Blogging

BLOGGING TIPS WRAP UP

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this series. I've greatly appreciated the generosity and thoughtfulness of the tips shared. I've tried to include as many of the suggestions as possible (without overwhelming your inboxes). Again, some of the ideas have been paraphrased. For more blogging strategies and details, please check out the comment… Continue reading BLOGGING TIPS WRAP UP

Blogging, Friendship, Vancouver Island

When a Blogging Buddy Comes to Call

What do you do when a blogging buddy comes to call? You gather together nearby blogging friends so that everyone can join in the fun. Cardboard cutouts of Zoom Buddies, who sadly could not make this trip, are also packed along! You go chasing waterfalls... Even when it's raining! You search for the famous Jack… Continue reading When a Blogging Buddy Comes to Call

Blogging, Camino, Hiking, Reflection

Is Anybody Out There?

Do you ever wonder why you're blogging (or any other form of public sharing)? Are your words or images truly reaching others? Are they making a difference? Yesterday, I received the following email from a man named Jerry. Greetings: If at all possible, I would like to be in contact with the author of the… Continue reading Is Anybody Out There?

Blogging, Family, Friendship, Reflection

Where Have I Been? Where Am I Going?

Over the holidays, I wanted to focus on presence. I took a month-long break from blogging and significantly reduced my time online. Although the first series of images suggests that my primary activity was dining, I revelled in quality time with family/friends and am grateful for our time together. Our youngest son flew home yesterday,… Continue reading Where Have I Been? Where Am I Going?

Blogging, Travel, Trying New Things

Write Drunk, Edit Sober: What I Learned in My Travel Writing Course

Earlier last month, I mentioned a five-week travel writing course that I had enrolled in through Vancouver Island University. A few commenters asked me to share key takeaways. Here's what resonated. 1. Sharpen Your Hook Think: Title, opening sentence and accompanying photos. A great hook captures your readers’ attention, draws them into your story and… Continue reading Write Drunk, Edit Sober: What I Learned in My Travel Writing Course

Blogging, Friendship, Hiking, Vancouver Island

Walktober — Holland Creek Trail

  Holland Creek Trail, in Ladysmith, BC, has been on my bucket list for quite some time. Today I finally hiked its 6.6 km loop. It did not disappoint. The trail is rated as 'moderate.' More accurately, it provides something for everyone. The north side of the creek offers relatively easy walking sections. The south… Continue reading Walktober — Holland Creek Trail

Blogging, Friendship

The Importance of Reaching Out

Have you ever thought about reaching out to someone...but then hesitated....and the moment was lost? If this incredible blogger had not reached out to say that her cruise ship would have a four-hour stop-over a short distance from my home... And if this engaging (and very observant) blogger had not asked if she could join… Continue reading The Importance of Reaching Out