Blogging is an activity that although relatively new in historical terms has taken the world by storm. There are a diverse range of blogs but one of the biggest producers of blogs is the mummy community. Blogging is a way of sharing thoughts and feelings. Some blogs are words only, some images only and some a mix of the two.
Blogging is one of my favourite ways to spend my time when the children are not with me and I can just chill and do my own thing. I have found blogging introduces you to a whole new community who are, on the whole, incredibly supportive in good times and bad.
One of the best blogging initiatives out there in my view is Reasons to be Cheerful launched a few months ago by the Mummy from the Heart blog. Mich encourages other bloggers to share the positive things in their week every Friday. As someone who often has depression lurking waiting to catch up with her, I find this weekly focus on good things (and there always are good things even in the worst weeks) has radically changed my ability to deal with the ups and downs of life
So here are my Reasons to be Cheerful this week
1. I have established This new website called Celebrating Mums and am so excited about using it to value mums and their vital contribution to society. Mothers do such a great job that we should celebrate it all year round not just on Mother’s Day. I want the site to have interesting content including from other mummy bloggers and to highlight a range of good causes that mums are involved with now or can be whether through volunteering, fundraising, campaigning or donating. Please have a look at the categories of content and let me know what you think of them and if something is missing.
2. I have had a stressful week but I am still here at the end of it. This week a family member who has gone through the most awful experience told me I had kept her sane. That made me feel that I do something useful even when times are bleak.
3. I have just had my weekly cheerful lunch with my 84 year old father. It is time for us to be alone and to have good conversation and reflect on all manner of things. We are doing OK 20 months after losing my Mum.
So what am I saying? Firstly, that I encourage bloggers to get involved with this new website whether long-established ones or perhaps even more so the newer ones who are finding their feet. Secondly, that I would encourage any mum to have a go at blogging because it really does seem to help keep so many of us stimulated and entertained. Thirdly, I salute Mich over at Mummy from the Heart and really do believe that if you are depressed or struggling with difficult issues, participating in Reasons to be Cheerful can really give you a vital emotional lift. Go on and join in!
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