Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Keeping it simple



I have a big reading list on the side bar of my blog, but these are only about a quarter of the blogs I read or follow, I am going to give it a tidy up over the next few days. I have been thinking about how I first got into blogging, it started by just reading a few simple, thrifty, frugal blogs. 

One of them being Ilona's http://meanqueen-lifeaftermoney.blogspot.co.uk/ 
Ilona is know as mean queen, but of course she is not mean, she is a lovely lady living simply and carefully within her means. Caring for her animals and walking holidays and being able to get out and about are important to her, this is why she lives simply so she can do all these things.

Ilona's blog is my favourite blog. Others which were favourites no longer are, some start off by making it a frugal style blog which soon gets taken up with ads and sponsored posts, well that's fine, but it's not for me. Other blogs I used to read were where bloggers did a lot of crafting, when I had the first Simple Living blog, I guess I was trying to keep in with the crowd, trying my hand at sewing and other crafts, but not anymore, it's just not me.

Other blogs I read like their posts to look like something out of a glossy magazine, again that's fine but that's not me either. I have learn't through the course of blogging, that I have to be me and keep the blog 'real'.

We like nice things and like days out and holidays, and we are happily to live everyday as simply and cheaply as possible so we can have these things. I no longer worry about keeping the content of my blog to fit in with other's, I will continue to  write about our every day "Simple Living" and the thrifty goings on in daily life.







Trying to dry washing in the free fresh air.

Thinking ahead - will get a few more packs of these- it will be cheaper to harvest these than buy in the shops



Off to the "Home" salon later for hightlights
I love our Simple life.



I am who I am and that's it.







29 comments:

  1. Great post Marlene. I love your blog just as it is. I am also not a fan of flashy blogs with ads and sponsored posts. I like to read about everyday people doing everyday things. If I can take something positive from them and apply it to my own life then even better.
    I love it when my reading list shows a new post from you, and my family love it when it includes a delicious recipe.
    I, for one, like you just as you are. Keep on being you. Xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Bless you Jules that is a very kind thing to say, and I will get my blog back in order and start posting more recipes xx

      Delete
  2. I agree with you, when someone starts to abandon their own style and take on another, because it's fashionable or for whatever reason, it's really obvious and that individuality is lost.

    I like to post my failures as much as my successes, there are more of them for a start, ha!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I totally agree, and at least you are being you x

      Delete
  3. My blog is just a diary and shows how life can change so quickly. I can't write fiction so don't make things up or try and keep up with any one else.
    Blogs with ads are so annoying as they take an age to load.
    Just keep posting about being you

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thankyou Sue yes I will, using a blog as a diary is a very good way to look at it.

      Delete
  4. I find my blog changes with the seasons. As I write for me, I tend to drift off in different directions. At the moment it's about biding time until the weather is better and I can work outdoors again! It doesn't hurt to mix things up a bit, as long as you don't lose sight of your identity.
    I don't care for blogs with loads of adverts either as they just take too darn long to load and that doesn't help when you are trying to cut back on time spent online!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Your blog is lovely Deborah, you write beautifully.

      Delete
    2. Thank you, that is very kind of you to say so, and so encouraging!

      Delete
  5. I would never advertise, I dont think that is what blogging is about. there are so many 'frugal living' blogs about, and many of them as you say are concerned with other things not at all frugal! I do like to read yours as it is real, and also relates to shopping in UK!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thankyou for your kind comment Elizabeth.

      Delete
  6. I far prefer people who are true to themselves !

    ReplyDelete
  7. I enjoy reading your blog. Whilst I don't always comment, I do read every post. I like the content and feel I can relate to lots of bits. I don't have a blog of my own - but I admire those who can do it. However, some of the blogs I read make me question whether I'm living on the same planet sometimes!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thankyou, and yes I know exactly what you mean.

      Delete
  8. Mine is also real. I do my best to advertise the fact on my style blog. You know things like wearing slippers in an outfit post. Having wet hair. Having an untidy kitchen table in the background.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well that's brilliant, just being you.

      Delete
  9. Strangely enough I have a post that has been sat in drafts for weeks wondering what people think makes a blog 'real'!

    ReplyDelete
  10. I follow a few thrifty blogs that inspire me and share information to cut down on expenses which is always helpful.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is a great place for sharing and learning.

      Delete
  11. Hello, Marlene, I've been without a computer for several days but now back online again! I love your blog, one of my favourites, but as yet I don't know how to add the blogs I like to my own blog-site! It's hardly been a thrifty couple of months for us as we bought a new dishwasher, a new Dyson (gave our old one to younger son and his partner, this was the reason we bought a new one, good old Mum and Dad, ha har!), now a new computer (as my old one actually blew up, there was no option if I wanted to remain online, and also a new compact camera because my old one was falling apart through over-use; I have almost lost the battery and SIM card on a number of occasions, so decided it was time for a new one. I just hope that nothing else will need replacing any time soon! But we are frugal in other ways, and this allows us the ability to replace such items when it becomes necessary. Things which don't wear out, like electrical goods, i.e. curtains, tables, chairs, sofas, etc ... well, they are original ones from either when we first married 52 years ago, or when we moved to this house 31 years ago (all apart from our bed, of course, which was new in 2015.)
    I love reading thrifty blogs as I like to watch the pennies ... as the saying goes. It's the small savings that really do add up.
    Margaret P
    www.margaretpowling.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You always find everything goes wrong at the same time don't you, well at least you are all sorted again for a while.

      Delete
  12. PS as Jules says, she doesn't like blogs with adverts, and I agree. I bought my blog website, it wasn't that expensive, my computer man set it up for me, and it means I have total control over it and there are no pop-up ads, which are sooooo annoying (Kevin-type voice from the Harry Enfield teenager character!)
    Margaret P

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I often think this blog seems interesting and then all those ads start appearing and then I quickly move on.

      Delete
  13. I dislike blogs with ads they just seam wrong. Others are far to polished for my taste, like you I enjoy simple blogs with true to life post and real lives. Which is why I love your blog.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I like your blog because I like you. You are what you are, you do what you do.

    Same with me. I am what I am, people either like it or they don't. They read my blog, or they don't. Simple as that. I do like my photos to look pretty, but they are still true and honest.

    I think readers can tell fakes a mile off. x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. What a very kind and lovely thing to say Sadie.
      I like you and love your blog also, I always look forward to reading it and I love seeing yours and Violets posts on the gram xx

      Delete