Monday, 28 January 2013

Re-introducing myself blogfest



This blog fest is being co-hosted by Elise Fallson (who did a Must-See VIDEO!), C.M. Brown, Mark Koopmans and Stephen Tremp’s Re-introduce Myself BlogFest, 


The history girl – the girl with a penchant for snippets of information – the girl that’s delighted to be blogging ...


I had no idea where blogging would take me – to the realisation that having many subjects at one’s fingertips inspire many – mothers and uncles who were sick and elderly – then finding that niche that bloggers enjoy visiting ... and making so many friends ...


Wikipedia's taste the tree of knowledge photo
... has done wonders for a girl who struggled at school, didn’t go to university, loved her sport and learning about food, then appreciated peoples in other parts of the world through work and travel ...


 – yet found she does love learning, loves people, realised that interaction is the best form of therapy ... and knowledge opens so many opportunities and doors ... let the 3rd age begin!



Positive Letters is here to stay ... learning is fun!

... probably not as long as Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice that today celebrates 200 years as a printed novel ...


Happy Blogging one and all ...

Hilary Melton-Butcher
Positive Letters Inspirational Stories

57 comments:

Munir said...

Wow Hilary - - - I would not know the difference between some one who went to University or learned on their own. Your blog entries are better than a lot of lectures I attended in college. Such wealth of historical and cultural facts put together is not the work of any one who did not have any interaction with people.
I am glad though that I can tell young people that some one whose work I read a lot, says that interaction is the best form of therapy - - - Cheers !

Hart Johnson said...

Love that you've found your groove! And I always find your posts interesting--you do great research and pull together such interesting stuff!

klahanie said...

Hi Hilary,

And your blogging embraces the ideals that we both cherish. The ideals of a sharing, caring blogging community. Indeed, blogging is world of discovery, of learning, of understanding within this great diversity. We understand we are all different, all equal.

Positive Letters, long may you share your wondrous articulation with us. Thank you, Hilary.

In kindness,

Gary

M. Reka said...

"learning is fun" so true, Hilary
I always love your posts,you do such a great job!
Warmly
marinela

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Hilary, I think I speak on behalf of all your readers when I say that we are very glad that you began blogging :)

Susan Scheid said...

"The history girl – the girl with a penchant for snippets of information" This is exactly right, and it's what makes your blog unique! Happy continuing on with blogging!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Hi, Hilary!
Reading all these re-introductions today, it has astonished me how many bloggers admit to being a little shy in person -- but loving the interaction with other people through blogging.

I guess it makes sense. The extroverts are all out at parties and sporting events and chatting in the aisles of the grocery store. Me? I push my cart with my head down, then come home and get on the blogs ...

D.G. Hudson said...

I loved your introduction, Hilary! Also checked out Elise's post.

I like your history posts!

Annalisa Crawford said...

Glad you're here to stay, and glad I discovered your blog. Who knows, perhaps all of our blogs will be archived and rediscovered in 200 years?

Old Kitty said...

Lovely to meet you Hilary - the wonderful woman with a penchant for amazing snippets of information about all sorts of amazing stuff! Yay! take care
x

Elise Fallson said...

I love your posts Hilary and you are so right when you say, "interaction is the best form of therapy." And YES, learning is fun, it's something I try to teach my kids everyday. Thank you for sharing with us. (:

Rhonda said...

Glad to get to know you a bit better. Love your style. I was a bit late, but I added my much less interesting re-intro too.

Val Poore said...

Your blog teaches us so much too. I love coming here for all the fascinating pieces of information I pick up. I'm probably too late for this re-intro, and don't really follow what it is, but never mind. Keep on blogging, Hilary!!

Yvonnes Poetry Corner said...

Hilary, you have one of the most factual, interesting blogs that I know of. I love reading them especially as living in the UK I've heard about the subject you're writing about. Keep up the good work.

Yvonne.

Patsy said...

Pleased you're so positive about the blogging. Pleased too that you're continuing with it.

loverofwords said...

I especially liked your post about Haggis, Whisky and Poetry. What is your favorite single malt Whiskey? And please include me in your next virtual party.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

And you educate us in the process!

Denise Covey said...

We should all be wishing that was our future--your novel celebrated 200 years on. How many of our current novels are keepers? I adore still teaching Pride and Prejudice each year. Yum.

You inspire me Hilary! The blogosphere would be so much poorer without your lust for history and education!

Denise

Christine Rains said...

Your blog is fascinating. If I could afford to go to school for the rest of my life, I'd do it. I also would love to travel. Maybe one day!

Laura Eno said...

You bring such a wonder of knowledge and interesting bits and pieces to your blog! I'm happy you've found your niche. :)

Mike Goad said...

Hi Hilary,

I'm doing the blogfest, too, after having seen it here. Thanks for posting about it.

Chase March said...

Hi Hilary,

Blogging is awesome, isn't it? I'm glad to see that you have so many readers and admirers.

Cheers to all our success!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Learning is great fun. I hope I never stop.

Jo said...

Learning by doing, best way to do it IMHOP. I am something of an information hound too. Nice to be reintroduced to you

Chuck said...

Hilary, I so enjoy your site and all the things I have learned about your side of the world. Knowledge is power and you have it. BTW...I didn't go to college either!!

erica and christy said...

From the above comments, your blog sounds very successful! Congratulations to you for finding blogging and sharing your knoweledge with so many! christy

Karen Jones Gowen said...

My goodness Hilary I do believe this is the shortest post I've ever seen you do! But I loved it! So glad you are still here blogging, History Girl!

L.G. Smith said...

Yes, a short and sweet re-introduction. I, too, love history, so I'm always appreciative of your many educational posts. Keep 'em coming. :)

Slamdunk said...

I think your readers have spoken Hilary. You do an excellent job here.

Stephen Tremp said...

I struggled in school too. Mainly because I had my head elsewhere. Three cheers for the 3rd Age.

And thanks for participating in the Re-Introduce Myself Blogfest!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

To all of you who have commented so wonderfully - I'm just so happy that you all enjoy coming here and that my Hilary's Snippets have found a happy home.

I'm now off to read your 'Re-introducing myself' posts ...

... and, yes, Karen - it is short isn't ... but I'll be back to normal - and my usual eclectic posting!

I am just so grateful to be amongst such a fabulous group of bloggers ... enjoy your week - ours looks to be very wet and very windy - still at least not frozen!

Happy Days .. Hilary

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I always learn so much from your posts, Hilary. And it just goes to show that formal education isn't everything!

Julie Flanders said...

I'm another history buff so I'm glad you found your niche in the blogging world. And I agree, blogging has done wonders for me as well. Happy Blogging to you too! :)

Nick Wilford said...

I consider you such a knowledgeable fount of information that it's hard to believe you struggled at school. But it goes to show that it's not the best venue for learning for all of us! Nice to remeet you!

Empty Nest Insider said...

I was also surprised to hear that you struggled in school. I'm so glad that you found your niche Hilary. I'm also a late bloomer, and I always look forward to learning so much from you! Julie

Yolanda Renee said...

Love the history!

Nice to meet you, again.

nutschell said...

glad you found blogging. Certainly you've spread joy through it! And wow! 200 years as a novel!

Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

michelle said...

Learning IS fun... and we never stop learning...
Great to re-meet you, Hilary.

VikLit said...

Learning is fun, and we do it all the time. Great post!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi everyone ... and I had a good education I think .. it just got very lost at exam times somehow, somewhere and I spent way too long playing in squash leagues.

I do love blogging and all it offers - if my mother hadn't been ill perhaps I wouldn't be blogging and might never have realised that coming of age with my historical (eclectic) catch-up ... and met all of you ...

Delighted to see you all - I'm behind, but I'll catch up shortly .. so pleased to share blogging with you .. Hilary

Friko said...

Nice to meet you, again.
It’s great that you use blogging as a tool for learning; it makes the whole exercise worth while.

There are many bloggers and many reasons for blogging; all equally valid, I would say. Let’s keep on keeping on until we run out of words.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Nice to re-meetcha, Hilary. It's hard to believe you struggled in school, because you obviously have a thirst for knowledge and a keen desire to share that knowledge with us. Whatever your reasons for blogging, I'm glad you're doing it, and glad we found each other in the blogosphere. Cheers!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I've learned so much since I found your blog, Hilary. It's a delight and an honour to read your blog! Happy Blogging!

Deniz Bevan said...

So happy to follow your blog, Hilary!
And thanks for the Cranachan recipe in your other post - I hadn't heard of that before, but I love whisky, so will definitely have to try it!

juliet said...

I never would have guessed that you hadn't studied formally, you have such a love of knowledge and a great way of finding what interests and presenting it to us. Blogging is such a democratic medium; so glad that you found it.
I'm just now catching up after some time out.

Donna Hole said...

So glad you started your blog Hilary. I have enjoyed reading your posts, and I'm glad to know you will be around a while :)

....dhole

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi next commenters - I really appreciate all your comments - better keep this reply democratic too!

I'm lucky I do so enjoy doing what I do here .. I'd rather like to try Cranachan sometime - each year it sounds rather good!

Cheers to you all and I am so grateful for your thoughts - Hilary

Tara Tyler said...

so glad to know you!
you enrich my life!

Karen Lange said...

This is a fun blogfest! So glad to meet you again, Hilary! :) And so glad you dove into the world of blogging, otherwise we would not have met. You are a wonderful treasure; I'm blessed to know you.

Have a great rest of the week,
Karen

Ella said...

Hilary,
I love what you shared :D
YOU are so informative n' fun~
YOU are a teacher, to me! You are inspiring and always leaving thought provoking tidbits woven with history!
YOU should write a book!
Cheers to you~ I am happy you started blogging!!!

scarlett clay said...

Well I'm glad to hear it, you had better be here to stay!!! :) I don't make it over here as often as I'd like but I always learn a TON of wonderful things from your posts. Hope you're having a good week, Hilary, and happy 200 to one of my very favorite books!

Sara said...

I worried when you mom died that you might stop sharing your wonderful writings about history and life.

So, I loved reading this post today and knowing that I'll still be visiting here and learning new things from you.

I'm glad Positive Letters is here to stay and yes, learning from you is so much fun:~)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tara, Karen, Ella, Scarlett and Sara - yes I'm here to stay - all things being equal .. and am delighted you're happy to visit.

If we hadn't got blogging we'd have never been able to meet such a varied group of people - and thus learn so much .. it's brilliant!!!

Thanks so much .. appreciate you all .. cheers Hilary

Madeleine Sara said...

Hi Hilary, you obviously didn't lose out not going to University. Your intelligence and thirst for knowledge shines through as well as your lovely warm and gregarious personality. Lovely introduction.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Madeleine .. I've learnt so much since my mother was ill, and then from my uncle too .. now I continue on ... thanks so much - good to see you .. Hilary

Clarissa Draper said...

Well, I love your blog because of your love of history. Have a great weekend and I'll try to catch up on your post soon.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Clarissa .. just got back here! I do love learning eclectic facets - and you all love those different takes on history .. so that's what goes into the blog .. they used to amuse my mother and my uncle so much ... helped to make them smile, and those snippets were enough for them to take in ... one at a time ... slow but sure ... it was the laugh and the smile, and the incredulity that mattered ... my heart used to melt when they joined in the thought process ... I knew i was helping - take their minds off things ... cheers Hilary