I had a nice surprise when I turned up for my regular volunteer day at the National Trust yesterday (see picture - note how the building matched yesterday's weather). The latest edition of Heelis Voice, a quarterly newsletter for HQ volunteers, is out and I have an article published :)
I was asked to write it just before Christmas with a day's deadline and then completely forgot I'd done it. The National Trust are starting to look at new ways of communicating with volunteers and were interested in hearing about my blogging experiences. I could have written lots more, but had a limit of about 300 words to play with:
"I have a (not so) secret alter ego. She’s called VP and resides in cyberspace on the blog I started in November. She’s not so different to me, but I’ve emphasised my more positive, humorous attitudes. I’ve also thrown in some thoughtful insights for good measure. Here’s a further confession: my blog might not quite have the right name as it contains much more than it suggests. Why even the National Trust has a few mentions. Even so I rather like the name, so Veg Plotting it is.
I started blogging out of curiosity. I also wanted to replace my Christmas round robin with something more fun, interactive and frequent to keep in touch. It sounds rather grand and complicated doesn’t it? Well no, it’s surprisingly easy to do. I could have programmed my own website (difficult - I have absolutely no skills in this area) or researched extensively into what’s available. However, my impatience to get started got the better of me, so like many others I signed up with Blogger, for free. I was up and running in 5 minutes and was instantly hooked.
If you keep a diary, enjoy creative writing, or have a passionate belief in something you want to tell the world about, then blogging could be for you. Scared of taking the plunge? Just have a look at my blog, better still leave a comment - I’d love to start a conversation with you. Alternatively, you can blogsearch the internet on any topic of interest and find a whole community of like-minded people out there. Or if you’d prefer to talk to someone, I’m in Heelis most Mondays. I’m the one with the purple notebook, in readiness for blogging inspiration to hit me!"