Rediscovering the 'Me' in 'Mumeeeeeee'

'I have always thought that there is no more fruitful source of family discontent than a housewife’s badly-cooked dinners and untidy ways'. (Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management, 1861)

March 9, 2011

Two Years and counting...

Yes, quite unbelievably, Hot Cross Mum is 2 today (cue rousing chorus of 'Happy Blogday to you.....)! I have to say that I'm very delighted to have sustained my little corner of the blogosphere for another year and want to thank everyone who has read and/or commented since I started out in 2009. I simply wouldn't be here without you.

Two isn't a very big age to be in most walks of life, but I think blogs must age in a similar way to cats and dogs because I'm sure my blog is much older than two.

It's funny how a blog turns out to be a barometer of your life; the posts written this year show that I've definitely moved on from the very baby stages of family life; I no longer feel the need to write about the trials and tribulations of potty training or the intense joy of trying to strap rigid children into awkward car seats.

In the past 12 months, just like my children, my blog has grown up a bit. It is now more like a stroppy, emotional teenager; trying to find it's place in life, exploring lots of different things and having more than the occasional rant about this and that - you know, things which really push those buttons!!

I remember writing my 1 year anniversary post (a year ago, as it happens) and wondering whether I would still be blogging 12 months down the line. I am, still blogging away and I'm very excited about the fact that my eBook, based on the blog, will be available within the next week or so! Here's the cover - watch this space for more on that!

In the meantime, there's a very interesting debate on the British Mummy Bloggers network, started by the lovely Liz at Living with Kids, which asks whether blogs have a shelf life? And on the British Mummy Bloggers Blog, there is an interesting new weekly feature: 'Why do you blog?' Check it out and join the debate.

For now, thanks again for reading, commenting and giving me motivation and inspiration to keep on blogging. Here's to the next 12 months!

By the way, the image at the top is from a fantastic website I found the other day called The Literary Gift Company. It has some excellent gifts for those writers/bloggers/Tweeters in your life!



  1. Let said chorus commence...

    Happy Blogday to you, Happy Blogday to you... (you know the rest) *cheers*

    Congrats :)

  2. Congratulations on your two year blogoversary! I am also glad to see that turning your blog into a book works! Love the cover!
    My intention is to turn all the blogging into a book for Hannah when cancer is all done. She is so little now, it would be awesome to have something when she is older to show what she made it through. Was turning into a book difficult to do?

  3. Well done Hazel! You're one of the blogging grande dames now...

  4. Congratulations on two fabulous years Hazel. You'd only just started when I met you, about er... two years ago! Looking forward to hearing more about the ebook. xx

  5. You're two? Wow, you don't look a day over 18 months. Happy Blogday xx

  6. Congratulations on your 2nd birthday and the ebook - well deserved x

  7. Yay to you. Yours was one of the first blogs that I ever read when I started just over a year ago. eBook? Ooooh, interesting, good for you.

  8. Hazel, that's fantastic!! Happy blogday to you -- I'll have been blogging for 4 years next month. Eek!

  9. Congrats on the blog anniversary and on the book, how exciting! xx

  10. Congratulations!

    I've rather lost touch with your blog, but am excited to see about your ebook! Will be following for that.


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