Former Blogger, long suspected dead – Returns!

Posted by RadioRedHead on September 13, 2010 in baby, Blogging, Family, Internet, Norbert, Random Thoughts, Wil |

My name is Dana and it’s been 300 Days or 42 Weeks and 6 Days since I’ve last blogged. Insane. Crazy. WTF. I am sure any readers I did have in the past have long since given up, and I’m lucky to get 10 hits a week these days. But I suppose that is good considering there has been nothing new since LAST November.

Your question is why? It is not a simple answer. There are many reasons… One being my distraction with other things in life and one of those are my other interests online. I am loving the social media world and exploring it any chance I get (which isn’t often enough in my opinion). Really starting to get into Twitter, and have found it to be a great resource and a great place to interact with others around the world. My struggle with it is that most significant twitter users share their blog URL online too, and I guess I haven’t been ready to take that leap (not that any savvy internet user couldn’t find it if they tried). At the moment, (or at least in the past) my blog followers have been friends and family just simply keeping up with what is going on in my life, and now that many are on Facebook, I feel as though I have nothing new to share. Which of course it not true. Facebook and twitter allow for quick and mindless updates – right up my alley. I am by no means a writer (unless you consider system documentation, business/system requirements writing). Haha. There are SO many talented writers on the web these days and SO many amazing blogs that I find when I have time to geek out online I am checking out blog posts of others, catching up on Facebook, checking my twitter feed, or trying to follow news that interests me. I have been online regularly now for over 15 years, which blows me away but also makes me think I may have missed the boat in some ways as far as really maximizing what I know and what I knew and using it to my advantage, and even to perhaps?!? incorporating it into something more full-time? As it has rapidly become one of my main interests, other things have fallen to the wayside (which I suppose is typical) but I have certainly enjoyed exploring and more often that not SHARING over the years with my own personal network the benefits of the internet, social media, new computers, digital cameras, blogs, websites, music to check out – you name it. I DO enjoy being that go-to person, but trying to keep up with everything has been daunting to say the least. I have never been the most organized people (with procrastination being my middle name), and if I was a kid today I would likely have been diagnosed with ADHD. This I think, has led to my diligence as a blogger to be intermittent at best, and since Mr. Wil was born, more of a place to document his progress in photos (at least up until age 2!), rather than anything really significant to SAY.

As usual, I am babbling but all this is to say that I have not given up on this blog – I’ve been here since 2004, and my goal for next year is to really FOCUS on what I want to bring to it, and also what I want to do ONLINE on a regular basis. As I alluded to earlier, I am fascinated with the emerging world of social media, and have been amazed by the power of an online community for social change, networking & technology in general as it constantly evolves. See here for one amazing example I was proud to participate in. I absolutely LOVE the community of moms who regularly blog about their daily struggles/advice + tidbits and feel like I could have something to contribute to this sphere. I really decided to register for Canada’s first Blissdom Conference in October which I am super excited about. I think it might help me to hone in on how best I could continue doing something I love on a regular basis and how to incorporate my knowledge and areas of interest into either my personal blog here, or perhaps a new venture of some kind (I have some ideas).

In any case, I am REALLY interested in knowing how to balance the personal info that people share online with the world with the ability to tell a story, share an experience or what I prefer, a laugh. I am still hesitant to give out my personal blog address to my twitter followers, all 363 of them (and growing), as I feel that removes at least some of the anonymity I have with that world, which you do not have with Facebook since your followers are your friends and real-life acquaintances. I hope to learn how to better engage with any audience I do have, and how to grow it into what I want. How do you start? Well you have to have a set goal & intention for your blog, and your audience and I hope to get that nailed down first. Also really need to focus on how to balance working at home/being a Stay-at-Home-Mom for a year, and how to plan my time online better now and in the future.

This blog’s intention was to share my thoughts and happenings, and although intermittent I feel that it was what I was doing. In future, I would like my ACTUAL online presence to be reflected here, and be able to share what is going on with me and my family at the same time. So ALL this being said, more to come, and I hope you’ll stick with me with wherever my endeavors take me. I would really welcome your feedback and suggestions – if you know me well, it would probably help me! πŸ˜‰

So back to a typical RadioRedHead post, one of my motivations for getting down to business is to maximize my upcoming year off starting in January. You heard me right – for those of you that don’t actually know, I am expecting baby boy #2, due January 20th, 2011. It certainly took LESS time this round, but certainly DID take time (about 8 months), and some help from our trusty fertility specialist. Luckily nothing crazy or expensive was required, and although we tried many natural approaches, we only achieved success by using a fertility medication again and this time around it worked on the 2nd cycle! I am also once again feeling wonderful, not ill at all, and like last time, losing weight. Pregnancy seems to REALLY agree with me! Mr. Wil (now 3!) is SUPER excited about having a baby brother (we decided to find out the gender this time around) and as we did last time, baby in utero has a nickname: this time provided by Daddy. He was trying to remember Shaggy’s real name from Scooby Doo (which happens to be Norville) but couldn’t remember what is was and said it was Norbert. So there you have it, Mr. Wil calls his unborn baby brother “Norbert!” already and talks and sings to my belly every day and even says he loves him. It is really sweet – I have been saying as of late that if baby #2 is anything like Wil, we are the luckiest parents around – he is raeally quite funny these days and absolutely adorable. (I will have to post some recent videos of him). I am now in my 22nd week and time has REALLY flown by. We have to get the baby’s room ready (whatever THAT will look like) and REALLY focus on a name. The only one we like so far is pretty unusual, but I’m OK with that. I was totally set for a girl’s name only, but we have some more time to nail it down.

I just wanted to update all of you with what is going on, and to let you know I am still HERE. Seriously. I am online every day – just see my Facebook account or my twitter profile.
More to come soon,

~Dana (a.k.a. RadioRedHead)
Some obligatory recent pics to tide some of you over for now…

Cheese!

This is Wil feeling Norbert while at a ride at Santa's Village

P.S. Please leave me your thoughts/comments/suggestions & ideas – I REALLY love getting feedback and seeing that this post has taken so long to finally come, it would really help to motivate me further. You can do that above by clicking on the bubble icon.

P.S.S. Please provide your baby guesses re: date & weight etc. at my baby game here: So You Think You Know Baby 2

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2 Comments

  • Mel Gallant says:

    Oh I too neglected my blog for a while. Life got in the way of blogging and I didn’t make it a priority. I’m slowly building my readership again. You’ll get yours back too in no time. πŸ˜‰

  • Robb says:

    I like that this managed content site is again alive. I prefer mostly to lurk (as do most of your readers). I leave a comment as I feel the mood.

    Do not want to join a large virtual network (tough these days to stay connected to my real world one).

    Keep up the good work and faster updates, when you are ready, would make us all happy.

    PS – more pics of you, the kid(s) and that handsome husband…

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