Esme interviewed me about my blogging journey! You can read it by clicking on the link here!
My blogging journey started in early September, 2018. After a lot of research, reading blogs, reading technical stuff about WordPress, joining Facebook Blogging groups etc., I started my journey.
I didn’t really have much idea what I was going to write about, but I decided that since I was old (life experience gives us many stories), living in a country that wasn’t my native one, married to someone of a different nationality than me, and had a lot of opportunity to travel (living close to European countries), I knew that I would find heaps of inspiration all around me.
Then I had to find a name for the blog. That took some time, and I had a list of 5 or 6 that I was considering. However, I was unsure exactly what the blog would be about, so I didn’t want a name that would be too restrictive (like, for example, “An Australian in Russia” – what would happen when I left Russia?!). So, I chose a fact about me that would allow me to write about anything I wanted, but still be representative of me. A fact that, while it’s not completely unique to me, it’s quite rare to find someone else who experienced the same start in life.
Then I got started and wrote some posts and started sharing them on Facebook. It was a very slow start (well, it’s still slow, to tell you the truth!), but I really enjoyed what I was doing – writing.
What happened next
I found that one of the biggest benefits of writing for my blog is being able to ‘speak’ my native, natural language. As I live in Moscow, Russia, and teach English to Russians, I’m always speaking in a rather ‘unnatural’ way, so that they understand me (it depends on their level, but even for advanced students of English we have to pay attention to what language we use when we speak).
Plus, outside of work, I speak English with my French husband, which means I’m not speaking naturally then either. His English is good now, but he’s not a native speaker, so there’s some misunderstandings sometimes.
Imagine not being able to use your natural expressions, colloquialisms, idioms, slang! That’s what it’s like when you speak with non-native English speakers every day and every night of your life (well, for 12 years, anyway!).
It was actually starting to affect me negatively and causing some depression (it was only mild depression, but I did shed some tears over this problem). But writing for my blog, in my natural style, gave me such great pleasure. I was using my language again! I had my voice back!
After a while I started to connect with other bloggers. I not only needed to spread my blog far and wide, I needed to communicate with people like me – people who wrote stories online for everybody to read. In my own language!
The blogging community
As an asocial person, it was hard at first. Hard to reach out to them, to communicate, to share myself with others. So I started out slowly and tentatively, and soon found a wonderful community out there of like-minded people doing the same thing as me (or, was I doing the same thing as them?).
They all support each other in such a kind and generous way. The support I’ve received to date is humbling. It also restores my faith in humanity (because what we see in online isn’t always so friendly and nice – there’s a lot of animosity out there). It felt really good to be part of a community again (after some years of hiding myself away).
And, that’s where I find myself today. A part of a huge community of people (mostly women, but some men too), who read each other’s work, comment on their posts, interact with kindness and thoughtfulness. People from all around the world, and yes, some of them aren’t native English speakers. But we share a common goal, to have our words read by others.
Which brings me again to the exciting news that Esme, from Esme Salon, has published an interview with me on her blog. In it I speak about blogging, of course, but I also share some other things about me and my life.
So, I hope you’ll pop over there and read it. You can also comment over there, too, I’ll read and reply to any comments you leave there.
I hope to continue this blogging journey, as it’s one of the most enjoyable ones I’ve started. And I hope that you’ll continue to join me on this journey as well. I’m writing for you, so please stay with me and let me know what you’d like me to write about in future blog posts!