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Is technology ruining our children?

I’ve said a few times that I think technology makes children anti social and causes many other issues.

Here is yet another great read on negative affects that technology has on our children.

This is possibly the third article on this subject that has came into my feed within about a month.

I’m a big believer in everything in moderation. I grew up playing outside, using my imagination and enjoying the outdoors – yes I know, I grew up in a small country town and my childhood was approx 3 decades ago, however I would not change it for the world.

I limit my children’s screen time.

I’ve seen the affects technology can have on children. What negative behaviour it can create. I’m not saying to can it totally, I just think we should all perhaps think prior to passing our little ones our smart phones to ‘keep them quiet or occupied’. Why not read a book with them, play eye spy, kick a ball outside, start drawing, explore in your garden or in a park, collect leaves, make an indoor cubby? So many other options and ways to create fun with our children that does not require technology.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/mental-wealth/201508/screentime-is-making-kids-moody-crazy-and-lazy

Personal blogs.

Personal blogs.

A friend of mine was recently asking me how I started my blog and why.

Well I started it as something ‘on the side’ of being a SAHM. Don’t get me wrong being a SAHM keeps me very busy and I love it, but sometimes I enjoy interacting with others including other adults.😉 I know some may have the opinion of ‘mmmm your not interacting if it’s words on a page’ well I am, I may not get a verbal response that I can hear, but I do get loads of emails and a few are brave enough to write comments on either the FB page or webpage. I feel done are worried about commenting publicly as there are many people out there just waiting to ‘shut down’ other people’s thoughts and feelings. What we must remember is that everyone had thoughts and feeling so why shouldn’t they feel like they are now to express them without fear or scrutiny?

I explained to her that my blog is me expressing my stories and experiences and allowing others who have also experienced similar to relate. Quite often people are a ‘closed book’ and don’t always want to speak up or feel they can share personal experiences without being judged.

I write about many different things in order to capture a larger audience. I have readers who are not mothers, but enjoy my recipes and fitness posts (sorry I haven’t posted any of late, I promise I will again soon). I have readers who are male who possibly like the female perspective, and well yes I have female and other mothers read my blog.

My readers come from everywhere any anywhere. I currently have over 6000 readers / followed (whom I’m very grateful for) across many mediums including, Twitter, linked in, Facebook and my webpage and rest assured they are not all my friends. I personally don’t know that many people. 😉

Social media and blogging is a way of people communication on various topics, subjects and issues. It reaches a very broad and large audience. I read many blogs and I sure others do also.

I was googling ‘personal blogs’ and was reading on why others start their blogs.

Below is an interesting perspective on personal blogs and how and why some start.

12 Personal Blogging Tips

Feedback :)

Feedback πŸ™‚

Where to start?

A huge thank you to my followers, between the website, Facebook and twitter I have almost 5,000 readers!

Thank you for reading my blog and supporting me. I’m very humbled.

I must say I do read everyone’s comments, my apologies if I don’t post them all I get quite a few, which I love and again am humbled by and thank you for taking the time to write me and comment on my posts.

So to answer some of your questions, and again my apologies if I don’t answer yours directly. Please feel free to email me directly and I will get back to you. Noordinarymummy@gmail.com

No I haven’t had any formal writing education. I simply write what I feel, or experience or someone I know has experienced.

Yes I may not have the best grammar or spelling, most of the time I am blogging from my phone and predictive text can sometimes work against me.

Yes I am a big believer in family. My hubby and little boy who is almost 2! – where has this time gone? These two mean the world to me. I’m also exceptionally close to my sister, her hubby and their 3 children and always will be. I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs with my mum and dad but no matter what, I will always have them in my heart and best interests. My little brother and I are close and I know we will always have each other’s back.

I’m honest with everything I write, it may sometimes seem brutal or too much but unfortunately we live in a works where not everything is rosy and not everyone is kind.

My hubby says I have a heart of Pharlap. Those whom I treasure I will always protect, I don’t give many second chances and I don’t tolerate idiots.

I have only been blogging since February 2014. Within this time I’ve possibly opened up to many people/strangers more than I have in my life. I’ve been very protective of my experiences I guess with the fear of judgement and sceptics, however I am extremely comfortable in my skin and my life now and have grown to not care so much about what other people think of me. It could possibly be age and life experiences that have taught me this trait. I think I’ve past comment previously, I am a strong personality and we all don’t have to get along in this world. We all have our own opinions and we are all entitled to them.

My website is built through Web Hub Hosting using WordPress. I built it myself.

Yes I get some negative feedback, we can please everyone πŸ™‚ however those that continue to read something they don’t appreciate, shouldn’t read it. Simply put – if you kick your toe on a coffee table, would you continue to deliberately do it again? By logging onto my blog and continually reading something that you are only going to be negative about, or whine about, am I the fool or are you? I’m not asking you to log on. You are choosing to log on and read.

Authors? Journalists? Bloggers?

Authors

Just putting it out there, I was told blatantly the other day that unless you have writing qualifications you shouldn’t blog.

I was taken aback but then thought how rude and self absorbed the person who said it must be. Are they are simply saying or implying that unless your a professionally or academically trained writer you should write? Or that what you write isn’t worth reading? Or perhaps they don’t care to know about every day life with every day people? Do they think they are more superior? Who knows!

I get that must blogs are written by journalists or perhaps published authors but the cast majority of blog are written by everyday people for everyday people.

Which brings me to my next thought.

What is a blog?

Many people have different ideas about what a blog should or shouldn’t be. After much internet searching I’ve discovered –

blog
blΙ’Ι‘/
noun
1.
a personal website or web page on which an individual records opinions, links to other sites, etc. on a regular basis.
verb
1.
add new material to or regularly update a blog.
“it’s about a week since I last blogged”
“he blogged the Democratic and Republican national conventions as an independent”
Origin

1990s: abbreviation of weblog.

Or definition by Wikipedia

A blog (a truncation of the expression weblog)[1] is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries (“posts”) typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first). Until 2009 blogs were usually the work of a single individual[citation needed], occasionally of a small group, and often covered a single subject. More recently “multi-author blogs” (MABs) have developed, with posts written by large numbers of authors and professionally edited. MABs from newspapers, other media outlets, universities, think tanks, advocacy groups and similar institutions account for an increasing quantity of blog traffic. The rise of Twitter and other “microblogging” systems helps integrate MABs and single-author blogs into societal newstreams. Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

The emergence and growth of blogs in the late 1990s coincided with the advent of web publishing tools that facilitated the posting of content by non-technical users. (Previously, a knowledge of such technologies as HTML and FTP had been required to publish content on the Web.)

A majority are interactive, allowing visitors to leave comments and even message each other via GUI widgets on the blogs, and it is this interactivity that distinguishes them from other static websites.[2] In that sense, blogging can be seen as a form of social networking service. Indeed, bloggers do not only produce content to post on their blogs, but also build social relations with their readers and other bloggers.[3] There are high-readership blogs which do not allow comments, such as Daring Fireball.

Many blogs provide commentary on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries; others function more as online brand advertising of a particular individual or company. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability of readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important contribution to the popularity of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (art blogs), photographs (photoblogs), videos (video blogs or “vlogs”), music (MP3 blogs), and audio (podcasts). Microblogging is another type of blogging, featuring very short posts. In education, blogs can be used as instructional resources. These blogs are referred to as edublogs.

On 16 February 2011, there were over 156 million public blogs in existence.[4] On 20 February 2014, there were around 172 million Tumblr[5] and 75.8 million WordPress[6] blogs in existence worldwide. According to critics and other bloggers, Blogger is the most popular blogging service used today, however Blogger does not offer public statistics.[7][8] Technorati has 1.3 million blogs as of February 22, 2014[9]

So my interpretation of this and again many people will see it as they want to, a blog is something someone or a group write which allows them freedom of speech. They write about their passions, feelings, experiences, hobbies, anything that they like.

Is this right or wrong?

There are many celebrity gossip blogs out there and many personal blogs out there. They can be written on anything from interior design, cooking, fitness, mummy tips, parenting tips, shopping, styling anything!

So my question is, if you get offended or assume something is written directly at you. Don’t read it.

Everybody is allowed their own opinions and for the most part as long as names are not mentioned a blog is almost like someone’s vent or personal diary. Their win right to post what they like.

There are many controversial blogs out there and there are many readers for many blogs. Each to their own I say and again, if you don’t like it, don’t read it!

Subscriptions!

To all my dear readers,

The web program that I’ve made my website with doesn’t have a subscription button unfortunately.

However if you would like updates and my blogs emailed to you I can personally add your email address into my ‘admin’ and it will automatically send you my newly published blogs / articles.

To be added simply send me a message or a comment with your email address. It doesn’t require names πŸ™‚ and I will happily add you to the subscription.

Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you!

I’ve reached 100!!

I’ve reached 100!

Just a quick thank you to every reader of my blog!

Weather you log in and read regularly or occasionally I want to personally thank you!

I’ve reached 100 followers πŸ™‚

If there is any content that you would like me to write about, send me a message or if you would like to write a guest piece for me, please contact me!

I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks again, I really appreciate your support and I hope you keep reading πŸ™‚

Fact or Fiction?

Fact or fiction?

To all my devoted and wonderful readers πŸ™‚

Just a quick note to let you know all my blogs are real and not fake.

They are real and have happened in either my life or someone I knows life.

This is not fiction.

There is no defamation in my blogs and with much discussion with others, I feel I needed to tell you this.

I don’t post lies. I do not make stories up nor glorify them in anyway for readers.

Choose to believe what you like but know that I’m not about making stories up to gain readers. πŸ™‚

This is my life and events from my life.