About 5 years ago now I entered the blogging world through my reading blog BookBath. I had stumbled upon similar blogs when researching some bookish bits for a reading group I was involved with at the time and I was completely taken in by this part of the online world that connected me with one of my passions in a whole new way.
Blogging through BookBath quickly became a huge part of my life – it was a way to solidify my reading experiences and connect with other people who shared my love and obsession. I discovered new authors, new genres of reading and new friends. I was never particularly prolific with my posting – more sporadic and seasonal – but it was always there as an outlet, an interest – something for me.
My life ( as lives do!) has changed significantly since I started BookBath back in 2008. I have continued to build on and cement my relationship with my partner of almost thirteen years, we have become parents to a little Sweet Pea who has changed our lives and our hearts irrevocably, my relationships and friendships have grown and blossomed – and some have fallen away, I have travelled to long dreamt of destinations, worked on building a career focussed on supporting people at the most vulnerable points in their lives and through it all I have tried to keep my sense of wonder alive and nourished.
When I had my Sweet Pea just over 12 months ago now I spent a lot of time online – seeking advice, reassurance, friendship, beauty, humour and some sort of sanity! The numerous blogs I discovered helped to support me around my often difficult and confusing parenting experiences, educated and informed me about what else was happening in a world that seemed to have deserted me, made me laugh (often at myself!) and constantly inspired me to live my life the way I wanted and needed to. Through reading these blogs I was able to see a way I might be able to use blogging to bring me back to myself and connect with a wider world at the same time.
I decided at the beginning of this year that I wanted to keep on blogging but that I needed a new space to help me express the changes that have taken place in my life, to reflect on the community and the world in which I am a part of and to connect with others who shared similar, and sometimes, greatly opposing views to mine. I wanted to keep engaging, connecting, searching, discussing and wondering.
So, A Wondering Life begins. I am not entirely sure in which direction it will head at this stage – but I think that might be part of the joy of it, just taking it out for a spin and seeing where it will go. I invite you to come along for the ride, who knows where we might end up…