Babe (babe), I’m back again…

I haven’t written anything here in two months! Did ya miss me?? But two months!!! Shocking! Why? Well to start with, writing a blog is harder than you’d imagine.

It’s not that I don’t have anything to say, there’s always something to say, but sometimes it just doesn’t warrant writing a blog post as it’s only something short….hence I’ll post it on my Instagram or Facebook page. Finding time is sometimes an issue too. A blog post can take you only a few minutes to read, but by the time I’ve written, considered, rewritten, spellchecked and added pictures, two or even three hours have gone by. Those hours equate to a lot of time out of my day really. Also I write mine on my laptop, I’ve no patience for writing it on a tiny phone screen but I know lots of bloggers do and therefore blog on the go. Believe it or not, despite liking to actually write and having the equivalent amount of notebooks as Paperchase’s stockroom, I’m still poo at writing a good idea down for later or even making notes in my phone…..Bye, bye ideas!

My blog as you can see, is not focused on anything in particular, which I guess might inhibit me a bit, as I don’t have a focus. I don’t really need to keep up with the newest beauty or fashion trends. I’m also woeful at following the news so politics and current affairs are also out. That said though, not having a focus means I can write whatever the hell I like….wooooooo!! Roll on the randomness and tat!

I guess like all bloggers, I get a little dissuaded sometimes from lack of support. I enjoy writing anyway, and hope one day to write a book so committing to a blog forces me to Screenshot_20170907-224118write stuff  down rather than say I will. So although I write because I like it, the likes, the shares and comments make all the difference. If I see you’ve shared my post or better still you’ve commented, then I feel like you’ve read it and you’ve enjoyed it (or not) and that inspires me to not give up. The lack of interaction can be discouraging sometimes but I guess if you really want to do something you plough on in hope. The likes themselves are good too, but I always wonder….did you just see I posted, and liked it for the craic or ‘cos you know me…did you actually read it? I’m also still very shy about telling people I write a blog. When my work colleague mentions it to people I always feel a bit of a sack really. I guess I still feel like it’s not interesting or glam or current enough to disclose it for fear I run into somebody who’s been doing it for years or has some supersize megablog that all the world knows about. So yeah…I’m not great at pluggin’ it!

So what do I want to achieve with this blog of mine? Well, I want lots of people, not just family and friends, to read it and give their opinions on what they’ve read or seen. I want people to interact, connect and enjoy what I’ve written and how I’ve written it. I guess I want my blog to be one of the few things I’ve started, stuck with and not given up on. Ideally, just like my “personalphotographerintraininglongsuffering” hubby, I’d like my blog to grow old with me (aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw) unless I sign a major book deal and reach Stephen King-like status, in which case I might be too busy to keep up with it all. Dream big people, DREAM BIG!!

So dear readers, if you like what you read, if you’ve laughed at my “skit” pics over on Instagram and Facebook; if I’ve brightened your day, made you smile or inspired you to do something, make something or read something, please tell me and tell others too.

Sharing is caring,

much love

Donna xx




Pick up a pen & make somebody smile!

TOYW_facebook_2015Hey guys! So this week is “Thinking of You Week”. It’s organised by the Greeting Card Association and runs from the 21st to the 27th of September. Yessss I know….a great way for them to get us to spend money, but I actually think it’s a great idea. I mean why do we have to wait for birthdays and Christmas to send cards? Remember when we actually had to pick up a pen and write a letter to find out how people were? My son’s not quite old enough yet, but other than maybe their letter to Santa, has your child ever wrote a letter? Writing to somebody is just so personal, it’s not something that is mass produced and pre-printed. It means somebody thought about you, just you yourself.

God I used to love writing letters, I wrote to my Nanny, my little brothers, my cousins including one I never expected replies from, but he did reply and I think thats what made us that little bit closer. I had a couple of pen pals at one point too. My Bestie and I even used to keep a joint diary, which we took turns in writing in every few days, even if we fell out, so we always knew when and why we were annoyed with each other. I still like writing, hence the blog, but I’m also a writer of lists and I love posting stuff to people unexpectedly. My day is instantly better when I receive something other than a bill or some piece of junk mail in the post, and OMG if it’s handwritten….aaaaaaagh the excitement!!! Simple things….

So yes, I am promoting Thinking of You Week, ‘cos we all like to be thought of don’t we? Isn’t it a great feeling to know that somebody took time out of their busy, probably mostly technological filled day to pick up an old school pen and paper and write you a letter, or a card or even just a couple of lines on a postcard? (That was a reeally long sentence eh?) It’s also made me think of friends I haven’t spoken to in a while, not because I don’t want to, it’s just there never seems to be a spare minute in the day. It’s made me think of old friends that are always there but maybe I’ve been a bit lackadaisical with recently (I also want to apologise for that now too….I’m sorry…I love you!). It’s made me think of new friends and how happy I am to have met them (God I hope they don’t think I’m some sorta weirdo stalker now!!).

Anywho, I took a little time out Friday night to sit and write a little note to some of my friends and they will hopefully receive them this week. I’m also going to get my little man involved and we’ll have a little arty day where he can paint some one off cards, so some of ye lucky buggers may even get two cards!!! Two!!! Thats two non-bills flying through your letter box. I know I can feeeeel your excitement!! 🙂 I’m also gonna do a little something on my Facebook page so pop over there and have a look too.20150918_233138

So now I think the best thing for you to do, once you’ve read this (nosed through me other posts and told your friends they should read them too…hee hee) of course, is get writing…with pens like, and make somebody smile! Take a look at the Thinking of You Toolkit here if you need ideas, or you could make it into a family craft day and make your own cards to send out, which is eeeven more special! When you’re done with all your real life writing you can bring the tech back in if you like… take pics and tag @GCAUK #ThinkingOfYou #SendingSmiles.

Have fun and happy writing!

Donna x

*top banner is compliments of the GCA Thinking of You Toolkit