Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Blogging Introspection

Thank you Nutshell, from The Writing Nut, for the 7 x 7 Link Award, especially as it’s provided me with a most useful morning. For this award I've got to post 7 links from my own blog and I must say that trawling through old posts has been fascinating. My blog style and outlook have changed without me noticing it. I'd recommend this activity to anybody who's been blogging for over a year.

[One thing I've discovered is that my blog's 2nd birthday is imminent. I didn't know that! I’ll have to throw a party... again!]

According to the 7 x 7 Award rules I have to find posts in the following 7 categories: [You can click on the category title to visit the post.]

This has to be the one where I travelled on 7 trains in one day [nice link to 7 x 7, huh!] to visit my brand new grandson. There’s a photo of me holding him and, I know I’m biased, but he really is beautiful.

OK, I’m being flippant, but the post does claim to be a warning about wishes. It’s my poem called My Little Nut Tree.  

This was the virtual Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning post which is no surprise as I worked hard to spread the word. This blogpost raised £215.50 for support for people with Cancer, a very worthwhile cause, and it was done in memory of my Mum.

This was my campaign to improve care for the frail elderly in hospital. It was initiated by the appalling care that my Mum received when she was so very ill and the realisation that many people are too frightened to complain. I’m proud to say that changes were made at the Leicester General Hospital in response to my campaign.

This has to be the one where I itemised my complaints about my Mum’s hospital stay.

According to my stats the post about a shivering mid-winter visit to the National Amyloidosis Centre is one of the most frequently visited on my blog which is good as the main reason for starting this blog was to try and link up with other people affected by Amyloidosis. Mr A is such a positive person that it’s easy to forget that there’s no cure, just courses of chemotherapy to keep control of the accumulation of sticky platelets in his blood.

I love this one. I was hoping it might become an official UK sport with as big a following as football but sadly the sack race is still only enjoyed in primary schools during the annual sports day.

So once again, thank you Nutshell for encouraging me to partake in this session of introspection. I’m passing this award on to anyone who would like to have as useful a morning as I’ve just had… and now I’m off to reorganise my labels. I can’t find a thing in this place!


  1. A great range of posts there. It's fun revisiting old posts, isn't it?

  2. Very cool! I remember many of those posts - and it's nice you've raised such awareness for such important issues!

  3. Congrats on the 7X7 award. I always enjoy seeing which posts will get highlighted. Some great choices there. And seven trains in one day? Wow.

  4. It's great fun reading old posts, isn't it? I especially love your 7 trains in one day story - and the characters you met.

    Congrats on the award!

  5. This is fun, looking back on the old posts. I can recall several of them. I especially love the picture of you and the new baby. All the trains were worth it. :)Manzanita@Wannabuyaduck

  6. Okay, two of those posts made me cry :-)

  7. It's nice to re-live old posts. I had a similar experience with hospitals. We received abysmal service during my wife's birth with Leah so I complained long and hard and now I, too, am proud to say that changes have been made in that hospital!

    Duncan In Kuantan

  8. It's always fascinating looking back at what I've done. Usually I wan to run away from my own past writings, but your stuff is all great so I'm sure you don't have that issue.

  9. This is a wonderful list, and it IS fun to go back and look over your old posts, isn't it? My first blog-birthday is coming up, and I'm thinking I'd better pop on the old thinking cap and come up with some great celebratory plan! :)

  10. I am impressed by how much you've accomplished!
    Now I have a lot of insightful reading to catch up on! Congratulations on a very well-deserved award! Julie

  11. Congrats on the award! It's interesting that your style has changed. I'd be afraid to go back and read over some of my posts.

  12. Hi Ros .. well done on nearly 2 years .. I thought about accepting this challenge from someone - possibly Nutschell .. and just gave up - and would people go back and read .. and I can't remember what I've written so often.

    Love the sack-race one .. they should have it at all fetes and fairs .. I was hopeless at that kind of thing .. egg and spoon race - thank goodness the eggs were solid!!

    Cheers and have a good weekend .. cool and damp down here - Hilary

  13. I really enjoyed reading these. Most are from before I had found your blog, so were new to me. What a great way to explore the range of topics and styles you've covered!

  14. Congratulations. What a great way to review.

  15. Wow two years and I think you have changed your style a lot ...and always entertaining and thought provoking...


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