Friday 22nd March 2019

Hello Again. 1/51 #LifeThisWeek. 2/2019.

Hello Again. 1/51 #LifeThisWeek. 2/2019.

Welcome to the New Year..here on the blog.

Thanks for coming on board, reading and commenting along with sharing your posts.

 

Some Bloggy Housekeeping. 

Every Monday (and there are 51 of them in 2019) it’s #LifeThisWeek with optional prompts for bloggers. Some people pick and choose, some do no prompts and others may add a post from ages ago or a new one. All I ask is:

  • just one post each blogger
  • you take a bit of time to comment on others’ blog posts when you can, because you make new connections
  • to comment on my post of the day because I love replying!

I always visit your blog and comment. I usually wait till the end of the link up – Wednesday 5 p.m. where I am – N.S.W. But the link up opens at 5.00 a.m. Mondays.

I have made one change to the line-up of optional prompts which is explained further on.

Happy New Year. Is It For You?

I know that we get quite a bit excited/apprehensive/bored (choose your own word) at the end of one calendar year and the start of another. I felt like this a little about the fact that I am still getting over cancer and that I will be seventy this year and that we  do not yet have a house to call our own

Then I decided to S T O P and appreciate what I have now.

So, for the seven days of January my instagram photo will be based on the word:

Appreciation.

The next 7 days will be about:

Beauty.

After that it will be about:

Connections.

Are you seeing a pattern emerging? Here is a little know (to me) fact: the exact same number of the letters of the English alphabet = half of the weeks of the calendar year. 26!

Trying Some New Ideas in 2019.

I will outline more next week about my ‘word of the year’ and ‘my intention’ for 2019, but for now I wanted to share this:

  • I have joined a private facebook group about using Tarot and Oracle Cards in our daily lives – it is part of a paid course for the first 3 weeks of 2019.
  • I do not really understand much about this but am a willing learner without being totally committed..at this stage.
  • I did an on-line free course (at own pace) with the same person, Susannah Conway who leads the above Daily Guidance) and found it more helpful than I imagined. It turned out that whilst I am new to this but others I know make this an annual commitment
  • I am enjoying taking time to explore, play with and arrange my sets of crystals. I like them from a sensory and beauty perspective and know there are other people who know much more but for me, this is enough
  • I have tried some easy journalling and colouring in other people’s publications not my own and have found it to be meditative and fun.

Practices I Need To Remember.

It is easy in the run of the mill week (yes, even retirees have them) to forget what both refreshes my soul and body. So, to this end, I am going to commit as best I can to this:

  • at least one beach walk a week
  • continuing to enjoy the plants in my pots and care for them, recently due to the weather, I have become the proud owner of 4 pots of varied succulents
  • making and colouring my mandalas. I have been missing doing these and my mind and body tell me, so I need to start up again. I will. I do love it.
  • out every day for at least a coffee. It does not always have to be a treat accompanying it but the ‘hit of caffeine’ once a day is beneficial for my mood and pain
  • dressing with purpose every single day NO matter WHAT and having that photo taken. It is about accountability too. I have put on some weight and remain OK with that but I want to be at ease with my size as it is now.

Looking Forward To This Year.

In keeping with some changes on the optional prompts, because I have  come up with over 1o0 prompts I think I am making one more to add to the repeating  regular ones.

Each 5th Week: Share Your Snaps continues

Each 9th Week: Taking Stock continues

Each 7th Week: a New Optional Prompt: Self-Care. Share Your Story.

Let’s get on with it! Here’s the post #1 for #lifethisweek in 2019. Only 50 to go!!

 

Happy Monday all,

Denyse.

You can link up something old or new, just come on in. * Please add just ONE post each week! * Feel free to go with the prompt for the week to add your ‘take’ on the prompt. Or not. * Please do stay to comment on my post as I always reply and it’s a bloggy thing to do! * Check out what others are up to by leaving a comment because we all love our comments, right! * Add a link back to this blog in your post somewhere. I don’t have a ‘button’ so a link in text is fine! *Posts deemed by me, the owner of the blog and the link-up, to be unsuitable for my audience will be deleted without notice. * THANK you for linking up today!

Joining Alicia here for Open Slather and Kell here for Mummy Mondays.

Next Week’s Optional Prompt: 2/51.  Word/Intention/Nothing for 2019. 14/1/19.


 

 

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How Did My Blog Start? 22/52. #LifeThisWeek. 2018.45.

How Did My Blog Start? 22/52. #LifeThisWeek. 2018.45.

In late 2010 I started a blog called Memories By Denyse.

The purpose, back then, was two-fold. It was to chart the story of the life of my husband as his memory became affected by what we were told was early dementia. It was also to showcase my photos because I take photos for memories.

Great start! Yes AND No.

  • getting a website and domain name was easy through my internet providor and they hosted (still do) the blog.
  • I found someone on line to set up the blog and then I had NO IDEA of what to do to change anything. And it really meant me paying others!
  • I’d like to say here is that first post but no. In fact almost all of my posts from 2010-2014 are now either in draft or gone to bloggy heaven.

So, what happened?

  • never one to do things simply, I decided after the first ever Aussie Blogging conference in March 2011 that I needed to write about more.
  • of course I did. So I added education. After all I was a retired principal. I also thought I could help both parents and teachers.
  • in fact in 2012 I was a guest blogger speaker at the Digital Parents Conference in Melbourne telling ‘my story’. Oh. It’s still on YouTube somewhere and I cringe because…
  • it was found that sometime that year that my husband’s so-called medical condition was the FAULT of every darned medication two specialists served up to him based on mis-diagnoses.

Hold on, I am going too fast! 

  • when I decided to go down the three blogs route because I could write about them, I complicated my on-life with: Memories By Denyse, Ready.Set.School. and Ready.Set.Teach. Yes. I even copyrighted my names and intellectual property.
  • Hold ON!
  • OK. I am stopping to explain that I started again (still had the domain name and could add as many blogs as I liked) WITH the most patient man ever. MY computer techie guy as I call him.
  • I met him in a local cafe and with the help of MY hand drawn examples, he came up with the way to make all three blogs work for me on-line. And after all this time, if I run into a blog issue I can call him. He’s the best and most generous person and does my work pro-bono! He did HAVE to give me lessons though. The main one was: Keep the number of plugins small & reduce the file size of your photos (yes, Craig, I have!)
  • They were all wordpress models using my own hosting.
  • But I over-did it. By spreading things too thin.
  • I used my skills and talents outside blogging with parent groups and pre-service teachers and a person blog for me. I used to tell stories about our family (not naming names) and with permission I used pics of the grandkids.
  • I was also teaching at Uni, caring for grandkids on some days of the week, and spreading the word on school readiness via my education consultancy business
  • I blogged up to 4-5 times a week and linked up. Back then there was a link up for each week day and on weekends it was Weekend Rewind.

What made me stop and think?

  • Blogging certainly brought me many new friends via commenting, blog link ups and social media. That was great. I continue to be grateful for that once I had fully retired from teaching at all levels and grandchild care.
  • Blogging for money was the goal at one stage for many bloggers and not wanting to be left out, I did some sponsored posts for a company who gave me a grant to attend a conference in Melbourne. (remember the My Family Stickers??)
  • I started to consider the ramifications of advice I was giving on the two education-based blogs and as I had to take out personal indemnity insurance for my education consultancy (costly, over $1000 annually) and blogging was taking OFF ….when I read about Blogging and The Law.
  • School Principal me considered a lot that was being disseminated and over the time of 2014 two of  my three blogs shut down at my request.
  • I did not keep many posts at all. It also helped me with costs at the hosting end to delete a lot of the blogging posts and photos and I do not regret that.
  • The posts relating to the family were all deleted and trashed (sounds terrible) at the hosting end even though there were no identifiers but I felt better as time past that there would be no digital footprints as any searches sent people to 404 error message.
  • It felt a bit sad when it came time to renew the hosting and the domain names but I let them go to focus on:

Denyse Whelan Blogs.

  • I needed something familiar and connecting me to others when we moved away from all I knew. Family, Sydney and Work.
  • I made a commitment from 1 January 2015 to blog EACH and EVERY day.
  • Yes, I did that until sometime in 2016 when I eased back but for sometime I blogged via topics which I continue to use as a guide today. I had a friend I met when I was making a logo to attend a conference who helped me greatly with these graphics in 2016. Thank you Tanya!
  • By 2017 and into 2018 this blog posts on Mondays and Tuesdays, and the topics vary. See above!
  • I linked up to the link ups that I knew were still around back then, but slowly they shrivelled up too.
  • Blogging was not something everyone continued. Many focussed on jobs once kids were at school. Some became dissillusioned with the blogging promise. 
  • By 2014 there was no more Digital Parents and some groups emerged on Facebook. Problogger conferences were/are the only ones that are around. I went to one in Melbourne in 2012.
  • In 2016 I got the opportunity to host my own link up and chose Mondays as Kirsty had retired her link up. Alicia has a link up too on Mondays as does Kell.
  • In 2017 Leanne made a Thursday link up as did Sue and Leanne each Wednesday
  • Kylie hosts I Blog on Tuesdays after Jess retired her blog.
  • There are far fewer bloggers linking up these days and my view is that people are busy with life, are not blogging much and to commit to a link up would mean commenting more and some just do not have the time.

Why Are Link Ups Important?

  • On a personal level I know that I get more people reading and commenting than if I just posted.
  • I deliberately do not have an email sign up because I did and I had few people sign up.
  • I know rely on my Bloglovin’ follow on my blog and me adding my posts to facebook.
  • But I love link ups because I get to meet new bloggers and that is the joy of blogging,

Connecting is Why I Blog.

  • When I returned to full-time blogging in 2015 my blog’s name is Denyse Whelan Blogs (then I added) To Connect.
  • Humans thrive on connection and on-line is one of my daily ways to do so.
  • Moving to a new area and three house moves in that time means that many of my connections are as they say in the computer.
  • I will continue to blog as long as I enjoy it and I have people reading and adding their comments. The conversations are the best!
  • Last year my cancer diagnosis was one very big example of the connections and care in the blogging community and I am always grateful for that.

Tell Me, How Did Your Blog Start?

I know not all of my readers are bloggers but I am really looking forward to reading everyone’s stories if they have decided to follow the optional prompt.

Denyse.

On Mondays I link up with Alicia here.

Life This Week 22/52.

You can link up something old or new, just come on in. * Please add just ONE post each week! * Feel free to go with the prompt for the week to add your ‘take’ on the prompt. Or not. * Please do stay to comment on my post as I always reply and it’s a bloggy thing to do! * Check out what others are up to by leaving a comment because we all love our comments, right! * Add a link back to this blog in your post somewhere. I don’t have a ‘button’ so a link in text is fine! *Posts deemed by me, the owner of the blog and the link-up, to be unsuitable for my audience will be deleted without notice. * THANK you for linking up today!

Next Week’s Optional Prompt: 23/52. What I Will Never See Again. 4/6/18. 


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