Helloitsgemma (yes, I still insist it’s all one word) is five. Which is dog years, and I like to think of this blog as a mixed breed, medium dog, is 40 years old. Blogging years don’t equate to normal years. At 5 years, this is a pretty old blog, 40 is about right. That seemed to be reason enough to throw a party and invite some of my favourite bloggers. It was tricky deciding who, there were so many others I wanted to ask. Please don’t feel shy, everyone is welcome. Say hello in the comment box.
This week will be a bit blog centric. You might want to check out if that’s not your thing. Three days of posts sourced from the souls below.
The thing that blends all these bloggers together is an enthusiasm for putting themselves on the internet, for reaching out to others and finding the joy in life.
Rachel Midlife Single Mum
I haven’t met Rachel, we may never meet. She has been a constant in my blogging comment box for 5 years. I love her forthright approach. Her beautiful face shines from her blog now, for a long time that was hidden, times change. Rachel’s blog, for me, is an insight and a connection into a life different to my own, but one with many similarities. I think it is easy to think we know a nation and a people from the media, Rachel demonstrates life is so much more than that.
Sarah Mostly Yummy Mummy
A constant in my blogging life, Sarah makes it all seem effortless. Always there in some form, writing accessible and friendly posts. Making lovely squares on instagram, long before it was a thing to make lovely squares. On twitter issuing brilliant opinions without actually offending anyone. I love her choice in crisps.
Molly Mother’s Always Right
Molly is an ace cheerleader. She knows all the right things to say at just the right time. I sort of need her permanently on tap. Funny and talkative, great company. I wish she still lived in Bristol.
Ella Purple Ella
The thing that stands out for me about Ella is her honesty. In doing so touches and supports many others. More than she recognises. I’m very lucky to have Ella in my life and she makes good tea.
Ben has been blogging as long as me, a forerunner in Dad blogs. His style is self-depreciating with an eye on the detail that makes parenting special. His opinions are good and his blogging soul is true.
Annie, Annie, Annie. Annie is my blogging soul mate. She ‘gets’ me. She has a brilliant spirit and moral compass. If you want an idea or an innovation and you want it now. Annie has already thought of it and created it, beautifully. A great example of a blogging journey.
Lucy Capture by Lucy
Ah Lucy! Why do ordinary when something could be pretty, whimsy, could warm your heart. Lucy is enthusiasm and positivity. It’s obvious from the smallest interaction to the longest post. It’s infectious and gorgeous everyone needs a slice of Lucy in their lives.
Chris Thinly Spread
Wise and wonderful Chris, is steady and steely. A good friend. Chris does hugs and cakes in equal wonderful measure. I admire her parenting and her steadfast self-belief in all that is good. Jermyn Corbyn in blogging form. In my book a very good thing.
Anya Older Single Mum
Anya is someone I keep in touch with, a firm base. Warm, caring and a great voice from women without partners. She puts herself out there and gets women in a similar position to her heard. That matters. Anya has so much to be proud of.
Jane Northern Mum
Hell, where do I start with Jane. My first in real life blogging friend. I feel as if I’ve known Jane for 20 years not 5. She is generous, funny and competitive. Some of my best times over the last 5 years have been with Jane. Oh, she makes me laugh.
When I started this blog I didn’t imagine I’d find so many good people along the way. In the last year it feels as if things have accelerated, blogging has got loud, sometimes shouty and very busy, at times a bit impersonal. The small stuff gets forgotten. I’m hoping this week to put that to one side and celebrate people, celebrate the good stuff.
I’d love you to come back tomorrow and celebrate.