50 posts and 1000 hits later

1. Achievement unlocked : 50 posts

Bear with me. I’m still a beginner. I’m going to take some time to celebrate what I have achieved so far. After a few early posts I have tried to post once a day. This has been hectic at times, but having not much else to do, it has been achievable. Learning to work on drafts and then schedule the finished posts, has helped a lot. But, I have made 50. It’s a start.

2. Finding a focus

At first I had a vague idea of the direction and focus of this blog, my ‘dolls’, my garden and where I live. It seems like this is still fairly fluid. I initially wanted to show off my crafty projects and record what I was making. My current thinking is that my ‘craft’ is not something many people can relate to. Actually the garden is more appealing. I’ve been slowly realising what my readers find interesting. There doesn’t seem to be much purpose to writing a blog if the audience isn’t engaged. Another part of me says it’s still to early to focus too narrowly and I should just keep exploring blogging and it will find its own direction. I think, at this point, I’m just writing about me.

3. Discovering other blogs

I’m spending more time reading other people’s blogs than working on mine. At first I found gardening blogs very interesting reading. All the more because Australia is in the southern hemisphere and most of the bloggers I read were in the northern hemisphere. In the depths of winter, it was uplifting seeing images of beautiful flowers and gardens. It gave me something to look forward to, rather than dwelling on the misery that is Covid. Now I’ve discovered the amazing range of subjects covered by bloggers. I’m currently devouring photography blogs; enjoying their content and hoping to pick up some tips.

4. 1000 hits and very nearly 50 followers

My first follower was my son, then a friend and then strangers I’ve never met, in places I’ve never been. I find it amazing that so many other people read my blog, take the time to like the posts and sometimes comment. I love reading about other people’s lives. Sometimes they live in places that I am familiar with in my own country, but it’s rather magical being virtually transported to other places, only to find that underneath the details, people share so much in common.

5 Discovering challenges and an award

What a compliment. To have another person appreciate what you have been up to. Thank you Cee Neuner for featuring my post. as a CFFC Featured Blogger. How embarrassed am I to admit that I’d love to put the banner up on my site, as a widget, but with my skill level, that presents yet another challenge, just to get it up there!

An unexpected result of blogging has been rekindling my interest in photography. Loving that!

6 Upskilling

I bought my first computer with the leave salary for my first pregnancy. It had 48 K! It was a real luxury back them. It cost a fortune. Computers have been a great tool for work and I will admit to spending many, many hours as a ‘gamer’. But, this blogging business is a test of my patience and perseverance, and most definately a real challenge.

7 Challenges not the fun ones

Getting the site up and then changing the theme to a more advanced one. DAYS LATER finally making it all work again.

Ping Backs. I did it. (Once!) Look at me with the technical language…

8 More challenges, not the fun ones

Organising my photos. Still a work (quite a lot of) in progress. Enough said.

9 Challenges : the worst

Trying to put a watermark on my photos. Discovering that ctrl shift ‘u’ a9 = the copyright symbol. Like, since when is that a thing? AND THEN BEING CAREFUL TO PUT IT ON A STICKY NOTE ON MY COMPUTER SO I WOULD NOT FORGET IT, AND THEN REALISING THE STICKY NOTE HAD UNSTUCK AND DISAPPEARED, AND THEN SEARCHING THE HOUSE FOR SAID STICKY NOTE….AND THEN TAKING HOURS TO WORK IT ALL OUT AGAIN…..

10 Looking ahead

This year I took all my long service leave, a whole year’s worth, to travel the world. A few days before we were set to go, the Pandamic was declared to be a thing and all plans were cancelled. So I’m hesitant to make any future plans. However, I can still blog.

Except for the challenge logos, all the images I’ve used have been current and have been my own. I want to have another look through the thousands of photos I have and share some of the better ones. I’ll continue to try and improve my skills and maybe, treat myself to a couple of better lenses.

If you’re still reading, thank you. I’ll visit you later.

Blogged down

So it is easy to make a resolution to blog regularly, but it’s much harder to keep going. I’ll bet that’s been said before? The weather and the threat of the second wave of COVID isn’t helping. Cold, rain, border closures, lock downs, endless TV images. It sucked any creativity and get up and go right away. Nothing happening, nothing to say, no reason to get out of bed, not going anywhere soon. BUT…

I did manage to throw myself into cleaning and sorting. I wonder if it’s satisfying my need for order and control of my life. An orderly cupboard, lots of full ordered drawers, an empty drawer, lots of empty plastic tubs and an empty work space. It’s taken quite a lot more time than I thought but I did it. Well, to be honest I can say that I sorted the cotton pieces. There is still lots more of the more interesting pieces to sort. I quite enjoyed the ironing and folding, rediscovering lots of lovely fabric pieces that I have collected over many years. I even ‘sanded’ the work table, trying to remove the creative efforts of the grandchild, who had put more texta and paint on the table than on the many art pieces he has contributed.

Strange, how the trio perched on the railing behind me watched my efforts, with wry grins on their faces. Curious creatures… they’re my cross between a reindeer and a rabbit. They emerge to add to the decor in both seasons, Christmas and Easter. It might be a stretch, but holding a big Easter egg, they could pass for a rabbit.

So how long did the work table stay in its pristine condition? Well, lets just say that before the sanding has been effectively finished….the table has a new project. Funny how a clean work bench just seems to call out to me. Or was it the idle chattering of those three watching me? More on that soon.