On August 3, 2008 I published my first post on a blog I called My Own Velvet Room. Blogging was a relatively new thing and many blogs had all manner of bells and whistles, music, and flashing images. It took a few years before things settled down and we realized that just because we could do something didn’t mean we should. In time, I added two more blogs to my portfolio: Arms of Adoption and A Grandma’s Garden. Then, in 2011, I combined them and moved everything over here.
For me blogging began as a way of reclaiming the me I felt I had lost. I was nearing fifty and had a strong awareness that the days in front of me were fewer than those behind me. In an early post I wrote about my decision to start a blog as reclaiming my passion for writing, of honouring my journey and accepting that I had done the best I could, and as tool to help me gain clarity for my next chapter. It’s been all of those things and more.
For years I pumped out blog posts before heading to work in the morning or, if inspiration struck during the evening commute, when I got home in the evening. For a long time I posted at least three times every week. Mostly I wrote about my everyday life, things I was thinking about, and dreams that had laid dormant for too long. And somewhere along the way I found the me I had let go of bit by bit over the years.
Blogging helped hone my writing skills and gave me courage to begin telling my story. It was the catalyst I needed to finally commit to writing my book. Through blogging I connected with other like-minded women and discovered Story Circle Network where I found my tribe.
Fast forward eight years, and I am back in Canada, retired from corporate life, with time to fill as I choose. I blog about my garden, my canning endeavours, and my simple pursuit to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. I’ve discovered a new passion in still-life photography and am learning how to tell stories with my camera; I blog about that too, and whatever else strikes my fancy.
I mentioned the other day that I was thinking about doing something different here in August to mark my blogging anniversary and here’s the plan I’ve settled on. I’m going to post one of my photos every day along with a quote or just a few words. Some of the posts will be the same as what I’m doing on Instagram (and, to a lesser extent, Facebook) others won’t. I’ll have no long posts; it’s canning season and I’m busy these days after all! I’m also going to share a link every day to introduce you to a blog I follow–some since I first dipped my toe in the blogosphere all those years ago, others that have become new favourites, all of them well-worth taking time to visit. I hope you do–and maybe leave a comment and tell them I sent you!
Thank you for taking time to visit my blog over the years. Whether you’re a long-time reader or a new visitor, I appreciate you. As my way of saying thank you, at the end of August I’m giving away a copy of Stampington & Company’s beautiful Bella Grace magazine (The word “magazine” doesn’t do justice to this inspiring publication. I’ve set a personal goal to see one of my photographs published in Bella Grace. Shhh. Our secret.) and a copy of my book, Two Hearts: An Adoptee’s Journey Through Grief to Gratitude. Every comment you make here during the month of August will earn you one entry in the drawing. (Only US and Canadian residents are eligible for the giveaway.)
Enjoy August and, if you have time, I hope you’ll stop by and say hello now and then.