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On Being Boring

I moved from London to Brussels with my husband nearly 10 years ago. When I told people we were moving, the news was greeted with bemusement: why did we want to move to a city that was possibly the most boring place on earth? Ten years later and I can honestly say that I've had more fun here than I ever did living in London. It might not be the most exciting city in the world but it is a fantastic place to live. It is full of hidden treasures that you probably never get to see as a tourist: wonderful shops, amazing food, great museums and galleries, beautiful architecture, a forest (yes, a whole forest), and so much more... And if that doesn't convince you, well, get on a train and you could be in Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne or, yes, London in no more than a couple of hours... Which other city can you say that about?

One Whole Month!

Blog every day in May, day 31: Hoorah! Well done, you have made it through the month. How was it for you? Did you learn anything? What did you enjoy? What did you dislike? Sum it all up!

HOW WAS IT FOR YOU? Bleedin’ aweful! So tired. Of writing. Of myself. Of having to find something to say day after day, after work, after running, after child corralling. Of not having any time left to play with my beloved photos. And if you’re wondering why I didn’t just stop: because I’m stubborn and determined. And I wanted to prove to myself I could do it.

DID YOU LEARN ANYTHING? Yes. That far more people than I thought read this drivel. And that I’m not entirely sure I’m comfortable with that. Especially when no-one comments. Knowing that there are people out there reading my heartfelt nonsense and then sneaking off again makes me feel strangely exposed and vulnerable. There’s stuff I’ve talked about on here that I wouldn’t normally discuss. Feelings and thoughts that I’ve kept buried deep inside. And so I wonder: does talking about them make me sound ridiculously melodramatic? Does it seem attention-seeking? Has it made you groan with embarrassment for me? Has it made you feel uncomfortable? That’s been my main concern as I’ve written these posts. Every single time someone close to me has alluded, in conversation, to something I’ve written on here, I’ve wanted to hide under the table in shame. True story.

WHAT DID YOU ENJOY? The challenge. The freedom of having an excuse to write. And the opportunity it has provided to truly make this a place I share my thoughts as well as my pictures. Oh! And the knowledge that it was going to end! Yes, that was the best.

WHAT DID YOU DISLIKE? I’m not going to lie: I really do wish I’d had more comments. I like talking. And not just to myself. I had hoped this would be the start of a conversation. That I’d learn as much about you as you have maybe learnt about me. But twas not to be. And so this labor was a lonely one. But I did it. And now I’ve done it. And I can stop, at last. WOO-HOO!

SUM IT ALL UP: Never again.

1 June 2013 - 9:39 PM Angie - Woohoo! *sets off confetti bomb* Now, shall I tell you about loads of other great blogging ideas I've heard about? No...? Hey, stop throwing things!

2 June 2013 - 9:46 AM Griet - Oh no, don't hide under the table in shame! I love your words, thoughts, photos and am sorry I didn't leave a single comment. I will from now on, promised.

3 June 2013 - 3:43 PM MartaF - Hello. I'm sorry too for sneaking in and out of your blog without saying anything. ;) I began to follow you because of Cass-D and i've been joining you here ever since. I love the photos and the things you write about. It all seems so effortless, and sincere, and what's not to like about that? I'll be sneaking out again, now. Don't mind me. And please, do go on :) Marta, from Portugal

3 June 2013 - 5:56 PM Cass - Marta and Griet - thank you so much for popping in to say "hi!". It makes me really really happy. And I can be just as guilty of the sneaky peeks without commenting so I promise I wasn't judging. Just feeling sorry for myself. Ha! Anyway, thank you for finding something to make your visits here wothwhile. I'm honored to have you as sneaky readers :)

6 June 2013 - 8:28 PM WSM` - You know we read them 'cos we talk about them and keep up with you pretty well this way, despite the distance. But it can feel a bit yucky giving one-sided conversations I am sure, so well done sticking to the month but don't feel you have to do it again. It never happened before all this electronic communication stuff and people have been around for thousands of years quite happily.

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