It’s the 30th of November. As Mammasaurus would say (and maybe she is) HONK HONK! It is time for the fireworks exploding as we go down the stairs, it’s time to crack open something fizzy and it’s time to, well, errr, get my life back.
NaBloPoMo set us the challenge of doing a post a day for the month of November and it seemed like a good idea at the time. Wooed by the prospect of more readers for my blog, a target and the opportunity to learn a bit more about the blogging world, I glibly said “I’m in”.
Perhaps I should learn to think before I type. Please, if you see my typing “I’m in” in a reply section below a challenge reply with “are you sure?”. I should have stuck to what I was doing – a post as and when I was ready to post.
Admittedly, I’ve learnt a whole load about blogging. I’ve vlogged (did you not know I keep a screwdriver in my handbag?), I’ve reviewed Fimo and we’ve been to the football. I may well have done these had I not been doing the challenge but it certainly pushed me into trying. I’ve discovered the art of the Listography, been tagged in some memes, posted some recipes, fallen back in love with my camera and met via both comments and Twitter, some lovely lovely people. So for that – woohoo to NaBloPoMo.
On the downside, I have been tied to my laptop, anti-social and the blog is no longer the Cheetah’s. It’s ours. I’m not sure that that’s a good thing. It’s certainly not what I intended it to be 3 months ago.
It’s made me question all sorts of things – the importance of your blog being read (and therefore should you write it in a way that makes it more readable?), how I come across in the blog (mad, clearly) – I’ve entered into the blogger/blagger debate but I still don’t why on earth I’ve been staying up watching I’m A Celebrity!
And now we’re at the end and what do I have to show for it? 30 posts, some lovely comments (thank you all x) and well, not a lot else really. As the cleaning fairies haven’t upped their game as I’ve been glued to the laptop I need to catch up on that job and I might get to sit and watch crap tv of an evening with my husband. I’m going to read the foodie magazines that are sitting unopened next to my bed, write the Christmas cards (yes, with a pen) and I’m going to get on with getting ready for Christmas. I’m the pianist for 2 lots of school nativity plays and will off with the school choir to sing carols at an old people’s home, I’m training other volunteers how to run Brownie meetings and I’m planning my Christmas baking (the After Eights and Malteasers are in the cupboard ready to be incorporated into cupcakes!).
As for the blog, the plan is to return it a little more to the Cheetahs (did you know that Cheetah’s like coleslaw?) and mix in a few photos and the odd recipe. That, after all, is much more true to me and I think, on reflection after 30 days posting, that’s what blogging is all about.