… a wise person once said. Interesting things begin to happen when you tell people you’re thinking of starting a blog. Words of wisdom start pouring in from fellow bloggers, readers, friends and acquaintances who encourage and advise. The very decision to start writing has been quite the conversation starter, before even putting pen to paper (allow me some poetic license here: I know as well as the next person that pens and paper have been relegated to the back of the cupboard as the writing implements of yesteryear, but “booting up the Macbook” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it). All in all it’s been a bit of a revelation. The degree of interest in what I might (or might not) have to say has been, well, rather flattering, while encouragement from unexpected sources is always a happy surprise and reconnecting with people you thought you’d long since lost in the mists of previous lives can surely only be a good thing.
As with in all aspects of life, the advice I’ve received (and read in numerous articles online) has been very varied – “just get started” but “don’t start until you know what you’re going to write about”; “write about anything” but ” it’s easier when you have a specific subject in mind”; “write at regular intervals” but ” write whenever you like – there are no rules or regulations” and so on and so forth. It’s all sound advice and providing some quite delicious food for thought. But among all the varied opinions there has been one clear point of agreement: writing a blog, whether regularly, irregularly, on one subject or many, is a rewarding and positive journey. And it would seem that “journey” is the operative word. In short, it’s not a question of what the initial impetus for writing is, nor of our chosen subject(s); it’s where the words take us that matters.