B is for …
I sometimes include ‘I write a blog‘ in my list of interests. As it’s been over 2 years since I wrote my first post perhaps I should be a bit more comfortable with saying
‘I am a blogger’!
The hardest thing about starting a blog is not deciding which of your interests to write about, what your blog will look like, who you liked to read it etc. The hardest thing is deciding what to call it. I forget what names were discarded in favour of Nip it in the bud but I do recall wanting my blog name to make sense to gardeners and for it to mean something to me personally. I already suspected I might find it tricky to just stick to one theme and I dared to imagine that further down the line I might be comfortable with sharing a little something of the girl outside the garden.
2009 was a difficult year and the creative aspect of writing a blog was a good antidote to life’s stresses (not to mention that writing about gardening requires doing some so I was spurred into action for the sake of taking photos on days I might have otherwise cried off). Choosing Nip it in the bud as my blog name was a reminder to myself to deal with problems before they snowball, no matter how hard that might seem, and to ‘prune‘ my emotional response in difficult situations.
The second hardest thing about starting to blog is the fear that you’re writing in a vacuum and actually just talking to yourself (poor fragile ego!). Without you lovely readers I may well have given up a long time ago so thank you for keep coming back. ‘And who’s Jacqueline‘ you ask? Jac was the first person to leave a comment on my blog that I didn’t already know in real life (on a post that combined growing and eating our allotment veg). Friendships forged on-line – one of the best things about blogging.