Friday, 29 May 2015

Eleven things / Liebster Award

Sweetheart Harps, who blogs over at BabyBrainMemoirs.com, kindly nominated me to answer her eleven questions for the Liebster Award (which is kind of like a tag game for discovering new blogs). Thank you for thinking of me and I hope some of the blogs I've nominated will be up for sharing too! Sorry for rambling on!
1. What’s your lucky number?
I don’t actually have one. Let’s go with 19.5. Joseph’s birthday is the 19th and mine is the 20th. I don’t play the lottery so I don’t need it to be a round number.

2. When and why did you start blogging? 
I started blogging on the 27th of June 2014, when Joseph was about 10 weeks old. I started for a few reasons;
  • To document our experiences (I’m a bit of a memory hoarder and terrified of forgetting… and also a bit mad at myself for not diarising my pregnancy).
  • To meet other mums 
  • To help others through the sharing of experiences (as hearing about others' lives had been useful to me). 
I know that I’m not ground breaking or informing the world of anything that’s not already been said, but I’m documenting and sharing my experiences and using my voice, which I’ve realised recently is really important to me. I’ve kept diaries (albeit not the most detailed as some stuff is just bullet pointed or single words) since I was young and there are only a few patches in my life where there’s literally nothing documented. I’m most definitely fulfilling my blogger aim of meeting other mums – my personal mum network is varied and so very supportive. I definitely wouldn’t have got that without starting my blog, I’m sure. With regard to helping others, I have had feedback to suggest that I’ve helped others in small ways, so that is just the best.

Oh and I’m not going to lie – I also wanted to somehow make a living from blogging so that I could stay at home and be with Joseph as much as possible. Almost one year later, my blog is not a source of income whatsoever, but I do think it has helped me professionally as what I do for a living isn’t a million miles away from blogging and all the things that are entwined with that. Blogging isn’t easy, and I totally underestimated the time you need to dedicate to it (even Mummy Time posts take up a whole evening and those aren’t even my words!), which I just can’t seem to manage without feeling like I’m neglecting another aspect of my life, so I have serious respect for those who actually make a living from it, particularly whilst raising families. I also realise that if I wanted to make a living from it then I’d need to make some big changes to my lifestyle, habits and turn on the business part of my brain which actually doesn’t exist.

3. What’s been your blogging highlight? 
I’ve had a few blogging highlights, but I think the enthusiasm surrounding Mummy Time has been really special actually. The majority of mums I’ve approached to take part have been happy to be featured, others have asked to be featured – which sometimes yields the most detailed and relatable responses because there’s that desire to share. Each week people read it and enjoy hearing about other mums’ lives and experiences and learn more about the mums that they follow on IG – or sometimes they find new mums to follow. There are so, so many more mums that I’d like to feature so I don’t think it’s going to be going anywhere for a while yet. Anyone is welcome to take part, but you may have to wait a wee while as I usually have a bit of a waiting list as I only do them once a week. I have toyed with the idea of doing them more often, and changing my questions to suit older babies and kids, but for now, I’m keeping it as it is until I have a clearer idea of what to do.


I am also really touched when someone gets in touch after they’ve read a post that I’ve not even promoted, or that is just a bit of a personal release and a bit of brain-dump which I didn’t think anyone would ever want to read or be interested in reading.


Oh, and something that blows my mind is when non-mums tell me they read my blog and say how much they enjoy it. I can’t get over that.


Sometimes (ok, really often) I get conscious that my blog isn’t really anything definable; it’s not like I’m not fashion focussed, have super sharp photography, or hot on the latest toy, gadget, feeding device, for example. Oh and I’m not the world’s most creative writer, so I wonder if it’s hard for people to relate to or be interested in… Really, I’m lucky that anyone reads it at all! But I’m definitely most proud of the mums that feature on it – they’ve all been so different and I’ve learnt something from each one.
4. What did you/do you do for a living pre baby?
Pre-baby, and now I’m back to work post-baby, I’m a client-side digital marketer. I currently work for an insurance company as part of a small marketing team looking after paid search, natural search, web content, web analytics and all things social. It’s quite a varied and broad role which I have enjoyed – particularly as my previous role just focussed on search – but I am moving jobs in a few weeks’ time to manage online marketing for a suite of Legal Services products offered by quite a big brand – think Wills, Probate, Conveyancing Power of Attorney. My legal knowledge is limited to say the least so I’m looking forward to learning more about it and helping people to find products that suit what they’re looking for at what may be quite a difficult or stressful time in their lives. There’ll be quite a few challenges – not only in terms of my practical role, but surrounding the messaging and getting it right. No one has done my particular job there before though so I feel like it’s really mine to define and get what I want out of it. I have realised that I am fairly career-driven actually, and have quite a few career ambitions as well as personal ambitions. I used to feel a bit guilty for being that way, but, for now, I think it makes me happy and I’m glad that it also allows me to provide for my family in some way and buy myself nice things sometimes. The other day I bought a navy and white stripy top with a pineapple on it. Oh yeahhhh.

5. What’s your favourite TV programme?
I don’t watch a lot of TV really but I frigging LOVE Made In Chelsea. I’ve not watched any of the latest series. I know – WTF? I have them all recorded though so hopefully one day I’ll have a MIC marathon. That day will be GOOD. I remember watching re-runs at 3am when Joseph was a tiny baby and was attached to my boobs all night. We’d sleep on the sofa and doze in and out of sleep states. 

I am heartbroken that Mad Men has now finished; I don’t know what to do with myself. Watch it from the start maybe. I need to get my hands on a Game of Thrones box set actually – I know, I know. I don’t know why I never joined Ruari when he started watching it. Probably because I have the worst attention span ever and always feel like I ‘should’ be doing something else.

Oh and I’ve always loved Friends. Joseph’s ears prick up every time he hears theme tune now as it was always on when we were at home during my maternity leave. Maybe that makes me a bad mum, I don’t know.

6. How many siblings do you have? 
I have one older brother and one half sister. My brother now lives nearby after living in Glasgow for over ten years so it’s nice to have him around. He works in retail and is trying to break through into the acting world – both on stage and on screen; I’m really proud of him for learning something new and pursuing his passions. I admire anyone who has the conviction to follow their dreams. My sister lives in Eastbourne (about two hours away) and is the coolest chick ever and so much wiser than her 21 years. She recently shaved her head after years of dying it all the colours of the rainbow, and has been vegan for almost a year which, I also admire being a failed vegan (but 13-year-strong vegetarian!).

My brother and I.
7. What’s your favourite food?
Probably Indian food. Paneer masala. I also love Mexican food. But I also love s good ol’ cheese sandwich with salt and vinegar crisps stuffed in it. 

8. If you were stuck on an island alone and could only take one thing, what would it be?
Alone? Some sort of device to get me off the island. I like my own company sometimes but I couldn’t bear being away from Joseph, especially.

9. Summer or winter?
Summer. I hate winter. I don’t care that it’s my birthday or Christmas. Give me long days and a greater chance of sunshine.

10. Outdoors or indoors?
I’m indoorsy but, don’t get me wrong, I do like the outdoors, especially the seaside. But I like to be warm and I like creature comforts.

11. Sweet or savoury?
I have a very, very sweet tooth and the fillings to prove it unfortunately.

SANTA BARBARA!

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I now have 11 questions for some of my IG pals with blogs to answer:

1. Would you consider yourself to be a tidy person or a messy person? (I am messy but wish I was tidy.)
2. Would you consider yourself to be a hoarder? (I am particularly interested to hear how people get rid of things. I seem to be emotionally attached to pretty much everything and regret chucking anything.)
3. Would you consider yourself to be career driven?
4. What book or book are you reading at the moment?
5. What are the 5 most recent websites you’ve visited?
6. What was the last thing you bought?
7. What are your thoughts on exercise? Do you do it? Are you a regular do-er?
8. What’s your favourite smell?
9. How does a typical day go? (I’m obsessed with finding out about how people use their time!)
10. When did you start your blog and why?
11. What are your nails like right now?

Expecting mamas:
Emma, @moresweetsoul_ - ohhomesweethome.blogspot.co.uk
Alice, @ALCMHN – alcmhn.blogspot.co.uk

Skin/health bloggers:
Katie, @katiethirks – katiedaniellemarie.blogspot.co.uk
Kelly, @kellio – blog.kelliobellio.com

Parenting bloggers:
Kelly, @yellowkelly – elsaandus.blogspot.co.uk
Hannah, @hannahsunited – carsonrepeat.wordpress.com
Romeca, @heyitsromeca – beautybumpandme.blogspot.co.uk
Lauren, @belledubrighton – belledubrighton.co.uk 

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Here are the rules of the Liebster award if you'd like to take part (no pressure!):
1. Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and let them know you've done it
2. Answer their 11 questions
3. Write eleven questions and nominate 11 blogs to answer them (I've chosen eight blogs. Shoot me.)
4. Let the blogger know you've nominated them
5. Find a Liebster award image you like to include in your post (I haven't done this. Shoot me again.)


Did you enjoy today's post? Bit different, eh? Thank you for reading! 

Have a good day! xx
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2 comments

  1. I was nominated by Harps too, and just put my answers up :-) great pictures (and answers!)

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  2. Lovely post. I love MIC too! Hope the new job goes well Thanks so much for linking up to #TheList x

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