The last couple of weeks have been hectic, a little more than usual. Along with everything else I have been doing, I decided to throw my lot in with the wonderful bloggers over at Aussie Mummy Bloggers and participate in the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog challenge. I really should give a shout out to Louisa from Everything is Edible who organised the challenge, and Susan from Reading Upside Down who encouraged me via Twitter to join these great Aussie Mums. We are 13 days into the challenge and this blog officially marks my Day 7 activity, so I am a little behind, but I have an excuse, honest. I have been so keen on all this blogging biz, I have dived into reading and interacting with a host of great blogs, and really begun to fire up my Twitter activity too (you SHOULD be following me @MrNathanRussell).

Now, part of the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog (31DBBB) is to be active on my blog, and I admit that has not been the case. But the excuse I mentioned earlier is that I have been helping others with setting up their own blogs. Now, I am no expert at blogging, but I am not too bad at putting together an okay looking site, having done it a few times now. In particular, my wife has migrated from a free hosted blog to her very own, over at My Home Truths. There Kirsty talks about all the things that interest and concern her, from politics to parenthood, autism to exercise. My next trick is to entice her to join in on the 31DBBB. There is still time, my dear!

The other site I have been busy working on is for my Dad and his impending adventure to the Kokoda Track. He and three other experienced trekkers are heading to Papua New Guinea mid year to walk the track and raise funds for and awareness of autism. My son has autism, as does my nephew, so it is a cause close to our family’s heart. The website is almost ready to unleash on the world, but I am going to hold-off on giving you the details until it has all the relevant information and links. Post in the comments or send me an email if you would like me to directly send you a link when the site goes live. In the meantime, everyone can learn more about autism by visiting Aspect. Aspect runs a lot of awareness programs and offers a lot of support to families of children with Autism.

Now that I seem to have these things on an even keel, I turn my attention to this blog. The very first task in the 31DBBB was to “define my niche”, something I have done about three times in the last fortnight. I have decided that I am my niche – a writer looking to spend more time writing. This is my internet landing page, so when I am a storytelling, podcasting legend the unwashed masses have somewhere to flock to and lay themselves at my feet. Expect to hear more from me soon.

Very soon.