The other day, I shared with you my top blogposts of 2019. Those are my most read posts, which are mainly about ballet exams and were mainly written many years ago. But today I wanted to share with you my favourite posts from the last year from my own blog. Some of these blogposts weren’t even particularly popular with readers, but that doesn’t matter. Of course, I like people to read what I’ve written, but most of all, I just like to write.
My blog has changed a bit this year. It is still all about family, but I had a wobble early in the year, when I wondered whether I was sharing just a bit too much detail about my teenagers’ lives. So I’ve cut back a bit on the detail. I do still blog about the highs and lows of parenting teenagers, but there are some things I no longer share. As a result, I actually blog slightly less than I used to.
This year, more than ever, I have blogged a lot about running. Because this was the year I ran my first marathon, so there have been loads of running posts – both experience and advice.
So this is a selection of my favourite blogposts from 2019. I’ve chosen 15 from a shortlist of 25. It may not be 100% my top choices, as I wanted to share a mix of favourites which included all of my kids.
So here, in no particular order, are my favourite blogposts of 2019…
Affectionate girl – this is one of the last remaining ‘old style’/ pre-blip posts on my blog – all about how affectionate my daughter is and how special that is to me.
My biggest teenage parenting struggle – parenting teenagers is never easy, but as a teetotaller, the thing I’ve found hardest is the fact that my sons now drink alcohol from time to time.
Newport marathon – running my first marathon was an absolute highlight of my year, so I had to share this post.
The athlete blows it out of the sandpit – one of the biggest joys for me this year was seeing my son’s incredible progress in long jump, culminating in this fantastic achievement.
The athlete and the broken bone (and dreams) – this isn’t a favourite post, it is a post I wish I’d never had to write, but it is one of the biggest things that happened to us as a family this year, so I couldn’t leave it out.
The apprenticeship – my eldest left school this year, but university wasn’t for him. An apprenticeship is a really good alternative and he did very well to get a place.
The A Level results – after approximately 13.8 years of underachieving at school, my eldest worked very hard for the last couple of months and astounded us all with his incredible A Level results.
Giving up caffeine – this is my husband’s first ever post on my blog. He gave up caffeine over the summer and it’s something he feels strongly about. He wanted to share what he had experienced and learned by giving up caffeine. It’s well worth a read!
One aspect of teenage parenting I got right – this was a tongue-in-cheek blogpost about parenting teenagers. My kids argue a lot and they’re very untidy, but this is one small win (although I was disappointed to get comments saying that it was disgusting!).
Parenting an adult – my son turned 18 this year, which means I am now parenting an adult. Does much change when they turn 18?
My daughter’s 100th parkrun – parkrun is such a huge part of our lives – so huge that this year I ran 54 times out of 55 (and I was volunteering on the 55th!). But for me the biggest parkrun pleasure of this year was seeing my daughter making it to 100 parkruns.
My university days – with my son’s friends starting university, it got me remembering my own time there. The happiest time of my life? I don’t think so! I wanted to remind parents that, actually, their kids might not be having the best time there.
How to get a teenager to do their homework – if you’re new to parenting teenagers, or the teenage years are just around the corner, you might be wondering how to get them to do their homework. In my experience, you don’t! They will only do what they want to do and you have to hope they learn from their mistakes before it’s too late.
Expensive advent calendars – what’s that all about? – at the end of the year, I had a rant about the growing trend for ridiculously expensive advent calendars for adults. I don’t agree with the consumerism and excess spending, but most of all I don’t agree with the effect on the environment. Have a read and see what you think.
Being teetotal – I’ve been teetotal my entire life, but it’s not something I’ve ever talked about in much detail on the blog. At a time when more and more people are giving up alcohol, I share the advantages of being teetotal.
So that’s my favourite blogposts of 2019, more or less. There were definitely a few others I could have included. Have I included your favourites? If not, let me know below which ones you like!
The MAD Blog Awards are back for 2020 and I would love to be considered for the Favourite Tween and Teen Influencer award. If you think I deserve it, I would be very grateful for a nomination here. You can of course nominate your other favourite bloggers and influencers too.