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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

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The Typecast blog is written by myself, Nickie O'Hara - wife to one, Mum to three and Nana to three (yes, really!). I live in Lancashire in the North West of England. Alongside working full time in Customer Service, I host a weekly radio show on Ribble FM and co-lead a running group which is part of the 5K GroupRun programme in Blackburn. I also enjoy writing and crochet to wind down.

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The Typecast blog has been live since July 2009 and I have been blogging and using online forums and newsgroups since 2002.  

I present and produce a running podcast called The First 10 Minutes Are The Worst and I produced and hosted a radio panel show on Preston FM called The Big Cheese. I have been a lifestyle blogger for the Metro writing articles focused towards parents and grandparents. I am founder of the #FitbitchesMOVEment which promotes and motivates fitness for women of all shapes and sizes, and I also write a geek/tech blog called GeekaliciousI have fronted public speaking sessions and focus groups at blogger conferences including BlogOn MSI in Manchester and BritMums in London. I have a prominent presence within social media platforms, especially on Twitter when you can often find me spending my Friday nights hosting the 'Friday Twiz'!  

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I created a guest-posting series called "Cancer - Your Story" to break the taboos regarding cancer.  I am also one of the founders and organisers of the campaign "Blognonymous".  I have contributed material to well known websites and blogzines such as The Huffington Post and The High Tea Cast (now known as Unsorry Magazine).  I have had articles featured on various blogs in the parenting and writing communities and have written for national publications including Flying Start Magazine, Electrical Trade Magazine and Plumbing Trade Magazine. This blog was a Top 20 Teads Lifestyle and Parenting Blogs and has been described as influential by numerous well-known brands and sources such as Mumsnet, NetmumsCision and Voucher Codes

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"I try to leave a little reputation behind me
so if you really need to, you'll know how to find me"
Tallulah, Bugsy Malone

"Those three words, are said too much, but not enough"
Snow Patrol, Chasing Cars

"I know I'm gonna die so my revenge is living well"
Robbie Williams, Make Me Pure

"She's all sparkly. She looks like a holiday"
Raymond Babbitt, Rainman

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