everydaysparks

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Celebrating 100 sparks

on June 15, 2012

Well, today marks the 100th post on EverydaySparks. I must confess to being pleasantly surprised that I am still going, and still as fond of blogging as I was when I began back in February. I started writing a blog because I wanted to force myself to write – after being to a number of writing classes over the years and secretly dreaming of a life as a freelance writer, I thought it was time to see if I could actually commit to writing on a regular basis. Albeit writing only a few hundred words about something nonsensical that I had discovered on my virtual travels and thought was worth sharing…

I didn’t want to write long, thoughtful and introspective posts about my life – other people do that and I applaud them for their honesty and ability to write about their daily lives. That kind of writing is not what I was interested in, though – probably due to a combo of wanting to maintain my privacy and also not having a particularly dramatic life story! And if I may go a bit herbal for a minute, I have also been trying to move further away from the negativity of news media and politics (and reality tv), which is all doom and gloom and fighting and complaining. With all that in our faces, I just wanted this blog to be a place of silliness and lighthearted fun – a chance to share things that have made me smile (or furrow my brow in confusion) in the hope that other people might appreciate them too.

Originally, those ‘other people’ were people I know in the real world – and I thank them so much for their encouragement and support. I know how lucky I am to have such an awesome cheer squad, full of so many smart, funny, kind, thoughtful and downright cuckoo personalities. And gradually, these ‘other people’ included new friends, who I’m yet to meet in the real world, who dropped in and commented when they liked posts (and when they didn’t like posts!) and made me laugh. From here in Sydney to the USA, the UK and Europe and lots of places in between, I still find it amazing that there is this incredible virtual community of people – we wouldn’t know if we sat next to them on the bus, but we feel like we know them from their blogs. Inspiring artists, clever wordsmiths, amazing cooks, funky designers. Thank you all for making this so much fun.

A confession – I wasn’t sure how long I’d last as a blogger because I tend to get inspired by something and then get bored and move on to some new passion (sometimes before I even actually start the first thing). Like today, when I borrowed my Mum’s sewing machine (because that’s the new thing I want to do) and she casually said, “Oh, as I got it out, I found that bag of wool and needles from when you wanted to learn how to knit”. Mum, that was soooo three years ago, now I’m all about the sewing. Except when I’m all about the card making. Or the bag making. Or the chocolate making. You get the idea. So, I’m surprised and kinda pleased that I still find blogging fun and enjoyable. And other people seem to like EverydaySparks, which is a nice cherry on top of the sundae. (I also went through an ice cream making phase last year.)

Anyways, thanks for indulging this ramble as EverydaySparks hits 100. Special thanks to those of you who have commented and liked my posts, or provided ideas and inspiration, or who write blogs that keep me coming back. My Dad still asks a question that I can’t really answer, “But, HOW DID THEY FIND YOU?” I don’t know, but I’m glad that they did. (For the record, my Dad also still asks “But, WHAT DO YOU ACTUALLY DO?” in relation to my career. But that is probably another post for another time.) Thank you to etsy and fab.com for hosting the main sources of inspiration for this blog – there are some incredibly talented people around the world, as well as some incredibly strange people around the world, which keeps EverydaySparks ticking over with new finds.

Here’s to the next 100!

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14 responses to “Celebrating 100 sparks

  1. Jm says:

    Congrats! I’ve so enjoyed your posts – a bit of a laugh-a-day-effect! How about knitting me one of those patterns from that post a while back!!

  2. Sparks – first of all, CONGRATULATIONS on your first 100 posts. Can’t wait for the next hundy’, my blogging bud’. I want you to know how much your finds make me smile (and say “check this out”, to LM. Don’t tell anyone, but I think you’re his favourite.)

    Second – Do we have the same Dad? Or, even Mum? OMG – are we the same person sharing a parallel universe…? All I can say is that I did the sewing thing. It lasted way longer than the crochet thing and my niece has a great quilt on her bed as a result. I tired of the ice cream thing quickly, but I’m kind of enjoying the upholstery thing. I’m now considering the sketch-book thing…

    Looking forward to that glass of wine with you and BCD in the RW. Here’s to many more laughs, Blogging Bud’.

    • Cate says:

      Haha, love it – we are kindred spirits, TSL! Thanks so much to you (and LM) for your comments and encouragement along the way – it has made this a bzillion times more fun. We definitely need to organise that real world catch-up soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. JC says:

    Congratulations Cate! and thank you for adding a little bit of silliness to the day – it is much appreciated. Keep on blogging.

    • Cate says:

      Thank you, JC – your comments are vital to the life of EverydaySparks, from your clever aliases to your interesting facts to your Pamps. Love your work! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. nickwarne says:

    Why does your dad talk IN CAPITAL LETTERS?

  5. Aoife says:

    Congrats matey, I read your posts to F&M sometimes so you can count them in as fans too xx

    • Cate says:

      Of course, thank you! Maybe they can be guest bloggers in September? A series of posts on the best Dublin hangouts for almost 1 year olds; reviews of their swimming lessons; holiday pics from their Wexford adventures…They would be a hit! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Congrats on reaching a 100 posts! And for the quality and awesomeness of all of those posts! I can’t wait to read the next 100!

    • Cate says:

      Thanks so much! I’m a fan of your blog too – was great to read that you pushed through the health & safety police challenge, look forward to seeing some pics from the exhibition (and especially your health & safety tribute piece)! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. dooey says:

    All this technology is too much for your Dad But truly what do you actually do!

    • Cate says:

      Well, hello – I am lost for words. Especially since you only found the blog last week, now look at you with your fancy comment! We can discuss the complex detail of my job offline (that’s what annoying people say in meetings instead of ‘at another time’ or just ‘not now’), but in the meantime, please be assured I’m legit.

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