‘The seaside makes me happy Mummy’
‘Me too lovebug…’
I know I’m a sporadic blog-poster at the best of times so you probably won’t really notice the difference, but I’m going on a blogging and an actual holiday. I really feel as though I’ve been winding down at the moment ready to take a little break…refocusing and refreshing my mind.
Before I go (although I’m not going completely, just changing the tempo) I thought I’d indulge in a few reflections. I’ve had a lovely joyous time blogging this year. It has continued in its own unique way to give me an expressive outlet, the little bit of creation I am in control of…it has also provided me with some tangible highlights:
The Creative Mothers Series: I am so proud that there are currently thirteen wonderful women who have shared their thoughts and experiences of creativity and motherhood. I have learnt so much from people’s tales and it has made my own personal reflections and passions run deeper.
If you get a chance to pop by the Creative Mothers page and catch up on any you missed, you won’t regret it! I’ll be publishing guest posts again in the Autumn so if you would like to participate in the series please do get in touch over the Summer.
Tribal Chat: Tuesday evenings are #TribalChat evenings! The brainchild of Katie from Mummy in a Tutu, the Twitter chats quickly developed into a solid supportive group of blogging buddies. It is a positive whirlwind of chat, blogging support, opportunities and friendships.
In May Katie organised the Tribal Chat awards…nominations were in, votes were counted, Twitter was all aflutter, red carpet gowns (pyjamas) were smoothed down and the ceremony was a fast-paced Twitter chat that broke my iPad for a while. I was really touched to be awarded the Writer Award. There’s something incredibly special about being given the nod by peers and I will wear my badge in my sidebar with pride for many moons to come.
Blog Awards: On the subject of awards, I decided 2016 was the year to dip my virtual toe into the wider awards scene. I think I’ve peaked with this endeavour by reaching the shortlist for Readers’ Choice in the BritMums Brilliance in Blogging Awards. Given that theory, I will also be keeping that badge in my sidebar forever more too!
Going Public: This year is the year I’ve told a handful more people I know in real life that I blog. I still haven’t told my family, but some friends and acquaintances now know. I could probably overthink the impact of this for an entire blog post but, in short, there hasn’t really been an impact. I don’t think many/any of them read it (although hello if you do!) so I haven’t found it at all constricting. I can still potter on talking to myself!
Southampton Swing Watch: I have been so enjoying the focus this project has given to those days where you just think ‘aaahhh, what now!!?’. The result is I’ve gone a bit overboard on visits and not actually written many up. I will; I am committed to creating a little directory of playareas near me. I will be publishing these, hopefully lots of them, over the coming weeks. But, given that they really are only of interest to people who live within 5-10 miles of me, I don’t think I’ll be setting the wider blogosphere on fire.
I could probably ramble on…and on and on. There have posts I’ve loved writing, comments that have enhanced my way of thinking about things, blogs I’ve loved reading, people I’ve loved connecting with and blogging events I’ve enjoyed attending. But I will stop now, we’re already entering verbose territory…so what will I be doing on my blogging slowdown apart from blogging every now and then?
I will mostly be dabbling about at the seaside. Hopefully getting stuck into a bit of sandcastle building:
Partaking in better seaside picnics than this one:
And spending even more quality time with my personal sunshine before his sibling invasion begins:
I hope you all have summers of fun planned and enjoy whatever pace you decide to go at. Toodle-oo!