In 2012, I moved away from the hustle and bustle of London, to a peaceful retirement in a small country village. One of my friends suggested I start a blog, to record the experience of that huge change in my life.
What began as a tentative journal soon developed into so much more. Recollections of my previous jobs, music nostalgia, film reviews, and memories of my youth in London. Then I got a dog, and began to add stories of daily walks with him. Encountering local wildlife, enduring often awful weather, and meeting other dog walkers on a daily basis.
I later added fictional short stories, some of which were subsequently published in a magazine, and on other websites.
Blogging went from an idea to a way of life within a few years, and I am now part of a great community, lucky to have many loyal followers who have become good friends too. I now try to help new bloggers too, by adding posts about blogging do’s and don’ts, help and advice, and suggestions to inspire them.
It is a great way to combine self-expression with meeting a diverse group of people from all over the world.