I had a bit of a break from blogging again last week. It wasn’t planned, but sometimes life just doesn’t allow the time.
At the beginning of the month, as the new school term started and I was faced with the reality of a house with no children running around, I said I would get a lot of blogging done while home alone on my days off from work. It was a great idea, but obviously didn’t happen. It’s funny because I thought I would post a lot this month but in fact I’ve posted less than any other month in my blog’s short life so far.
It’s no big deal though. I’m not going to bang on about losing my mojo or inspiration or any of that crap, the simple fact of the matter is I couldn’t be arsed this month at all. I’m not sure if it’s the worrying about Caitlin fitting in, or the stresses of Neil’s transition form p1 to p2, but I’ve been shattered, and blogging has been the last thing on my mind.
I’m back now though, thanks to a list I jotted down in my notebook a few nights ago when I was bored, a list of ‘future blog ideas’. Most of them were garbage, but it wasn’t the contents of the list that inspired me, it was purely the act of making the list that gave me the kick up the bum that I needed to get writing again.
Today the tots100 chart for September was released. I fully expected to have dropped a fair bit, given that I have been very quiet during the summer months and this month especially. I’m not going to lie, I do enjoy finding out where I have placed each month. It’s not something I dwell on, it’s certainly not the be all and end all, but it is nice to see how I’m doing. I know people will argue it’s not a good indicator and all that jazz, but I do still like to have a little look.
I was very pleased to find I had gone up almost 100 places to 752 this months. I’m pleased with that, very pleased in fact. I’m not usually one to talk about rank and all because what does it really matter, but it really got me thinking about the future and what’s next for my blog.
I feel motivated to set myself some little goals for the months ahead, so here goes:
- I’ve been blogging for 8 months now, only 4 months to go until I can blow out some little candles and celebrate a whole year of blogging. I’m aiming to be in the top 500 on the tots charts in time for my blog-birthday. For me, this would be a fantastic achievement, and I feel it’s doable, if I put in a little extra effort.
- I’d love to find a sponsor for Britmums Live 2015. I have my heart set on this one, although I’m not sure it’s as achievable as my first goal. I realise that finding a sponsor means making myself and my blog a bit more ‘sponsorable’, if that’s even a word, which leads me on to my next goal…
- Be more consistent. I need to organise my time and work out some sort of schedule of when I’m going to post. I’d love to say I will start posting every day, but that’s just not realistic, so I need to find something that works for me and then stick to it. This is something I think is really important, and it’s something I have seen time and time again in ‘blogging tips’ posts.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff. When I have a fews days of not blogging, I freak out, and then spend way to much time dwelling on it instead of enjoying my time with my family. So while this totally contradicts the above goal, I need to remember that it’s ok to take a break sometimes, because sometimes a wee break is just what you need to gather perspective and sort your ideas out.
Ok, so my list this week is a bit short, but I’d rather set a small list of goals and achieve them all than write a huge list of stuff I’m never going to stick to.