Today I am participating in a meme put on by Laurin Evans titled “Bloggers at Work – How do you do what you do?” Please join other bloggers today in telling us the how, what, and where of blogging.
If you are new here, Welcome! I thought it would be good to tell you a few things about myself before you read where and when I blog and tweet. I am a homeschooling mother of five children, so I almost exclusively blog from my home. I am also married to the infamous Mr. K, who has only read my blog ONCE and does not understand my need to journal online. I’ve not worked a “real job” in sometime except for working a few events with my friend Jen who is an event planner, but over the past thirteen years of being a stay-at-home mom I have owned my own business which I ran, you guessed it, from home.
Right now I am blogging from my sofa in the family room while my two boys do their grammar and writing assignments. Instead of a desk, I am using the coffee table, that is piled with various books, papers, and thingamagigs. This is typically when I blog or tweet – while homeschooling my kids. I have realized that a large part of homeschooling here is more supervisory than actual teaching. The teaching time is short, instruction minimal, but the waiting and keeping kids on task lengthy so I fill that time with reading, writing, and tweeting. I also blog at night, when the kids are in bed and I have less interruptions. The down side of writing while also educating your children is that it is hard to keep your thoughts on track. (note I have been sitting here an hour and have been interrupted no less than 30 times) Sometimes I just open up a post and type out a few thoughts to string together at a later time in the day.
I’m not unlike other writers/bloggers. I need to have my “stuff” while writing. Coffee is essential. If I am not drinking coffee, I am drinking Dr. Pepper. I also usually write in a t-shirt and a pair of pajama pants. I can’t think of a time I have actually blogged in pair of jeans or slacks or even a dress. I have blogged naked though. I like to write with my hair pulled back. I find it flopping around my face a distraction but now my hair is too short to pull back. It is at that horrible length where it is a complete nuisance. Currently I blog on my daughter’s laptop that is very temperamental, but I am hoping to have that rectified soon. I miss my desktop, I miss sitting at my desk even though the laptop does provide me with the ability to read and write from just about anywhere, including the garage that is now a craft/school/play room. I’m almost always listening to music either on Slacker or Pandora since I gave up my Rhapsody subscription. Most the time I am listening to women’s folk music or Indie style music. I tend to write best when listening to Tori Amos or Ani Difranco, I am not sure why. Often when I am stuck in my writing they are the first two artists I play and it’s not long before the words start pouring out.
There is really no rhyme or reason to my blogging. Sometimes I feel inspired to write about something that has been on my mind or to talk about the mundane things going on in our life. At times I blog about issues that mean a great deal to me while at other times I have written about things going on in this community. This blog is a hodge podge of entries that have no direction. I would love to cut out time to write each day that would be uninterrupted but I can’t even get a twenty minute bath without being disturbed. So for now, my thoughts will be written in various states of dress, from various places in the house, as I sip coffee and answer a million and one questions from my inquisitive children.