We want to thank the BritMums team of editors and writers for all their hard work in 2013, they have opened our eyes and filled us with information in each of their areas, it’s lovely to be so up to date and in touch with what is going on.
The blogging community is growing by the day as more and more people jump onboard and start getting creative with words, with photography, in the kitchen and in every possible imaginable area.
Our editors are the people who know their areas and read blog on blog searching for the very best so as we approach the end of 2013 and as curious as we are, we asked each of them to let us know who were the top blogs to look out for in their area for 2014, this is what they came back with.
Trish Burgess mentions Family Travel Times and says – What makes this travel blog different from many others is the fact that it is truly a family affair. Sarah writes about her family trips both at home and abroad but her son Robert and daughter Jessica are travel bloggers themselves, reviewing locations and attractions from a child’s viewpoint.
Our resident Newbie editor the lovely Helen Wills wants to share two blogs with you to keep an eye on in 2014 A Mum in London she says, It’s mostly a review blog, but beautifully done. It’s been around a few months now but really good to read if you’re looking for insight into products for children
Poetry and Prose
Poetry and Prose is split between two readers each have their own suggestions Helen Braid from All At Sea says to watch out for Stephanie Arsoska from Beautiful Misbehaviour she says, Stephanie has such a strong individual voice, she is new to blogging and her writing is excellent. She has also launched a monthly virtual live mic night which is going from strength to strength.
Also don’t miss Thrift My Style A blog that’s stood the test of time; Sharon S leads the field on making the most of today’s tight budgets. A blog that shows you CAN look good even if you can’t afford to buy the latest fashion craze.
Michelle Pannell comes up trumps with her top picks, she chooses I heart snapping This beautiful blog run by 3 established bloggers is a delight to visit. As someone who has recently committed a big wad of money to a CSC camera I was inspired to discover this place where I can gain easy tips and instruction on how to get the best out of my camera as a regular mama.
Emma Raphael – Two foodie blogs to watch in 2014 from me: Sneaky Veg a great blog that will encourage every single family member to eat more of what is good for them (and sometimes without them knowing!).
And a relatively new one for me, but already a favourite – The Littlest Bake House, packed full of beautiful photography, and great recipes for those short of cash and/or on time.
Sonya Cisco speaks up for the Politics section – It has been a very interesting year politically, and it has been my pleasure to feature some superb posts from both old favourites and new discoveries. Two blogs that have been new to me this year, and that it has been my honour to include are Head In Book and Chocolate Is Not The Only Fruit. Neither of them write exclusively about politics, but when they do, they use a down to earth approach that I just love. They are distinctly different from each other, but what they both share is writing with bags of personality, humour, warmth and common sense- whatever the topic. I look forward to reading much more of both of them in 2014.
John Adams writes a great monthly column for BritMums from a Dad’s point of view he suggests Dads the way I like it Written by Jonathan Irvine, he looks at a number of parenting issues from the dad’s perspective. He isn’t scared of tackling contentious issues and has written very interesting blog posts about breastfeeding and the Government’s plans for shared parental leave. Something else Jonathan is passionate about is raising bilingual children as he hopes his own child will be fluent in English and Welsh.
He also mentions Skint Dad Written by Ricky, the name of this blog gives a very heavy hint as to its contents! Ricky frequently blogs about financial matters and comes up with great ideas for money saving tips. Ricky also likes to write about subjects that mum bloggers frequently write about but in Ricky’s words he wants to give “a man’s take on it.” He’s also a joy to converse with on social media.
Kate Davis Holmes BritMums social media haven and top girl also keeps an eye on the Charity section and points us in the direction of Thoughts from the kitchen sink Kate says, A woman with loads on her plate but still chair of a charity and trying to put together useful information and support for others.
Louise Barrett is Kate’s top tip for blogs to watch out for in 2014, she says Louise blogs for charities including the Lullaby Trust and has produced an amazing recipe book to raise money for charity
Plus she says, I think Ali from Kids Chaos is working up a storm too!
Hayley says, It’s tricky to single out 2 but I would say my ones to watch that were new to me are Orange This Way Bringing up Orange, our little boy with an undiagnosed syndrome. She adds “Katherine Kowalski’s blog is beautifully and thoughtfully written, a consistently good read”
“This blog is full of love and acceptance and made me want to be a better mother. I’m so glad I found it this year.” The Name of the Rose Blog This is a blog about my daughter; The Rose and me. The Rose has Aspergers Syndrome, she’s autistic. She’s 17, funny and beautiful. It’s tough living with autism of course but this story is about the joy and the privilege I have to see life viewed through a different lens. There is humour and warmth in every situation.
The Rose has a wonderful dad who looks after her every single day and a typical younger brother who she adores. We are of course, all in this together, but for the moment this is about us – me and The Rose.
And The Rose? She’s just that. A beautiful flower with really sharp bits!
Mrs Teepot who has been working the Snapshot round-up has put forward four blogs to keep an eye on because by watching them and learning you can only improve your own technique