First, for a laugh, you might want to read the first ever paragraph of my first ever blog post. Sporting the "Sound of Music"-style title "Let's start at the very beginning", it went like this:
It seems a bit too momentous, this opening blog entry, but then again, it's something that'll gradually slip down the page and only the most devoted reader will find it again, right?Right, unless I stupidly highlight it as part of my blog's sixth anniversary celebrations. (By the way, I think six is pretty old in the blog world. I'm a little bit proud.)
The tone of that post reminds me of what my blogging students are always saying (and that I'm quite callous about to them): it's scary to send that first blog post out into the world. I don't remember that feeling at all, but it is there in black and white. Apologies, students.
Over the past six years, my humble and poorly-titled blog (apologies to everyone who searched for "ballerina breakfast", "ballerina damaged life" and "hairy ballerina" and ended up here) has brought me friendships, work opportunities, a trickle of income and a sense of purpose on the days when other things seemed too complicated. Right now, it makes me feel like I'm travelling even when I can't get on the road too often. And it's brought me hundreds of lovely readers who leave thoughtful comments and remind me that someone out there is listening.
Anyway, stay tuned for my blog's actual birthday celebration on Tuesday 28th June - yes, just a handful of days away. I'll be baking a cake and (virtually) sharing it, and getting everyone to join in on the travel blogging fun, so tell your fellow bloggers to watch this space. It's going to be fun!
In the meantime, if you're game, do share the "opening lines" of your very first blog post in the comments - they can't be more embarrassing than mine.