I’m off Facebook (and whatsapp). People who know me will know this is probably a bit hard for me to do as I rely on it heavily. It’s my primary messaging app, my school/PTA system, my newsreader, how I update family on our lives, crucial to elements of my work and my personal photo library/log for the kids…and on and on. 

Over the past few years I’ve used it more than twitter and have all valued the feedback and interaction there much higher than on other channels.

But you can have too much of a good thing, right? 

Maybe it’s my current state of mind or maybe it’s the recent election but I found myself veering between annoyance and self censorship on the platform. I wasn’t happy with either so for now, I’m off it. 

Back here though where I hope to use the blog as a way to process some of the current things I am facing and struggling with as a working parent in a busy agency role. 

More anon. 


made me weep. 

My 8 year old. Felt v mature. 

 


working mums parentingWhen you’re a working parent, there are always hard choices.

In the evening when I collect my 4 year old from after school club and it is gone 6pm before we sit down for dinner and do reading, I know she’s too tired to concentrate and to learn.

When I drop them at breakfast club without their hair brushed and don’t walk all the way down the path because I am already late for an early conference call.

When I am listening to them talk about their day whilst simultaneously cooking dinner and checking my work email.

Hard choices are always there.  Being a human is full of hard choices. Today I had to choose between a dinosaur dig or senior management meeting.

As we approached the school, sprog 2.0 in her civvies all ready for day on the school field digging for dinosaur bones, we realised she was the only one without a bucket and spade.  I’d skipped past a couple of kids in their uniform who’s mums had forgotten, thanking God that wasn’t me and feeling fairly smuggety smug and accomplished only to realise, she’d be the kid who had to wait her turn and share a spade.  Instead of throwing herself into the activity 100%, she’d be the only one without her own bucket.  She’s like I was, this kid.  These things matter.  They’re the shit you remember. The shit you remind your mum of when you’re older.

So I drove round the petrol stations and bought a bucket and spade having left child, eyes brimming, at school for the day and dropped it into school for her.  This meant I was late.  Late for an important meeting.

I’d usually choose the meeting but today I couldn’t.

Hard choices. But I think I chose right this time.


…well that mat leave flew by and I am shocked to realise I’ve been back at work for 6 weeks already.

My digital todo list remained untouched whilst on mat leave whilst I focused on staring at my squish’s lovely face and intermittent Homes Under the Hammer watching.  Standard.  Explains why the blog is sorely neglected and Twitter got barely more than a fleeting glance….

Still doing creative @ Ruder FInn UK.

Still loving it. Still doing a beautifully bonkers collocate between London and Cornwall. Still loving waking up by the sea most of the time. Still loving my London trips and nights off being Mummy.

When I am down in the South West, I am squatting in the Boex design studio. They’re a talented bunch and you should really give them a shout if you’re after any 3D design or interior work.

Now I wonder how long my workspace will stay this tidy…..

 

desk


Dear Facebook,

Adele didn’t lose 4 stone in 1 month with just 1 easy trick. I’m pretty sure of that. 

I’m also *fairly* certain that the perfect gift for people who have everything, isn’t an oversized gerbil print t-shirt. 

I don’t want a FREE photo calendar, new smartpen or FAB UK app. And I am pretty damn sure all my friends don’t love Appliances Direct and Persil as often as you tell me they do. 

Now Facebook, I have always been one of the unpopular. Ignoring the hipsters who left FB yonks ago and sticking with you, despite the crap UX, rubbish privacy changes and poor returns for many marketers but really….you are pushing me to my limits. Seriously. 

You’ve been warned. Keep this up and I’m off. ‘k?

Yours exhaustedly,

Becky 


Where else can you wander, slightly squiffy, with a two year old on your shoulders from Henry Rollins for Breakfast through to The Gruffalo Live for lunch, Rolf Harris for afternoon team and the The Happy Mondays for Sundowners??!

Camp Bestival is a magical experience for parents and kids alike.  I would describe it as the Johnny Boden of festivals and yes, there is a fair amount of Joules wellies / Bugaboo dodging to be done but when it comes to a formula that both parents and kids will love, this has it nailed.

The Olympic themed event, which for many families was more like a fabulous holiday than a weekend festival, ended with the most magnificent 3D projection and firework show and really sums up how great it was.

 


….check out 50 shades of social!

Share This: The Social Media Handbook for PR Professionals’ is a crowdsourced social media book from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, due for publication in print and digital formats by Wiley on Friday 20 July.

It started as an idea at a meeting presented by Stephen Waddington as a way to capture all of the social media training that the CIPR SM panel runs over the summer each year.  Since then, the idea has grown and finally came to fruition this week.

Since launch, the book has shot to number 1 on the Amazon PR and marketing bestseller charts based on pre-orders alone. The book is split into 26 chapters over eight topic areas, covering the media and public relations industry, planning, social networks, online media relations, monitoring and measurement, skills, industry change and the future of the industry. Each chapter has been contributed by one of the foremost experts in the given subject area. Even me. I did the psychology chapter :-)

‘Share This’ has been edited by Stephen Waddington with contributions from Katy HowellSimon SandersAndrew SmithHelen NowickaGemma Griffiths, MeRobin WilsonAlex LaceyMatt ApplebyDan TyteStephen WaddingtonStuart BruceRob Brown, Russell GoldsmithAdam ParkerJulio RomoPhilip SheldrakeRichard Bagnall,Daljit BhurjiRichard BaileyRachel MillerMark Pack, and Simon Collister.

During the coming weeks, the book launch will be supported by the release of YouTube video introductions to each of the chapters by each of the authors; a social media quiz from the CIPR, designed to test the digital knowledge of practitioners; and will culminate in an exclusive invite-only launch event at Google Campus, east London on Wednesday 18 July. I have a couple of spare tickets so if you’d like to join me, let me know :-)

Perhaps the most exciting thing is the endorsements we have received about the book.  ‘Share This’ has been endorsed by Lord Sugar; Paul Staines (aka Guido Fawkes); Paul Mylrea, Director of Communications at the BBC; Professor Tom Watson, Professor of Public Relations, Bournemouth University; Marshall Manson, Managing Director, Digital, EMEA, Edelman; and Avril Lee, Partner, CEO London, Ketchum Pleon, among others. Not too shabby, eh?

‘Share This’ will be available on Friday 20 July and is available in hardback (RRP: £16.99) and digital format (RRP: £10.99). It is available to pre-order from WileyAmazon and various other retailers.

Chapter One: An Introduction to Social Networks by fellow author Katy Howell is also freely available for download via the CIPR website.




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