Today marks one week since I went live with my blog, and it has been one exciting week.
I swear, I may be addicted!
I’d considered having a blog for a very long time, but I worried that;
a) I didn’t have anything interesting to say
b) people would think I was trying to be something I’m not.
As it turns out, I actually may have something interesting to say (probably not all the time, I’m sure the glazed looks I often get from my husband and son will still occur on a regular basis) and maybe, just maybe I can actually do this.
I’m certainly loving it. I was looking for a hobby, a ‘safe’ place to express myself and a way of building my own confidence in terms of putting myself and my writing out there, and all three boxes are receiving very large, bold ticks! I’ve been connecting with people, learning so much in the process, and trying really hard to force myself out of my comfort zone and engage with others.
It’s been a great week. I’ve completed a book review for a book I absolutely fell in love with, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, and, best of all, snippets of my review were actually quoted and retweeted on publication day by both the author and the publisher. I also found the confidence off the back of this to actually publish my own writing on the blog (with not quite as much hesitant hovering over the ‘publish’ icon as I’d feared!)
For me, this week has been a massive achievement and it has all meant so much to me.
I have found the blogging community to be so, so welcoming. I thought I’d be looked down on (if my existence were even registered!) but I feel I’ve been taken in from the cold and given a home.
The last six years have been some of the best and some of the worst of my life (I’m sure I’ll get around to talking about it on here when I’m ready). My confidence in myself and my abilities have taken a real beating, and it’s only this past year that I feel that a teeny sliver of the old me has started to return.
A huge, huge thank you to everyone who has followed me, followed my blog, commented, liked, viewed or engaged in a discussion with me this week. You have no idea how much you have helped me feel like I belong. I am so grateful.
On to week two…….!