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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

Finding Your Blogging Feet

I was reading a couple of posts written by new blogger, Becki (at Pelvis, Interrupted) yesterday.  She wrote about how she wasn't feeling true to herself with her writing and then her "epiphany", for want of a better word.  I think she had been trying too hard as a new blogger to please her audience rather than writing within her comfort zone and letting her audience find her.

Blogging is becoming much more of a social concept.  I wrote an article for the winter edition of Flying Start Magazine (page 36) aimed at new Parent Bloggers, although the advice is the same for everyone.  One observation I made was that blogs used to sit in their little corner of the internet, waiting to be discovered or they were read when you happened to mention to a friend that you wrote a blog.  Very often, blogs were considered a dirty little secret.

social engagement 2010
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image © Nickie O'Hara 2010
Now that more people are using the internet to socialise, blogging has become more acceptable as a way to communicate with the world.  Becki is realising that even though she hasn't got the same status as some of the more established blogs out there, she is creating her own little merry band of followers, all of whom are already looking forward to her posts (including me).   Some of those readers will have stumbled across her blog though searches on Google, some will have seen her self-promotional Tweets and some will be following her brand new "fan" page on Facebook.  We will have some mutual readers as we know each other from a parenting forum but her further community is different to mine.  We have crossovers on Twitter and on Facebook but nowhere else.

In the same respect, my crossover is completely different to yours too.  The parent blogging network is a close-knit one and is a wonderful community for networking and support, but there are other blogs out there too.  To have the same people reading the same blogs becomes incredibly insular, doesn't it?

*whispers* but don't stop reading this one....