Amidst all this bloggerly pondering, overhauling and refreshing, I had an idea yesterday.
Before I describe the idea, let’s rewind to the overhaul, and particularly to the image at the background of the new look blog. It took me a great deal of identifying, selecting, experimenting and painfully slow uploading of images to serve as the background image. The one I finally selected, I was very happy with, even if you could only see the edges. Oh, but choosing only one was so hard, and when I look at many other blogs around me, with such a variety of beautiful images, I felt sad that I could not put all of my favourite images as the background. And then I stopped. Why can’t I? A slide show would take up too much memory and be painful for slow-downloading environments which are more the norm than not in this part of the world. But what I could do would be to develop a regular kind of “feature” where I could change the background picture, and at the same time display the image (in full since only the edges which are shown as background image), and links to any posts which relate and more images of the same kind. Now wouldn’t that be a fine way of expanding the content of the blog in a way which truly reflects its purpose of telling the story of the “Life and work of a Scottish woman in Asia – with the added complication of Breast Cancer thrown into the mix!”? Well, let’s give it a try and see…..
So I have changed the background image :) The new image I have chosen is from my visit to Timor Leste in February which I wrote about here along with a selection of photographs of the visit. And I propose to change the background image, regularly (depending on connectivity) along with a post with the picture itself and giving a bit of the story behind it.
My next step was then to share and describe the first image which I had selected. That plan changed. It was late in our day, Friday, when I read Marie’s challenge in her return to the blogosphere. Her challenge is simple and beautiful. We are challenged to open our eyes and appreciate our surroundings, and share the images from those wonderful everyday little things.
And that is where the synchronicity comes in. Not just in relation to the images themselves, but the very image which I had painstakingly selected for the first background of the revamped blog look is one of my favourites for the very reason that it is a simple picture of an everyday wonder. Marie challenges us to share our images on Sunday (tomorrow) so this post is to give the backstory and pave the way for the image which (coincidentally I had already uploaded for this post) for me truly represents a celebration of the ordinary.
And that will appear here tomorrow, with a link back to Marie’s challenge post.