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My 100th Post – What Blogging Means To Me.

Sunday, 24th July 2011

My 100th Post – What Blogging Means To Me.

Welcome to my 100th Common Chaos Chronicle blog post.

When I first started blogging almost 6 months ago, my main aim was to use this blog as a means to store my ideas and to release them out of my mind. I knew I wanted to ‘write’, I just wasn’t entirely sure what direction I was going in.

Then it crossed my mind that this was a perfect way to keep an online diary or sorts, a record for the children to look back on and remember things from their childhood years. In order to do this successfully, and after discussion with my hubby I decided to release the names of our children. I wanted to keep my web space as ‘honest’ as I am in real life. It was a scary choice to make, knowing that strangers would know exactly who we are, but on a whole we have had nothing but a fantastic response.

Photos by Manda Cooper
Photos by Manda Cooper

I started a new category called ‘The Daily Dirt’, and wrote a brief post each night before bed about what ‘Chaos’ had been happening in our lives. It was almost therapeutic to get it out of my mind and onto the screen in front of me. The only downfall was my posts were cutting into my sleep-time, majorly.

With stress levels rising at home and a definate lack of sleep, my regular blog posts became much less regular and more all over the place than ever. I felt like the blog needed a revamp, a new direction and I wanted my own web space. I wanted to design my own page layout and play with fonts etc so i got myself a domain name and some web design help.

My first attempt at designing my own page looked something like this:

1st attempt at designing a layout

I had a blast drawing the characters and such a giggle at creating the kids expressions etc. But the page just didn’t grab me, I’m not sure why, but I knew it just wasn’t ‘right’.

So I started a new design, based on my love of owls. And this is where the blog is at design wise today. There are still a few things I would like to change in the design, but Common Chaos Chronicle is a work in progress, and I am an avid supporter ofΒ  ‘The One-Day list’. All in good time my friends.

Common Chaos Chronicle new blog header

My ‘web help’ is close at hand, as in I am extremely lucky to have a brother that is a web designer/page builder. Without his valuable advice, support and building assistance (Ok, seriously I suck at the technical stuff), this blog wouldn’t be what it is today. So for that, I send him my thanks, as I’m sure my readers do too every time they see a little owl pop up on my blog screen. πŸ™‚

If you are in the market for a web page, a new layout, assistance with your business Face book page and everything else associated with web page building, it would be well worth your time to check out 5150 Studios and ask for a free quote. Mick is located in Queensland, but thanks to technology, he can build web pages anywhere.

Here is a link to his Face book Page as well:

5150 Studios on Face book.

Dont forget to tell him that I sent you. Always good to clock up the ‘sister-brownie-points’. πŸ™‚

Common Chaos Chronicle is always evolving. I want it to be a bit of everything really.

* I want it to be a place where I can vent my thoughts/opinions freely.

* I want it to be a record of events that my children can look back on in the future.

* I want it to continue to inspire people, in the same way other blogs inspire me.

* I want to stand out and be a little different to the rest.

* I want to always remain honest. What you see is what you get.

* I want it to be a tool to help me keep organised and motivated in the drain of everyday life.

* But most of all, I want my blog to grow and be loved by not only my family and friends, but others that have become a part of our daily life, even though we have never met. Nothing pleases me more than to receive an email or comment from a reader that say’s the one small thing I have blogged about, has motivated and helped them.

My latest thoughts involve giving each day of the week a title, and creating more structure within the blog. I’d really love to hear all of your opinions on what you would like to see in the future with Common Chaos Chronicle.

Monday Motivation banner

I am attending the Nuffnang Blogopolis Conference in Melbourne next weekend, where I hope to learn some amazing blogging secrets and tools to use. I may even graduate from “blogger just winging it” to a “blogger that knows what she’s doing”. Hahahaha! Fingers crossed for that one πŸ™‚

Well, that is about it for my 100th blog post. I am looking forward to improving my posts day by day, and want to thank each and everyone of you for your support with this project.

If you are on Face book, you can follow my daily status updates (rantings – LOL) HERE.

If you are on Twitter, you can check out my Tweets by clicking HERE.

Thanks again,

Owl with the word jac

 

 


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    8 comments
    1. congrats. My blog is a bit random and all over the place, I consider post themes for each day, but then what happens when there is just something I need to talk about. see you at blogopolis.

    2. Congratulations, sweetheart, on such a fabulous milestone. I've loved every moment of your blogging journey, and you have inspired me in so many ways. Thank you for everything you've shared, thank you for your honesty, thank you for taking the time to give. It's been an absolute pleasure getting to know you, my blogging buddy. Three cheers for you & the fabulous Common Chaos Chronicle!!!! xxxx β™₯ Jess x

    3. JEss M

      Fantastic! love the owls and where you are headed. Jess xx

    4. Trudy

      I actually loved the cartoon you drew of your beautiful family. Whilst the owls are lovely (such wise birds). The cartoon is how I will always see your family (in a non creepy stalker way!). I love the blog, and am grateful for the inspiration you have given me thus far.

    5. commonchaoschronicle

      Thanks for the comment Trudy! I am thinking of using the cartoon as a page title header. I can't part with it, but dont want it as the main focus of my page. :-D

    6. Oh I loved reading how your blog and blog design evolved! Here's to another 100 blog posts and many more!

    7. commonchaoschronicle

      Thanks Kate. Still finding my groove and now with a head full of ideas from Blogopolis, it may take me another 100 more posts to implement them all. Thanks for stopping by. Luv jac xo

    8. Congratulations Jac on 100 posts that is a massive effort! I love ' I want' statements and I have no doubt you'll 'will'. have a wonderful time at PB!! Photos and tweeting and a wrap up please!!

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