Zero to Hero: Assignment One
I’ve had my blog for almost two years. I signed up in 2012. My first post was two photos of kiwi icons. Both of them food: Marmite, which is a staple in my house, and a mutton bird, which I’ve eaten only once. And then I did nothing for six months or more.
For a long time I had only one follower and only one comment. That person waited patiently while I dithered. I was attracted to the idea of blogging, but was nervous too. More slowly than the tortoise in the old fable, I gathered courage and taught myself how to post. And I drove my kids nuts. On their visits, and yes, sometimes over the phone or on SKYPE, they’ve fielded endless questions. Most begin with: How do you …. ? Or sometimes: Why won’t this work? They’ve been very patient with me and a great help. Hugs to all of you, if you’re reading this. And a big thanks!
Last November I knew I’d caught the bug when I spent a morning in Bangkok tapping a post into my iPhone! I was desperate to get my story out there. Let’s just say that’s an experience I don’t recommend and don’t intend repeating!
Now, to learn more, grow my confidence and, hopefully, reduce the number and frequency of those questions, I’ve signed up for From Zero to Hero – it’s like uni for bloggers. This post is the first piece of homework.
On my blog-site I’m putting my thoughts, opinions, and observations out there into the big wide world, to people who I most probably will never meet. Why do that? It’s a very good question!
I live in a small town. A very long way from anywhere. We have one escalator in town. Two or three government buildings do have lifts. There are no skyscrapers! Probably never will be. On mid-week afternoons, outside of the tourist season, you can bowl a cricket ball down the main street and not hit anyone! There are some disadvantages to this but I’m not dwelling on those. The best thing is that living here gives me a particular view of things. I think it might come from being remote, isolated and a bit out of touch.
Simply, the world amazes me. Oneexample from today – my husband has just upgraded his phone. It reads his fingerprint! He puts his index finger on a little spot – it turns on. I put my index finger on the same spot and nothing happens! How incredible is that? My futuristic view of supermarket shopping, when the checkout will scan my iris instead of my credit card, is probably only months away!
Whether it’s my foolishness (check out Fame and Recognition in a Small Town for a typical example of that) or protests in Bangkok, or the stark beauty of the big skies and huge seas of my home, I write about those things that make me gasp and wonder and question. I love it when readers tell me they’ve laughed or liked, agreed or disagreed with what I’ve got to say. Because that’s what it’s all about to me. Behind every visit to my blog, every like, and every follow there’s a person who’s connected with what I’ve got to say. I like that. Maybe all writers like that.
There, I’ve done it, the first piece of homework. I’m about to press publish. When I do, I’ll have made a start, I’ll be over the first hurdle in this thirty-day challenge.
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