A blogging anniversary and a new year

Happy New Year! I hope as we start 2020 all in WordPress world are well and in good spirits. I decided that rather than write a review of 2019 I would write a few thoughts on what I’d like to be blogging about during the year ahead.

Yesterday marked my first visit of the year to the coast (my favourite kind of location), and I can’t think of a better first photo of 2020 than a spectacular sunset viewed from Southport Pier.

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Apparently, today is this blog’s birthday. I have been pressing words for five whole years! This is also my 100th post, so a double milestone. Do the maths and you will see that I’m far from a prolific poster, and that is unlikely to change in 2020. I’ll still post when I have something new to share about somewhere I’ve visited or an experience I’ve enjoyed that I think might be of interest to some other people. I’ve never had a writing schedule and have sometimes gone weeks – and in the early days of the blog, months – without writing a word, though I’ve posted more over the last year or two. 

Regular readers will know that I love to be near to the sea, in all seasons and at any time of day. Yesterday afternoon I decided to make the short train journey from my home in Wigan to Southport on the Lancashire coast. It was after 2 o’clock when I arrived, so after having a quick bite to eat and a mooch in a couple of shops, I made my way to the Pier. The town was busy, unsurprisingly on such a dry and bright day, but by this time it was about 3 o’clock and the light was starting to fade.

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Bridge over the marine lake

Although it wasn’t a cold day for the time of year the wind coming in from the sea was bitter as I walked towards the end; I wished I’d worn a scarf and gloves. My hands shook a little as I angled my phone towards the western sky, partly cold fingers and partly the biting breeze. It was well worth it though, as I was rewarded with breathtaking views as the sun descended.

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At the end of the Pier I sat for a while on one of the wooden benches, watching as the light diminished and the sky changed from one moment to the next, nature’s own light show, unsurpassable.

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This is a ‘first’ for me as I have never before written a post on my phone, or used in a blog photographs I took with it. I don’t really like using this small key pad for anything other than texting, but other devices are out of action at the moment, and actually the typing is not that bad and I like the photos. Perhaps that opens a door to more spontaneity in 2020.

Five years ago, this blog started out purely as an extension to my Facebook page where I would share photos with friends and family of places I’d visited but without any details or narrative. People would often ask about the locations, want more specific information or want to share their thoughts. I had the idea of writing a simple little blog which I would link to Facebook where folks could click on a link to see more than just the photographs. I seldom use Facebook these days, but here I still am.

It never occurred to me that anyone else would be reading my blog, or even how they would come across it. Even now, I sometimes wonder what people must have ‘Googled’ to end up here. One day I logged on for the first time in months and noticed a tiny orange circle near the alert bell at the top of the screen which I hadn’t seen before. I thought it was probably a notification from WordPress and was very surprised to find it was a message from a real person who had been reading one of my posts. As that started to happen more often, and one or two people started to follow my blog, I changed my style slightly, and wrote for anyone who might visit, not just those readers I knew personally.

It was even longer before I started to explore WordPress and  found so many interesting and talented writers whose words and images I still thoroughly enjoy. I’ve discovered great places to visit and have been intrigued, amused, moved, entertained, inspired and educated by the posts I’ve read. I look forward to seeing more in 2020.

So what will I be writing about this year? Probably exactly the same as before. There is no plan. I’m sure I’ll revisit my favourite places and may write about those again if there’s something new to add. I’m also sure I’ll seek out new places to explore which I’ll share here. I’ll probably focus more on places closer to home, though there will be one or two trips further afield too. One thing I can guarantee is that there will be more posts from the coasts and hopefully more stunning views like these.

Thank you for reading and all the best! Amanda

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26 thoughts on “A blogging anniversary and a new year

  1. Kev January 5, 2020 / 12:04 pm

    Happy anniversary! Those photos are gorgeous.

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      • Kev January 5, 2020 / 12:12 pm

        Technology always surprises! I used to take blog photos with a camera but nearly everything now is with my fairly fancy phone. It’s easier to be spontaneous that way!

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  2. ms6282 January 5, 2020 / 12:15 pm

    Did you manage to see the Sea? Not so common in Southport!
    Atmospheric photos captured on your phone

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    • Welcome to the Beautiful North January 5, 2020 / 12:21 pm

      Thank you. I didn’t see the sea yesterday as high tide was about 6 o’clock, I think. I didn’t see the sea at Southport until I was about 40 and had come to believe it never came right in. It does! I’ve learned to check the tide timetable if I fancy a paddle! 😀

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      • ms6282 January 5, 2020 / 12:28 pm

        I regularly visited Southport as a boy. I have family connections there as my paternal grandparents both grew up there. My Grandfather’s mother and step father lived in a flat on Nevill Street and there was a view of Queen Victoria and the pier from their window. I have seen the sea come right in to the Marine drive, but probably can count the number of times on one hand!
        Visits to Southport are quite rare, these days, but always bring back memories.

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  3. Eunice January 5, 2020 / 1:24 pm

    Your photos are lovely, I especially like the first one 🙂

    Quite coincidentally I was in Southport last Monday, and yes, the sea was in – or it had been, it was on the way out when I saw it but still plenty of water not far from the promenade. It started off as a lovely day but we hadn’t been there long when the sun went in and it became really grey and miserable, hardly even proper daylight. I was surprised at how busy the place was too. I took a few photos but they were nothing special – they may or may not hit my blog tomorrow as a Monday walk.

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  4. lovelyandgrateful January 5, 2020 / 1:35 pm

    Happy New Year and a very happy blogging anniversary too! That sunset is stunning, and love the photos of the peer as well. X

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  5. alison41 January 5, 2020 / 1:51 pm

    Congrats on your 5th blogoversary and your 100th post! What lovely pics you gave us; hard to believe you used a cellphone, isn’t it marvelous what good pics they take . I also only use my phone to take pics, and am often amazed at what pops up on the screen, all due to technology may I hasten to add, and not to my photographic talents. Looking forward to reading more of your posts in 2020. I like your relaxed attitude to blogging – I quite agree with you.

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  6. susurrus January 5, 2020 / 3:01 pm

    Happy blogiversary! The last picture could be a book illustration.

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  7. Cora Morris January 5, 2020 / 4:44 pm

    Thank you for the beautiful views,we there on Friday but, as it w as primarily a shopping trip, we missed out on those stunning views…

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  8. shazza January 5, 2020 / 5:12 pm

    Happy blogaversary! Your pics really are gorgeous. I’m looking forward to your 2020 posts, it’s great to follow a local ( ish) blogger. 🙂 X

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  9. sustainablemum January 6, 2020 / 9:20 am

    Such lovely photos, sunsets are magical to watch aren’t they. Congratulations on your blog anniversary and 100 posts what a great combination to have at the same time!

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  10. coleshed January 6, 2020 / 1:03 pm

    Hi Amanda, congrats on getting to 100. I share your thoughts as a fellow irregular blogger who loves the coast..
    I’m months from my last post, but you’ve prompted me to lift my head up in 2020. Happy new year.

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    • Welcome to the Beautiful North January 6, 2020 / 1:27 pm

      Hi Coleshed. Happy New Year to you too! I look forward to reading your 2020 posts, particularly if they are about the coast!

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