Thursday, 17 June 2010


  • I went back to teaching part-time after Christmas. Shinejil is right. It is extraordinarily difficult to juggle motherhood and academia. Fitting in all the preparation and marking nearly did for me. But I also learnt that, much as I love being a mother, I also need to think, and write and teach.
  • Little Miss is now fourteen months old. She's just at that inbetween stage: not really a baby any more, but not yet a toddler either. She doesn't want to go in the buggy, but isn't yet steady enough on her feet to get out and walk. She doesn't want to be spoon fed, but hasn't quite mastered self-feeding. All this leads to much frustrated screaming.
  • But she is nevertheless the most enchanting little being. I don't think that I will ever take the miracle of her being here for granted. Things could have so easily worked out very differently for us.
  • We went away on holiday to Cornwall, where I discovered that I may be turning into a gardener. I made notes about planting combinations, and fretted about how my nasturtiums were doing in my absence.
  • Which leaves me with a dilemma about what to do about this blog. Increasingly, what I want to write about is my garden and the other things in life that give me pleasure. But there are also things that I'd only feel comfortable saying to others in the IF community. So I was wondering, if I started a new blog, would you all come and visit me in my new digs as well as continuing to read this one? Could I maybe try cross-posting from time to time? How might it feel to maintain two blogs?
  • If I am going to start a new blog, should I stick with blogger, or maybe try wordpress? Any thoughts?


Mrs.X said...

I don't care what you write about - I miss hearing from you!

If you do decide to start another blog, may I strongly recommend Wordpress? It is soooo much easier to use than Blogger. And, on a personal note, I have a terrible time commenting on Blogger blogs. Wordpress is much easier.

Whatever you choose, I hope you continue blogging!

luna said...

gardening is pretty wonderful and would make for a great photo blog. I really like wordpress.

loribeth said...

I've never had any beefs with Blogger, but I know a lot of people love Wordpress. As Mrs. X said, you write it, I will read it!

Rutabega said...

Metaphorically speaking, I see the connection between gardening and the IF experience. I see no reason why you would have to separate into a new blog.

Lisa said...

Nice to see a post!

If you're thinking you'd be a bit more public about directing people to the newer blog, I like your idea of living with two blogs and experimenting with cross-posting . . . then you can get a feel for how you'll use each one and decide whether to keep 'em both. Later.

Lisa Rullsenberg said...

Belatedly, do keep me in the loop! I'd follow whereever you are blogging.

And yes, by all accounts Wordpress is lovely

Shinejil said...

Ah, just post here. I'd love to hear about your garden (and envy your growing climate, which is far better than ours).

It's so hard when they *almost* have something down. Poor little ones.