Today we welcome Debbie from Debs World who joins us in the series “Women over 50 who blog.”
Debbie lives in a rural town in New South Wales, Australia, and she’s sharing her story about how she came to start her blog and what blogging means to her.
Over to Debbie!
What’s it all about?
My blog, Debs World is the world according to me … in photos, words, stories and sometimes even poetry.
It’s a fun creative outlet, and as a bonus I get to meet some amazing bloggers from all around the world.
It keeps me feeling young 🙂 I’m living life to the fullest and embracing the challenges that come with midlife!
I’m now a new grandmother as well and I am as happy as a pig in mud.
Pieces of everyday life
When I started blogging a few years ago, it was as a creative outlet. Since then I’ve started blogging about travel, retirement, my Mother of the Bride journey, running, cycling, family, and most recently about becoming a grandmother for the first time….you name it just about everything!
My blog is really just pieces of my everyday life, so Deb’s World is a very relevant name.
I don’t take myself too seriously and am very surprised that I have amassed the following that I have! I love an adventure and sharing my travels and stories.
How Debbie began blogging
My Deb’s World blog originated a few years back when I was feeling stifled by my professional work environment and needed a creative outlet.
At the time I worked in a correctional centre for male inmates, as the Manager of Educational services and programs.
I had been in that environment for over 20 years and the constraints on what I could talk about, what I could show of my personality, and how I could express myself – was wearing.
I had to be on my guard the whole time, and watch out for my teachers as well, so that no-one was put at any risk. Overall I enjoyed my role and found it to be very rewarding but at times it was stifling.
Engagement in blogging communities
My blog started with travel stories, personal reflections and as the years went on I extended myself by participating in writing and photo challenges. I am now engaged in various blogging communities and this has been one of the really unexpected bonuses of blogging.
From Debs Blog
- I love all things orange and yellow.
- I love a good cup of tea – black, very weak and a dash of honey!
- I live in a small rural town in NSW (Australia) and enjoy our easy lifestyle.
- I have a compulsion to step on crunchy leaves and bark just to hear the satisfying crackle/crunch.
- I completely lose myself when reading a good book.
- I like helping others and doing good in the world – being a Rotarian helps satisfy this urge.
- I have a Bravery Award from the Queen. Here’s a post that tells the story.
- I hate spelling mistakes but sometimes do make them (horror!).
- I was called a Humming Bird on speed by a work colleague and it’s now stuck to me.
- I was told that inmates (and some staff) within the the correctional centre found me to be very intimidating – you have no idea how much this amused my daughters! I’m not really scary, I promise!
A big thank you to Debbie for contributing today. Do pop over to her blog and read more of her stories, which are engaging and insightful.
You can find her at Debs World.
If you’d like to feature in this series, please drop me a line via the Contacts page or pop over to Lifestyle Fifty on Facebook.
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I think this is a new blog to me, so nice to meet you Deb, off to visit your site now. I’m particularly interested in your mother of the bride journey as I have just set out on this path too!
Hi Janet, glad you and Deb are now acquainted 🙂
I really like that you are building this community of bloggers, and being in that category myself, I know it is really valued. Blogging has brought me so many interactions, learning opportunities and friends. I find myself slightly addicted, and yet, despite doing it for a number of years, I only just found Deb’s blog and then found you via Deb. Looking forward to getting to know Deb and your community a lot better,
Hi Amanda, That’s great. Blogging is wonderful and this community is fab! Look forward to seeing you around 🙂
Such a wonderful story! Blogging really is fun and let’s us meet great people with unique stories too. Thank you for sharing this!
Thanks Sharon 🙂 Yes, it’s all about the connections and wonderful communities that blogging allows us to become part of.
Debbie the humming bird is good to have you here.
Thanks so much Kate!
Great to see you here Debbie After meeting you in person, I certainly didn’t see you as intimidating, more a happy smiley lovely lady Great guest series Jo
Thanks so much for reading my guest post Sam! It always very amused to hear I was seen as intimidating 🙂 Nothing could be further from the truth!! It was great to be included in Jo’s series and I’m amazed at all the awesome talent us over 50 bloggers have!
Thanks Samantha 🙂
Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au
Lovely to see you here Deb – this has been a great series with Jo introducing so many wonderful Midlife bloggers. We’re such a great community aren’t we – and I completely agree that the connection was the huge unexpected bonus of taking up blogging.
Thanks Leanne, I’m in firm agreement – we are a great supportive and encouraging community of bloggers. I’m so glad to be a part of it all and enjoyed being Jo’s guest in this series. It’s so interesting to read everyone’s stories.
Hi Leanne, thank you too. I’m so glad you’re enjoying this series, and I agree, what a wonderful bunch we Midlifers are! Deb’s story is also so interesting x
That is a truly amazing story!
Thanks for reading and commenting Jan.
Hi Debbie and Jo! It’s really interesting reading interviews about other bloggers. It gives a bit of insight into their lives, and it’s always nice to read about other bloggers’ journeys. Thank you both, I enjoyed reading about Deb’s World! 🙂
Thanks for reading and commenting Cheryl. I agree it’s always fun finding out a bit more about our fellow bloggers. It’s so good of Jo to feature Women over 50 who are bloggers- we all have a wealth of experience.
Great that you enjoyed, and thank you so much Cheryl 🙂
Thanks very much for having me over on your blog Jo! I love our growing tribe of over 50s bloggers, we have so much to offer and so many stories to tell. It’s been so good reading your posts and sharing the blogging world of so many others, thanks again for the opportunity 🙂
Yours was a wonderful story Debbie and it’s really resonated with readers. Thank you for taking the time to contribute.