A Summer Round-up!

Well, I think we can safely say Summer is over even though we are having some beautiful sunny days here in the South of England. I thought it might be nice to have a bit of a summer round-up of what I’ve been writing over the last couple of months, in case you’ve missed anything here on Tea & Cake for the Soul. I’ll let you know what my most popular posts have been and I’ve got lots of new features that I’m going to be introducing for the Autumn months. I’m really excited to tell you about those. 

The Blog

It’s so easy to miss posts if you’re following on social media so I have set up an email notification subscription. If you sign up you’ll get an email first thing in the morning with a brief teaser that you can just click on to read more or delete if you’re not interested.  Your details are not passed on to anyone else and you can unsubscribe at any time. This is managed directly from WordPress.

I am chuffed to beans that I’ve had more people start to follow me, so thank you to all of you. I really appreciate all the likes, comments, shares and retweets as it does help my posts to reach more people. I write for the love of it and to share things that I think will help people or just make them feel good.

I’ve updated the About Tea and Cake for the Soul page so you can read more of what this blog is all about. I also now have a Work With Me page that lists where else my writing has been published, as well as links to all the other web pages that I run. (I do get around!)

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Top Posts

Consistently every month without fail my most viewed post has been where I share tips about how to prepare, and get the most from selling your unwanted items at a car boot sale entitled How to Survive a Car Boot Sale I thought it would be useful but had no idea it was going to be quite so popular.

It is getting some close competition from posts I’ve written that deal with waste plastic. Have a read to find out about making ecobricks and join the moral debate of how pre-packed food is making us waste more plastic.

Hot on their heels for the top post is one of the first of many music-related interviews and features, this time with my guest Alan Wilson, who brought us up to date with what’s happening in his life as a musician, studio and record label owner.

Incidentally, he is closely followed by more upcycling posts that link to music:

How to Make Art and Upcycle your Music Memorabilia
Mother Punk – Recycling Musical Instruments for Art
Upcycling Musical Instruments for Cancer Charity

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I’ve written a few posts about short breaks in the UK where I share hotel reviews and give ideas for free and cheap things to do. We have such a beautiful country and it really doesn’t have to cost a lot to have a good time. You can read about some from the South of England:

Mudeford & Christchurch
North Devon

Fuelled by my own insecurity before a group beach holiday, I also wrote a post about
body confidence in the menopause which went down a storm with ladies of a certain age.

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You could easily spend half a day at places like this without spending a penny!

Recommended Reading

I’ve taken part in several Book Blog Tours where I share my thoughts on adult and children’s books alongside other bloggers. Over the Summer I’ve reviewed some great books Beware of The Trolls, Dinner Party,  The Beedog, Turning Left Around The World.

My favourite fiction book of the last few months is still Can’t Get You Out of My Head by Sue Shepherd. In fact, I think that it is quite possibly going to be my favourite of the year.

Guest Posts & Goals

I’ve also written a couple of guest posts for other blogs about Packing for a Roadtrip and Anxiety in the Menopause. This is something that I’m hoping to do more of in the coming months. I’d love to see my follower numbers continue to increase organically and know that people are enjoying what I write about.

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What’s Next?

You may have seen my post about BLOGTOBER 18 where I have joined in with the blogger challenge to write one post for every single day in October. It’s taken some doing but I have to say I’ve loved it and hope that you will enjoy my posts too. I’ve got some great new music and blogger series, delicious recipes, travel features, book reviews, celebration days, tips, and some things that might surprise you. Have a look at my Blogtober Schedule if you haven’t seen it.

After that, well I will continue with my music and blogger series, I have a couple of blog tours scheduled in, some new recipes to share, and I have lots of travel features from the USA to write over the winter months. I hope you’ll join me. Thanks again for all your support, it really does mean a lot.

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