It’s been a big fortnight for me. I’ve been working hard at work (it’s reporting time – always busy), and working hard at home too. Last weekend we popped down to Melbourne for a long weekend. It was a fantastic (and rare) chance to have some time away from the farm without the kids.
On the Saturday I went to the Kidspot Voices of 2015 launch, while Country Boy checked out the botanic gardens and the St Kilda community garden. I was quietly chuffed to have been named in the “Top 100 Digital Creatives” – in the Parenting and Style section (which I had a little giggle about, since neither of those things particularly pop into my brain when I think about myself).
I had a fabulous time meeting some bloggers who I had quietly stalked followed for the last few years, as well as some lovely bloggers who I have started stalking erm, following. Blogging is a bit of a strange business – we work very much on our own, but our connections are incredibly important. I met several people for the first time, who I “know”, but had never met. We exchange comments, and know a little about each others lives through our blogs, and it was great to be able to actually chat with them in person. I’m already looking forward to meeting up again sometime soon.
As part of the Voices of 2015 program, there was a masterclass, which was a series of workshops for bloggers to learn more about various aspects of running a blog. Boy did I learn a lot. It’s going to take a little time to digest everything, but I have an action list and I’m getting moving.
The masterclass could not have come at a better time, because for the last month I have been getting ready to move this little blog to a self hosted site. It has been my goal since Problogger last year, and I’m on the home stretch. I’m hoping that the move will give me a lot more flexibility in terms of design (I love fiddling around with code etc), and also a greater chance to grow the community of lovely people who pop in here to catch up on my country life.
My blog has changed a lot over the last 4 years. What began as sort of an online diary for my family and friends to keep up with our new farm adventures, has evolved into a creative place for me to share my thoughts and ideas. I’m writing about what I love, what I believe is important, and what life (to me) is all about. I’m always so glad that so many others pop in and share their thoughts with me. Although the farm is a long way from so many people, this little corner of the internet is my happy place, where I can connect with all sorts of people.
You will probably notice a few changes on the new blog over the next week or two. Hopefully it will be prettier, and reflect more of my personality, and taste. Fingers crossed that all the links will work, and that it functions well (I’ve been getting my sister to check everything for me). I’m also considering putting some affiliate links or ads in the sidebar to help cover some of the expenses that this blog has and keep my children in socks and shoes. I know that advertising etc isn’t everyone’s cup of team and I have got mixed feelings about this myself, but I want to stretch myself and try some new things out.
What won’t change is that I will continue to write about what I’m passionate about. The recipes, simple living ideas, and stories from the farm are here to stay. So too are the photos I love to snap with my trusty camera. After 4 years, I’m not ready to stop doing this. I’m ready to start a new adventure.
Have you had any new adventures lately? Want to join me on a new adventure?