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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

Save The Children Free Blogging Conference

On Saturday 17th September Save The Children are holding a free blogging conference at their headquarters in London.  The conference is designed to help you learn new skills, share experiences with leading bloggers and meet some of the fantastic people who are involved with Save The Children.

When: 17th September 2011
Where: Save The Children HQ, St Johns Lane, London, EC1M 4AR
Time:  9.30am  for tea and croissants, 10.00am start, 4.00pm finish

Sign up using the form below and keep reading for more information.



Save The Children are looking to raise more awareness of their call for Health Workers and their follow-on campaign, Vaccines For All.  Bloggers from all walks of life and users of many different types of social media have played a major role in supporting the work that Save The Children does.  This conference is designed to help everyone understand how they can spread the word using their own methods of networking; blogging, vlogging, social media, photography - the possibilities are endless.

I've been asked to be on the panel for "Blogging 101" along with Christine Mosler (who followed the trail of the vaccine to Mozambique back in June), Kate Gunn (from Kate Takes 5), Jennifer Howze (from BritMums) and Sarah Blakemore (from Save the Children).  Our roundtable session will cover setting up a blog from scratch and how you can use your blog to support Save The Children.  I am SO nervous but have had wonderful calming telephone calls from both Christine and Liz (from STC) and I'm sure that once I start talking they will have to gag me to shut me up.

The other sessions include:
  • #PassItOn - hear from the three mums who followed the vaccine trail to Mozambique
  • "Get Vlogging" - using YouTube for social good
  • "Taking your blog to the next level" - creating good content and building a loyal following
  • "From Floods to Famine" - multimedia storytelling using film and photography
  • "When Disaster Strikes" - how aid and support is generated quickly


So what are you waiting for?  Get signed up to the conference (lunch is also provided) and let me know if you're coming so I can say "Hi".  But if you can't attend you can still help out by doing any or all of the following: