Newbie Tuesday!

Good morning! Do you know what the time is?

It’s ‘excellent newer blogger o’clock’ !

So withoutfurther ado I give you *dramatic drum roll* …

Highlights of the week


This week there has been talk of all things marital with Pinkoddy asking “Is it worth it?” and The Singing Mummy addressing her husband in a ‘Dear So and So…’ that I think many of us will relate to!

Yellow Days has given us some food for thought with her post ‘Breast or Bottle: I just don’t care!‘  whilst Toddling into Madness is at the end of a breastfeeding journey.

Two wonderfully honest posts  have caught my eye this week. Brand new blogger Follow this caterpillar, it wants to be a butterfly! has written about her dissapointment on finding out she is having a boy and Dummy Mummy has been sharing an unexpected day with us.

For those with the ‘early week blues’ there’s some humorous relief in the form of Five Go Blogging‘s  ‘Mystery Of The Missing Vowel‘ where a typo will have you sniggering and Multiple Mummy has been explaining how ‘The Fishfinger did it‘!

Morethanamumblog has pondered over talking to her child about fears in ‘Are you scared of spiders mummy?‘ whilst 12 hours to bedtime has been dealing with some extreme parenting in the form of a post-partum forward rolling mummy!

And finally Dear Beautiful Boy has shared her best dayDisAbled Positive Parent has been inspirational and getting on the floor and last but not least a ‘Silent Sunday‘ from Yellow Days which encapsulates the downside to the recent seasonal change in the weather!

This weeks tips

Video blogging! Love it or fear it? Putting yourself ‘out there’ for the world to see can be a daunting prospect but it needn’t be. It’s easy, fun and a great way of standing out as a newer blogger. In the States video blogging is a very popular, a popularity is hotly tipped to spread to the UK.

Halloween is an ideal excuse to dress up and get creative with video blogging! If you are not yet comfortable with the thought of speaking to the camera then there are ways around it, for example how about a talking hand puppet or a speaking carved pumpkin? If you have a hidden creative side video blogging can be seriously enjoyable and try not to be put off by flashy video posts with slick graphics – it’s a lot easier to do than you may think!

Some video blogging basics to consider before you film:

  • Film in a good light – to dark a room and people won’t be able to see you.
  • Try to remove any distractions from the background – having a television programme playing the background is going to take peoples attention away from what you are saying.
  •  Don’t place yourself too far from the camera/ mobile telephone – the sound recordings vary from camera to camera, too far away and it may not pick up your voice clearly.

To get started all you need is a mobile phone or camera which can record video. Once you have shot your video you upload it to your computer and then edit it using a programme such as Windows Movie Maker Live – a standard, free video editing programme. A brief walk-through tutorial on how to upload, edit and add text to a video in Windows Movie Maker Live can be found here.

If you are still unsure how to ‘get going’ with video blogging or get stuck at any point along the way we are always happy to help, you can find us on Twitter @BritMums and  @MammasaurusBlog.

I hope you enjoy this weeks ‘highlights of the week’ and if you find a new blogger on your travels please point them in our direction so we can give them some love!

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Annie Spratt is a mother of eight, wife of one and a newer blogger. Annie is a new video blogger and writes a weekly column ‘Newbie Tuesday’ in the BritMums Blog where she showcases new bloggers, gives support, advice and holds the hands of newbies while they find their feet. You can find her over at Mammasaurus bringing a mix of humour, topical waffling, gin-based love and video blog posts. Annie also runs a blog dedicated to newer bloggers, Love New Blogs and feels passionate about welcoming newer bloggers to the wonderful world of blogging. Tweet her @mammasaurusblog.


  1. 18 October 2011 / 17:24

    Thank you for including me 🙂
    A very interesting post and am off to look at some of the things you have been reading 🙂
    Have a good week 🙂

  2. 18 October 2011 / 19:13

    Thanks for the mention!! Just back from a trip away with work, can’t wait to settle down with a cuppa and this weeks love new blogs!! 🙂 xx

  3. 18 October 2011 / 19:37

    And you too! Reading Through and finding some great blogs that you never knew about is one of the many joys of blogging!
    Have a great week x

  4. 18 October 2011 / 21:34

    Great blogs,
    really enjoyed reading them all with my glass of wine!

  5. 19 October 2011 / 11:11

    Awww thank you for putting me on your round up.
    I shall be taking a nose at the other blogs, I love the fact there are so many experiences and so much info out there, can not fault good old internet.
    Again lots of thanks, a dribble from my son, a wag from my assistant dog oh and a tried smile from my husband and I

  6. 21 October 2011 / 19:23

    love this feature, starting to get a bit addicted to mumy style blogs!

    • 22 October 2011 / 17:42

      Thanks Rachel,
      We appreciate your feedback and support! Looking forward to all of the great BritMums features coming in the future! 😉