I’m No Longer A Blog Conference Virgin 

Last weekend I went to my first ever blogging conference. As I have written in a previous post I was very nervous and excited at the same time. This is my reflection on the blogging conference and I’ll share with you what I learnt about blogging. First up though I wanted to tell you what I found more interesting and that’s what I learnt about myself. I always thought I knew myself quite well. How wrong can you be when you are taking yourself out of your comfort zone. So the blogging conference I decided to attend for my first one was… [Read More]

My Sunday Photo 

  My Sunday photo is a just a building in Manchester a museum to be precise. This might not mean a lot to anybody other than me.  Today is a very special day, I am at my very first blogging conference, BlogOn MSI. I was very nervous arriving, but I went to the launch party last night and met some awesome people. Bloggers that I have admired from afar for a long time Laura @fivelittledoves one of my absolute favourite Bloggers. Tim @thatchamdad who is somebody, I have always read, and try to use as a benchmark for my own… [Read More]

Stepping Out From Behind My Blog 

So in a few days time I will be attending my first ever blogging conference,. For many this may not seem like a big deal. For me it’s huge and the reason why is simple. I have never been a particularly confident person which in a large part is due to my childhood. If you get told you are useless enough times, well the truth of the matter is you start to believe it. Basically you stop trying for fear of being told again you are no good. Of course at some point once you grow up and become an… [Read More]

My Blog : Some Days I Feel like I’ve Created A Monster

I know. I guess you might think it’s a strange thing to say, but there is no doubt my blog can feel like a monster coming over the hill and searching me out to devour and spit out the remains of a stressed out husband, father, blogger and oh yes, a painter and decorater which is the actual job I do to afford my lifestyle. Now I will explain how blogging has changed my life, and occasionally my character and personality and it’s not always for the better. When I started blogging it was a HOBBY! For gods sake, but… [Read More]

I’m Going To BlogOn MSI 

I’m going to BlogOn MSI in a couple of weeks, and this will be the first blogging conference that I have ever attended! I’m nervous, but also excited, most likely because this is way out of my comfort zone. Although I am looking forward to meeting many online friends in person for the first time. If you can’t find me I will probably be hiding in the corner, haha! Here is a recent picture of me, but I would like to point out that I don’t always dress like this, well not often, haha! Describe yourself in three words… Easy… [Read More]

WOW! I’ve Been Shortlisted For An Award with Blogosphere magazine!

Well, this was a big surprise! On Monday morning, May 8th, as I was getting everything ready to start the school run for my five year old twin girls my phone pinged with a notification from Twitter. That’s not particularly unusual at that time of the morning because I seem to be forever on twitter, haha! I usually just glance at it and think will look properly later. On this particular morning though, this tweet stopped me and I needed to read it! When I started reading it, I actually struggled to read what was written. I had been shortlisted… [Read More]

Its My 1,000th Post Today 

Today is my 1000th post and a very good friend of mine in the blogging world asked if I was going to write anything special. I never really thought about it, but hey ho, I will write about it in a blog post. Not very special I guess, but a milestone I decided was worth recording on my blog. This is my 1000th post and if I’m honest it’s frightening that I have managed to publish 1000 posts in about two and half years. When I started back in October 2014 I thought to myself I would post a couple… [Read More]

Blogging And The Use of Social Media 

I have been blogging for about two and a half years now and it’s always fascinated me the opinions of bloggers on how the use or abuse of social media should be used in relation to your blog. There are of course many reasons people blog. Some to make money, others to chronicle their children’s and family lives and undoubtedly some people just love to write and record their ramblings. I’m pretty sure I fall into all three of those categories, but ultimately I write because I love it and it’s my record for my children when I’m long gone…. [Read More]

How I Write A Blog Post 

Every day, hundreds of thousands of blog posts are written and published all over the world and I have always fascinated and been interested to know how people write blogs posts and where they get the inspiration from. Whether it’s a personal experience and just something they heard or saw, and that inspired them to write a post. There are I’m sure, a million and one reasons why people write posts. So for all of this I thought I would write down how I write a blog post. It may surprise you or you just may think well, that’s no… [Read More]