This post is dedicated to Fiona, who has been such an encouragement to me.
In another departure from my spring cleaning posts, don't worry more to follow, I give you the following ramblings about my blog. The idea of this blog was conceived in my head a LONG time before it materialised. Could I do it? Were my IT skills up to a blog? My spelling certainly isn't (I’ll come out of the closet now I am dyslexic). Would anyone read my blog? Would I be able to come up with enough material? Would it be a chore to keep up? So many questions. Then one day I had a chance conversation about stale lemons, just your average conversation (or maybe not) "Oh I hate it when lemons go stale in the fridge" I replied with "Oh just chop the end off and rub it over a wooden board, it deodorises it" To which my friend replied, you always have such great tips like that - thank you Miriam. Which got me thinking this is just how my mind works - worryingly I’m a magpie for little tips and curious pieces of information. But others do seem to find it interesting/useful or I just have very sweet friends who humour me but secretly think I’m crazy - possibly a combination of the two. If it's any consolation my husband thinks I’m totally bonkers, but he still loves me.
So I began my blog, and did a post about stale lemons. At first I was too scared to tell anyone. Oddly the first person I told was my Sister who never minces her words (she honestly gave me a critique of my round robin Christmas letter) and is a professional journalist. When she liked it I thought it can't be terrible and so I told my 4 best Mummy friends (my target audience). Who loved it! Thank you to Catrin & Claire particularly who all e-mailed me such lovely comments about it. So I decided to jump straight in there and go public on Facebook and through e-mail. I was so touched by how many of my friends bothered to read my blog and keep returning. Even some men were brave enough to check it out (my lovely brother read the whole thing!). My thanks at this point to Graham - technical genius - who always advises me on how to improve my posts. Also to Tracey for your continued encouragement & to Grethe who put the word out in Norway.
I worry sometimes that my blog is too fluffy that it doesn't really have any substance to it. I promise you I have a sensible, intelligent side, I'm a fully trained counsellor you now, I can handle some quite heavy stuff. But this blog is very much me I am hopelessly girly, thrifty, clean, crafty, smiley & a repository for strange information. I hope all that comes across. You may also be seeing the counsellor in me who constantly evaluates me and internal processes to try to better myself. Currently wondering is it OK to be fluffy? Is this fluff signalling an unmet need that needs addressing?"
But then Fiona sent me this. Fiona was introduced to my blog by a mutual friend Aggie. I have never met Fiona but you will know her because she comments on my blog. She leaves such lovely and encouraging comments that always make my day.
Now if you can excuse the Cheesy American accent and listen to what this guy has to say, this is why I took a leap into the unknown and started my blog in the hope that this might be true. So my question to you what are you holding back that might be obvious to you but amazing to someone else? Let me encourage you to let it out, you might enjoy it.
So this blog created and imagined by me, bought into life by a conversation about lemons, nurtued along the way by kind friends and fervently encouraged and supported by Fiona.
Fiona writes a beautiful and very eloquent blog over at http://www.teawithafriend.co.uk/.
Were it not for Fiona's comments I may have given this up already. PLEASE comment on my posts I love to hear what you think and get a dialog going on here.
P.S Next spring cleaning post will go up on Friday.