Every year, I like to share my favourites blogposts from my own blog. The other day, I shared with you my most popular posts of 2020. As ever, they were a funny old mix and certainly not my own favourites. So I like to relive my own favourites, many of which would only have been read by a handful of people, but that doesn’t make them less valuable to me.
This year has been a year like no other, so my favourite blogposts have got a brand new theme – coronavirus. It is a thread which has run through my blog, just as it has run through all of our lives, throughout 2020.
Outside influences have meant I’ve blogged a bit less this year, and stopped blogging about my daughter altogether. Some of the posts I wrote earlier in the year, I chose to remove from my blog. I’ve also had less time and less inspiration, with so many of the things I would usually write about cancelled. But my son is still happy for me to write about his sporting achievements at least.
So here, in no particular order, are my 10 favourite blogposts of 2020.
The athlete and the triple jump PB – although my son is a long jumper, he does a little bit of triple jump on the side. At an indoor competition early in 2020, his long jump didn’t quite go to plan. But he did well in his triple jump and that was definitely worth celebrating on the blog.
Parkrun first lady again – sporting achievements aren’t just limited to the kids. In January, I was very pleased to be the first woman across the line at a parkrun in Birmingham. Not bad for an old bird!
Coronavirus, hand washing and (not) panic buying – as the threat of Covid-19 got closer, the world went mad with panic buying in March and I couldn’t resist blogging about it. I still wonder whether people actually didn’t wash their hands at all before all of this?!
Feelgood books to get you through self-isolation – I like nothing better than reading, and also sharing my thoughts on the books I enjoy. So I loved pulling this post together of books which are easy and nice to read when times are tough. I’m pleased that it was the most popular post I wrote all year.
Why a girls’ grammar school might be the best place for a boy – this is pretty niche, but it is something which we have experience of and which I would advise all families with teenage boys to consider. There are many reasons why a boy will thrive at a girls’ grammar school in sixth form.
Coronavirus, economy and post-lockdown shopping – as the world briefly got back to normal over the summer, I wrote this post on how to shop to support your local economy.
Will GCSE and A Level results 2020 mean anything? – Days before the terrible A Level debacle, I wrote this post about whether GCSE and A Levels results, including my own son’s GCSEs, will be fair and accurate. Luckily, my son got what he deserved, but sadly many A Level students in particular discovered things weren’t fair or accurate at all.
Return to long jump – for just a couple of months in the summer, life got back to something a bit more normal and my son was finally able to jump in an outdoor athletics competition. He had his eye on a PB and a club record. Did he succeed?
Coronavirus: How did we get here? – was a look back on the year we’ve had and dreams of the normal life to come at some point in 2021.
Covid-19 tiers: Please follow the rules – this was a post I wish I’d never had to write, but I think it was my best post of the year. Because it was written straight from the heart. My dad has only just got out of hospital after five weeks with Covid. I shared some of the reality to remind people why we have the lockdowns, tiers and restrictions.
So that’s my favourite blogposts of 2020. Have I included your favourites? Are there any I have missed? Let me know in the comments below!