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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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Dad Round-up: Hear it for the boys

Hello and welcome to my first-ever BritMums dad blogger round-up. I’ve been given the daunting task of taking over from the amazing Spencer, who has moved on to other things (I’ll come on to what Spen’s doing shortly). It’s been quite a month for us dad bloggers. Four of the better known chaps, working collectively […]

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Adoption & Fostering Round-up

So by the time this post goes live BritMums will have been and all the fantastic blogging fun will be  over. Plus there is the small matter of the BiB awards which, if you didn’t already know, The Adoption Social is a finalist for in the Social Media category. We are so honoured to have […]

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How to NOT write a blog, but a speaking post instead

When you first create a blog, you will be brimming over with enthusiasm, ideas and content. It’s all so new and exciting! But then reality dawns. Unless your previous life was in journalism, copywriting or something similar in which you had to write all day, the task of writing starts to get a bit wearisome. […]

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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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Now open: The 2014 Brilliance in Blogging (BiB) Awards!

They are the big awards with the little bitty name: Nominations for the 2014 BiBs (aka the Brilliance in Blogging Awards) are now open! BritMums highlights the best of parent lifestyle blogging in our BiB Awards. It’s an opportunity to recognise the most creative, inventive and compelling blogging of the year! Last year more than […]

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What I learned by blogging every day

In a hasty bid to come up with a New Years Resolution on 31st December I decided, somewhat whimsically, to blog everyday in 2014. 71 days in (I know, can you believe it?) and so far so good. Mostly. I thought I’d share with you what I’ve learnt from embracing daily blogging and what I […]

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14 social media & blogging predictions for 2014

Another year and if anything is certain, it will be a year when social media and blogging will evolve and develop in ways that impact how we blog and how people read, communicate and share information. Here’s our 14 predictions for 2014. 1. Everyone will be a social influencer. OK, that’s a bit of an […]

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A quick guide for the newbie blogger

So you’ve decided to become a newbie blogger? That’s fabulous, a blog is a wonderful way of keeping a 21st century diary online. As that is what a blog is – an online diary. And like any other diary, it thrives on being updated on a regular basis, and will decline if neglected or forgotten! […]

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Dads Round-Up: The 12 Dads of Christmas

It’s December, and that means one thing. It’s the time of year a jolly bearded man gives out gifts. And so here I am with a massive sack, full of presents for you this month. All of them gift-wrapped with a lovely little tag on them. I’ve not kept the receipts, so there shan’t be […]

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How to find out which WordPress is right for you

I only work with WordPress. I started out with Blogger many moons ago, but once I had found out about WordPress I was so impressed there was no turning back. So which one is right for you – WordPress.com or WordPress.org? Actually I think both are really great, as they each have fine qualities to […]

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Tips on conquering writer’s block

Whether you’re writing the next War and Peace or your next blog post, writer’s block can strike. We gathered together a novelist, two prolific bloggers working on larger projects and and a blogger/time management expert to discover how to break through writer’s block on a G+ hangout. BritMums cofounder Jennifer Howze speaks to Novelist Amanda […]

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How interactive is your blog?

Over a decade ago, when blogging began, the most wonderful thing about blogs was that they were interactive. Before then websites were basically online brochures (and many still are!) that were mainly static, occasionally looked good and provided information. Then technology moved on to enable people to write comments online. Now you can have your say Blogs allowed their […]

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Networking Round-up: Making the networking wheels go round

Well, hello! Welcome to my first monthly roundup on networking! I met someone a couple of years ago who said that networking had changed her life. Really? For some reason, I thought work projects would land on my desk electronically – and exclusively – through smart social media networking. Not so! Here’s what happened when […]

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Special Needs Round-up: Whistle stop tour of the month

I can always judge the manic pace of a month by how jolly quickly my Britmums special needs round-up seems to whizz around. I mean, surely I only wrote the last one last week, didn’t I? It can’t possibly be the third weekend in this month already can it?! This month really has been jam-packed with […]

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Discovering the art in your blog

Over the past few weeks I’ve been to several museums and seen some amazing art. Wandering the galleries and reading about the artists’ journeys and innovation, I’ve thought again and again of blogging. We tend to think of our blogs as small spaces for quotidian stories, but there’s an opportunity to tell a wider story. […]

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Audioguide: Using sound for storytelling

We love the idea of turning blog readers into blog listeners by using the sounds around us in a podcast. But how do you go about it? And more importantly how do you make it sound interesting? Tamsin Smith is a radio reporter with 15 years experience broadcasting for the BBC, from the Radio 4’s […]

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