Today is the day that Globalhousesitterx2 turns one.
What a year.❤
My first year as a blogger is coming to an end. Who would’ve thought I would enjoy writing. Not me for one. At the beginning of the year, if you all knew the intimate relationship I had with the delete button, you would wonder.
Has it been fun? Absolutely.
Has my heart increased in beats when I am about to push that PUBLISH BUTTON? Yes, it has, on many an occasion. I am so pleased that I ignored those doubting thoughts, those crushing negative blasts from the past. Blogging isn’t just about me, us and my blog, it’s about the connections I have made along the way. It is about other bloggers, and I hope to continue to learn from them, which I will no doubt do. As my fingers tap out another comment or post.
Many people I correspond with on a regular basis now feel like modern day penpals, I look forward to searching out to see if they have published another post. Will we meet in person? I hope so as I believe that you can tell a good person through writing. I have an instinct for bullshit, and I soon avoid those who are spinning it. Harsh? Maybe. I think we need to be or else this blogging life becomes too overwhelming, and the pleasure can soon disappear if you feel you need to acknowledge every blog in the blogosphere.
This brings me to acknowledge some of my mistakes as a newbie blogger, and, yes I have made quite a few on my learning curve. Some are really noticeable, and others may have gone unnoticed.
- Pushing the follow button, when really I didn’t want to do it. Feeling obligated.
- Joining a few Facebook blogging groups. I only now have one group that I am involved in, that is enough for me. As housesitters, the organisation associated with that, reading other blogs and writing my own, consume hours on my computer. I need to have time to sit in the sun and just be.
- Publishing without probably editing my work, then the screams of horror as I reread a post, and then having to re-edit before too many people read it. Still happens, though to a lesser degree.
- Reading too many “how to write a blog”, with the end result coming away feeling less confident to write a post!! DON’T DO IT, as many write those type of posts to gain followers or traffic to their blog. Shallowness comes to mind. Though of course there are bloggers who do write informative posts that are worth reading! If they have experience and genuine followers, then do take on board what you need to learn.
- Feeling obligated to return a like or a follow. This is a hard one, and for all you newbies, please don’t feel compelled or pressured.
- The people I have connected with over the year. Oh, the information I have learned is invaluable. The laughter with interactions is so rewarding.
- Improving my writing skills. This one is slightly technically subjective, but looking back, I feel I have evolved tremendously as a blogger and hopefully as a writer!
- ON my way to becoming a writer who can do more than 1,500 words at a time, some unpublished!
- Learning and more learning. Something I hope never to stop doing in the coming years.
- Gaining more confidence in expressing myself more clearly.
- The big one for me was winning a blogging award, well coming in 3rd place. For days I couldn’t believe it had happened. Getting nominated was a big enough surprise!!. So thank you again to those who voted for me, I hope you are all still enjoying reading my small contribution to the blogging world.
- Sharing our travelling life with other like-minded people. Knowing that there are more of us out than we first thought, this is exciting.
- Grown as a person, which can also be put down to our travelling which of course has been a significant part of our lives for the last few years.
- I still feel quite chuffed when people enjoy my posts. It’s a positive feeling receiving feedback, that is such an integral part of blogging. I will hopefully never take it for granted.
- The ability to be creative.
- My proofreader and positive critic, The Squire.
Which brings me to share a few memorable posts from 2017:
Lazy, hazy and not so crazy days of summer – This was my first post, not my most popular. It was a nail-biting and heart thumbing time before I got to push that publish button. Will anyone read it? Is anyone out there?
Where the blardy hell are you? – It amazes us that we still get asked, “Where are you guys?”. So out came a post relating to that question. Our start to our first New Year in France.
Searching for Orange – This was a learning curve in how we learned more about the French way. Getting to grips with the lack of vital services.
One couple, one globe, no regrets – We are proud of ourselves for taking the leap into the unknown of being nomads. This post explains some of those everyday issues we encounter.
Rawness.Hibernation.Serenity – Our first long housesit in France. We loved it, it was winter, and we still made the most of it.
I called her “Nana.” – My first post that is most heartfelt. It was Women’s Day, and I always remember those woman who has made an impact on my life.
Runner-up Newcomer Blogger – in THE BLOGGER BASH AWARDS – One of my proudest moments as a newbie blogger was receiving this award, amongst so many wonderfully written blogs. It was unbelievable and makes me feel somewhat chuffed to have won it!
Kas – the Turkish Riviera – A new culture and a roadtrip. It was the beginning of our three months in Turkey.
A Street dog called Arab – It never ceases to amaze us how many people try to make life easier for other creatures, whether it be human or animals, or both.
50 things we appreciate in our life – We find time to chat together about things we are grateful and value in our lives.
Growing up in Paradise – Looking back can sometimes be a good thing. Is our recollection as accurate as we think it is?
Lastly, though definitely not the least important is my readers. Thank you for taking the time to read this blog about our journey as housesitters and travellers. It is a personal journal of sorts, not a “how to visit or travel”. We are not experts on how to travel, we have a passion for learning and exploring. This is why we love housesitting.