Some of the nicest feedback I got from my writing last year was on the shoe stories, which is how A Mile in My Shoes first began. I am pleased to say that I’m bringing them back, but dedicated followers of the stories might notice a few changes.
For the time being, I am going to try using the theme of the Coronavirus pandemic to tie them all together. The world is united in this at the moment, but everybody’s experience is completely different, from the frontline NHS staff to the Tesco delivery drivers, the parents homeschooling their children for the first time and the people who have been left unemployed. I hope that people will derive some comfort from knowing that they’re not alone in whatever their current situation is and that life has changed for us all in some way over the past month. We’re all just trying to muddle through in the best way we know how.
Also, instead of writing about people I have met, I’m reaching out and asking if anyone would like to share their story with me online. For various reasons, (not being able to go out, plus having a 10 month old to chase after) there is limited opportunity for me to find people organically right now, but I also hope people can be more open if they have initiated the story-telling themselves. If you would like to share your story, please feel free to get in touch and I can tell you how to do this.
Finally, they will be easier to access! A blogger and ex-journalist I follow wrote an article last year on what she called ‘the slow demise of blogging’, suggesting that people’s attention spans are so short and their approach to consuming content is so lazy now that a writer should be grateful to anyone reading beyond their first paragraph (if you’ve made it this far, I am honoured!) It’s disappointing, considering the amount of work that goes into writing, but I totally get it. I am exactly the same. If something online doesn’t hook me in immediately, I’m scrolling onto the next. It’s too easy. I have never been one for making things concise, but I will try my best in order to give the public what they want. Likewise, you won’t even have to click through to the website to read the new posts. They can all be found on here. It could only be easier if I started recording audiobooks.
So, look out for the first shoe story appearing tomorrow, although now that everyone is stuck at home, perhaps I should re-brand as A Mile in My Slippers…?