You might have seen a bit of publicity in OC Life for a new website I've created called National Life. This is a new project of mine, a more personal one that I hope will grow to be as popular nationally as Orange City Life has become here locally. It's not intended to set the world on fire in the early days but over time, I think it could develop a strong following, in much the same way that Australian Story has on the ABC. The potential for such a site is limitless, but it will take time to develop and grow, especially since much of my time is currently devoted to OC Life.
I wanted to do something that would give people pleasure and enjoyment by presenting positive and uplifting stories, not those that so often fill our news media today about the darker, unhappy or problem ridden side of life.
The idea for National Life came out of many of the stories we do here in our magazine, stories about positive and successful people and what they're doing, stories that stir people's interest or imagination for one reason or another. We all love to hear about people who have achieved success in their field or area of interest, and often out of this we too get inspired to reach higher or strive for more in our own lives. Few things give us a greater sense of satisfaction than when we complete a task or project of some sort, be it something as simple as successfully baking a cake for the first time or something grander like graduating at University.
National Life will grow to be full of stories, from all over Australia, about people and things that will inspire others to improve their own lot in life. It'll be a wonderful and growing source of entertainment and information about people, products, services, events and more, a place where readers will be able to draw inspiration, ideas and experience from.
Over time, I'm hoping to gather stories from writers all over Australia for the site but to get started, I've included some of the stories we've featured in Orange City Life recently, stories that attracted quite a lot of positive feedback from readers. There are also other stories that haven't appeared anywhere else, one is the story of how the Parkes Elvis Festival got started and how it's grown to be one of the more iconic festivals held in Australia each year now. Currently, there are about a dozen stories on National Life and I encourage you to take a few minutes to have a look at what I'm developing. I'd also welcome any ideas you have for story material or any other comments.
Go to www.nationallife.com.au to see where it's up to and please, share it with your friends or family wherever they live, who knows what great stories might come in as a result.