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How to Increase Your Income as a Blogger #SEOYourBlog

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When I started blogging nine years ago, I started off very much from scratch. I didn’t know anyone who blogged and had no idea that there was a whole blogging community out there. I started my blog on a free WordPress URL and just started writing. I didn’t discover for quite some time that it was possible to monetise a blog, and never knew quite how many ways there were to do it.

One way to optimise your exposure is by including PPC links into your posts through an agency like Click Consult – advertisers use space on your blog and in return you’re paid a fee every time someone clicks on the advert. It’s a great example of what we call “passive income”, essentially something that ticks over in the background, earning you money, and doesn’t need you to do anything beyond adding a little bit of code to your blog.

One of the most important skills to learn as a blogger is SEO, or search engine optimisation, to those who don’t already know. SEO, according to Moz, is “the practice of increasing the quantity and quality of traffic to your website through organic search engine results.”. Using good SEO practices within your posts allows them to be found by Google and means that your blog will show higher up in search results when someone searches for a keyword you use. There are lots of plugins which can help with SEO, making your life a whole lot easier!

There are many other ways to make money through blogging, such as sponsored posts, brand partnerships and even branching out as a freelance copywriter, but it’s worth bearing in mind that you may need to register as self employed and start filling in a tax return if your earning exceed a certain amount.

If you’re new to blogging and are interesting in other ways to make money from your writing, leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear from you and help you to get started.

How to Organise Your Blog Posts

Blog organisationI’m not going to lie, organisation is not my strongest quality. I’m always the mum who finds the crumpled up letters at the bottom of Sausage’s bag, the day before they’re due to go in in some sort of elaborate fancy dress and I’m terrible at remembering to RSVP to anything we’re ever invited to. I’ve started using my reminders on my phone more and more to keep me organised in my daily life, and am planning to invest in some quality notebooks, but my blog is something that suffers massively because of my lack of organisational skills.

With BB off to school this September, I’ve realised that I need to get some life back into my blog, which means planning more original content and getting back on track with my writing, so I decided to ask some fellow bloggers how they get their act together and stay on top of blogging. Here’s some of their advice:

Nickie at Typecast said “I personally use a bullet journal system incorporated into my Filofax. I also have a BOAT (Book Of All Things) which is generally a brain dump and I’m a bit old school where I have to write things down. I also use Google Calendar a lot (linked to my phone) for reminders on the go and we have a Family Google Calendar too for ‘family reminders’. This may seem like overkill to some people, however, what works for me may not work for you but you can take ideas from various sources and incorporate them into your own planning system.”

Amy Lynne Andrews said “Create a way to capture your blog post ideas. Great resources to capture ideas are Evernote, a note-taking app on your phone or a paper notebook. I always seem to get good ideas when I’m driving. If you do too, try calling yourself and leaving a voicemail, having Siri or your Google Assistant email or text you or using a voice recorder app. Regardless of how you do it, keep all your ideas in one designated place.”

Alisha Nicole said “Starting off with a solid routine will help you get into the flow of creating content consistently. Your schedule should be based on two major factors:

  1. How often you are able to provide high quality content. (remember it should always be quality over quantity)
  2. When your audience is online to consume your info.

Personally, I know I am only able to create one blog post, one video and send out one newsletter per week. And according to my stats, my highest traffic days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so those are the days I post to my blog. Also from a recent reader survey that I conducted, I know that the majority of my audience would rather watch live webinars in the evenings and on Saturdays due to their work/life schedules. If you’re unsure when to post your content, checking out your Google Analytic stats will tell you exactly when your audience is using your site most often.”

Finding a New Hobby

I can’t quite believe it, but Burrito Baby starts school this September, which means I’m going to have a LOT more free time on my hands. I’m hoping to up my workload and also have more time for going to the gym, but I’ve also been thinking about how to have a little “me” time, so I’ve been trying to find a hobby that I can start from September. Some of them will be solely for me, but there are also things in there that Husband and I can do together, which will be great for us as a couple. Here are a few of my ideas:

Golf

Ever since I played Tiger Woods Pro Golf on the original Wii about ten years ago, I’ve been wanting to try my hand at proper golf, and Husband and I keep promising we’ll go to a driving range but never seem to get around to it. We’re lucky enough to have a golf club literally at the end of the road, so we’re making a pact to get around to giving it a go once we’re able to find the time. I’ll also need to find some decent  golf footwear for sale.

Dressmaking

When Sausage was little, I went through a stage of making clothes for her, little dresses in quirky fabrics so that she wasn’t wearing the same off-the-peg stuff as everyone else. I haven’t made anything for ages, but I’d love to start making stuff again, maybe even for myself this time! Husband bought me a beautiful sewing machine two Christmasses ago, which I’ve barely used, so it will be a good opportunity to get some use out of it.

Reading

This one is going to sound silly, but I used to read a LOT, but as I’ve got older I’ve found it increasingly more difficult to read when there are distractions around me. Once the girls are both at school, I’ll have no excuses not to read and I have a list of books as long as my arm that I intend to plough through!

Blogging

I started blogging back in 2010, and back then it was a passion project, something I did to air my thoughts. However, since I started writing commercially, I seem to find myself far less inspired to write personal posts. I’m really hoping that when I have more time to dedicate to my blog, the ideas will start to flow again and the balance of personal:commercial content will even itself out again.

Cycling

At the beginning of the year, Husband (who is a life-long mountain biking enthusiast) bought himself a new bike, and it’s ignited a bit of cycling-fever in the whole family. We’re lucky enough to all have decent bikes and Husband has been letting me tag along with him (when I say “tag along”, I mean he goes on his usual route but has to go about 60% slower while I’m huffing and puffing along to keep up with him!). We’re hoping to get a bike rack when we get our new car, so we’ll be finding some new routes and riding together more.

Do you have any hobbies?

Who Am I?

Who am I? Good question! It’s such a long time since I took part in a good old fashioned bloggers Q&A so when the lovely Emma at Emma & 3 asked if anyone wanted to be tagged, I stuck my virtual hand in the air pretty sharpish! I find myself bogged down with work and commercial posts sometimes, so having the opportunity to actually write something personal seemed too good to pass up. So, here are my answers:

Jayne and Maureen

When was the last time you cried?

Sunday evening. I got a really nice, thoughtful text from my Dad and at the end of what is usually quite a tough day for me, I sobbed. Although, to be fair, it never usually takes much to make me cry, my emotions bubble pretty close to the surface and since we lost Chuck in December, I’ve shed more than my fair share of tears.

If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?

That’s a really hard one to answer. On the surface, I can seem really flaky and unreliable when it comes to making and keeping arrangements, but this is due in no small part to social anxiety and awkwardness that makes me shy away from socialising much. I think I’d probably find me pretty funny (because I am one of those wankers who laughs at their own jokes) but it would probably be one of those “I haven’t seen you for six months, lets talk for 3 hours solidly and then not see each other again for six months”-type friendships.

Do you use sarcasm a lot?

Yes. Yes I do.

What’s the first thing you notice about people?

Hmm, that’s another toughie – as someone who is pretty over-sensitive, I think I probably pick up on my perception of the person’s body language before I notice anything material, and that can really colour my impression of a person. I tend to gravitate towards people who I perceive as being emotionally open, I don’t really gel with people who are naturally closed or stand-offish.

Scary movie or happy endings?

I’m woefully uneducated with scary films, although Husband has been doing his best to get me to watch more of them, but I think I’ll always love a happy ending.

Favourite smells?

Creosote, tomato plant leaves, Imperial leather soap, roast dinners, new carpet, puppy breath, newborn baby skin, BB and Sausage’s hair when it’s just been washed, Chanel Egoist, and most importantly, the smell of Chuck’s feet. I miss that smell so much.

What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?

Maldives – our island was precisely 5261 miles away from home!

Do you have any special talents?

I’m okay at baking and cooking, I guess, and I have a fairly impressive capacity to eat junk food, but I don’t think I have anything that could be described as a talent. I’m pretty devoid of exceptional qualities. Oh wait, I do have a huge talent for putting myself down – there you go!

Where were you born?

Orsett, in Essex. The hospital wasn’t supposed to be open for births on the day I was born, but apparently it was too late to get me to the sister unit a few miles away, so I had to be born there.

What are your hobbies?

What hobbies does any working Mum have?! Does doing the school run and indulging in the occasional Netflix binge count?! I enjoy sewing and reading but never seem to find the time for either lately.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be an astronaut and had it all planned out – I was going to get a Royal Air Force scholarship to go to University and then become a pilot, which I hoped would give me the opportunity to advance from there, but I was told during a school careers day by an Air Force rep that I’d never be a pilot because I didn’t have perfect eyesight, so I had to give up on that dream. Then, I wanted to be a drama teacher, but that didn’t pan out either! Being a freelance writer and social media bod suits be down to the ground, to be honest, as I can work the hours I want and not have to deal with the public!

How many countries have you been to?

France, Belgium, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Sri Lanka, Maldives – 6.

What was your favourite/worst subject in school?

I adored Drama, English and Biology. Least favourite subjects were R.E. and French.

What is your favourite drink?

Non-alcoholic, anything cherry flavoured – I love a Cherry Pepsi Max! Alcoholic, I like lots of things, but my favourite of all time is probably sake, Stones ginger wine or Taboo (do you remember that?!).

What would you (or have you) named your children?

Sausage and Burrito Baby 😉 – I don’t have my kids names on my blog, but they both have what people call “old lady” names, with a flower middle name.

How many boyfriends have you had?

Proper actual boyfriends/girlfriends, 4, not including the ones at school where someone asks you out on the bus and you spend the next two weeks avoiding them.

Favourite memory from childhood?

Probably the weeks that my cousin and I would go and stay with my Nan and Grandad in Lowestoft for a week. We had so much fun and got to do so many lovely things with them, and the memories are even more precious now that they’re no longer with us.

How would you describe your fashion sense?

Professional scruff. I usually look like I’ve been covered in superglue and thrown onto a table at a jumble sale.

Tell us one of your bad habits!

Swearing too much.

I tag:

Emma at The Syders, March at Mrs Teepot and Jen at Smiles and Trials

 

4 Simple Tips for Blogging Success in 2018

Blogging began as a way to keep a digital journal, but over the years it has evolved into a popular pastime and viable career path. (read this tale of a London SEO expert success story you’ll never believe) With so much competition out there, it’s more important than ever to have a high-quality blog. In this post, I’ll highlight a few ways — from upgraded web hosting services to embracing SEO — to improve your website.

When it comes to creating and maintaining a successful blog, there are many, many things to consider. Although the design and content are the first things your readers will notice, the efficiency, SEO, and quality of your website hosting also play a vital role. In this post, we’ll take a look at why each of these benefit you and how you can implement them into your site.

  1. Quality Over Quantity

The blog posts you write are not only your website’s main purpose but also a representation of you as a person and a writer. Ensuring that the content you publish is of the highest possible quality will establish a stronger connection with your audience and give them a reason to keep visiting your website.

Although it’s good SEO practice to publish content on a regular basis, it’s vital not to slip into the habit of writing for the sake of writing. You should always prioritise quality over quantity when it comes to blogging, so plan ahead, research thoroughly, and don’t rush the writing process. Oversaturating your blog with too many posts will make it difficult for your audience to keep up and is a good way to lose readers.

  1. Is Your Blog User-Friendly?

Before people get a chance to read your content, the first thing they see is your website’s design. It’s for this reason that a professional and appealing design is essential, to make a great first impression and ensure that your posts get read. Although the style and aesthetic of your blog are important, it’s also vital that it’s user-friendly, because even the most amazing design will come unstuck if it’s a nightmare to use.

In this instance, you should aim to make your website as simple to use as possible. This means menus and other navigational tools have to be in plain sight, the font you use needs to be legible, and your website must be mobile-friendly. A few years ago, mobile internet usage overtook desktop for the first time, so without a mobile-friendly site, you’ll substantially decrease your potential readership.

  1. Upgraded Web Hosting Services

Another important aspect of website creation and maintenance is web hosting. This is the service that provides you with the web space and bandwidth to get online. If you’re yet to re-evaluate your website hosting service since you first created your site, it’s vital to upgrade if your current service no longer suits your needs. There’s a good chance that your traffic is now higher, meaning you need greater hosting resources to keep everything up to speed.

A higher quality website hosting service (e.g. upgrading from shared hosting to VPS servers) will improve site performance. This is another way to enhance user-friendliness as it means your blog will load quicker and be a lot smoother to navigate. Those things are necessities these days, as we expect our internet to be fast our patience for slow sites has seriously dwindled.

  1. Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

As a blogger and someone who spends a fair amount of time online, it’s likely you will have heard of ‘SEO’ before. This stands for search engine optimisation and is a series of techniques you can employ to make your blog rank higher on search engines.

Optimising your blog posts and website copy for SEO — and therefore making your blog appear on the higher pages of a search — will prove to be a massive benefit for increasing your readership and establishing your site as an authoritative voice in your chosen niche.

So now that we’ve established that SEO is a fantastic thing for your blog, here are a couple of easy ways to get started:

  • Keywords: Keywords are words and phrases that are entered into search engines. First, you need to decide on a few keywords that relate to your blog and that you believe you can rank highly for. Then use these keywords throughout your content to make sure your site appears in more search results.
  • Backlinks: Backlinks are external links to high-authority websites inserted into your posts to help support aspects of the article like statistics and quotes. Doing so tells search engines that your site is a reliable and relevant source of information, and in the process greatly improves your site’s SEO.

Are you a blogger looking to kick things into gear in 2018? The tips in this post are a few ideal ways to make some adjustments to your website, current content, and future posts to give you the best chance of increasing your readership and brand recognition.

My Dream Hobby Room

My Dream Hobby RoomI have to admit, I spend more time looking at Rightmove than is really necesary for someone who has no intention of moving. I’ve always loved looking at other people’s houses and can often be found binge-watching episodes of Grand Designs or Location, Location, Location just to get my interiors fix! I love dreaming about what I’d do if space and money were no object and at the moment, a hobby room is at the top of my list. Read on for an insight into what I’d have in my ultimate hobby room:

A Sewing Station

I absolutely love to sew and make clothes but I often lack the space to do it, so a dedicated space with a dressmakers dummy and lots of fabric storage would be a great way to enable me to get sewing. Valentino’s Displays has an amazing range of clothes rails, mannequins, hangers and storage bins and I reckon I could get everything I needed for my sewing area on their site.

A Reading Nook

I’ve always been able to read just about anywhere, probably from years of reading on buses and trains, but these days I do require a little bit of quiet to enable me to get lost in a book. A comfy armchair in the corner of the room with a little table for a lamp and my latte is definitely a bit part of my fantasy room.

A Writing Area

Writing is both a hobby and my profession and although I tend to work on a laptop literally on my lap, Burrito Baby is off to nursery in September which means I don’t have to only work in the room she’s in! A proper working area where my laptop could sit and I could use a decent ergonomic chair would not only be a novelty, but it would probably also be a lot better for my back!

A Proper Coffee Machine

These days, my vices are well and truly confined to the virtuous, never more so than now, given the fact that I even eat clean and don’t drink alcohol (well…hardly ever!). However, one thing that I absolutely refuse to give up is decent coffee! I tend to use my Waitrose card to get a free cup every day and I think I’d be considerably poorer if I didn’t get my coffee fix from there! Having a coffee machine in my hobby room with a proper milk steamer would be the ultimate indulgence for me.

A Yoga Corner

Since I started going to yoga classes at my gym a few months ago, I’ve found a really deep love of it. It’s one of my favourite hours of my whole week and I look forward to it every Saturday. I’d love to be able to do it more often but we really don’t have much space at home for yoga because our house is pretty cluttered. A dedicated space to find my zen and get my stretch on would be a dream!

What would you have in your dream hobby room?

Being a Better Blogger

When I started blogging back in 2010, I never thought it would be something I would still be doing 7 years later, but here I am still tapping away. My blogging has gone through peaks and troughs, with various levels of effort from me. When Sausage started school, I was able to go along to more blogging events during school hours and I went to some really cool things, like the gaming event in a hotel basement or the time that I got a manicure and makeover in a spa just because the brand liked my blog.

Burrito Baby is going to be three in a couple of weeks which means that, from Easter, she could be in nursery for a few hours a week if we decided to. I’m still umming and ahhing about it, and haven’t made any concrete plans, but I do like the idea of having a few child-free hours aweek again so that I can focus on myself.

Being able to travel more for blogging would be really great; I miss the hustle and bustle of events, meeting up with other bloggers and just getting a change of scenery for a day. I’d also like an excuse to buy a lovely new laptop backpack for travelling with my tech, but that doesn’t seem like a concrete enough reason to put my baby in playschool!!

I’m also planning on investing in a new camera this year and possibly some sort of backdrop set-up for taking better pictures. Every single blogger who I’d consider a ‘top blogger’ has beautiful imagery on their site and although I’m happy with my blog I’d really like to take it to the next level. I’m also looking into photography courses so that I can learn the basics of how to really get the best shots.

Another thing I’m planning to do is getting involved in more blog hops and regular linkys. One of the hardest parts of blogging is coming up with new, original content on a daily basis and it’s something which really fluctuates for me. However, when I blog more it somehow makes me more creative and I’m able to come up with more things to write about, so getting a few prompts each week should really help.

Another thing which makes a good blogger is by reading other blogs and sharing their content. Blogging is a community and as such a bit of love can go a long way. People are always happier to share posts and leave comments if there’s reciprocation but it should also be natural and genuine – if you find a post you love, share it and comment on it without the expectation of reciprocation and it’ll always be nice when it happens!

Do you have any plans for being a better blogger in 2017? Do you know of any amazing linkys that I should be joining in with? Which events will you be attending this year?

Ways to Improve Your Blogging

I’ve been doing this whole blogging thing for over six years now and I never dreamed that I could make a living out of it, but here I am doing exactly that. I do try to avoid ‘blogging about blogging’, not least of all because I certainly don’t feel like I’m in a position to be telling other people HOW to blog, but I have picked up a few things along the way which have taken my site from unread to having several thousand subscribers, so I thought I’d share a few of them here.

Invest in a Good Camera

If you intend on taking photos to go on your blog, investing in a decent entry level camera (Sensible Reviewer has some great suggestions) will help you to take your images to the next level. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with natural. off-the-cuff photos taken on a smartphone or compact camera but all of the most successful bloggers I know also throw well-styled images in, especially if they’re working with a brand.

Get a Proofreader

Before I hit ‘publish’ I always proof-read my own posts, but it’s still really common for mistakes to fly below the radar, especially when you’re reading your own work. Many bloggers fall into the “spelling and grammar doesn’t matter” school of thought, and that’s fine for them, but I usually feel mortified if I read a post back from a while ago and see a mistake which has gone unnoticed all that time. Husband casts an eye over things for me now to see if I’ve made any glaring mistakes!

Formatting Consistency

This one may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I like to format my posts a certain way to give consistency down the page. All of my posts are aligned justified down the page to give nice straight lines as I just think it makes my whole site look tidier and my images are usually centred, which also makes the page look neat. If I go onto sites where the text and images are all over the place it often puts me off of reading further.

Don’t Blog for the Sake of It

I know a lot of bloggers who blog to a schedule and that’s fine if you’ve actually got something to write about, but I also see people blogging simply for the sake of getting something published so that their site doesn’t sit dormant for any length of time. Blogging shouldn’t be forced and it’s really easy to spot posts which have been thrown up simply as ‘filler’.

Don’t Be Scared to Promote

Writing a blog is all well and good, but if no-one reads it you’re basically doing the digital equivalent of shouting into an empty room. Utilise social media to its fullest potential, don’t be afraid to write posts with the words “If you like this please hit share” and don’t forget to join some of the Facebook groups for bloggers which are a great place to join in with comment posts and sharing circles.

Another Year of Mum’s the Word (part one)

The Best of 2013It’s hard to believe that this little ol’ blog of mine will be into its 5th year of life in 2014 – I can be flaky at the best of times and I never thought my blog would be going this long, nor have the readership it has now, let alone some of the fabulous opportunities it’s given us a family in those years. It’s gone from strength to strength, especially over the past year, and I’m really excited about the year ahead, not least of all when we’ll gain a new family member in February, who’ll no doubt be featuring quite heavily!

In the meantime, I thought I’d give you a round-up of my favourite posts from the year and those which have been most popular amongst you guys, to give you a kind of ‘Mum’s the Word in one post’ and maybe show you something you might have missed. Hope you enjoy!

JANUARY

There were two post from January of which I was particularly proud; this rather scathing account of what it means to be British is a good read if you need a chuckle, while my summation of the ‘horse meat scandal‘ might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it will hopefully make you think.

FEBRUARY

Sausage had us worrying about her self-image at the beginning of February, thought not for the reasons we’d expected. I was also offering some alternatives to the usual Valentines schmaltz, to help you if you aren’t a fan of generic outpourings of affection.

MARCH

A leading charity had me rather upset at the beginning of March, with their poor approach to fundraising. I also got sick of spam and came up with a way to save myself a serious amount of time each day. This letter to Sausage for International Women’s Day was one of my favourite posts of all time.

APRIL

April was a busy month, with a few posts that I’m rather proud of. Firstly, I shared my Bavarian-style pretzel making, which was a huge success. I was also mourning the loss of More! magazine, a publication which was huge during my formative years. I was also getting you to delve a bit deeper with this (wholly tongue in cheek) post about domestic goddesses and whether they’re really as on the ball as they seem. Obviously, April was the month in which Margaret Thatcher died, so I also had a couple of political posts, one about her directly and another about expanding our political options.

MAY

Sometimes, as a blogger, you find that comments on posts become bigger and more interesting than the posts themselves, and this post about the correlation between Christianity and the spread of AIDS in Africa was certainly one of those cases. The end of the month saw me getting onto a couple of women’s issues, namely make up and feminine hygiene products.

JUNE

June was a mega-busy blogging month which kicked off with me blogging about our absolutely awful trip to Chessington World of Adventures. Things took a more serious turn when I asked my readers their thoughts on the death penalty and continued with a different post about whether Ian Brady should be allowed to take his own life. On a lighter note, I was all over the complaints that the BBC received when Holly Willoughby wore a mildly revealing dress. I blogged about my hormones at the end of the month (when I was pregnant and didn’t even know it!) and finally, I was INCENSED about my Husband calling me ‘The C Word‘…though it might not be the one you think it is…!

I hope you liked the selection of posts I chose – and don’t forget to check back for part two, later in the week!

BritMums Blogging Carnival – Current Affairs

Today, I have the esteemed honour of hosting the BritMums Blogging Carnival, a round up of all of the posts that fit my chosen theme, which is ‘Current Affairs’. If you’re a regular reader of Mum’s the Word, you’ll know that I love nothing more than to ride the highest of horses, sharing my opinions on just about everything in the loudest of voices, so I thought it was probably time to turn the tables and see what everyone else has to say about what’s going on in the world at the moment.

So, to kick off, ‘Orli, Just Breathe‘ tells us all about what it’s like to live in Gibraltar. The British Overseas Territory has been in the news a lot of late, owing to the dispute over the British Government attempting to create an artificial reef just offshore, while the Spanish government claim that it’s actually an attempt to thwart Spanish fishing efforts, but Orli gives an insight into what real life in Gib is actually like, behind the headlines.

If you watched this BritMums Hangout before the birth of the Royal Baby, you’ll know that I’m not exactly a Royalist, and this post from ‘Over There to Here‘ is a brilliant example of how the Royal Family is still stuck in the dark ages, with its attempt at placation when it comes to sexism.

Back on a more family-oriented note, Bod for Tea wondered last week if children of these modern times are losing their imaginations, and whether outdoor play would encourage them to use their creativity a bit more. It’s an interesting point that I’ve talked about myself in the past, and it’s good to know it’s an issue that’s being considered on a wider scale.

This next post by Single Mother Ahoy! is one that I absolutely loved when I read it. I must confess to having been guilty of tweeting the odd picture of unusual names that featured on a Coke bottle, but only because my awkward spelling of ‘Jayne’ means that I never get my name on anything and am insanely jealous! This post exposes the kind of parochial, sanctioned racism in the best way possible.

One recurring current affairs hot-button is social media and technology, especially children’s usage of either, and Emma and Three is questioning “how much is too much?”. In a refreshing twist, she acknowledges that social media and technology are as much of an addiction for her as they are for kids.

Jenny is tackling health issues, over on Cheetahs in their Shoes, specifically how difficult it can be to get a diagnosis for a rare condition, and how that process can be made even more difficult when the NHS is stretched almost to breaking point because of budget cuts and staffing issues.

Ellen at In a Bun Dance is entertaining with a humorous post about David Cameron and his waxed chest, which may be funny but makes a very serious point with which I wholly agree. Should the private lives of public figures be aired for all to see? You may say a strident ‘NO!’ but as Ellen so eloquently demonstrates, it’s not always that simple.

Domestic abuse has been all over the news recently, after the whole world saw Charles Saatchi’s very public assault on his wife, Nigella Lawson, but perhaps the scariest thing has been the public reaction to the incident, which ranged from the right and proper ‘outrage’ to downright flakiness. Lexicon Lane puts an excellent perspective on it all.

There’s been an influx of ‘shock’ journalism lately, mostly by women associated with the Daily Fail who don’t care who they hurt as long as they make headlines, and Autism Mumma tells us why Liz Jones’ latest fountain of bile is a step too far.

Finally, Five’s a Fellowship has been giving an honest and insightful update on her anxiety and depression and showing how, while there can be down-sides to anti-depressants, it is sometimes possible for people to regain balance when opting to go down the medicinal route. Given that it’s estimated that one in 4 Britons sufferes from some form of depression, I hope this post can help a lot of people.

So there you have it, my pick of the bunch! If you know of any other posts that you’d like to share, on a Current Affairs theme, do leave a link in the comments below.

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