A WHOLE NEW WORLD
How can a whole world exist and a person have no idea about it? A couple of years ago I was going quietly about my fairly mundane life - the wheels were falling off all over the place and I was hanging on by the skin of my teeth. Midlife didn't look all that fabulous to me and I was wondering how to make sense of it all. I had always kept a journal, but I thought it might be nice to put some thoughts down somewhere to get them out of my head and into some sort of order.
English had always been my strong point in school but once I left, I never wrote anything much - other than letters to friends (pre-email - remember those days?) and a few paragraphs each week in the aforementioned journal. The idea of writing something anonymous and for my eyes only touched a chord and so I jumped into the shallow end of the blogging world and started googling what to do.
First up was a name - I'm not quite sure how I came up with Cresting The Hill but I liked the idea of being at the top after a long climb and pausing to enjoy a breather and take in the view. I didn't even think about reading the millions of "How To" posts on blogging - I just opened a little Blogger window and off I went - after all, it would only be something I was going to do for a few weeks/months and nobody else would ever see it........ how wrong I was!
THE EARLY DAYS
I didn't have a profile pic back in those days - I used this one I found on Pinterest (I had no idea about copyright or anything else) it was a pretty picture and reflected how I wanted to be. I didn't connect to any social media because my friends might see what I was doing and laugh - of (even worse) feel sorry for my poor attempt at self expression.
I had the comments section turned off because nobody would be reading it and I didn't want to risk getting spam or horrible comments. I had no idea that the comments were the best part of blogging - it's where you meet people and connect - boy was I naive!
FINDING MY TRIBE
Then one day, a few months into my solitary venture, I think (if I remember correctly) I found a Midlife Community on Google+ and that lead me to Midlife Boulevard and the Women of Midlife and before I knew it, I was reading blogs by all these amazing midlife women. They were writers, cooks, DIYers, exercisers, blogging advisers, carers, and goodness knows what else. They were so positive and so immersed in this whole world of blogging - some asked me why I didn't have a comments section because they wanted to connect with what I was writing - I was blown away!
I started reading about finding your niche and finding your tribe - somehow I ended up finding both by default - this fantastic group of women who inspire me to be my best and to enjoy this stage of life with gusto and a good laugh. In the process I've also learned about HTML, SEO, copyright, blog hops, link-ups, guest posts, blogging awards, features, collaborations, and all sorts of interesting things
HOW WAS YOUR DAY?
From there my little blog has just grown and flourished. I've tried lots of different things, I've written about my life, my family, my pets, my parents, my friends, my marriage, and lots more. The highs and lows of my life were on display for all to see - then I started a facebook page and my friends suddenly started reading my posts and telling me they enjoyed them - no judgement (a little curiosity as to why I would do it) but I think we can all see a little of ourselves in each other because we've shared similar journeys.
THE BLOGGER'S HUSBAND
My poor husband has been dragged into this blogging thing by default as he listened to me wax lyrical about page views, fume and fuss over HTML coding, he helped me access and set up my banner picture and even took the photo that is now my profile pic on everything (for now). He is a little bemused about how a middle aged woman in country Western Australia could end up with friends all over the world. I must say I'm a little bemused by that myself at times!
He doesn't read my blog all the time (I still think I'm the only one who does that) but he pops on occasionally so he can keep up with how much of our life I am exposing to the world. He tells me there will be nothing left to say at my funeral because it's all been written about here. Instead of a eulogy he's just going to give everyone a link to my blog and tell them to read the bits that interest them. Sounds like a great idea to me - I'm planning on there being glitter to sprinkle lavishly on my coffin, so it should be a light and bright ending to my time here on earth! Now I just need to sort out an effigy for the coffin lid so there's something for everyone to look at before they head home to log onto crestingthehill.com.au. I think there'll be a handout that looks something like this:
THE JOURNEY CONTINUES
I can't begin to say how wonderful this blogging journey has been - it's coming up to two years since I started (December 2014) and I'm not sure how many more stories I have in my head to put on the screen, but as long as they keep jumping around in my brain, I'll keep throwing them out there. If I stop blogging then I'll need to take up knitting, or macrame or some other pastime and nothing is calling my name at the moment. Or I might even have to start a fitness regime - heaven help me!!
Next month I'm changing it up a bit - I'm going to have three different themes - Midlife Monday, Wind-back Wednesday and Five things Friday. Keeping it fresh and interesting is part of what keeps me going - I truly hope people will keep reading my stuff - and commenting and connecting. As my circle of blogging friends grows, so does my appreciation for this wonderful world I've tumbled into - a bit like Alice down the rabbit hole - and to quote Disney "it's a whole new world!"