‘Kidspot Ford Territory Top 50: Feel the difference’

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 ’Kidspot Ford Territory Top 50: Feel the difference’

“My journey into blogging”

 

Me under my rock. My children are my rock.

My journey into blogging  started around this time last year, up until then I was living under a big rock or so it seems as I have to admit I did not know what a blog was. Setting up  my own website and a  business Facebook page was enough, well all I could manage and my blog still looks pretty much the same as it did last year it was going to be revamped by the end of March, but you know life does not always go to plan and so it is on my to do list to as are many other things. Originally my writing on child behaviour, motherhood and life in general was written in the notes section of Facebook. My Twitter account was dormant for four months I did not Tweet, I was unsure of how to Tweet. So being nominated for the Kidspot Top 50 Bloggers does feel extremely surreal and asking for votes well it is awkward, mainly because I am still learning about blogging and I more so I still feel like a newbie.Many of the Top 50 Bloggers nominated this year, helped me so much when I first clicked  publish. My never ending questions on Twitter on “How do I do this?” my faux pasmy tears at my first anonymous and hateful comment and the support that followed, a support that continues to this very day both online and now in real life too. When I vent about life, work or caring for mum there is always  someone with a kind word this makes me feel the difference.

My journey into blogging has really just began, this last year has been a learning curve in so many ways it has been a personal journey that I has help me grow from the inside and given  me knowledge about  human behaviour that you do not find in books or studies. Blogging has shown me that my ramblings actually mean I connect with others. I am not on my own. Not everyone will nod and agree with what I write about, not everyone will like me and I have learnt that this is OK. It is OK to be me and my blog is just an extension of who I am. Currently who I am encompasses my mother’s Alzheimer’s, it is all consuming as she is on the last stage and I live just moment by moment, day by day.

What sets me apart from other bloggers?

Making mum smile makes it all OK.

Making mum smile makes it all OK.

Answers on a postcard please… I have no real idea to what sets me apart from other bloggers. So I went through my blog posts and the only thing that I can see that sets me apart is that I really am all over the place when I blog. Initially I blogged about child behaviour, parenting and motherhood, it is my area of work and my passion.  When I wrote these posts I wanted to reassure mothers that I understood what most of us go through raising children, it is not always easy and there are days we want to run away. Because I work and study behaviour sometimes the last thing I want to blog about is behaviour and really there is such an influx of parenting advice that I try and steer my writing more so into the why’s of child behaviour and now that includes my personal life , my feelings and my thoughts are typed away for all to see, now crossing over from my professional life as Easy Peasy Kids into my real life. An area where I have to be careful of what I share and say as I have to keep in mind, that the families I work with also read my blog. I have a code of ethics to adhere to. Since opening up about my life and crossing my business with my personal life, I have become much busier with Easy Peasy Kids, a mother who called recently said “I called you because I read about you on your blog, I read about your life and I feel I know you, I trust you”

I still have a lot to say  (sorry) and I still have a lot to share and this year of blogging has taught me so much about myself, about behaviour and about life.  The good outweighs the bad and the blogging community is a tough, raw, real and honest.  I have laughed so hard reading blogs that my Mr who still does not quite get it looks at me with you know one of those looks. Crying well I have done that too reading blogs, there is  such a  genuine connection although we are all incredibly different, some things affect us all.

My grammar, spelling and my over enthusiastic use of the spacebar      may not be that of a journalist or writer, I snatch minutes of time to blog in between work and family life, I admit I have publish without another proof read, I like to live on the edge…

I want to wake up in that city that doesn’t sleep and you could win $5000

The Statue of Liberty by Mr 7.

The Statue of Liberty by Mr 7.

How long does it take to write a wrap up about yourself and ask for a vote? Far too long and staring at a blank screen does not help. So I will keep this part brief; I would love to wake up in a city that doesn’t sleep it would feel like home. It would be all my birthdays at once and I would do the happy happy joy joy dance for atleast a week, wouldn’t any Blogger? It is a trip to New York to attend BlogHer and also the opportunity to drive a spanking new Ford Territory  for a year. My only concern  would be keeping the Ford Territory  clean for a year with the hockey kits, the odd Maccas and my constant coffee cups.

So here it is you can vote for any of the Supercalifragilstic Top Fifty Bloggers here and YOU have t the chance to win $5000. Does that mean when I vote for my favourite which will be hard to choose that I could win $5000? It really is a win win all round.

Thanks for reading and for being part of my life. Nx

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Nathalie Brown

Child Behaviour Consultant at Easy Peasy Kids
Child behaviour consultant and researcher. Creator of "Less tantrums. More smiles". I look at the bigger picture and think outside the box when working with children and their behaviour. Their world is different. As adults we tend to forget this. It is not easy being a parent and sometimes it not easy being a child. Mum to Miss 17 and Mr 8. I eat chocolate daily.

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Comments

  1. You have my vote darling but I have to admit that it took me a while to work out I had to click on the button :)

  2. Debyl1 says:

    I just want to say wow.I am amazed that you have only been doing your wonderful blog for around a year.
    I love how you Do write about a variety of topics(or all over the place as you put it) and write openly about your feelings.
    You make it easy for us to relate and feel comfortable here when we post a comment.We feel heard and understood.
    Thankyou and I hope you feel ever so proud of how far you have come xx

    • Thanks so much, the comments and the interaction I have with my readers is really just so awesome. It feels like I’m blogging to a room full of friends.I am so honoured to be nominated but more pleased that you feel heard and understood. Love Nx

  3. I love your blog. I don’t think it needs a revamp at all. I find it a great source of inspiration and I love that your posts vary, variety is the spice of life.. isn’t it? Good luck.

  4. You already know how I feel about your blog and how inspirational I think you are. I really wish all 50 of us could go to NY!

  5. It seems I have known you, through your blog for so much more than a year. You have done an amazing job, and should be so proud.

    I agree with Laney, I wish we could all go.

    x

  6. I have voted Nathalie, hope a UK vote still counts. Gorgeous pics of you with your family. Long may you continue with your great blog. X

  7. I think your kind heart shows through in your posts, and I, like Laney, find you inspiring too. x

    • Chantelle thanks for your beautiful comment, I always feel like I’m just plodding along and I think my kind heart must have come from my mum xx

  8. Love your blog Nathalie, and I have already voted for you! Haven’t been around as much laterly, as life, as you say gets in the way.
    Good luck on your nomination, your journey ahead with your mum, and truly, I hope you get to New York.
    Sooz xxx

    • Yes life seems to get in the way but that too is ok, we all do what we can. Thanks for voting. Mum is not doing that well these last 2 weeks I’ve been working from home to be close to her. I’ve accepted I’m doing what I can big hugs xx

  9. Nat, you are a fabulous edition to the blogging world. Your blog really is so different to most and I am so glad you have lots more to say.

    • Hello beautiful I’m probably an odd niche of blogging but what the hey, I am me and my blog is me, different is good I like to tell myself, so glad to have met you IRL next time we chat for longer xxx

  10. Clare Kinsey says:

    Well done Nathalie!! You are a star…..I have been blogging for a month now and wonder if I ever will "get it" but regardless it is fun having a go. You are an inspiration to me x

    • Clare I don’t think I’ll ever get it, so just follow what you feel is right. What is your blog called I’d love to have a read xx

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