Caption this photograph for me please on Saturday Caption Day.
Love from the Striking Mum x
I thought I would try a little positive thinking.
I am joining in with the wonderful blog hop on positivity over at the Mummy from the Heart blog at http://mdplife.blogspot.com
I used to do this regularly on my old blog and have every intention of keeping up the good vibes on this one too.
1. I love my new blog look and that I am starting a new chapter in blogging and on other fronts too.
2. My son set off happily with his bag to join his friend’s family for a holiday in Northumbria today. It is fabulous that he is popular and that he has the self-confidence to go. I was 22 before I had that sort of get up and go. By am amazing coincidence, he is staying in the place I did twice with Mum and Dad when I was little. I remember listening to Paul Young’s “Wherever I lay my hat” as number one on the crackly radio so it dates the holiday period and me! Tomorrow is 2 years since Mum died and it is lovely to remember happy memories at this time.
3. We have a scanner and I am looking forward to learning how to use it and to saving photos and art for posterity. It might also be good to share some of those old photographs on here.
4. My daughter is sleeping in her bed through the night now. This is a major move forwards for her and for us as a family.
5. I am getting ready for the back to school thing next week. It will be good to have time to pursue new interests and have some me time along with trips out with my Dad. This must be the first year that I have actually being quite organised about it all and a £15 competition win voucher helped a lot.
With love from the Striking Mum x
I am making a fresh start on the blog.
It is prettier than the Blogger one and I have had enough of Blogger playing up in little annoying ways like going all dark or not letting people leave comments.
It is also two years tomorrow since my Mum passed away. The old blog was her legacy in a way as she told me to keep a diary and I went with the modern version instead. It was set up so I could pursue my wish to write. I have had lots of encouragement and supportive comments but not moved forwards with my hopes of earning money through writing.
I also need to learn to drive and to look at volunteering and studying.
There is also the massive task of shifting stones of weight and starting to rediscover a little of the old me after 10 years of parenting.
When my youngest started in Reception last year, I was advised to take a year to relax. It strikes me that year is up and it is time I did something useful and to start contributing to the world in some way.
So wish me luck and let’s see where the new road takes me. Are you ready for the bumpy ride?
This is me looking vaguely reasonable on my wedding day. All other photos from the last decade with the exception or my boudoir ones perhaps are pretty atrocious but make up and a posh frock can work wonders.
Right, let’s go on with the show. All suggestions on which turning to take very welcome.
Love from the Striking Mum x
Welcome to my blogging space. I am a Mummy blogger.
This blog allows me to write things down so you don’t have to listen to me unless you really want to
I write on issues I am passionate about and for therapy too.
I hope you follow my blog and that you let me know what you think and feel about it.
I am available for writing assignments such as promotional literature, media relations or you tell me what you want and if I can do it, let’s talk!
For those who have asked, I am happy to do product reviews and/or run competitions on request particularly if aimed at the parents and children marketplace.
With love from the Striking Mum x
I was delighted when inspirational blogger Donna agreed to my interview request. I am sure you will be fascinated by what Donna has to say.
Why did you start to blog?
I started to blog when my daughter was seven months old to document her weaning journey. We did baby led weaning and there wasn’t a huge amount of information about it at the time so I thought it could be useful to other people about to start weaning their babies.
How did you feel when you started blogging?
It was just like I was jumping into a new hobby. I didn’t tell anyone about the blog or really promote it so it was often just like I was talking to myself but I loved having something productive to do in the evenings.
What is your blog about?
Although it started being very focused on weaning as the blog, and my children, have grown the content has adapted too. It’s now a blog about family life, days out and all the little ordinary moments as well as recipes, reviews, competitions and travel – when we get the chance to go away.
What is your proudest achievement related to blogging?
I have been nominated for awards and have been shortlisted in some too but for me, my proudest moments come from helping other bloggers. Most of my time now revolves around critiquing other blogs, offering advice and just being a point of referral for other bloggers. It makes me happy and I do it purely to help, not to get anything back. I think, because of that, when another blogger nominated me for an Outstanding Contribution award last year and said I was ‘a pillar of the blogging community’ that was my proudest moment. To know I have helped people and for other bloggers to know I am there if they need me – it just makes everything worthwhile.
What do you enjoy most about blogging?
My favourite part of blogging is actually reading and commenting on other blogs. I run and take part in quite a few linkies each week and month and I love getting to know the people who join in as well as reading other blogs as something to do each evening. For me, other bloggers and the blogging community are a bigger part of blogging than my actual blog.
What do you find most challenging about blogging?
I think the most challenging part for me is trying to keep all the plates spinning. There are photos to take, posts to write, recipes to plan and when you’ve put it all together you then have to promote the posts and be as active as possible across social media. Then there’s an inbox to keep on top of, linkies and everything else. Blogging has evolved into so much more than just writing – and I love it, but it can be hard to keep on top of all the different aspects of blogging.
What surprised you most about blogging?
When I started blogging I had no idea that blogging was a thing. I didn’t know there were other people out there writing blogs and doing the exact same thing as me. It felt like there was just me, talking to myself online. So the blogging community, when I eventually found it, was the most surprising part for me. But one I am so thankful for.
How do you collaborate or work in partnership with other bloggers?
I have an interview series on my blog called Blogger Behind the Blog where I interview a different blogger each week. It’s proven really popular with both readers and bloggers wanting to take part and it’s a series I’m so glad I started.
I also host and co-host a few linkies – Living Arrows, Ordinary Moments and Siblings – and it’s so nice to find other bloggers through linkies and also work so closely with likeminded bloggers too.
What would lead to you giving up blogging?
That actually made me laugh out loud. I can’t imagine a time where blogging isn’t in my life. I’m a blogger, it’s a huge part of who I am – it’s my job and it brings me so much happiness. Without my blog I don’t really know what I would do – I wouldn’t have a job but more than that I wouldn’t have this outlet, this place to express myself, to write and to document the children growing. I don’t think I will ever give up blogging willingly.
Why should I read your blog?
My blog is such an eclectic mix that I think most people would find something they’d enjoy reading – from family updates and little adventures to family recipes and pretty photos. But, I write regular opinion pieces on anything that may have popped into my head – current affairs and things I see on Facebook mainly. They’re always good to read.
What are the aims of your blog?
Really my blog is there to record the children’s milestones and updates as they grow. It’s somewhere to record the little things that I would forget otherwise and somewhere to have photos of them – ones that I would never get around to printing. But, it’s also a source of information for people on so many aspects of family life as well as being my only true hobby and my job.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
When I started blogging I was just this person writing a blog. But, over the last five years I have become a blogger – and my blog, and the whole blogging world, is such a huge part of my life. Starting my blog is definitely the best decision I ever made.
You can find Donna’s blog at What the Redhead Said
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