Six and a half years ago I was introduced to blogging, a phenomenon that had already taken off but had even better things to look forward to. The number of blogs now out there is so immense it would take a life-time to read them all, and then you'd still have a mountain to climb on your next journey. I saw a figure in the region of two-hundred-million branded about somewhere earlier this year, but I reckon that's increased again. Of course, there are only a handful of blogs we enjoy and many we click on that we quickly click off again. But each blog is someone's work; it is a part of who they are, what they stand for, what they represent. From journalists to celebrities, from parents to authors, from religious beliefs to controversial. Each one is different. Maybe not all should be celebrated, but through the world of blogging we have been given the opportunity to look through someone else's eyes and see a world turning in a different direction.
For me, in the beginning, blogging was all about creative writing; a place where I told you about the paranormal experiences I encountered, many of which have been featured in one of my books, Discovery at Rosehill. After a while I realised I wanted to tell you more about me, who I am, what I do with my life apart from talk to dead people. I wanted to join in the banter and find some like-minded bloggers to connect with. I discovered groups and websites containing a variety of personalities, people who taught me alternative ways of life and gave me a new perspective to my own. I made good friends, some of whom I've met in person over the years. Of course, many friends I made through blogging have come and gone but that's a natural process of life.
Rosehill played a major part in my blogging journey, leading onto me writing two further books, both now published, and another book that I have yet to edit. When I read through those early blog posts I remember the passion I once had for this hobby of mine, the hopes and dreams I would ponder after hitting the 'publish' button and wondering if I'd ever get snapped up by someone who could make those dreams come true. But when I look back I realise I was snapped up - by all the readers and loyal followers who have continuously clicked onto my blog and left me a little piece of their energy, not just in their words but through the time they've taken to read my words. Some of my blog posts have been tediously boring, not worth the screen space they're written on, whilst some have conquered the world, been right up there as they've gone viral on Twitter and made people sit up and think about what I, a middle-aged woman from the north of England, has to say about subjects such as parenting, autism, writing, social media, blogging, and of course, farming.
I've had some wobbles over the years where I've been adamant to throw the towel in, give it all up and concentrate on more important things. After all, blogging doesn't earn me any money and for the first few years I would spend literally all day reading and commenting on blogs, joining blog hops, following thousands of blogs just to be a part of this incredible communicative world. The last twelve months things have changed for me somewhat; farming and the business have become more important in my life as has getting Amy settled into teenagehood - not an easy task, I can assure you - and of course this year I've published two books, one that's done quite well and the other, hmmm, perhaps not as well as I'd hoped. *begs for reviewers and supporters to promote said book - get in touch if interested*
This week I've started a new page on this blog and called it 'Author Spotlight'. Instead of advertising books and finding myself tied in knots after people started taking advantage of my "free" page to promote their work, I came to the decision that it just wasn't working. So I found myself planning this new page that will feature a different author or book editor, perhaps each week. It will tell you a little about their latest book and a few sentences about the author. Indie authors need support. As one myself, I know only too well how bloody hard it is to get out there and be seen. But blogging is about being seen. It's about getting out there and letting the world know you exist.
So today I want to celebrate blogging and the fact that this post is my 1,000th. All those posts ago I was ignorant to the world of blogging and then suddenly, almost overnight, I found a new lease of life. I found you.