It’s been a busy month in this neck of the woods. We’ve had interstate visitors. First my sister with her husband and one year old son, then my mum and my other sister with her husband and three boys. My little girl has started walking. She took her first wonky steps at 10 1/2 months and now she can trek across the length of the room like a drunken sailor. I’ve been collecting and organising all my no-longer-required baby items to sell at the Baby and Kids Market later in the month and toying with the idea of coming out of retirement to make a few bibs to sell.
At some point during the month of June a niggling little seed in my head turned into an epiphany. Since I started blogging 6 months ago, my house has not been as tidy as it usually is. I don’t spend a huge amount of time on my blog, but in a house with a baby and a toddler…time is a valuable commodity. According to the currency of my life at the moment, each blog post equals one load of laundry that didn’t get washed, dried, folded and packed away. In fact, the load of washing featured in the photograph above could have been done in the time it took me to draft and publish this post.
So for the next little while instead of blogging 2-3 times per week, I’m going to be blogging more sporadically…according to the state of cleanliness in my house.
In the meantime, to commemorate 6-months of Roar Sweetly, here’s some thoughts on blogging:
Best things about having a blog
- Having a creative space to document interesting things in my life.
- Getting to know a lovely blogging community.
- Improving my skills in photography, photo-editing, design and layout.
Worst things about having a blog
- It is surprisingly time-consuming and addictive.
- Worrying about having photographs of my children online (will their images appear on the side of a Japanese bus advertising cereal in two years time?)
Interesting Bits n Bobs
My top post of all time has been Donna Hay’s Classic Baked Cheesecake, though I find it odd that such a huge amount of people have visited and left without a comment.
The three strangest search terms that have led to my blog are:
- 5 inch heels inappropriate
- I didn’t rinse my lentils
- Multi-legged bugs
In the last 6 months I’ve been honoured to be nominated for several blogging awards by fellow bloggers. As part of accepting the award, it is a requirement to pay the award forward to other blogs, sometimes to as many as 15. Truth be told, I was always terrible at chain mail which is why I am the tardiest blog award recipient in the world. So here is my official thank you and shout-out to the blogs that were so kind as to think of me.
The Accidental Housewife who nominated me for the Liebster Award
I stumbled across Mrs Accidental’s blog when I was very new to blogging. Mrs A is a former soldier who is now busy raising two little girls. She proudly wears an apron at home and provides a recipe for the best home-made washing powder here.
Dreams of Home who nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award
I love this blog because it’s like a version of me living in England. She raises a little boy, loves to craft and has a great eye for design. Her posts are gorgeous.
Frank’s Place who nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award
Frank served in the United States Airforce for 22 years and is now busy at home raising a small family. It’s great to hear a dad’s perspective on things.
That’s all for now!