My lovely little shed is very small, just room for two people (or me and Gordon the monkey!) and a table and 2 chairs. I have spent a lot of time in the last year writing poems in my shed, then recording them as live videos from the shed for my followers. I wrote the first one for a friend who promptly put it on Social Media.
To my surprise (and horror!) it received 1 million views on Facebook very quickly and to date my first two stories have 2 million views each. Members of the public started asking for more stories from the shed so I have now written and recorded 65 poems / stories over the last year.
I have gained a following and the wonderful comments from people have kept me going. Many have told me they have been very depressed in Lockdown and that my poems have cheered them up and had them crying with laughter.
I have various puppets who join me and add humour, especially Gordon the chimpanzee who is very naughty and uses very colourful language sometimes.
My friend does his voice and we have had such amazing fun together.
Gordon is now a firm favourite with my followers but he is becoming a little too cocky now as he thinks it's 'The Gordon Show'!! It has been lovely to know that I could help in a small way during this difficult year by cheering people up. All of my stories are told in a childlike way with humour - 'PLAYSCHOOL FOR NAUGHTY GROWN UPS and many of them covered what was happening in the news each week. It is also known as 'Tic Toc it's Gin O' Clock' Stories from the Shed.
People love my shed and often notice when I make a change to the pictures and wall decor. It has been a fabulous year and I have hugely enjoyed Lockdown and am so happy to have found this new love of writing and recording my stories from my little shed!
My plan is to continue as much as possible and I would like to expand my stories and do a series of child friendly ones as well as Cancer Awareness ones - I recently aired Ovarian Cancer Awareness as March was Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. If I can raise awareness through humour it can only be a good thing. Most of my followers are on Facebook although I also post them on You Tube, but don't get so many views there.