Sunday, 10 March 2013

The 3Ps of My Writing, My Blogiversary and What's to Come?

It's been three weeks since I wrote my last post. Three weeks! To be honest, I haven't been feeling very inspired lately. 

I blame the 3Ps for my absence. 
  • Perfectionism 
  • Privacy 
  • Procrastination                                           
It goes something like this: 

An idea forms in my head (Yes! I'll write about that next), and inevitably one (or all) of the 3Ps does a slice and dice on my idea before it has the chance to travel from my brain to my keyboard:

1. My perfectionism has  me talking myself out of writing about my idea. I become convinced that I won't be able to write anything interesting on the topic so why would I even try?

and / or

2. My privacy monitor has me questioning whether I should share certain information here on my blog.

and always accompanying 1. and 2. the mother of the 3Ps

      3. Procrastination. Of the three, she's the most self explanatory. I'm sure some of you are familiar with her. Toilets glisten, kitchen appliances shine, even Carter's talker screen, caked with crusty bits of last night's dinner, gets a good cleaning yet, my computer screen stays blank and another day passes.

My blogiversary falls toward the end of the month. Roughly one year ago I created More Than Words. I set up this blog platform,  pecked out my first blog post and clicked the publish button on March 25th, 2012, officially staking my claim to a minuscule piece of the densely populated blogosphere.

During my uninspired three week hiatus, I mulled over the status of my blog: Have I accomplished my goals? Where do I want to go from here?

I started blogging because I love to write. I'd written for the Waterloo Region Family Network blog and I'd done some guest posts for Holland Bloorview's Bloom Blog. More than once I was told that I should start my own blog. When we moved to our new home, I finally decided to go for it. I would share  how everyone was doing after our move (and how Carter was doing at his new school)  through a blog.

Once I got started, I realized that I wanted to offer more. I wanted to use my blog as a platform to talk about Carter's unique form of communication. I wanted to connect with others, to offer them our story in hopes that it might be helpful. 

Have I accomplished what I set out to do? 

I've told Carter's story. I've shared. I've connected with others. I'd like to think that what I've offered here has been helpful, maybe even a bit entertaining. So, now what?

There will always be things to share about Carter's challenges and triumphs and I'll continue to share them here (not to worry, I'll also continue to share pics of the kids). My original goals have not changed, but my creative side is feeling a bit stifled. I think it's time to change my approach and try doing things a bit differently. 

How will I do that? What will my future blog posts look like? Stay tuned. You won't want to miss what's coming next at More Than Words!


  1. Well I'm looking forward to it Stace, I love your blog!


  2. Stacey, I can't wait to find out what's coming next. I really enjoy your blog, so much so, that I would like to pass on the Inspiring Blog Award. Here is your mention: and here is some information about the award: Happy blogiversary to you. I look forward to continued inspiration!

    With gratitude,
    Ida Mae

    1. You are such a sweetheart, Ida Mae. I am honoured. Thank you so much and thanks for your continued support throughout my first year of blogging. So so glad that we connected!