It's not like riding a bloody bike at all...
I'm trying to blog again but I'm incredibly rusty and so my cogs are gummed up.
We've all made mistakes when blogging, said things that we shouldn't have, let people talk us into things that we should have stayed away from. I am trying to resurrect this blog while taking into account this learning curve.
I have had some great support on here and when I took myself away from the blogger networks, this support remained and for that I'm grateful. I've also had traffic, anxious for their stats to be improved by me visiting their blogs or returning the favour by commenting on their posts to make them look popular. Blogging is a game and one that is not terribly complex but time consuming. I just want to be sure that I'm using my time well and truthfully.
I want to refocus this blog to reflect who I really am, not who some marketing type or supposed blogging guru tells me I need to be in order to gain readers, improve my stats, optimise SEO. I was listening to so-called blogger gurus about how, what and why I should blog when I, myself wasn't reading parenting blogs. My blogroll is full of my actual diverse interests such as politics, Classics, music, literature, gender, movies, Scotland, photography, Science Fiction, geekery amongst many, many others. It closely resembles my iPod which, if you were to put it on shuffle, you might find yourself listening to Baroque Opera one minute and Norwegian Death Metal the next. That's just who I am.
I was never comfortable with some aspects of blogging and spent many hours hand wringing and struggling with manipulative aspects of gaining readers. I do realise that if I want to invite a conversation then I shall have to put myself out there and solicit readers but I want to do it with conviction and not just you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours type of interaction that goes on in the networks I was previously involved in.
I always viewed my blog as a canvas, on which I could paint my life or at least clumsily construct a collage on. It would be great to think that people will stop by and read this and comment on stuff but if they don't then I have this for myself. A bit of self reflection is good and of course, if this survives into my kids adulthood then it will be here, immortalised forever to embarrass them.
On occasion I will write posts about various things in Edinburgh because I love this place so much. I am hoping that I will attract Burgh based readers. Parenting as well as living in Edinburgh is a real joy and so I will comment and cover a whole host of Edinburgh based things and events.
So here it is. My blog, my canvas. Oh Mammy 2.0. OS updated, complete with bug fixes and sanity restored (perhaps).