It all feels like a beautiful dream – I’m a finalist in the Fresh Voice category for the Britmums Briliance in Blogging Awards 2014, I did not expect that!
The Intrepid Misadventurer was born to fill this great need I had for continuity – given that we had just moved from Notts to Norwich with an impending move the following year (we move to Bournemouth in two months). I felt that with every new beginning, I left something intextricable behind, never to be got back, never to be had in the way that I did. I needed to create something that would move with me – a portable landscape that remained! I always wanted my own creative space – I had written before as a living when I worked as a Technical Writer and as a Lecturer when I taught at University for 6 years, but it was my job – a prescribed syllabus or writing that sold an agenda. I wanted a space where I could write whimsically, write about what moved me, made me laugh, broke my heart and never imagined that anyone other than my sister, my few friends and my husband would read it. It felt unreal when I signed up for a membership with Britmums and got my first reader, when my first post made the ‘Most Popular Posts’ on the Britmums blog, I was on top of the world – (something I’m sure a lot of you’ve felt as new bloggers/writers). The sheer delight of finding out that there are others, and that they speak ‘Klingon’ too…and you dip your toe into this vast community that seems to have existed all along ‘in a galaxy far, far away’ from you! Standing as I do, at the brink of what promises to be a thrilling conference, I look back at the first entry I ever made..my Hello to the world of blogging!
When I began this journey of creating The Intrepid Misadventurer, I decided, rather naiively (as is me) to not want to read up on “The Ten Things you must know before making a blog”, or what to write about, what sells, or how you’re guaranteed 50-70 hits a day, blah, bleugh! I wanted it to be an immediately self-related space that didn’t borrow or link with a larger, more commercialized culture.
I did however manage to come across some material, courtesy some well meaning friends who probably know me a little too well and know that I have a larger than optimum need for instant gratification. I’m a short-term person, who thankfully married, and surrounded herself with some invaluable long-term ones! I’m often content with the Small-Picture, the now, the today, the weekend at best Future considerations tend to fill me with dread, and skepticism. It’s too unknown, too uncertain, too filled with what researchers grimly term, ‘variables’! If something works for now, I’m game. Of course, not being a habitual risk-taker and having a rather strong head screwed on, helps me not having self destructed already.
The article mentioned that most blogs die at an average of six months, or less if you launch your site in December and if it features nothing about how to expertly bake cookies in under 8 minutes or craft with left-over pressurized fake-snow! It urged the blogger to keep going, writing, speaking to his/her desired demographic on social media, regardless of feedback, even if not a single person responded! Filled me with dread that there are people out there who wouldn’t have two well meaning friends who might log in to egg them on….the true state of human relationships! I silently gave thanks that I might just be spared THAT! Though some of my relationships bleakly resemble the script of Mary and Max (2009), even if the story did made it to Sundance!!
So there, I’ve decided to embark on this journey, not just of writing, but putting myself out there-open to the scrutiny, the kindness or scepticism of the world at large! I committed to accept the paradigm shift that one must continue talking, writing, reaching out, even if no one seems to be listening…and that’s it’s still considered an act of a committed, passionate and motivated person. No longer the exclusive purview of the decidedly deranged! J
If you come back to this space in 6 months (or be really nice and never leave), and find me jauntily discussing why summer is highly overrated and commoditized, and that man’s victory over the harsher cold is what we must be truly thankful for, then I’ve won that Battle-against-the Blog. It would be one of my worthier battles, I’ll tell you that, I fight at least two everyday!! One has to do with the cookie jar, the other, the tips of my fingers, and then there’s the family…and saving the donkeys!! And if I’m still chugging along, give yourself a nice big pat, you might have had something to do with it!
It all feels like a long, long way away from those beginnings, and it brings me immense satisfaction when my readers tell me they leave with something to think about differently! I’ve always tried to make this blog something that’s within the immediate framework of all our lives and like to think there’s something here for every adult, every parent – regardless of how old your children are or at what stage. We are all more alike than we are different and are powered, enthused, intrigued and perplexed by vastly similar things. Those “similar things” are what will continue to be the very soul of The Intrepid Misadventurer – A mellow-yellow pit-stop for a different perspective!
To everyone that’s read me, voted for me, ‘accepted me as friend’, followed me on Twitter (when I had two followers signalling my popularity) and Pinned my pictures – Thank you for this incredible journey! XX