The blogging world can get a bit ‘mememe’ at this time of year, as we all hustle for your votes in the various award ceremonies. So I want to do a ‘youyouyou’ post that balances things out slightly, and promotes other people instead.
Here are some of my favourite posts by other bloggers that I’ve read recently.
1. “Being a leftie is, frankly, complicated and exhausting.” – A brilliant post by In A Village By Mistake about activism.
2. “Party bags! What pointless corner of hell were they devised in?” – At last, I discover someone who hates children’s parties as much as I do. Thank you, In A Bun Dance.
3. “I joked to his mum at one point that Zachy was not far from cocking his leg to one side and claiming Woody as his own.” – A lovely post about childhood friendship from Grenglish.
4. “Where does the time go?” I’ll sigh to a friend over coffee, with a genuine air of puzzlement.” - Mother Wife Me has added an excellent new word to my vocabulary with this post.
5. “People often talk about supporting the choices of others while putting caveats on that support.” - A very thought provoking piece on choice from PhD in Parenting.
6. “This transition from ‘woman’ to ‘mother’ is exactly that; a transition.” – A fabulous, honest post from Dummy Mummy about the life changes motherhood brings about.
7. “Charities will do well to ensure that the bloggers who work for them feel valued.” – The mighty Mammasaurus does a great job in articulating the thoughts of many bloggers on working with charities.
8. “… as soon as feeding babies was mentioned, people ran screaming into their stables, jumped atop their very high horses, and began guffing about how they were being attacked.” – This post from Pea Musings is the best response I’ve seen to some of the criticism of Save the Children’s breastfeeding campaign.
9. “… even in a group of people, we can still feel lonely unless there’s people who we can actually connect with.” – I absolutely loved this post from The American Resident about the important distinction between loneliness and solitude.
10. “I can still see the way they crumbled, like flaky earth, between my fingers, and taste the salty cheddar on my tongue.” It was hard to choose a favourite from Older Mum’s Once Upon A Time series of posts, but this one about food and memory is absolutely beautiful.
11. “Of course, if my bum could hit a seat, that would be enormously helpful.” Older Single Mum is struggling to find time to blog at the moment, but this one still made me laugh in recognition.
12. “That little voice which guides you towards the pricey presents? It’s got nothing to do with the little person you tuck into bed every night.” – Mummy Central published this post about materialism before Christmas, but I’ve been trying really hard to keep it in mind since then because I think she’s absolutely spot on.
13. “There are no limits.” – I thought this was a fab post from Mother’s Always Right about what she has learned in two years of blogging.
14. “The more I didn’t write ‘Mother’ in big, bold letters to explain the years 1996-1998 and 2005-2009, the more furious I felt.” – As someone contemplating a return to work in the next year or so, this brilliant post from Sara Bran really struck a chord.
15. “Maybe the real winners are the sites hosting blogging awards, with the ground swell in traffic we and our followers send to them during this frenetic period.” Coming full circle back to where we started, I really appreciated this post from Her Melness, about the madness that blogging award season can induce in some people.
So those are my faves. What are the best posts you’ve read recently? Why not share them in the comments below?