I just pressed the button to publish our 200th article for Viva70.com. How very timely because on January 25th 2019 Viva 70 went live with this creative baby that was to become a community of very precious readers and creative talent.
I remember last year this time scrambling around trying to get 9 articles written so I could fill the columns in the WordPress template that was to become our online magazine. My first article was about the fashion designer Alexander McQueen. I wrote and edited the article at least 8 or nine times. I sourced images and agonised over their placement. I learned what a pixel was and tried to resize photos cutting off the heads of most of the images. I was learning and every day since I just keep on learning.
In the last 12 months I’ve met the most extraordinary people and encountered a generosity of human spirit like no other. We all loved Al and Linda’s very personal romance story. (Living well August 11th) A precious gift. We took a deep breath when we read of some of the tragedies of people’s lives and how they somehow manage to go on living (Graeme Leith 50 faces 50 Lives 5th December). I’ve met people Like Petrus Spronk, a wonderful artist and human being who famously created urban sculpture that we have admired for years. (Petrus Spronk 50 Faces 50 Lives 12th November)
We’ve traveled to Tuscany, the Highlands of Scotland and the villages of Derbyshire in the UK and schools in Bali and explored our own backyard. We’ve found Buddhist stupa’s in Bendigo, Afghan precinct in Dandenong, great art in Brisbane and wild beaches in Lorne.
Where once I wallowed in angst about putting my own very personal stories, fears and crashes on paper and then..horror…. on my WEB page I now feel no pain about being disclosive, personal and raw…where it might help others identify with the human frailties and struggles we all face.
It’s been an amazing 12 months and I have you..the wonderful Viva 70 community to thank for all your support and patience while I continue to learn and grow as a writer and communicator. Huge thanks to all our regular contributors. You are very special and generous in sharing your expertise and time.
There’s a big 12 months ahead..many more people to meet, films to see and a book about ageing well to write. Travel well my friends. Let’s keep the conversation going and sincere, heartfelt thanks for being here!