Here’s the Blog Scoop

There’s so much going on right now that I can barely catch my breath.

Gilbert has been getting a taste for high school, Matilda is being reassessed for autism, Delilah is just plain hyper all the time and Nathan has SO much on at work.

Meanwhile, I’ve been busy ferrying kids to appointments, undertaking paid writing commitments and exploring new horizons with the blog.

It really is an exciting, yet exhausting, time.

So, in an attempt to gather my thoughts and process everything, I’ve decided to brain dump everything blog related on you guys.

#sorrynotsorry

Now, where to begin?

Speaking & Presenting

I have popped my speaking/presenting cherry. Well, I actually did my first real speech at International Albinism Awareness Day earlier this year, but this week saw me deliver at my first paid engagement. I really enjoyed it, although I underestimated the emotional toll it would have on me. I guess having to relive the early days of our diagnoses was always going to be tough…

Kirsty speaking about autism - www.myhometruths.com

It was a true privilege to share in the stories of the attendees and to be trusted with their questions and concerns. It reminded me of the power of community and reinforced the importance of sharing the load as special needs parents.

I certainly hope it will not be the last time I can share my thoughts with others as it was such a personally rewarding experience for me. I just hope the attendees got as much out of it as I did (their feedback was really positive so fingers crossed they weren’t just being polite!)

Bupa Blog Awards

You may have heard that My Home Truths has been named a finalist in the Personal category in this year’s #BupaBlogAwards, which celebrates health and care influencers. It really is all sorts of awesome – it’s such a great feeling being recognised for everything I’ve done here. And that, for me, is all I need to know I’m taking the right path.

BupaBlogAwards2016_Finalist_Digital

Apart from the validation that comes with being one of 30 finalists (out of 600 nominations!), I’ve also really enjoyed the opportunity to learn more through the Bupa organised blogging workshops, webinars and meetups. It’s been more than I ever expected and I’ve had a ball so far.

Just a reminder you can vote for your favourite blogger (it doesn’t have to be me, truly!) in the People’s Choice award up until 31 August, with the winners announced 1 September at a gala award ceremony in Melbourne. Sadly I won’t be able to attend but I’ll be cheering the winners on from the comfort of my armchair. With obligatory wine, of course!

Reader Survey

It’s only taken me just shy of 6 years but I’ve finally gotten around to seeking your input into the blog!

For many years this was a purely personal blog where I shared my thoughts and feelings on anything that took my fancy. But over time, the blog morphed into a special needs space and now I’m committed to continuing to provide content that resonates with, and assists, my fellow special needs parents and carers.

So I really want to know what YOU want to know. What topics are of most interest to you? What issues are you facing as a family right now? How do you prefer to receive information? And is there anything else you’d like to see covered here on My Home Truths?

I currently have a reader survey open and ready for your input. It’s quick and easy and completely anonymous so if you can spare two minutes I’d be eternally grateful for your help. Just click on the image below or the image at the top of the right sidebar and let me know your thoughts…

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I Must Confess

The I Must Confess blogging linkup has been a weekly staple here for nearly 5 years now. It’s like my 4th child and I’ve proudly watched it grow and take flight. Born out of a play on words, it’s always been intertwined with My Home Truths and has been the backbone to my overall goal of blogging with truth, honesty and integrity.

I Must Confess button www.myhometruths.com

Now that my attention is starting to turn outwards in my bid to help other special needs parents and carers, the insular nature of I Must Confess no longer fits with my vision for the blog. It’s a fun diversion each week but I feel it’s also an opportunity I’m missing to connect with my target audience and write the posts that truly matter to me.

So I’ve made the difficult decision to retire the linkup as of September 5.

I must confess, I would love to go out with a bang and have as many people as possible link up, so here’s your chance to be a part of the fun. This coming Monday’s prompt (29 August) is “when I’m scared I…” and the last ever prompt for September 5 is “your biggest ever confession.” Although, as always, there is no need to stick to the prompt.

I’d love to welcome as many people as possible to the party during these last two weeks. In fact, I’m thinking of having a Twitter party on the evening of Monday 5 September to celebrate/commiserate (#imustconfess). If anyone is around from 9pm, join in with the fun using the hashtag #imustconfess!

Facebook Live

I’ve had a few nudges from the universe pointing me in the direction of Facebook Live (the Universe being the gang from the Bupa Facebook workshop last week and Kate McKibbin in her recent traffic challenge!).

In the past I’ve shared some of my confessions through video and I always enjoy a good chat. But I haven’t been consistent with that and to be honest, the whole editing part of video bores me to tears (why does it take so freaking long to edit and upload a 2 minute video????).

Anyway, I’m considering doing a couple of Facebook Live videos each week, to impart information in a slightly different way. It will be an experiment to begin with and I’d love your input on their usefulness (or lack thereof) but I think it will be a good way to share quick wins along the way. So stay tuned.

I think that’s it for the brain dump right now. Thanks for being my captive audience and letting me rabbit on about me for a while.

Aren’t you pleased I didn’t Facebook Live that????

Do you have any wins, challenges or changes in direction to share? Do tell!!!!

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10 Responses

  1. I want to stand and applaud you! I am so proud of all you are doing…and will continue to do as you grow your advocate, speaker and the roles. Really pleased to see some of your incredible hard work and insights coming into their own as others hear you and read about you! Congratulations Kirsty!! PS have voted for you, of course!!

  2. I finally got Facebook Live on the pages I manage – about flippin’ time! I desperately wanted to do a live video the weekend we adopted Seth which is like 2 months ago now. Anyways, can’t wait to try it out when I can think of something worth filming LOL. I’m sure you did a wonderful job of presenting. I’ve been asked to conduct a “Blogging for Money” workshop (ha!) at the RedWrites festival later this year at one of the local libraries – my first PAID speaking engagement also 🙂 .

  3. Emily says:

    Such a lovely post to read. I wish I was getting to see you next Thursday, though! Chookas for the BUPA Blog Award. x
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  4. Ness says:

    I’m sad to see the link up go, I enjoyed being a small part of it. But I’m so happy for you. Congrats on the speaking engagement and bupa award. I voted for you. The Twitter party sounds like a great idea.

    I did think the prompt for this Monday was ‘When I’m sad I…’ not when I’m scared, so now I’m confused? I’ll have to start thinking about my biggest ever confession…

  5. Congrats on the Bupa Awards and your speaking engagement. It’s sad saying goodbye to your link up but it’s exciting about the new things that are going to take it’s place. Love your work, lady!

  6. jess says:

    Sorry to see the link up end! But congrats on your opportunities and moving forward 🙂

  7. Grace says:

    Wow, Kirsty! So many achievements! So, so proud of you! It’s all so deserving and your mission to help other parents/carers with special needs children. Good luck for the Bupa Awards! I’ve got a good feeling about it, you’ve got this x

  8. Sounds like lots of wonderful things going on professionally and busy things personally. I hope you have had a chance to catch your breath and give yourself three cheers for all your wonderful work. Good luck this week at Bupa!

  9. Vanessa says:

    Yay for the first paid speaking gig!

    I don’t mind editing videos, but they take SO. LONG. to upload at my house.

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