I am well aware that for many English is a second, or maybe even third language.
To many, forget about language, forget about grammar, don't even think of spelling. The english themselves cannot master their own spelling.
I remember Anne Marie's first travel tale so well. Anne Marie really had to spend time on a language she did not use at all, yet her love for nature and enthusiasm shone through.
We have wonderful and gifted photographers on the forum. I enjoy them so much, but know with even the best equipment, I will never have that skill. I just lap up their ability to capture the moment. Don't be intimidated by talent. There will always only be a few who are able to produce what we sometimes see. Every picture is an expression of your moment, your pesonality and that is what counts.
Some reports are long, some reports are short. If your name is MM, many reports are never finished
What matters is the courage to write and share.
I know how much courage it takes, which is why I encourage people when I have the time.
Don't be put of by few replies. My report, "Training brides for Ndloti" flew like the wind. It was not my best, but it resonated with people's need to laugh at other people's mistakes. My more serious, and what I think was the best, "Meandering down a road less travelled" had a much more subdued response.
The other thing is to respond to those who have the courage to write. It is just like being on the stage, only you are the playwriter, the main character, the set designer, the producer and the director.
Many people have to learn how to post pictures. I did. I admire those who master a skill they would never have mastered. I admire tenacity.
More than anything I admire the willingness to learn. Over the years I have watched a few mites who have used the forum to develop skills, learn.. and each time they give a little bit more, they are more polished, more confident.
It has come with the courage to write that first report.