Now I’ve … had … the time of … well, you can see where I’m going with this. This year has been full of milestones – graduating, turning 40 (eek) and starting WitWitWoo.
I know I won’t be the only one who is taking the time over the Christmas break to look back at my blog and have a little recap of the things that
prompted me to put pen to paper (or rather, fingers to Mac) in the first place.
In blogging terms, I still class myself as a newbie. WitWitWoo is only six months old … and I don’t have thousands of followers (yet!), but more and more people are somehow finding their way over to WitWitWoo and I would like to take this opportunity (sniff, sniff) to thank you all for taking the time (pass the tissues) to stop by. I’ve met some great people, read some fantastic blogs and I really feel honoured to be part of this community.
I know that all sounds a bit gushy, and not like me at all, but it’s true. When people take the time to show support, offer their views (even if they don’t agree!) and take time to read what I’ve written – well, I just think it’s kinda cool.
I started writing my blog back in July after I graduated. I had spent the previous four years writing for Uni, both academic English essays and creative projects, and I think I worried that I would get out of the habit and just let life get in the way of writing. I didn’t want that to happen, so looked for some way to channel what I had to say.
I also, rather naively, thought that I would be able to get a job straightaway – not just because I now had a degree and I was now ‘all that,’ but I had twenty year’s experience and figured it would count for something. Six months on, still unemployed, I’ve found out the hard way that experience these days counts for sod all, so in many ways, WitWitWoo has given me focus.
It has kept me from feeling sorry for myself – the blogs won’t write themselves! I began by blogging every day – probably a rookie mistake, a case of wanting to show everyone I really was interesting, if only you’d take the time to find out! Bit cringey to think about that now! I now blog 3-5 times a week and don’t beat myself up if I just don’t feel like writing. If I don’t feel like it – I don’t do it.
I’m not a ‘mummy blogger.’ I’m a mum who blogs. I mention my children occasionally but they are not the focus of my writing and this sometimes leaves me in a quandary – the Bermuda Triangle of the blogosphere … because if I’m not a mummy blogger, nor do I write about any particular niche like fashion … then just where does that leave WitWitWoo?
I have just written my 100th blog post and when I look back at the posts I’ve written to date, I would say my blog is an honest account of who I am – past and present. I’ve talked about some of my favourite childhood memories (1982,) reviewed the things I like doing/places I like going (Panto,) chronicled my attempts at losing weight (In The Red Corner,) explained why I love my cafe/office so much (Notebook in the Cafe,) and even let my readers in on a few things I didn’t tell my closest friends about (You’re Not Hired.)
I may even have just been filmed pretending to be The Bionic Woman. More vlogging to come for 2011!
I may not have THE most exciting life … but I have lived and as hard as life gets sometimes, as many obstacles that seem to keep getting in my way, I
know I’m still lucky. I hope that comes across – even if I do have a tendency to get a little ranty sometimes.
So what will 2011 bring me? A job I hope! Above and beyond that though, I hope life will continue to keep me challenged. I hope my family stays happy and healthy. Oooh, and I hope I win the Lottery!
I’m about to embark on a new challenge of writing a children’s book, I intend to continue to try to lose weight and get fit (a lifelong process it seems,) and I just hope that I continue to learn.
So thanks to you all – so far, it’s been a blast!