You may be familiar with Murphy’s Law (anything that can go wrong will go wrong) or the statistical Pareto Principle (for many events, approximately 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes). To this I’d like to add Elaine’s Corollary: The more there is to write about, the less time there is to actually write it.

That’s the position I seem to have found myself in this month: from the sights of autumn to a trip to Edinburgh, October has exploded with colour and a number of activities that are keeping me on my toes (and away from my websites and social media!).

Like the Blogging Basics course. This was delivered last Saturday to a great group of students at the Environmental Learning Center in my hometown, and many thanks go to the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation for providing this opportunity. As I was putting the course together, I became even more convinced about the importance of blogging, whether it’s serving as a way to amplify a subject you care about, providing an outlet to learn about a topic, or helping a writer find their own voice and practice writing on a regular basis. Hearing the students share their ideas at the end of the workshop was fantastic; I was blown away by how much thought they had put into it and all were ready to begin blogging about topics I found incredibly interesting. If they’re reading this, please start!

On top of this, I’ve been getting my new gift tags ready to go for a series of Christmas craft fairs. The first is next week at Wood’n’Things, and if you’re looking for unique local Christmas gifts, this is the place for you. There are 17 different vendors this year (including yours truly), and the selection of homemade cakes is always delicious.

My posting will likely continue to be irregular while I am juggling a few things, but I am looking forward to getting back into a routine soon. In the meantime, don’t forget to sign up in the sidebar to have all posts delivered directly to your inbox.

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