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There's still joy (and first loser positions) to be found in blogging

There's still joy (and first loser positions) to be found in blogging

It sometimes seems like writing for yourself or finding joy in capturing a memory or a moment has become self indulgent. Blog posts need to be slick, shiny, informative AND easily digestible in the ten seconds that you have someone's attention before they click off your page to inevitably scroll through Instagram. 

Or why bother? Magazine-standard content and soundbites are where it's at.

How on earth did that happen?

How on earth did that happen?

A couple of days on and I still haven't quite processed the extraordinary events of the weekend. I normally spend my Friday evenings watching Game of Thrones with my husband (if you've seen this season's finale, say what?!) and my Saturday mornings being woken up at an ungodly hour and then doing the weekly shop. Yes, it's non-stop excitement in North Wales for this mama to two unruly cherubs. But the weekend just gone? Really? I've decided to return from my blogging break a little earlier than planned to put my thoughts down on 'paper' but I'm not sure that I've got the words. It was everything. And more. And sometimes, a little worse. And occasionally, terrifying. Yes, it was BritMums Live 2015, the UK's biggest social media and blogging conference.  I came, I saw, and I left with the Brilliance in Blogging award for Fresh Voice and on a complete high from reading one of my most simple but favourite posts at the bloggers' keynote session despite suffering from a horrendous case of stage fright.

Because I never want to forget ...

Because I never want to forget ...

I follow around three hundred blogs. I don't read every post. I simply dip in and out whenever a title catches my eye. I check my reader most evenings as it's a nice way to pass half an hour or so. The time between my boys falling asleep and me deciding to finish the chores that I wasn't able to get done during the day. I can guarantee that on any given day, I'll stumble across some kind of 'guide to blogging' or 'how to write the perfect post', and I soak up that information like a sponge. There are some really clever people out there with a wealth of incredible advice.