Tale Weaver – #218 – Blogging – April 11th

This week Michael asks us to write about our blogging experiences.
What does blogging mean to you?
What for you are the highs and lows?
You can tell your story in a factual way or tell it as a story.
Go where the prompt leads you and have fun.
Please limit your responses to a maximum of 500 – 600 words

It’s Hubby’s fault that I started. He’d had a blog for years, but thought that as I liked to write, maybe I’d enjoy it.
Hm. I had my doubts. Who would want to read the rubbish I wrote?
I don’t have skills, I’m not qualified or an expert in anything, though enjoy cooking, music, I’m good at budgeting and figures, and I write a bit of poetry.
We had the chickens, and they were funny. We were living in the country, we no longer worked, we had little spare money (nothing new!) so I was always on the lookout for means of making what we had stretch or saving a few bob.
We grew our own veg, I joined a ladies group which in turn led to my card making. None of this was to make money by the way, yet we would barter our surplus apples/beans/onions/tomatoes for a cream tea at a tea rooms, I’d sell the surplus eggs when the girls were all laying, and once the initial shock of my overspending on card making materials had worn off, I got my act together and enjoy snipping away with scissors and tape to make something just that little bit special and unique for someone in particular.
I made rabbit pie, and one old gentleman very happy by keeping my promise of making him one, though I made him a second a couple of months later.

I wrote about all of this in my blog, it filled up the posts, it got a response, it grew and I felt I had found a little niche in life where people took me as I was with no ulterior motive.
I started following people with pets, people who loved photography, people who wrote the most amazing poetry, short stories, life stories, humourous every day things, and could identify with some of them, so left comments, which were replied to.
I wrote about our health issues, the dog, our walks, nature, and people watching. Somewhere along the line I put in some of my poems which were pretty well received, and started writing new stuff on different themes.
Then I found the challenges!
It was photoprompts to start, then word prompts, short stories, and now there are so many I can’t do them all, but in some instances nothing comes to mind anyway, so I pass.

We sold the cottage and eventually bought the boat.
A new experience and learning curve. Fun, laughter, cock ups galore, new friends and a totally new way of life. It’s all here, including the sadness of our final trip taking her up on the canals for the first time and coming ‘home’ in a car.

I documented the successful weight loss with Slimming World, which as things turned out probably saved my life as we discovered a lump and I was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2016.
I wrote all about that too. My worries and concerns. The support I had was tremendous from our boating friends and my blogging family.

Hubby says I’m not doing bad for someone who thought no-one would be interested in what I had to write.
I couldn’t do it or enjoy it so much without you all. You make my blog.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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12 Responses to Tale Weaver – #218 – Blogging – April 11th

  1. joyroses13 says:

    Its my pleasure to read your blog. 🙂 Cheers to your hubby for encouraging you to try the adventure of blogging, it leads to so many surprises, doesn’t it! 🙂

  2. Michael says:

    Wonderful Di, I now know a little more about you. Thanks for adding your story this week. Like you I too was amazed when someone read my blog and commented. Keep up the great writing which happens when we have fun doing it.

  3. quiall says:

    We are glad you started!

  4. Sadje says:

    You have a versatile and a very interesting blog. I didn’t knew the whole story of how you started. But I am glad you did. You’re a natural writer.

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