What I Read 1


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Welcome to the very first 'What I read'; a review of the things I've read over the week. This being the first in the series I'm including a few articles and blog posts I've read over the holidays. So onto What I read...


Annie aka Mammasaurus
A great read for the new year is Shake It Off, Blog your way in 2015 written by Annie Spratt aka Mammasaurus. She looks back on her blogging year and wonders why we need to brand ourselves. Why not just blog and enjoy it? I loved this post and although I've made a plan for the blog to keep myself going I think her points are valid. And she has some beautiful photography! Hop over and give it a read, you won't regret it.

Pinterest was my go to app for the next article, Why you should not put an image before words in a blog post. Becky gives us some SEO tips and advice over at Blogging on the Side. I always like reading blogging tips and Becky includes tips about your images too. Win.

How to make your Blog Stand Out is a brilliant example of a helpful blog post. Melissa at Blog Clarity writes her posts in easy-to-understand language and makes even the most inexperienced blogger feel like they're learning. I found this on Pinterest and pinned it immediately. This one's a keeper.


I stumbled across this post on Facebook. Written by Benjamin Brooks-Dutton over at lifeasawidower.com he tells the story of how he lost his wife. An elderly driver suffered 'pedal confusion' and hit Benjamin's wife with his car. This post made me cry but also made me wonder about elderly drivers. I couldn't articulate it as well as Benjamin has and his story just emphasises the point. Please head over to his blog and read Tell Them.

How do you follow your dreams and achieve your goals? Some of us find it difficult, others seem to breeze through life. Alex Kang wrote an inspiring post that I found on Stumble Upon, it has motivated me and is a great start to 2015. Check out his 10 Steps to Emotional Endurance, I particularly like 'Say yes to your yearning'.

Another great blog post I found through Stumble Upon was 3 lessons learned from 8 years of marriage written by One Busy WAHM, aka Natalie. As she celebrates her anniversary Natalie looks back on what she's learned and passes on some gems. I think her number one tip sums it up for me, I do like my bed!

I'll leave it at that for this week, there have been so many articles and posts that I've read it's hard to choose. I'm currently in the middle of reading a book too but I'll save that for when I've finished reading.

Each post I've featured I made a connection with, some made me cry, some made me laugh and others I found helpful. Please head over to the other blogs and maybe come back and let me know what you thought.
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  1. Great idea for a series hon, I do love a good social media round up! Really enjoyed Annie's post too and wholeheartedly agree. There seems to be so much 'keeping up with the Joneses' going on in the blog world these day. Surely it's best to just blog about the things we love and if other people agree it's a bonus? Happy new year to you honey x

    1. Happy New Year Renee.

      Thanks. I've been trying to think of things to keep me going and I think sharing is one of the most important things so that's what I've done. I loved Annie's post, blogging should be all about us, not about what we do to keep up with everyone else! xx

  2. Firstly thank you so much for including my post, it means a lot to know that it resonated with someone.
    I've just had a read of the posts that you have shared here and I love the eclectic mix between blogging and personal. Lovely idea for a series x

    1. Thanks Annie. For a long time I've read your posts, admired your work from afar. I always wanted to be more organised with blogging so that I could share your work. I've finally managed it. And I wanted this post of yours to be one of the first I shared. You've inspired me a lot over the years and I think your work with Team Honk is amazing. xx Thank you so much for stopping by and in particular thank you for commenting. xx

  3. This is a lovely idea for a series. I love to read and share posts I've loved, too, and that post by Melissa is fab, thanks for sharing #BrilliantBlogPosts

  4. Lovely idea for a post series. I like to find new blogs to read, so handy to see them from recommendations #brilliantblogposts

    1. Thank you Emma, I'm glad I could help you find some new blogs. :) Thank you for stopping by. x

  5. How lovely off to read the ones I haven't. Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts


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