“Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me…”

Life is Knutts

1 year ago today, I summoned up the courage to begin writing my blog.

After annoying friends and family with ridiculously long Facebook posts for a couple of years, they managed to persuade me I was almost amusing and that at least 10 people would read some crap that I had decided to type out.

Seriously, I can’t thank you all enough for giving me that shove. Blogging has been one of the best things I have ever decided to do, and if it wasn’t for you guys being so supportive and encouraging, I wouldn’t be writing this now.

So really, this is a post to say thank you to all you guys out there, who are sat on the toilet with 5 minutes to spare to do some light reading, or who are up at night with your nocturnal children, for taking the time to read. It truly does mean a lot.

I’ve learnt a lot in my first year of blogging. It takes up a hell of a lot of time and, if you let it, it could well take over your life. Along with writing your own stuff, there is a HUGE blogging community out there – full of lovely, supportive bloggers who are there to help you should you need it – who will read and share you writing, as long as you reciprocate. I don’t mind this part of blogging one jot as I love to read what other people have written, there are some super talented people out there, but it does get very time consuming. Reading, writing, sharing, linking…all on top of looking after my toddler, the 2 older boys, their dad (my 4th child) and running the family home, pretty much single handed due to hubbys long working hours and his love of lycra/bikes.

There are too many of these super blogging friends to mention in one blog post, but they all know who they are, and I can’t thank you all enough for your kindness and support in this first year. I couldn’t have done it without you.

People often find it odd that I blog. Those who know me well, know that I am quite a shy, private person who takes a while to pluck up the courage to speak to people. I don’t like arguments or disagreements and I am not in any way an extrovert. This doesn’t seem to translate into my writing however, but that is why I love blogging. I can say those things through my writing that I often wish I could say to people, I can write my thoughts much easier than I can speak them, and I truly enjoy it.

People often think bloggers are egotistical, attention seekers. Whilst that may be true of some, it really isn’t the case where I am concerned. I don’t want fame and fortune, all I want to is to make people laugh and possibly to get them a bit drunk. I write because I love to and that fact that people out there WANT to read my complete and utter nonsense is marvelous, even if it is only my Mum and Dad (Hi by the way parents! I loveya lots!).

So tonight, I plan on raising a glass to my little space on the world wide web, my little online home, and I might even post a celebratory cocktail recipe up if the mood takes me. Of course the mood will take me, it’s Friday night and I have just sat through a 3 hour long sports day with the toddler…if that doesn’t call for a drink I don’t know what does! 😉

Here is a link to my first ever post I put up (before I knew how to add photos to posts – pahahaha!), all about Freeze Pop Friday…very apt as it is in fact Freeze Pop Friday at school today.

Again, thank you to all my Knutters out there. Without you, I’d be nothing…apart from full of Gin and cake.

Much love Mis Amigos.