You may have noticed I’ve been a little quiet recently. Firstly we had our trip at half term which has taken a little bit to get over if I’m honest! Then the recent snow meant that the children were off school for some extra days, which was lovely, (although we missed my Oma’s 85th birthday as our flight was cancelled!) and so we were busy sledging and thawing out with hot chocolates, but I’ve also felt the need to step away from the blog a little and just reconnect with my family.
People outside of the blogging world are always surprised to hear how many hours really go into blogging. Not the actual typing up of the thoughts in my brain but everything that comes with it. If it’s a review post, it’s planning the photos, taking them and then editing, it’s making sure that all your keywords are in place so that your post appears in a search for the product and doesn’t just plummet to the bottom of the internet like a digital stone. Something I’ve been trying to get better at is editing the alt tags on my photos to give a description of what the photo is of to make reading my blog better for anyone that is visually impaired, (this is something I’m still working on and trying to go back and edit historic posts which is taking quite a long time as I have been writing a long time now!), setting the image you want to go with the post, getting it set up to share to social media etc etc.
Then, getting it’s own paragraph, is social media! Oh the time that takes, it really is quite scary! I try my best to reply to everyone on there but it can be difficult and I usually find that at least one of my channels is being neglected, at the moment it’s twitter, sorry! You need different content for each platform and so it ends up being three different subjects, three different conversations, three different balls to juggle.
Now I’m not complaining, believe me I’m not, I love blogging and I feel so lucky that I can do something I enjoy so much and it brings me so many amazing experiences and even good money. Sometimes I just come to the realisation that I am needed at home a little more and luckily this gives me the freedom to be able to do that.
For a start we have no socks in anyone’s drawers! 🙂
So a mini life update for you!
Today is Barnaby’s birthday! According to his passport, today he is one. Although that’s a best guesstimate as he is a rescue. He has celebrated so far by eating out of the cat tray and farting so much that I think the postman thought we had a dead body in the house!!! We are still settling into life with him, (read more about his antics here!) but he is settling down a lot!
I still have two great competitions running, one for £30 of very cool (but super reasonable!) clothing label Joanie vouchers and the other for one of three personalised books where your child can choose outcomes in a story on an app, even drawing their own sections and then have it printed off as an actual real book!
I joined a well known slimming club recently and am finding meal planning tricky and if I’m honest, dead boring! I’m only 9 days in but boy, I miss butter, cheese and bread. And cake. A lot. I have lost 3.5lbs though. Apparently this is a good start. I’m not enjoying the recommended sweet treat replacements much as I’m really not a fan of the taste of artificial sweetners. I just need to keep thinking of how I will look after.
The other thing taking up oodles of my time at the moment is the Cotswold Blogger Awards. We have been so busy securing prizes for the winners to be, we have an amazing venue, Babel in Cheltenham, and it’s so exciting but we are really putting in the hours!
Well, that’s all I have for you for the moment! You can find me being a little more active on facebook and here:
Have I ever told you the story of how we came to live in such a beautiful part of the world? 🌍 Pin in the map! 📌🗺 100% serious! We knew we wanted to move but didn’t know where to, we got a map out, looked at the locations of various family members around the UK, found a rough area, closed our eyes and stabbed! Luckily we ended up with Cheltenham! The perfect balance of town life when you want it and oodles of countryside around like this. How did you end up living where you do? I love hearing everyone’s stories. #pinklinker #playwildmychild