Monday, December 15, 2008

Blog, Fat boy, Blog

Following on from Saturdays post, here is the next stage in my year and my recovery. Blogging, for me it started as a whim, I wanted to mark my birthday and try something I had never done, so I started this. In all honesty I did not think I had ever read a blog, but once the idea was in my mind to do this I looked up blogging on Lifehackers, a site I read every day that has loads of tips for making computer time more fun and productive (its also a blog but I did not realise that at the time). Armed with their advice and some links I set this up in around 3 hours from the moment I typed blogging into their search engine. Within 3 weeks I had my first comment from someone I did not know and soon after that was in conversation with people in France and South Africa, wild! For me writing was always my weak point and to risk doing this every day was a challenge, but not one I had looked for. The blog was to be about the photos, but like a large rucksack, that space for words just cried out to be filled and I ended up writing more and more. What is strange is that the writing sometimes got more response than the photos.
The result of doing the blog was an increase in my confidence, although I was not meeting new people, some weeks I would only speak to Caz, I was communicating with them and doing something outside of my comfort zone. As time went by it started to rule my life, so I slowed it down and decided to post less on a weekend (hence quote Sunday) so that I could dedicate my time to Caz and Kep. The end result after over 300 posts, I can write, and I take better photos, both things have happened due to the simple fact that I have to make an effort.




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6 comments:

Sunny said...

It is amazing how much a blog may change one's life. Glad you're blogging fine :)

A picture worth a thousand words.. love the leaf, it may be hooked on blogging, too.

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Blogging does change one's life, agreed. We are all enriched thanks to your blog, Brett. Your photos and your words obviously speak to many, and we're pleased that you're here. Well done.

travelling, but not in love said...

Blogging changes lives, that's for sure. I've met two really great friends through this mullarkey - and many more that I speak to on line too.

it started out as a funny thing to do for me, and ended up being so much more....

weird and very 21st century...

Daisy said...

Brett you write so well! I didn't really register that this was a totally photo blog, as I'm such a verbal, and totally not visual person, I feel I got to know you through your words not the pictures. But I would also like to say that I really appreciate your photos too- and this is probably the only blog apart from the Sartorialist where I remember the photos after I've left the blog. Congratulations and long may it continue!

Suburbia said...

Brett it is so interesting to read how blogging has affected your life in such a positive way. You are so good at putting your feelings into words. How awful it would have been never to have discovered the 'writer' in yourself.

Martin Rye said...

I'm glad you did Brett and thanks for sharing your journey. I look forward to the days ahead and you telling the tale of it.

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