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… what is this actually all about?
A brief summary of my first 6 months of blogging
As many of you know, I have started ‘blogging’ last autumn, my escape from boredom and feeling useless after almost 2 years being ‘grounded’ and feeling very limited due to health conditions. Going through a hell lot of strong medication and umpteen different kind of therapies, there was not much more left than being just a ‘patient’ waiting for the next day’s physiotherapy .. day in, day out ….
Okay, in the very beginning, you don’t really realise what’s going on, the drugs numb not solely your pain, they numb your brain as well. Turning slowly more and more into a ‘zombie’ was not what I wanted for myself! All this , coming out of a very busy social life , running my own little business (I used to have a sweet little cocktail bar on the Canary Islands for many years) meeting so many interesting people from all over the continents , never a single day really at home , always ‘party & carnival’ all year through …. and then TILT, rien ne va plus!
My health went downhill (my spine is ‘rotten’ and littered with plenty hernias, which means chronic pain, stiffness, numbness of my hands & fingers, on top of that nasty arthritis, needles & pins are my rock around the clock companions ever since … never mind, I am not a whiner ) … I had to give up my business, which did not really bother me in the beginning as all you want is getting better …back to normal …. back to work.
Realizing after a while that this won’t happen because too much has physically changed, you come to that point where you start questioning … and now? I am 55 years old (very young 55 tho), can this be IT now? Taking your dog out for walkies 3 times a day, and then sit on the sofa and watch tv? ME??
Before living on the island I have worked many many years as a Roulette groupier & card dealer, I am so not a typical housewife kind of woman and absolutely not made for staying in the house 24/7. You might get the idea, what impact that drastic change had on me.
You don’t want to go out and meet people because you are constantly in pain and anyway not yourself under the influence of all these meds … you can’t even drive your car because the drugs are too strong for you to participate in traffic. Last time I went out for a meal with friends, I felt so embarrassed, because the fork slipped out of my hand while eating. That happens unexpectedly quite often, it might sound very insignificant, but it is embarrassing if you keep dropping stuff and everybody turns and looks your way …you (think you) can read people’s mind … “look at her, she is drunk! ”
Okay, you decide to accept everything the way it is and try to find some new purpose, try to keep yourself occupied. And so blogging sprung to mind. Blogging? Yeah, why not …. look through the internet and you bump into all sorts of blogs. Travel blogs, fashion blogs, beauty blogs, food blogs, bloggers blogs ….. that whole ‘bloggers blogs blogging thing’ seems to become the new kind of ‘social & more media’ platform. How many thousands of bloggers do you come across!
Aaaah, they say you could even earn money with blogging .. being creative and earning money – that is MY thing then! Spending some time online, writing some whatever and making money, what else could I ask for? And that all from home … brilliant! Let’s do this!
Thus, I asked my nerdy PC wiz brother Ralf to help me with implementing that idea, to set up a website for me and get everything going, so that I just have to start writing and become a famous blogger!
And that is when all trouble started! If you are as fit as me on such things as PC/internet specific issues, it is pretty much an annoying mission-almost-impossible thing to manage your own website. Who had ever heard about keywords, SEO, meta tags, hyperlinks …. what the heck are these guys talking about ???
Getting very slowly familiar (ish) with these things, blogging gets more and more MY thing. It is again a little bit like standing behind the bar and entertaining your ‘customers’. And again meeting so many great new people, just in a different ‘surrounding’ … actually delivered straight to your home. I would love to introduce a few of them to you ..
The first one first, of course, my brother Ralf. Without his help, I wouldn’t be writing this post now.
He also runs a health, fitness and weight loss blog
A few weeks ago I met Heidi Williams from the United States somewhere, she has recently moved … don’t ask me where about in the states I would start looking for her( lol). Heidi and I are the ‘same generation chicks’, I think that’s why our topics are quite similar. I love reading her posts, she has got her very own style of writing. My fav posts are the ‘saucy’ ones, you know … the stuff we ‘middle age teenagers’ have to deal with on a daily base. Her site is womanpulse.com
The next lady I need to tell you about is Elena Peters. She is the ‘queen of social media’ to me, she knows what and how to do to become a successful blogger, and does not hesitate to help others, no matter how many more times you have to ask again and again! She runs a lovely group for bloggers on FaceBook ‘Blog Share Learn’ where she gives advice and support to other bloggers, writes amazing posts herself and also puts many other writers on a podium in telling about their blogs and posts, what a support that lady provides is really remarkable! It is amazing, how many lovely people you come across in this blogging & writing community!
To sum up my now ‘6 months and a bit adventure’ in the world of blogs blogging & bloggers, I love it more and more with every post that goes out to you. I keep constantly learning so many new things (at my age!) I get to see interesting and stunning places on travel blogs, I have never heard about before. I became fit and fitter on that mysterious PC thing called a laptop.
You can get ideas on what to cook this week on the foodie blogs (I’ve got some fav food blogs saved), DIY blogs as well are great to get ideas for your home decoration …and so on.
Since I am a ‘blogger’ myself now, I have never bought any magazines or books to read anymore. There are so many brilliant writers ‘on air’!
A few more amazing ladies and their blogs I have met in the blogosphere
Suzanne Elliott @ suzie81speaks.com
Christina Amore @ theplaguedparent.com
Linda Hobden @ bootsshoesandfashion.com
Divya Budhraja @ eatteachblog.com
Tania Potter @ soulsensecoaching
Aish Das-Padihari @ myyellowapron.com
Marsha Jones Youmans @ sassycritic
Leanne Le Cras @ crestingthehill.com
My fav blogging dudes:
Gary Mathews @ skipahsrealm.com
Austin Hodgens @ moviewriternyu.wordpress.com
And I could just go on and on, there are so many awesome talented writers out there. If you are one of them yourself feel free to leave your URL in the comments, so I can get to know you and your blog. Or if you know any more outstanding authors, or some great blogs worth following, please don’t hesitate and tell us about.
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Let’s see where this journey will take me to!
Thanks a lot for reading,
so far Klaudia