The Beginnings of Hello
After reading some comments recently, l just thought l would write this post as a bit of fun and a walk down memory lane.
Something l always try and do when l meet new people is to make them feel relaxed. I have a gift, a way, a gift of the gab with people. Many people, many a time, people l don’t know or those who have just met me tell me, that l make them feel calm. I have a ‘way’ about me that they find ‘calming’. I don’t intimidate people, l don’t make them feel threatened. Within five minutes most people start telling me things and they sometimes say “I don’t know why l am telling you this seeing as we have only just met, but l feel l can trust you and that we have known each other for years, why is that?”
Not blowing my own trumpet, but l hear that a lot from people “I don’t know why l am telling you this seeing as we have only just met, but l feel l can trust you and that we have known each other for years, why is that?”
The reason 95% of people tell me this is because l do have a way of making new people feel welcome to me – l ask them questions about them, l make them feel good about them … but l am attentive to them – when l talk to new people, l make it all about them — l have over the years begun to understand people more and what they like and don’t like.
I love questions as many of you know, l ask questions in the hundreds every month both here in the blog and in real life. Without questions we cannot produce answers and without answers we cannot produce understanding and without understanding we cannot produce knowledge. All of these things … questions, answers, understanding and knowledge make us better people …. worked to the right configuaration it can make us welcoming as and of people.
Life’s too short to be rude all the time if at all, why be hostile when you can be polite, why be stand-offish when you can be open and why be discourteous when you can be welcoming?
Willow – my house – is very welcoming to people – those that have seen it – are bowled over by it and many feel a calm sweep over them – why? Because the house is actually a reflection of me – the house is very much a reflection of my blog. If l am calm, my house is calm, if my house is calm, l am calm and so too is both my writing and my blog.
There are two things l do to people l don’t know and l do know alike when l first meet them or see them again … l smile and l say Hello. There are variations of my greeting – Hello, Hey, Hi, Howdy, How are you doing, Good morning, Good afternoon and Good evening and a few more, but principally they are all universal greetings.
The Hello as you know it today started way back in January 2018 under a different names – Good Morning Folks!/Have a Great Day Folks!
My blog started in September 2017 and l tried to find my direction with my blog for the remainder of that year, and by the first quarter of the new year, l realised that one of the things l wanted to do was to say Hello daily to my readership and make that a permanent feature..
If l can say Hello to people l know and don’t know in real life – then l should easily be able to say Hello to those who read my blog virtually and daily.
“Having as many followers as you do, I see the benefit of a HELLO each day. Have a great day/afternoon/evening/night.”Lauren of ISS Attitude of Gratitude
…. so too did Grace.
“Yours is a very welcoming blog, I enjoy the hell out of it.”Grace of Just Tawkin’
Those two comments specifically deal with my feelings on The Hello and how l feel about saying Hello to people – l want my readers to feel welcomed by and to my blog. That’s what we all want as bloggers anyway. I am always gracious for all the comments l receive from my readers and l thank you as much today as l do always for your interaction with me.
However as l started saying … The Hello hits its Third Birthday January 2021.
It has come from relatively humble beginnings and over the last 33 months has changed the way it is delivered, seen and received by the readership. We are currently experiencing Season 13 – Series 9 and come November we will be having fun with Season 14 – Series 10.
I keep a record administratively of all the seasons in blog – but below are the seasons we have had so far. Some were long seasons, others much shorter – l have always tried to offer variety every time l changed .. as we approach the 14th season and the 10th series l am finding that The Hello is really finding its feet and direction finally. The reason there were so many shorter seasons was that l always wanted to try and introduce a newer feature.
During the various seasons we have had music, dedicated music, quotes, call outs, community call outs and more ….
|Good Morning Folks!/Have a Great Day Folks!||01 – 02||01/01/18 – 14/03/19 –|
|I Just Wanted To Say||03 – 04||15/03/19 – 24/08/19|
|Hello, Howdy, Hi There||05||25/08/19 – 19/09/19|
|Well Howdy Doody Folks||06||20/09/19 – 06/10/19|
|It’s A Beautiful Day and Greetings To You All!!||07 – 08||07/10/19 – 01/12/19|
|Have a Great Day Folks!||09||02/12/19 – 09/01/20|
|The Hello||10||10/01/20 – 03/05/20|
|The Hello||11||04/05/20 – 21/06/20|
|The Hello||12||22/06/20 – 31/07/20|
|The Hello||13||01/08/20 – 31/10/20|
|The Hello||14||01/11/20 – 31/12/20|
|The Hello||15||01/01/21 –|
Whilst we have had 14 Seasons, Series wise we are only on S10, this is because for the first four seasons l wasn’t classing them under Series as well. Series as in ‘distinct changes to the routine of The Hello’ were only really introduced with the Well Howdy Doody Folks Season and then truly came into their own with Season 10 of The Hello.
I always try and fine tune and change the deliverance of the Universal Greeting Post – offering more in variety and entertainment and sociality … it should be easy, but at times it can be one of the most complex of posts to create daily.
But it is ‘always worth it’ and as dear friends of mine recently said when l was discussing the new Season 14 with them off blog with regards the introduction of The Breakfast Club Collective and the Mini-Featurettes….
……. choosing music and photos takes a great deal of time and energy and then trying to get them installed properly, a veritable maze of technology.E
“Everyone seems to land on your morning post, even if they don’t read the other ones, so it’s a good place to put everything”.KBG
These comments are true – we all know that it’s not always easy to work with the editors in WordPress and more so since the introduction of the Block Editor – it makes things harder to insert at times. When you then try to custom arrange music for individua//group tastes it can become difficult – but l like challenge and l genuinely like to make people smile – it becomes them, and smiling is still free!
So if l choose a pretty picture, add some nice musical listening and viewing in, throw in a quote occasionally, a couple of personal dedications and smile and say Hello to boot and if that makes some one feel special, inspired and or motivated and most assuredly not alone but welcomed and included in our community – then folks my job is done and my day is complete at that point ……….. that’s what The Hello, the Universal Greeting is actually all about for me.
That ‘s why l started it – to make my readers feel welcomed.
Thanks for reading, and l hope you enjoyed The Hello, the beginnings.