"I am definitely wandering, not only these streets of Arles that I have come to love so much since moving here in 2005, but also looking for that next step, that sign of the direction of what is next for me. A good a day as any, then to start a blog and share my experiences of living in Provence that I find along the way..."
My hands trembled with excitement as I hit "publish post" then "view blog". There it was! What a difference from the world of the press where it would take months to see an article be published. Such immediacy was stunning. Now the only question was whether I would enjoy it enough to continue...and would anyone be interested?
It is incredible to think that a year has gone by. On this, my first blog anniversary, I want to thank Remi, my love, for encouraging me to start and to those of you that have inspired me to keep going. I am so very, very grateful for everyone who stops by to read and for those of you that have become friends. I am well aware of how extremely fortunate I am. Both my Mom and my friend Sonny have made the same remark: "Your readers are so amazing! So intelligent and well-spoken." Yes, they are. Not to mention generous, talented and funny to boot.
I hope that you will stick around for the ride. It has been an adventure, coming at blogging from the quite formal world of French travel writing with nary a moi in sight. Yes, I am still learning and as I wrote yesterday, still finding my way as I go but happily, doing so in excellent company.
Merci encore, mes amis et bisous!
PS. Yes, I have decided to change the look of my blog. I originally chose the red, gold and purple as I felt, as I still do, that those colors are the essence of Arles, a land that is both baroque and farouche, as described by native son Christian Lacroix. Well, they have recently begun to annoy me. I need less noise in my life and that includes on my blog! I certainly would never have thought that I would be moving again when I launched this and those colors also reflected an "olé!" that doesn't feel appropriate to where I am right now. I had a lot of fun last night with Remi at my side to help decide on colors. Merci, coeur. I might do some tinkering still in the next few days but nothing fancy. The words and photos will have to do all the work!