Monday, 15 February 2016

New Experiences and Finding My Voice

Hi. My name is Nora Kathleen, I'm a professional dancer and I am a first time blogger. I am 27 years old and I have never even read a blog before! I know that sounds unbelievable but it is true. 
I am somewhat of a private individual and the thought of starting a blog was a daunting one. To open up and talk about myself, my life and personal experiences is not something I find easy and it was not a thing easily done when I was a teenager because the technology and the internet were not advanced enough to do this. Social media didn't exist for me until I was 18 and I felt uncomfortable signing up to Facebook and sharing my personal details to strangers.
Now people are very open about who they are, what they do, their interests and their opinions. There is online shopping, marketing, advertising, communication, social networking, and so many other things that are used by millions of people everyday. 
For me it is an interesting change to education. Not just in Schools and Universities but personal education as well. People can learn things at the touch of a button in the time it takes the page to load. One can talk to people of every nationality and ethnic origin, religion and race. One can find out any question one might have about anything that pops into one's head. 
I have spent the last 8 years of my life working on cruise ships. When I started working I was just 19 and free WIFI was not easily found like it is today. Communicating over long distances is now extremely easy. It is found in cafes, restaurants, bars, hospitals and even in the streets! WIFI is easily accessible and available for everyone. With the Iphone and other such technology, friends and family are never further away than one's own hand! A great improvement for people who travel for a living.
I must admit to youtube being one of my favourite sites. My love of dancing began when I was about two and I saw a video of Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev performing Swan Lake. I knew at that moment that I must dance. My video player is now broken and my video is old and ruined, but I can still watch Margot and Rudolf perform Swan Lake on youtube. 
I have now read my first blogs. I found it fascinating reading about other people's experiences. Something as simple as a walk to work held interest and emotion even though it was not my walk but someone else's. If reading this person's experience gave me the pleasure that it did, why would sharing my own experiences not give another the same pleasure? Whether it be to amuse, inspire or just a simple observation? On the internet, everyone has a voice that can be heard if people are willing to listen. Why keep my voice to myself?
So my new experiences have been to read blogs and create my own. I can choose my own backgrounds and colours, font, layout etc. I did not find the experience to be difficult as to set the blog up was easy and it can be changed at anytime.
Writing my first post has been somewhat harder. But, after reading some others, I have come to realise that blogging is another way to share my emotions, my thoughts and ideas, and listen to others. It is not so daunting now that I have done one!


  1. Hi Nora,
    Really enjoyed reading your blog especially the part about opening up and showing who you are through the internet was a very interesting point, because in todays world everyone seems to just share everything without even thinking ! I do agree with you I found my first blog the hardest one, I typed them deleted and then typed then deleted but slowly but surely I am finding it easier and finding my "blog voice" !

    Great read can't seem to follow you on here for some reason I can't find your follow button. Good luck on the rest of the course.

    Lois :)

  2. Hi Lois,

    Thanks so much for your comment. My "blog voice", I like that, is getting much easier too. I don't know about you but I always seem to write too much and go way off topic so I have to delete and try to keep only the very relevant information. However I do write the stuff I have deleted down in case they can go into a post where they will be more relevant remarks.

    I have added you to my following so perhaps you can follow me through my following you? I will have to look into where my follow button is as I have no idea! Thanks for drawing my attention to it.

    Good luck to you too and hopefully "see" you in a skype/breeze session.