Eleven years ago I thought for a considerable amount of time about what to name my blog. Inspiration came to me from various sources, and after deliberating over how to introduce myself to the big wide world, beyond fields of grazing sheep and roaring tractors, Crystal Jigsaw was born. Blogging became a full-time hobby for a while, as I established myself and became involved with several online support groups, mainly other writers and mums who had the same idea as me. We formed our networks and became a little family of likeminded creators, getting ourselves known and following each other's day-to-day escapades. The camaraderie was really quite incredible and even though we all had a tale to tell with our own opinions and advice and individuality, we were there for each other. I made friends in the blogging world all those years ago who I am still friends with today. Once Twitter and Facebook started to take over, we stayed in touch and gave each other even more of a glimpse into our lives. Blogging, for me, was a source of escapism and creativity. As a writer and author of four published novels, the blog helped to motivate me. Encouragement came in the form of commenting, which everyone tended to do back then. It was the in-thing to comment, and a massive boost to find your writing had been appreciated. We all need that occasionally.
I've thought about rekindling CJ for quite some time now, and it was only this week that once more I felt inspired to do just that by some of those blogging friends I made in the early days. My life has changed significantly over the last three years and the CJ you will read from now on isn't the CJ you knew back then. Life has to change sometimes. We have to move on and find our purpose. I found mine and realised how much I'd missed out on for many years throughout my thirties and half way through my forties. I'll be 50 next year. I don't feel anywhere near my age, but the old CJ did.
So, here we go, Crystal Jigsaw has been revived; a new life, new people, new chapters. It was bound to happen sooner or later. When writing is your passion and the motivation starts to return, you reach for the stars and take in the vast possibilities that have always been there, albeit perhaps hidden amongst the treasures of Pandora's Box.