New discoveries (and an old favourite)

The final challenge in the Problogger ‘Find Your Blogging Groove’ challenge has arrived. Today’s post theme is to write a link post. I have really enjoyed this challenge, and it has reminded me why I started blogging in the first place. One of the most enjoyable aspects has been finding some amazing blogs from a variety of niches through the Facebook group, that I wouldn’t have discovered otherwise. Today I’m going to share a few of them with you.

Running

Forged By Georges Tim is an ultra marathon runner. I think his blog initially spoke to me because my husband is also an ultra marathon runner. Tim writes about his journey to running 100 miles, his inspirations, struggles, and the lessons learned. I love Tim’s attitude – we have similar philosophies when it comes to running, if you believe you can, you can.

Magic of Running Katherine is another long distance runner. We both love half-marathon distance fir similar reasons. Katherine reviews running events, writes about running inspiration, and how to choose a running event right for you. Katherine writing is positive and encouraging, and makes you want to get out there and run.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Encouraging Others in the Special Needs Trenches Jenny is a fellow ASD parent. Her post about the day her son opening up to her broke her heart really touched me. I’ve been there. It can be hard to get your child with ASD to open up to you, even if they are verbal, but sometimes what they tell you makes you want to cry. Jenny writes to help and support other special needs parents, and I’m so glad I found her blog.

Job Seeking

Kingsley Aigbona I found this post of Kingsley’s really useful. I’m job seeking at the moment, so I’m all for information to help me impress during an interview. I actually had an interview this morning, so I put some Kingsley’s tips to use. While I haven’t got an official job offer yet, the interview went well, and the interviewer told me that they don’t think they can afford not to hire me. Fingers crossed, and thanks Kingsley!

Parenting

Where’s My Glow This has been one of my favourite blogs for many years. I think I found Glow’s blog when I first started reading blogs when my second child was a baby. Glow is a fellow Australian blogger, and our youngest children were born within a few days of each other. Glow writes about parenting, living with mental illness, and has a great sense of humour.

I’m a little sad that the Problogger challenge has come to an end. I’ve really enjoyed the challenges, and it has given me some new ideas on coming up with content, and which styles of blog posts work for me. I think I’ve definitely found my blogging groove back, and I can’t wait to share with you all the posts I’ve got written in my head.

Back to Blogging?

Despite all my best intentions at the start of 2015, last year was a pretty poor year for blogging for me. I can’t have published more than half a dozen blog posts. I found that after writing essays for what felt like constantly in the first half of the year, and then more assignments whilst on placement in second semester, I just didn’t have the headspace to write anything that wasn’t uni related. Coupled with lack of time between uni, placement and family commitments, even if I had ideas to write about, I just didn’t have the time or motivation to write anything decent.

But 2016 is here, uni is finished, and at the moment, I’m unemployed. While I’m job seeking (which may take a while as our state government has put a freeze on all government/public sector jobs unless you are already employed in the public sector, until the new financial year), I’ve got plenty of time for blogging.

I’ve thought about blogging again since the end of last year, but I guess I’ve been scared to? It’s been so long since I’ve written anything here, and I doubt anyone is reading. But at the end of the day, at this stage, I need to write for myself, not for anyone who may be reading.

I read on a blog the other day (I can’t remember which one though) ‘the more you blog, the better you blog’. I think this goes for writing in general, and that the more you write, the more you write, and the easier you find writing. Hopefully that will happen here. I plan on completing a post-grad degree sometime in the future. I hope, that if I keep writing here, when it comes time to study again, writing assignments will come back easily, and that my writing will improve over that time.

I guess I’ll just have to wait and see. I’m not putting pressure on myself this year though. I’ll just see if the words come, and where they take me.

G. xx

Blogging and (lack of) sleep

I’m finding it really difficult to find time to write blog posts at the moment. I usually try and write blog posts when Harry and Zach are sleeping during the day. Since being sick, their sleep patterns are all over the shop. They get put down for a nap at the same time, but one will take a lot longer to fall asleep than the other, and by the time the second has fallen asleep, and I’ve managed to go to the loo, have coffee, spend time with the older kids, the first twin is waking. Resettling is really hit and miss. I’ve got so many half-written posts that I have grand plans for, but by the time I get back to them, they no longer seem relevant.

Nights aren’t much better than days. More frequent wakings, and waking at different times to each other. I’m so tired at the moment that by the time I get some time to myself at night, I struggle to write anything. Its pretty much veg in front of the tv for a bit, then off to bed before someone wakes (if I’m lucky, sometimes they wake before I get to bed). I haven’t run in weeks, I’m lacking motivation for just about everything and I’m just feeling blah. Oh, and my sinuses are STILL congested.

I’m hoping that the sleep thing improves soon, my brain needs it, my body needs it, and so does this blog.

And with that, someone has just woken from their nap.

I hope you have a wonderful easter, and that you’re getting more sleep than me.