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If you are looking to get the most out of the new year, chances are good you are thinking about the changes that you want to make to reveal a better and more impressive you!

Whether that means changing your diet, making sure you keep your home or apartment clean, visiting a new part of the word to improve your sense of culture, or improving your wardrobe to stand out in a crowd, there is no wrong way to try to be a little bit better.

*waves to anyone who came here because they met me at Blogopolis on Saturday.

You may remember me by such tweets as:

That one got a laugh, and really showed how much I was getting into the first session. Or perhaps it was this one:

Which shows I know my audience well. Drunked, health conscious, and mums.

I found my blogging voice in what I’m passionate about.

Content:

Yeah, I got heaps from the first session.

Actually I did get one thing. This Editorial Calendar wordpress plugin. It’s awesome. It’s already stopped me from doubling up on rants around FSMastime as Chocolate Bunny Weekend.

Design:
The checklist that was dropped on our tables at the start of the session was awesome, and the advice to ask you guys what you do and don’t like about the layout too. Tell me: what doesn’t work for you? I then spent the rest of the session twitter eaves dropping on the SEO session, and fiddling with my layout. Well spent :)

Media Kit:
Ahh, Lady Melbourne. A blog I don’t read, but still admire. A very practical session for us, thinking about how we engage with brands, and what we need to think about media kit wise. I have some work to do.

Other stuff:
Finding my voice. I think I know my voice better than my niche. I can’t quite commit to food blogging as my only topic on this blog. There’s so much else to rant about!! Sometimes people are wrong on the internet.

The question was asked “why aren’t there many male bloggers” and I chose to try to articulate (at 3pm, with the flu clouds firmly settling in) that there are HEAPS of male bloggers out there. (see my blog roll). they’re just not in Nuffnang’s target group. If NN actually wanted to branch into showing ads on Tech blogs, then I’m sure they’d get more guys in. Then there’s the politics and the business blogs. Many many by men. So much so, that you keep hearing the question in some communities “where are all the women”.

The men are there. Just not in Food, fashion, personal or “mummy”/parenting blogging.

It was brilliant to catch up with everyone again, and finally meet some people, such as Sarah Stokely who I’ve been stalking online FOREVER. Tea galore! And the food was great, but that’s another blog post, for when I’m back in foodie mode. I have been inspired, more by the chats in the corner, and the tiny snippets here and there, and there’s plenty more for me to do blog wise.

In the meantime, what should I do to celebrate this blog’s 10th birthday on September 11?

xx

Yes, it’s brilliant that Australia finally has a female PM, but I’m still a little uneasy with it until the voters return her later this year. I still have this fear that we (as a nation) will show how backwards we can be, by voting in lock-up-your daughters-cos-there’s-no-sex-until-marriage Tony Abbott rather than *gasp* letting a WOMAN take the PM role.

A child-free, atheist, non-married, intelligent, professional woman, at that.
(Julie Bishop, are you ready to step up?)

Don’t screw this up, Australia.

(otherwise you’ll find me back on a plane any second. maybe to Prague, home of the pink telephone dude)

Pink Telephone Dude

Last week was one of the rare weeks of working 5 full days this term… and they were certainly full days! I’ve usually left work by around 4:30 on a Friday, but and 5:30 a few of us were just finishing up … with the feeling of “we need a drink” *sighs all around*.

I still have a massive to do list from last week to tackle when I’m back to it on Tuesday (Canberra Day monday!) and also some notes that didn’t quite get written. I think one extra factor in it being such a draining week was carrying a cold through it… and that I had dropin clinic, and a language group (5 year one boys with langauge needs? argh!!) without the other SP who was off sick all week.

So I’m going slow this weekend. I will get to the gym each day, and I do have other things I’d like to get done, but step by step :)

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Today is Internation Women’s Day… I know one group of gusy who are totally not in the spirit of things and will be seeing a stripper or two while out on a bucks night tonight ;) But, more seriously, I’m sitting here contemplating the issues around pay equality. Being in a female dominated workplace, wondering about the value of “Allied health” workers. I suppose we do wind up falling into that “nurturing/caring” category, like teachers and nurses, as we work with children and with adults with disabilities. Are we undervalued due it it being women’s caring work? Or is it just how it is? Honestly I have little idea on the issue and am just musing it over. I know we don’t have the numbers power of teachers and nurses – you know it when the teachers are striking, it affects peoples routines and so forth, but would the general public even hear about a strike of allied health providers? Yes, the clients who were cancelled on, but the rest?

Anyway.

:) I think it’s just a day to think about how far women’s rights have come, and to at least have in your mind that there may still actually be a ways to go.

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With that, I’m hungry. What should I have for Brunch? (so over cereal!)

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