I really can’t believe that this time last year I was nervously hovering over the publish button for my very first post! For roughly the first eight months I didn’t tell anyone I know that I had a blog. It wasn’t that I was hiding it, it was more a case of how on earth you get it to come up in conversation!?! How do you get from:
‘I have spent the weekend up to my ears in dirty washing’
But of course my children took it upon themselves to blag on me, as kids do, by telling my close friend @nicola1979smith. This then came up in conversation with another close friend @crazymumtofour during sports day. From there on things got a lot less secretive!
This was what O looked like last year at 4 months old when this blog was a newborn!:
I thought I would make this an extra special post and give you opportunity to find out a little more about the woman behind the blog. So I took to Facebook and Twitter and asked everyone for things they really wanted to know about me. Here are some of the questions:
1. Describe your perfect day
I would love a day where all the kids were nice to each other and they just did things to help out without needing to be asked. A day that was sandwiched between two full nights of sleep for everyone and where food just magically appeared on the dining table and the dirty dishes disappeared just as fast!
2. Which blog have you most enjoyed writing?
Gosh,I don’t know! I think it would probably have to be ‘A day in the life of a breastfed toddler’. I was actually really poorly that week and probably quite delirious with a fever when I first started writing it but it made me chuckle when I was editing it!
3. How do you juggle blogging and being a mum of 5?
Most nights my kids are all in bed by 9pm so I pretty much try and write then. Day times are pretty much out of the question but there are occasions when the older kids will take O upstairs or outside to play and I have to be honest I often whip out the laptop to blog a bit then instead of the housework I was planning to do.
4. What is your favourite day of the week and why?
I guess Saturday? No school, the kids are happy because it’s sweetie day, Dr Who, no arguments about going to bed early because there’s no school to get up for
5. What is your favourite blog to read and why?
I really don’t think I have a particular favourite. I follow loads of bloggers on twitter and I just read whatever pops up in my timeline. Although the ones I enjoy the most are the ones that do lots of sensory or messy play and crafts where the finished item looks like a 2 or three year old made it not the parent. I can’t wait for Owain to be able to stick things (without eating the glue) so we can have imperfectly perfect craft projects too
6. What blogging achievement have you been most proud of in the past year?
I was so chuffed to appear on Becky 3 princesses and 1 dude‘s post over at tots 100 a few weeks ago titled Fresh Five:Blogs that tell it like it is! I love that she relates to my family and I know she appreciates the fact that I don’t make our lives out to be all sweetness and light. I once read that you should write every blog post for your one ‘ideal reader’ that one person you think will get the most out of your words. I think they are supposed to be imaginary, but although she doesn’t realise it Becky is who I think of when I write a post
7. What would you like to achieve in the next year?!
I would love to be nominated for one of the blogging awards. I don’t care if I get through to the shortlists or anything, just the feeling of being nominated would be wonderful! I’d also like to get nearer, if not in, to the top 500 of the Tots100 charts.
8. What is your second favourite cheese?? (A chat up line I heard once!)
I guess Stilton? Brie has to be my all time favourite especially coupled with bacon, in a sandwich
9. What made you start blogging?
I have always written and am currently (as in still. Since 2011!) in the process of writing a book. But when O was tiny I couldn’t get in the right headspace for creating gorey ways to kill my characters off. I still desperately needed a creative output and so this blog was born! I haven’t looked back since 😀
10. What question do you really hate?
When E&Ff were little I used to hate the ‘are they twins/identical?’ Now they are older we get the ‘Are they all yours?’ or ‘do you have a TV?’ type question. These really annoy me.
I had so many great questions I have decided that being as my 100th post will be up on Wednesday I will answer the rest then. If you would like to ask me anything I’d be happy to answer them in the comments below or possibly add them to the 100th post x