Back in 2009, when I made the decision to begin this website, I knew that I wanted to write.
But write about what?
All of the advice I had been given stressed the advantage of writing about a topic that is of interest to you.
Hmm…narrowing myself down to just one subject of interest wasn’t going to be easy!
When I looked into my heart-of-hearts, asking myself what it is in this world that makes me feel the happiest, the answer was easy ~ My Home, My Family, My life, in and around My Home.
And with that decision made, Home Life Online was born, a blog about my life at home ~ online! With that settled, my next hurdle would be, what exactly will I write about my home?
I enjoy cooking, I love gardening, and the two subjects became my starting point. Barely six months had passed with posts written mainly about cooking, and adding favourite recipes, and I felt bored. As wonderful as they are, there is so much more to life than cooking and gardening!
By June, 2010, I had made the decision to branch out, by writing more personal stories about my life and family. In the early days, I would breathe a deep breath of hesitation, before hitting the publish button on any blog posts.
Did people who read my posts know that I was holding back?
Did they sense the hesitation I was feeling?
I didn’t know the answer to those questions, but I felt it, so it just didn’t feel right to me.
I can’t actually pinpoint the exact time that my view of writing changed. Was it when I relaxed and realised that just because I was publishing my writing on the World Wide Web, not every single person on the planet would not be seeing what I had written?
Maybe it all changed for me when I stopped judging myself so harshly, along with realising that I was not being judged by others. Other people writing blogs were far more concerned whether they were being judged themselves, to be concerned with judging me!
Another thing I noticed over time was the depth of warmth exuding from the blogs I was regularly visiting, the same warmth, in fact, that I hoped they felt when they paid a visit to my blog!
These days, I am becoming less shy over introducing myself to people I “bump into” on the web. I’ve discovered the power of like-minded folks being attracted to one another, even across the world, and through the internet. And at the end of the day, friends are friends, caring about one another, offering support to other friends, sharing in their joys and sorrows, even with those they have never met.
Especially with those they have never met!
When you visit my home, online, I will welcome you with open arms, sharing with you some stories of my life here Australia, within my home, my garden, the surrounding district, and even further afield, if that’s where I find a story to share.
My world is ever-changing; my life doesn’t stand still for too long; my website continues to evolve.
So make yourself at home and join in the conversations. Make friends with my friends. Isn’t that what life’s all about ~ sharing and caring?