It’s been a busy few weeks for me; aside from having some time off work and spending my days chasing after a half-nappy-changed toddler who is crawling faster away from me to escape than I can run, I’ve spent a lot of time online. While a fair bit of my time has been spent indulging in the wonders of my Netflix subscription and entertaining my Law and Order SVU obsession; I’ve also spent a lot of time in the blogging world, both reading and writing. Here are some of my highlights…
Appearing on Huffington Post
I was super excited to receive an email last week saying that my submission to Huffington Post UK was accepted and would be featured in the Parenting section of the website. As someone who has been blogging just over a year, this felt like an absolutely massive achievement and is something I’m really proud of. The piece, entitled “It’s Okay to Not Be Okay” was a piece I wrote a while back about the initial feelings that happen when you find out you’re pregnant, and how it has to be okay to admit you’re not thrilled or sure what you want if that is the case, regardless of how perfect your circumstances were. You can check it out (if you haven’t already) here – I’d love to hear what you think if you’ve got any thoughts on the subject, it’s definitely something we need to talk about more!
Irish Parenting Blogger Awards
Ah yes, I’ve mentioned this lot before, but if you’re not already excited about the Awards season, this is something to jump up and down about. Nominations have closed for the Awards which are sponsored by the lovely Glenisk, leaving a very long list of brilliant bloggers in a number of different categories. Four Walls, Rainy Days has been nominated in a number of different categories; Best Personal Blog (sponsored by Bear), Most Entertaining Blog (One4All), Best Writer (mykidstime.com), Most Inspirational Blog (Birthing Mamas), and Most Beautiful Blog (Blacknight). As well as all of that, which is amazing – I didn’t put myself forward for half of those so thank you to whoever did – my post “My friend, The Black Dog” has been nominated for Best Blog Post, which is fantastic. It’s got some very stiff competition, the long list for Best Blog Post really is the best of the best of Irish Parenting Bloggers, so I’m thrilled to even make the long list! That said, it is a piece I’m really proud of so I’m glad it’s getting good feedback in the form of this nomination! To check it, and the other fantastic entries out; click here – make sure to grab a cup of tea, some biscuits and a packet of tissues, you’re in for a long, emotional evening.
Elsewhere on the Interwebs..
So I did say I was reading as well as writing, so I may as well share the fruits of my, ahem, research. Here are my Top Five discoveries over the last month…
The wonderful At The Clothesline brings her hysterically funny way of telling a story again in her post “The Time I Bought a Life Size Giraffe” – I compel you to try not to laugh, I haven’t made it through a reading yet!
This piece, “The Carry On in Ponty Pandy”, by the wonderful Tatooed Lady with a Baby made me laugh too; mostly due to the fact that I’m inspired to do a similar piece on Bob the Builder – I think I need to get out more, but this at least means I’m not a lone soldier!
The lovely Ellen at El and Baby A brought some honesty to the table about co-sleeping – it’s not all cuddles and light, sometimes it’s more like an assault course. I was nodding along and thanking the gods it’s not just mine who practices his MMA moves at half three in the morning on my ribs.
Aside from the Bloggers, there’s also been a few Youtube bits. James Mitchell, him of JamesMitchellTV, put up this video two weeks ago:
I just wanted to give him a big hug after watching it. It said so many things I agree with, while not being in the same position – honestly, being in love with someone of the opposite gender should not make life so much easier than it would if they were the same gender, but unfortunately unless this referendum passes, that is how it will continue in this country. Well worth a look; and for anyone on the fence about voting for marriage equality it is a must watch, he makes the point really well and every word said is from the heart.
Finally, technically this one was from the end of February but I only found it in the last two weeks – the wonderful WhatsUpMoms on Youtube have done it again. I found myself relating quite a bit to their Bon Jovi Spoof “Living for the Share” – I think most parenting bloggers will agree that they can relate even just a little!
What have been your best finds (and additions) to the internet lately, anything I need to watch out for? Let me know in the comments below!
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