Popcorn for Lunch is ONE!

Popcorn for Lunch is ONE!!!

A year ago today I cobbled together a little rubbish looking website using some random free software called ‘Simple Site’ (can you tell I was attracted by the name?) and hit ‘publish’ on my very first blog post.

I’d thought about writing an emotional, reflective post to mark the occasion but our toddler forced the tail of a toy T-Rex up my nostril earlier and I don’t feel whimsical anymore.

The blogging world is a funny old one. It’s hard not to get caught up in the numbers game, to resist measuring your worth and appeal by likes and follows.

And so, I’ve clung to authenticity like a tired raggedy koala bear to a tree.

I did go through a sweary phase when I tried to be a badass and use the ‘F’ word more.
All the most famous mum bloggers do it so I decided it must be a surefire way to worldwide fame, my beloved book deal and early retirement.

Except it didn’t suit me. I’m a geek through and through. I cry if I get a parking ticket and get agitated by the violation of consumer rights by small businesses.

It’s like deciding to take up smoking because the ‘in crowd’ at school are doing it. A couple of drags in and you’re coughing up your ribcage and wondering where you’ve gone so badly wrong in life.

Anyway, I digress.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that the most important thing I’ve learnt since I started blogging is that it’s very important to be yourself.

Trying to be someone you’re not makes everyone uncomfortable, not least you.

If you’re a geek you should own it, and if you’re a rebel who smokes out of the toilet window at work you should own that too – obviously try to quit as well because, you know, risk of premature death.

I didn’t expect this to turn into an anti-smoking message but whilst we’re on the topic of naked flames, husband bought me a little cake with a candle and he and the kids sang happy birthday to Popcorn for Lunch.

I’ll not lie, it was a bit cringey and I wasn’t sure if we might all be a bit insane for celebrating the birthday of a blog but if you read yesterday’s ‘post’ (🥁) you’ll know I’m mostly too tired to be easily embarrassed these days.

And so there you have it.

I’m a geek, smoking is bad for you and Popcorn for Lunch is one today.

Thank you SO much to everyone who reads this little blog, means the fluffing world.

Jemma x


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