Welcome to my weekly Monday Musings
I have a confession to make – this is my very first ‘How to..’ post! Not because I don’t know how to do things but because I don’t feel qualified to offer anyone advice, about anything.
While out riding my bike today I had a great post fill my head, it was sensational, pithy, witty and full of interesting advice to my myriad of readers who hang off my every word!
But, as per usual, when I finished my ride all I had were sweaty armpits, a sore bottom (I forgot to wear my padded pants) and an empty head. I blame it on the happy endorphins that flooded my body as I negotiated a complex mountain bike track through the bush and managed to stay upright throughout it all. Maybe I should write a post about How a middle-aged retiree can ride a mountain bike without falling off.
This desire to write a how to post came from reading an interesting post from Janice, a blogger who writes regular posts about how to improve your blogging and despite my recent foray with reading advice blogs which resulted in I admit to being confused , I read on. Her post is here and while I respect her advice on all matters of blogging, I can’t help but have some fun too. I’m sure she’ll understand 🙂
I also love reading Suzie’s advice on blogging and found this one very soothing after my recent ‘rant’ post on the subject – Things that bloggers need to stop getting stressed about. I recommend you reading this if you ever find yourself getting stressed with any aspect of your blogging journey. It reminds me that blogging means different things to different people.
I often tell people that I blog about my travels, my family and other events so that when I’m old and have forgotten everything I’ve ever done, I can go and read all about things this girl called Debbie has done, and get to enjoy it all a second time!
Don’t get me wrong, Janice’s advice is spot on for those who are keen to build a base and make money and contacts from their blogging. She works hard to ensure her advice is up to date and relevant and she reads constantly about blogging. I admire her efforts immensely. I’m honest enough to know that I’m in a completely different blogging place. I still like to read these types of post as I always pick up something useful. Obviously her post worked because not only did I read it, I am now using her advice!
Some of the tips in her post included using the words how to in the title, use the date, use numbers and to offer readers something – so following her advice I’ve managed to write a great title which has sparked your interest and now you’re stuck reading it. You could say I’m writing this for research purposes!
I’ve just realised that the ‘how to’ part of my blog is a bit light on if I’m being honest, I’ve probably misled you with my title – oops!
So what am I going to tell you that will embarrass my three daughters?
If you know my blog at all, you know I write about my family and my three daughters ad nauseum. But as it’s their special month and I have a history of writing posts for their birthdays, here’s this year’s bulletin.
You see I was clever and had all three daughters within 5 weeks of each other, obviously not in the same year! When they were little it was fantastic, as sibling jealousies were averted because they each knew they would be getting presents too within a short time. Our first daughter was born towards the end of May, our second daughter was born in early May and our third daughter was born in early June. So all birthdays were over and done with in a short space of time. My husband’s birthday is in January and I’m in December so we are nicely arranged for celebrations throughout the year.
Now they are grown up it hasn’t changed that much, it’s still a hectic time of finding suitable gifts for them. I like to embarrass them on Facebook with old baby photos and a funny blog post or two!
So this year I’ll combine my post with a story about all of them.
When they were little we had a friend who made the following statement about our three very different daughters:
- One of them would have their heart broken.
- One of them would break hearts.
- One of them would break balls.
He actually named which girl each of these observations related to but I won’t kiss and tell! Suffice to say it proved to be quite true and it’s stuck with me. Despite the fact two of them are now in their early 30s and the youngest is turning 29, I still love telling this story!!! I also love seeing them in photos from a years ago, they were so cute!
They are beautiful, clever and generous girls and I hope they enjoy my birthday post 🙂
Home is where the heart is
Last week’s Musings on a Monday post saw me ready to return home after spending time with family up north. I was home for 4 days and unpacked my bags, caught up with friends, attended my husband’s official retirement dinner and repacked my bag before we headed down south to see my parents-in-law for the indefatigable Ruby’s birthday. We are definitely not sitting still very long in our retirement! We will head to the nation’s capital later in the week for our daughter’s birthday and then home for a week or so before our next trip.
This was the view from our verandah on the weekend , a brief moment of pure gold. I really love Autumn.
My favourite post for last week was (again) my response to Writespiration the 52 word challenge. I continued using my ‘wedding’ theme (with a twist) and you’ll have to go read it if you need to know more – The prompt was the bitch was right and my post can be found here.
I enjoyed Wordless Wednesday with a photos of a plane swimming across the lane ropes and the Weekly Photo challenge prompt of Wanderlust seemed very fitting to me. I also responded to a post from Donna, about changes she’s noted in herself since she retired. I was going to write a comment but decided it deserved more and ended up writing a whole post from my perspective – A new me or an upgraded version. It has opened up a whole new world to me and I enjoyed all the comments left in response.
I think that’s the best bit about blogging – the interactions, the comments, learning new things from others and reading so many talented people’s writings. I enjoy comments immensely and although we all get busy with our lives I get more from reading a comment than anything else.
Mondays are for musing and mulling over the week so feel free to join me.
I’d love to know what you’ve been up to.
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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