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Storytelling: How Blogging Helps Me

Blogging is My Story

It’s been a while since I really added anything to my blog that was personal and I thought today would be a good day to do that. Yesterday was my first anniversary of holding my domain name. I’ve now been blogging at Candyfloss & Dreams for three years through plenty of changes both personal and technical. I’ve come so far in the last three years really when I think about it. I remember starting the blog on my boyfriends laptop in his bedroom whilst he was at work and I was still living in the hostel with my daughter.

We’d only been together a few months and obviously, at that point talked about our talents and what we were passionate about. Writing is always something I’ve been passionate about, I’ve always loved writing. I love words! I was the child that didn’t go out to play because she was more interested in the adventures her favourite characters were having. Perhaps I lived a bit vicariously as a child, or perhaps compared to my books climbing trees and jumping in puddles was pretty boring.

Childhood Storytelling

I think I turned to books and writing a lot as an escape from my parents divorce too. A way to not have to deal with the outside world for a little bit. I think my eight-year-old self wrote down plenty of how I felt often through made up stories at school which always seemed to be full of violence.

When I was younger the best books were these amazing stories by Shiela K McCullagh which sadly aren’t in publication anymore. I wish I still had these books to read to my daughter as they were fantastic. Now one single book of around 20 pages retails for almost £50 on Amazon as they’re quite rare and to think I had the entire collection of these books. The series was called Tim and the Witches and it was brilliant. It focused on Tim and three friends who could see the Hidden People thanks to having special tokens. It also featured two cats Sebastian and Tobias who lead the children on some of their adventures. I am lucky enough to have one of the longer versions of the books still although it’s falling apart a little and one I will read with my daughter as she gets older. Another series that I loved by the same author was the Buccaneers which featured a boy who would find himself aboard a ship and adventuring with pirates.

Storytelling As I Grow

As I grew so did my taste in books moving over to The Hobbit as another fantastic adventure fantasy series. A turning point in books for me was probably when I found the book Sabriel by Garth Nix. I loved this book and the language was a little more grown up than I’d read before even featuring a few scary moments which I hadn’t come across in books before really. This lead to me reading more young adult fiction and then reading pretty obscure novels like The Picture of Dorian Grey, The Catcher in the Rye and A Clockwork Orange. When I was fifteen I started reading more crime fiction stories and found one of my favourite authors, James Patterson. The first book I read by him was a story called Kiss the Girls from the Alex Cross series, however, it was the only one in the series I read. I then found the book 7th Heaven in the Woman’s Murder Club series by him and loved it. This brought in a real love of mysteries and I’ve read a fair few in my time.

Storytelling is my Present

These days I try to read a variety of different books and some of my recent favourites were Birdbox, Girl on the Train and Me Before You, however, I am eagerly anticipating Winds of Winter despite knowing it won’t be around before the next television series of Game of Thrones.

I think it’s because of my love of storytelling that I want to write and share my own stories with the intention to help and inspire others like so many stories have inspired and helped me over time. I knew I wanted to be involved with words from a pretty young age and for the longest time I wanted to be a journalist. It seems I’ve become the journalist of my own life through blogging. Advertising, sharing stories, talking about topical events and attempting to advise but with a lot more personality (I hope) than I would have been able to put across working for a newspaper.

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Kat Candyfloss

Hi I'm Kayleigh, a family, lifestyle and travel blogger based in Hampshire, UK. I love writing, reading and cooking. I spend all my money on holidays and creating awesome memories for me and my family.

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22 Comments

  1. I love the Narnia series by CS Lewis as a child and read it to my daughter and when she could read, she read it to me. I’m saving it for my future grandchild. <3
    Diana xo

    1. I never had a chance to read those books i will have to get them 🙂

  2. Wow, what a lovely post! Your passion and love for literature and words is so evident, and great to read about. It was interesting to see the impact that books have had on your life! I was quite a bookish child too, often found wandering around the house with a book in one hand, not watching where I was going! But I haven’t heard of any of the books you mentioned, although they sound awesome! Congratulations on your domain anniversary, and it sounds like your love for blogging won’t be going anywhere soon! Thanks for sharing with #bigpinklink

    1. Kat says:

      Thank you so much! I’m trying to become much more active in the blogging community so that I can write better – and read more of course!

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  5. I always love to hear how other people got into blogging. And it is always lovely to hear that books have inspired someone to start reading. I haven’t read any of the books that you mention. But as a child, I loved The Narnia Chronicles by C S Lewis, the Anne of Green Gable books and absolutely anything by an American author called Lois Lowry. Books have always played such a huge influence in my life. They make me laugh and cry. They provide comfort and are sometimes like meeting up with a good old friend. It is lovely to hear that I am not the only person who feels this way. Thanks for linking up with #SundaysStars. Hugs Lucy xxxx

  6. Alison (MadHouseMum) says:

    Lovely to quite literally hear your passion resounding throughout this post. It is such a comfort to have something that we truly enjoy and get lost in. Alison x #MarvMondays

  7. The best blogs are always the ones that tell good stories. We all have stories to share, and blogging is a great way to do that. Enjoy telling yours! #ablogginggoodtime

    1. I completely agree, thank you! 🙂

  8. This is lovely, and congrats on the 3 years. Your passion really comes across, what a wonderful present to be able to give. #ablogginggoodtime

    1. Ah thanks so much! So nice of you to say!

  9. Oh I was the same, always inside reading, becoming so engrossed I wouldn’t hear my name being called several times! Like you, I use fiction as an escape, even now although I get the pleasure of reading a good book much less than I used to. great post. #ablogginggoodtime

    1. Thank you. Ah yes I know what you mean, I don’t have half as much time to read as I used to!

  10. Becki Parsons says:

    Your passion for words is amazing. I was like you as a child, always buried in a book. Especially Harry Potter and Discworld. And then I discovered Jane Austen at school and that was me gone, drifting off into daydreams of regency England. I miss reading now, I don’t get much time with a three year old and a house to renovate. #ablogginggoodtime

    1. Life eh? It likes to get in the way of the things we really want to do doesn’t it!

  11. It’s a gift that never gets old, my kids still want stories made up for them or read to them and I love that I can do this for them! Wonderful gifts!! #ablogginggoodtime

  12. Books are brilliant especially for escapism or learning something new. Storytelling is a great skill to have. #ablogginggoodtime

  13. I think at the end there you touched upon something that had made me think about blogging in a different way… more positively (not that I don’t already, just a different point of view!) that it is more personal that if you were writing for a newspaper… I always waned to be a journalist… and then I discovered blogging! <3 #ablogginggoodtime

    1. Ah yes I was just walking along one day when I thought we are journalists in a way, just we report things a lot more personally and how they actually affect people.

  14. Mummy in a TuTu says:

    I still have my copies of Enid Blytons Malory Towers and St. Clares – they made my childhood!!
    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime

  15. Mummy in a TuTu says:

    I still have my copies of Enid Blytons Malory Towers and St. Clares – they made my childhood!!
    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime

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