Why am I writing anyway?

I’ve been writing regularly again for a while now, diverse topics, whatever has sprung into my brain at the time. But at the moment I’m not sure why I’m doing it. I suspect I know why it’s not working for me. Maybe it’s because I have a cold and am grumpy. Maybe it’s because writing…

How can I simplify life?

I am increasingly feeling that life is too complicated and full of superfluous information and activity. We create work for ourselves, and we put pressure on ourselves to keep up with what’s going on outside our own lives. Our minds are often elsewhere, planning the next thing, worrying about problems that sometimes aren’t even within…

I love and hate social media

Since I joined Facebook in 2006/2007 (can’t remember which), thinking it was a nice way to share photos with my Rotaract friends, social media has become a big part of many people’s everyday life. I joined LinkedIn when I was made redundant in 2009, and I joined Twitter in 2010 to share my blog posts…

Me and my writing

I’ve been a bit stop-start on my blog over the last few years, blogging less when I have had less spare time. But whatever else I do with my daily life, I am a writer as well. I rediscovered that back in 2012, writing every day as part of a 30 Day Challenge. And ever…

Thoughts on friendship

So what has inspired or interested me this last week? What things have I wondered about? Friendship has cropped up a few times this week. Seeing an old friend I’d not seen in a while, hearing news of other friends and acquaintances through social media and mutual acquaintances. Sorting through some old letters and coming…

This started as a blank page

All blog posts start with a blank page. And somehow get filled with thoughts. The blank page is a bit daunting if you don’t feel as if you’re in a creative mood. But I find just starting to type something, anything, often loosens up the brain cells. I’m trying to get back into blogging regularly,…

The paradoxes of nursery care

It’s a weird thing. My daughter was ill last week, so I wasn’t able to take her to nursery. Or anywhere else where she’d pass on germs to other children. So I spent three days with her, pottering around the house, popping out for walks round the local area. And at times being driven insane…

Things going on with this blog

So I’ve finished maternity leave, starting back at work as a freelance marketing and communications consultant, focusing on health. I decided that my motherhood-focused posts belonged in a separate place, as I still have lots to say on the subject of being a mum, but I suspect it’s not of interest to everyone who has…

Writing

I am a writer

I wrote this in October 2012 and published it elsewhere. I can now say that yes I am a writer – in addition to the many other things I do. I blog, I contribute to newsletters, I’ve published creative and factual ebooks, and I also write stuff in my job. It’s an interesting rambling read…

What’s this blog all about anyway?

I see other people with their lovely one topic blogs, and I’m a little envious that they can describe their blog’s content so easily. Not to mention that they’re seen as experts on that subject, which often leads to other opportunities for them. I’ve been writing this blog for almost 6 years and it’s still…

Time to simplify things

So I’ve been through the fourth trimester, had a glorious phase with a great sleeping and napping baby. But right now, she’s not so great at those things. And approaching 6 months we’ve got quite a few changes coming up – the pram, the cot and weaning. So it’s time to simplify my mind and…