Showing posts with label Blogging. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Blogging. Show all posts

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Learning to ride a bike

I've been struggling a lot with my blog lately.  I've got about ten posts in draft but I can't seem to finish one.  I feel a bit envious of bloggers who appear to find it easy to write and manage to get posts published every day.  I've thought about giving up because it's just something else to add to my seemingly never ending list of things to do.

Then today, something happened that made me want to write.  Ethan, my 5 year old, rode his bike for the first time.  He can only go in a straight line, and can't stop without falling off, but he rode it.

It reminded me that I originally started my blog as a diary of their childhood.  Something to remind me of these stressful, tiring and utterly amazing days of them learning and growing.

I'm joining in with this weeks #CountryKids post over on Coombe Mill

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Saturday, 1 September 2012

I deserve some shoes

My challenge is complete.  I managed to post on my blog every day throughout August and I feel very proud of myself for doing it.

It wasn't always easy, and I admit that some posts are a bit ropey but I got there, and I am glad I did it. It's helped get me back into the swing of blogging, but more importantly, I've discovered some lovely blogs and bloggers along the way.

I've started to enjoy my blog again, and it's reminded me of the reason that I started blogging in the first place.

I even learnt to blog from my mobile phone!

I can't promise that I'll continue to blog every day as some days I don't feel like I've got anything to say, but I am now looking forward to keeping my blog going and creating my memories.

A huge thank you to those who have commented and supported me; you have made it all worthwhile.

All I've got to do now is order those shoes.  I think I deserve them!

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

My blogging challenge (update)

I'm two weeks in to my personal blogging challenge so thought I'd do a quick update on how it's going.  I'm very happy to say that I've managed to write a post every day so far, though will admit that some of my posts have been slightly ropey.

I do struggle on some days (like today) when it feels like all of my brain cells have been eaten away by work or small people.  I think I find it more difficult on the days that I work as I haven't got a lot to talk about after a day in the office.

Thankfully there are some wonderful bloggers who host linkys which usually give me some inspiration for a post.

I have noticed that I have got a few posts without any comments and I wonder if this happens when you write more posts, or whether it's just because those posts are rubbish!  Or maybe I'm not very good with promoting my posts.

I'll keep going, and keep thinking of those shoes :)

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

My personal blogging challenge

Hello, my name is Joanne and I've been a rubbish blogger.

I was so full of good intentions when I started blogging last year.  I was going to blog a few times every week, run competitions, write reviews of all my favourite products, and more importantly, use my blog as a diary of my children as they grow up.  Instead, I write a few posts every month, haven't run a competition for ages and reviews are few and far between.  As for a diary of my children... well, let's not go there.  I've been using the excuse that I'm too busy living my life to blog about it, when the truth is that I'm just too lazy.  I have got plenty of time every evening when I could write a quick post, but I end up messing around on Facebook or Twitter instead.

Now I know that this doesn't worry anyone else, but I feel like I've let myself down as I really wanted to make this work.  So I've decided to do something about it.  I'm the type of person that likes working under pressure.  I love deadlines and the stress of leaving everything until the last minute, but I always get it done.  So I've decided to set myself a little challenge.  If I can manage to write a blog post every day in August then I get a treat at the end of it.  I've been trying to decide what would be an appropriate treat and at the moment it's a toss up between a new pair of shoes or a handbag.  Decisions, decisions.  What would you get?

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Belated Blogiversary

I just realised that I've missed the first anniversary of the day my blog was born.  I started blogging on 16th June 2011 because I wanted to record my children's milestones and try to retain some sort of memory of their lives.  So, how have I done?  I will be the first to admit that I haven't done brilliantly.  I'm not very good at posting regularly and using my blog as a diary of some sorts, which was the original intention.  I think I've been a bit of an emotional blogger, where I post when something makes me feel happy, irritated, or sometimes sad.  Plus, when I started blogging  I wanted to get involved in all the linky's and the great camaraderie amongst other bloggers, but I kept forgetting about them (the linky's that is, not the other bloggers).

So what have I achieved over the last year?  I've discovered that there is another world out there where you can work with and help brands; I have an outlet when I feel that there is something important to be said; and I have made some new friends, which has to be the best part of blogging.  I would probably have given up a long time ago if other bloggers hadn't been so friendly and supportive.  So thank you to you all.

If I was marking my blog I would make comments like "more effort needed" or "could do better" so that is what I will try to do over the next year.  Though don't expect too much as I am quite lazy so doubt I'll be posting every day!  I will try to post more though.

So here starts my second year of blogging.  I just need to think of something to write about.  I'll do that now.  Or maybe it can wait until tomorrow........

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Help! I am a Blogger!

I've just been tagged in a meme by A mum's internal monologue. It was started by Dragons and Fairy Dust who has come to the realisation that she is a blogger, and the lifestyle change that goes with this.  This has actually come at a very apt time as I woke this morning thinking about blogging and what it means to me.  I was reading an old post last night and knew I would write it differently if I did it now.

Anyway, here are my answers:

What is your blog about?

It's about me and my family and everything else that goes with that.  From a diary of things that we have done, to my observations or worries about life in general.

When and how did you start blogging?

I started my blog on 12th June 2011 though I'd been thinking about it for a long time before that.  It all started when I joined twitter and realised that there was a big wide world out there.  I like entering competitions and ended up following a few blogs due to competitions they were running.  The more I read, the more I wanted my own blog.  So on that day in June, I finally plucked up the courage to do it, and I'm so glad I did.

What was your first post?

My first post was called Here goes....., and it was literally that.  The start of my blog and an introduction to me and my family.

Does blogging affect your life and if so how?

It doesn't affect it hugely; I think it's more of a background thing most of the time.  In saying that, I'm always trying to think of new stuff to blog about, and whenever we do something as a family, I think about how I can record it in my blog.

I also want more.  I want to be a better blogger for two reasons.  One, to have a better, more accurate record of my children while they're still young, and secondly to gain more from my blog.  I'd love to work with companies to know that I've helped shape new products; to have more involvement in the blogging community and if I'm totally honest, to have more recognition.  I know my blog isn't brilliant but I'm going to keep trying and I hope one day to have a blog that people actually want to read.  On that note, I have also become stats obsessed.  I feel excited every time I get another page view, and new comments on my posts are a real highlight!

The other thing about blogging is that it makes me feel able to say things that I normally wouldn't.  I am quite guarded in real life.  I don't show people a lot of emotion but I've always wished I was able to.  Writing a blog allows me to do a bit more of that.  Still not fully; I always think about who could read it, but it's something I'm working on slowly.

What do you love most about blogging?

Following on from what I just said really.  I love that I can be more open and say how I really feel.  I love that I meet new people, that I'm part of something, and even more, that I'm creating a memory of my life at this time.  Long may it continue!

I am going to tag the following people:

Stressy Mummy
Diary of a bad mutha
Squeaky Baby
Mummy Loves

I am looking forward to reading yours.