Lynsey The Mother Duck will be a year old in August. I am very proud of it. I knew I loved writing but being a mum to a child with severe disabilities, a riotous toddler and Hubby who was working away most weeks, I wasn't sure how much time and energy I would feasibly have to dedicate to it.
Some weeks it gets more love than others; largely dependent on how willing to entertain himself J2 is at any one time during the day. I have managed to attract a slow but sure growing audience and The Mother Duck also now has its own Facebook page and Twitter account.
I have found some incredible and inspiring blogs, some funny, laugh out loud blogs, some deep and meaningful blogs, some creative blogs. I have met 'virtually' some amazing people who's insights and supportive words have gone a long way.
I have received heartwarming comments from some who say reading the Disability Diaries posts have opened their eyes; made them realise they are not alone in feeling the way they do; given them inspiration.
Overall I have to say the first (almost) year with Lynsey The Mother Duck blog has been an extremely positive one and I am looking forward with excitement about what the next 12 months might bring. Particularly as after Easter 2013 J2 will be off to Nursery for 'standard issue' hours and this should mean I get some good solid time to develop it further and my writing ambitions in general.
But as good as everything is, all blogs are a work in progress. I always think it is beneficial to stand and take stock every few months. To question what is working and what is not. If it is does it need improving and if not why not. This is certainly applicable to Lynsey The Mother Duck.
I personally feel that the best blogs I read are the ones that have a theme, or purpose. Generally I have sought them out for being specific and relatable to what I want to know / read / find out about. It is great to read comments on the networking sites talking about 'Whatever Blog' that really tackles the subject of 'XYZ'. These seem to be the ones that make it to 'the next level'.
My biggest issue with The Mother Duck is that exact thing. I feel it's content is somewhat scattered. Then again, it is a family life blog, and what is family life if not an array of scattered and random events and incidents that inspired us to write about them. I have considered if I should make it all about The Disability Diaries but we strive to not make life all about J1's disabilities, so do not feel this would be fair. I also get a lot out of posting about personal challenges and / or hopes and do not want to exclude being able to do this. Then of course there is a creative side to the Mother Duck which has paddled it's way to the surface in recent months.
It is a difficult one. I tried setting a 'post schedule' once before to try and get some organisation to the blog, but I felt I had 'failed' if I missed one. As all bloggers with small children will understand, there are many variable factors that affect how much time can be dedicated to writing / blogging in any one week.
Maybe I need to sit down and really think about what I would like the blog to achieve and what I would like to achieve myself. What do you as my audience think of posts? Do you feel the blog could do with more direction? Is it too adhoc? I think that I could certainly make use of the 'Pages' feature, and perhaps run themes through these, like I have done for The Disability Diaries.
Let's hope that the 'BritMums Live 2012!' conference this week helps me to find some clarity!