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.
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!