I woke up this morning and my heart quickened for a few moments, as I laid there unsure if the New Year had rung in already. Perhaps I had a dream about it, thus the confusion. Anyhow, I was relieved when I remembered it was still the 31st December 2012.


Well, it’s this blog, you see. I’ve alluded to my suspicions for a while now that my blogging habits will – nay, must – change. The only problem is I haven’t quite figured out how yet. I could plan out posts in advance, write them, schedule them – as I sometimes do – but to make this the standard would rob this blog (and the others that do it, IMO) of the unsung, positive elements of spontaneity and playfulness. I enjoy stream-of-consciousness, rough-around-the-edges posts because within that flux there’s often to be found the hot, true voice or point of argument that often gets edited out – for better or worse – after revision. That said, I also love the well-thought, slow-written pieces, considered and subtle. But there’s a line between what’s crafted and what’s cold, robotic. I don’t want to be the latter.

So as I sit here, planning about as quickly as my fingers are able to type, a few predictions: I will focus on my ‘Living List‘ more. I will try to utilise my Facebook page a little better. The photo content may increase. If post regularity decreases, I’ll try to increase their length. My newsletter will continue to go out.

Most of all, this: at several points in the year my blog – or more specifically, my practice as a blogger – has been described as ‘creative’. At first, I didn’t really understand – although felt very complimented! Then I thought about it some more and came to this realisation: perhaps it’s because I don’t focus on ‘perfection’. My creative writing work, when posted, is done in various forms of completion. I’m rarely ‘finished’ – and it scares me the most those days I put those pieces up because I feel like I could be judged on their deficiencies rather than their pluses. This is still possible (don’t get me wrong!) but by and large it seems that people appreciate and respond to the processes of getting them written in the first place. Perhaps this is part of the reason why Crying in the Car went so well pre-sales wise.

Anyway, enough of that for the moment. If you are a blogger, tell me if you’re going to blog differently in 2013, or if you’re happy swimming along the way you have been.


Karen Andrews is the creator of this website, one of the most established and well-respected parenting blogs in the country. She is also an author, award-winning writer, poet, editor and publisher at Miscellaneous Press. Her latest book is Crying in the Car: Reflections on Life and Motherhood.