Little Gray Bird is a Nova Scotia girl learning to love Manitoba. She was born and raised in the beautiful Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, and then spent 11 years working and attending university in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her life changed drastically five years ago when she and her husband packed up and moved to rural Manitoba without knowing anything about the prairie province. She currently resides in the Parkland region of Manitoba where she enjoys spending time at Riding Mountain National Park, and exploring all rural Manitoba has to offer. She chronicles her new prairie life and adventures at Little Gray Bird.
1. I started blogging in March 2011.
2. I started blogging because a close friend of mine who has a popular blog created the blog for me as a gift and encouraged me to explore the world of blogging to express myself. She felt I would be a natural and enjoy the process of writing and blogging.
3. I am motivated to keep going with my blog because I have received great feedback from Manitobans and Nova Scotians. It helps tie my two worlds (Nova Scotia and Manitoba) together and has proven to be a great way for me to share my experiences with my friends and family in Nova Scotia, and also meet new people in Manitoba that share similar interests. My blog also serves as an instrument to express myself and to encourage me to develop my creative side.
4. Choosing a favourite post ever is difficult for me as many of my posts tap into my feelings about my move from Nova Scotia to Manitoba. One that immediately comes to mind is “Love Letters” where I wrote a love letter to Nova Scotia and one to Manitoba. Another post that immediately comes to mind is “Exposed” where I wrote about adjusting to the flat prairie landscape. Of the two, Love Letters proved to be more popular with the general public, however Exposed I feel captured my intense feelings of adjustment and pulled on my heart strings the most.
5. The direction my blog is headed is to continue to share my memories and new adventures in both Manitoba and Nova Scotia. Sometimes I go off track a bit if there is something I desperately want to share, but for the most part I will continue to focus and bring light and excitement to activities, adventures and my feelings about both provinces.
6. The best tip for new bloggers is to write and blog about things that make you feel a strong emotion. Don’t worry about your critics, you can’t please all the people all the time, so you might as well please yourself. Blogging is a great instrument for self expression and enjoyment. Start with blogging about something you enjoy and just see where it takes you. Do not focus too much on how many hits you get on your blog, focus on finding others who are similar to you that will enjoy the topics you blog about.
7. I want people to know that I look for adventure in my life every single day, and adventure makes me feel happy and alive. There can be adventure everywhere and anywhere – your own community, your own province, your own backyard, and it doesn’t have to cost a lot. All you have to do is open your eyes and look for it. I want people to know that although my move from Nova Scotia to Manitoba brought me sadness because I left my family and friends behind, my move also brought me so much joy, happiness, and adventure. I love my Nova Scotia roots, but I love my life in Manitoba.
A big thanks to Angela for doing this interview – so go check her out and meet a new Manitoba blogger!! And remember, if you want to be featured in my month of Manitoban Blogger interviews contact me! 🙂