The best of Slummy single mummy 2011

I’m finding it difficult to start writing this morning. I feel like I should have something interesting to say, but then in the cold light of a white page the words look dull.

I thought about writing about Christmas as a time of excess, and my inability to control the number of M&S Christmas Jaffa Cakes I put in my mouth, but that seemed a little self-indulgent. (In terms of both the food and the topic). Who wants to know I’m a greedy piggy with no self-restraint? Nobody.

I did consider something about New Year’s resolutions, but I think I pretty much covered that in my guest post over at Mommy has a Headache, so if you want to find out how to make 2012 your year to bag that Olympic medal, you have to go over there instead.

Then I thought about writing about not knowing what to write about, but that’s just the worst isn’t it? It’s really just not interesting to listen to someone bleat on about their lack of inspiration. Oh dear, can’t think of an engaging blog topic? Sob sob, what a difficult life you lead. *yawn*

So instead I thought I take the lazy option and put together a compilation for you of some of my most popular posts from this year, a Slummy single mummy mix tape if you will. (I do feel sorry for kids nowadays, who don’t have the pleasure of making mix tapes. How exactly are you supposed to let people know that you fancy them?)

My most read post this year was a review of The Great Gatsby, although I think this was because it was coming top of the google image results for a while, not because I said anything particularly profound. If you like books though, it might be worth a look.

The post this year that attracted the most comments, apart from competition posts, was the one where I confessed to giving my children Fruit Shoots. This is clearly an important cultural and political issue, and one we’d all be wise to read up on.

One of my personal favourites, which I actually wrote in December 2010, but am going to include anyway because it’s my blog and I can do what I like, was about pornography. This post is a bit different to my normal style. I didn’t mean it to be, but when I started writing and researching I became more and more fascinated, and before I knew it I’d written a proper long post about an actual serious topic. Goodness! It provoked a really interesting debate, and it was very satisfying to feel I had got people thinking.

So that’s my round-up. How about you, do you have a Best Bit? Which posts have you enjoyed reading this year and which have you found tedious? Let me know what you’d like to see more of in 2012.



  1. 21 December, 2011 / 1:19 pm

    Love it, made me laugh out loud as per usual. So glad you’re still blogging Jo, you always bring a smile to my face!

      • 22 December, 2011 / 12:22 pm

        Thank you! How IS everything with you? When will I be able to get my copy of Lavender Larceny in Waterstones??

    • 22 December, 2011 / 12:21 pm

      Thank you lovely! Glad I make you smile :-)

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