Friday, August 10, 2007

The best things about blogging

Erica of Little Mummy is the co-ordinator of a great new website British Parent Bloggers, which will feature lots of hints and tips for parents as well as regular features on blogging. She has tagged me to write a meme on "the best things about blogging" and as a result of the tag will compile a list of responses to publish on the site.

So, to help Erica along ,the best things about blogging for me are...

  • The sanity it brings, through having a forum to harness your thoughts.
  • The opportunity to focus on the ordinary things in my life that would otherwise be forgotten.
  • The outlet it provides for me to develop my creative writing. I love writing but my career is full of technical documents, including software guides, training manuals and research documents. This is so much more refreshing.
  • The online community. Other people's comment and stories are so interesting.
  • It's free
  • (and that also means free therapy)
  • It's something you can do at 2am, when you've been woken by a three year old climbing into your bed and you can't get back to sleep because your phone rings (very loudly) at midnight. You think it's an emergency but it's a stranger dialling the wrong number! Aaarrgh, thank goodness for blogging!

I am now tagging another British Parent Bloggers member Man about the house, where I sometimes can be seen lurking, as well as two bloggers closer to home, Picklesmum and Ruby of Living in Bury St Edmunds fame, whose blogs often give an insight into family life in Suffolk.

The Meme

Give your own ‘Best Things About Blogging’

The Rules

1. Answer the question
2. Linkback to the person that tagged you and to BPB so that I can read them all (Erica would like to put together a top ten/twenty list!)
3. Tag 3 people - they don’t have to be BPB members but try and choose british parent bloggers if possible.


Erica Douglas said...

Thanks, great list, I'm getting a nice top twenty together now.

Hoffy said...

I love the way your blog is laid out. So informative. Brilliant!

Ruby in Bury said...

Thanks for the tag! This will be an interesting one to do! Love your answers as well, and can relate 100% to the one about blogging being a forum to harness your thoughts. Blogging has done that for me in a very real way and helped me identify my main areas of interest for writing. But I should shut up, and get on with the meme!!

Alasdair said...

Hey there!

Somewhat tragically I had been hoping someone would tag me with this ... not that I'm a big fan of the whole meme phenomenon, but I've had such a positive experience with the whole blogging thing that this entirely suits my mood :D

In fact I got so excited that I forgot to finish making my last cup of tea and have just discovered a super-strong cup of cold, black tea sitting patiently awaiting my attention! That's actually normal for me lol

21st Century Mummy said...

Erica - so pleased it's coming along nicely. It's a great start to the site.

Hoffy - thanks for your fab comments about the blog. I noticed that you're planning on another swim to France (and back?), that's according to the BFP of course.

Ruby - I'm looking forward to your meme. I'm sure it will be a very interesting one. Have noticed you've escaped from the Bury Vortex. Hope you're having a great time.

Alasdair - glad you're happy with the invitation and OMG another blogger with non-drunk tea - I wonder if that's a more widespread effect of blogging. With all my unfinished cups of tea, I think I could pretty much claim to be a non-tea drinker. Am looking forward to your answers ;-D

Paul said...

We have always pulled out the phone plug and left the answerphone on silent ring each night.

We have two numbers, a private one and a "council" one. The first is one digit away from the Moreton Hall surgery and the second is one digit away from A1 taxis!

Bury Boy said...

The lengths some people will go to to be popular?

taxi for 12.30 please moreton hall

21st Century Mummy said...

Paul - great advice about the phone. It would be a great coincidence to get a call from someone to book a doctor's appointment followed by a request to hire a cab to take them there.

When I lived in Hemel Hempstead our phone number started with 01442 and we used to get phone calls for the Sheffield Concrete Company, whose number began with 0114 42... After 6 years of people misdialling I'd had enough of concrete orders and was glad to move to Bury! As soon as we moved in we began to get calls for a certain hobbyist club. Can't give away the hobby as I am sure a cached internet search would probably give away our tel number.

Bury Boy - hee hee, you're just being naughty now!

IngeniousRose said...

I agree with all your points especially the free therapy. Without blogging I think I would have gone completely mad some time ago.

PS I noticed you posted your entry at half past two in the morning!!

21st Century Mummy said...

Hi Ingeniousrose - blogging has saved me once too often from the madness that can otherwise prevail. Maybe it should be added to an official list of complementary therapies.

Yes the time of my post was a bit anti-social wasn't it - I didn't get back to sleep until at least 4.30 and the alarm went of at 6.00. Yesterday was a huge struggle with two very loud and argumentative children to deal with. But hooray today's Saturday and I had a lie-in - yippee ;-D