Bloggers Brunch Laptop Club and Blogger Envy

A couple of things happened last week that were at different ends of the womenhood spectrum and I’ll explain later why I’ve talked about them in the same post.

The first tale may or may not be true. If true, it’s got nothing to do with me or my freaking awesome mothering skills.

The other morning I was sitting on the couch doing some Very Important Stuff on my laptop. A child who may or may not have belonged to me was in her highchair munching on some toast.

After what was possibly a negligent amount of time I glanced over to her. Look, if no-one whinges, whines, screams or leaps on me and elbows me in the boob I just keep on working. Possibly a mistake in this instance.

She’d created a mound of toast crumbs on top of her head.

As I watched she carefully tore a piece of toast off and rubbed it between her hands until little crumbs fell onto the table. She looked closely at the crumbs, swept the choicest up and sprinkled them generously over her hair.

I hesitated for a few seconds while I pondered the possible reason for this interesting activity.

She caught my eye as she was preparing to distribute the next batch of crumbs.

“Hey babe.”

“Hi mummy.”

“Wotcha doin?”

“…”

“Baby, are you feeding something?”

“Yeess. I’m feeding the insects mummy.”

!@#$ headlice.

Goodie bag love

Later that week I headed to the maiden session of the Laptop Club. The Laptop Club was set up by the ladies behind #bloggersbrunchclub – Laura, Maddy and Lizzy. Laura and Maddy hosted the event beautifully and it was a huge success in every way.

Attendees were limited in numbers which made the event social but intimate. We were able to submit technical questions to Laura (a web developer) who answered them for us during the session.

Key to the success of the workshop was the friendly environment the ladies created helped along by a table heavily laden with deliciousness around which we sat and chatted. The workshop participants were all an absolute pleasure to hang out with and I gained as much from the informal discussion as I did from the structured q&a.

On top of all that we came away with a goodie bag filled with Anathoth Farm and t Leaf Tea products that I have been sampling every single day since to my taste buds delight.

I can’t wait for another sesh and the only reason I’d hesitate in recommending it is because I don’t want to miss out on a place!

By way of an added bonus I’m pretty sure no-one there had headlice.

I’ve seen some amazing blogs of late and with such a low traffic baby blog like mine I could get a bit down on myself. It’s common to compare yourself with other people. It’s especially easy to do when you’re a blogger. But unless that comparison serves to inspire and motivate you, it’s pointless doing it. Cos odds are, that successful person has spent time picking crumbs and @#$% cooties out of a grubby wee munchkin’s hair at some point over the past week.

If you’d like a bit of bloggy inspiration check out the blogs of the utterly gorgeous Laptop Club participants:
Sam / Amanda / Megan / Christel / Lauren / Alisha / Phoebe (will have a blog soon) and our hosts Laura / Maddy

Comments

  1. Wendy says

    Ugh I can empathize with the lice situation, been there, done that, never want to be there again. I am still annoyed I never made it to the brunch, but this week is crazy and I needed the weekend to catch up so I can be a gadabout :)

    • Lisa says

      I feel like a mama ape picking lice out of the fur of my young monkeys. I could totally rock a wildlife show.
      Ahhh, I remember being a gadabout. It’s going to be a while til the gal does gadding. I would have loved to have met you at the brunch – hopefully we’ll both make the next one!

  2. Alisha KP says

    Lice! Oh no! I used to work in a girls’ boarding school in England – I’m basically an expert at lice elimination. Might even put it on my CV.

    Thanks for checking out my blog – I had the loveliest brunch with you and all the other clever ladies!

  3. Laura says

    Lice are so horrible! Hope you can sort them out quick though – I only ever had them twice and I hope I never get them again as i’m badly allergic to the stuff you have to use to get it all out. In saying this, sounds like the baby has some endearing and conservationist tendencies… ;)
    Thank you so much for your praise Lisa, it was so incredibly awesome to meet you and hopefully we will see each other really soon xx

    • Lisa says

      I’ve got like an electric comb that seems to be pretty good at dealing with the little blighters. I am of course referring to the lice although there are times when I may not be. Toast hair’s pretty easy to deal with.
      Oooh I thought of a couple of other topics for another Laptop Club too – I’m gonna drop you a line about those.

  4. Maddy says

    Thanks so much for the kind feedback! It was great to meet and I’m really enjoying your blog! Good luck with the lice. I’m itching at the thought of it. :S

    • Lisa says

      You’re welcome – it was well deserved!
      I’ve just found out there may be sharing of hair bands n brushes are kept together at a certain establishment so I’ve found patient zero as it were.

  5. Angela Gilmore says

    How sweet of her to not let the head bugs go hungry lol!
    I definitely fall into the trap of comparing myself to others, especially in the parenting-blogging arena. But, you’re right, no good every comes out of it.

    • Lisa says

      Hi Angela! Yep I tell myself that every time I have to clean something up!

      I’ve been trying to increase my blog traffic but my numbers are teeny (like headlice) especially compared to a number of other newbies. It took me a while to work out what sort of blog I had – I was going to focus on eczema / allergies but it was too depressing sticking to the one topic, then I was gonna add parenting but it’s just not something I can write about well. It’s not til a few months in that I’ve realised the posts that float my boat fall more into ‘women’s interest’ and I’m going to develop my blog more along those lines.

      But that does mean it’s more of a slow burner in terms of attracting visitors so I’m gonna be staring at low numbers for a while. That’s why I’ve got to take it easy on myself when comparing my work with others!

    • Lisa says

      Yeah it is! It’s an initiative that began as social gatherings for brunch, chatting and support and the Laptop Club is an offshoot that focusses on the technical side of blogging. Do you have something similar you can access?

  6. Teresa says

    Your little one sounds so sweet… Sorry about those little buggers.

    Yes, it is pointless to compare yourself to others. I’m new to your blog and find it engaging so you must be doing something right. Continue to do what comes naturally and just watch how it evolves.

    btw: The Laptop Club sounds like fun!

    • Lisa says

      Hi Teresa, she’s a honey. Ugh, headlice are the absolute pits.

      Thank you so much for those kind words – it’s tricky isn’t it, putting yourself out there and wondering whether you’re doing something other people enjoy. I’m definitely enjoying the blogging thing and this sort of strategising and analysis too (I’m a geek at heart) so put these things together and I’m in heaven!

      The Laptop Club is such a fab idea – it’d definitely make a great template for other bloggers to try.

  7. Samantha says

    It was amazing to meet you, Lisa!
    When you started talking about the sheer amount of research you’ve done with your blog, I was floored. Not many people can be bothered to do such in depth studies and most of them don’t really know what to do with the information even if they had done the leg work! Your blog is lovely and I know you’ll put all of that know-how to good use in the next little while.
    You had such insightful and thoughtful things to say at the laptopclub meeting but you also managed not to be intimidating, rude, arrogant or offencive which is a fine line to walk. I cannot wait to see you at the next bloggersbrunchclub event and to chat about how your research is going and how you’re doing with the layout of your blog too.

    Also, lice suck…literally.
    My mom works with pre-schoolers and it is the one thing about the job that effects the whole house and is unpleasant to say the least. Good luck getting rid of those little suckers.
    p.s all the sucking puns were intended :P

    • Lisa says

      Thanks Sam! What a generous comment. I really appreciate not only your kind words but that you took the time to share them. I feel very humbled! I loved meeting you as well – it was amazing how much everyone fitted in so easily. I’m sure the next session will be as good and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to meet up again!
      I get a real sense of satisfaction from zapping those little buggers with the electric comb haha!

  8. Kelsey G. says

    This probably shouldn’t have been my first reaction to this, but your child is so cute. . . Most of the kids I’m around would just attack their heads and whine at me about how their head itches. Your child actually cares for the insects and for some reason I find that insanely cute. . .

    But, you’re right. One really shouldn’t get envious of other bloggers. After all, they each had a beginning too. One should worry more about their own blog and bettering it than worrying about how they aren’t “as good as” another blogger.

    • Lisa says

      Haha she’s got dimples, bright twinkly eyes and a huge heart so I’m a sucker when she grins at me and sprinkles toast on her hair or whatever else it is she’s doing.

      Your recent post about dressing for success is similar I think – about being true to oneself and not getting overly invested in the being judged (actual or perceived) – whether it’s by others or ourselves.

  9. Christel says

    Hi Lisa!!

    It was so lovely meeting you at #laptopclub – you are so interesting, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you! Absolutely loving your blog btw. I may or may not be guilty of doing some mega blog stalking :)

    So looking forward to seeing you at the next #bloggersbrunchclub!

    Btw, I worked in pharmacy for years and know all too well how much of a struggle it can be for people to deal with lice! The outbreaks at the local schools were terrible, and we’d have the same people coming in every couple of months for treatments. Eek!

    • Lisa says

      Thank you! I’ve still got to fix that freaky bit of code somewhere on the stylesheet haha!

      I’m looking forward to that too – I’ll have to make sure I know when it is – is FB the best way to track the upcoming brunches do you think?

      Argh the lice is a pain – I’m good at getting rid of them but sharing brushes n crazy stuff like that and we have to start all over again.

    • Lisa says

      Such a pain. I find the comb in combo with me hunting them is really good but unless everyone’s vigilant they just come back a month later with a new batch. Haha, my crumbed kid was grinning away so pleased she was looking after her little pets.

  10. Elizabeth Holdsworth says

    I’m on headline alert at the moment too! We got a note from school saying they’re around. Mind you, my son has chicken pox at the moment so that’s bad enough.

    I do get blogger envy sometimes. I try to remember the quote ‘comparison is the thief of joy’ (which I think is Mark Twain) and remember that no-one else is on my life journey but me, so there’s no point in comparing. I’m just happy to have my own journey to take. And I’m really enjoying what you’re doing here :)

    • Lisa says

      Blagh! Chicken pox is awful. My toddler got it when I was more than 8 months preggers. I didn’t realise how bad it was for pregnant women and their babies – I’d been lulled into a bit of a false sense of security with all the chicken pox partying going on. Although having said that, some of our kids have had the chicken pox vaccine because of the eczema.

      I love the quote! It is so true and I love your take on it as well. I’m learning to walk a truer journey. Thank you! I love heading over to your blog too.

    • Lisa says

      Argh they do my head in. We’ve got an electric comb and I use that and trawl through hunting eggs down – it’s very National Geographic-esque.

      Hey I loved the Lightbulb Moment post over on yours btw.

    • Lisa says

      The lunch was so great. I’m looking forward to the bloggy dinner soon too! I’m basically eating my way around the blogging communities!

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