Category: Blogging

Happy New Year – What does 2017 have in store?

Happy New Year everyone!

After a short blogging break over the festive period, I’m back with a bit of a round up of 2016 and a look ahead at what this year will bring. We had a lovely Christmas, the girls were both very lucky and got lots of nice things. They enjoyed putting out a mince pie for Father Christmas and leaving out their stockings – and Clara’s little face when she saw Baby Annabell and a new pram on Christmas morning!

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Christmas Gift Guide Linky

Welcome to my first ever Linky!

Christmas preparations are in full swing; I’m slowly adding ideas to my present-buying list but still need some inspiration for those hard-to-buy-for family members. Gift Guides are a great idea as they bring together the best present ideas from a range of different brands, stores and websites. I’m working on a series of blog posts, from gift ideas for Star Wars fans to the best Advent Calendars for all the family and I’ll be sharing them in this Linky, along with (hopefully) lots of other bloggers’ gift guides!

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Linkies for Bloggers

Blog linkies are a great way for bloggers to build an online community. By taking part in linkies you are getting your blog out to new readers, increasing traffic and also discovering new bloggers – giving you plenty of reading material!

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There are linkies about all different topics, general ones where any post is welcome and specific ones, such as for crafts or reviews. Most have some ‘rules’, such as you must include a badge on your post (which links back to the linky host) and you must comment on 2 or 3 other posts. These are useful so that all the bloggers taking part can benefit from increased traffic and comments.

There are lots of linkies out there and I find it hard to keep track. So I came up with a list of the ones that I like to join in with. I’m sure I will be adding more to this post as I discover them!

Do you take part in any linkies which are not on this list? Please let me know in the comments!

Twinkly Tuesday

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Toddler Approved Tuesdays

  • Host: 3 Princesses and 1 Dude
  • Theme: Anything toddler approved! Crafts, baking, activities, outings, reviews
  • Join in: Every Tuesday from 6am to Wednesday 11.55pm
  • Find out more: Click here
  • Follow on Twitter: @3princess_1dude #toddlerapprovedtuesday
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Toddler Fun Friday

Toddler Fun Friday link up

Wicked Wednesday

  • Host: Brummy Mummy of 2
  • Theme: Photographs showing the reality of every day family life. Forget the perfectly posed family photos and share the temper tantrums, funny faces, messy homes and the lot!
  • Join in: Every Wednesday
  • Find out more: Click here
  • Follow on Twitter: @brummymummyof2 #wickedwednesdays

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Tried and Tested

Family Fever

Brilliant Blog Posts

Brilliant blog posts on HonestMum.com

The List

You Baby Me Mummy

Happy Days Linky

Quite Frankly She Said

Pick ‘n Mix Fridays 

A Cornish Mum

For the love of blog

The Pramshed

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The downside to blogging

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A few weeks ago I had my first negative experience as a blogger. I wrote an article for another website about the positive side of sending your child to nursery. A couple of anonymous comments were left on the website by posters strongly opposed to sending children to nursery.

They were quite harsh. Sure, I know that nursery isn’t for everyone but it’s a necessity for many. Being a stay at home parent isn’t always feasible, and those, including myself, who send our children to nursery shouldn’t be made to feel like terrible people for doing so. I’m no less of a mother and my kids are not going to be emotionally damaged for life because they went to nursery for a couple of days a week. Nor am I suggesting that nursery, or other childcare, is in any way better for children than spending time with their parents.

However, this post is not about defending my decision to leave my child with qualified and caring professionals while I work for a living. I just wanted to share my first negative experience of blogging.

It was bound to happen at some point. It’s an unwelcome milestone that most bloggers will experience. Some people will say I should expect this – putting myself and my life out there on the internet is bound to attract an element of criticism.

I’m an easy target – it’s all too easy to hide behind a computer screen, anonymously slating other people’s lives. Being so focused on your own opinion that you can’t see the other side of the argument. Or indeed that there is no argument to be had – just individuals going about their lives making different choices that work for them and their families.

I looked back at the Facebook post sharing the article, which had over 200 likes. Some comments were along the same theme as the comments on the post, but many were positive and some people said they felt reassured by my post. Others tagged friends who might find it helpful. Which is what I want from my writing – to inform, to entertain, to help. It certainly helped to put the negative comments into perspective, knowing that some people had taken something positive from the blog post.

Not everyone makes the same decisions; not everyone has a choice. Whether it’s work vs staying at home or bottle vs breast, not everything has to be an argument. I’m sure we are all guilty of judging other people because they do things differently to how we would do them – I know I am – but there’s a difference between silently disagreeing and openly making other people feel bad because they have made choices that actually have no effect on us whatsoever.

Sometimes we just need to take a step back and agree to disagree without it descending into some kind of Mum-off. I’ll continue to offer my opinion on what works for me and my family, but just because we do things one way, it doesn’t mean it’s the only way, or even the best way. It’s just our way. And that’s good enough for us.

Have you had any negative reactions to your blog posts or articles before? How do you deal with negative comments?

Linkies

Pick n’ Mix Fridays with A Cornish Mum and Mummy and Monkeys 

 

 

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What I’ve achieved in 2 years of blogging

The end of January marked 2 years since Kizzy, Izzy and Baby began. I started this blog while I was pregnant with Clara, to document our time together as a family of 4. In that time it’s grown more than I thought, I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved so far. Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read my posts, leaves a comment, likes or shares my social media posts and generally supports my on-line adventures!

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