Monday, 3 February 2014

A break and some hats


Hi!
It's been a while since I've posted and I just wanted to come here and say I'm taking a blogging break for a short while.
Real life is busy and fun, and we're coming out of our winter hibernation and doing and seeing and meeting again, so my days are full.
And I've taken up crochet again, and I'm reading more novels, watching good movies, and I'm addicted to Candy Crush. Level 53 has me stumped at the minute though.



This will be a short break, possibly only days. Then I'll come back and blog with a vengeance about the atrocious homophobia in Ireland, which is brewing in me at the moment.

And, woah! I just checked my blog view stats and followed a link to an online discussion where my blog was mentioned. And the negativity about me breastfeeding my own children has my blood boiling. All from other mothers might I add.

I've been wondering of late why I'm continuing to blog at all, as I feel less willing to share personal details online. And to see how a crowd of strangers can just sit there judging me and calling me names makes me really sick. Then again, I think there should be positive voices online about mothering, and I'd like to think I contribute to that. Though maybe I'm too far off the radar for people to want to read my stories.

I'll mull on it a while and see how I feel.
Take care,
Nee x

14 comments:

  1. Hi Niamh, I was having withdrawal symptoms when I didn't see any updates on the blog! Please don't stop! You have to wonder why some people would go to time and effort to engage in online, anonymous 'slagging'or criticising of somebody's parenting choices... There is something wrong there! I feel sorry for anybody who gets enjoyment from this type of, well, bullying. There is something missing in their lives or even something amiss psychologically.

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    1. Hi Etta, thanks for the comment. Yes, I think we all have a dark side, and it's easy to let it out online like that. I was an eejit to keep reading, and won't bother in future, "what other people think of me is none of my business" is my new motto!

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  2. Hi Niamh, that's a terrible thing to have found out....makes me think of that Anthony Hopkins quote - something like what other people think of me is none of my business....might be the key to a happy life. Just do what you feel is best for you and everyone else can go jump, right. Lovely talking to you the other day. I''ve read your blog a few times and it's always a easy, cheerful read. I reckon you might have a book in it . Take it easy. Averil

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    1. Hi Averil, yes loveky to meet you a few weeks back, and I WILL make the future meets, need to get up and out earlier! Thanks for the support x

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  3. Hi Niamh. I love reading your blog and hearing your stories about your lovely family. I check in at least once a day so see how ye are getting on! You have a wonderful family and shouldn't give those people another thought. If they have nothing nice to say then they should keep quiet! How dare they? It's your life and your family! Enjoy your break and looking forward to reading more again soon. Shelly R

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    1. Shelly thanks for the lovely comment. I had a good break and have rediscovered my blogging mojo! Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment x

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  4. Hi Niamh, I just wanted to add my support along with the others. I found your blog a while back after reading an article on the paper about mothers who blog about their lives and because I'm at home full-time with three kids, two of whom are in school/pre-school and another one who's still nursing, I found it a great read. I think you have a lovely, nurturing parenting style that really appeals to me. It may not suit everybody but that's life and unfortunately, these days people can say what they like on the internet and nobody can put manners on them. Try not to let them get to you and enjoy the break! The only other suggestion I would make is that it's not as easy to put a comment on your blog compared to other blogs I follow so anyone wanting to leave a nice comment might not do so and you might not be getting accurate feedback from people. Best of luck!

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    1. Hi Angela, thank you for the lovely comment, it's lovely to hear from like minded people! I did indeed enjoy my break and am back with more to say! Thanks for alerting me to the comments problem, I think I have it sorted, bit of a technophobe here, take care, N x

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  5. Love your blog niamh!you are right on my radar and its so important for breastfeeding,co sleeping home educating wonder mammas to share the ups downs ins and outs of daily life enjoying our kiddios and being mama,women,wife,friend,goddess human,dont stop!your wonderful!

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    1. Thank you WombWorship! I'm happy to be back sharing my side of the story! Xx

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  6. Totally agree with all the above comments. I smile when I see an updated post from you and love to check in. But I think you've taken breaks before and need to focus on non online stuff - its only worth doing it if you enjoy it so you will know when to come back, if you want to. PS just got a slow cooker because of your posts - loving it:)

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    1. Thanks a mill anon, great to hear you're enjoying reading my posts. I hope you're enjoying the slow cooker, mines been sorely neglected of late! X

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  7. Oh please don't give up. I would've been one of those people thinking extended feeders were odd but you've really opened my eyes and view on not just extended bfeeding but on just going with what feels right for you and your child rather than worrying about all the judgements so many people are throwing about. x

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    1. Thanks Laura, I'm happy to be blogging again. I'm delighted to hear I'm normalising extended breastfeeding for people. Life's too short not to follow your instincts I've realised! Thanks for the comment x

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