You know how one things leads to another, and before you know it, something small gets bigger and takes on a life of its own?
Well, that’s what’s happened with this blog. One day I sat down to write a little blog post to keep in touch with family and friends during our extended sailing vacation last winter aboard Windsong II. When I came back to Canada in the spring, I thought I might continue with the occasional post to share some of my photos.
The next thing I knew I had published 100 blog posts! Now, I realize 100 posts is not many in the grand scheme of things, especially for professional bloggers or for those who have been blogging for years, or who blog every day.
But for me it is a surprising number. And what is even more mind-boggling is that so many people have visited my little blog in that time…I’ve had almost 9,000 views and have had visitors from 73 countries, including Belgium, Chile and Tunisia (for heaven’s sake!).
That’s got to be more than friends and family!
One thing that has completely delighted me — and which I never anticipated — is meeting and getting to know the most amazing people through the blog — whole-hearted people who live life with talent and gusto. Passionate people who love expressing and sharing themselves through photography and writing, and all types of art. People who inspire me with their artistry, their kindness and their desire to make the world a bit better through their contribution. If you’re reading this, I’m talking about YOU!
Many of these folks live in Canada and the U.S., but some are much farther away. Fortunately, distance does not seem to be such a barrier when connecting through our blogs.
One group in particular has been a sweet gift — these are the women I met through an online Photoshop class with Kim Klassen. Denise started a Facebook group that allows us to check in with each other regularly to share our creative flights of fancy and to encourage and support each other. We talk Photoshop and photo techniques, yes, but we also show each other snippets of our days and what makes us come alive with joy and wonder. I would love to name all of you here, and I want to thank each and every one of you for bringing your dazzling voice and vision to the rest of us.
One day Viv suggested we swap postcards. We jumped at that with enthusiasm, creating postcards from our own photos and mailing them off to each other. Each week there have been beautiful new surprises arriving in the mail. I love being able to look at and touch the tangible evidence of the way these kindred spirits see the world.
Please know that I appreciate every single comment I receive — short and sweet or long and thoughtful — because I recognize the time and effort it takes to read a post, really look at an image and formulate a response. But whether you comment or not, you are most welcome here any time — to have a look at what I see through my lens and what it means to me.
I never really set out to get here. Still and all, this is where the path has led. And it’s a good place.