My blogging goals

Daily Prompt: Goals

When you started your blog, did you set any goals? Have you achieved them? Have they changed at all?

Thanks for the great idea, Ritu!


My Mum is much quieter now than she used to be.  She has always been a voracious reader with a wide vocabulary.  In particular she always had a suitable reply to anything she was told.  Many of these were well-known phrases or sayings.

In a changing world, the English language is changing very quickly.  New technologies need new words.  New metaphors are being coined –if you coin a phrase, do you mint a metaphor?  I decided to collect together the phrases I heard as a child, from anyone at all.  I was encouraged to do this by my grown-up daughter and had the idea of writing a book.

I hoped that my daughter would read my work-in-progress and the easiest way to make it available to her was to start a blog.

At the outset I wasn’t aware of the social networking aspects of blogging.  I was writing a book online.  I published as soon as I was fairly happy with a post, frequently editing it once or even a few times after pressing PUBLISH.  I was drawn into the social side of blogging fairly quickly and made a few blogging friends.

At first I stuck to my aims of writing about sayings and my first 35 posts were on topic.  I  realised early on how many sayings originated from the linguistic heritage of the Authorised (King James) Version of the Bible.  References began to appear in my posts.

Then I began to branch out a bit.  I wrote a topical post about Bonfire Night for November 5.  I developed an idea I had had about 30 years earlier about words ending in “th”.  To the nth degree was the result.  My fortieth post was a summary. (I am aiming to recap every forty posts.)

When I discovered the Daily Post challenges I gave myself the additional challenge of using them within the style of my blog.

Ever hopeful (which I may not have managed to link up with the challenge), Going down! and With Hindsight  and others resulted.

So I have continued with my work-in-progress and after a comment from one of my new blogging friends (beeseeker), I decided I needed two blogs – the second one would be a blog rather than a work-in-progress.

I have joined in with other bloggers, notably for the Blogging from A to Z for April Challenge and I have settled down to a regular posting regime.  Mondays, Wednesdays and sometimes Saturdays on Sue’s considered trifles and whenever I have something to say on Sue’s Trifles.

Blogging motivates me to write regularly and reading other blogs helps stimulate my ideas.