Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Expanding onto pastures new ...

I hadn’t realised it until now but I’ve had this blog going for just over a year.  I’ve been quite absorbed in other things lately and the first anniversary on 3rd October completely passed me by.
So here I am saying a belated Happy 1st Birthday to my lovely blog!  

I had one before this but I didn’t manage to keep it going for one reason or another.  It was along the same kind of lines as this one when it started out, but after a whole year of posting this one has evolved into something a bit different.

It was originally intended as a means of chronicling my first tentative steps into the world of writing, but I have found writing to be a tricky business to get into.  I don’t just mean that from a publishing point of view either.  I'm not far enough along yet to know anything about that side of it!   

The very act of coming up with stories and then sitting down to turn them into something readable is a lot harder than I thought it would be.  Needless to say I haven’t given up, but I don’t want to say too much about that now; I’m saving it for the next IWSG post.

I’m pleased that my blog covers all three aspects of my title: book reviews (although these have been lacking lately) for Reading, blog hops and short pieces for Writing, and I think my film challenge is qualifying in the Everything in Between section.

Doing the A-Z challenge back in April certainly helped to boost my blogging confidence and I’m looking forward to it again next year.  I’ll probably work more to a theme next time around.
The focus of my blog seems to have moved a little way away from the art of writing over the last few months, and this has prompted me to think about starting up a second blog to focus solely on writing.  I fully intend to keep this blog going, it’s a lot of fun to do and I still have my challenges to get through!

I think for the new one though, I want to try and keep a journal of my writing practices and have a regular spot to post short stories and at this stage I’m thinking of themes for each month to write stories about.  It’s still in the very early planning stages but I will keep you updated as to its progress.  Ideally I’d like a launch date of 1st January, and now that I’ve made this semi-announcement about it I should have more impetus to get it moving.  Watch this space for more news!


  1. Happy belated one-year anniversary. I think every blogger has had at least one or two failed blog attempts in the past. I can't even count how many blogs I have started and not seen through. But, at some point, something just clicks and you find your rhythm.

    Good luck with the writing, I think I am pretty much in the same boat there. Keep it up!

  2. Thank you! I'm sure that other blog is in the ether somewhere, I should really find it and see how far I got with it ...

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    1. Hi Tena, the A-Z challenge runs in April and the idea is to post something every day in April apart from Sundays. Each day you use a letter of the alphabet to begin your blog post so, 1st Apr is A, 2nd Apr is B, and so on. By excluding Sundays from the challenge it leaves 26 days for 26 letters.
      You can find out more information at

  4. Looks to be interesting :-) Are they planning a 2013 A-Z edition? Might try to join in (That is if I can remember that far in advance).