Single Mother Ahoy Podcast

Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to listen to my first ever podcast last week. I was so nervous about posting it, and people have made some lovely comments about it.

I hope you’ve all stuck around to listen to my second one! It’s a little longer than last week… think I’m getting used to this chattering malarkey! Hopefully you will all still find it interesting.

Just a little note: in the podcast I mentioned a post by another blogger about “you know you’re the child of a parent blogger when…” The post was this fabulous one from You Baby Me Mummy. I would definitely recommend it!

And now, without further ado, here is this week’s podcast, which is all about why I blog. As always, I would love to hear your reactions.


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Mummy 2 Monkeys

Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.


Paula · 30/01/2015 at 03:59

I too started out on LiveJournal. Facebook really did consolidate a lot of the social aspects of blogging, didn’t it…. Podcasting is supposed to be coming back, I’ve been told. I enjoyed having a listen. You are creating a lovely record for S.

    Vicky Charles · 30/01/2015 at 07:27

    Thank you Paula for a lovely comment. I loved LiveJournal and went through a stage where I spent all day on there (when I should have been working). Facebook definitely took a lot of that over.

Lewis@Dadwhoblogs · 30/01/2015 at 20:55

Hi there!
We started blogging for similar reasons. I didn’t have any friends with kids and I had fears/questions I wanted to get off my chest. I was also spurred on by a cousin who already blogged.
I also do a podcast (The LoveAllDads Podcast) and I assure you’re doing great.
Linked up from #brilliantblogposts

    Vicky Charles · 30/01/2015 at 22:15

    ah thank you! I’ve heard a lot about the LoveAllDads podcast but I’ll admit I’ve never heard it. Will have to hunt it down!

HonestMum · 31/01/2015 at 11:02

Gosh fab podcast, so slick and professional, you are brilliant. You’re inspiring me to do one too! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts x

    Vicky Charles · 01/02/2015 at 10:10

    oh wow thank you! Slick and professional… I won’t let on the circumstances of the recording, but it felt neither slick nor professional! Glad you enjoyed it x

Amanda · 31/01/2015 at 15:39

I love this so much!! I actually love your blog anyway, I really enjoy the honesty and “I don’t care what others’ think” attitude, because it’s real and I can relate to it. But this podcast had me nodding throughout…

I remember LJ… I didn’t really get into it much (although a fair few friends of mine at uni used it). I was more about forums until about 2006 when I stumbled across blogs and began reading and then writing my own. I initially started writing my own because I wanted to be part of the community. I felt funny lurking, so I began commenting and then thought “these people have no idea who I am, yet I know all about their lives, maybe I should change that!” For me blogging has always been a two-way thing, a chance for community.

I kinda “get” what the blogger you met last year was saying about there being so many blogs these days (although I hasten to add that I think it is GREAT there are so many!) It’s not that it is a bad thing, it’s just it is way harder to keep up with people when things are posted all over various social media platforms. I have a love/hate relationship with social media… I love it for the new connections I make through it, but hate that I can be talking to someone on twitter (for example) and completely miss their amazing blog posts because I am too caught up in the twitterverse!!

I’ve recently been working on a blog plan, because after 2 years of seriously neglecting my blog for other projects I want to get back into the community more again. And it surprised me to find that over 50% of my readers are from the US. Until I went to BritMums Live back in 2012, I hardly knew any British bloggers, so I could understand then why most of my connections were from the US, but now I thought I connected more with UK based bloggers… seems not though as the stats for UK readers was less than 30%… shows how often I check my stats, hey?!

Sorry for the super long blog comment… I just really enjoyed your podcast and it made me really think about blogging in more detail. Popping over from the #WeekendBlogHop :)

    Vicky Charles · 01/02/2015 at 10:06

    Thanks for a lovely comment Amanda. Do you think your following is more US based because of your taking part in forums? I’m assuming they were more US based too. I’m so glad you liked the podcast, it’s only my second one and it was a lot longer than the first so I wasn’t sure people would listen!

Helena Clarke · 14/02/2015 at 10:33

I always veer away from listening to podcasts, assuming that I would actually rather read people’s thoughts than listen to them, but as this was your archive day post (and I am nothing if not obedient to the concept of ‘post and then read other posts’), I felt I should break with tradition and give it a go. And actually, it was a really refreshing change. Reading people’s inner thoughts often seems a very intimate experience, like you are seeing inside their head, but listening to you instead was like a friendly chat in the kitchen with a mate: a different aspect of blogging that I really enjoyed. So whilst I may not be ready to do my own podcast anytime soon (my technical incompetence would suggest actually never!), I will definitely listen again!

    Vicky Charles · 14/02/2015 at 10:56

    Thank you Helena, what a lovely comment. I’m so glad you liked it!
    Also ref. technical incompetence – I won’t ruin the illusion by explaining exactly how it’s recorded and edited, but trust me when I tell you that technical incompetence would not stop you from doing this!

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