It’s one year now the BritMums round-ups have been running and we’ve seen so much great content this year, when it came to highlighting it we just couldn’t decide. Luckily we have a stable of talented and plugged-in round-up editors who regularly cherry pick the best posts around. So we asked them to tell us their favourite posts and we’ve also highlighted the best from their own blogs. So just in case you didn’t get to read absolutely everything in the blogosphere this year, here’s a great cheat sheet to some of the best.
So in calendar order as they appear on the BritMums blog here are the Round-up editors best posts of 2012
Trish Burgess, Travel
Personal favourite is Mum’s Gone to Sweden: Alien Adventures in Angelholm
Trish’s favourite 2012 post was written by Steve at Bloggertropolis. She says “I usually love reading humorous travel posts but this one just took my breath away and I may have shed a tear. It captures the bitter-sweet feelings about coming to the end of a family holiday, trying to hold on to the precious memories and not wanting real life to spoil things.” The post is called Helium.
Helen Wills – Newbie Tuesday
Helen writes Actually Mummy and is life seen through the eyes and voice of her loquacious daughter who never misses a trick, the post Can I shave my legs yet? generated a lot of discussion.
Ruth Arnold, Ask Geekmummy?
Ruth writes Geek Mummy and is passionate about anything technical. Her personal favourite technical post is 5 essential apps for mobile blogging, but then there was also the state of her house you decide which was best.
Do send your Geek questions in to Ruth who will answer them for you via the BritMums blog.
Penny Alexander, Video
“Her personal favourite Losehill Hall Youth Hostel, Castleton. “It brought all the generations together, it was also the one in which I handed over the vlogging to my kids”
Penny nominates Kate Takes 5′s Syria video. ‘It is the most powerful vlog I saw last year and an amazing example of how powerful and emotive vlogging can be.
Michelle Pannell, Positively Inspirational
Her favourite personal post is They may look well dressed. “I really needed a way to demonstrate how the kids in Belarus might look OK but are still very poor”
Her favourite post she has linked to from 2012 is Natasha at the 1970′s diet Top Ten tips “She tells it as it is and is a great friend, encouraging people to be who they want to be.”
Vicki Psarias, Film Critic
Her personal favourite post and one which got a lot of debate going on was early 2012 (before I had my second son) The F word
Favourite post on my roundup for you is my list of my all time favourite films
Emma Raphael, Food
Emma’s personal favourite post is cakes and mountains!
“Choosing my favourite post from all the foodie round ups is difficult because there are thousands that I love – but because it contains three of my favourite things, namely alcohol, chocolate and hazelnuts then I would have to say Recipe Junkie’s Rum & Chocolate Brownies
Luci Hindmarsh, Education
Her personal favourite post of 2012 is Daughter is growing up
Her favourite post from the Education Round-Up is from Nicki who writes Stressy Mummy – Should I be pushing my gifted child? “because I think the subjects of hot-housing, helicoptering and how much you should push or direct your child with their learning are hot topics at the moment”
Sonya Cisco, Politics
Her personal favourite post is Hunting for joy because it made her Mum cry!
Her favourite politics post from another writer is “The one that got way from me as it went live just as I submitted my first round-up, was gutted to have missed it out” – DaddaCool George Osborne and destruction of
Helen Neale, Working Parents
Kate Holmes, Charity
Her favourite personal post is Highs and Lows
And instead of picking a charity post from one of her round-ups, Kate wants to highlight Kerry Farrow’s (Multiple Mummy) Just Giving Page. Kerry a much loved blogger sadly passed away before Christmas and the community is suffering, the family have decided to collect donations for the charity ACT who looked after her so well in the five months she was in hospital.
Margarita Woodly, Crafts
Maggy’s favourite post from Red Ted Art is Handprint Animals alphabet as it took 6 months to complete!
From those featured she chooses Kastanjeugler as the blog is full of fun and quirky “nature” crafts, which take me back to my childhood and I wish for everyone to do with their children going forward.
Laura, Chez Mummy, Health
Here’s my favourite post of 2012. It’s my ‘One Fine Day‘ video of my last day of maternity leave at the end of January 2012 before I went back to work. It holds a special place in my heart, was chosen to be shown at the end of BritMums Live (although in the end I couldn’t do it) and helped me become a finalist in the video category at the BiBs.
Her favourite health post is one from Jane Blackmore (Northern Mum) It’s a lovely tribute to her brave daughter.
Louise Yummy Mummy? Really?, Beauty
Hayley Goleniowska, Special Needs
Her personal best post was written as an open letter to (now former) UKiP candidate Geoffrey Clark following his comments that the NHS could save money with compulsory terminations for pregnancies detecting babies with Spina Bifida and Down’s Syndrome amongst many other nonsenses.
“My favourite SEN blog post of the year was a vlog by Renata Blower at Just Bring the Chocolate. An amazing woman, friend and a blogger who captures the beauty and enjoyment of her children despite some very challenging times. This was a video she put together for her son Dominic’s 6th birthday. Beautiful.”
Mirka Moore, Reviews
Our lovely Mirka, blogger at All Baby Advice is going through a tough time right now with her father very poorly and BritMums reach out to her and send a hug at this difficult time, her personal favourite post is all about her dad
Her favourite post she has linked to Disneyland by Slummy Single Mummy
Kelly Innes, Good Reads
Favourite post from round-ups. “This post is the one that has haunted me since I read it.” An American in Budapest
Personal favourite? My Olympic Torch. I loved making this with the Girls.
Jane Austen, Laugh out loud
Julia Boggio, Photography
“I think Sticky Fingers The Gallery Reason: I love how Tara loves photography and she inspires others to take pictures, too, with her galleries. I think she’s marvellous.”
Mrs Green, Green issues
My favourite post from 2012 was http://littlegreenblog.com/
A simple post about achieving mind, body, spirit balance; which is something I value in my life and would urge readers to think about – especially busy mums who often are running on empty.
A favourite from the roundups; I like this one about making baked falafel as I LOVE these, they are expensive to buy and I’ve never quite managed to make them as good as this recipe which has tips and advice.
Jen Stanbrook, Home and Design
Her personal favourite post Farrow and Ball inspiration
“I love this post from The Ana Mum Diary and her gorgeous images of her desk makeover.”
Emma Day, Literature round-up
Blue Jay is Emma’s personal favourite post from 2012 and her best post from the literary round-up has got to be He Slips his Hand into Mine by Samantha Garry as it is eptiomizing of parenthood, you don’t just read her words, you feel them.
How about you?
Do you have a favourite from the past year? Personal or from another blogger? Please add it to the Linky below and give us all a great reading fest.
BritMums is always on the lookout for guest posts if you have an idea please contact us via BritMums or me personally @Maris_world or do you have a great round-up idea? Get in touch and let us know all about it. The Linky is open till the end of January