I started blogging in 2006 after I kept a manual quilting diary for some time but with my filing skills (putting something away to never find it again) I wondered out loud how long it would last before I misplace it. My son (computer geek) suggested I started blogging for then all I needed was a name and a password and I would never lose it.
The word 'diary' to me always had somewhat of a private connotation to it and I never in my wildest imagination thought anyone would have access to or even bother to read my stories...... until I started getting comments on my blog posts.
I grew up with one hell of a snob of an aunt who thought any and everyone was beneath her and even though I'm not good at any resolutions I remember as a child vowing that I never wanted to be like her. So I don't pretend, what you see and hear is what you get. If I have to introduce myself to strangers I would state my name followed by "I smoke, drink, swear and made all my kids myself".
Make no mistake I don't think a pregnant, smoking, swearing drunk is a pretty sight and I try not to swear just for the fun of it but hell if I drop something on my foot, you will know it. The rest I do in moderation, after all I only have 2 children - so not that bad at all.
Anyway what I meant to say was after the first comment I got, I was totally blown away and started rereading my old posts to see what utter nonsense I might have said or how much of my private life I shared and had to find out....... quite a lot (of both!). So for the next couple of posts I found myself counting my words, thinking about what I wrote and how other people would see it (me) but then it hit me; I am being pretentious, I am being my aunt!
I try to live my life by the saying "life is about the choices you make" and I feel other people can do it too. Reading a blog is not compulsory, so should anyone not like what they read, they don't have to but I refuse to try to please everyone. From there on I continued in my old ways and receiving this award from a fellow blogger (not a personal friend) just made me realize that one has to be who you are - those who like you or what you do would do will, with all your flaws right where they should be.
So I wish to thank those of you brave enough to put your faces in my 'Followers' column for accepting me as is and a special thanks to Marelize Ries from the blog New Beginnings for this award. I dearly appreciate it.
I have more to say about the Liebster Award but I unfortunately have to do my own cooking and cleaning so for now I'll stop here and walk away on a high cloud.