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Every few days I have a look at the stats from the blog and I’ve found it astounding to see how it has grown. How many hundreds of you, from all around the world visit this space, every single day – is both exciting and daunting for me all at once. For those of you that “know” me through the internet, it’s safe to say you know that I’m all about being honest not only about my own life but also about how I feel about this big wild world that we live in. I love pretty things but sometimes life is just damn ugly… and that’s OK too… cos as much as we are all beautiful we are all a bit ugly too.

With 2013 already rolling on and all of the wonderful responses I have had both privately and publicly to our Guest Post series… I’ve been thinking a lot about YOU. All of you. Some of you who email me regularly from far off lands, I think about daily… and you, the readers, as a collective I think about just as often if not more.

So here is the chance for you to have a say in what we discuss, what we research and what we just lay it all out there in this space, too much information or not… in 2013. I’d love to know what YOU want to read more of. The sorts of posts you are interested in seeing and what I can do to get you all a bit more actively involved. I’ve had lots of emails over the past few weeks with people asking for more food posts (I’m working on it, I’m just really terrible at remembering to write down/photograph the things I cook for Bo and myself… it’s never really been my forte), more political posts, more parenting choices posts… and then so many emails from women who have experienced marriage breakdowns or who are right-at-this-very-moment experiencing just what I am… the loss of love. So there will be more (perhaps broader?) on that too, of course. Because it’s real and right-now.

Inked has so many readers but not so many brave enough to fill in that little comment box and give your opinion back. I’d love to become a bit more of a community here at Inked… where we all share, with each other, our woes and our triumphs and our quirky differences. Let’s face it, we are in desperately in need of a bit more community, aren’t we? God knows I am.

With Inked fast approaching its one year anniversary it’s time for it to take the next step into blog-land and it can’t do it without you.

So go on, I dare you, fill in the comment box… let me know what’s important to you this year. Let me know what sort of topics you’d like broached… what you feel like there should be more of (or less of)… because as much as this space is Mine, it’s Yours too.

xox

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  • January 10, 2013 - 10:42 am

    Rebecca Tham - Would love to meet up with you in real life. 🙂 Going to the bird park tomorrow morning 10ish, wanna come?ReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2013 - 10:52 am

    Rebecca - More of everything! Lol

    I love reading all your (and your guests) posts but I particularly LOVE your photography. I’d love some tips on how you manage to capture such precious moments. I have a DSLR but only use it on auto because I’m so daunted by the other options and buttons. I’m the type of person that needs 1 tip at a time so I can master that before I learn the next thing.

    I’m also hanging out for more food posts to inspire me :-P.

    No matter what you post about though I’m sure to keep coming back 🙂ReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2013 - 10:53 am

    Beck - I love how real you are Sash, there is no bs and everyone can relate to you. I love your thrifty ideas for food etc.ReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2013 - 10:59 am

    Jodie - I also love reading everything you write and especially love the photos. Tips on how you take such lovely pics would be great. I am keen to get a dslr and learn how to use it properly to capture all the important times in our lives, cause each day is just going by too quickly!

    I am keen to read more and discuss parenting issues; especially on activities that build our children’s imaginations and experiences.

    Keep up the great work. I will be sure to keep reading through 2013.

    Happy ‘nearly one’ birthday.ReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2013 - 11:06 am

    Kate - I just like the opportunity to think about things differently so more of what you do and anything else as it all comes along. Our babies are only a week and a half apart I think. I marvel at how clever they all are.ReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2013 - 11:42 am

    Lilybett - Love to read more of everything you have to offer, really, but I particularly love the few food and how-to/crafty posts you’ve done.

    Like Rebecca, I’d also gobble up any photography how-to’s, maybe even blogging how-to’s in terms of design, etc. I’m currently trying to figure out how my favourite bloggers do those numbered ‘stuff’ collages/pin-boards/inspiration boards without just mashing pics together – you know the ones, where the background is all one colour? I’m sure there’s some simple (or perhaps fiddly) trick to it.

    I’m also up for more discussions on life and love and the parenting parts of both of those things. Oh and the photos of Bo, cause she’s the cutest.

    Please, Sir, can I have some more?ReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2013 - 11:55 am

    Cassie Nguyen - I know this is probably not very helpful, but more of *anything*!! All of your writing comes from such a place of honesty. All of your posts, be it a short tip about food, baby-ness or thrifty-ness, be it a statement of your beliefs about a parenting or political issue, or a piece of heartfelt prose about a personal experience, I find equally engaging.

    I read your blog for the same reason I read (just a few) other blogs. The sharing of personal experience. In my opinion, there are lots of places around the net for tips on more generic stuff, but the only person who lives your life, and can share your life, your thoughts, your opinions, is you. And that’s what makes me proud to be a tiny little part of your little corner of the internet.

    I hope that makes sense! xReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2013 - 12:44 pm

    Joelle Breault-Hood - The most wonderful think about Inked is that it is community forming – linking people from all over the world together. Your writing inspires others, makes people laugh, cry, jump up and down, makes us question things, and encourages us to create, to give, to try things out, and to appreciate and be grateful. All of these things from reading your blog! We are trying a few things out this year – 52 portraits is on our list. I’ve already started that. We are also doing daily affirmations (or just memories we want to savour) in a special jar. I am also wanting to play and create more with my girls. Sometimes work and busyness just gets in the way and that’s not what I want to remember when my girls are grown. I want to remember our play time, our special times – so although there’s a bit of fieryness in my household – I will work with that and focus on more play time and creative fun stuff! I look forward to Inked in Colour because I love you and Bo! xReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2013 - 1:14 pm

    Abeer - I simply love and adore Bo! Always wanting to see more pics of her, u do a gud job! I have a 4 month old boy, i wud love to read more about u as a parent…ReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2013 - 1:27 pm

    toia - Sash… I just love reading your stories.. Ur writing and how you put it down on paper… Or perhaps computer is what I enjoy most!! So keep writhing baby hahah about EVERYTHING
    Ps: my favorite is when u were Indonesia and how I could totally see a visual when u described the lizzard on the wall or that you don’t have a bin and it’s just a hole in the backyard xxx!ReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2013 - 5:42 pm

    Jaana - Hi!

    i have been reading your blog for quite awhile, but I have never commented anything… :S sorry about that, I am sure you love to hear from us as well..

    I love to read your honest stories of your life, because it seems that you are not affraid to write about things which are very difficult and painful. Of course I love to hear all happy posts about ur every day life as well.

    I am curious to hear how you have felt the going back “home” after living in another country. And love to see your photos of your world.

    all the best,
    JaanaReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2013 - 7:25 pm

    Rachel - I really enjoy your blog! I know I haven’t commented much of late but I’m back to sharing MY computer with my husband and his business and I have two littles to run around with now. I have a question for you: do you plan to stay in Australia for a while now? Because I’d love to know how you as a mum, whose identity previously has been partly in the fact that you’ve lived abroad (maybe that’s not quite the right way to put it), are dealing with re-entry to your own culture. And also, how are you (are you?) keeping your daughter’s other culture alive to her? We’re a mixed family (Australian/American) who until recently were living in China and that’s always a struggle for me.
    That aside, I’ll read whatever you write — your blog is a regular haunt for me 🙂ReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2013 - 8:47 pm

    Jay - Dear Sash,
    I have only commented here once before and that was the first time I had commented on a blog, though I have been reading/following baby blogs for at least a year, and before that beauty blogs for YEARS (wow, how did I spend SO much time thinking about beauty products?!?!!!). I think I commented because you managed to draw out such high emotion from me, so it was definitely a reactionary emotional post!
    I have a little girl who is just a little younger than Bo I think (she will be 1 at the end of Feb) and i have really enjoyed tracking with you, seeing you go through the same experiences with your daughter and marveling at how fast they are changing and developing.
    Above all I love the way you write honestly about your experiences and observations, so that is basically please more of anything. Other than that I second the photography tips requests, thrityness, craftiness, food for little ones, healthy food changes you have made, Bo’s developmental milestones/monthly updates. It must be hard to feel like you need new ideas all the time, but I think as long as you are writing for yourself as well as others you can’t go far wrong. Writing to externalise all of the emotions and thought processes and observations you go through by being you.
    Thanks for wanting to interact and create a sense of community here. Sending you lots of good wishes of Joy and Peace for the new year from my London 60s tower block (which incidentally feels totally like home now).
    JayReplyCancel

  • January 11, 2013 - 7:34 am

    Erica - Bo, Bo, Bo-bo, Banana Fana Fofo, MeMiMo -MO, Bo.
    All the Bo I can get.
    Whether that lil girl is your Muse, your inner voice, your creative energy outlet, or through whom you let all things flow ~ Keep it Up.
    Living your life with your Arms Wide Open, with your daughter as your Mirror, your blob is Brilliant.
    You should be proud (even though I understand its hard to grasp the impact without feedback, but as you see, all you need to do it ask….).
    I look forward to every single post you make, and read each word with my full attention. You have a way with words dear girl……don’t restrict yourself in any way.
    Each time you click to submit a post, hear the imaginary cheer…Yeahhhhhh!
    xoxoReplyCancel

  • January 11, 2013 - 7:46 am

    Yumi - I would like to read more political posts, but anything you write is good to read and think about…
    xxReplyCancel

  • January 11, 2013 - 9:35 am

    Amanda - I always save your blog to read last at the end of the day. Just because it’s so lovely and inspiring, not matter what you write. As a mom, I relate more to the mom stuff, but I really love it all.ReplyCancel

  • January 11, 2013 - 4:59 pm

    This small town life… | Inked in Colour - […] to you. Thank you so much for all of your responses and love and love LOVE LOVE to my recent post. Keep them coming. Just fill in that little comment box, you know you want to… Let’s start building an […]ReplyCancel

  • January 11, 2013 - 6:29 pm

    Ecky - Sash, I admire your honesty, courage and I can feel the love you have for Bo and sometimes I wish you were my mum. But I agree with the others said, I would love to get some whole food and some crafty ideas from you.

    Err maybe combination of Aussie Indonesia as I’m trying to teach my girl both of her roots.ReplyCancel

  • January 13, 2013 - 6:12 pm

    Miu - I’m happy when you write about whatever is important for you at the moment or what you want to share with us.
    I don’t want you to change everything to please some readers, just continue being yourself.ReplyCancel

  • January 16, 2013 - 7:04 pm

    aliciabetts - Hi,

    I like your blog as it is, but since you asked and I have found something I’d like you to consider in one of your mamahood reflections, here are a couple of questions:

    – What is your view of daycare/kindergarden/baby sitters? This is a HUGE topic out there. I would love some discussion/thoughts on this. (Aimar is 16 months and has been at kindergarden since 12 (we have to work…), it took him a couple of weeks to fully adapt to the new routine, but it has been the best decision for our family, he is learning a lot, looooooves his friends and teachers. There is a lot of discussions against taking your children to daycare but I must say that Aimar is such an energetic and curious little person that we feel his needs are much better fulfilled like this than if he stayed at home with us).

    – Friends and becoming a mama (your views, experiences). I have had quite a hard time with the transition, many of my friends are not “mama-aware” and have made my journey quite lonely and hard at times.

    – How you put into practice, as Bo gets older, your ideas of education/giving her the tools to live in this world (i.e. what (if you have any) norms do you have for her, the things that she can and cannot do, etc.

    – How do you handle a grumpy-cranky baby/toddler?

    – Anything else you want to share on raising a bilingual child.

    Thanks for sharing, for giving us all food for though and for simply being you!ReplyCancel

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