Thursday, 2 October 2014

what is a blog? why blog?

I decided if I was going to do this series any justice at all, I had to go back right to the very beginning.

The term "blog" was coined in 1999, a shortening of the term "weblog" In their earliest format, blogs were online diaries, places for the writer/blogger to share the stories of their lives. 

Blogs these days haven't moved far away from their origins, they're still a place to share stories, but they have diversified with the growth of blogging niches, which is when a blog focuses on one main topic, for example, fashion or craft.

So, why should you write a blog?
To share your knowledge
To share your story
To remember events
To grow your business
To collect a topic eg recipes

As a scrapbooker and sometimes crafter, I started my blog to share my scrapbooking pages, and capture our family stories to share with my family living apart from us, and to remember for my children. I like to think of it as an "online scrapbook", something that will be around forever for my kids.

Do you blog? Why did you start?

 

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

31 days begins here

If you've been around the international blogging world for any lengh of time, you're bound to have heard of The Nester. (I say international, because it turns out that not many Australian bloggers have heard of either the blog, or the 31 days challenge)

It's something that I've wanted to join in with for ages, but I've always got excuses, and I rarely follow through anyway.

I've spent hours over the last couple of weeks, reading, writing notes, gathering ideas, writing lists. Then last night, I sat down to write a blog post about how I wasn't going to follow through. Instead, I started browsing pinterest, wallowing a bit, when I stumbled on this post from XOSarah. It was a bit of an a-ha moment.

I've told myself for the longest time that I want to be more consistent with my blog. I'm constantly being told by others how awesome I am for sharing my knowledge in facebook groups, but I'm not very good at converting that to people reading posts on my blog (as a friend once said, I have to stop giving it away for free in facebook groups.)

I'm also not good at applying the lessons I've learnt from reading every post I pin to my blogging board to my own blog. If you've clicked through from your reader lately, you'll know it's looking a bit half-done around here, with no proper header, category images that need updating, a huge tag cloud that needs culling, and not much else.

So, for the month of October, I'm going to write about blogging, every day. Right from the very basics of what a blog is, through to SEO, newsletters and social media. I'm planning to create printables, define terminologies, share resources, and work on my blog at the same time. Hopefully, you'll find something interesting and helpful along the way. And I'll update this page as the month goes on with each post I write.


Sunday, 28 September 2014

us right now

It occured to me last month that I really missed writing to Sophie each month, but also that I was enjoying writing regular updates from all of us, so I decided to combine the best of both worlds, and update us on the 28th of each month
he works five nights a week, and sleeps six days a week

he is loved and missed by all the kids (and sometimes I miss him, too)

he is excited for our camping trip next month

she is hoping to pull off a big project in October

she needs to take better care of herself

she will be printing a big pile of photos this week, the scrapbooking itch is starting!

he is almost thirteen, and all the cranky grunting that comes with teenagedom

he has been working really hard at school this year, and it shows in his report

he loves scouts, but is frustrated by the bigger boys goofing off (I don't want to tell him that he might be the same one day!)

she has a best friend that she is always so excited to see

she can get over-excited and naughty when she's tired

she's almost as big a bookworm as her big sister 

he is already planning "his next birthday"

he forgets that he is bigger than Sophie, and can sometimes be rough

he loves yoga

she loves being outside, and playing on the trampoline

she looks for dad the second she wakes up

she is off food at the moment, probably cutting some more teeth

Saturday, 20 September 2014

beyond the blog

linking up with Bec at Bloggers Bazaar
linking up with Sonia, Kelly, Sonia and Bron

This week has been tough. Sick kids (three of them!) have meant I'm finishing the week running on empty, and then you might have noticed if you follow me on instagram that we surrendered Steve's Triumph today.

I've made no secret of the fact that money has been hard over the last year. There is finally light at the end of the tunnel; well, not quite, we're in a position now that every spare cent will go towards paying our bills off over the next five years, but we've kept our house, kept our cars, and done the right thing by the people we owe money to. Sometimes, being a grown up is hard work.


my messy desk
I've had a craft cupboard in the kitchen for a few years now, but I've had a craft room upstairs for the last year, so I decided it was time to move stuff from the kitchen to my room last week. And then on Wednesday, I decided I needed to finally sort (and maybe even use!) the Studio Calico kits that I bought last year. Shuffling through everything in the kits sparked my desire to do more, and actually create, but Wednesday marked the start of 3 ill children, so nothing has happened yet. Maybe after the school holidays.

As I'm scrolling through my feedly list every few days, I tag a lot of stuff into Pocket. And I even go back and read articles every few weeks.

Loved this post from The Nerd Nest about busting through creative roadblocks

10 myths about scrapbooking from Simple Scrapper

I'm starting to look for ideas for slightly structured activities for Sophie, so this post from Childhood 101 is heading into the must-do list

I struggle with the balance of me-time and kid-time, so this post from Life Your Way touched a nerve

Breakfast is a big issue for some members of this house, so I'm constantly looking for easy ideas. This buttermilk maple french toast isn't necessarily easy for weekdays, but I love the Baking Bites blog, and have never had a recipe failure yet.

I can not rave about By Regina enough! So much of what she writes speaks to me in a way I had never considered before. I loved this post on the Love Languages of Blog Readers (and totally got the references!)

from The Polka Dot Chair
Forget that this is a sewing reference, it is true of so much we do in every day life. I've said to Steve a few times in the last week "buying cheap doesn't help us if you need to change it to make it work for us", I think he's finally getting the message!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

work in progress wednesday

Back in May, the craft group that I'd been attending each weekly unexpectedly closed down. I had just been starting to get into a groove with my crat again, so I was kind of at a loss as to how I would make craft work again at home.

A couple of weeks ago, I got fed up with not purposely making space for craft, so whipped a quick text message off to my sister-in-law, Caitlin {who is probably going to freak out at being called that, but what else do you call your brother's girlfriend?} and organised for her to come over the next day (Wednesday, the same day craft group used to meet)

I didn't do anything that first week, just pushed paper around, looked at my stash of clear stamps, discovered that my StazOn was dried out, and gossiped about all sorts of kid- and craft-related stuff. Then last week, I decided it was time to baste the triangle quilt. And once it was basted, I pulled out the sewing machine. Sophie was struggling a bit (turns out she was probably starting to get sick), and I don't expect to get much done this week, because she actually is sick now, but it felt good to sit at the machine, and sew some straight lines.

Caitlin is hosting the Aussie Work in Progress over at LittleWhiteDove today, and then she'll probably be eating cream bun with me, because what is a craft day without indulging in yummy treats?!

Little White Dove
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