Newbie Tuesday Round-up: summer reads

newbie round-upIt’s summer, which means that half the people who read you online are currently offline, and you’re wondering where your stats have gone. For those doing their first summer break with blog – don’t panic! They will all be back. But in the meantime, if you’re going to write, make it short, and make it powerful. People are reading on the hoof, if they read at all, and they don’t have much time to stay awhile. So without further ado, I’m going to practice what I preach and give you just five of the best new blogs I’ve seen this month.

BAM! Straight in with the very first post at smalltimemum1, and what a post it is. Eve is funny, if it’s possible to be funny when writing about PND. She is witty, and poignant, and inspiring – and what post-natally depressed mum doesn’t need a good dose of all three of those tinctures? “You can and do get better” she says, as she signs off on her first venture into parent blogging. Read it. You won’t regret it.

Next I caught Laura Evelyn Bee using Google to parent. She sneakily asks the omnipotent search engine for advice and reassurance on her parenting dilemmas – behind her husband’s back! Phew! It’s not just me then? She went on to explain all the things she had learned through Google, and I was reminded of the time that Google told me of a mother whose son ate his own poo. If nothing else, Google can certainly make you feel like an incredible mum 🙂

You Baby Me Mummy is talking about friendship this month, and how it changes once you’ve had a child. You know, the friends who drop you – probably because they think you’ve dropped them – when really you’re drowning under a sea of nappies and muslins! And the new ones you gain, who you couldn’t have imagined knowing before you had your baby. Take a look, I know this post will resonate with most of you.

I couldn’t stop reading Heart Mammi‘s post about organ donation. Just how exactly do you sign your child up to be an organ donor? Even if you believe it’s the right thing to do, procrastination and changing the subject seems much preferable to signing the paper. Until, as it turns out, you are a beneficiary. Then you get a whole other view on the world. It’s a tough subject, and she’s brave to write about it. What’s your take on organ donation for your children?

I ended on a post about beauty, or rather, about living with what you have and loving who you are, without worrying about the superficial thoughts of others. Nikki, from Keeping Strong and Moving Forward tells us her story, her journey from low self-esteem due to school bullying, to loving a child with Down syndrome. Loving what is inside and individual.

See, I told you it would be good, didn’t I? And short. Gotta keep it short in the summer holidays!


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About Helen Wills

Helen Wills is a mum of 2 children in primary school and blogs at Actually Mummy on parenting issues, school, travel, and life according to the kids. Since starting her blog in 2011, Helen has won 2 national awards, and puts a lot of her success down to the amazing online community of bloggers at BritMums. As her children grow older, her writing is increasingly influenced by their opinions, and her blog reflects this drive to get the most out of family life. Helen works from home in copywriting and social media. She is on Twitter @actuallymummy.

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