Inspirational People

Last Autumn as the nights drew in I was stumbling around twitter and I came across some blogs. It was like opening a big basket of treasure, I’d read one post and then a ‘click’ suddenly I was somewhere else reading something completely different. Apparently, I needed a ‘Platform’. Tentatively, I signed up with WordPress. WordPress and me fought a lot early on, not really understanding each other, somehow I managed to post. I don’t think it was on time and I didn’t get the link right, but it felt like a huge achievement (One person commented and I was absolutely thrilled). I missed a few entries after that. Eventually, I managed again with a Black and white photo and so began my love of community blogging. I love the ‘prompts’ and the challenge of weaving a post around a picture. I love how a picture can take on a whole different meaning once words are attached. The Gallery, a community photo prompt has been a space in which I’ve posted about Mother’s Alzheimers, each time I’ve been hesitant about posting and been absolutely overwhelmed by the amazing comments and support. I’m really not sure without The Gallery if I would have ever posted about Alzheimers but the blogging community  has encouraged me and for that I am very thankful.  Blogging and the community given me confidence and courage.

My inspirational person is, of course, Tara Cain. Thank you very much Mrs Cain. I don’t have a photo but here’s a fine tree instead.




  1. Jules Young (@muddleduck)

    I couldn’t agree more….Tara is stupendously inspirational and I’ve loved doing every single Gallery post I’ve gotten involved in….it’s really helped me get more into photography AND blogging and that’s a wonderful thing indeed! xxx

  2. Tara

    Oh my goodness Gemma, you have me sat here with tears in my eyes you bugger!
    I know when I spoke at Cybermummy earlier this year I had a handful of Gallery posts in my head to hold up as a shining example of what could be achieved through using the themes. And of course your alzheimers piece was one of them. Still remains to me one of the most touchingly beautiful posts (with a rather crappy photo!!)
    I really do appreciate all those who join in The Gallery when the prompt suits them. It has brought me great please and reading this here today is the cherry on the top x

  3. Kate, WitWitWoo

    I kept reading and reading … she’ll say me any minute, but alas no … 🙂
    Kidding of course (mostly) and totally agree with you about Tara and the Gallery. She gives the best huggage ever too. What more could you ask for. x

  4. Mum2babyinsomniac

    Ahhh great take on the theme and I completely agree. I love the gallery and I love visiting other peoples sites to see how everyone has done something so different with the theme and it’s great that you have been able to write about things that you might not have through it – your alzheimers post was beautiful x

  5. SAHMlovingit

    Super super super post. I haven’t joined in with The Gallery for a few weeks now (just can’t fit it in with everything else at the moment) but I love it so much and Tara is a great inspiration. I for one love your Gallery posts each week Gemma x

  6. Hannah-Leigh Brooker

    Could not agree more! I was always to afraid to be myself and share my thoughts, words and photos. When I came across Taras blog and then The Gallery well, it opened the flood gates! Nice post x

  7. The Boy and Me (@TheBoyandMe)

    That’s a lovely post, and well deserved. I’ve not met Tara yet, but the one thing that I can say is that she seems down to Earth and friendly; very supportive.

    That is a mighty fine tree!

  8. Actually Mummy...

    That’s a great take on the theme! Couldn’t agree more! Do you think it is sad that this week I couldn’t take part – just couldn’t get inspired!! From GG’s point of view inspiration is governed by teachers and fairy cakes!

  9. Sarah Lee (@BritMumInNZ)

    Awww, such a lovely and well deserved tribute. The Gallery really is an inspiring place of community and support. And I love the tree photo – had to be a tree of course 🙂

  10. Alexander Residence

    Aw, makes me think back to when we first started this journey. So glad we found each other. I’ve joined in again this week again, you’re always right, Tara’s Gallery is a great inspiration.

  11. ghostwritermummy

    That’s so gorgeous! I discovered the gallery on your blog and, like you, wasn’t sure if I was ‘allowed’ to join in. I remember reading your posts (you were the first person to contact me, welcome me and teach me about blogging!) and thinking, I want a blog like that! Doh! should’ve had a photo of you this week!!

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