It's been a bit of a week. The Tubblet is finishing primary school and has her leaver's tea today. She's as prepared for secondary as it's possible to be. She's had an induction day, met her form teacher and the rest of her class. We've an appointment to go and buy her uniform later today. It's a long list and I'm slightly nervous about how much that will all cost!
Blog-wise, I've joined 30 Plus Blog Collective, started by Haley, the London Beauty Queen and taken part in my first twitter chat. Fun and confusing! Mumsnet and Britmums retweeted two of my posts. Even got an email about a sponsored post opportunity. Sadly completely unsuitable, but it's nice to be asked. I'm beginning to feel more confident in the blogging world and more connected with other bloggers.
So, of course I'm taking a break from blogging and social media. We've family over from the US. I don't want to spend time sweating over the Internet whilst Rev T gets grumpy as we should have left to meet everyone by now. I want to enjoy spending time with people I love who I don't get to see very often. Pesky ocean. As this is my first scheduled break, I wondered what I should do.
According to the Blogosphere
- Plan what to publish whilst away.
- As it's holiday season, appeal to core audience as there won't be many new readers around. Write posts on similar subjects to the most popular ones. (Based on mine, it's rants, blogging, happiness and house rules!)
- Schedule posts to appear whilst away. Have some kind of online access. Something may be mis-spelled. The scheduler could go mad and spam the world.
- Let readers know that blogger will be away from the blog, but reassure them that scheduled posts will be appearing.
- Share on twitter or Instagram whilst away to maintain connection between blogger and reader.
What I'm actually going to do
- None of the above. I'm taking a step back and going offline. No screens! I still haven't got round to installing a thing that does the scheduling. I also think a break should actually be a break. I'm sharing the Blogosphere's ideas as they might help you.
- Rev T, the Tubblet and I are going off to make some memories. Some of which I'll blog about when I'm back. Others will be ours, all ours! Everyone needs some level of privacy. You don't have to share everything for people to be able relate to you online. It's good to have a line between the Internet and the rest of life.
When I'm back, I'll find out if Sarah has successfully reorganised Mama's diet; how Martyn has been entertaining his boys; if LittleO has got less little; what new, beautiful photos Pixiedust has taken; what moments Franca has had; how Sevenseasaway is doing; whether Michelle have caught up with that joy; if Tayla and Momster have written more posts that make me snort coffee through my nose; what new words Baby has invented ... And so much more!
So, for my final post before I disappear for a bit is the 11 Things Tag. Lena from Foray Into Fashion tagged me for this one. Thanks Lena.
11 Things ...
Who would play you in a film of your life?
Not sure, but hopefully someone good! Maybe Sheridan Smith.
If you could live in any soap, which would it be and why?
I don't watch soaps so can't make an informed choice. The Archers?! Can I be in Who instead?!
If you could change one trait about yourself which would it be?
It would be great to be more organised. (I wonder what Rev T would say?!)
What is your day job and would you give it up to write full-time if offered the opportunity?
I work as a researcher for a financial services company. I wouldn't give it up to write full time. Writing as hobby makes it fun. Writing for work would be ... um ... work!
What do you not like about blogging?
Blogging is a great way to make friends of all ages from all over the world but I've mixed feelings about the whole tribe thing. At best it's bloggers you love, enjoy interacting with and feel like you'd get on with if you actually met them. It's also bloggers you admire. At worst it's the hatchet faced, dead eyed kids at school who used to snigger when you walked past. Whatever tribe you are, it's not their tribe.
What has been the happiest day of your life so far?
It's a toss up between my wedding day and the day the Tubblet was born. There have been other happy days too!
Do you play any sports?
What is your favourite item of clothing?
If you wrote a book would it be fact or fiction?
Likely to be non-fiction as that would combine my love of research with writing. Not sure what I'd actually write it on though! A small little detail!
Who is your favourite person from history?
Caroline Norton. Most of the rights we have as women in the UK stem from her unsuccessful attempts at divorcing her husband.
Which colour means the most to you and why?
Purple. The colour of my wedding dress.
This tag may be played out, but if you want to join in, then feel free! Steal these questions or invent some new ones.
Have a great time whilst I'm offline. I really look forward to catching up with you when I'm back.
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