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I have published an opening blog post in June 2019, just before my flight to Romania, where the history of the Blue Tram has started.
The beginning was sunny, but not without clouds. The texts were short, because I couldn’t fully express what I really thought, especially in English. I have looked at my blogging with big eyes like the world.
Today I celebrate perseverance, the joy of writing, and meeting awesome people. And for the Birthday Photo Session, I wear a Volunteer T-shirt from the Sibiu International Theatre Festival (FITS) in honor of this event which was the driving force behind Blue Tram. Now, Dear Readers, you can discover the backstage of my blog posts.
Very often, I handwrite first the sketches of my blog posts in a notebook with a rainbow which I got from my friend Catalina. Sometimes the texts are born in my diary.
Because I am passionate about journalism I would like my blog to be like a newspaper which publishes the voices of other people, describing interesting places and events, also with my reflections. I do many interviews with people, who have inspired me.
Whether it’s an interview for a professional newspaper or a blog, I always handwrite notes. My attention is focused differently when I listen and do notes compared to when I record the interview. I have to write quickly, but I am better able to catch special confessions with the feelings of the present moment.
When my post is very long, I like to sometimes ask for help from my friend, who is a professional editor and great poet, Trevor Conway. I think it’s important for a native speaker to look at the article from a different angle before publishing. I also look at both the texts in English & in Polish the next day. I care about professional writing.
On the other hand a blog post is an impulse, sometimes. This was the case with the text about sailing. When I went for a walk in the morning it was very windy, and a strong wind woke up my memories of sailing and inspired me to write about it at the speed of wind.
Poetry also plays an important role on my blog. Many of you told me that my blog is poetic. This is a big complement for me. Yes, sometimes my text is like a poem. At other times it contains something of the poems which I wrote earlier.
Often I have a lot of fun when I come up with some photos for the blog. For example, when I was writing about the Stormy weather dress I went to the billowy ocean to take pictures. It was a challenge jumping out on the rocks in a summer dress, but it was also a good dose of adrenaline.
In relation with interviews, the most amazing things happen. When I was writing about African sun in Ireland because I met the fashion designer Virtue, I went the interview to her house by the ocean. My husband gave me a lift, actually, because there are almost no buses. After the conversation I stood by the road to look out for the bus, but there was no bus stop around. It was stormy day, so I dreamed about a lift as soon as possible. Then, suddenly one car drove around the corner and an elderly gentleman asked me through the window: – Do you want a lift to Galway?
Finally, one of the older text on my blog, about Humanitas bookshop in Sibiu, which I wrote in Romania, wasn’t the best, I guess. So, after some time, I decided to improve it. I sent the revised article to the bookseller Bogdan Dita who I met there. He read the previous version also, but he liked the second one much more. He announced it on the Librăria Humanitas website, and then I could watch while the ‘whole of Sibiu’ read it and people happily commented with someone referring to it as their dear place. It was the most beautiful gift for me as a new blogger.
So far, almost 1,000 readers from 25 countries around the world have visited my blog.
This is an amazing result for me because I don’t actively promote my blog yet. Only, I put a link on my Facebook profile ( I don’t have a fan page). Also, some great readers share my posts. And I observe that people with a kindred spirit can find my niche blog. No idea, how. 😊
Thank you for traveling by Blue Tram with me!
I am also curious about your adventures with writing or reading blogs. I would be happy to read about your experience in the comments.