Our annus blogtabulous

We’ll try to avoid the cliched description of our last year.

(Even though it has been a rollercoaster ride)

But let’s just say if the Queen had an annus horribilus, we’ve had an annus blogtabulous.

A year ago we dipped our toe into the blogging world, having never been on Twitter before, used a widget (to our knowledge) or met Mr Linky.

Just look at us now!

In fact, we’ve been so busy that we only realised late yesterday that it was our blogaversary and we’d done nothing to mark the occasion.

So welcome to our very own Mummy Central blog carnival – highlighting the range of posts we’ve given you over the last 12 months.

 

We started around the time of the Andy Gray and Richard Keys scandal, when these two dinosaurs of football were caught out belittling a female lineswoman.

So we kicked off our year with a tongue in cheek description of the offside rule, in language all of us can understand. Who can’t appreciate a shoe shop analogy like this?

Donna had a bit of a rant about the competition to give birth drug-free, and the celebrities who encourage it, in They Don’t Call It Labour for Nothing.

“Would you go to the dentist and insist they do a major tooth extraction without anaesthetic?” she raged.

“So why do some women see childbirth as a badge of honour, if we can get through it drug-free and without medical intervention?”

Getting into her stride, she went on to confess her hatred of Annabel Karmel, writing about the devoted followers who drove her crazy when she was weaning her son.

“The Annabel Karmel clone is a mum who, like the yo-yo dieter, enjoys giving you a list of what has been eaten today – but not by her, by her little darling.

“…you find yourself praying to Bernard Matthews that sometime in the future, little Tarquil will accept nothing other than turkey twizzlers and chips – just to force this smug mummy to make an embarrassing climb off her high horse.”

In March, Elizabeth interviewed her Mum to get the lowdown on whether it was easier to raise children in the 1970s – as more than half of us think it was.

Despite having no fridge, or car and with disposable nappies just starting to come into the shops, Margaret felt her kids had more freedom and communities were so much closer and more supportive of each other.

Check out the adorable picture of baby Elizabeth – the spitting image of her daughter Milly.

This post turned out to be our second most popular read, with the first being I won’t be one of those mums, a nod to all of the things you said you wouldn’t do when you had children – but ended up doing anyway.

(Incidentally, the woman who inspired this post is now expecting her first baby in the summer – so we’ll be watching her Facebook page with interest!)

In April, we started the first of many posts about breastfeeding, when Donna confessed her battles in Trying my breast.

And Elizabeth revealed the uplifting story of how a book about a silent ladybird gave her hope that son Mac would overcome his speech challenges. (And he’s come so far since then).

Donna took some comment abuse after revealing the frustrating story of gatecrashers to her son’s birthday party - but we don’t write a blog to have everyone agree with us.

And Elizabeth helped us celebrate the Royal wedding with this inspired spoof Lady Gaga song.

In May we just missed out on becoming Toys R Us Toyologists, but got over the disappointment when we were announced as finalists in the Best New Blog category of the MAD Awards. A huge honour for a blog which had only been going four months.

The following month, Donna wrote two of her favourite posts, the first about the most important decisions she’d made in her life – including lying about getting into college, and getting over post natal depression by letting go of the negativity in her life.

And the second highlighted the truth in the old self-help book How to Make Friends and Influence People, including ‘read a good book about the sexual side of marriage’. Oooerrrrr.

The Potty Diaries began in July, when Donna started the frustrating job of toilet training Blake. And we revealed our thoughts on child-free flights, as campaigners claimed kids were their biggest irritation when heading off on holiday.

August saw Milly and Brodie embark on their first day of school, and Donna reflected on a new start in her life, in Educating Mummy.

As Amanda Holden took some flack in the Press for going public with her pregnancy, we defended the actress in Judging Amanda. Her story had a dramatic but happy ending recently. But even if it hadn’t, Donna argued that no-one should tell an expectant mum to keep quiet, even if she has had two miscarriages.

As we slid into Autumn, we discussed whether the new parental style of cushioning our kids could send them hurtling into therapy, as counsellors are finding a new generation of adults ill-equipped to deal with disappointment or competition – because their Mums and Dads shield them from it.

And we continued the introspective theme, by asking if parents were to blame for our material world, after a report revealed kids don’t actually want half the stuff we buy for them.

In October, a poorly Donna vented her frustration at meeting Cruella de Ville in a coffee shop, and getting into a pointless argument over a cappuccino. And we asked Is it ever OK to lie to your kids?

Elizabeth broke the glass test myth in November, highlighting the very dangerous assumption that meningitis can only be diagnosed with a rash.

On a lighter note, she confessed her childhood crush on …. Alan Alda!

As we hurtled into the festive season, Donna revealed the things she’d like for Christmas, which money just can’t buy. And Elizabeth gave us some tips on how to get your children to tidy – a gift many a mum would want to possess.

This month, we revealed how we’re supporting Save The Children as #66Cities campaigners and hoping to make a difference in their campaign to end extreme hunger.

Donna confessed how her mother-in-law saw her lady parts in telling the story of the birth of her youngest son.

And if you’re planning this year’s Summer holiday, Elizabeth highly recommended gramping.

 

Phew! Well, that’s just a few of our favourites from the 287 posts we’ve written in our first 12 months.

We’ve been surprised at how many of you have actually bothered to read what we have to say, and so grateful for the love and support from the parent blogger community.

And we’d like to thank all of the wonderful PRs who’ve given us a chance to review products, and have generously come up with competition prizes to offer our readers.

Think we’ve run out of things to say? Not a chance.

We hope you’ll stick with us and join in the chat.

Here’s to many more blogaversaries. Cheers *raises glass*

 

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13 Thoughts on “Our annus blogtabulous

  1. Anonymous on January 30, 2012 at 6:09 pm said:

    wow what a busy old year you’ve had! Happy Blogaversary…there seems to be a lot of us that started around the same time & I still have no idea why I did but I’m enjoying it so I will continue….and long may you do too! x

  2. We still feel like the newbies in a pool of very experienced bloggers, to be honest.
    Amazes me how many of you have been going for such a short time – but you’ve accomplished so much.
    Happy blogaversary to you too x

  3. Anonymous on January 30, 2012 at 9:50 pm said:

    it amazes me too! haha……you have a great blog & have achieved so much too……we shall conquer the blogging world! x

  4. Sarah_buddie on January 31, 2012 at 8:20 am said:

    Happy Blogoversary Ladies!! What a great read! You keep me entertained. Here is to m any more years of bloggin ahead!!

  5. Thanks Sarah. If you can stand our constant rants, we’re more than happy to keep going! ;-)

  6. I remember reading one of your posts about a year ago, and it must have been one of your first. I can’t remember which one it was though and I can’t find my comment now. But I remember sitting reading and laughing while my husband was playing on the Wii Fit!

  7. Happy blogoversary btw

  8. Well done Ladies, what busy mummies you have been! What diverse subjects you have blogged about – a melange of the serious and the amusing mixed with the informative. Long may you continue

  9. Melange? I LOVE that word. Gonna use it more in my everyday life.
    And thanks for the kind words x

    • An answer from an expert! Thanks for coignibutnrt.

    • I’m glad you’re taking on the subject of partnerships, because this is the probably the most intriguing type of professional relationship I’ve ever encountered.I’m very curious to know how agencies themselves manage them – do they ever try and manipulate partnerships by trying to break them up and shake them around? Is that legal?And how do partnerships survive when one of the pair is, for example, the executive creative director? I guess you’d need a thick skin if you were lower in the corporate hierarchy than your other half.

  10. Thanks for always being there honey. You have been one of the constant voices of encouragement. We really appreciate that x

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