Newbie blogger round-up – my posts in May 2015

I have officially been a blogger for about two months. I have read a lot, written quite a lot and learned a lot during my first two months as a newbie blogger.  My blog is my journey as a newly single Mum, but there is a lot else in here as well.  This is my newbie blogger round-up for May 2015.

newbie blogger round-up

Newbie blogger round-up – What I’ve written 

The One Lovely Blog Award

Debbie from My Random Musings nominated me for The One Lovely Blog Award.  Thanks Debbie!  I wrote 7 random things about myself. 

Why parents should teach feminism

Feminism is about not limiting peoples’ opportunities.  As parents we should be a) Campaigning for sexual consent to be included in the National Curriculum; b) Tackling sexism on the internet and social media and; c) investing in education to provide equal opportunities to boys and girls.  I feel really strongly about this one.

Baby goes to Daddy: Staying Power

Another in the baby goes to Daddy series.  This time I went to see a photography exhibition at the V&A with an old friend…and then we spent the rest of the afternoon drinking wine in the sunshine.  Perfect.

Blogging as Therapy

More wine and I am afraid I used my blog as therapy when writing this post.  Thank you to the blogging community for being so supportive.

I don’t think I like Tinder

A single mum tries the dating app Tinder…and wishes she hadn’t.

Emotional well-being, divorce and separation

Emotional well-being is not the absence of emotions, but it is your ability to understand the value of your emotions and use them to move your life forward in positive directions.  I wrote myself a list of things that I am going to do to look after my emotional well-being.

Baby goes to Daddy: Sonia Delaunay

My baby goes to Daddy series records what I do to distract myself when my baby spends time with his Daddy.  I saw an excellent exhibition of Sonia Delaunay work at the Tate Modern.

What is Love?

‘What is love?’ is the most searched for phrase on Google.  I don’t know what love is, and Google didn’t provide a satisfactory answer, but I know what I want from a relationship. 

Daddy’s in want of a new wife

We are still living together and my ex is out on the town looking for his next wife already.  I am okay about this, I just wish he wouldn’t wake me up when he is puking in the toilet at 5.30am.  A baby is more than enough thanks!

The drawbacks of blogging anonymously

This was a popular post.  I discuss the merits and challenges of blogging anonymously.  I can be as honest as I like and that is liberating.

A letter to my son

A wine fuelled post. I wrote a letter to give to my son on his 18th birthday.

The royal baby has re-affirmed my belief in fairy tales

The footage of William and Kate upon the birth of Charlotte Elizabeth was inspiring, not just because the pair of them were beaming, but because William clearly endured a difficult childhood with the tumultuous relationship between his parents.  He came through that and appears to have a loving relationship with a partner whom he admires and adores.  I hope that my son will achieve the same.  The fairy tale clearly is achievable, so maybe I should stop feeling guilty.

All about my in-laws

My ex’s family are not bad people, in fact they are very good people, but my ex always put them first.  He wouldn’t stand up to them, he wasn’t honest with them and I felt that he let them define who he was. This is the kind of post that only an anonymous blogger can write! 

Newbie blogger round-up – What I’ve read

I’ve decided to limit this section to three blogs or blog posts every month.  These are my three for May:

An inspiring mother by Touchline Dad & Mother in the Middle

This was quite simply the most beautifully written and touching blog post I have ever read.

Living Life Loudly

Living Life Loudly is another beautifully written blog by a single mother.  I discovered it a while ago, and I strongly recommend you have a look.

Thank you for reading my newbie blogger round-up for May and I look forward to seeing you again soon. 

You can read my newbie blogger round-up for April here: April 2015 (Newbie Blogger)

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    • thesingleswan
      June 1, 2015 / 8:23 pm

      Thanks again Debbie. I will be writing some fiction for your fictional fun theme…it will just take me a while longer. Thanks xx

    • thesingleswan
      June 1, 2015 / 8:22 pm


      I found it useful to catalogue what I have achieved. I also find it easy to find my blog posts.


  1. June 3, 2015 / 3:01 pm

    Wow – considering you’ve only been blogging a couple of months – you’ve posted so many amazing articles already. This is a journey I think you’re going to love and a community that I think you’ve fitted into pretty well already. Thank you so much for linking up with #SundayStars Steph xxx
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    • thesingleswan
      June 3, 2015 / 9:06 pm

      Hi Steph,

      Thanks very much for your comment. I am glad you like my blog. I really enjoy blogging and the community is really friendly and supportive. Thank you very much. I am about to go over to your blog to read Toilet Roll and Paper Plate Butterflies – what on earth have you been doing?


  2. June 5, 2015 / 3:31 am

    Wow, you have been so busy!! And good for you, I wish I’d had your get up and go when I started. Blogging is such a great world when you dive into it and I’m glad that you’re finding ways to use it as therapy and find support from the community xx you are rocking it love! Thank you for linking up to #TheList xx
    Hannah Mums’ Days recently posted…Goal setting and Getting startedMy Profile

    • thesingleswan
      June 7, 2015 / 9:22 pm

      Hi, Yes, working full time as well, I think I have given up on sleep totally. I enjoy it though and I love speaking to all of you lovely bloggers. xx

  3. June 25, 2015 / 10:08 am

    I’m pleased to say I’ve read a few of the posts you listed. Go me!

    I’ve not read any of your three chosen bloggers though. So will be having a look at them.

    Great blog. I look forward to more wine fuelled posts lol
    Alan Herbert recently posted…Baby TalkMy Profile

    • thesingleswan
      June 25, 2015 / 9:35 pm

      Great. I am particularly glad that you like my wine fuelled posts, because I particularly enjoy writing those ones. Thanks for reading and I hope to see you again soon.

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