Christmas Hugs to One and All…

I’m quite a tactile, affectionate person. I know not everyone shares my love of such up-close-and-personal human contact, but thankfully lots of my friends and most of my family do. Personally I think it’s nice to hug someone you feel close to when you say hello or goodbye, to express happiness or provide reassurance, but I am also considerate of others’ preferences so will always temper my behaviour accordingly.

I was always hugged a lot as a child, I freely hugged my own children, and now my growing brood of grandchildren all love to be hugged too. In my world, hugs are the basis of life. Much as I love words, I often find a hug will do so much more – if you ever find yourself truly lost for words, or feel that nothing you can say is ever going to be enough, you can always just give someone a big hug and let your actions speak louder than words.

So I’m sending out warm virtual hugs to all my Blog family this Christmas time, for those of all faiths or none, sent with love and best wishes for the new year ahead… Unless you don’t like hugs, in which case I offer a firm handshake, or if even that is too much physical contact for whatever reason, a shared nod of mutual respect 🙂

Happy blogday – one week old!

Mad Meandering Me is one week old today – so far, so good. Not exactly setting the world on fire but I’m comfortably settling in to my new space, and after a couple of tweaks have pretty much got things the way I like them…

In a way I find it difficult having spent four months building up one blog, only to give up and start all over again somewhere else, but for me I just felt I needed a clean break, with the lure of a blank page and a fresh approach easily outweighing the need to play the numbers game. I might still write on quietcalliope from time to time when a particular post feels more of a ‘fit’ there than here, but I’ll see how it goes.

My blogging learning curve, thankfully, is now more of a gentle slope than a steep incline, and I’m really enjoying the challenge. It’s providing a creative outlet that works well for me, stopping me from brooding so much over the past and helping me focus more on the kind of life I want to create for the future. Like many people who have suffered from depression I’m bad at (or is it far too good at?) ruminating over things long gone, going over and over and over and over and driving myself to hell and back with it all, so for me blogging brings a welcome reprieve from such frustrating and ultimately futile behaviour.

Right now I’m trying to become more actively involved with other people’s blogs – I’m an avid, but passive, blog reader, so not necessarily a prolific liker or commenter. I keep reminding myself how much I appreciate others interacting with my blog, and try to remember to show my support in the same way, becoming both more visible and more verbal as I go along. I need to join in properly with other things too, not just flirt coyly around the edges – there are plenty of blogging challenges out there to fuel my fire, if only I take part. I like photography, and I like writing, so why not give it a try, go with the flow, and see where it takes me?

I don’t think I’ll ever be a power blogger, sadly I just don’t have the level of commitment required, but it would be nice to feel that I have enough blogs I follow and followers of my own out there to be making a real connection. So for all of you who follow Mad Meandering Me, I’m sending you a big virtual hug – except for Opinionated Man, who apparently doesn’t do hugs – just to say thank you all for your ongoing support and for providing me with the continued inspiration to keep posting… 🙂