It has been said many times that inspiration crops up in unexpected places; however, it also springs from places where one hopes it might, a place not unexpected but a place often taken for granted – like not seeing the forest for the trees.
I often read other blogs – either here on WordPress or when I’m trolling around on other sites – mostly about writing and the writing life. On WordPress, Freshly Pressed gives me an opportunity to “window shop” – with titles and/or photos that intrigue, I often find gems worth reading. When other bloggers take the time to read my posts and press the “like” button, I always try to return the favour.
Yesterday a fellow blogger , Lesley Carter liked one of my posts – by the way, thank you Lesley for reading and liking – so I promptly checked out her blog too. What a bonanza! I want to BE Lesley Carter when I grow up. She made me want to hop on the next plane for anywhere and she inspired me to make improvements to blogs about my own travels. Her blog is a treasure trove for anyone who loves travel and for those who just like to read about it. Her enthusiasm shines on every word.
When I read excellent posts from other bloggers – either like Lesley’s or my friend in France, who is sharing his expat adventures as a “trailing spouse” – I am inspired to write more and inspired to try to write better. I don’t write just to exercise my fingers – I want people to read my posts, chuckle, cry, agree, disagree, think. And keep reading. Having said that, it’s also great fun to live vicariously through other bloggers.
You never know where inspiration will pop up but chances are it is all around you.