2010 was a good year for More than Just a Mother. The blog was shortlisted for The MADs awards in the funniest blog category, mentioned in The Times Online, on several radio stations and in countless places across the web. More than Just a Mother now has over six hundred subscribers, with around ten thousand visitors each month. I still find it astonishing to look at where my traffic come from and see the tiny dots in far flung corners of the map. Thank you all for reading and for commenting. The easiest way to keep up to date with new posts is to subscribe – just enter your e-mail address in the box over in the right hand sidebar and you’ll receive each post directly to your inbox. If you’re a Kindle user you can also find More than Just a Mother on Amazon.
Somewhere last year, in amongst the full time job, the chickens, the children, the husband and the blog, I wrote a book. I loved every second of writing it, and have already started my second. This year will be filled with writing, writing and still more writing.
Last month I took up my new position as columnist for Cotswold Life magazine. Editor Mike Lowe suggested I might like to push the boundaries a little. “I’m pretty sure they still have sex in The Cotswolds”, he said. I have just heard back from him in relation to February’s column. “Love the piece, Emily, but I’ve had to change a word; I don’t think our readers are quite ready for ‘ejaculation'”. I’m sure I’ll get the balance right for March’s column.
As if 2011 wasn’t looking sufficiently promising, my Twitter stream was flooded yesterday with the wonderful news that I had won not just one but two categories in the 2010 Brilliance in Blogging awards. I’m delighted to be sharing the award of ‘Outstanding in Field’ with two extremely talented writers, Tara and Jay. If I’m honest though, what really bowled me over was winning the accolade for the funniest post of 2010. Knowing my writing makes people laugh is pretty much the best thing about doing this blog, and I’m grateful to all those who either put forward the post or voted for me to win. If you haven’t already worked out what to do with a broken vibrator, now’s your chance.