I can’t believe that it has been two years since I tentatively wrote my first blog post on Images Past. I dipped my toe into the blogging world just for fun, and I’m really enjoying it. I didn’t imagine that anyone would actually read it, but some very supportive followers gradually appeared and made comments. Have a look at me in 1966 when I was two, back in the days when you could let small children play with golf clubs and no one called Social Services.
My first post was a rather reserved one about my Dad’s love of vintage tractors and I showed some old postcards which he bought at tractor rallies in Canada and the US. The postcards will probably only be of interest to someone with similar enthusiasm for old agricultural equipment but Dad’s tractor collection almost caused a divorce.
Since my blogging confidence has grown, due to the support of my lovely followers (hello to both of you), I’m now quite happy to rattle on about all sorts of things. I’ve had great fun getting to know my Granny through Great Granny’s Album. Granny died when I was only 3, and although I remember her, I never “knew” her. It seems like she was quite a character, judging by some of her antics. I think my favourite post is probably about a photo of Granny up a tree with her cousins. It’s obviously hereditary as here’s a rather poor photo of me up a tree. Strangely enough I was wearing pink slippers.
Exploring the photo album has prompted me to do some interesting research , and I found out that in the 1920’s there was a factory that built “cars made in Scotland by ladies for ladies“. I had no idea! The little purple sports car at the end of the post has now moved on to a new owner :-( but it was fun while it lasted :-D You guessed it – this is me with That Car….
Looking at the blog stats, the most popular post was where I compared two identical old sewing boxes and their contents. One belonged to my great aunt, and the other belonged to Elsie, who was my non-tree-climbing Granny. Elsie’s sewing box was trashed in comparison – she wasn’t precious about her stuff and had a very Gung Ho attitude compared to her more dignified sister. My “Sentimental Sunday” story about visiting the grave of Greyfriars Bobby seems to attract a good few visits too. Bring a hanky. Just to be contrary here’s a pic of me with a cat.
Judging by the old sheepskin jacket, this was taken in the mid 1980’s. Good grief, the shadow behind my head makes me look like I’ve got a beehive!
I’ve found that having an intriguing title for a blog post makes it more popular but in retrospect, including the words “busty blonde granny of 6” probably led to a lot of disappointment for Googlers. Joining in with memes, such as Sepia Saturday is a great way to find inspiration and the contributors are a very supportive bunch :-)
Making “virtual” connections with people from all corners of the globe is exciting, and has also enhanced my social media experience through Facebook and Twitter. Heartfelt thanks to everyone who reads my blog, to those who leave me comments, to my new Facebook friends and Twitter tweeps – it’s great to know that you’re out there :-)
Now off you go to Sepia Saturday to see what some of my blogger chums are up to!