You never know how the things you do can impact on total strangers.
One day in August 2004, I was surfing the net for the website for our local RSPCA. Google found me this thing called a "blog" - something I had not heard of before. The blog had featured Sheffield RSPCA as the family in the blog had just acquired a dog. I was intrigued by this online diary of a family who lived near to me and shared similar interests, so I followed it for a while, and then went on to discover other brilliant biographical blogs through Dan's blog. I discovered that people wrote blogs on many different topics and was thrilled when I discovered craft blogs.
I started my first blog as a way for my family to keep in touch. My aunts, uncles and cousins are spread worldwide and we had lost touch with each other. I created a blog that we could all contribute to, and years later we are all a bigger part of each others lives once more - which I love.
I then decided to start a public blog that I could use as a diary. I never realised that this would lead to me meeting so many wonderful people that I now consider beautiful friends. Blogging added a totally new dimension to my life at a time when I knew I needed something else, but didn't quite know what. And it really is all thanks to that chance finding of Dan's blog.
After I had been to the Pub Scrawl, I noticed a few posts on Facebook by Dan saying he had attended, so I took the opportunity to send him a message and say "Thank You" for the inspiration. I think he was a bit taken aback as he had no idea he had done anything!
At the Millennium galleries on Sunday, I spotted Dan shooting some photographs - he also has a photography company called Dan Shot Me. So I popped over to say "Hi" and thank him for changing a strangers life for the better - without even knowing it.
Thank you Dan.