Bryan Hemming

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Happy New Year from Bryan Hemming!

Happy New Year!Another year over and done. Time to think of the good things to come rather than dwell on the past. Whether we blog about our pets, our pet hates, our petting or our pettiness, one thing we bloggers have in common is the will to do something, even if it is sometimes just to complain. We believe change is possible through action, so we act; we blog about stuff.

The positivity I see on so many blogs is impressive. Bloggers aren’t afraid to bare their souls in public, they think out loud. In general, you get what you see on the label. The amount of humour, support and goodwill bloggers show towards their fellow humans gives boundless hope for the future, despite all the negativity and needless paranoia filtering down from the very top.

Bloggers make people weep, laugh, empathise and socialise. Mountain ranges, oceans and borders no longer pose obstacles to forming friendships with people we will most likely never meet in person. We share our thoughts, hopes, ideas and creativity with little or no thought of reward. In an age the mainstream media appear to be letting us down, we try to inform each other of the true situation in our homes, our towns and our nations. We inform, we perform and we entertain. We must strive to keep things that way.

Spread the word! Blog, blog, blog, bloggers, together we do make a real difference!

For those who have yet to take a stroll down the lanes and alleys of the tiny pueblo of Santa Catalina to pop by Señor Alvarez’s minimart, click onto A New Year’s Drink. If you’re lucky, you might get a free glass of wine.


12 comments on “Happy New Year from Bryan Hemming!

  1. Bryan Hemming
    January 8, 2015

    My experiences of blogs are very positive overall.

    I am always pleasantly surprised by my followers in the US. Comments I receive from the States belie the stereotypical images we are so often presented with here in Europe by the mainstream media. They are wise, witty and intelligent. I love your photos and words, which allow me to glimpse the true magnificence and beauty of the wilder places in the interior.

    I did get some idea of Canada and the US from my father who, while serving as a pilot in the RAF, was posted to Canada for a period during WW2 to help train young Canadian pilots. His mother was Canadian from Vancouver Island. My grandfather was a sea captain. He spent a lot of time calling into ports on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of North America up until shortly after WW1.

    My single trip to the US allowed me only to visit New York and Massachussetts, so I just got a keyhole view. Nevertheless, I loved what I saw, and found the people I met warm-hearted and generous in the main. Angelica and I might be back in Massachussetts next September to visit her brother, who lives in Manchester. Again it will be a short visit due to our lack of funds to explore a little further.


  2. rangewriter
    January 6, 2015

    You have put your finger on the very thing that surprised me most about the blogging community. I expected shoddy writing and super egos. I have found some shoddy but extremely REAL writing and gentle egos. Blogging gives a voice to those of us who aren’t world-class writers but who have things to say about the world and about what wreaks havoc in our hearts and souls. I have heard that there are some predatory stalkers out there who make life miserable when they latch onto someone’s blog and try to heartlessly eviscerate the writer. But what I have personally seen and experienced has been a community of kind souls who reach out with words of comfort and encouragement.

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  3. Jo Freehand
    January 1, 2015

    Happiest New Year to you Bryan, my blogging friend!


    • Bryan Hemming
      January 2, 2015

      Thanks so much Jo. Looking forward to more daily treats from you. It´s incredible how you manage to keep the creative juices flowing!


      • Jo Freehand
        January 2, 2015

        Thank YOU Bryan.

        It might be the other way around, the creative juices keep me going.

        All the best to you.


  4. Laura Bloomsbury
    January 1, 2015

    Certainly applies to the ones I follow Bryan – but there are some dodgy ones out there too! Have enjoyed your posts immensely & look forward to many more

    Liked by 1 person

    • Bryan Hemming
      January 2, 2015

      Thank you, Laura. As you know, a blog without visitors is like a stage full of actors without an audience. I thank all my followers and visitors for making it worthwhile.


  5. ginjuh
    January 1, 2015

    This post makes me feel warm and fuzzy! Blogger group hug…

    Liked by 2 people

    • Bryan Hemming
      January 2, 2015

      Great idea for 2015! The blogger group hug, there has to be a symbolic way of doing it. We could call it a blug.


  6. Wendy Kate
    January 1, 2015

    You are so right, Bryan, blogging has been nothing but a positive experience for me 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Bryan Hemming
      January 2, 2015

      And it stands out in your work, Wendy, which improves day on day. Recording your surroundings in the way you do adds something to all our lives.

      Liked by 1 person

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