Happy blogging is my theme today.
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1. I am reflecting on how I started this blog when my late Mum advised me to as she saw me going slowly insane without a creative outlet. That was my start to the New Year of 2009. My blogging is just one of my Mum’s legacies and she turned 90 on New Year’s Eve celebrating with bells (of the whisky variety) in Heaven.
2. In 8 years, this blogging has led to comments which was a lovely surprise. Online friends followed and eventually when I stopped maintaining anonymity some turned into heartfelt ones in real life too. I’ve had the opportunity to review some cool stuff for the family and to eat out in new places. It’s even taken me across the Atlantic! I have had scores, awards and learning experiences.
3. My late Dad was part of my blogging journey too. He even submitted some guest posts in his eighties. He has also handwritten his childhood, police and Naval memoirs over a 30 year period as time allowed. He kept them secret and only told me about them in 2009. He said he knew I was a writer so would be the family member that would understand although equally he wondered why he had bothered to write them. I decided to put his memoirs on this blog. It was a comfort following his passing in 2012. Let me share a comment received today on one of Dad’s posts and this week this is my biggest reason to be cheerful because blogging is more than nice stuff, great experiences, scores and awards. It is about telling our stories because very individual’s story matters.
“Whilst talking to my dad about the war today, established he was on HMS Ocean in October 1946 as a 16 year old telegraphist and witnessed the Corfu Channel incident. He is now 90 and had wondered if he had imagined what had happened.
Great to investigate and clarify this memory which we can now tell his grandchildren.
Great respect to him and everyone else involved. Sorry and sad for the loss of life and injured.
Have got photos if any one is interested, not of the incident but of him on the ship with the aircraft.
Adrian Wright son of Reginald wright”
Today my Dad made Reginald and Adrian cheerful and that makes me very happy.
Are you happy blogging and what gives you that sense of joy? Share all your happy post with the cheeriest linky on the planet.