#Eday on Twitter
Our week hosting H&I Voices
Many great things in our life happened because of small coincidences, lucky breaks, seemingly unrelated events all coming together to paint a larger picture in the journey of life. The way James and I met, the events that led to my relocation to a new country, our wedding day - all these amazing life changes started with something minute and insignificant which then led to meaningful decisions and great amazing events.
This story isn’t as amazing as those I describe above but it’s one that followed the same amazing pattern of unfolding. It starts with us opening a Twitter account back in 2016 when we first started our homesteading journey. Neither of us had ever used Twitter before so we never fully learned or embraced it with this venture. It was there because it’s what was expected - right? - you have a blog, so you simply must have a Twitter account too!
Fast forward two years and I log-in to Twitter again. There is a message waiting for me, but not in the inbox section, it was hidden in the strange “requested” tab. I still don’t know what that means, but I was so happy that I found it! It was a message from our neighbour who lived on the same island that we do informing us that they were enjoying our YouTube videos. It was a very heartwarming message so, despite my response being 6 months late, we started chatting and finally decided to arrange a quick tea and cake afternoon at our house.
I made a quick fruit in batter pudding, we put the kettle on and welcomed our new friends to our home. They brought some delicious homemade scones and rhubarb jam and we had a really lovely afternoon talking about Eday, gardening, farm animals, lobster pots and all sorts of other neighbourly things.
As we were chatting away they suggested that we might enjoy hosting the Highlands and Islands Voices Twitter account which, they explained, was a collaborative project where each week a new resident from the Scottish Highlands or Islands gets a chance to show their little piece of heaven to the rest of the world. We didn’t know a lot about Twitter or that there were such wonderful collaborative projects so were very intrigued!
That evening we sent a message to @HI_Voices and before we knew it we had access to the Twitter account and were officially the 246th host of this community run project. It was the most amazing experience! Between 10th and 17th of June we merrily tweeted away the pictures and stories about our remote island of Eday and connected with a lot of interesting local people. I also really hope it helped to shine a little bit of spotlight on our amazing part of the world!
The experience has demonstrated us just how amazing Twitter is and we got back into running our own Twitter account with passion where we now post quick updates, pictures, ideas and stories which are not seen anywhere else - why don’t you follow us: @HappyRemoteHome
Here is a gallery of some of the Tweets that we sent to the world during our week hosting H&I Voices: