All about your BLOG:
Tell us about you lovely BLOG.
- What is the name of your blog and how did you decide on your blog name?
My blog is called Watching the Daisies – Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow. It is also the name of my memoir. I have an illness called Fibromyalgia which has forced me to slow down considerably.
- What prompted you to start on this blogging journey?
I was writing my memoir and following a great blog by Catherine Ryan Howard. In June 2015, I traveled to Dublin for a self-publishing conference and Catherine was one of our tutors. I followed all her advice and my blog was born in February 2016!
- To date, what blogging achievement/s are you most proud of?
My blog was shortlisted in the Ireland Blog Awards in 2016 and 2017. However, I am thrilled on a daily basis when people find my posts helpful and give me generous feedback.
- How would you describe your own blogging style?
I aim to inspire readers and keep my posts positive. I also like to inject a little FUN.
- What excites you most about blogging?
It is wonderful to connect with other bloggers and readers from around the globe. I am thankful for the awesome support that runs throughout the blogging community.
- What platform do you use and why?
I use WordPress as it is easy to use. I am still a bit of a technophobe and help is always available from technical support.
- What genre/topic/theme do you blog about? Do you ever deviate from that theme?
I blog on a variety of topics – self-healing and natural medicines, gardening, travel, Nature, walks in Donegal, thankfulness, creativity and crafting, self-publishing.
I try to keep within these categories.
- How often do you blog per week or month?
In 2016, I blogged daily but since then I write one or two posts a week.
- Do you have any wisdom or tip/s regarding blogging to share with us?
Treat others as you would want to be treated. Respond to comments and thank your readers. Take time to follow other bloggers. I spend around 20% of my time writing my posts and 80% replying, reading other blog posts, linking to others on social media.
- Do you participate in linkup parties? How do you feel about it?
I have been posting in Senior Salon for nearly two years, and I link to Old House in the Shires monthly gardening posts.
They are a great way to meet other bloggers with similar interests, and awesome friendships are formed.
All about YOU:
Tell us something about you, the real YOU.
- What do you like to do other than blogging?
Gardening is my passion, and I find it great therapy. I love to sing and I am a member of our church choir. In winter, I attend a weekly women’s group where we learn a variety of new skills including decoupage, calligraphy, vegetarian cooking… I have been a fan of yoga for many years and attend a class throughout winter and spring. Cooking is another joy and I love to try new recipes. I also love to travel and explore other cultures.
- Where do you reside?
Donegal on the north-west corner of Ireland. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty voted “The Coolest Place on the Planet.”
- Are you an indoor or outdoor person?
- Do you still work, and if so, what is your trade/profession?
I retired in June 2016 from teaching organic horticulture in schools.
- Or are you retired? If so, what do you do besides blogging?
The list above!
- Do you wish to be 20-something or the age you are now and why?
I am happy being 60+ My self-esteem is much better than my youth. I feel good about ME.
- What makes your day a good and happy one?
I always write a gratitude list at the beginning of every day, and give thanks for all its blessings at bedtime.
- Describe yourself in 3 words.
Intuitive, kind and creative.
- Share with us 3 interesting facts about yourself.
I wanted to be a doctor but God had other plans! After spending 13 years in the life assurance industry, I followed my heart and retrained in natural medicines. I was one of a small group of natural medicine therapists in Scotland in the late 1980’s.
I facilitated LOTS of self healing classes including community projects, a women’s prison, Stirling University Open Studies and Summer Schools from 1993 to 1999.
- Do you have any other tidbits to share with us about yourself?
Despite succumbing to ill health in 2003, life is full of blessings. I have learned to slow down and I appreciate each and every minute of every day.
Last but not least:
- Please share with us your social media links, in order for our readers to follow you!
Interview with Brigid P. Gallagher from “Watching the Daisies” and you can find her
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/r5GCjaetgZk
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/watching-the-daisies-brigid-p-gallagher/1126231153