But First…Coffee and Duplo!

I haven’t posted anything in a while. There are a few reasons for this: Kevin is abroad this week, so I’m flying solo with parental/household responsibilities; last week was a busy one, so the social exhaustion has taken hold of me; my rambunctious toddler has also left me without a spare five minutes here and there to jot down my thoughts.

Lack of ideas is not an issue. I currently have no less than five posts sitting in draft – not including the Hallowe’en and Guy Fawkes posts that will now be shelved until next year – and a notebook filled with other potential post ideas. Sometimes when I’m writing, the words just flow onto the page with little effort. Other posts need piecing together like a puzzle. Sometimes I’ll start writing about one thing, and by the time I’m finished it ends up being about something completely different. Those posts are my favourites! I love that the words can take me to places that I hadn’t even considered.

Earlier in the year I started to keep a diary again. I find it to be an essential part of my self care (sometimes it’s the only bit of self care I manage to do!) I also find it helps generate ideas for future posts. A whole blog post can spring forth from a single random thought. Just think of how many books/businesses/inventions have started in the same way! One of my lovely friends bought me a blogging journal a while back, so that I could keep all of my ideas in one place. Now when I have a lightbulb moment, it goes in that navy spiral notebook.

Not eveything I write can be published. Sometimes I’ll tap something out on a whim, but then realise it’s too personal to share. I did publish one such post last year, but deleted it not long afterwards, as I felt it wasn’t really in keeping with the rest of my blog. Some things just aren’t meant to be put out there. Some things are best left between the pages of my diary.

As for the posts that can be published – they will materialise when they’re meant to. I’m off to make my third coffee of the morning now, and then settle down for some more epic Duplo building with my littlest girly-woo…

A Blogiversary Top 10

Today marks my first ever blogiversary!

I started my first blog back in 2014, but I got as far as one post before the PND hit. I’d been thinking about starting another one for ages, and last year decided to just go for it. At first I just wanted to log my thoughts and experiences – mainly the good ones – but it took a bit of a turn when I realised I had lots more ideas that I wanted to share. I outlined my plans for a new set-up in Bright Blogging Days but although I have the ideas and the motivation, everyday life comes first.

Still…37 posts later I’m still going. To celebrate I thought I’d share my top 10 of my blogging year.

  1. Getting to know people from all different communities in the blogosphere. Having a mix of subjects on my blog has led to interaction with a range of different people.
  2. Writing a guest post for the Sewcialists page. You can read my contribution to the #sewstripes challenge here.
  3. Having a place to share my witchy side. It’s not something I talk about with most of the people in my life, so it’s nice to have a place where I can be more open about practising magick.
  4. Breaking the silence on my experience with PND. Mental health needs to be discussed more openly.
  5. A world of inspiration awaits me in my feed. So many different people writing about different things in different ways!
  6. Gathering followers – this wasn’t ever one of my aims, as I started this blog for me. I’ve been amazed at how many people have stuck with me though, and taken the time to read what I have to say.
  7. Giving myself a voice. I have a lot to say, but sometimes find I can put across my point more coherently when it’s written down.
  8. Logging my family’s adventures. The blog acts as a way of recording our time together.
  9. Encouraging me to actually do the things I think/talk about doing – then to blog about them!
  10. Celebrating one year of blogging.

Thank you to everyone who has read, liked and commented on my posts. It’s nice to know that my voice is being heard. Any ideas on improving the blog/posts you’d like to see will be welcomed in the comments. I’m working on some new post ideas for the upcoming weeks, so watch this space.

Here’s to a bigger, bloggier second year!