For me, blogging started long before it was called blogging, I guess. It started at a place called Starlite CafÃ©, in the form of poetry back in 1998. I wrote about my relationship at the time, about the joyous time we had, about the bad times, about the breakup. I wrote about a new love, sadly, a doomed love, and I wrote a lot about that!
Then in 2002, we moved to England, and started a photo journal of our travels around the country, and later Europe. We did this by way of an email newsletter. Then in 2008 our newsletter became a blog for a month long backpacking trip we were doing with two friends around Europe and I intended to continue it in place of the newsletter.
Then I found out I was pregnant, and naturally, I had to write about it! After all, that’s how I deal with all big emotions, and we also didn’t want to tell people yet! And so, Diary of a First Pregnancy was born. I journaled the entire pregnancy, the good and the bad.
Once my daughter was born, I changed to a self hosted blog, and that is what you are reading now (for which I’d like to say a big thank you!). I have really enjoyed seeing my readership grow, and taking a private passion, writing,(which I’ve been doing creatively since I was 4!) and practicing it every day. And I’m also enjoying improving it to a more professional standard, to make visiting my pages a pleasure.
My regular readers might already have noticed a few changes around here lately.
Firstly, there is now a working RSS feed button in the sidebar on the right. If you would like automatic notification of new posts, please follow the link. I would be honoured.
Just below the RSS link will see the new Facebook Fan Page button. Do become a fan if you’re a regular reader. The page is still new, but will grow in time.
There is also now a navigation bar at the top of the page to help you easily find posts in any of the eight topics I write about. Some of them I have only just started contributing to, others I have imported from my old blogs.
I have added the LinkWithin plugin which shows related posts that might interest you. There’s no point letting those old posts go to waste, is there?
The speech bubble containing a heart in the comment section is for CommentLuv, a brilliant plugin which allows the commenter to leave a link to their recent blog posts. This makes it easy for me and others to check out your site. I have become a fan of many others due to a post title grabbing my attention.
There are a few other features coming as I master them. These will include a current reading list, my blog recommendations and hopefully a followers list!
I am aware that there are still a few problems for people on Internet Explorer viewing my blog, and I am working on those, although learning and implementing CSS is a slow process! If you find any other bugs, do let me know.
Otherwise, I hope you enjoy what you find here, and that you will come back – easy to do if you click that RSS button!
To my regular readers, a great big thank you again! It wouldn’t be half as much fun without you!