Sunday, July 27, 2014

Why do you Blog?

I am still ever conscious of the fact that I haven't really blogged much this whole year!
Does it bother me? Yes a little.
If so then why aren't I blogging much? I really don't know!

Seems I went off line after my op last year and when I finally found my feet again it was just as our world came crashing back down with news of my husbands imminent operation.

Blogging is always in the back of my head but just not as much as it use to be.
I have been looking at all the blogs I follow and looking to see what they blog about. News, current affairs, life, pictures, children, craft to name a few.

It made me take a look back through my blog to see what I had been blogging about?
Turns out it was all about family, mainly because I started my blog to keep my parents and extended relatives in foreign lands (or was that that I was in the foreign land and they were at home?) informed of how the boys were growing and what we had been up to.

I then realised that because of blogging I always had the camera with me. I was always taking pictures. I captured everything we were doing just on the off chance there might be something I wanted to blog about.

So with taking time out in the last almost a year, I have come to realise 1 major thing......?
I don't have my camera with me nearly as much and I think I am missing out on capturing what is going on in my boys life!

I have come to realise also that maybe I was blogging as a way to keep my boys childhood as a vivid memory, something that they can look back on and remember.
Maybe I need to change my focus on why I am blogging and look at it from a different angle.

Maybe I have to remember that I am not only blogging for me, I am blogging for the memories it will give my boys when they are older.

With that said, I need to take the camera with me more, I need to be capturing all of our life more just in case there is something worth blogging about!

Friday, July 04, 2014

Scavenger Hunt Update

1 month in and everyone is going strong.
Wish I could say the same for me!
I have the list printed and hung on the fridge door, there we have noted next to each item a rough idea of where we may find said item. This way we know that there will be some small travel involved to find a few. However this weekend sees the start of the school holidays for 2 weeks. Now whilst I am working the first week, the 2nd week the boys and I will have a chance to race round and visit so far away places to get our pictures.
I also have the list on my phone, and the camera is always with me, because you just never know when you might see that picture on the side of the bus or a bird on a wire!
I do so love the craziness of this hunt! Again I use my line from last year ...."but your honor, it was the scavenger hunt I was trying to complete, it had us doing some crazy things!"

Anyway back to the update....
So far I have been successful in finding the following:
a rack of postcards

A garden gnome

a rural landscape

birds on a wire

a lamp post
I have also found a substitute item but I will not post it until nearer the end of the hunt just in case I do manage to get one of the actual listed items. May be slightly impossible to get though as it is the middle of winter here and all it wants to do is rain! Can't see us finding too many parades anytime soon!
I am a stickler like that, try really hard to find the actual required items before I will substitute.
Hey we've got 3 months you just never know!

I am, of course the person who set up the Facebook page for the Summertime Scavenger Hunt.
I have so many friends on Facebook that are always showing us their fab pictures, so thought I would give them some things to actually challenge them to find and picture.
It has been lovely to see so many people join in the hunt who are not bloggers. I do still enjoy going round the links and visiting the blogs as this is where it started but I am enjoying seeing some friends, who would never have completed the hunt, post pictures of their life surroundings too.

This is after all a scavenger hunt for bloggers and I hope it remains for many years as everyone seems to thoroughly enjoy completing it and always seem to be counting down the days and months till it starts again. However I do love seeing people who have nothing to do with blogging also having some fun.
I post all my finds on my blog page as well as Facebook and do so hope that all the bloggers who have joined the Facebook page will continue to do the same. However I do hope that Rinda won't mind if we use the list each year on Facebook to spread the enjoyment to others in the world. I do always recognize on Facebook as to where the idea came from and who it belongs to.

I look forward to seeing many more happy pictures from a round the world flowing down the internet wire really soon.
Thanks for stopping by.