a tale of two dodos – #WhatImWriting

Long, long ago, in a land far, far away…

Oh ok, five years ago in a house down the road and round the corner… I used to write another blog. My husband and I had a babywares business (called Little Dodo – which goes some way to explaining the photo below) and decided we should get on board with all of this social media malarky to promote it.  The blog wasn’t very businessy really, it was mostly about our family: the two of us and our (at the time) two sons. Although my husband wrote some of the posts, I did most of the writing and it quickly became my favourite part of the job.

dodo pile

There is a story behind this picture… it makes me all emotional just to look at it!

Blogging and social media were different way back in 2010, as those of you blogging back then will know. There were far fewer parent bloggers, linkies were rarer and more focussed and, most shocking of all – twitter had no favourite button! I know – how did we ever manage to communicate the notion that we liked someone’s tweet but didn’t consider it interesting enough to re-tweet it?!

Anyway, we had the blog for about eighteen months and then – despite our best marketing efforts (including a dodo that went on a trip to #CyberMummy) – the recession did a number on our business and we decided to close our shop. Sadly the blog went with it. I remember tearfully writing my last post feeling like I was losing not only my business but my whole online identity and my re-emerging writing passion too. I did consider starting up a new blog (I couldn’t keep the Little Dodo one going as it was tied in to our website etc.) but I think with all the emotional energy that goes along with shutting down a business, I didn’t really have the heart for it at the time.

So off went the business, away went the blogging (my husband archived the blog somewhere as we knew it was a great record of that time in our lives) and a couple of years went by. Years that involved, amongst other major happenings, a house move and my pregnancy with our third child. Then of course came the re-igniting of my writing passion and this blog came into being.

Anyway, why am I writing about this now? Well – apart from the fact that I’m a nostalgic person and love to reminisce about times gone by  – I’ve been wondering about what to do with my blog this summer. The boys have six weeks off school and I want to spend some lots of time with them where I don’t feel pressured to blog (I’m hardly the most prolific blogger but you’d be surprised how much of my head-space it can take up). Also, when I DO get the opportunity to write, I want to be able to focus on my creative writing rather than on blogging.

Chrissie and I have decided to take the summer off from #WhatImWriting so I’ve taken the pressure off there, but do I really want to post nothing here all summer? Not really. I’ll be posting another author interview here soon and I don’t really want it to be that and nothing else.

So I thought, ah ha! Maybe I could repost some of my posts from my old blog? And add a little ‘then vs now’ bit to them perhaps? I know I’d enjoy reliving a few of those moments especially as I haven’t so much as glimpsed the posts in nearly four years! So I might do that. If my husband can remember where he archived the blog to. And if I can do it without too much effort. It’s a kind of plan.

Apart from that my other summer goals are to finish my three picture books so I can start submitting them to agents and/or publishers in the autumn, and to write limericks for my limerick book whenever I can!

Oh, and to have fun of course. I hope you do too!

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18 thoughts on “a tale of two dodos – #WhatImWriting

  1. Tara Borin

    Your summer plans sound well-balanced! Blogging and social media are so great for making connections and finding new inspiration, but it sure can pull us away from real life, be it other writing projects or family. I know what you mean about blogging taking up a lot of headspace, even if you’re not posting daily. Enjoy your summer!

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Thanks Tara! I hope you have a great summer too and thanks for joining in with #WhatImWriting – we love to have new linkers! x

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  2. Marija Smits

    Isn’t it amazing how 5 years ago can seem like a lifetime away? It’s crazy isn’t it? But your business closing down, a house move and another child are big things to pack into 5 years!

    I totally understand about the need for less blogging. I’m happy with my (roughly) once-monthly post – it’s all I can manage at the moment, and I agree that the summer hols are so precious that it’s important to prioritize.

    I have to say that I’m curious about your business though. I wonder if its closing, in part, helped to re-ignite your passion for writing?

    And i’d love to know about the story behind the photo, but equally, I understand if you don’t want to share it. I’m like you, an HSP, and so can get teary over the teensiest thing, let alone a bigger thing. Anyway, have a great summer. xx

    Oh! and I’ll look forward to that interview. :-)

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Thanks Marija! I’m beginning to feel blogging is taking WAY too much of my creative time and my toddler has just dropped his nap which means I’ll have less time to write. I may need to change things a bit after the summer.

      As for the business closure reigniting the writing… I think it was all part of the process. Blogging helped re-ignite the passion and then once the business was closed and we’d moved and settled into our new home and I’d got pregnant and my middle son had started nursery in the mornings, I finally stopped to reflect and that’s when I decided to pursue writing properly. If we’d kept the business I don’t think I’d have had time to write creatively like I am now. Things would be very different. Funny how things turn out.

      I’ll tell you the story of the dodos sometime.! xx

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  3. Dana

    I agree! Enjoy the time with your family and good luck with your writing. I love those adorable dodos! It will be fun to read from your first blog.

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    1. Maddy Post author

      I have over a hundred dodos in a box upstairs – it’s part of my history that I’m not letting go of! Thanks Dana. xx

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  4. Iona@redpeffer

    I think it would be lovely to revisit the old blog (as long as you can find it!) It’s related to what I’ve decided to do with my blog over the sumer actually-go back to it being predominantly a record of what we get up to and things/moments I want to record and remember. That way it takes the pressure off, and will hopefully simply be about enjoyable memories. I hope you have a lovely summer xx

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    1. Maddy Post author

      That sounds like a great plan for summer Iona and I do think it’s good to reconnect with why you started blogging in the first place. Thanks for commenting and for being such a loyal linker to #WhatImWriting. I hope you have a wonderful summer too. xx

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Thanks Becky! I wonder if my style will be noticeably different in the old posts? Still haven’t located the blog…

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  5. Mummy Tries

    Damn that ressession! Having had a little shop in Asia, plus a fully fledged failed business here that ended in bankruptcy, I can safely say it taught me many life lessons. I imagine it’s the same for you. As long as we learn our lessons, there are no mistakes…

    I’m glad your resurrected your writing passion hon. It’s been lovely getting to know you this past year. Really looking forward to reading your then vs now posts over the summer xxxx

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    1. Maddy Post author

      I’ve loved getting to know you too Reneé and, like you, I learned lots from running a business in a recession. Not exactly fun times but it’s part of our history isn’t it and part of who we are today so, in the end, not a bad thing! xx

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  6. Emily Organ

    Definitely put up some of your old posts I think! The trendy term for that is ‘repurposing content’ – I’m sure there will be some gems in there for people to read. I think blogging does slow down in the summer hols, people are either away or having family time together. Good luck with finding time for your picture books and limericks, I’m sure you’ll get a moment here and there x

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    1. Maddy Post author

      ‘Repurposing content’ – I like it! I’m looking forward to my husband digging the blog up (it must be somewhere!) as I don’t know quite what I’m going to find!. Thanks Emily. xx

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  7. Rachael

    Your summer plans sound good. Great to get some headspace for creative writing and time with the kids! And I’d love to read some then vs now posts (if it’s not too much trouble to do!).

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  8. Nicola Young

    What a great idea and what fun to dig out all those memories. It will be interesting for you too, to see how and if your writing style has changed since then. Look forward to seeing them.

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    1. Maddy Post author

      I’m definitely interested to see what my writing is like and hopefully I’ll find some posts worthy of re-blogging! xx

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