How many of you have been engaged in a conversation, or taking a photograph, or doing something totally mundane and thought to yourself ‘I must blog about that?’
Bee posted a question on the British Mummy Bloggers website asking ‘Is your blogging habit threatening to swamp your life?’ and comments ranged from ‘my husband got particularly narked when the ironing pile was almost as big as the four-year-old’ to this from Mothership which actually made me laugh out loud: ‘Husband told me I loved the internet more than him the other day. There was a very awkward silence when I didn’t deny it immediately!’
Hells bells, I thought, are we really all that bad? Has it really taken control of our lives?
Everyone knows how addictive blogging can become. You get sucked into that community and it’s hard to find time to put your head above water to breath.
I have seen a few bloggers make the decision to step back and give family life more attention and put their blogging on the backburner for a while.
But you absolutely know they want to come back. They feel drawn to step back in to that big ole circle of ‘friends’ and say ‘hi’ once again.
It can become a rather negative thing when partners feel neglected, children only see the back of mummy or daddy’s head as they tippy tap away on the keyboard and you’re more interested in writing a new post than sitting with a bag of Maltesers and a cup of tea while watching Heroes. Ok, that NEVER happens in this house, but you get the picture.
But there are positive things about blogging and being part of this writing community.
In the year that I have been posting I have come across many people for whom blogging is a help. Comments actually brighten their day. Writing is somehow cathartic.
They need comfort or help and their blogging buddies give it to them.
Some struggle with ill health, some are coming to terms with grief, some have lost their job, and some just struggle with life itself.
Some just need the connection. Some need support. Some just want someone to listen.
How wonderful that we can offer that with a visit or a simple comment or a follow. We can bring a ray of sunshine to people all over the world from the comfort of our office chair/sofa/bed.
And so, it is in that vein that I would like to hand out this award to a bunch of folk who, for one reason or another, would I think appreciate a visit.
If you want to pass it on, great, if not just enjoy and put it in pride of place next to your 50m swimming badge.
More Than Just A Mother negotiates life with a triple buggy and is really funny. I mean really funny. She’s also revealed things that have had me tearing up while reading the computer screen and that’s some mean feat.
Wahm-Bam has just revealed to all that she is pregnant with baby 2 and needs a big ole cyber hug.
Clark Kent’s Lunchbox is training to become a teacher! He’s such a lovely chap (plus he’s got 5 children so he’s got to have picked up a few lessons there) but I know he’s slightly nervous about it. Superman as a teacher? What child isn’t going to just love him?
Turf Dad lost his job and I’m sat here in England WILLING him to get another because he’s such a lovely chap and he doesn’t mind when I go over to his place and tell him the movies he recommends every week are pants.
Blogger Dad is another really talented person who lost his job and is such a hard worker and such a nice person and never ever comments when I make his life difficult over at Blog To Fit where we collaborate/call each other names.
The absolutely lovely A Confused Take That Fan who has had me wishing I lived close by so I can race round a dole out plentiful hugs when she is low.
Potty Mummy for her valiant battle with potty training. I don’t mean to laugh, but ye gods come on that boy!
Reasons to be Cheerful 1, 2, 3 has moved to the Midlands from her beloved Yorkshire and is finding it hard.
Kirsty at My Life for the World to See because her little girl has recently had surgery and if you could see the photo of her in her hospital bed you would want to rush over there and hug hug hug.
And fianlly to Home Office Mum who needs all support she can get as she is leaving on the most amazing adventure to sail 5,200 nautical miles to Brazil as part of a Round the World Clipper Race – while leaving her hubby and two young sons behind. Give her your support, give her your money (£2 is all she’s angling for. £2. That’s like 3 chocolate bars. She could actually be helping you if you donate . . . ). Go visit her at More to Life Than Laundry.
And of course, the question remains: are you a blogoholic?