I’ve just started another on-line blogging course and whilst preparing for the first assignment I came across a post from Michelle W. at WordPress.com; her challenging question was simply “Why do you blog?”
This got me musing about my own reasons and more specifically how it all began.
I can honestly say that I can pin-point the exact moment that I decided to dive into the world of blogging.
I was in France, staying in a Logis Hotel just outside Thiers on the northern edge of the Massif Central. As usual for me it was a motorcycle road-trip by myself. Harls and I had “enjoyed” a rather eventful day that had started with torrential rain and concluded with the gear shift peg disappearing into the darkening October evening about five miles from our hotel!
Whilst enjoying dinner that night I was busy pinging off emails about my travels to various friends via my new Android phone. It was great, but I knew that there had to be a much better way to both share my feelings adventures and photographs. More importantly I wanted to capture my own emotions, so that I build an archive that I could revisit in future.
I held the moment and did the old-fashioned thing for the rest of the trip and committed some of my thinking to paper. As the days passed by I found myself enjoying the whole experience more, because I suddenly had a “responsibility” to record the moment and emotion for others to read. It wasn’t good enough just to grab a quick tourist type photograph, each picture had to tell a story and each had to be special!
When I got home I discussed my thoughts with nephew Darrell. Now that young man was just the person I needed, you know the sort, fully knowledgeable about all modern technology and more importantly which bit of kit to buy. Especially as it was his uncle’s money that he was able to spend!
That’s how I ended up with an iPhone, iPad and Macbook Pro, and oooh yes, a big hole in my bank account!
The rest, as is often said, is history. Three and a half years later and I’m still at it, pumping out stories of my Harley adventures into the ether of the internet and blog-land! To those of you who have been with me all the way, I extend my heartfelt thanks and to those of you who are newer Blogonaughts, I am equally grateful! I really appreciate and value your comments, feedback and emails.
Looking back to that first post, click here, both the blog, Harls and I have come a long way.
It all started out as just a record of my travels on two wheels, but now seems to have become something more and you know, I quite happy about that.
I now blog to capture the emotion of the moment and if it’s on two wheels, then so much the better!
Stick around, it’s still fun!
“I hear you talking when I’m on the street.”