Blog On …


To blog or not to blog that is the question. When I set up Just Add Attitude I didn’t have an iota of a notion whether I would simply write four or five posts and then stop, or if I would continue jogging along the blog route ad infinitum.

My motivation for starting the blog was multilayered and verily some of the reasons why I did are now lost in the misty cobweb-y recesses of my memory. In the here and now I post on JAA because: I like the writing process; I like that I have a record of where I go and what I do; and I like especially that you read it and thank you so much for doing so.

Occasionally I have fleetingly thoughts that I might stop, they usually float into my mind when I am totally stumped for something to write about or am feeling out of tune with the world, but I quickly dismiss them as the blog has become part of my life and I now cannot imagine not writing it, even though I don’t update it that frequently.

One of the things I struggle with is the question: how should I blog. I write about stuff I like and things that appeal to me and obviously I hope they will be of interest to you too. And I want the blog to be honest and true to who I am without it being hugely revelatory about my life.

A couple of people who I know, albeit not very well, and like said, Γ  propos of what they had read on the blog, that I lead a glamorous life. Er, me, no, absolutely not. A squillion times no. My life is anything but glamorous, in fact it’s extremely humdrum and I am quite content to have it so.

The most interesting thing I have done in the last four days or so was to bring my car to the car wash. Weirdly I enjoyed it because it’s one of those car washes where you clean the car yourself with a powerful jet stream of water, which dissolves the dirt, and it was super satisfying to see my car transform from grime-laden to squeak-y clean. Still and all, it would be difficult to make a glamorous blog post out of the details!


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30 responses to “Blog On …

  1. dumdy

    I, for one, am glad you’re blogging on; keep up the good work

  2. I think those are questions that every blogger struggles with! I often spend time thinking about what I could write about that would be interesting for others to know. However, I love the mix of honesty and knowledge that you share with us in your posts! Whether it’s where to find a good cup of coffee in Paris, or your trials finding a pair of jeans, it’s always a pleasure to read your posts πŸ™‚

    • Thank you very much Heather for your lovely comment. It is hard to know if what we might like to write about would be of interest to others, I have a couple of draft post written that I have never used and probably won’t in the future. I love the authentic feel of your blog and the perfect balance you maintain between the lovely recipes you post and a peek into your life with Matt and Maya. πŸ˜‰

  3. Writing a blog opens all kinds of possibilities, we get to meet lots of interesting people who share things with us. Keep on blogging!

  4. I really do enjoy your blog, glad you will continue. It’s like a peek into your life, maybe it’s something wonderful you ate or found in shop. I find it interesting. Keep it up!

    • Thank you so much. I think part of the attraction of blogs is that they are peeks into other peoples’ lives. I often find myself wondering about how the people whose blogs I read are doing and on that note I hope you are now fully settled into the new job. πŸ˜‰

  5. Maybe your life isn’t glamorous, but the photos you post are beautiful and enchanting. It must be because you see the beauty around you… πŸ™‚

  6. I am loving the fact that the most interesting thing you have done lately is take the car to the car wash. Life is so like that most of the time. You would have enjoyed my day recently which revolved around solving a flat battery problem!

  7. Life is SO like that. The internal workings of a car are a total mystery to me so I have no idea how I would solve a battery problem, I am not even sure where the battery is in my car! Well done to you for sorting it out. πŸ˜‰

  8. I always enjoy reading about your shopping experiences!

  9. A fellow blogger

    I read the blog entry below by Scott Nesbitt that deals with burnout. I think the point of blogging is to rule it, not let it rule you. Sure it is gratifying that people want to read your content, but it has to be on your terms. There is some excellent advice here:

  10. WhiteTrinity

    I had the exact same thoughts when my site was up for renewal. So I decided to stick to it, whether I blog once a week or once a month. Glad you did too! — Mrs. J

  11. Dear B, your blog is beautiful and elegant and so are your posts, your gracious and engaging prose, and your charming, well composed photography. Don’t you even consider stopping for a moment! Cheers to you and JAA: I look forward to many more posts on your adventures, big or small, and on beautiful Ireland.
    Have a wonderful weekend πŸ™‚

    • Hello Stefano, Thank you for the multiple compliments they are much appreciated. However I know there is room for improvement in most areas, especially with proof reading! But blogs are, I think, works in progress and one of the joys of blogging for me is that I learn new things as I go along. πŸ˜‰

  12. I think you should blog the way you feel like blogging without any predetermined agenda. Blogs are simply reflection of our personality. If sometimes you don’t feel like putting yourself out there, it is totally fine.
    Personally, I realized that I cannot have a blogging schedule and I never know what my next post will be about. I must be feeling creative or willing to talk about something that I really liked and it doesn’t happen every day … or every week. I think you are doing great, B.!

    • Thanks Francesca, that’s helpful as it is always good to get an insight into another’s blogging mindset. You are right, of course, and I think I need to be more relaxed about when I blog rather that worrying that I might not put up a post for over a week.

      All the best. Bxx


    I think your blog is a beautiful place, and I love reading your travel tips and posts as much as I like the elegant musings about your town and house and garden. Your storytelling exudes a very peaceful aura, like a very well-written diary, almost a memoir, due to its great style.

    NB: since a few people I met through blogging have recently stopped posting, I was really cautious to read this post of yours. I didn’t feel I could handle more bad news, so boy am I relieved now πŸ˜‰

  14. I think all of your readers agree…we love your blog because it is “so you”. Keep up the good work, we enjoy it.

  15. Do keep blogging, I so love your posts. πŸ™‚

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