to come up with a short answer. But for all the reasons listed above, I love my blog. And I suppose above all, that is why I keep blogging!


Spiritual Kitty said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! I love reading your blog and have been a following since... 2007 I think :)

May you write for many more years :D

Dartford Warbler said...

Hello Moonroot,
I have just found your blog via Leanne`s Somerset Seasons. I have just the same positive feelings about my own blog, which I started just over a year ago. I have come to love taking photos wherever and whenever I can. It is also a gentle way back into writing, although my blog is not as "confessional" as some.

You live in a beautiful place. Your links to the pagan world are interesting too. I would probably describe myself as a humanist with pagan leanings, if you can be such a thing!

Hoping to visit again.

Best wishes, DW

Anonymous said...

That's so lovely! I really enjoy reading your blog - you should be proud! And good luck with all your writing. What a perfect state of mind to have over Imbolc!

Bright blessings!


Lyn said...

I also love blogging, Congratulations on your blogiversary.

Mina said...

Happy Blogging Anniversary!

Wonderful post and sentiments shared by so many. I also have found such a beautiful kindred through this unlikely place.

The Awakened Heart said...

Congrats on the anniversary. I love the way that blogging opens you up to new creative pursuits. I am always with the digital camera now too. And I LOVE your header photo. So beautiful. You have talent lady. I look forward to seeing some more snaps.

Alison said...

Just discovered your Blog. Your poetry and photography reflects the beautiful spirit that you are and inspires us all x

miss*R said...

i love reading about life in Wales.. I love reading of your life.. it brings me close to my ancestral roots kind of..
still have my lovely little gazing dish too :)

laoi gaul~williams /I\ said...

congratulations on your blog birthday!
i must see when mine is!
i am the same as you with jounals, not wanting to spoil the clean new pages. then i bought myself a moleskien and its scribbled in, drawn in, flowers pressed among the pages and concert tickets tucked in...i realised how i gave it life!

i look forwards to more years of reading of your journey

willow said...

Happy blog anniversary. I think I have been reading for most of that time, hope you continue for many more years.

Moonroot said...

Thank you all! :-)