Ramadan and 6 years of blogging

It’s been a week of fasting in our house and I’m happy to say it’s going well so far. I have to admit, I am nervous about it every single year even after 22+ years of doing it. As it approaches I always wonder if I’ll be able to do it. Am I disciplined enough, will I be ok with that much more to juggle? What if I can’t etc etc. And every single year I’m fine and realise I can do it even with that extra bit of juggling. There are always easy days and hard days and all the days in between and I always call it my reset switch. A point in my year where I try to be a better person “from now”. Everything gets decluttered. Charity gets given and I try to control my motor mouth a bit. The last bits not that hard when you’re hungry. You kind of prioritise what you want to say!

And my blog turned the grand old age of 6 last week sometime. I cannot believe I have been waffling for 6 whole years. I started it when Z was 5 months old. I was fed up that he wasn’t sleeping and that I wasn’t sleeping and that anytime anyone ever asked me how it was going i would talk about sleeping. The whole aim of it was to record happy memories that I could look back on in my zombie mum state and nod and smile sleepily at positive things. And somehow, it’s now been going all this time. There are times when I can’t wait to blog and times where I really can’t be bothered. But I do love it and I’m not sure I’ve ever done it for the fame or money (it’s really not brought me either) but it’s definitely given me some amazing experiences and friends for life from all walks of life that I never would have had otherwise.

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  1. Emma T June 3, 2017 / 11:54 pm

    Congrats on 6 years. We must have started around the same time, although I usually class my anniversary when I went self hosted in the October. It’s amazing to think how much we’ve written in that time.
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  2. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) June 4, 2017 / 12:20 am

    Happy 6th anniversary to your blog! How lovely to have all those years of memories to look back on. Glad to hear that the fasting is going well too. I have to admit your photo makes me feel very hungry!

  3. Verily Victoria Vocalises June 4, 2017 / 12:29 am

    I don’t know how you do Ramadan – I really take my hat off to you. Congratulations on 6 years – that is a great achievement x
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  4. Fiona Cambouropoulos June 4, 2017 / 12:36 am

    Well done on the fasting, I’d find it so hard not to cheat unless I was always with others doing it too. If you’ve been blogging 6 years I guess I must have been too, I certainly remember Z as a tiny baby. Congrats to us both!
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  5. John Adams June 4, 2017 / 6:10 am

    I’ve long felt there is a lot to be said for Ramadan. I can appreciate it does make you reflective. And you’ve hit six years! Great work. Funny actually as I’ll hit the big 0-5 later this year myself. Keep on writing, yours is one blog I keep coming back to. #MySundayPhoto

  6. Debbie Roberts June 4, 2017 / 9:07 am

    Happy 6th Blogaversary Tas to you and your little bit of the internet! I think so many bloggers can relate to the ebb and flow of blogging. Sometimes a break is needed and at other times there just aren’t enough hours in the day to be able to blog enough! I totally agree that as bloggers we ‘meet’ some great people we would never have ‘met’ otherwise.

    Ramadan sounds like such a hard thing to do. When I was growing up we had international students stay with us whilst they studied English, and I do remember a couple of them doing (?) Ramadan. Mum would leave food for them to eat at night and as a family we would respect what was needed to done by the student. I hope your reset button works perfectly!

    xx
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  7. Sharon Powell June 4, 2017 / 9:08 am

    Well done on the fasting, I don’t think I could do it. Happy blog anniversary #MySundayPhoto
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  8. Catherine's Cultural Wednesdays June 4, 2017 / 9:21 am

    Happy Anniversary! Before I had children I used to work night shifts and sleep was always a favourite topic of conversation. Good luck with your fast #MySundayPhoto
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  9. darren coleshill June 4, 2017 / 9:51 am

    Congratulations on the 6 years, I’m pretty sure we’ve been following each other from the very beginning

    Thank you for linking up

  10. Sarah MumofThree World June 4, 2017 / 10:58 am

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I am in awe of you and fasting! I really don’t think I could do it, but it’s good to read that it helps you focus on priorities.
    Congratulations on the six years of blogging! That will be me too in a few weeks. There’s no way we would have met each other without it! 🙂
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  11. Andrea @ Topsy Turvy Tribe June 4, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    Fasting must be very difficult having to be so disciplined and with everybody that life throws at you to juggle too! Congrats on six years of blogging, that’s a pretty amazing achievement!
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  12. Angela June 4, 2017 / 1:15 pm

    Congratulations! On your 6 day blogaversary and fasting for 6 days. Hats off to you x
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  13. Carol June 4, 2017 / 2:31 pm

    6 years and growing! Congrats

  14. Bear and Cardigan June 4, 2017 / 6:23 pm

    Congratulations on 6 years, well done. I have always admired all my colleagues who fast during Ramadan and do a full days work and the extras. Some years the days are shorter but some are just so long. #MySundayPhoto
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  15. Kim Carberry June 4, 2017 / 7:06 pm

    Happy Birthday to your blog. What a great milestone!
    Fasting sounds like such a challenge….Well done you. That food looks amazing x
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  16. Cath - BattleMum June 4, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    Congratulations on your blogiversary! And I could dive right into those samosas, my favourite savoury dish of all time. Hope the rest of Ramadan goes ok! #mysundayphoto

  17. Fee June 4, 2017 / 10:19 pm

    I’m not even sure I could make it through one day fasting as my energy levels often rely on food. Well done you on your determination and conviction. #365
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  18. Merlinda Little (Glimmer of Hope) June 5, 2017 / 11:02 am

    Happy Blod Anniv! Thanks again for all the instagram likes! I am struggling with it since they change their formulas again.

    #mysundayphoto
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  19. Susan Mann June 5, 2017 / 5:57 pm

    Way to go on the 6 year blogoversary that is great news. And well done on the fasting, you are amazing xx

  20. Elaine Livingstone June 8, 2017 / 11:16 pm

    A very valid reason for starting a blog, and well done on 6 years, it is lovely to look back on and see what seemed important at the time and how the important things change. I started mine about 6 weeks before you then. I also admire your resolve to manage Ramadan, I would fail miserably if I was required to do it.
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  21. chickenruby June 9, 2017 / 9:06 am

    happy blogerversary, are you fasting the whole 18 hours each day? in Dubai it’s only daylight for 14 hours, I know in Saudi they say you can fast ‘their’ hours if the days are exceptionally long. i wouldn’t fancy living in iceland as they have 22 hours of daylight. I’m not sure that would actually be doable for 4 weeks.

  22. Erica Price June 10, 2017 / 2:10 pm

    Congratulations on 6 years! 18 hours is a lot to manage without food – I think I’d struggle, but I guess it does provide a focus and a grounding (if those are the right words).
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  23. Hayley @hayleyfromhome June 19, 2017 / 10:31 am

    Six years! Isn’t it crazy how quickly it seems to go, I’ve been doing it five years this August and I still remember reading your blog early on, I remember reading one of your politics posts early on and I thought, yes, I love this blog! 🙂 Hope Ramadan is still going ok for you, it must take a lot of discipline but good if you feel you’ve gained something from it xxx
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