It’s All About YOU!

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This is the post where I reach out across cyberspace and invite YOU to tell me all about yourself. I’d love to know about your life and the issues that concern you. More specifically I want to hear about the types of blogs you enjoy and what in your opinion makes an engaging blog. Please feel free to shamelessly hustle your own blog and Facebook page here. I’m hungry for all that tasty, tasty spam.

This is the kind of blogger Picasso follows. How about you?

Mumabulous has been going for a little over three months now and has just pipped the 10,000 page view milestone.( I realize that Mr Woog gets more hits than that during her morning coffee run but for a newbie it ain’t too shabby.) She quickly became a very different beast from what I’d originally intended. I’d wanted to create a sensible and informative resource for parents. (I know, I know I’m stifling a giggle as I type). However my fingers hit the keyboard and something entirely different happened. Who knew there was so much mindless fluff and frivolity inside me wanting to get out.

Over recent weeks I’ve been flaunting my wares all around town like a ghetto pimp in the hope of taking Mumabulous to the next level. The good people at Aussie Mum Network (http://www.aussiemumnetwork.com/) have invited me to become a regular contributor and there’s some chance that I will be splashing my stuff on another start up website. I’m doing this purely for the glory and accolades this will undoubtedly bring. Luckily its not for the payola as there is none. Nevertheless if I’m going to take this step, I want to do it right. I hope to come up with content that people will actually want to read.

I’ve trawled through dozens of Mummy blogs since Mumabulous’ awkward inception – big and small alike. I’ve found an amazing breadth of talent out there. Many of the blogs are giving a voice to some very serious matters like mental health, PND, single parenthood, struggles with weight loss, grief and bereavement etc. This is absolutely as it should be. These issues should be dragged out from under the rug, aired and discussed. Nevertheless I find myself drawn to the light side. I’m attracted by wit and levity in a blog. Humor aside, I admire writers who offer something a little more than just your standard “mummy” fare. Those who are not afraid to offer an opinion and stand by it also have my respect even if I disagree.

Here are some blogs that have kept me engaged and entertained.

This Charming Mum

This Charming Mum
Parental Parody

Crap Mamma

Musing and Mayhem

A Cup of Tea and A Blog

Cup Of Tea And A Blog

With Some Grace

Handmade Tears and Triumphs

HandmadeTearsandTriumphs

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Here’s a bunch that must be wearing pullovers as I get see their buttons.

Kimba Likes

http://kimbalikes.com/

Enid Bite ‘Em

http://enidbite-em.blogspot.com.au/

House Goes Home

http://housegoeshome.com/

Life With Square Pegs

http://lifewithsquarepegs.com/

This is really just the tip of the proverbial ice berg. I hope you’ll introduce me to a few of your favorites. Even more importantly for me at this stage, I hope you’ll help me become a better blogger by giving me an insight into what you’d like to read. Β In the immortal words of the Spice Girls ” Yo tell me what you want. What you really, really want”.

Thankfully Yours

Mumabulous

If you wannabe a blogger, you’ve got to get Facebook friends..

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36 thoughts on “It’s All About YOU!

  1. Firstly, thanks a lot for that song that I can’t get out of my head! You’ve got to copyright that – the new blogger anthem. Love it. Secondly, thank you for the plug πŸ™‚ As to what I like – well, I started my blog because I got sick of hearing my friends (and myself on occasion) talk about ‘baby brain’ or ‘not using their brain’ once they had kids. Although I sympathise with the feeling of numbness we all experience sometimes, I also reject the notion that ‘Mummies’ don’t still read books/have opinions/have smart and funny things to say for themselves. There are many blogs that prove that, including the ones you’ve listed! My blog was an attempt to write a ‘thinking Mummy’s blog’ – if that makes sense – that dealt with serious issues plus ‘brain food’ in the form of book reviews etc, alongside the lighter family stories. Hopefully I succeed some of the time, although, like you, my blog is soooo different now from what I thought it would be when I started! So, my favourite posts on other blogs are ones that are in tune with the funny side of parenting or life as a ‘modern woman’ but also have opinions. Even the most frivolous of topics often has a social impact/consequence/context that’s worth exploring. Mumabulous is already great at striking that balance. Best of luck with your ventures. May they cross your palms with silver at some point in the not too distant future!

    • Thanks Lara
      You’ve nailed the “thinking Mummy’s blog”. Although I love talking about motherhood, I need something more – your blog helps provide this. And you have excellent taste – particularly in men πŸ˜‰
      Love Mumabulous

  2. I think I like your blog because it is more about you than about mothering…if that makes sense? Obviously being a mother is a big part of you but I like how your blog doesn’t really focus too much on the ins and outs of mothering.
    I have enough mothering in my life so it is nice to get a break from it!
    And I like your take on things…always funny!

    I am still finding my way with blogging as well.
    I sometimes…like recently…feel drawn to write posts that I think will be helpful to others.
    Often times I write posts to share moments with my family overseas and to record memories for myself.
    And I do my fair share of posts that aren’t really about anything!
    http://motherdownunder.blogspot.com.au/

    Good luck!

  3. Note to self: Get button now! Also, thanks for the plug … I started a blog because I was noticing daily THAT THE WORLD WAS MAD, and I was not sure if anyone else was noticing/on my wavelength (for example, at the gym, where they change all music to ‘doof doof’, or get ‘doof doof’ variations of popular songs, why did they choose Buble’s Sway? ‘Sway’ does not work as a ‘doof doof’ … and also, while I was looking around the gym during this Buble-Sway-doof-doof song, why was no one else reacting? Was this perfectly normal to them? Was I the only one who did not think ‘Sway’ was not perfect ‘doof doof’ music?) I also write a blog because reading and writing are like breathing, I like to offer my unqualified opinion as much as the next person, and, to be perfectly honest, I was hoping to become an instant millionaire mummy blogger – bahahahaha (I’ve earnt about $20 so far, and have spent about 3 times that on business cards :). Yes, you have a good balance so far, which is one of the reasons I keep returning. I guess I like observations on why modern life is absurd (but also is there anything we can do about it?) THANKS AGAIN FOR THE PLUG!!!!! (*Does a little dance, and shakes her pants* … yes, I really am that daggy. Oh well, too late now …)

    • Someone on Twitter (sorry ‘someone’ if you read this!) was saying that blogging is like ‘meeting the friends you should have had’. I often think about that when reading my fave blogs. Not in a creepy, stalker way, you understand, but in the sense that you realise that you are not alone in your violent reactions to doof doof versions of Sway! I’m glad I chose this week to get a button … no business cards yet though.

    • The doof doof music and those horrible, horrible video clips ( you know the ones where hoards of sexy babes are tripping over each other to get to some butt ugly talentless rapper – that covers 99% of them) was a big part of my recent break-up with the gym.
      Your blog is too cool for school – Skate or Die!
      Love Mumabulous

  4. There are so many wonderful blogs (and women) out there it’s hard to know where to start listing my favourites, but you’ve got a few of them listed here already! I started “blogging” before it was called blogging! unfortunately all that is lost now, it was that long ago and I’m not sure Diaryland even still exists (just googled, looks like it does!). Mostly it’s a place I like to ramble about our life and go on the ocasional political rant.

  5. It’s really hard to qualify what attracts me to a blog/writer. Sometimes I really want to like the blog and on paper it all looks good but the writing never resonates with me even though the topics do… I like blogs that are a little eclectic, a mixed bag of topics that make you feel like you’re sitting across from them, having a glass of wine and chatting. It’s harder to capture that feel when you’re freelancing though.

  6. I’m not a mummy but I LOVE mummy blogs that are real and don’t sugar coat. I love honest, open blogs that share peoples lives. My blog is real and I always blog my feelings…the good and the bad. I basically love people and love sharing their journeys through blogs! What a beautiful online community this is!

  7. I guess I started my blog so I could get out there that all step mums aren’t evil! Haha
    I post a mix of everything – recipes, craft I do with Lilly, I even did a post about ducks and their poop! So a pretty eclectic mix!
    I have a post about my miscarriage, which im almost ready to push publish on, getting a bit nervous though. I do feel that this issue needs to be talked about, because until it happened to me, I didn’t know that 1 in 4 pregnancies end this way 😦 I guess what I’m trying to say is that I try to post a mix of serious issue posts and fun posts. πŸ™‚

    • I’m sorry to hear that you went through a miscarriage. Sadly its such a common occurrence. So many women I know have been through this painful experience – you are right to speak up about it.
      I’ll be sure to read it and your fun posts too.
      All the best of luck
      Mumabulous

  8. Oh hell, Spice Girls?

    I am on the blog wane right now. Three years down the track it has lost its lustre for me. In the old days anything about autism grabbed my focus. Now, not sure. Laughter, giggles, good writing style and captivating content about many varied things. But it must grab me in the first line or so, otherwise, like the literary whore I once was, I flit away.

  9. Now I have Chicken Little karaoke in my head! Oh tell me what you want, what you really really want.

  10. I’m delighted to be on your list! Thank you! you’re doing really well – it took me a lot longer to get to 10,000!
    All my favourites tend to be the funny ones – I started reading a lot of blogs when G was a baby, I never had time to read a book so blogs were a great way to entertain myself when I had a few minutes.
    I think the engagement comes from good writing and a bit of dialogue in the comments or social media. I’m still learning how to do it x

    • You’re welcome Catherine. Your writing is very personable, I almost feel like I know you (hopefully that doesn’t sound creepy) and you have great taste in girl’s names.
      Cheers
      Mumabulous

  11. That’s an amazing number of hits in 3 months. Well done mama. Unfortunately I’m not so humouress so may never get to be noted on yr honor blog roll but in my humble three months I’ve gained a lot of satisfaction writing about issues on child resilience, (my pet love) and single parenting, sorry bachelor mumming (gotta shake those stereotypes). I’ve also met some beautiful cyber mamas too, which has been delightful. Good luck with your ongoing commissions, I’ll look out for them.

  12. awww!! Something about me.. or my blog.. I do funny husband and wife chatter segments.. bento lunches and general tacky posts about socks and dancing πŸ™‚

    about me.. I giggle when I fart… and usually I can’t stop giggling!

    popped over from FYBF πŸ™‚

  13. (Popping in from FYBF)

    I started blogging in April and only have 3500 page views! (insert tantrum here). I have 4 sons, 2yrs to 8 yrs, I blog about them, and I am an amateur photographer, so I blog about that too.

    I use the blog to keep friends and family up to date with our goings on. Also, to keep an electronic memory of our journey together and hope the boys get alot out of it one day.

    I stay away from controversy, and usually only post about the upbeat and humorous things. Though some darker real moments sneak in here and there when the boys get sick or from having to deal with food intolerance’s.

    I started a facebook page weeks ago and have a whole 12 likes.. 12! And 11 of those are my family. Sigh. I am having trouble building followers on the blog and likes on FB. Not sure what I am doing wrong. I try to spend a fair amount of time trolling around blogs and commenting when I have a comment to make. I tell myself I don’t care, because I know my extended family love my blog and that’s the main reason I am doing it. But… as they tell me how funny or well written it is, I kinda do want to build a bigger audience.

    I now realise I am rambling on and will stop. But I wanted to thank you for this post.

    • Hi Sophie
      Most of my hits have been Home Page/About! Its really difficult to get an audience going. There are millions of voices out there all screaming to be heard. I spend alot of time tramping around the blog scene and commenting. I’ve also liked large number of blogs on Facebook which lets me see when link up or Facebook Love ins are coming up. Just between you and I – I might have spammed a very popular website that allows you to link to your blog. I also respond to social media call outs and invitations to contribute to other online publications to get more exposure. It a good thing that I thoroughly enjoy the whole blogging thing – otherwise it would just be a frustrating and hard slog.
      Best of luck
      Mumabulous

  14. Thanks for the blog love Mumabulous! Much appreciated. It will help sustain me when the Princess Kate boob pervs desert my site. Am wondering if I should set up a second blog called HouseGoesHollywood and get the celebrity stuff off HouseGoesHome. Any thoughts/wisdom?

    • Not at all Alana. You’ve been very supportive of my feeble efforts. I think creating a separate blog for House Goes Hollywood is a good idea. I’m not above a bit of celebrity gossip (Lord knows I looooooove the stars with cellulite) but I’d gravitate towards your personal blog. I enjoy reading about your transition from corporate gun slinger to stay at home Mumdom. You are much for corporate than me but I relate to the vibe of it.
      Many Thanks
      Mumabulous

  15. 10000 in 3 months, what an achievement!! What a great list of blogs. I love many of these ones too.
    I blog at http://www.redcliffestyle.com

    Rachel xx

  16. Wow 10,000 in 3 months is pretty impressive! That is a great list of blogs. I started my Blog to write about ‘educational’ things being a teacher but mine really hasn’t headed that way too much. While I still blog about learning from time to time, my home for that is now over at http://www.bubhub.com.au and I blog about a lot of personal mummy things on my School of Mum blog. Oh yeah – School of Mum by the way, that’s me πŸ™‚

    If I could offer you another blog to read, check out Heart Mama. Beautiful read.

  17. I have really enjoyed reading @babblingbandits blog recently – http://www.babblingbandit.me/
    She talks a lot about her issues with anxiety and addiction and how this has played havoc in her life. She speaks with such raw emotion and honesty, I really feel like I’m part of her world. Definitely check it out when you get the chance.

    And I can’t write this post without flaunting my own blog can I? I sell my own funky range of doona covers, which I retail online. So my blog talks about all things bedroom related, namely interior design, but it goes beyond that somewhat. I regularly include DIY and craft ideas within my posts so that people can create spaces that are ALL ABOUT THEM. It’s all about creating spaces that reflect your own unique personality. I’m having a lot of fun with it and hopefully my readers are too..!! Check it out at http://www.duckprint.com.au/blog

  18. Thanks so much for including me on your list! I feel so honoured !!! (Gush, gush)
    For me, it’s all about interaction, engagement and supporting each other. I love how blogging helps me to be aware about issues I never would’ve thought about previously.
    I love the friendships that I’ve made especially when I can take them to real life.
    Well done on all your achievements so far! I see big things ahead for you, my lovely! πŸ™‚ x

    • You are more than welcome Grace. I love your blog because the tone is so friendly and personable. I also appreciate your generosity of spirit with the FYBF and Facebook Share the Love Sunday. Its wonderful that you provide a platform for cheeky newcomers like myself to strut their stuff. Also I came to the whole parenting thing a little later (almost 37 and 39) when my girls arrived so I can relate to your experience.
      All the very best
      Mumabulous

  19. I like Good Golly Miss Holly and Where’s my Glow. Those girls always make me laugh.

  20. I’m still soooo new to the blogging world – not even a month old yet – so I’m still trying to get a grasp on what I should write about. As my kids are a little older (the youngest is almost 10) I really don’t need to write about “babies and stuff” and I guess I don’t need to read posts on that stuff either but I still do as I like to support my new blogging friends that do write about that type of stuff πŸ™‚
    I think I’m taking my blog down the “humerous” route regarding life with tweenage kids and a German husband with a few recipes and stuff thrown in along the way…. I don’t like fake blogs – I love people who keep it real and that’s what I intend to do too xx

    http://www.theaussiehausfrau.blogspot.com.au
    http://www.facebook.com/TheAussieHausfrau

  21. Hi,
    I have had my website up and running for a while but am fairly new to the blogging community. I must say I’m loving the way everyone supports one another.

    I have a background in Tourism and Marketing. When I had my son in 2008 I became a “stay at home mum”. I met many mums who were taking their new bubs overseas and had no idea how to cope so offered them advise. At the time there was very little on the web about tips for travel with kids.

    On my site I try to incorporate all forms of travel with kids not just flying. I provide advice from planning a holiday, choosing accommodation, how to travel with kids, what to pack and coping with eating out.

    Thank you for giving me the opportunity to Flog my Blog.

    You can follow Toddlers on Tour
    http://www.toddlersontour.com.au
    http://www.facebook.com/toddlersontour.com.au
    http://www.twitter.com/toddlersontour

  22. Oh I can’t believe I missed this post!
    Thank you for the honour of being on your list. Like you, I’m attracted to blogs that have a bit of humour in them, especially when it comes to discussing human behaviours, a little psycho analysis, if you will. And as for what I write about, well, whatever bounces around in my head! I have a large head, so there’s plenty of bouncing. There’s a couple on your list that I’ve never heard of, thanks for pointing them out, I’ll pop over xx

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