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11 reasons #pbloggers are pretty awesome

pbloggersOk, so I may be writing this after a large glass of red and a full night’s sleep (please let it happen again!!) but it’s good to indulge in a little positive navel gazing every now and again. And this isn’t really about me but about the vast community that are #pbloggers. This is why I’m proud to be a part of it:

  1. With pbloggers it’s all about collaboration not competition – generally people are seen as peers and not rivals. People will often happily share good opportunities.
  2. Many are ace online and know every social media tool and trick out there (and a lot know coding, too).
  3. They’re pretty good at design as well – there’s such a range of beautiful blogs out there.
  4. Who else can you turn to about a niggling issue with your baby or child and be sure of getting a quick, helpful answer (or a bit of support)?
  5. Their blogs make the most entertaining reading – they can be funny, heart-wrenching, angry or uplifting.
  6. And without formal training they know how to weave a great story or listicle out of any review or product.
  7. Who else is up and chatting at 3am when my eyes are drooping and my husband is gently snoring? There’s even a #3amclub hashtag.
  8. pbloggers are always helpful to newbie bloggers, sharing their vast blogging knowledge.
  9. Some have also taken their experience to new heights by talking eloquently to vast audiences.
  10. And most aren’t afraid to share warts and all the highs and lows of parenting, even if their Instagram feed sometimes makes life look more Hatley than Horrid Henry.
  11. I’m constantly entertained and most importantly inspired by them.

My Liebster Award and nominations

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I love a good nose around new sites and getting to know their authors – which is funny as I don’t really put much personal info on my blog at all. Last month Jo Cormack of Emotionally Aware Feeding nominated me for a Liebster Award – thanks Jo! The Liebster Awards are a good way of getting to know new blogs and bloggers.

Jo is a therapist and expert in children’s eating – here’s my review of her fab book on counteracting food fussiness, War and Peas. She’s also a good person to follow on Twitter and Facebook as she regularly gives away great nuggets of helpful info.

So here are my answers to her questions:

1. What do you think is the secret to writing a great blog?
A tough one to start with! I think always having an awareness of who you want to read it really helps, trying to speak in your own voice and ensuring every post has a beginning, a middle and an end.

2. What advice would you give to someone who was contemplating starting a blog?
What are you waiting for? It’s free, is a great place for spare thoughts or making sense of your thoughts and it can grow and change with you.

3. What do you blog about?
I call myself a parenting blogger but it’s really everything that touches my life since becoming a mum. So anything from how I’m finding life with a one/two/three year old, to great (easy) recipes I love, to reviews of relevant products and experiences to the best children’s winter coat I can find. Plus a few rants.

4. Who is your favourite author and why?
My favourite book is The Awakening by Kate Chopin – it’s always stayed with me. On holiday I like a gripping read – I usually take a range of books including a Douglas Kennedy and I love finding new writers. But with a five month old, reading is a luxury!

5. Who would you invite to your dream dinner party? You can have four guests, dead, alive, real or fictional.
Just four?! Queen Elizabeth I, Don Draper, Hilary Clinton and Oscar Wilde.

6. What is your favourite foodie memory?
Dinner at Gordon Ramsey’s, Royal Hospital Road. Delicious food and impeccable service.

7. What is your favourite place to eat out?
Now I’m a parent I would say Pizza Express is a real crowd pleaser.

8. What do you do to relax?
Reading, but see above! At the moment I love a good boxset before an early bedtime.

9. Do you have any pets?
No – but I’d love to have a dog.

10.  If you could spend a weekend in any city in the world, where would you choose?

11. Rice or pasta?
Pasta, all the way.

I nominate:

Maximum Output, Minimum Effort – a new blog by a friend (and relative) Katie, a mum of two who’s had her blog in the planning for a long time. She gives great inspiration for simple but delicious family dishes and treats.

What I Ate Last Night – reviews and recipes from a great friend and a fantastic cook. Some lovely recipes on here. She also has a rather good taste in kitchens 😉

Is it Wine O’clock Yet – introduced to me by Regan, Kath’s blog is about her two children, also a boy and a girl and also three years apart, or as she says: ‘Food, wine and family time’. It’s refreshingly honest and authentic.

And here are my questions – a mixture of foodie and non-foodie:

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What would be your ideal holiday?
  3. Describe your ideal Saturday.
  4. What was your last text and who was it to?
  5. What’s your favourite cocktail?
  6. What’s your signature dinner party dish?
  7. What’s your favourite cookery show?
  8. How many cookery books do you actually use and what’s your favourite?
  9. Where would you really like to go on a date night?
  10. What’s your karaoke song?

My perfect writing space

Six months into my maternity leave I can safely say my work at home is very different to (and quite a bit more hands on than) my office job. As baby D gets into more of a routine, I’m starting to carve out time and a space to do my own thing at home and that’s mainly writing and blogging.

As I do a lot of it on my iPhone my ‘desk’ is pretty portable. We did buy an actual desk for either of us to use when working from home but we both still tend to gravitate towards the kitchen table. Our Continue reading

Waiting, waiting – six ways to cope with being overdue

Pregnant overdueSecond babies – they’re never as late as first ones, are they? That seemed to be the general consensus. That and how quickly it could all happen once it started (music to my ears since my first experience was six days of pre-labour contractions). No one seemed to disagree. That is until my last midwife appointment, when she asked how late my first was (10 days). She replied ‘get ready for some waiting – usually the second follows the same pattern’.

And only then it dawned on me – of course it could do. I could still be waiting another week. Or even longer! And, like with so many life events, we have pretty much no control over when it’s going to start.

So here I am, 4 days over and trying not to dwell (despite the blog post). I’m even enjoying trialling Continue reading

Tips for turning your blog into a business – a Vonage Workshop

Blogging in a coffee shopEvery now and again I go to events which give me real food for thought and also practical advice. Last week’s was a ‘Blog to Business’ sponsored by Vonage – the business phone company which gives one man bands or small businesses a dedicated business line over the internet, via their home phone. Vonage offers plenty of clever and helpful tools (more

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Life in pictures – how much is too much?

I’ve been encouraged to ‘switch off the TV set‘ and do something else instead (me and every other child of the 80s) for as long as I can remember. Nowadays, rather than being sitting-room-bound our screens are mostly small and portable and it’s not television

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First mumblings

So, time to start. I’ve been thinking about writing down my mumblings for weeks, and now my little one – affectionately known as ‘Scrip’ from now on – is seven months old and can sit, stand (holding on tightly) and eat more than baby rice, I thought it was about time to put finger to keyboard.