Thursday, 24 July 2014

Why do I blog? {The number game}

Recently I have been thinking about this, a lot - as have a lot of other bloggers judging by my Twitter feed. Why do I blog?

Every month, thousands of bloggers await excitedly (and me, nervously) to see where they have ranked in the Tots100 chart. Out of around 8,000 blogs, to rank in the top 500 is great, but to be ranked in the top 100, well, that's just amazing. Or is it?

The whole Tots chart, it feels like a competition to a lot of bloggers. Well it is really, just like getting to the top of any chart. But what does being in the top 100 really say? That you have a lot of readers & traffic, obviously. But, in the grand scheme, it's just a number. Yes, sometimes it does present you with amazing opportunities, but is that the be all & end all?

As well as quality, personal, from the heart, content - giveaways, linkies, and the like are great for traffic, but it has also got me starting to think about why did I start blogging in the first place? Did I care about numbers? I was happy if I only had 1 reader, never mind 1, 000!

My first ever post was when I was undergoing fertility investigations and it was just my space to get my feelings down, and let my frustration, anger, and upset out as my head wasn't in the right place. That was 3 and a half years ago now. Unfortunately that post received a bit of mocking so after that my blog was actually private for a while, and I hadn't a clue about rankings or charts.

Since then it has evolved so much. Through fertility treatment, pregnancy, depression, miscarriage, and now I focus mainly on parenting and my family (with the odd food post thrown in!). I think it's when J arrived that I actually got sucked in to the Tots100. When I really started thinking about taking my blog to the next level, about gaining those numbers. Though I like to think many of my loyal regular readers have been here since pretty much the beginning, and any gained since then, well, great! Thank you.

So now I have started thinking about where I want to go with my blog. I get so held up on my Tots ranking, that I have kind of digressed from why I started. I need to get back there. To go back to not caring about what chart position I am. To care about giving my readers content that they wish to read, that they have previously enjoyed from me. To care about keeping memories of my little family. To care more about me, not numbers.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

#VlogChallenge Week 3 - Books

As each week of the #vlogchallenge passes by, I'm becoming more confident - and I only had one outtake this week (I should start posting them shouldn't I?)! There could've been more but I was pushed for time and I didn't want to keep starting again, so be sure to expect lots of pauses and "erm"'s!

It's actually longer than 2 minutes this week as well. So here is my week 3 of the #vlogchallenge - Books:


Review - Infacare Night-time Baby Bath

Little man J loves his baths - he would spend all evening in there if he were able to. He loves pouring water from his bendy jug, fishing with his toys, making random words with his foam letters, drawing using his bath crayons, playing boats and quack quacks, but most of all he loves to play with the bubbles!

When we were invited to try Infacare Night-time Baby Bath I gladly obliged as we love to try out new bubble baths. J's skin is a little sensitive, and N's even more so, so the fact that this is an ultra mild formula appealed to me greatly, as did the fact that it claims to have long lasting bubbles as I often find some of them disappear as soon as he gets in and gets washed!

The bubble bath certainly produces lots of bubbles even with only a tiny bit poured in. This is always appealing as I don't want to be buying a new bottle every week.

The bubbles last long after J has gotten in, been washed, and played for a while. They also smell amazing, kind of like a floral fragrance with an oriental twist. On touch they feel so soft, and also leave J & N's skin feeling really soft & smooth with no redness or rashes - I also can't stop smelling them after a bath!

Overall I love this bubble bath for its smell, touch, mildness, and the fact that it's long lasting - I will definitely be purchasing it again. It comes in 400 ml and 750 ml bottles and is priced at around £3 for 750 ml. It is a little more than I would usually pay for a bubble bath but I think this one is worth its cost. It can be purchased at leading high street stores including Boots, Lloydspharmacy, Wilkinsons, and major supermarkets.

Our rating - 4/5

We went sent this product free of charge to review but all thoughts & opinions are honest & our own.
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