Well, not ‘here’ exactly, but somewhere similar. I’ve had a couple of previous blogs. The last one was in this name, the one before, in another name. They were both Blogger blogs and very fine they were, too.
But I fancied a change. The first time I changed blogs, it was a practical matter. A change-of-name matter. I had the first blog for a long time and posted 2-3 times a week. That was a lifetime away. I moved on.
This change has been for a different reason. This time, it’s more about psychology.
I’ve been writing most of my life. I don’t mean writing shopping lists and making notes on the back of the TV guide, I mean: I’ve been writing stories, and LOVING writing stories, for as long as I can remember. It keeps me sane (and engaged) like nothing else does. It’s just something that comes naturally. Am I any good? In honesty, I don’t know. I just know I love it and always will.
There has been a period of time, the past ten years or so, where I’ve had a love/hate relationship with writing. There have been times when I’ve been head-over-heels in love with it and times when I just didn’t want to know. Nine years ago, I started training to be a mental health nurse, so reading and writing consisted purely of text books and articles. When I qualified, all my brain power was taken up with getting used to working on a busy ward; remembering to take breaks, to drink enough and reminding myself to have a wee when I needed one. Writing was way down on my list of things to do. I posted once every few months, feeling guilty for the huge gaps in time. I also struggled with the idea that, although I take writing seriously, my blog looked (and definitely felt) rather naive, basic, not how I wanted to portray myself.
I ditched the old blog and hit the ground running with a sparkly new one, designed from scratch. It hasn’t been particularly easy but I’ve learnt a lot about domains, hosting and web design in the past two weeks!
So here is my third (and final) incarnation and it’s lovely to be back.