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Looking back over three years of blogging

I became a blogger almost by accident.  An idea for a writing project – to collect the sayings, which I heard a lot in my youth – met with encouragement from my daughter and some trusted friends.  My daughter, who had left home, had been blogging for some time.  Rather than do my project privately and bombard her with emails, I decided to set up a blog so that she (and anyone else) could read it without any pressure.

The story of my blogging adventure is recorded in the What’s new section of my first blog.  Sue’s considered trifles was 3 years old on Thursday.

Writing to a formula has advantages and disadvantages.  The main disadvantage for me was that my imagination was being limited by the structure of my posts.  After a few months I had learned quite a lot about blogging and WordPress.  I had discovered the Daily Prompt and other blogging challenges; I wanted to join in.  One of my followers commented that he preferred my usual posts.  The time had come to start my second blog!

Sue’s Trifles was available as a blog name – unlike my first two choices for a name, when I signed up to WordPress.  It was nearly the end of March 2013.  Within days I decided I was in need of inspiration, so I typed “Challenge” into the WordPress Reader.  A post came up announcing that its author was going to take part in the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge.  I clicked the link and signed up for the challenge.

Through the A to Z Challenge I have made friends with bloggers in several countries around the world.  I was thrilled, when the founder of the challenge visited my blog early in April and left and encouraging comment.

Since then I have posted in various categories.  I have been involved in Blog Action Day twice.  Blog Every Day in November resulted in posts on topics I might not have considered otherwise.

Taking part in Blog Action Day encouraged me to join Twitter.  I’d love you to read the story of how my Twitter handle (username) came about.

Craft, gardening, travel, books and more have appeared on Sue’s Trifles.  I have done a few guest posts on other blogs and have hosted one guest blogger.  She seems to have found some renewed enthusiasm for blogging recently.

Having prepared the posts for my third Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge in advance, I expected to slow down on the blog-writing front.  However an outing on what I later realised was the second anniversary of Sue’s Trifles inspired me to start a third blog.  (By this time I had stopped writing new material for Sue’s considered trifles, although I still have some phrases and sayings left over.)

Sue’s words and pictures is the blog where I share photos taken on my smart-phone.  I have only been using it for eight months.  The phone, that is.  Perhaps the novelty will wear off.

I enjoy fiddling with the appearance of my blogs, although it can be frustrating at times.  Widgets have to be set up carefully!  Layout is also important to me.  I have been known to edit the words so that they fit round the pictures more neatly.

I nearly forgot to mention that I entered both my blogs in the 1st UK Blog awards under the Education (individual) category.  To my surprise they were both short-listed.  (I also entered Sue’s Trifles in the lifestyle category.)  The Awards Evening was an experience to remember (in a good way).

As well as blogging I am also trying to write a book.  I hope over the next year to be able to reduce the time I spend blogging and concentrate on other projects, which might lead to publication off-line.

For those who like numbers, here are my stats on the third anniversary of Sue’s considered trifles:

Sue’s considered trifles

  • POSTS 285
  • VIEWS 7,930
  • VISITORS 3,639
  • BEST VIEWS EVER 60

Sue’s Trifles

  • POSTS 493
  • VIEWS 11,597
  • VISITORS 5,806
  • BEST VIEWS EVER 113

Sue’s words and pictures

  • POSTS 33
  • VIEWS 589
  • VISITORS 380
  • BEST VIEWS EVER 33

If you blog, do you see it as an adventure?  If not, what sort of blogs do you like best?

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Colours again

After all the hoo-ha about “that dress”, I wrote a post about colour perception and crochet.

I always find it interesting to knit from the same pattern using different colours or the same colours reversed.

Recently I shared the photo of a baby garment I knitted.  I had (deliberately) bought too much yarn.  For my next project (after knitting bootees and a bonnet) I knitted the same outfit in the larger size with the colours reversed.  I did not knit another bonnet.  I had designed this myself by adapting another pattern and substituting the stitches from the jacket pattern.  Until it has been tested on a real baby, I am not sure that it is a good design.

All the patterns I have for baby clothes are about thirty years old or more.

Reversed colours

Reversed colours

Anyhow, without more ado, I present a photo of the jackets in two colour ways – white and pink and pink and white.  (Clicking on the photo enlarges it.)

For a bit of fun, I am adding a poll.  Which colours do you prefer, the larger or the smaller?  

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Can a blog post be a list or a list a blog post?

On Saturday I travelled by public transport to the writers’ group I joined last year.  The outward train was crowded due to a large number of events in the towns and villages en route and at the destination.  Apart from exchanging a few remarks with other passengers, I spent the journey looking out of the window and making exhaustive notes of the interesting things I saw.

I made a few notes on a similar journey in March.  Spring was late this year.  My notes this time were eight times as long.  Admittedly I am counting the journey in both directions.  In March I only made notes on the outward journey of things, which caught my attention from another crowded train.  As far as I remember I did puzzles on the way back.  The clocks changed to British Summer Time that night.

So to the lists:-

28 March

Flowers
Primroses

Animals
Sheep and lambs

Birds
Geese in a field
Kestrel on a post
Pheasant in a field

4 July

Flowers
Brambles
Broom
Buttercups
Clover
Elderflower
Flowering grasses
Foxgloves
Gorse
Hogweed
Honeysuckle
Meadowsweet
Nettles in flower
Opium poppies
Ox-eye daisies
Poppies
Red campion
Rhododendrons fading
Rosebay willowherb
Rugeosa roses
Thistles
Vetch
Wild roses
Yellow loosestrife
Yellow verbascum

Animals
3 donkeys in a field
Dog and owner (wrapped up against the wind)
Friesian cows (black and white)
Sheep
Red, white and black cattle (single colours)
Cows and calves
Red and white cows
One bull

Birds
One cormorant flying, one fishing and a colony on rocks exposed by the tide (which was fairly high)
Gulls
Magpies
Martins
Rooks and crows
Swallows
Wood pigeons

The smaller plants, birds and animals escaped my notice.  Even so I saw more than I’d have seen from a car.

If you enjoy reading lists there are lots of possibilities.  Apart from dictionaries, thesauruses, and telephone directories (now known as phone books), I am aware of two books made up entirely of lists.  One is Hunter Davies’ Lists and the other is Schott’s Original Miscellany by Ben Schott.