A couple of weeks ago a memory flashed up in my inbox regarding this blog.
It was created one year ago, and it made me reflect on what it first started out to be, to what it turned into and what it is now.
12 months ago my life was still in turmoil, not sure in which direction I was really heading in, nor even what I wanted to do.
This blog started out exploring the idea of traveling, and writing about my experiences of visiting far away lands, and sharing those memories and moments through words and pictures.
That didn’t happen.
The secondary focus was to concentrate on Bishop Auckland, whilst I was looking to tie up loose ends before leaving.
That is now prodomodately what this blog is all about.
Last year, I wrote as many articles as time allowed me to write them, with a focus of helping, supporting and promoting local businesses, charities and community themed projects.
I did this all in my own time, without any costs to anyone, because I wanted too.
And in doing so, I’ve met some wonderful people along the way, who quite frankly I wouldn’t have met otherwise.
I’ve walked through shop doorways instead of walking past them just looking in, and meeting interesting and passionate business owners.
I’ve worked alongside and learnt so much about the work and collective efforts local people are actively doing with charities and community groups.
I’ve founded and partnered a new event in Bishop Auckland, (Bishop Celebrating Together) which is now going to be an annual event.
I’ve felt at times that each article I’ve written, opens up different doors to meet new people, and grasp new opportunities.
But this year it has stalled somewhat.
Something that I am keen to change.
My circumstances have changed since that first article, my life has transitioned and developed just like most people’s lives do.
At that time I was recovering from depression, unknown where I’d end up, needing work, looking for work, but at that time probably not ready for it.
Drifting with no focus.
Writing gave me that focus.
It led me onto writing freelance for Durham Markets and also Music Geeks, a new music publication in London.
From there, the initial approach from Bishop FM to be involved in a new project, and I have since been producing and presenting a show with them since September.
All I was really looking for last year was a focus and routine.
I’m now in a position where I have both, and a whole lot more to offer.
I want to get back into my writing, I have a long list of articles to finish off, or start.
And an even longer list of Bishop Auckland topically posts to write about and work with.
For me and Bishop Auckland, it’s a friendship of sorts, I’m proud to live where I live, I want to help people, I want to support them, and encourage within the town we live in.
I want to get back to writing freely about our town and promote our local businesses, support the local charities, and become more involved in community projects to try and bring more awareness.
As I mentioned, Bishop Celebrating Together returns in September, but that isn’t the only event that is on my list to create and get off the ground.
Now I have routine and purpose in my personal life, it’s time to kick back on with everything I first started.
And by doing so starting to write more articles to promote Bishop Auckland and the passionate people who live here.
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