Some Changes for Niagarafied

Perhaps it’s because of my new red hair, but I’m ready for some change.

Don’t they say that when you feel an urge to change your hair, other changes may follow? Going red has been a huge change for me – I’ve been dying my hair some shade of blonde since I was fifteen years old, and it’s been a big part of my look.

But now, it’s time for a new look. Not just for me – there will be some changes in this blog too.

Up until now, most of my writing has been about getting out and about in Niagara. I love exploring my new home region, and that will still be a huge part of this blog. However, I’m feeling an urge for it to become a bit more personal.

Don’t let that scare you.

This has been motivated by a couple of things. First, I was at an event this summer and was introduced to a person who also does some writing. In an attempt to connect and stimulate conversation, I mentioned my blog. My comment was met with a bit of a sigh and some not-so-subtle eyeball-rolling. “Oh, BLOGGERS…..” she said. “I don’t like blogs. Some of them just go on and on and on. They’re not objective, and all they talk about is their own opinion of something. What’s the point of that?”

“Well, um, yeah,” I said  – frankly shocked that she would say something so rude to a blogger’s face. “But that’s the whole point of a blog to me. I’m interested in people’s lives, opinions, thoughts….. I like reading more than who-what-where-when. There are lots of talented bloggers out there who really connect with their readers, and I love reading what they’re up to, what they’re thinking. My favourite posts are the most personal ones.”

Needless to say, our conversation died at that point.

But that got me thinking. My writing has suffered a bit this summer. Yes, it’s been extremely busy at Highbrook, yes, I was sick, yes, there were so many reasons I “didn’t have time” to blog, blah blah blah. But maybe, just maybe, the reason is that there are some other things I want to write about.

Like life at the B&B. Like how I feel I have changed since moving to Niagara – or how maybe I haven’t changed as much as I thought I would. I may even get a little introspective – talking about what I really want to do now that I am in my (egads!) mid-forties. I’d like to share some of the stories of the fascinating people I have met here. I’d also like to talk about some of my other interests like books, running, travel, the arts. Maybe even some of my new cooking project.

In short, I want to talk about my real life here in Niagara. Events, wineries and outings will always play a huge role….but I just want to talk about a bit more stuff too.

I hope you’ll join me.