Not in shops

A couple of weeks ago you may have noticed a new image in my side bar, or maybe not. But anyways, I was asked to become part of the  Not in Shops team and be an official blogger for.

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The email from them was seriously timed perfectly!! Only a few weeks before that had I actually discovered the site when I was looking for a present for a friends baby shower but I wanted something a little different, a little more unique than the standard present. And they definitely delivered in that department!

I’m so excited to share with you in the coming months some of the great things you can purchase that really aren’t in the shops, and hopefully there will be a giveaway or two along the way! So stay tuned!

Thinking in words

A couple of weeks ago, I wondered what the point of this blog was anymore. It’s been a shitty few weeks, not necessarily for me, but for friends and people who I admire. Some shitty things happen to good people you know? Both in the real world and the online world all the time, doesn’t make it right though does it?

I spoke of being plankton in the blog world not too long ago, and I really wanted to change that this year. One of my goals was to blog more regularly and even try to get myself nominated for the Kidspot Voices of 2015. I wanted to build my ‘reach’ here and over on Facebook, and continue to build my little community here. But why? Why, why, why?

When I sit back and look at it all, one of the main reasons for me is that I think in words. I always have. At a young age, I used to lock myself away in the study and type on my typewriter fanciful stories. I even remember in Year 7, I gave my novel to a friend to read., she loved it so much, that in Art that year she designed a front cover for it. Writing that novel became consuming, I would think about the words I would write when I got home, the characters became part of my life, to me they were as real as the people sitting next to me.

Most days, no matter what I am doing, I am thinking about writing. I write and edit in my own head. Sometimes I get the chance to come here and get it all down, but sometimes life as a mother of two little people and a teacher takes over. I take photos and when I see an amazing one pop up on the viewfinder, I just cant wait to share it, because you know, printing photos these days is almost non-existent.

And if I go even deeper, like soul searching deep, at the base of it all is my longing to be accepted and to create bonds with like minded people. I want friendships for myself outside my normal circle. Sometimes I have been accepted and welcomed with open arms, even if only partially. And sometimes, ignored altogether, even by people who I thought I had a connection with. But, I can be proud in the fact that I

I will keep writing, because I love it, it makes me happy and it is my creative outlet. I will still set goals, even if they are unlikely to be obtained. And I will continue to be proud of little, old introverted me for putting myself out there, and reaching out to people. Whatever happens from here on in, only time will tell xx

Glaringly obvious!

A couple of weeks ago I attended my first Bloggers BBQ hosted by Kids Business. It was a wonderful day with the family, Hubby even came. I got to chat with some wonderful companies about their products and even got to try a couple out, but as the day went on a few things became glaringly obvious to me…

~~ I think I explained it well to Hubby, blogging is an ocean, all different types of creatures. There are whales, who rock the blogging world, are well known, have many followers, stick to their brand and can walk the walk and talk the talk. And then there is me, plankton. I am plankton in the blogging world, and that’s totally cool too you know?

~~ Even though I have been blogging for a few years now, I am still relatively new to it all really. I don’t really talk the lingo, or run in any circles, and if I do see a blogger or someone I follow on Instagram in person, introvert me doesn’t allow me to go over and say hi. I love that on a whim one night a few years back I fan-girled Cherie, and she actually wasn’t too freaked out by my moment of confidence and invited me to dinner, I totally love her for that! But those moments for me are few and far between, I am after all an anxiety ridden introvert.

~~I just don’t talk the talk. I love working with companies and brands who I believe in, or whose products I use, but it just isn’t me to dress on up and put my brave, smiley, confident face on and talk myself up. There is a reason I blog and hide behind my computer screen, there totally is! I was in absolute awe of some of the bloggers I saw the other day, they were creating partnerships with brands on the spot like I make a vegemite sandwich for my kids. I wish them all the best, and part of me wishes I displayed that type of confidence too.

But what does it all mean to me, Bel, the blogger? Well, it really just means I keep plugging away. I have a couple of goals for my little place this year, and whatever happens along the way I will be grateful for. I write for me, it’s my thing, and I write for my little community I have and am slowly creating. I may never be a whale, but this year, I am hoping to totally rock being a plankton!