About Gemma

Gemma blogs at Helloitsgemma, see link below She is an older not wiser, mother of one small boy. Gemma always has painted toe nails and enjoys cake.

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In the comment box

Do you remember the first comment on your blog? The apprehension of clicking publish, the slight horror and what you’ve just done and then the waiting. What if no one reads it… Someone does read it and they leave a comment (and they are not related to you). A positive comment and your heart sings. […]

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Swearing: For **** sake!

In the park, I get chatting to another mum, we find lots to talk about and our children are getting on. To emphasis a point I am making I swear, I am in full flow. However, I do register a slight flicker on her part, as I hold forth. Later, when I rewind the afternoon […]

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Finding Inspiration

What do you do when you can’t write? I stayed up too late on Pinterest, clearly in another life that might say “I was at the screening of this incredible independent film – so much to debate afterwards…” except the truth is, I stayed up too late on Pinterest again, because getting lost in Pinterest, […]

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Plain truth or sanitized version. What do you share?

Recently, BritMums produced a blogging survey and one of the boxes to tick in agreement was (approximately) “I feel some of my blogging peers glamorize the day to day experiences and challenges of parenting”. Interesting, I thought. Has blogging become a more ‘romantic’ view? It is definitely more visual, we share more photos. As a […]

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Does anyone still chat on Twitter?

So Monika, do you know Monika? @Mumonthebrink, she is lovely, chatty, very friendly. Anyhow, last week I noticed her tweet: Does anyone still chat on Twitter? — Monika MumontheBrink (@mumonthebrink) March 16, 2015 Which struck a chord, I rarely chat on twitter these days. I didn’t reply, I simply favourite-ed her tweet. Acknowledgement with the […]

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Feel the fear and do it anyway

At the weekend, I did something that I found really scary. I am the Queen of Self Doubt, but hell, sometimes it’s good to put yourself out there. “Feel the fear and do it anyway” to quote Susan Jeffers. I spoke at a blogging conference about working with brands. Now, I am no expert at […]

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Blogging messages for 2015

Hello January and hello new bloggers. January is traditionally the month of ‘taking up new things’ resolutions and fresh starts. If you’ve started a blog; hello and welcome to the world of blogging. How are you finding it? It can be a little overwhelming at first, technically and simply by the sheer numbers of blogs […]

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Vlogging: the next big thing

The one in which I discuss vlogging, via the medium of a vlog and proves that if I have the technical skills to make a video and put it on Youtube, anyone can. Starts well…. the end, not so much.

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Opportunity knocks

Last month I turned down probably one of the best opportunities I’ve been approached with as a blogger. My preference word to cover blogging trips/product reviews/working with brands etc is ‘opportunity’. I can’t bear it, when people suggest bloggers get things for ‘free’. Nothing is free. I am an influencer, with an engaged audience. I […]

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Blogging identities: Who are you?

Who read your first blog post? Did you set up a blog and herald the arrival to family and friends, or did you quietly post, just you and the internet, no need to mind your “p’s and q’s”? Did you use your name or go for something more anonymous? Blogs grow. The internet seeks to […]

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Does anyone blog in August?

I have a confession, in August I am the worst blogger. Does anyone blog in August? Of course, they do. Don’t they? Having largely failed to visit other blogs (as a good blogger should) I’ve very little idea. Is anyone reading this? *knocks on screen*. I’m rubbish at blogging in August. It’s my ‘slow’ month, […]

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Change is in the air

Changing your mind is often considered a bit meh. Not the done thing. I don’t understand why. Some days I’m full of the joys of spring and some days I’m knackered and grumpy and as such, cannot guarantee a consistent response. My attitudes vary, my opinions are swayed. I often change my mind, it might […]

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Making Blogging Social

Last weekend was BritMums Live, some 600 bloggers were in the City of London. If you weren’t there, you might be feeling that everyone was, except you. Actually, while 600 is a lot, it is only a small part of an ever expanding community, there are many who didn’t make it to BritMums Live. Conferences […]

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The importance of making friends on Twitter

My friend Jane likes Blackpool. I’ve never been to Blackpool, I never want to go. Nothing about it appeals. I am a cat person, Jane prefers dogs. Jane enjoys cross-fit and running marathons. I’d rather go to Blackpool. Jane is firmly from the North and I am firmly from the South. We shouldn’t get on […]

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Looking back and looking forwards

The brilliant thing about the parent blogging community is its diversity, we are many things. We are diarist and chroniclers, we are opinionated and informed, we share the useful, we are funny, we are poignant. We craft, we cook, we review. How many of us started out to be the blogger we are now? Blogging […]

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Saturday Night vs. Blogging

It’s Saturday night, there are other places I could be; a restaurant, cocktail bar, even the pub around the corner. If I had a babysitter or possibly a social life. Instead, I am fixing broken links on my blog. Apparently, Google doesn’t like broken links and for some unfathomable reason, I care too much what […]

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