I've fallen a bit behind on my target to update my blog on the first of every month, but that's because the end of August/ beginning of September feels like it was really busy, and went by super fast.
It's the first of the month, which means it's time for an update. Here's what's been going on in my life since last time I updated.
As it's the beginning of the month (sort of. I started this post on July 1st, but then never finished it, because I'm terrible!) I thought I'd post an update on what's been going on since my last entry.
Happy Monday, Folks!Last week, Kyra Lennon and I announced our Miles of Smiles Challenge. Our way of spreading some happiness across the interwebs in these dark times.
The aim of the challenge if on June 12 (today) those taking part post their lists of things that make them smile/ make them happy/ cheer them up when things are crappy. The obvious things like family, friends etc. are excluded. What we're looking for is the little, almost trivial things, that brighten your day.
Here's my list of things that make me smile:
What's this? Another post so soon!
I probably won't be posting this frequently all the time, but there's something I wanted to share, and I thought it'd get maximum exposure if I posted on both blogs.
So, I think it goes without saying, but the state of the world sucks right now.
I live in the UK, and over the last few months, there have been several attacks – two in London, one in Manchester, killing and seriously injuring a lot of people.
All over the world, people are senselessly losing their lives, and you can barely turn on the news these days without dreading what you will see next.
The world as a whole is struggling right now, and what everyone needs is something lighthearted, to remind us that there is still so much good in the world.
That's why Kyra Lennon and I have come up with the Miles of Smiles Challenge.
Several years ago, I created the Bloghop of Joy with Kyra.
The idea behind it was for people to sign up and tell each other about the small things in their lives that always make them smile. Miles of Smiles will run along those exact same lines BUT we’re doing this all over social media.
That means you can use your blog, your Facebook, your Twitter or your Instagram to share your joys. The reason we’re opening it up is to spread this as far and wide as possible.
Things on your list of joy could be a random memory, something you see on TV, overhearing something that makes you laugh out loud - just that one thing that makes the clouds part, and the sunshine appear again.
We all know that our friends and families makes us happy – that is pretty much a given. We're not talking about life-changing moments here, just the little things that inexplicably make us smile and forget our worries for a while.
As an added thing - The British Red Cross has set up a fundraiser for the people who were affected by the attacks in the UK. The link is here.
Alternatively, if you want to take this chance to donate to a charity of your choice, or if you don't have the funds to donate, that's okay too.
This is a totally optional thing, we just thought, in light of what happened, it might be a nice thing to share.
Mostly, what we care about is spreading some happiness, so we would love it if you would join us on our #MilesofSmiles mission!
All you have to do to be a part of this happy hop is sign up on the Linky List, and on June 12th, post your list of joy.
If you want to join in and you don’t have a blog, just post your joys using the hashtag #MilesofSmiles on your social media posts (Facebookers using personal accounts will need to make the post public so we can find them).
And don't forget to visit the hashtag and the other participants on June 12, to see other people's joys.
Hopefully we can spread a little happiness online!
To join in with a blog, sign up here:
Those of you who still follow my Blogger blog will have seen the Times Are Changing post. But for those of you who didn't, here's the gist of it.
With work, writing, and many people preferring other forms of social media, regular blogging sort of slipped to the wayside.
But recently, a Facebook memory of an old Live Journal post I'd shared led me down a rabbit whole, where I realised I actually miss blogging.
Not only do I miss the interaction with others, but I miss having physical records of my life to look back on.
So, to that ends I'm planning on blogging regularly again. I think it would be overly overoptimistic to set a schedule, but I would like to update once a month. We'll see how things go.
It's been something I've been thinking about doing for a while now, and I looked at a few different sites a couple of months ago, but none of them felt right.
Now I've decided to keep everything neat and in one place - and have a fresh start as far as blogging is concerned - I'm moving to a blog hosted here on my website.
I'm not closing down my Blogger blog entirely. I'm going to leave it there for cover reveals, release blitzes etc. and to preserve my previous posts. But my 'main' blog, with frequent updates about both my writing, and my life, will be here.
So, what can you expect to find on my blog?
Thoughts, feelings and random updates from romance author Clare Dugmore.