A milestone has crept up and tapped me gently on the shoulder. June 3rd marks an entire year since I took up residence in this humble patch of cyberspace. Twelve months down the track and my corner of the interwebs remains decidedly humble. There is so much that did not happen over the past year. I was not invited to join The Remarkables, heck I wasn’t even bitched about on GOMI. I did not become the head honcho for marketing at George Weston foods – crumpet division despite my tireless efforts at raising the brand profile. Most disappointingly Michael Fassbender’s people did not call even though I am solely responsible for Fass awareness in the middle aged Mum demographic.
My stats rose and then plateaued. They remain as flat as my chest. My hat was thrown into the ring for two significant blogging competitions. I would not voluntarily throw my own hat as hats are vital in hiding my bad hair. My hats were sacrificed but I failed to make the faintest impact in either event. I came to the realization that without major alterations Mumabulous with never be a blog-buster akin to the Woogs of this world. I have scant regard for the blog’s content and even less concern for the visuals. Mumabulous is an unprofessional operation but that’s what makes it fun.
I’m not going into the details of why I blog as obviously Mumabulous is a place of mindless escapism. Instead I’ll share the peaks and troughs of a year lived bloggily.
Circle Jerking: GOMI often describes the Aussie Mummy blogging scene as a circle jerk and I’ve found my own comfortable circle to jerk in. If you are going to jerk doing so in a circular motion is the most satisfying method. Seriously though, I’ve made contact with some wonderful women (and a couple of blokes too) that I would never have encountered offline. This is the factor that keeps me going when common sense tells me to stop.
Meeting Bloggers In Real Life (IRL) : I’ve had the great pleasure of crystalizing some blogging friendships in the real world. I relished the chance to meet face to face with;
Grace of With Some Grace http://www.withsomegrace.com/
Kim Marie of Kimba Likes http://kimbalikes.com/
Catherine of A Cup of Tea and A Blog http://www.cupofteaandablog.com/
Kylie of A Study in Contradictions http://www.kyliepurtell.com/
Robo of RoboMum http://robomum.wordpress.com/
Kim of Falling Face First http://www.fff.net.au/
Kelly of Handmade Tears and Triumphs http://www.handmadetearsandtriumphs.com/
Danya of Danya Banya http://www.danyabanya.com/
Kevin of the Illiterate Infant http://illiterateinfant.com/
and as per the K-tel advertisements “many, many more”. Who knew that tapping away at the keyboard night after night could be so social?
Guest Posting: Being asked to contribute to someone’s else’s blog is an unbeatable feeling. I’ve experienced it twice. Firstly I had the honor of being a Featured Flogger on Flog Your Blog Friday at With Some Grace. More recently Catherine of ACoTAB allowed me to lower the tone of her blog while she was on holidays. My guest post Tea and Crumpet with Mr Darcy is some of my finest work. http://www.cupofteaandablog.com/2013/05/cup-of-tea-with-guest-post-from.html. In it I describe how I would use my feminine wiles to seduce Mr Darcy ie: getting him shitfaced. It encapsulates the spirit of the Mumabulous.
The Power of the Woog: As the undisputed Queen of our blogging scene she’s touched many lives and her impact has certainly been felt in mine. I wrote a semi sensible piece called 2013 The Year of Living Moronically https://mumabulous.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=3184&action=edit where I bemoaned the state of political commentary on social media. Mrs Woog picked this up and promoted it on both Twitter and Facebook. Hello biggest blogging day ever! Thanks Mrs Woog. You don’t have to support small fry like myself. It shows your generosity of spirit that you do.
Meanwhile my content returned to the usual drivel and my stats resumed their normal flaccidity. Looking at it graphically that one big day is like the middle finger on a gesticulating hand.
Constant Distraction – I am not a drippy hippy new agey type but I believe it living in the moment and focusing my attention in the “now”. However its difficult to just” be” in the moment when you are a blogger. I find myself in a permanent state of distraction thinking about the blog and straining my brain for new material.
Stats – Blogging sometimes seems like an endless game of trying to improve the stats. Its all rather pointless when your blog doesn’t make any money.
Rejection by the DET Portal – I was recently informed by RoboMum that the Department of Education and Community have barred access to Mumabulous on the grounds of pornographic content. What? Talk about filtering out the fun in life. In my opinion Mumabulous is not too vulgar, she is just smutty enough. So I have a penchant for double entendres of the standard featured in Are You Being Served? As I recall that was broadcast in a family time slot.
Seriously the IT folk at DET should rethink this issue. We can all agree that teaching is a stressful and underpaid profession. Anything to boost the morale of female teaching staff should be actively encouraged. If for instance, Clive Owens chooses to get about in a bath towel it should not be with held from them. In fact it should be bought directly to their attention and that’s where I come in.
It goes without saying that female teaching staff should be Fassed more often.
And no one should be prevented from seeing this.
THAT Avengers Post: Not only did this master work give me a serious case of Tom Hiddsteria*, it brought all the perverts to the yard. I also wrote a throw away line about Chris Evans (Captain America) grabbing his crotch and every day afterwards I was hit with crotch related searches. John Hamm’s was of particular interest. Sadly its a subject that I had not touched upon (very sadly indeed – HONK!) but I was deemed an expert on John’s nether regions. No cigar people! It got so irritating I deleted the posts which is everyone’s loss.
To all of you who have put up with my repetitive ravings this year- Thank you.
Over the you – how’s your blogging year been?