#BlogIntroChallenge 1: What made you start blogging?

The lovely and ever inventive and creative Guylty has issued a new blog challenge. It is all a journey of introspection via the above question path. I’ll take this slowly, as seems to be my pace round here, but time is impossibly limited so at least i can start with nr 1.

I had this half written and ironically in the page i had written i was saying how much more i enjoy my new blog home compared to the old…. when i clicked by mistake and the whole thing was gone! Why is there no auto-save on WP???

Unfortunately i now have to cut the story short ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

What i was saying is that this blog is not really new, i have been at it for a surprising – to me – number of years just changed street address so to speak. Meet me… back in 2008… ย Opera is Magic!

The impulse back then was the same as when i pushed myself to get back at it: real life experiences which were both enriching and life changing. I’ve been going to live performances of music and theatre since the age of 3 when i parents first took me to see an opera. It has always been part of my life, but it was growing and changing myself and circumstances around me that led to a more conscious enjoyment of it. I moved countries and had to travel a lot for work so could only see a lot less. I learned to live without the frequency of events, experienced other hobbies and discovered the internet at some point as a means of keeping in touch with the artistic world.

I also realised that what for me has always been a source of joy and excitement did not mean overall positive reactions. In seems at least in classical music the more people know and have experienced, the more they enjoy criticising and debating. So i wanted to keep that feeling of excitement for longer ย but also convey it to others, among which many of my friends who had not experienced it before or to a much lesser degree. Which is sort of why my first post was in Spanish although i am not a native speaker, to share with friends. I switched to English immediately after as the interactions outside the net suggested other people may want to read too.

I got enormous joy out of writing and sharing the experience and the travel time in hotels allowed me to keep it alive for a good number of years. When work pattern changed it became more difficult also because some of the people i shared the experience in writing crossed over in real life and i was having the face to face conversation that i used to have in writing before. 2012 has been a year of artistic high points and big accumulation in real life of events, i lost the energy to repeat what i spent tens of hours talking about. And the two years that follow lack any high points that came close to those. Nothing quite reached the level of excitement that i had experienced before ( and other rl concerns emerged as well).

As you can see i couldn’t bring myself to close it completely, not even to make it private, i loved writing it. So i kept it and i routinely played around with the idea of continuing. I created the empty shell of my current house more than a year before i actually started writing again..

And then came 2014 ๐Ÿ™‚ with a life changing summer you have heard much about by now ๐Ÿ˜‰ And i felt inspired, challenged, enriched again.The inspiration came from where i did ย not expect it and it is very different to write about something that is so much less familiar to me. And i felt it has also given me the permission to write about other topics too. And inspiration and joy has come not only from the impulse originator, but also from making new friends, interacting with people, finding new ideas, exchanging thoughts. I like the fun times as much as i do the pensative times. Thanks for bringing me back and for allowing me to feel completely at home in the blink of an eye ๐Ÿ™‚ And the latter is fully due to the interaction with you fellow bloggers and commentators ๐Ÿ™‚

17 thoughts on “#BlogIntroChallenge 1: What made you start blogging?

  1. Hari, das war ja mal wirklich kurz und knackig. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Wow, du hast auf spanisch geschrieben? Beeindruckend. Bin trotzdem froh, dass du wieder beim Allerweltsenglisch gelandet bist. Sonst wรคren wir ins niemals nie nicht begegnet. Und es ist als Jemand, der aus der “nur”-Fanecke kommt sehr schรถn, auch mal andere Dinge zu hรถren und zu lesen. Ich mag es sehr, diese kreative Mischung. Und als Nicht-Blogger kann ich trotzdem รผberall mitmischen ๐Ÿ˜€
    Danke fรผr die Platform!

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  2. How wonderful to have an introduction to opera at such an early age! It must be very deep in your psyche. I was interested in what you said about greater familiarity producing a more critical reaction to shows. That’s true. As I spend more time in the theatre, I notice poor performances and writing and staging more than I did in the beginning, when it was exciting just to see any live performance. I try to look for the good in anything I see, though. And I have learned to be more of a risk-taker and not always gravitate toward what I already know (that’s my tendency, as a lover of classic musicals). I started out only being interested in Shakespeare and big Broadway musicals, but I’ve now got an interest in Irish theatre and more experimental things…

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  3. Thanks for sharing. You seem to have taken to broadening your blogging interests after your Old Vic experience, with amazing ease, and I find your posts delightfully diverse. Why, even the title of your blog fits right in to the challenge. opeRA is magic.

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    • Omg!! You know i never realised that! Love it I tell you it was destined to happen:-) and yes he’s given me a very strong push I am glad you enjoy my mixed bag stuff ๐Ÿ˜‰ still grinning like mad ar R being magic he sooo is! ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. It is always a pleasure to read about your love for opera and your experiences in the theatre. I’m looking forward to seeing La Cenerentola soon in a new version/adaptation (I am not a regular opera goer, but I get to see a few every season).
    And tips about what to watch on the BBC are appreciated, I enjoyed Banished and you put me on to that ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Oh glad I’m not boring people with the stuff i see. Ohhh Cenerentola is fun!!!! Wasn’t Banished good? No news of being renewed yet. I hope it happens tho .


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