And, we reach the magic 100…

Yay for me - 100 posts! Image courtesy 123rf.com

Somehow (and I still don’t quite know how) this is post number 100 for me. It has taken me some time to get here but I’m proud to have reached this milestone. After all, this whole blogging adventure arose from a new year’s resolution. And we all know new year’s resolutions are not meant to be kept…

I started blogging on 1 January this year. You may not know that I started out with another blog, on Blogger, called Krusty Kernels (I kid you not…). I wrote 7 posts on there before I went away on holidays and the inevitable slackening off from the first frenetic burst of my resolution set in.

I came back from holidays and then was hit by a flurry of real life issues – getting the kids ready for school, settling my youngest into daycare at the tender age of 10 months and preparing myself for my return to work from maternity leave. The blog remained idle as I literally did not have the time, nor to be honest, the inclination, to return to it.

Then, in March as I returned to work and experienced the tug of motherguilt, my husband renewed his subscription to his website and asked whether I would be interested in returning to blogging and moving my blog to it’s own domain. So My Home Truths was born – the first 7 posts I wrote on Krusty Kernels were moved across and I began my second attempt at blogging.

My husband (gem that he is!) also introduced me to the Digital Parents website as he had been undertaking the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge there.

Now, you are going to think that I am mad, but before this point I hadn’t really read any other blogs, particularly parenting or mummy blogs. It’s true, I’d read a few but not that many and I had certainly not promoted nor pushed my blog anywhere.

The introduction to the Digital Parents community was an amazing eye opener into a whole new world. A world I am still trying to find my feet in, a world that presents so many opportunities while posing many other challenges.

While I have been trying to find a writing groove and produce quality and consistent content, I have also been sitting back and watching how others have fared, and have been considering the big issues of monetisation, advertising and sponsored posts.

I’m still working out where I sit with all that (on the fence for now) but my gut tells me to do my own thing, to try not to compare myself to others and just write what I want to write when I want to write it.

This blog is for me and I’m not sure I want my thoughts and vision (what little there is of that!) compromised by advertising or the constant need of disclosure. More honestly, I don’t think I want the hassle of having to negotiate advertising rates with businesses nor make the decision of what I support on the blog.

That sounds a little too much like work to me – I already have a paying job, I really don’t need to worry about my unpaid hobby on top of that!

So while it would be wonderful to be invited to bloggers brunches and PR events and the like, I’m cool just being me. And that’s the honest truth.

So, where to from here? In the short term I want to continue building up my new linkup on Sundays, I Must Confess. We’re heading into week 3 and it would be great to have some more people linking up. I’m also having another go at Problogger’s 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge (hoping I actually finish it this time!)

In the medium term, I’m looking forward to attending the Digital Parents Conference in Melbourne in March. It will be my first opportunity to meet some bloggers in real life and I’m really, really looking forward to it!

For the long term – who knows? I have no long term goals, save maintaining the drive to blog for as long as I can. It is my hobby and my passion and I will blog for as long as I have things to say and I have the passion to share them.

I just hope some of you keep coming along for the ride…

Seriously, thanks to all of you for supporting me and reading my ramblings and being a source of advice and support – I really do appreciate it! Cheers to another 100 posts!

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12 Responses

  1. Congratulations Kirsty on your 100th post!!! 😛
    I completely relate o what you say above. I wonder if I’m doing it (blogging) right, how to make my blog better, how to be better, then I remember WHY I started in the first place… It was therapy, it was MY nine journal, it was MY head space, and so. Do the same, I right for me, I write when I feel I can, without pressure, I document my life or my record. Finding friends such as yourself, sharing fabulous tips, info on ASD and having a good laugh (or cry) is just a big beautiful bonus – but it’s not my goal or purpose…. If that makes any sence 😕
    I for one, look forward to sharing your next 100 posts on ‘keeping it real’ Kirsty! Best of luck xx
    Carly @ My Life in Colour recently posted..Men Plan. God Laughs.

    • Typing on phone – so many typos and crazy auto corrects, sorry about that LOL 😯
      Carly @ My Life in Colour recently posted..Men Plan. God Laughs.

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Carly! I’m so glad I found you and other parents on this awesome autism journey. Makes the hard days easier to bear knowing there are people out there who support you and know what you’re going through.

      I started this as a journal too and the more I see the blogging world the more it reinforces for me that this is a hobby for me and it’s not something worth getting stressed over. This is my release too and I would hate for me to see it as a burden rather than a haven for me.

      Having said that, I’m not ruling anything out – but my gut tells me to keep running my own race and not worry about all that other stuff. It’s truly enough that I have found friends and support like you (sappy, but true!)

      Yay to keeping it real – thankfully I’m a chronic oversharer so there should be at least another 100 posts in me yet!!!!

  2. Alice says:

    Congrats on your 100th post Kirsty! So glad you’re in on the 31 Days with us. You’re an inspiration! 🙂 Alice
    Alice recently posted..Sunday session – My Men

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Alice! Thanks also for running the 31DBBB challenge. I think I have caught up again now, I am determined to actually finish it this time – looking forward to seeing it through to the end with you!

  3. Chantel says:

    Congrats on 100 posts! Who knows where the next 100 will take you! 😀
    Chantel recently posted..Holiday

    • Kirsty says:

      Chantel, I have honestly never followed through with a new years resolution for so long before – it can only be a good thing, right? Thanks for your support!!!!

  4. Happy 100th post Kirsty!

    Definitely follow your instinct – doing what works best for you will take you great places 🙂
    Megan @ Writing Out Loud recently posted..I think I sold out… but I’m back.

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks so much for dropping by Megan. I think the general unhappy vibe I’m getting from a lot of people lately (disenchantment with PR, disappointment at the real or perceived competitiveness in blogging, sense of ennui) just reinforces that I need to just concentrate on myself and enjoy the ride. I’m happy plodding along at my own pace and taking my time discovering the talents of all the other fantastic bloggers out there. I’m just hoping i can retain the feeling of real excitement that I feel every time I share my thoughts or discover a bloggy kindred spirit!

  5. Congratulations on your milestone too, Kirsty! I feel very similarly to you in relation to where to from here, especially regarding monetisation. I am happy sitting where I am, meandering and pottering along, making blogging friends and engaging with this interesting group of people. I must say I have been seriously thinking of getting into Digital Parents but it’s rather confusing me right now. And I’m stuggling to find the time to keep up with everything. Any tips for a very new DP user? Congrats again.
    Veronica @ Mixed Gems recently posted..Read the blog manual, dufus!

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Veronica – I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels a bit ambivalent about the whole monetisation thing!

      Digital Parents is a great site – you can come in and out as you please. I usually use it to share my posts (on my page) and then have a look on the forum page to see the latest discussions. There are also quite a few groups you can join which might help you make more connections. Send me a friend request if you want to (I’m Kirsty Russell on there) and take the time to have a look around. I’m not on there everyday but I do find it valuable to log in a few times a week to keep in touch with some of the issues being talked about and to see what events are coming up. They have quite a few virtual meet-ups on different topics which are great to hook into as well – transcripts of these sessions are usually available afterwards if you can’t make it to the session itself. Feel free to let me know if you have any more specific questions!

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