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I am a full-time mama with a passion for writing and talking to fascinating people. I live in a one horse town with a Cowboy and my son. Thank Lord for cyberspace! I lived a colourful life in Sydney for a number of years. Working in advertising and journalism for FPC and the Sydney Morning Herald. During my time in Sydney I competed in a Dragon Boat race, choreographed a dragshow, used the Share Accomodation advertisements as a way to meet men and was told by Noiseworks frontrunner Jon Stevens that I was a bitch! Then came the decision to move back to country for 3 months to help out my Father with newspaper business while he was having treatment. Convinced I was a city girl I was caught by surprise when I fell in love with a farmer (and no, he didn't want a wife... still doesn't it seems!) convinced him that we needed to see the world, popped off to Vietnam to teach english in Saigon - before realising that the "food" in Nam didn't agree with me... turned out to be Monte - my son who is now with the Cowboy and I back in country NSW! I am in a wonderful stage of my life where I am focusing on the things that really make me tick. Including writing these chronicles.

Monday, October 26, 2009

putting my blogging ideas down before they fly away

Bloody flies.
One thing about living in the one-horse town that drives me up the wall.
I am sitting here trying to blog and god knows how but a flurry of flies have arrived - swooping me in every direction. GO AWAY!!!

Excuse me, did I blog that outloud?

I have been thinking of some things I'd like to do with this blog.
One, i wish I could make my photos look prettier.
A lot of blogs I visit have amazing photos and then some writing, amazing photos and then some writing - how does one accomplish this?
Layouts I admire include - well everybody on my blogroll basically.
I do really like the look of the Maisie and More blog - Edwina has a clean layout.... clear pics - nice fonts and some pretty funny stories to boot.

I know beauty is blog deep but I would like to inject a little bit of botox for my blog, just to smooth out a few wrinkly bits. Is anyone qualified in this area?
You might be thinking - "but you have a fancy banner that looks terrific" alas, I cannot take the credit for the genius of my friend Olena. (more about her soon, hoping to interview my very interesting and talented friend when she returns from Nepal and India)

The Cowboy takes pics at work quite often and shows me sunrises and sheep and dust-storms and dogs and I thought to myself he should be snapping some up for my blog! All this talk about the town but no pics!

So I have challenged him to a photo a day for me - I asked for this to be at 11:11am (lucky time) and he is to snap something different each day.

Truth be known I asked him this about 3 weeks ago, but think he set a reminder to do it today, so I hope to unveil some pics of life in the country soon.

It would be good to have a few more pics in my posts other than crazy ones I google and may get arrested for doing so.

I also have some other ideas zooming around in my head... I have jotted down these random thoughts for my blog:

Speed Blogging - I was thinking about all the blogs I love and thought, I wonder if X blog knows about X blog - they really should meet. So am trying to think up a way of introducing blogs I like to other blogs I like
There are bloggers that need to meet.
I could be like a blog match maker.
What do you think?
Any ideas on how I could do this?

Oh look I have to go these flies are a joke. I finally understand those rediculous hats with the corks hanging off them now. I tell you if I had one, I would be shamelessly sporting it as I type this post.

Corkman image not my own


  1. There are so many blogs that I love the look of and wish I had the time to tweak mine...I started doing it a while ago, lost track of the time and forgot to pick up the kids from school. Doh!

    Check out http://www.thecutestblogontheblock.com for some ideas

  2. You can find sites online that have free images you can use without getting into trouble :-)
    I just googled "free images" (or maybe it was free pictures), and quite a few sites came up. Some require you to link back to the site, but others don't have requirements like that.

  3. I got NO idea on layouts but will be watching the comments with interest!

  4. I feel a bit silly, tooting my own horn here, but it so happens I run yummylolly.com - free blogger template site (yeah they're not the most amazing templates, but they are original) but I can probably help because I have learnt a lot about Blogger in the last few years.

    I read a post you wrote recently when you said something about the alignment on the images? I think, the problem with your images is the way you have selected them to be aligned when you upload them. I *think* this is the problem anyway. You should select "none" under 'Layout' and then select whatever size you want it to be. If you select 'left', 'center' or 'right' then it tends to screw up where the image is aligned (and it's really hard to change with the text align choice). I don't know if this will fix the problem,r if I am actually making sense - see image of what I mean here.

    If you are using Blogger in Draft (new blogger) then it may look different to that though.

    Oh now I'm ranting. Sorry!


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