So to round up 2017 I thought I would do a few ‘Top 15’ posts on different things I have enjoyed from the past year. It has been a tough one but I have also had some great times, memories and successes.
I started my blog in February and it has really made me happy. I have decided to make my first list about those bloggers who have inspired me, that I have enjoyed reading and that I have discovered during my first year of blogging. I have included people from across all different forms of social media and hope you enjoy checking them out.
My beautiful and very special friend, Stephie runs this blog. This was one of the blogs I read before I started blogging and she was a definite inspiration for me to start. She is extremely knowledgeable and writes so honestly. She has introduced me to so much this year and I will be eternally helpful for the help she has given me and also for being a wonderful friend.
Rachel is another blogger who I am now lucky enough to call a friend. We met when we were both asked to participate in The IBD & Ostomy Support Show and her continued support has been immensely helpful this year. Rachel is a ‘double bagger’ as she has both an ileostomy and a urostomy. I have learnt so much from reading her posts. She has some fantastic ideas and a real drive and commitment to raising awareness which is so inspiring to me.
I was so honoured to be invited to be part of The IBD & Ostomy Support Show by Louise. Her idea was brilliant and unique, and doing the show has been a passion and a driving force for me this year. Her blog is honest, informative and witty. She has a lot of experience due to the things she has been through which are very helpful to people. I am so thankful to have met Louise and that she has supported and stuck by me this year with everything I have had going on.
This is a blog I have pretty recently come across. I love the conversational style of her posts, like you are talking to a friend. She is also very caring and likes to check up on people across social media which is lovely.
Jenna runs two blogs. She also has Crohns disease but her tips and information about running a blog have been amazing help to me this year. Jenna is super knowledgeable and extremely kind for sharing all her experiences and advice to help others succeed.
Visit her Facebook group for bloggers here
A pretty big name in the ostomy blogging world, Vegan Ostomy is definitely someone I look up to as a blogger. He gives great advice and is a fountain of knowledge. His posts are always well written, informative and respected and I hope that my blog can be as well received one day.
I came across this blog on Twitter and am so glad I did. I love her posts and her monthly bucket list posts inspired me to start setting myself monthly goals and be accountable for them which will be a great addition to my blog (and life) this year. She also helps run a linky post which has been a great help, connecting me with some other amazing bloggers.
This lady has been one of my favourite ‘finds’ of the year. Her Instagram stories keep me amused every day and her posts about mental health are honest, helpful and inspiring. I love her writing style and she comes across as friendly and approachable. I was excited to receive my Christmas present to myself – Blom Cards – which she created so will be filling you all in on how I find them in the New Year.
This is a great channel I have found on YouTube. Mrs Meldrum is a mum of three adorable girls and the whole family vlog on The Meldrums channel which I follow too. I love her posts about all things mum and the whole family just seem really lovely!
You can check out The Meldrums channel too
Sarah is another inspirational find of the year. I follow her YouTube channel and her Instagram. She is extremely honest about the highs and lows of parenting and I love her posts. Any working mums will find a great deal of comfort and solidarity with her as she posts often about the work/life balance and her little ones are adorable.
Check out This Mama Life on Instagram here
I have followed Kalyn for a while on YouTube but it was her Vlogtober posts that really got me super interested. She seems super lovely and I love her organisation and routine posts which inspire me to be more organised myself. I also love the quotes she put up at the start of her videos.
Lisa is a fellow ostomate and one person I really looked up to when getting my ostomy. She had hers a little longer than me and her positivity about it all was brilliant to see. She now runs an Instagram account which is all about what she wears with her ostomy bag, tips and tricks to keep it covered up and shows you can still wear what you want.
Amy runs this blog but I also wanted to mention the amazing Osto-Colledge which she launched this year. It is a great service for new ostomates, offering support and lots of help with different products and things to try. Each Osto-bag is personal to the recipient and Amy sends a lovely letter along with offering continued support to the ostomate which is fantastic.
This is a relatively new blog launched by my friend Surak. It has so much potential as she has a lot of different experiences under her belt and is a great writer. I am sure it will go places in 2018!
This blog is all about the journey to becoming and being a mummy, by the lovely Lucy. She also runs a fab Twitter linky post every week which is always great to join and get to see so many more posts from other great blogs.