What's a blog for?
Well, that's a bit like asking how long's a piece of string, isn't it?
It's whatever you want it to be - you are, of course, master of your own blog.
BLOG: 'web log'
A personal website or web page on which an individual records opinions, links to other sites, etc. on a regular basis.
If you choose to post about goat mating, women in stockings, recipes with chocolate or homosexual pirates that's totally up to you - your blog, do what you like. And then I can choose whether or not I want to read it or to pass the information on to others.
Blogging for me means covering a whole manner of subjects. I'm a writer so I might run with one thought one week and another the next. My blog, my choice. Equally, your choice to decide whether or not you want to read it.
In the past I've covered the topics of periods, breast-feeding, my dad, books and an imaginary interview with Graham Norton - a vast array of subjects which won't appeal to all.
But it's my blog and I won't be told what I can and can't write about.
I would never write with the intention to offend or upset - although varying opinions can't always guarantee that I won't. Not everyone's going to agree with my thoughts on smoking in public places, dummies (pacifiers for my US readers!), immigrants or the English education system - but they are my thoughts for you to do with as you will - consider, agree, dismiss, think I'm the best thing since sliced bread, throw your toys out of the pram or vow never to read another word that I write again.
Up to you. Up to me.
The purpose of my blog is not solely to sell books. It's there for a whole magnitude of things. My readers will know if someone pees me off in Sainsbury's or if Mr Marks & Spencer seemed to have stopped making suitable clothes for my mum - it will end up written about here.
Some weeks I may rant and other weeks I may be in a jokey mood. Regular visitors will know that you can never be 100% sure what you might read on the Misfit's blog. And that's what I love about it - I'm not pigeon-holed. It's my space.
But saying that, I am always careful to consider my choice of words and subjects. I have a filthy mind and hubbie and I can be 'foul of mouth' but my blog is not the place for that. I've never posted a piece that I wouldn't have been happy to show to my 85 year old mother and that's the way I'll keep it.
In fact, I showed her last week's post today. I had my reasons and she got a bit teary - but she got my point. My blog, my opinion, my release.
People abuse Facebook on a daily basis with digs and jibes that go out worldwide to friends and relatives, and they get off scott free. Bloggers come under fire because ... well, why? Because they sat and considered their words and didn't shoot from the hip? No, it's because it's a permanent record of their thoughts or feelings at the time and Facebook is so 'in the moment' and virtually impossible to trace back.
Whatever you post on social media sites is out there for people to see, you should own it - stand up and take responsibility for it. You may just have posted an off-the-cuff one liner but those words can still do damage.
I don't ask anyone to read my blog - and yet I have thousands of hits a week. Why? Well I would hope it's because I'm open, honest, tell it as it is and that people feel that they have got to know me through my words.
My blog will continue to do what it says on the tin - it will be posts from the author Amanda Egan - on whichever subject she chooses and that's the way it will remain.
If you decide to come back next week - that's up to you.