I’m writing today as part of the 2014 ‘Grow Your Blog’ party, run courtesy of 2 Bags Full; a lovely blog full of knitting and family and fun. So first of all let me give a big “HELLO!” to anyone who’s stumbled here as part of that party – hope you’re having a great time getting to know new bloggers from around the globe.
I’m sure I am!
The reason this blogging party appealed to me (and has the rather prestigious honour of popping my blog party cherry) is the same reason that blogging itself first appealed to me: sharing.
I believe sharing is incredibly important.
My most transformative experiences in life have all come about through my immersion in what other people have offered to share with me; knowingly or unknowingly. In books I’ve read, conversations I’ve had or overheard and (more recently) in blogs I follow, I constantly come across thoughts and ideas and amazing acts of creativity that inspire me to question, consider, wonder and (quite often) sit-slack-jawed-and-staring at the awesomeness of the World and the beauty of the people who live in it.
In current consumer culture it is often considered foolhardy to share of yourself so openly; trust is reserved for those who have worked and slaved to prove their worth and even then it should be given grudgingly and with a list of caveats. To share your abilities and insights freely (i.e: without monetary charge*) is also a colossal mistake – “Why give anything for free when you could charge for it?!” The pressure to advertise, to promote, to get-rich-quick is phenomenal in all areas but especially the creative arenas and I’ve already noticed it in the blogosphere.
Yet I can honestly say that the blogs I have most enjoyed and continue to enjoy aren’t the ones who are simply trying to sell me something. They’re the ones whose authors are willing to share their lives and their thoughts and parts of their very soul – through words, images, humour – freely, and without expecting anything (except maybe the odd comment) in return. There is something courageous about that. Something which i find immeasurably inspiring. I have learned more about my own self and expectations from these people than from family members I am related to by blood. It was through experiencing the courage and catharsis of these blogs that I first considered starting my own.
After leaving my job, changing career, moving across country, marrying my husband and living in a tent for three months I found a desire to express my creativity in new ways. Easing into the sharing spirit I began to run community events that were inspired by my personal observance of the Wheel Of The Year (see the pages up top for more info). Each event offers a chance to mark the seasonal changes in the world around us; but perhaps more importantly it encourages participants to share something they create/think/find that inspires in them the atmosphere and energy of the season. It is often a poem or a story. Sometimes it’s a favourite recipe or actual cake! And sometimes people sit in the circle and simply speak directly from their mind and their soul and these are the moments when the courage and catharsis I first found in blogging comes to me in real life.
I write here at Walk The Wheel to keep people updated about our events and as a way to share some of my own insights and ideas. I aim to provide detailed information about the history and traditions of each of the Wheel’s eight festivals as well as sharing my own opinions and experiences of them; so the blog is one way to follow the Wheel itself. Alongside this will be posts about mindfulness, imagination, spirituality and my own life. I try not to plan what is to come, instead just share my self and my experiences in the hope that they will resonate with others in some way.
I would like to inspire knowing smiles, shaking heads, laughs out loud and (if I’m lucky) be able to communicate a little of the awe that the World fills me with every day.
Life is an opportunity for us to experience and create and then share the results.
When we do we are able to more fully appreciate our life, expanding it beyond our physical world into the spiritual and the virtual!
What could be more magical than that?!
(*: Not that I have a problem with people who DO make an income from their blog, I think that’s great and doubtless takes a lot of work and skill. But as a beginner blogger the ability to make money can seem like one of those badges of honour that is just too far away and striving for it can (if you let it) take the joy and creativity out of blogging. Finding the balance between both is something I’d love to do one day.)