Trial and Error
Over the last few months, I have annoyed my friends endlessly with trying to get my website up and running and attempting to find the right one for me. I have chopped and changed from Blogger to Squarespace to Wix to a free WordPress and finally a self-hosted WordPress site through Site Ground. Each one was slightly better than the last but still had something missing. Finally, finally, I think I am done trialling and erroring (it’s a word) and am sticking with this one (she says hopefully).
A Little History Lesson
I have been blogging for a couple of years but mainly written for friends and family when I was overseas as a way to keep them updated on my (miss)adventures. Writing is something that I have always enjoyed doing and my dream job would be to be a travel writer, experiencing the world and sharing it with people. So I figure it is high time that I put a bit of effort into this blogging business and who knows? Maybe one day my dream will be a reality. If you don’t try then your dreams will always stay dreams and even if it doesn’t work out I can say that I tried.
A lovely lady who didn’t know me from a bar of soap answered my call for help on a blogging Facebook group. She answered my 74 questions, sent me links and patiently explained things when I got confused. She helped me select a site ground plan, move my blog and set it up. I am so grateful to her and it shows that there are still people out there who just want to help and see others succeed. If you are looking at setting up your own blog definitely check out her blog at Lisa Jahred. There is tons of invaluable information about blogging to navigate through that will help you.
Looking Out For Number One
We live in such an individualistic society, everyone is out for number one. People live in their respective homes, don’t know their neighbours and get on with their own lives. I remember when I was younger running around the corner to my best friends’ house, meeting up with the other kids from the street and roller skating in another neighbours’ driveway. He had the best concrete for skating on, it was so smooth and there was loads of room for us all. Though when I drive past now it looks much smaller than I remember it. Perspectives change as you get older I guess.
With such a focus being on individual achievement, the community feeling gets lost which I think is incredibly sad. In saying that, I am fairly anti-social and don’t talk to my own neighbours unless they catch me before I duck out of sight. Although, I joined a blogging community online a couple of weeks ago and it really does feel like a community. Everyone celebrates each others’ achievements and are only too happy to help out those who need it. People who celebrate each other, I find, are much more secure in themselves and happier with their lot in life.
The world needs more fairy godmothers who help people just for the sake of helping people. Do you have a fairy godmother? What is a random act of kindness you have received or given lately?