Sunday, 8 March 2009

Playing with words

This blogging game is marvellous, isn't it, I can tap away and the whole world can read my words, that's if they ever find them! A blank canvas every day is quite exciting, it's like having your own magazine. You are a journalist, photographer, editor, and, company director if you run your business on a blog.

I have been an avid diarist for most of my life, not sure why I took this hobby up but I remember writing stories as far back as junior school. One day the teacher set us a task, write a story about a most important person. It didn't take me long to decide who I should write about. While most of my class mates wrote about famous people they had heard about in history, who had invented something or discovered a lost continent, the most important person as far as I was concerned was my mum. I used to listen to her for hours telling me what it was like growing up in Hamburg, and then later, stories of the war. The teacher commended me on my choice.

As a teenager I used to have penfriends, it was quite a popular past time amongst my friends. I remember Janet from Aberystwyth, and Jane from New Zealand, I wonder where they are now?

I carried on writing when I parked up overnight in my truck, scribbling away with pen and notepad after I had eaten my pot noodle, not great cooking facilities in a cab. My stories were published in Trucking International, Truck and Driver, Headlight, and Commercial Motor, as well hundreds of my letters also printed, I have a big scrap book. I also wrote a monthly truckers gossip page for CB magazine which had a keen following, I even received some fan mail.

So now I have moved on to blogging. There is still a lot for me to learn about this media, it's all part of keeping up with the world. Some of my friends just don't understand my enthusiasm, but there again, I don't understand their enthusiasm for watching tele or going down the pub.

I've gone all around the houses here, so I'll just come to the point, I have found this site with loads of usefull info about blogging, I'm going to study it so I can become more proficient. I'm not a clever person with a vast knowledge of big words, or a degree, but I do enjoy stringing words together, whether it makes sense or not is another matter! Don't tell me I should write a book, I did make a start and have completed 28,000 words, but I find I lack focus if I can't see the light at the end of the tunnel, so short pieces work best for me.
http://www.problogger.net/
I have also found this usefull book.
The Rough Guide to Blogging by Jonathan Yang.
Happy blogging. Ilona
Daily spend - nothing

4 comments:

  1. Hello there, I have been lurking for a couple of weeks and love your blog. I dont know how I found it in the first place but I am glad I did.
    I am a 'mad crafter' and find it very difficult to keep my stash of fabric / wool / paper / card / beads etc. etc. under control.
    The bag you made from the juice cartons is great. I dont drink juice myself but my friend says she will save me some cartons so I will try it then.

    Cheers, Eileen.

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  2. Yes.. I agree it is good to keep learning and improving your blog (I love yours already so it can only get better). Keep blogging!! :-)

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  3. I enjoyed reading your 28,000 words over at Ilona's World, you certainly have a gift for writing and I think, you shouldn't give up on adding to it... there certainly is light at the end of the tunnel!!
    Incidentally, your link to Ilona Loves Life, always shows up as an error when I try to connect to it.

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  4. Thank you Jane, Don't know how that happened, I have put it right. I have just tried it three times and it works now.

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