I push open the door of my blog and look around. Wow! It’s dusty in here. And musty. It must be a very long time since I last visited. I turn the catch and slide the window across. Ah! Fresh air! That’s what this blog needs. Should I redecorate too? Or should I just get down to business and write a post?

But first... Where have I been? What’s been going on? Why is my poor blog feeling so neglected?

I’ve been busy working on a new blog. What’s that you say? I didn’t create another blog, did I? Well, yes I did. I can't deny it. But it’s been a long time since I last clicked on that 'New Blog' button. It's been months and months. I've been trying to be good.

I know what you're going to say next: How will I find time to write on yet another blog? Yes, I'm looking around. I can see all the dust. Yes, I haven't blogged here in a long time. I did admit that. The last thing I need is another blog? I know, I know. It does sound like I did something rather reckless once again, I agree. But I didn’t. This time things will be different. This time I have a lot of co-authors. Actually there’s five of them: my daughters. They’ll help me.

So how did this blog come into existence? The other week, I was walking home from the park with my four youngest daughters. (We'd been for a run.) Suddenly this brilliant idea came out of nowhere and struck me right between the eyes. “Why don’t we create a blog we can share?” I said. “We can all write posts. We could call it mother, daughters, sisters.” (Isn’t that a brilliant blog name?) My idea was greeted with enthusiasm. 

But was the blog address http://motherdaughterssisters.blogspot.com.au/ available? It was. It took me only a second to create my 18th blog.

My 18th  blog? You didn't realise I'd created quite so many blogs?  I know, I know.  I have a problem. I seem to be addicted. I just can't help myself. That 'New Blog' button looks so tempting. Never mind. As I said, this time everything will be okay. We’ve already written 8 posts between us.

Us? Who are the mother, daughters, sisters? There’s me. I’m the mother. Then there’s Felicity who lives way off on the other side of Australia from us. She’s my eldest daughter. She's all grown up and married. The other four daughters and sisters are Imogen, Charlotte, Sophie and Gemma-Rose.

So I created our new blog. Then we needed some posts of course. "You write the first one Mum!" ordered my daughters. So I dutifully wrote a post. Actually I wrote two introducing the blog. Then it was my turn to do the ordering: "Write a post introducing yourselves." And everyone did. All the authors have been introduced… except me. I looked at my daughters’ posts and decided I couldn’t match them. I need a good angle, a hook to make myself sound interesting. I’m still thinking about that. 

Felicity wrote the first introduction. It was honest and beautiful and made me want to cry. She phoned me to discuss it. We got talking. We talked about her childhood and mental illness. Before I knew it, I was planning to write a series of blog posts called When a Child Has a Mental Illness. But not for our mother, daughters, sisters blog. No. I thought I'd post them on one of my other 18 blogs, Stories of an Unschooling Family

I’ve actually written three posts so far. I have ideas for several more. So I've had a busy few days over at my unschooling blog. Lots of visitors keep arriving (at least a dozen or so) so I've had to keep the blog presentable. It's been dusted and aired quite a few times. Unlike this blog…

I look around again. Yes, this blog could definitely do with some redecoration. Colour palettes, blog headers… My head is spinning with ideas. Somehow I don’t think I’ll have time to write a post today. Pity. I really intended to write something, make my blog feel wanted.

Maybe next time…

Do you think this dog looks as sad as my poor neglected blog?

Image: Button in a Bandage by Fiona McAllister(CC BY 2.0)

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  1. Wow - you've created even more blogs than I have! And this was, as usual, a really fun post to read. I love the picture, which looks just like our first dachshund (of years ago). Wearing her "who, ME? You think I got in the trash again?....ME?!" look. Perfect for this post. I love to read everything you write, anywhere you write it. Got any stray grocery lists sitting around....?

    1. Nancy,

      Oh it is so easy to create a new blog and it's free. So tempting!

      Just like you enjoy matching paintings to quotes, every now and then I like to match animals to my stories! They show a whole range of emotions just like us. They're usually cuter and more appealing too!

      Stray grocery lists? I don't often write those. I have to be persuaded to go shopping. My kids say at regular intervals, "We haven't got any food in the pantry, Mum!" I guess families do need feeding on a regular basis!

      I wonder if I could write a stray grocery list post...

  2. That was quite a mouthful. I have wondered about your absence. It just seems I got to follow your other 17 blogs as well.
    Teenagers are so different really, I understand why it took you such a long time to discover Felicity's illness I dare bet that there is also quite a part of denial involved - as in "There's nothing wrong with MY children". I feel the same way about one of mine, If something is wrong, or it's only normal teenager-mode, only time will tell. I will be folloving your and Felicity's journey closely.
    God bless.

    1. Uglemor,

      Follow my other 17 blogs!? Hehe. I like that! Actually it's not as bad as it sounds. I deleted a few of my blogs, and some I no longer write on. Several I made into private blogs because they aren't that interesting.

      "There's nothing wrong with MY children" Yes! That is so true. These things happen to OTHER people's children, never our own. I had a hard time accepting the situation. I shall write about that soon. Thank you so much for sharing Felicity's and my stories.

      God bless!

  3. 18 blogs!!! I think I've met my match.
    Keep at it, Sue...your blogs are great!
    I find that New Blog button hard to resist too, and have a slew of "private" blogs for various collections of ideas, quotes and images that I want to save.
    The upside is I don't have quite as many dusty books and magazines cluttering up the house now :-)
    Blogging has shown me that I am much more of a 'visual learner' than I realised...and of course Pinterest is purely educational too, ha!
    Trish x

    God bless our new ventures

    1. Trish,

      Oooh! I love your idea of using blogs for collecting ideas, images etc. You'd never lose them that way. I'm always misplacing my notebooks. I have far too many of them and they are not organised at all.

      So far I have resisted Pinterest. I know I spend far too much time on my many blogs as it is. (I didn't mention I'm author on several other blogs too!) I don't need something else to be involved with. But... it's tempting!

      thank you so much for stopping by!

  4. I think it is genius to do a blog where you all contribute! Fun!

    1. Elisa,

      Thank you so much for following! I am sure we will have a lot of fun together with our new blog. Lots of different flavours in one blog!


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