The Life About To Start, When Tomorrow Comes*

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.

And because this is an end-of-year wrap up of sorts, here’s some of my favourite Instagram shots of 2012.

* You can tell I’ve been to see Les Miserables this week!

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Karen Andrews is the creator of Karen Andrews. This is one of the most established and well-respected parenting blogs in the country and is a two-time finalist in the Best Australian Blogs competition. She is also an author, award-winning writer, poet, editor and publisher at Miscellaneous Press. Is an exercise junkie (when she finds the time).


  1. says

    I would like to blog more consistently in 2013, but I would more like to be courageous enough to say the things I really want to say. Thanks for sharing your world with me in 2012, all the best for the new year.

  2. says

    My fav photo is the one of the child’s eye.. It’s pretty magic.

    Blogging this year is to just keep it up. I don’t edit my posts very much but blogging is different to writing articles and I like the raw moments of humor and observations. I try not to write so much when I am angry though.. So I don’t think I want to change too much but to just keep it up as it has been rewarding and I’ve made some pretty great friends through it.

    Happy New Year to you and yours!

    Lily Mae
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  3. says

    I’ve very much enjoyed reading your blog this year Karen.

    In regards to my own blog, I’m hoping to find some focus and direction with it 2013 and hopefully improve on the quality (both of the posts and my own photographs).

    I find if I don’t post almost every day I find it hard to get back into it, so in 2013 I’m going to try to work a little more in advance, with some posts written ahead of time.

    Here’s hopin’ anyway.

    Happy new year.
    Janine Fitzpatrick recently posted..Monday Morning Photo – JoyMy Profile

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