Organisation. A Photography and Poetry Prompt.

Organisation. A Photography and Poetry Prompt.

You may have noticed last week and over the course of last weekend, I wasn’t really around much on my blog. I was off enjoying half term with my family. 

Whilst I was on the tube in London with my daughter and niece last week, I had a little bit of a ‘moment’. I realised that I was not really doing what I wanted over on this blog – I was writing for lots of other people and not really doing that much for myself. As the girls played in a park whilst we waited for an event, I sat and wrote a blog post on my phone. I am not quite ready to publish that yet so I instead I am sharing a poem which pretty much sums it all up.

The photo I have shared this week is one of the most famous organisations in the world. The Brownies. Grace was enrolled back at the beginning of this year and since then she has gone on to become a seconder. She goes every Tuesday and she loves it.

The poem is along the lines of what I explained above. A recording of me reading it is just below.

Organisation

Trying to rearrange my head
Trying to reset my mind
Way back when I started this
I didn’t know what I’d find

What started out as creative
Has started to turn commercial
I never wanted to make a noise
Or become too controversial

I wanted a place to write
About all my loves and passions
Learn more about photography
And discover the latest fashions

Now I find myself
Along with many others
I’m riding on the bandwagon
With other blogger mothers

There is nothing wrong with that
If this is what you do
But it wasn’t why I started this
To write review after review

This is where I rein it in
I’ll get off at the next station
A shake up of this blog is needed
A bit of organisation

Victoria Welton 3rd November 2015

Prose for Thought
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6 Comments

  1. November 6, 2015 / 5:10 pm

    It is hard to get the balance right isn’t it? I used to feel bad about turning down opportunities if someone had bothered to ask me, but, now I realise that hundreds of other bloggers are getting that same offer, it’s much easier to say no thank you!

    Having said that, most of the reviews I’ve been offered this year have been for Stella! 🙂

    Another thing is that while I want my little space on the internet to be for me, those sponsored posts starting to come along are pretty useful while money’s going to be tight as I negotiate a house move.

    This still feels very much like your space and I’m pretty sure your loyal community of readers won’t mind which direction you go forward with. We’re here because you write good stuff 🙂 xox

  2. November 5, 2015 / 9:19 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever related to a poem quite as much as I relate to this one! It really sums up what blogging means to me. I do sometimes do reviews and a few sponsored bits, but it really matters to me that I write a good balance of organic, fun content that hopefully people will enjoy. If I start getting carried away with reviews, I will have to come back and read this again. Thanks for another great link up. Hopefully, see you soon. xxx
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  3. November 5, 2015 / 11:44 am

    I know what you mean, Victoria. Getting back to basics on my blog is something that I’m trying to do . Though mine is certainly not as well-known as yours, there was a point where I started writing content that didn’t pertain to the purpose I had originally intended when I started it.

    I think there’s a certain dichotomy when it comes to mom blogs. We want to make sure we write with purpose, to entertain the original reason of why we started in the first place. But we also want to open doors of opportunity for ourselves and our family–whether that’d be through reviews or sponsored posts. It’s a delicate balance between the two. We want to be both without losing sight of the other.

    I would have to agree with Kyles on her comment. Yes, you’ve done reviews and sponsored posts, but you’ve still manage to produce the same quality of writing–fiction, prose, or poetry–that you’ve been known for as well. I come back week after week because of your beautiful words and for the community that you hone and cultivate for your readers. As loyal reader for a couple of years now, it’s safe to say that you’ve come to closest to balancing the dichotomy of mom blogging I mentioned above.

    Whatever that yet-to-be published blog post on your phone says, I’ll support you, just as easily and graciously as you’ve supported me and your other readers out there.

    Thanks for this beautiful poem, Victoria. I hope you have a fabulous rest of your day!
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    • November 5, 2015 / 11:55 am

      Wow, another amazing comment. Thank you Maria. Really feeling the love today xx

  4. November 5, 2015 / 8:59 am

    The thing that I find most satisfying and rewarding about blogging is that it is a way of building introspection into my life. I really believe that it is through examination of our own lives that we are able to grow and develop, and to appreciate the joy and wonder that might otherwise rush by unnoticed. I think what you have demonstrated here is just that. You say that your blog has become more commercially focused than you intended but in other commercial pursuits there is rarely this opportunity to reflect on the nature of the process and change course in this way. For me it has really brought home the benefits of blogging; there is no chance of Socrates’ unexamined life! I might add also that even while you have been writing reviews, you have still managed to cultivate a little online home for writers, which is much appreciated. I have discovered a lot of wonderful writing through this linky. Not least, of course, your own. This, as always, is a terrific poem. Very best of luck with the next step in the grand adventure that is your blogging life. #prose4t
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    • November 5, 2015 / 11:54 am

      What a really lovely comment, thank you so much Kyles. This has to be one of my favourite ever xx

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