How do you blog?

No, not what tech do you use? (Although that’s interesting in a building an amazon wishlist to replace this mortally wounded netbook sense πŸ˜‰ )

Rather, I’m interested in how you organise yourself. Are you a spur of the moment blogger? Do you get hit by inspiration and rush over to your admin panel straight from twitter to share your thoughts? (Thanks to @caroljs of New Mummy for the inspiration for this one!) Or do you ask twitter for a list of topics a la @cosmicgirlie for Mocha Beanie Mummy? (And apparently she’d already done everything I’d thought of, so I’m intrigued to see what she’ll come up with this time!)

Or perhaps you’ve all your writing done and it’s scheduled for the next week? I suspect @LauraAWNTYM from Are We Nearly there yet may be one of these!

Of course, most of the blogs I read are home ed blogs recounting the happenings of the day. And there is a post in progress recounting one of our days you may or may not be pleased to hear πŸ™‚ But that still leaves the question of why you started blogging – thinking particularly of our newest blogring members over at I rant, I rave and Schools out for now. (Please also take this as a hint to go and welcome them aboard πŸ™‚ )

Oh, and on the topic of the blogring. I *am* going to do some maintenance. Please don’t take it personally if I deactivate your blog. As I’ve never got around to writing a page that shows me hibernated blogs, the only way I can keep track of them is by deactivating them. If I ever get a round tuit I’ll write that page and we’ll all be happier, but until then, that’s the way it is. And I do need to (start to) keep the blogring fresh, it *is* still a fab resource for home educators and a part of the community. I have been slack. I will try harder πŸ™‚

Drifted off topic. Do you organise yourself? If so how? Be fascinated to know! Comments in the usual place, or I’ve opened trackbacks if you’d rather blog in your own home and link back πŸ™‚

About Jax Blunt

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  1. I *love* being inspiration! On my personal blog New Mummy my posts tend to be ad hoc as the inspiration hits me. On my review/tips blog New Mummy’s Tips I am more organised (sometimes) and schedule posts and have comp timetable, I make money from my blog and do pro blogging so I have to be more organised. I am a full time SAHM so I tend to write at night and when BG goes to visit her grandparents for the day.
    .-= New Mummy´s last blog ..Music Monday – Diva Fever =-.

    • Make money from your blog…wow. An actual income? Other than just freebies and outings and stuff?

      Am also at home full time, but then so are the three offspring!

  2. Thanks for the shout out Jax.

    Sometime it’s just recounting our day and other times it’s the middle of the net when something pops into my head. So there I am furiously trying to get it saved on my phone before I absolutely have to go to sleep then finish it off the next day.

  3. Although my blog isn’t strictly about home education, a lot of what I do is for my kids, so they can see how to make stuff and how to use tools and such like, and the majority of things I make are for the kids in some way, I tend to be rather erratic with my posts, sometimes I will post twice in one week (this is usually extremely good going) and sometimes I don’t post for a few weeks or more.
    I do have a lot of posts in draft, mainly because what I blog about is based on what projects I happen to be working at any given time (there are usually a few on the go at once)

    I don’t make any money from the blog and don’t intend to put adverts on it, it’s more the ramblings of a trainee evil genius πŸ˜€ and a portal into my brain πŸ˜€
    .-= technomole´s last blog ..I made these for my wife =-.

  4. globeonmytable says:

    I write mine as a glimpse into the life of a half and half home ed family with boys of 12 and 15. It started because I wanted to click the buttons and set up a blog! It was called Shiny New Computer initially because T was building one and I was very proud!

  5. Definitely spur of the moment.In spare minutes. To relieve my brain or keep a record.

    Wish I had a record button in my braincells though as I blog excellently in there and it disappears before I get it to blog page!
    .-= Merry´s last blog ..Less a round up- more a brain dump =-.

  6. I could not get the blog ring badge to go on my blog πŸ™

    I have regular rounds up do – a monthly round up HE stuff, sometimes I do wordless Wednesday, birthday letters.
    The rest is all haphazard inspiration πŸ˜€

    When – well sometimes in the day if Papacrow is around, mostly in the evening when something else isn’t going on or I don’t have something else to do.

    Why – cos I’m chatty and love the interernet I guess! i wanted to record our goings on, and also get feedback/ideas etc.

    I also want a record button in my brain!
    .-= mamacrow´s last blog ..Wave of Light Around the World =-.

  7. we started blogging in 2004 [eek! nearly at our blogiversary!] to celebrate the birth of BB and also our decision to home educate SB [3 1/2 at the time] meant we wanted to seek reassurance from a community of as yet unknown home educators that we weren’t entirely crazy πŸ™‚
    how, well, i guess, i get my cup of coffee and do a blog of the day [s] HE. Am going to try to do every so often a more step removed at what we use for x and how it works for us type post. Partly, because what really helped when we started was not just the blogring camaraderie, but also the help and chitchat on the blog about trying x and y was a dud so did anyone want it to try type thing.
    we don’t tend to do … politics, emotional outpourings and wider world stuff v often. Not that those things aren’t there in our lives, just that they are more personal, whereas our blog is public.

  8. Andrea & I have been trying out the editorial calendar:
    .-= Ron´s last blog ..Quick Move =-.

  9. When I did an HE blog, before Hannah objected, I often used to be blogging in my mind before I even wrote it, and at my most prolofic, blogged most days. Then it was really a way of keeping in tuch with friends – it probably largely replaced the school gate. Now, a personal BK account probably fulfills that role, and so apart from a very private blog, I only blog for business, and I actually have around 20 posts queued up.

  10. I began to blog because reading the blogs of my friends without writing one of my own felt rather voyeuristic. The blog has gone through phases, but over the past couple of years I have found it the easiest way simply to record what we do. I like it when people read and comment and I’m careful not to say anything which might cause offence to anyone, but really I’m blogging for myself. When I used to blog mostly things that were interesting, rather than mundane, I would go for a week or two without blogging, then realise there were lots of things I hadn’t written about and feel overwhelmed by how much I had to write and end up writing none of it, whereas now, in my habit of blogging once the children are in bed in the evenings, it all goes in, interesting and mundane together. I write the kind of blog I would have found useful to read when I was first looking into HE and wondering how real families made it work, so I hope that readers happening upon the blogring will find it useful for them.
    .-= Jan´s last blog ..Cystitis week =-.

  11. I started as a way to vent frustration at my failing marriage!
    Nearly all my posts are ad hoc depending on what life has thrown at me that day…
    .-= Becky´s last blog ..Secret Post Club- October 2010 =-.

  12. Oooo yeay! Pleased to be an inspiration. πŸ˜€

    And as for me, I have about 70 blog ideas backed up, and I blog them as and when they swim into the forefront of my memory. Or, if I get a REALLY good idea and a pooter is nearby, I blog it straightaway. I used to keep notes but, well, uh, yeah.

    Otherwise, it’s back to the usual pointless crap from me… πŸ˜‰
    .-= jay (@cosmicgirlie)´s last blog ..ItÒ€ℒs Ok To Grow Up =-.

  13. I can blog in my head quite easily, but mostly I sub-contract πŸ˜‰

  14. but it would be nice if you did, spesh when i am back at work…

  15. Thanks for the welcome πŸ™‚ My blogging is very erratic, and have much more to say than I usually write as I run out of time or get distracted or fall asleep at the keyboard! I blog as a record of what we do HE-wise, so I can look back through it and hopefully see some kind of progression to spur me on!
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..The highs of HE =-.

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