Starting 2011 with a new blog

I think this is a first.  I have actually followed through on a new year resolution.

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I do have quite a few going this year, but one I have been toying with for a while is writing a blog.  I mean, everyone does it, so why not me?  Well, there is the small matter of having something to say and I have always been a little self-conscious about putting my thoughts out there for everyone to read.

But, I think it will be good for me to take time every day to write about what’s on my mind so here I am! (You should be warned I really like using parentheses and exclamation marks – apologies in advance to all those pedants out there!)

I am hoping there will be kernels of wisdom, truth and humour in my posts.  I am a wife, mother of three, keen observer of politics, avid tennis player, history buff, lover of rugby league and cricket and mother of a child with high functioning autism and albinism.

I love talking and love all aspects of social media, particularly Twitter and Facebook.  I am constantly struggling with balancing my family and work commitments and sometimes find myself drowning in it all – like everyone else!

I also struggle with a crisis of identity most of the time – I am known more as my kids’ mother than as me, as a person.  But through everything I have retained my sense of humour which I am sure will continue to get me through all that is thrown at me.

So, my resolution this year is to try and organise myself a little better, especially in light of returning to work in March, and I hope this blog will help me put things into perspective.  If it also occasionally entertains others, that will be welcome too!

I hope 2011 proves to be a great year for all and I look forward to sharing bits of my life with you as we move through it…

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40 Responses

  1. Mammasaurus says:

    What a cool time to start a blog, the New Year.

    So did you keep to your New Years resolution of organising yourself a little better?
    Mammasaurus recently posted..Saturday Is Caption Day

    • Kirsty says:

      Well, I think I have done well keeping up with the blog – coming up to my one year anniversary very soon!

      As for the organising thing, that’s still a work in progress… But I have gotten somewhat better at it since I have been back at work – out of necessity rather than any great ability on my part though!

  2. I am also a heavy user of exclamation marks – and use humour to survive my often crazy life!!!!! You know it’s only this year I’ve started to realise I have to carve out more of a personality for myself. Emily 🙂
    Emily @ Have a laugh on me recently posted..I must confess my first ever blog post wasn’t as hot as Hugh

    • Kirsty says:

      I have always used humour as a defence against the crap that life can throw at me – it’s true, if you can’t laugh, you’ll cry. So I choose to laugh.

      I look forward to watching your journey to reclaim your identity this year Emily – good luck with it!

  3. Cathy says:

    I must also confess that I am a compulsive over user of exclamation marks! See, Injustbused one. And I don’t consider them “screaming” 🙂
    Cathy recently posted..I Must Confess: My First Blog Post

    • Kirsty says:

      I’m glad you share my love of exclamation marks Cathy. I have learned to edit some of them out but I can’t bear to part with all of them!

  4. Janet says:

    Ditto about the elipses, exclamation marks and parentheses!
    Janet recently posted..The Cheat’s Guide to Housework

  5. Kelly HTandT says:

    This was a great first post! Mine was a recipe lol. I didn’t know what to say to start with so I jumped right into what I know – food. I hope your blog is turning out to be all that you had planned for it. 🙂
    Kelly HTandT recently posted..Feelin’ Pretty with Holly Priddis

    • Kirsty says:

      I love that you just jumped into things. It’s really weird to write that first post, not knowing if anyone will ever read it. I’m so pleased we’ve been able to share the love around today!

      And yes, after a few years slowly meandering along and learning a little more about the blogosphere, I’m pretty happy with my little piece of cyberspace!

  6. Rita says:

    I enjoyed reading your first post Kirsty! I like that you said why you started the blog and gave an insight of your life and your family. Thanks for hosting. By the way, I use a lot of exclamation marks in my comments!!!
    Rita recently posted..Knit stitches (Part 2 – The knitting series)

  7. a truly perfect resolution to make, and even better to keep
    I especially like your paragraph about identity – so much of what you say is so true for all of us
    Thank you for hosting the link-up – great idea xx
    Josefa @always Josefa recently posted..Spaghetti Induced Anxiety

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks for joining in Josefa – it’s been truly wonderful to see how everyone started out and how differently each person approached their first post. I’ve really enjoyed today!

  8. Your first post is awesome! and I am glad that you are still blogging.
    Melanie Graham @ A Welcoming Hearth recently posted..What Makes A House A Home? – Giveaway

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Melanie – I’m actually still in awe that I am still here – who actually ever keeps their new year resolutions???? Crazy…!

  9. Tegan says:

    Great first post. I hope that 2011 was as great year for you. It’s interesting looking back at stuff like this 🙂
    Tegan recently posted..What not to say to someone who self harms

  10. Me says:

    Two years on a going strong !!!!
    Have the best week.
    Me recently posted..Listmania Two – My Season

  11. Great start and I love that it came from a new years resolution xx
    Catherine Rodie Blagg recently posted..Window kissing

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Catherine – I’d like to think that it represents proof that not all new years resolutions are doomed to failure!

  12. iSophie says:

    Great start to a new year, I hope 2011 did indeed prove to be a great one.

    I was very self conscious publishing my first post. And Even then I had it all private still, not searchable or on blogger.
    iSophie recently posted..Rice Cracker Kid

    • Kirsty says:

      2011 ended up being a pretty good year, big but good. 2012 ended up being an even bigger one – I’m a little scared about what 2013 will bring! I have certainly become more confident in blogging and sharing my opinions in the years since I started – I’m glad you took the step to be ‘found’!

  13. What a great resolution you made! And great to see you’ve still kept it! Ooops looks like I like exclamation marks too 😉
    Renee at Mummy, Wife, Me recently posted..Our little old soul

  14. Lydia C. Lee says:

    I love that it started as a NY resolution and you’re still going strong!
    Lydia C. Lee recently posted..What have you been up to?

  15. Lady Daa Doo says:

    Since starting your blog, and at the time feeling as though you are most often known as your “kids’ mother”, do you feel you have more of an identity now?
    Lady Daa Doo recently posted..A Thwarted Invasion

    • Kirsty says:

      You know, I do feel more myself now. I think it has helped that my kids are a little older and less dependent in some ways but I do feel I have reclaimed my own identity with this little piece of cyberspace. Making the wonderful blogging connections I have in the last few years has also helped me feel more like me again. It has been a beautiful, positive, intriguing and exciting journey and I hope it continues in the same way for years to come!

  16. Katyberry says:

    Loving reading these first posts – look how long you have stuck around. I always get a feeling of contentedness, and support for others through your writing. A good secret weapon, I think!
    Katyberry recently posted..I am passionate about….Teamwork?

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks for that Katy – that’s a really lovely thing to say! I must say, I really enjoy first posts – very fascinating to find out what motivated us all in the first place and to see how far we have all come.

  17. Francesca says:

    2011 and beyond! Great first post – look at what you’ve created! 🙂
    Francesca recently posted..Thankful Thursday: Surprise Appreciation

  18. Robomum says:

    Your blog is such an asset to our community! Thanks o much for linking up with The Lounge X

  19. Emily says:

    Great first post – really sets up the blog nicely! Thanks for sharing.
    Emily recently posted..Most things become funny with hindsight

  20. Ness says:

    I love that you are so positive and enthusiastic and you’ve stayed that way. With such enthusiasm exclamation points are essential!! xo
    Ness recently posted..Passions

  21. What a fabulous day to start a new blog – 01 Jan, and you sure have stuck with it! xx Nikki
    Nikki@WonderfullyWomen recently posted..How Your Smartphone Photo’s Could Threaten Your Safety!

  22. Alex says:


    Mine started as a new years resolution also. My first post was on New Years Day – the next was in May – ah well, I got going eventually

  23. Rach says:

    I am so impressed that you not only followed through on a resolution but 2 years later are still at it xxx
    Rach recently posted..Breathe Just Breathe

  24. Wow, following through on a new year’s resolution! That’s rare – and impressive! I love the way you’ve introduced yourself, your goals and your penchant for parentheses! What a positive first post.
    Lara @ This Charming Mum recently posted..Simply the breast Part 2: The toddler strikes back

  25. Clairzilla says:

    It’s been so nice to have the opportunity to go back and read everyone’s first posts. It’s taking me ages to get through everyone though! Thanks for sharing and sticking to your resolution.
    Clairzilla recently posted..Frantic

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