A Blogiversary Giveaway: win a book here!

Saturday, 19 November 2016

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Four years ago I started this blog. FOUR YEARS. Which makes me feel proud and old at the same time, because where on earth does the time go?

When I started this blog, I was a full time nursery nurse, working a lot of hours running around after small children, involved in youth work at my church, and was three years into our marriage. Now? I'm not that far away from thirty, SEVEN years into our marriage, and a full time stay at home Mum to our three year old daughter and soon-to-arrive baby boy.

I'm still a bit of a rubbish blogger to be honest. I only manage to blog once a week now. I'm awful at social media and I still don't get all the technical stuff.

But I still love it. 

Here are three lessons I've learned in the last few years of blogging:

1) The internet can be really cool


How supportive is the blogging community? Very, that's what. Yes, there are people who like to start arguments ... but there's nowhere near as much drama as, say, your average hour spent on Twitter. 

Bloggers, on the whole, are pretty supportive of each other. Thank you, fellow bloggers: you make the internet suck less.


2) I can't actually think without writing things down


Turns out I can't process things in my mind without writing them down, whether that be here or in a notebook or something: after a few days I start to feel antsy and fidgety and a bit overwhelmed unless I have time to write my thoughts down.

It's soothing for my brain.


3) My voice actually matters as much as it doesn't.


This is two lessons in one. For me, having an outlet for my opinions on things has been enormously freeing, because for years I lived under the lie that what I thought about things didn't actually matter, or wasn't relevant, or something like that. I dunno. I was weird. I suppose I lived in the fear of people disagreeing or mocking me, which is no way to live. I am now way more comfortable expressing myself. Hooray!

But also: I've learnt that my opinion doesn't actually matter that much, really. In the grand scheme of things, if someone wants to disagree with me, that's fine. It's actually good: we're not all the same. Thank goodness. Through blogging I have learnt that I am actually fairly flawed, but I can make a joke about it now. I'm not an expert on everything, and I don't have to pretend to be. I'm just me: sometimes I get things wrong, other times I get it right, and I'm actually comfortable with that.

If you're interested, I wrote a post a while ago called Why I Love Blogging which has a lot more background as to why I started blogging in the first place.

And now onto the fun stuff!

My First Ever Blog Giveaway!

A while back I started thinking about the books that have changed my life. The one that immediately came to mind was this one:


Half the Sky was the book that first pushed me from 'caring in a vague way about women's rights' to 'feeling burningly passionate about women's rights'. Informative, emotional and very readable, Half the Sky takes you on a journey around the world to meet inspirational women trapped in terrible circumstances - and examines the difference that could be made, for everybody, if women were treated equally to men.

I figured it was a perfect first giveaway choice: it sums up so much about what I feel passionate about, and, hopefully, will ignite in whoever wins it a flame of passion, too. A huge part of why I write, and allow people to see it, is because I want my daughter to know that her voice. skills, talents and gifts are no less useful to the world just because she is a girl. So many young girls do not have that freedom: Half the Sky will make you want to kick ass and do something about it.

My copy is battered and dog-eared, so here is the lovely new copy the winner will receive this one:


Not included: my ridiculous face

Interested in winning it? It's easy! Comment on this post telling me something that you're passionate about, something that makes you feel alive: is it painting? Making music? Writing? (That would be me). Running? (definitely not me). Celebrate the things you love doing in life and you could win a book that will inspire and challenge you all at once.

I will then use this tool to pick a comment at random. Spammy comments will not be counted: you have to answer the question!

Important note: unfortunately due to shipping costs, this will be a UK-based competition only: please only enter if you are in the UK!

I will announce the winner in a week from now, and will send off your shiny new copy of Half the Sky!

COMPETITION CLOSED - check your comment to see if you are the winner!

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43 comments:

  1. I am passionate about rabbits, I have rescued/adopted currently four of my own and occasionally foster and bond 'free to good home' rabbits and get them vet checked and re-homed to houses that I vet first, sending them with care sheets and information.
    I have also started a blog which I am including caring for rabbits and what they should and shouldn't have. Absolutely adore animals, rabbits don't get enough credit and unfortunately are one of the most mistreated animals there are, not even always because of the owners fault, rather through lack of knowledge.

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  2. I love to walk when it is cold and dry out. There is something about being outside, wrapped up warm but with a cold face and frosty breath that I love. I like to walk in new places as much as possible but just on the seafront at home is great too.

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  3. Racing - Our 14 year old son races karts at a national level, it needs a huge commitment from all of the family and we spend most weekends away and spend all of our disposable income on it but we all love it.

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  4. Baking! having 6 children, baking requests are daily, i love making new things for them

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  5. I'm passionate about writing music. I can go for ages with an empty head then when the music comes it comes with a vengeance and I just sit for hours with the notes pouring out. It's exhausting but exciting also.

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  6. spending time with daisy

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  7. looking after my animals - Dogs, Cats, Chickens, Bees and a few sheep and pigs is what I'm passionate about.

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  8. Knitting. Can't get enough of it. Mum tried to teach me from a young girl but I never got it. At the age of 48 I decided to teach myself (via Youtube help and lots of it!). It just clicked for some reason.. I am thinking that I always had it inside me to do it, just didn't know it. I often wonder what else I can do ...

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    1. That's lovely! And congratulations, you are the winner! Please contact me on meganbidmead@gmail.com so I can arrange posting the book to you! x

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  9. I love growing new plants from seed, it gives a real rhythm to the year.

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  10. I'm passionate about writing too but I also love playing the piano and walking in the mountains. Congratulations on your 4 year anniversary :-)
    #talkofthetown

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  11. I'm passionate about badminton I've been playing 40 something years, my body is telling me to stop playing now

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  12. i am passionate about my garden - love to grow plants from cuttings

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  13. Happy Blog Birthday Meg! I enjoy reading your 'thoughts' - always so very well considered. x

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  14. Entering competitions. I love doing it and when I win something good it's a nice feeling. Sometimes I win stuff and give it to others too.

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  15. I love dancing. Don't get as much chance to do it these days but when I do it still makes me smile :)

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  16. I love to read and write romantic fiction and the occassional fantasy story xx

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  17. I adore animals and volunteer at a cat & dog shelter, and a wildlife rescue centre. I'm happier around animals that people for the most part.

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  18. i am passionate about walking-i have been inspired with a cheap step counter which has helped me get fitter and explore new places and streets i would never have looked at before

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  19. I often go hiking. I love the great outdoors. When I've had enough in the big city it's great to spend time with nature - @WeeWillWilk

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  20. Reading and cooking, depending on the mood

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  21. I love walking in the countryside with my autistic 15 year old son Sam identifying the local flora and fauna and at the same time hunting pokemon...

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  22. I love traveling and seeing the world. Nothing beats exploring somewhere new!

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  23. Photography. There's something about taking the photos, then seeing them on your computer, being able to edit them and then show them to others and make them happy too.

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  24. I love walking - we have been walking along the British South coast and I feel so free, walking with just a light backpack,

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  25. To be honest, mine is reading. I just love how I can escape my world and enter other people's. I can experience feelings and events that I wouldn't otherwise.

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  26. Congratulations on 4 years blogging! That's a great achievement. I know exactly what you mean - I would love to write more blog posts, but if I manage two a week I am already happy. It's not that I don't have ideas of what to post, but I seem to not be able to find the time to do so, but regardless - I love blogging!! When is your baby due? We are expecting Baby #2 in January. Exciting times!! Thank you for linking up to #TalkoftheTown

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  27. Rescuing baby hedgehogs who are not heavy enough to survive hibernation and then releasing them into our garden once they are up to weight. (@PeanutHog)

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  28. I'm passionate about my job, I do it because I like helping people :)

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  29. I am such a creative person that i always have to be sewing or knitting and having projects on the go all the time.I am lucky in that i have my own craft room at home and can just immurse myself into the project at hand

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  30. I am turning into my father and have developed a passion for trees. Not hugging, you understand, just admiring them all and planting a few. They are magnificent and we need them now more than ever.

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  31. Hill walking is great , it makes you feel alive & a great sense of achievement when you reach the top.

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  32. I'm passionate about animals, helping others and recycling.

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  33. I love writing - it always makes me feel calmer to get everything down on paper (or a screen, at any rate!)

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  34. im passionate about reading. i read whenever i can

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  35. I'm passionate about my kids ... I love spending time with them and going out with them.. they are just my life!

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  36. I love baking, I find it really relaxing and enjoy treating my family to some sweet treats 🍰

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  37. I'm passionate about hiking. We live near the Lake District so there are plenty of great walks and hikes for us to go on as a family.

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