Rule Number One: Do not start a blog when you have a cold as you will have lost any common sense and (sense of) humour. Needless to say the common sense went a long time ago (after child No.1) along with what was left of my memory. Now where was I? Ah yes...
Rule Number Two: Begin at the beginning and do not twitter on about thyroids and schools...write cogently and fluently. Don't hold back (or maybe just a little - if you want to retain any friends). Writing a blog or to give it its full name - web log - is turning out to be fun. Well it is so far but then nobody has posted any comments as yet. Perhaps I will change my mind. It is definitely addictive.
Why am I doing this? I've wanted to write from an early age. (Yes! Honestly. I'm not just making it up for the sake of this blog.) I have kept diaries from being so high (hand is now waved in the general direction of hip height) and have always toyed with the idea of writing.
But how do I begin to write? What do I write about? I've always liked handwriting on a page, the feel of paper in my hand, selecting appropriate writing materials and pens/pencils and so forth. That has never been a problem. Books have been read "devoured" so to speak. Libraries have been a mecca...but seeing my writing in print. That has never seemed feasible.
For quite a while now I have thought about starting a blog. Perfectionism has taken its toll somewhat. So the idea of being perfect goes out of the window. I will never have the time or the space or even the money to have a clear space, all my diaries and jottings all lined up and filed alphabetically and all my pencils sharpened. The clear and tidied room where my perfect study will be may never even exist. So here I sit, sniffing, amongst the detritus of an average family's life, with my sodden handkerchief, is where I have decided to plunge in and have a go.
I realise that I may have left it too late. The world and his dog and cat is/are now blogging. How on earth do I go about making mine stand out from the crowd?
The idea of this blog is to write about anything and nearly everything that crosses my path and falls within the framework of our small family unit in Northumberland.
So I hope it is not "ave atque vale" ("hail and farewell") just yet....I hope you will read on and follow our adventures from this small corner of Hadrian's Northumberland...