What, when and why blog ?


     And I think you can add “How” to that list too. I’ve been blogging for a couple of years now, well to be exact, I have had a blog for a couple of years. Over the past few weeks/months, I have been thinking about what it means to me. So I have decided to put down in writing “What, when and why I write a blog. Hopefully it might be generate some interest. I can but try.

What

     Well, I suppose what I write about is me. My opinions. My perspective on life, if you please. I sometimes write on topical subjects, but it is mainly about my life at home and work and family. A lot of the stuff I write is things that anger me. And there are a lot of things that anger me! It is a kind of release, when I can put down in words the frustration I sometimes feel. But then again, I often write, just about things that have happened. Everyday mundane things, and often when I read them back, I think ‘does anyone really read this rubbish’. I’ve often wondered if I would be better picking a subject, and writing about that. That is one of the main thoughts that passes through my head, when I sit down to write a blog post.

When

     I don’t have a fixed schedule for blogging. I just do it when  ever I fell like it. Or if there is something I want to get off my chest. When I first started, I wrote every day. Not large volumes, just a paragraph or two. I soon found that trying to keep that up was difficult. Quite often I write when something has happened that is out of the ordinary. I suppose most of the time, I write late at night, whilst waiting for the youngest to get off to sleep. Mrs H goes off to bed, then for then next half hour or so, we try and get R*** to settle. That 30 or 40 minutes is when I like to write. Very occasionally, I will write something at work, and email it to myself, to write up in the blog later.

Why

     Now that is the big question! Why? Why do I write a blog? In the beginning, I think it was because it appeared to be the thing to do. After all, everyone was blogging weren’t they ? Well I very soon realised that not everyone was doing it. In fact, out of a department of around 70 people, I was the only one blogging. As I was writing something every day, it became like a kind of diary. But that was not what I wanted. I did not want to bore anyone who read my stuff, with mundane day to day trivialities. Now, one of the reasons I blog, to keep up my interest in writing. I want to write more creatively, and have been advised, that I should ‘just write and write often’.

     I was asked recently, if I get lots of comments or hits on my blog. I of over egged and said yes. In reality, I don’t get many hits and I get very few comments, but it does not stop me. So I suppose, that one of the main reasons for writing a blog is to be read. To have something to say that might be of interest to someone else.

How

     My main blogging client, is Windows Live Writer. I have used Blogdesk, which was very good, but does not work with Windows 7. I also tried a strange program (or should I be very trendy and call it an ‘app’) called Raven, or Zoundry Raven. I did not have much luck with that one. I recently had a trial at using Word 2010. It was okay, there was a lot it could do, but as a fellow blogger said “….it was like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut…..” and I think that just about sums it up. For the time being, Live Writer ticks all the boxes.

 

How did it look ?


     Well the text handling did what I had hoped for. I was able indent the first line, no problems (someone has since advised that all I need to do in Writer is hit the spacebar five times). Paragraph indentation worked well, but will I use it ? Not sure. Inserting a single image was not really a problem, except for the sizing issue. I understand that the image style I chose was the problem with space. I chose a random style that had a part mirror image at the bottom. What it does is creates another image, inverted and fades it. So basically it was one image on top of the other. There also seemed to be no way to add tags easily. Writer does have a plugin, which does it in a round about way. It’s not perfect, but it’s there. I miss the Writer preview function and the ability to write in the blog format, which is a  really useful feature.

     I also found that I could upload the whole document to my WordPress blog, but I usually cross-post to Blogger, which did not seem to allow me to use images. Writer does not have this problem. So, for the immediate future, it looks like I will stick to Writer.

Quick update


The interview did go well. When I got home on Friday afternoon, there was a voicemail from my new Manager. I was offered one of the two jobs I had applied for. It wasn’t the first preference, but there was so little difference between my preferences, that I was quite happy. Very happy in fact. However, this is going to cause some problems for my current management. I felt that I was being pressurised, even bullied, into trying to get keep the ‘status quo’ with regard to my job. It was never going to happen! My job had gone, and I was fighting to get another job. I still don’t think my line manager has grasped the idea. He will do soon though !!!

I’m going to ring my new manager first thing in the morning. Hopefully before my (ex) line manager (SM) gets in. I will need to both formally accept the offer, and need to talk about my new roles and responsibilities. I also need to talk about, what will happen in my old job. I have a strong feeling that SM will try and cause some trouble. He has already dismissed my new manager as not knowing what things are about. Some of his comments, such as “What she needs to understand is ….”, shows his contempt for people that he does know. I have come to the conclusion, over the years, that he does not like so called ‘powerful women’. I think he feels threatened by them. I, on the other hand, have no problem with women bosses.

On a whim, I decided to write up a version of the telephone message, from my new boss. I added a little bit of dramatic license. Just over four hundred words and I feel it reads quite well. I may post it on here, but then again …….I am going to start writing anything and everything. It can only give me more experience, and I am also going to start calling myself a writer. Not a good/bad writer, just a writer.

Well I didn’t realise….


This is good. Using Windows Live Writer to write a blog on here. It’s just as easy as writing online. In fact is is easier and I can post the same blog to both blogs if I so choose. Oooh …… get me … with my sophisticated online presence.

So what will I post on here. Answers on a postcard to ………

Work was ok .. nope that won’t do…… not even I want to know about that.

Must think of a running theme. But not now.