Blogging 101: Say Hello to the Neighbors

Today’s Blogging 101 task involves making a debut into the outside blogging community, stepping out from the shadows and actually saying “hi” to a few people. The specific task is to…

leave comments on at least four blogs that you’ve never commented on before.

Okay, so where to start? I’ve enjoyed exploring the Reader, stumbling upon a few really interesting reads. Here’s where I’ve been and what I’ve commented on.

  • Confession: we don’t have a schedule…or a routine on the Happy Mama Happy Baby blog. It’s a nice blog. I was looking through the reader for blogs tagged “babywearing” and this one came up. The post resonated with me and the writer asked whether anyone else felt like she did about routines, which I do, so it seemed replying was all I could do!
  • Winter is coming on the Cycling Dutch Girl blog. Wow, what a story. I didn’t quite fulfill the brief here, because my comment was a little on the short side, but I was reading on my phone and a short on time. As much as anything I wanted to make the connection so that I can go back and read her post another time. I felt so inspired by her post – and also daunted. One woman cycling adventures always get my brain whizzing!
  • Rainbow Babywearing Blanket on the Wool Pickle blog. I love the name of this site and now confess that I’m a bit of a knitter and crocheter – more so since having a baby, almost entirely because babies are small enough for me to knit for before I get bored! The pattern really caught my eye because it’s so bright and cheery, simple-ish to make, as well as very practical (adding layers to your LO when in a wrap or sling is the babywearer’s challenge!) so something I might make in future. And I’ve promised to post a pic, if I ever get round to making it.

For my fourth comment? Well, I’m still looking. I’m really short on time – so cruising the Reader isn’t all that possible. I’ll head over there now to see what I can find and report back.

Who am I and why am I here?

We have plans. Big plans. One of them will, in future, require that I turn my considerable talents (ahem) to something a little more “free” (and therefore, risky) than my current setup, so the challenge I’ve set myself this year is to become a better writer. Tech writing is my trade. Writing is something I’ve always loved and something that, once upon a time, I dreamed I would make a living from. Okay, so I kind of do that with tech writing, but data sheets and technical manuals? They pay the bills, but there has to be more.

So I’m blogging. And to kick of the year I’m following the Blogging 101 classes, because I like structure and I am sure I will learn something useful. Plus it will encourage me to write. So here I write.

What will I be doing with this blog? Well, if I can stick at it, maybe it will evolve. For now, I just want to write about the things that I love, rant about a few things I don’t love so much, and try to put some information out there that could be of use to someone else. You need a cafe in Lancashire? Maybe I’ve been to one and reviewed it? Does it have cycle parking? I’ll tell you if it it has. You’re thinking of riding with your little one and don’t know where to start? I’ve spent the last 12 months chewing on that one, so maybe I can save you a little time by pointing you in one of the many directions. You want to get our and ride with your mates, but don’t know where to start? Been there, done that – and there are so many places to ride, so maybe I can help. You used to ride every day and now you’re a mom your bike(s) have forgotten what you look like. Well, you’re in good company – so let’s get our shit together and get out to ride. Those are just some of the things I might (or might not) grace your screens with. I guess it’s quite a lofty plan, given that with not content none of the things I write will be indexed particularly – so will just be flapping around in the blogosphere miles and miles from even the most earnest Google search. But I’m an optimist. And maybe, just maybe, Blogging 101 will teach me something to rectify that. Or not. Either way, I’m blogging. Who’s along for the ride??