Why I Do What I Do

Day Two

 The Back Story Why I Do What I Do

Here it is – Day Two and we are asked to explain what we do – what our niche or market is.  This is very difficult for me – I don’t have either niche or market – I just like chatting on a variety of topics and sharing my photos. When I am travelling, there are stories about my travels along with my photographs. I don’t try to sell anything; I don’t promote anything, but tell stories of my life’s experiences.

My First Blog

Way back in 2005, I was invited to travel from Australia to Ireland to do some research about a man who was born there.  Friends and family asked me to write about my travels and send them emails detailing my adventure. That sounded quite complicated, so I investigated and found a platform called TypePad.  I used that as I travelled to detail my story and interact with my friends and family.  I enjoyed doing it, but after returning to Australia, I stopped using it.

Not long after, I discovered other platforms – Blogger and WordPress.

What Do I Do?

I have been on this earth for many years and have had many careers.  Starting with office work in the years after I finished school, training as a nurse and working on and off as a registered nurse or using my nursing qualifications to get interesting work as a medical representative.  I’ve worked in the entertainment, arts and crafts, and beauty industry.

In 2002 I graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Adult and Vocational Teaching and taught retail, hospitality, and aged care, before teaching English to students from around the world, whose native language was not English.

In 2008 I went to China to teach English at a college, which became a university for the whole year before returning to Australia.  In 2009, I spent several months teaching English Teachers in South Korea at another university.  I was back in China in 2010, but when I returned to Australia, life changed forever for me.

The Bride in China

A week of wedding ceremonies.

Marriage Ends – More Study

My marriage ended – I walked away, never to return.  I won’t go into details.  I had no money, so went house sitting, to an inner city house, and not able to find employment, and rather traumatised, I went back to study.  In 2012, I was in Melbourne for graduation with a Master of Arts, Writing, ready for the next phase of my life.

Me and Writing

Now I had been writing for years – was part of several active writing groups and wrote for magazines, and newsletters.  My great interest was life stories.  Have done a few – mainly just for families. Around that time I also did workshops on blogging, life stories and obituaries.

But more travel was on my bucket list.  I had always wanted to drive around Australia.  I had driven to Adelaide to visit my parents and sister.  But this time I prepared for something longer.  I had a Mitsubishi Lancer, and I thought a tent and an inflatable bed, and some other camping equipment would work.  I set off late in 2012, heading south to Adelaide stopping often, taking photos and doing well.  I had a house sit in Adelaide – one of the worst experiences of house sitting.

Then when that ended, I set off on and on I drove, across the Nullarbor Plain and on to WA.  I stayed with a cousin south of Perth, and friends.  On and on I went up north and on to the Northern Territory and then down inland Queensland and eventually arrived in Brisbane.  It took 5 plus months. I did it.  On my own.  Without any major dramas.  I was so thrilled.

I do talks sometimes encouraging older women to follow their dreams.

So why do I blog?  Just to share stories and photos.  To tell the stories of my travels.
To write.  Have fun.

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The Devils Marbles

I still write for magazines, I still take photos, Covid-19 has clipped my wings, but I plan to travel again soon.  I do what I want to do.  Write, Travel and Have Fun.

Hopefully my book will be finished soon. Would you want to read it?

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About Di Hill

My business card says "Writer, Traveller, Camera Addict, Bamboo Fan, Workshop Presenter." This website will focus on my writing - and the workshops I present. Workshops on Blogging, Marketing for Writers, and Life Story Writing.
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