June 10th 2015. It was a Wednesday and I remember it well. It was the day I’d decided to finally put finger to keyboard and set up the blog I’d been threatening to write for years. Soz about that, bet you’ve rued the day since haven’t you.
Anyway, 148 posts (well, 149 including this one) and over 140,000 hits later here I am, looking back on my first year of blogging.
As I’ve previously written, I’ve always loved to write. I love to write about a whole manner of subjects; however, being a huge lover of lists and one of those annoying people who compare things all the time, I thought Top 10’s was where my ‘blog niche’ would lie.
Well, for a while anyway. I soon realised I had far more to say and in August last year decided to set up my very own website and despite a few technological issues along the way (totally technology inept, me) I haven’t looked back since!
I absolutely love running this blog, I really do. Although, I don’t always get to dedicate as much time to it as I’d like to these days, I’m still very proud of my little known website and all the things I’ve achieved over the last year.
So, with this in mind I thought I’d celebrate my ‘blogiversary’ (is this a word? Well, it is now) by taking it all back to where it first began.
I’ve compiled a Top 10 list of my own personal favourite blog posts that I’ve written over the last 12 months, so join me as I take a trip down Blogging Memory Lane.
PS. Big, big, BIG thanks to each and everyone of you who take the time to read, share and comment on my articles. I really do appreciate it.
When I first decided to blog Celebrity Big Brother earlier this year, I never imagined I’d have enough material to keep a daily diary of the goings on. It was probably the most dramatic and hysterical series of the shows 14 year history and this post is my favourite of the CBB blogs I wrote at this time. It’s just a shame that when Tiff declared “David’s dead” her words would ring true some several months later. RIP David Gest.
An incredibly hard documentary to watch and something that stayed with me for a long, long time subsequently. I simply had to write this post about my thoughts and feelings surrounding the hugely emotive subject of assisted dying. Simon’s Choice was probably one of the most thought provoking television programmes I’ve ever watched and of course reignited the debate of euthanasia.
Although I’m an open person, perhaps a little too open at times (especially if there’s wine involved), I didn’t really consider putting a personal spin on my blog. My life really isn’t that interesting, you see. However, that changed and soon not only was my website a place for me to air my opinions and reviews etc, it also became something of a diary for me. I received a lot of praise for this post especially. Being candid about how my relationship had changed since welcoming my son nearly 3 years ago seemed to resonate with a lot of people. I guess I’m just very lucky I have a partner who doesn’t mind me airing our dirty laundry. Well, not all of it of course. Damn it.
The introduction of Opinion Corner last September paved the way for me to be able to articulate my views on all things topical and this particular subject was something that stirred up a lot of emotions for me. Hearing how a woman was given a suspended prison sentence for terminating a pregnancy shocked and repulsed me to my inner core. This post was my reaction to that news.
The main reason I’ve included this rather random blog post is because it kind of went a bit viral (only a little mind you). The reaction from many news outlets and indeed on social media with regards to the show meant this post was written at the right time. I was so amazed (and incensed) by what I had watched on that Monday morning back in February that I had to get blogging. Apparently there’s a new series to ‘look forward to’, I just hope there’s no more awkward lingering kisses again – if you watched it, you’ll know what I mean!
Around the time of writing this post, I’d seen some quite frankly disgustingly judgemental comments on various social media sites with regards to women who have had C sections. I was appalled. Having had a C section myself, I couldn’t just stand by and not say anything, that doesn’t come easy to me I’m afraid!
This list needs updating and pronto. While I still stand by the majority of celebs/Z-listers who frequent this post, there are a few new faces who I would quite happily (hypothetically of course) slap. As a footnote, I have a confession to make, Amanda Holden (I feel like I should whisper this), grew on me slightly during the last series of Britain’s Got Talent. Only slightly mind, let’s not get too ahead of ourselves.
Another list that likely needs updating. I was mentally writing a ranty one when I was in the supermarket the other day funnily enough. I have a low threshold when it comes to getting irritated! Ranting and raving comes easily to me and if I remember rightly, this was one of the easiest blog posts I’ve ever written!
Back in August 2015 only 2 months into my blogging ‘journey’ (wanky saying I know, I sound like I’m on The X Factor), I decided I wanted to write about my experience with Post Natal Depression & Anxiety. This heralded quite the change for my blog and also for me as a person. I was invited to talk on BBC Radio Bristol and also had my blog featured by the Bristol Post. A huge achievement for sure. However, many readers picked up on my experience with a community midwife a few days post partum with regards to my decision to give up breastfeeding and this is where Breast Is Best….But At What Cost? was born. A subject I truly am passionate about and it appears many other women are too if you read the comments at the bottom of the post – just make sure you put the kettle on as you’ll be there a while.
I firmly believe that no woman should ever be made to feel judged or condemned for how she decides to feed her baby. Nuff said.
My most viewed and shared post of all time (I think, I’m not very good at tracking stats). Receiving feedback from readers who tell me I’ve helped them with their own mental health is nothing short of amazing. If my experiences can help others then my job here is done. Anxiety can be a truly debilitating condition and something I will always suffer from, however, it can be managed and in this post I explained the techniques I rely on to manage my Generalised Anxiety Disorder.
Now to go and find some more material to write about before writers block sets in!