On December 25th Inspiration Bit will celebrate its first blogging anniversary. Even though I’ve set it up on December 12, I officially registered it on Technorati on Christmas Day. I haven’t decided yet on how I would celebrate this “significant” date, perhaps you can suggest me something? I’m not really keen on the idea of attracting sponsors (if any) and throwing a big prize giveaway, I don’t want anyone to get upset because of not winning any of the prizes.
What do you remember about your first days of blogging? For me it was like jumping into the ocean and either swimming far away from the shore energized and motivated, or swimming back to the land exhausted and hoping to survive. I was constantly learning something new. One day I was feeling confused, the next day I was ready to conquer the blogiverse only to be covered with another wave of discouragement.
At first I was posting whenever I had time, but as soon as I started getting some comments and discovering that people are actually subscribing and reading my blog, I became more responsible, and soon was posting almost daily. It didn’t last more than a few months though. I don’t know how others do that, but I find it very challenging to post daily while working (not blogging) full time. Those of you who are reading this blog since its early days, probably noticed the reduction in the number of posts per week. These last couple of months it hit the lowest – only one or a maximum of two posts per week, plus the new weekly feature A Bit Of Literature. Surprisingly though, the number of subscribers and visitors to this blog steadily grows. One of the blogging mysteries :-)
The reason behind that decrease is that in the past two months we were busy house hunting and selling our condo and then moving to a new place. First after a long search we finally found a place that we really liked, so we made an offer that was accepted, but with one condition: we get less than a month to sell our place. We agreed.
For the next few weeks we were living like in a museum: I’ve never had this house so clean, neat and beautifully set up before, but it was a constant struggle to keep it in the same presentable condition for so long (especially with the child at home). We had to be ready to leave our house anytime so that the potential clients could come and see our place, plus having an open house every weekend, when anyone could drop by and check it out.
Despite all our efforts and praise from many visitors, we didn’t find a buyer for our place by the set deadline. So we lost that place we liked, and re-started our house hunting. A week after we had an accepted offer on our place, we had buyers, but we didn’t have a place to move to. So we were back to square one, only from another end.
Needless to say those were very stressful days, so it’s no surprise that our immune systems were so low that we managed to get cold after cold, everyone from my daughter to my husband. My husband even ended up with pneumonia, I got a lung infection, and my daughter had a high fever for five days in a row. We’re still not fully recovered yet after catching another cold, but getting better. There is always light at the end of the tunnel, isn’t there?
To make the story short, we did manage to find another place, so we sold ours, bought a new one (a townhouse) and last weekend we moved. I’m not sure what’s more difficult – to pack or unpack? I’m leaning towards unpacking being more challenging. We’re still not fully unpacked, our new place looks like a big mess, but hopefully we’ll be all done by Christmas and celebrate it in a new nice and clean place.
So here you go: that’s why I didn’t have (and still don’t) much time left for blogging. Last week I did manage to timestamp my entry to Simonne’s group project, but didn’t prepare anything for the lit bit, hoping I’d have time to do so on the weekend, but we didn’t hook up our internet connection until late night on Sunday. I’m also catching up with all the accumulated client work, and I’m still hoping to give Inspiration Bit a much needed makeover for its first anniversary.
I have several drafts waiting to be finished and published when I have time and I’ll be hosting another group writing project this week and giving away the prize money I won from DailyBlogTips. So stay tuned for the details. In one of my upcoming posts I will share with you what I’ve learned from moving and unpacking that can be applied to blogging.
When was the last time you moved? How did it go?