It’s almost the end of January and I’ve been thinking about my New Year’s Resolution. Calling it a resolution and telling everyone about it, was my way of kicking myself in the rear end to get a move on and fulfill this dream that has lingered around me for almost a decade. Do it. Write it. Get to a stage where you can tell everyone you have a finished manuscript rather than the cute, normal line of I have two half written novels. Aren’t I adorable? Who hasn’t heard that one before? I think we all have a couple of half written novels somewhere, either sitting in a drawer (under the bed in my case), flung onto a hard drive that may or may not work these days or floating above the clouds in your head. I’ve longed to have my novel written and this is the year I’ve told myself I’m going to do. Nuff said! It’s happening! Boom! Make it so! Where does it sit now, you may ask. Has my word count doubled? Have my characters become my best friends or my worst nightmares? Have I done anything?
Stop the Presses! I’ve been officially published! This winter has been fantastic as I’ve had not one, not two, but three Irish parenting and family magazines publish my blog posts. Three of my meandering thoughts on a page about parenting, with it’s good moments, it’s sad moments, and it’s tense moments, are now on the national stage as they are shelved amongst others in Easons. I always wanted to walk into Easons and pick up a magazine that featured an article that was written by little old me. Well, since October, it’s happened three times. If you don’t follow me on Twitter or Facebook (which you should really – nudge, nudge, wink, wink) then you may not be aware of my writing success, so of course the obigatory blog post with my achievements is here! Short but sweet for today, here are the magazines who deemed my posts good enough to grace their pages.
You may remember that B and I have a certain style when it comes to our bits and bobs that are mingled around our house. We’re collectors and over our twelve years of living together we’ve managed to gather some cute and quirky bits that simply say “us”. Annnnndd then along comes the offspring and I don’t mean the band. A is probably the best thing we’ve picked up over the years and is the best addition to our house! She’s also the most expensive item we own (I know we don’t own her. Don’t worry about pointing out how completely politically incorrect it is to say that). In the last few years, with a beautiful new mouth to feed, moving house and paying bill after bill, we’ve had little chance to add to our collection. I miss shopping for quirks and oddities. I miss picking up an awesome find in a random shop in some back street of Dublin. I lost the shopping gene when A came along and resorted to spending my time and money in Boots on soothers and beaker after beaker after beaker. Until last week. Oh last week I was a happy giddy Momma Bear. Enter Kopper Kreation!
Between September and November this year, I have four blogging related events to go to. I’m excited and thrilled to be a finalist in the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards. I’ll also be at the Irish Bloggers Agency Launch in September, the Women’s Inspire event in October and BloggerConf in November. As you can see, I’m pretty damn serious about blogging. Time to get some business cards! It’s true that if you want to come across as being professional in your field, a business card or two won’t go amiss. Read my five tips for designing business cards that wow, that pop, that make you memorable.
I am so excited to announce that I am a finalist in the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards 2016. I made the finals of the Best Blog Post Category and I am over the moon. This category was 100% by public vote so I owe each and every one of you who voted for me a massive Thank You! I was overwhelmed by the response to my begging for votes. So many of you supported me by clicking that Vote Now Button.
It’s my three month blog anniversary! Yep, you’ve had notifications of new posts pinging into your email for three months. This is a big deal in the blogosphere. They say getting over the three month mark is monumental as a lot of bloggers give up after this short time. Blogging is intense and all consuming. It’s not as easy as writing something and throwing it up on the internet, well, it can be for some. For me, I want my website to look good, appealing and enticing. I want you to stay and read from page to page, not just single posts. I want to relate to you and share my experiences with you no matter how hard it may be for me to open up and be honest, sometimes brutally so. I’m hoping, that as you read my posts from day to day, that you’re nodding along and saying, “yes, she gets it, that’s how I feel.” I’m hoping that something I say strikes you and resonates with you. I hope it sparks a conversation with your friends and family. Sharing this intense journey of how parenthood has changed me has been amazing. It’s helped me understand who I am as a mother and a person. It’s helped me find myself in this journey that swallows you up like quick sand. There is a person behind this blog and I want you to know her and know that what she writes is from the heart. I want you to know that I write for you as well as for myself.
Awards you say? Why, yes, please! Do you remember when, in a mad flurry, I scribbled a post about how my young blog was longlisted for the LWI Blog Awards last month? Well, this young and fresh blog has managed to zoom on forward and has been shortlisted for said awards. In two categories no less! This little old blog author is leaning on a pole on cloud nine trying to look cool but clearly can’t keep her feet on the ground! I need your votes to help me swing it to the finalist stage! Oh pretty please, I know you want to vote for me!
This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Lorna who works part time as a Community Support Worker. Her passion, however, is her handmade craft store, Simply Felt Ireland. I have found that the parents I have spoken to throughout this series, use their talents and hobbies to regain a part of their identity in the midst of parenting. Lorna has crafted a niche in the market with beautiful wool roving angels and fairies and other felt gifts for children including crowns and quiet books.
We’ve moved to a beautiful new home here at this fancy new address. We’d sure love if you stopped by, heck hang around for as long as you’d like! Over Heaven’s Hill – becoming the new me through parenting – an Irish Parenting Blog
I’ve been blogging a month now! One whole month! Whoop Whoop Holla, Yayy me! Enough hooting my own horn, let me tell you that this has been one big old steep hill of a learning curve… curve? Mountain, no, try, about to erupt volcano! Gigantic slippery glacier! Am I being dramatic? I don’t think so and I’m sure there are a hundred bloggers nodding their heads saying “Oh baby, yep you’re right.” But I’ve uncovered some blogging tips along the way which I’d like to share with you.