Where I am now – five minutes from my front door. Church Doors on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path
My notifications tab tells me that I have been here for a year.
A lot has happened in that year….. but, then again, maybe not so much.
I’ve moved 400 miles west and yet still waiting to move another 200 miles north.
I’ve travelled to places I’ve never visited before and yet I’ve spent most of the year in a place that has become so familiar.
I’ve spent a lot of time driving from family member to family member and to old friends, but in between I’ve passed many days in this one place, a long, long way from everyone I know.
I started this blog to keep my interest in writing and photography alive…. I’m not sure either has developed very much further but the hearts are still beating strongly! As a result I’ve been fascinated, amused, occasionally saddened, educated, heartened and encouraged. Many of you reading this have become familiar to me and some of you have kept me going over the past year.
Rainbow over Penally, West Wales
I am aware that, once again, I have allowed life to overtake me and I have neglected my blog, partly because I’ve been away from home a lot. Returning to it last night I posted an entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge for the first time in a while – since the end of September it seems… (I had to look back to check) so yesterday’s contribution was long overdue!
As a result of taking the time to post (instead of just clicking the screen away, thinking I’ll do it later and then failing to come back) I clocked up 100 followers. It was never the aim of this blog to attract a multitude of ‘followers’, much more for my own satisfaction – to actually do something with my photos and encourage me get back into writing again. But how encouraging it is to know that people are looking at my photos and even, dare I say – enjoying , what they see?
It was February this year when I started…. looking back through my posts I think I’ve deviated somewhat from the original intention – I haven’t done nearly as much ‘free writing’ as I hoped although I have been writing in response to the photographs I’ve chosen. I started a series of ‘Travelogues’ – but never got beyond the first one! My attempt to describe my ‘Sunday Strolls’ was more successful – but even that has lapsed in recent weeks.
And then this morning I logged my 1000th ‘like’…… and I’ve renewed my determination to keep this going. Hopefully I will finish the series of strolls, and I have two trips to add to the Travelogue. And I think perhaps I need to update my ‘About’ page!
In the meantime I have ‘met’ a lot of wonderful people, all with their own reasons for being here, but each contributing something special to the overall experience. I am very conscious that many of you are far more expert photographers than I can ever hope to be, but you still take the trouble to ‘like’ something that catches your eye – and so given me tremendous encouragement along the way. Equally I have enjoyed looking at your photographs and picking up a few ideas and tips to try out with my trusty Nikon! Some of you I have entered into ‘conversations’ with and feel that I know you a little bit better than others.
Thank you all for the support, encouragement and pleasure you have given me!
Well – what started as an experiment to satisfy my own creative impulses seems to have appealed to a few of you out there – hence my amazement! Amazement that my own amateur efforts at seeing the world through a camera lens have generated such a response. I am truly thankful for all the likes and follows that I have accumulated in the few weeks since I started this blog.
Many of you have found me in recent days through the Weekly Photo Challenge, which I finally decided to participate in, after much consideration. It has me hooked – to the point where I went to bed last night mentally scanning through the images I have stored on my laptop, trying to find ways I could adapt them to fit the current challenge.
What a wonderful, friendly, inspirational community this is! By scrolling through the blogs of those who have responded to my efforts I have been inspired to do more with my camera and, of course, to spin the web of words to accompany the results. I am trying hard to respond to as many as I can but have to confess that initially, I am drawn to those who share similar interests of place, theme, style……. but I am learning new things and finding new ideas in everything I look at.
Thank you WordPressers for welcoming me so readily …… I look forward to sharing more, viewing more and learning more. The Weekly Photo Challenge is obviously the way forward and perhaps, one day, I might be brave enough to take up a writing challenge too!