Thursday, February 24, 2011

My past come back to haunt me

As some of you will know, I am an English ex-pat. I moved to New Zealand from Salisbury in Wiltshire fourteen years ago. My husband's family still live in Salisbury and we have many friends in that area. Whenever I go home...which isn't very often these of the things I like to do is to visit Salisbury Cathedral and spend some time breathing in the air...centring myself....and re-charging my spirit.

Radio Star
I had to laugh yesterday, the morning after the Christchurch earthquake, because I got a phone call from BBC Radio Wiltshire. The researcher had spent five hours searching the Internet for someone who lived in New Zealand who had a connection to Wiltshire...and he found me. So I have been giving updates about what is happening in New Zealand. If nothing else, my 80-year-old mother-in-law has been tickled pink hearing me on the radio.

Online profile
What interested me was the journey the researcher took to find me. He first identified me on StudentMidwife.Net and then followed me to my blog, Facebook page etc. The irony of this is that I have been thinking of closing my account with StudentMidwife.Net because I never use it.

So for those of you who are reluctant to have an Internet presence, you just never know what opportunities arise when you put yourself "out there".

What opportunities have cropped up for you as a result of your online presence or profile?


Hervé said...

Same situation here Sarah. I have been contacted by two French newspapers and a radio station in the last year.


hadashi said...

Several similar instances, Sarah. I was interviewed once by someone who wanted my input as regards barefooting. Her article ended up in several newspapers. And after I posted my parents' life story on the internet at I was contacted by a school chum my father hadn't seen in 60 years, as well as by relatives who had never been told of the dark secret in our family!

Nicky.P said...

Oh Sarah!! You and "the Radio" were made for each other mate!!! Time for a wee career change maybe?
You will be tickled pink.
That lovely English accent could be your ticket to a radio personality!

Sarah Stewart said...

Hello Herve and Hadashi, wow, it's crazy what the Internet gets you into these days...I just wish it brought me a little more money LOL

Nickey: talking to the presenters made me feel very home sick :(