It’s not that I stopped writing completely; I did manage to write a couple of pieces for the wonderful JAQUO.com online magazine following an invite but a lot of my time has been taken up with pulling this website together.
I only do this writing and photography lark in my spare time, and there never seems to be too much of that around as it is, but when the original home for my articles (Squidoo) went under, all manner of changes took place for me, as well as my ex-Squidoo colleagues.
We’ve all recovered and adapted in our own ways, but I initially took the decision to let my articles transfer over to HubPages and for now they still sit there. Once they finally turned up there, there was a lot of acclimatising to the new surroundings and I have to be honest and say that it still doesn’t feel like home. At some point, probably when the pieces start being ‘unfeatured’, then I expect to move them on, but for now they can sit there and do what they do. If it means eventually readers find me here then that’s brilliant.
However, because things didn’t feel so comfortable at HubPages I eventually decided after much debate that I would take matters into my own hands and build a website that I had control of, then I can choose whether or not something stays or goes and how I can promote things, without having to jump through other people’s hoops.
Little did I know how long this would take me. Using a website builder has helped, but learning the functionality, how to do things the builder doesn’t offer and learning new skills in general has been a rather steep uphill climb – and I’m still not there.
So far I’ve managed to pull together all my ‘blogs’ into one place, so people can see how things have changed for me over the years and it’s been quite interesting for me too to go back over these ramblings. I’ve not changed them in any way – just lifted them from one site to another, but rereading the content has been interesting. So much has happened and so much time seems to have passed. Take a look if you’re interested…
But now I can move forward by either writing new items or learning how to transfer others. At the end of the day all I really want to do is write about things that interest me, that I love or that I want to ponder. I never really wanted to learn how to build a website or add ‘buttons’ and logos, but it’s amazing where an idea can take you – I wouldn’t change it for the world.
I just need to find the time to keep going. Fingers crossed…