Quarterly Review – Vol.1

Well here I am with another anniversary post – but this time instead of a big 10 year milestone I’m celebrating a more modest achievement…

The Very Inaproppriate Blog has officially been in existence for a whole 3 months.

Now I understand you may be a little underwhelmed by this achievement but is is VERY significant to me because:

b) I was horribly nervous about the whole thing and nearly didn’t even start. In fact I spazzed out so badly trying to write the About Me section I’ve only just managed to do it last week!

c) I literally didn’t know anything about blogging 3 months ago. I didn’t even READ blogs on a regular basis *hangs head in shame*

a) I have been known to have a short attention span so there was a definite chance I might get bored and wander off not be able to maintain a semi-regular posting schedule.

There aren’t really words to describe how much has changed in three short months.

I’ve made new friends, discovered an entire galaxy of awesome blogs and occasionally gotten altitude sickeness from the steepness of learning curve I’ve been on.

So I decided I would attempt to capture all the highlights, discoveries and lessons of the last 3 months in place. And since 3 months was equal to a “quarter” in high-falutin finance terms I thought I’d call it my Qarterly Review.

Catchy, isn’t it πŸ˜‰ ?

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1. Write down EVERY post idea.
Your brain cannot be trusted. Oh sure, it will tell you that it will remember the idea for later. “Don’t worry,” it will whisper reassuringly ” there’s no way you’ll EVER forget such a scintillating post idea. The very thought is preposterous”.

All lies.

Unfortunately as I’ve learnt to my detriment write everything down. The posts you’ve read are merely the ones I could actually get down on paper or in Evernote before the inevitable post-post idea white-out descends.

2. Don’t be afraid to let posts marinate in the drafts folder

I’ve noticed that with some posts I get about half way through and then they just seem to run out of steam. Sometimes it’s because I don’t know where I want them to eventually end up and sometimes I’m just not in the mood to write that particluar post.

Either way I’ve learned not to force it. Instead I leave it and eventually either…
a) have a “eureka” moment and work out the perfect way to bring it home, or
b) see, hear or experience something which gives me a fresh bust of enthusiasm

An example of a post where this has worked out really well was this one

It was one of the first posts I wrote but I got half way through and just lost momentum. Then after about 6 weeks I suddenly had a renewed burst of interest and finished that fucker in one go.

3. Twitter does not suck

I always thought it would. And I will admit it was daunting and overwhelming at first, especially as I’d only really been a Facebook user on a personal level.

But after a few timid forays into to the twitter pond I have to say I like it. It appears that as long as you treat it like being at a really big party you’ll be fine.

For example actually talking to people like they ARE people and being genuinely interested in their response seems to work well.

And in pretty much any other scenario adhering to the creed of “Don’t be an asshole” appears to be as good a rule as any!

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1. A comment on one of my first “Publicised” post by one Mr.Adam Avitable

2. Discovering and participating in two blogs link-up thingos.

I would call them “linkys” like I’ve seen everyone else refer to them as but for some reason this makes me feel horribly self-conscious like I’m trying too hard. I am fully aware that I may be the only one with this issue.

Anyway they are:

#IBOT with hosted by the lovely Jess at Essentially Jess and…
#FYBF Flog Your Blog Friday hosted by the lovely Grace at With Some Grace


These two “Ladies who Link” are responsible for about 70% of the visitors that have stopped by my little corner of the internet, so I owe them BIG TIME.

If you ladies ever need a) a favour b) someone to get pissed with or c) help burying a body at 3.00 am, I’m your woman!

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Inspired me to get started

Woogsworld

Woogs World

The original and best. Accept no substitutes.

Avitable
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Consistently funny, intelligent, irreverant and well written. Mr. Avitable has an excellent sense of the ridiculous while also being sensitive and real. This post is hilarious – especially if you found 50 shades of Grey as stupid as I did

Hyperbole and a Half
Written and illustrated by my all time ultimate hero Allie Brosch. How could you not love the person who created the expression “ALL the things”? As in “Today I have to clean ALL the things!”. Allie hasn’t been well for a while but me and her legions of other fans are hoping that she eventually feels much better. I could direct you to particular post but I couldn’t choose so basically just visit her site and check out the “Best of” section.

clean all the things

Made me think

Edenland
Strong, fiesty and uncomprimising. Eden holds a magnifying glass up to people and situations and doesn’t flinch away from what she finds. Her current post is a perfect example, as are her her street talk posts.

Free Range Shae
Shae practices “unschooling” which is basically a form of home-schooling. She is also an advocate of letting kids follow their passions rather than forcing a curriculum down their throats, growing her own food and basically just getting her hands dirty while enjoying her kids. And while I won’t be pulling my kids out of school I have really enjoyed her insights and her creative ideas for activities.

Made me laugh

Have a Laugh on me
Emily is just a cack. She just has a way of putting things that will reliably make me snort coffee through my nose every time. This post is a great example πŸ™‚

Sometimes Seems Surreal
One of the very few international blogs I follow, Sometimes Seems Surreal is the adventures of an expat Aussie who packed up and moved to Hong Kong for lurrrve (awwww!). Intelligent, tight writing that will have you in stitches. This post is my favourite – I only have to think about “Jeneeeee!!” to get the giggles.

Left me wanting MORE

Magneto Bold Too
Anyone who can swear with this much style deserves a mother-fucking medal πŸ™‚
Kelley has plenty on her plate but her ability to continue to be awesome in spite of this is what makes me love her blog. Never boring and if your one of those “easily offended” types? Bitch, please! Her About Me pretty much sums it up so I’d start there.

Forbidden Fruit by Eve
Now this is my kind of “mummy porn”! The supposed account of one suburban mother’s secret life of debauchery. Is it fact? Is it fiction? YOu’ll never quite know but that’s all part of the intrigue as far as I’m concerned! The thinking woman’s 50 Shades.

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Just 3 for the moment. Hey, I’m an under-promise / over-deliver type of girl…

1. Post consistently twice a week
2. Investigate more international blogs
3. Investigate blogs from other categories (i.e. business, photography, fashion) to see what I can learn from their style.

And… that’s a wrap on my first Quarterly Review!

What blogs make you you laugh, or think, or want more? I’d love to hear your picks!

Also any gratuitous advice anyone would like to give is more than welcome. I’m an advice junkie at the moment and I’ll take whatever you’ve got πŸ™‚

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39 comments on “Quarterly Review – Vol.1

  1. Avitable says:

    Thanks for the mention. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed my little corner of the Internet. The best advice I can give is to be open and never be afraid about what you write.

  2. mumabulous says:

    Cool – thanks for pointing out some awesome new reads. I’m already an Emily fan and have a laugh on her several times a week. Some of my home girls are.

    Slapdash Mama
    http://slapdashmama.blogspot.com.au/

    Falling Face First
    http://www.fff.net.au/

    This Charming Mum
    http://thischarmingmum.com/

    Enid Bite Em
    http://enidbite-em.blogspot.com.au/

    Oculus Mundi
    http://www.oculusmundi.com/

    In the immortal words of Molly Meldrum – do yourself a favor and check them out.

  3. hikerjules says:

    HI Rachel, I’ve jumped through the worm hole from #IBOT to say G’day. I’m an almost boy world with 7 boys and 2 girls to lighten the moment. (more from laughing at them trying to control the boys). Love your blog.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Jules. Thank you for adding me to youyr IBOT reading πŸ™‚ OMG 8 kids! I have 3 + 2 step children and I thought that was a stretch! I’m going to go and check out your blog this evening. I’m also trying to be a fit mum so would love to get some tips and inspiration.

  4. Congrats on sticking with it! There is so much to learn isn’t there? I had no idea what I was stumbling into either when I got started but I’ve had a lot of fun on the ride so far. I think you’ve even earned the right to say ‘linky’ now πŸ™‚

  5. edenland says:

    Rachel who works and has three boys, a husband, AND a blog ….. good on you! Keep going. Even when you don’t feel like it, I bet something extraordinary happens. (I don’t know what. But it will.) xx

  6. Congratulations on three months! I love your blog too!

  7. Lydia c lee says:

    3 months? You seem way more on top of it than I am after 6 months…hmmm, way to make me depressed! πŸ˜‰

    • Rachel says:

      Lydia please – you organised an O/S holiday in 24 hours. If that’s not “on top of things” I don’t know what is! Looking forward to catching up on a few from your popular posts list – one thing you are definitely better at me at is writing great titles πŸ™‚

  8. Kelley says:

    Way to make a chick blush. Thanks for the shout out and my advice is to just write and write some more. And get some waterproof paper for the shower. I totally need to do that cause that is where I write all my best posts. IMAGINE if I actually remembered them after towelling off!

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Kelley – I am honoured that you’ve brought a little of your “awesome” over to my blog today. I find that there’s too many interruptions when I’m in the shower, as people always seem to want to know the answer to vital questions like “Where is the vegemite?” and “can I have $18.75 for an excursion?” and “have you seen my shoes?”. In the car on my way to work when I’m on my own seems to be best for me.

  9. Hey Rachel, I enjoyed your quarterly review. I think you need to set some KPIs to measure your ROI. Or something. I’m glad to have discovered your blog!

    • Rachel says:

      Rachel, I nearly had an anxiety attack when I first read this thinking, “OMG are people REALLY measuring ROI on their blogs? I am doomed to failure whitout KPI’s?”.
      Then I recovered my wits and realised you were joking! I’m a bit slow sometimes…
      Anyway glad you like my work – I must say I am an avid follower of your posts as my lot will be heading into teen land sooner rather than later xx

  10. robomum says:

    We started at similar times and The VIB is now one that I look out for.
    Still waiting for the ‘name and shame’ linky though! Hehe.

    • Rachel says:

      Thank you Ms Robo – I feel exactly the same about yours! And your “About Me” page was the one that finally got me motivated to do mine – it’s awesome.
      And don’t you worry – I have not forgotten about the (cringe) linky you suggested the other week. I have plans and may need you to be involved…

      Am I being deliberately ambiguous in an attempt to gain your interest/freak you out? Fuck yeah πŸ˜‰

  11. My blog has also just hit the 3 month mark – started 21 November 2012 so only week or two older than yours! I have been enjoying your blog ever since I discovered it and it is now one of my “must reads” – there are only about half a dozen of these so you are right up there!

    • Rachel says:

      Thank you Janet. Did you know you were the first one to return one of my follows on twitter? I may never have persevered if not for you! Your also on my must read list – I love your chatty style and the fact you cover such a wide range of topics. I never know what I’ll find when I click on one of your posts which is part of what makes them so much fun xx

    • Rachel says:

      PS Congrats on your 3 month blogiversary too!

  12. Congratulations on 3 months! And, #1 of what you’ve learned? VERY important. I’ve been at this a long time and I still don’t write every post idea down and I ALWAYS regret it. I’ve had other suggest I record the ideas on my phone but I forget. The forgotten posts are always the ones that were going to be SO good, aren’t they?

    • Rachel says:

      That’s totally the story I’m sticking with! Thanks for visiting – I’ve been to your place a couple of times and particularly related to your post on not being a particularly social mum. I struggle a bit with that too, but like you I’m in there trying my best xx

  13. Greetings πŸ™‚
    Popping in for the first time to say hello. Love your blog and look forward to reading more πŸ™‚

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Beck. Thank you for popping in! Glad you like it. I’ve just been over to yours and read your About page – as we both own housefulls of smelly boys we clearly have heaps in common! And I am totally feeling you about the rain. At least being in Bris is just endlessly rainy at the moment – rather than threatening major damage like it does up your way.
      But as you pointed out the major damage may come from one more muddy foot print in the house πŸ˜‰

  14. LOVE the shout out – thanks! So maybe I should give Twitter a twit – but is it time consuming? I LOVE your blog and the way you write, of course I love your honesty, and as a mother of three, just like me, life is chaos but somehow we still find the time to blog – what the?! And thanks for the reminder about writing down post ideas, I haven’t done that in a wee while πŸ™‚ Em

    • Rachel says:

      Twitter can be distracting but I had to make peace with myself that I was going to miss out on tweets and that was fine. I am mainly more a of a “replier” than a tweeter as this feels more natural to me at this stage. But it is a great way to connect and can be (unexpectedly) heaps of fun. I think with your quick sense of humour you’d take to it in no time!

  15. Kelly HTandT says:

    Yay for 3 months! I find it hard to believe that your fabulous blog is so young!
    Totally agree about Twitter – I thought it would suck and quickly fell in love. Great taste in reads too πŸ™‚

    • Rachel says:

      Thank you Kelly that is so lovely! I think it was being a “native” facebook user that made me think I wouldn’t like twitter. But I’ve just gone over and followed you so now we can tweet anytime πŸ™‚

  16. SarahMac says:

    I am a newby too and it has changed my life! So fun! I love reading Oculus Mundi, housewifeinheels and Mumabulous amongst others!

  17. I’m glad I have this post in writing. I’ll be sure to tweet you next time I need a body buried πŸ™‚

  18. Great going, Rachel, I hope you knock off a whole bunch more motherfuckers. You’ve mentioned a couple of blogs I’ve never even heard of, and I’ve been hanging about blogosphere writing for 2 years and stalking for 3+! SO true about the thinking we won’t forget blog ideas, because we DO. But the best nugget I liked in all this was “don’t be an asshole”. Applicable EVERYWHERE.

  19. Oh I love Hyperbole & a Half.

    Congrats on 3 months, Even after all the time I’ve been blogging I still find twitter hard, so much going on and so little time for me to follow – I’m terrible at typing on my phone so always give up half way through a tweet!

  20. mogletho says:

    Well done on 3 months & I hope you keep going. Just discovered you and look forward to reading more. I remember when I started mine 2 years ago I had hardly read a blog myself….so much I have learned!

  21. Rita Azar says:

    Congrats on your three months! Grace and Jess are awesome and Emily is hilarious! I can’t agree more with “write every blog post idea” I would even tell you: keep a pen and a paper beside your bed. This is when I get most of my ideas!

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