Smoking Gun

This post is my smoking gun.

Evidence that is highly suggestive of the fact that I’ve lost it. Only one post this week & one last is all the evidence you need.

Not enough proof? Well, there’s more…

Recently I’ve been reading lots of blogs and have been in awe – and I mean in absolute rapture – of the creative arts, crafts & Halloween scoff they’ve been showcasing, and I’ve had previews of what’s to come for Christmas.

I can’t do many of these creative tasks, not even using a blogger’s tutorial. The quality of the crafting is outstanding. I just about managed to draw on a couple of Satsumas for Halloween! At least these blogs are offering something; delivering something useful even if it’s way above my head.

Then there are the blogs brimming with useful information about the next “new thing” or reviews for totally amazing Xmas presents. I’ve missed out on a few blogging opportunities of late. No, let’s rephrase that… I turned them down because they weren’t at the right time or didn’t fit with me & my blog.  But still, it feels like missed moments for a small-time blogger like me.

So my inspiration to review has waned somewhat.

Then there are blogs that tell us how to be better bloggers. “Write a post once a day” WHAT?! Every day?! And what about the rest of the things that I need to do to survive the day or even doing with the children so that I can be inspired to blog?!

The unshakeable truth is that real life is taking over, and I just don’t know how to balance it all.

This is the ream of evidence, the smoking gun, pointing to the fact that I seem to have lost it.

Half term was busy hanging with friends, no where spectacular or doing anything special, just having fun. You really don’t want to read about that. I’ve been very busy with work and it’s eating into my precious social time these last few weeks.  When I’ve been chained to the PC 9til3 the last thing my eyes need is another couple hours online!

Yup.  The smoking gun is found here, at the Mummyshire door.

So, what’s a girl to do?

Well, I needed to refocus & this Prompt has certainly made me do that. I needed to refresh and remind myself why I started Mummyshire – to capture the essence of change, to keep a record of my fast growing family and record the new explorations and areas of discovery FOR ME and my brood.  I will try and balance the ramblings of a parent with that of someone with something new or interesting to say, and if you’re willing to listen then pull up a chair as I’m happy to talk!

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Thank you Sara at Mumturnedmom for more than you realise this week *blows kiss*

Sara ‘prompts’ with a word or sentence, challenging you to focus on the words and write something – anything.

This week’s prompt was SMOKE.

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13 comments

  • chrissie (@rantybeast)

    This is the plateau a lot of people are feeling at the moment (me included). I’ll definitely be pulling up a seat to listen to your new and interesting things. As soon as you become invested in someone’s life, it doesn’t matter what they’re saying, as long as they’re saying something, I think, and sometimes you just can’t control what comes out. I gave up with charts and numbers and ranks when I abandoned my old blog. I’d rather have a group of people interested in what I have to say than randomly popping on to gawp at the thing my kids made while eating the glue and sticking bits to each other’s hair.
    Anyway, good luck with whatever you decide to do with your blog xx

    • MummyShire

      I’m sorry it took me so long to respond – I thought I had but clearly real life got in the way! (part of what I was saying in this post!) You’re so right about investing in the blog; I’ve invested and it’s my brand and I am happy with that – unfortunately when you start looking at stats and other blogs and comparing, which is human nature, you start to question. I must remember to keep being me; I do love my blog and I’m proud of my “hobby”, and in fact whenever I am asked to do reviews that I’m not passionate about I don’t want it to spoil my brand. So I can’t have it both ways & I must remember to be happy with the way that I’ve chosen. And I am!
      Thanks so much for your comments; #GoBloggers !!

  • Lisa from Lisa's Life

    I remember my first few months blogging when I thought it was the norm to write something new every day, it was ridiculous pressure I was putting on myself. I don’t have children but I do have a dog and a home and a ‘proper’ job all demanding of my attention too. I think it’s unrealistic to publish a worthwhile piece daily if you have other commitments.

    I’m doing a post a day this month for #NaBloPoMo but I’m only able to do that by scheduling posts like crazy so I still have time to do the things and see the things and read the things that inspire me to blog in the first place!

    Your blog is your space, fill it when you’re good and ready 🙂

    • MummyShire

      Thanks so much for your comment and the replies I’ve had from bloggers has been so reassuring; I think you can get caught up in the numbers game, trying to eek up the Tots charts and grow your figures – but then it doesn’t become a hobby which is what it originally started out as. Yup, you’re right – take my time and enjoy it! Thanks for your comments, really reassuring xx

  • Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    Oh lovely, you write such a wonderful blog, and in all honesty your decision on reviews is the same one that I make. I went self hosted thinking I would start to monetise/review but actually the opportunities I’m offered just don’t fit, so I have done very little. I don’t want to dilute my blog with things that don’t really fit, and that I can’t write a quality piece on. I do write a lot (!) but I often worry about quality/quantity and going into the new year I have some thoughts on how I am going to organise my life/blog a bit better – more specifically to write less often! And, if something interests you, you will write about it in a way that is interesting, and it is YOUR blog, no one else’s! A thoughtful post, as always, and I am thrilled that the prompt prompted (!) you to write it. Thanks so much for linking to #ThePrompt x

    • MummyShire

      What really interesting comments, and from someone who I’ve followed from my early blogger days it means a lot. Your prompt certainly prompted me to get writing again, which I had struggled with over the last few weeks. It is about taking ones time to write and develop – and I think I’ve been trying to go at someone else’s pace. I’ve just got to go at my own pace, and enjoy it. Thanks so much for #theprompt xx

  • Sophie Lovett

    I really wouldn’t worry about not having interesting enough things to write about – if something has made an impression on you, however seemingly insignificant, and you can find the words to write about it, then awesome! If you don’t want to write about it then that’s cool too. Others have said it here already but hold on to what your blog means for you and why you’re doing it. I really identify with the constant comparisons that it’s impossible not to make in this online world, but ultimately they’re never going to be all that constructive… Thank you for a fab post 🙂 x

    • MummyShire

      Thanks for your comments, and it’s good to hear others can identify with some of the points raised. Constant comparisons are inevitable as we’re only human but you’re right, comparisons are not constructive. Thanks for leaving a comment xx

  • John Adams

    I’m going to take issue with something you’ve said. The very fact you’ve turned review opportunities down shows that you wish to produce something quality. As for crafts? Wow, I blog about them about once every hundred years!

    Refocus and do what you love doing. For what it’s worth, I think you’re blog’s great. #theprompt

    • MummyShire

      It’s good to hear your perspective on reviews. People around me see it as the only reason why I chose to start this, with a view to monetise it. Now that I’ve started the blog it feels odd to give bits of it away. When I do have a review my writing is much more stilted, less enjoyed. And I must remember that!
      Like you, crafting is an apt g am yet to master, however rambling is something I do well!!
      Thnx for reading & commenting xx

  • Sam

    I think sometimes you have to just take a step back and stop being over-awed by what everyone else is doing and just do whatever *you* want to do with your blog. If you don’t want to, or can’t, find the time to post regularly – that’s fine – that’s what’s right for you right now. I go through phases of doing more and less – sometimes its all about me, sometimes about the kids. Rarely do I offer anything particularly useful to others! But I enjoy the writing and pressing publish is a satisfying thing to do and that’s at the heart of it for me. X #theprompt

  • Emma from LIFE AS IT IS

    Mummyshire, great that this prompt inspired perspective. My advice to you is to keep that perspective alive. Do take onboard all that you have said here and read it again and again until it is instilled within you that you are doing the best you can – and that is enough. Blogging is not meant to be about keeping up. It is meant to be an outlet for you – Mother, employee, wife, cook, cleaner – and so the list goes on. It is there for when you are ready and willing. It is a record of the things you want to store. Not simply reviews. A post a day means you cannot possibly keep it fresh. Wait for the inspiration to hit you and write whatever you like then. Have fun with it. Do not be a slave to it. You don’t want to lose what is unique about you and your voice. Enjoy your family and friends. Let the blog slide when it feels you are drained by it. And one more thing, think of Twitter as humous. Lovely to dip in and out of. Good luck and be kind to yourself. x

    • MummyShire

      When I read this comment it left me speechless.thank you. you reinforced in me that I am the only one who needs to be pleased with my blog, and reminding myself of that every now and again is important (maybe in not such a needy manner should there be a next time)
      As for ur twitter comment -love it!
      I love the online community but every now and again I have to step out of it and smell the real flowers!
      Your comments are valued TY xx

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