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Welcome to #FOODIEFRIDAY Week 11
20th October 2016
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24th October 2016

I’m A Blogging Success Because… Series: Week #7

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Success comes in all shapes and sizes doesn’t it? It can be an award you’ve waited your whole life to get. It could be recognition for something or from someone that matters. Or it could be something as small as your child saying I love you. We don’t celebrate success, in whatever form enough in my opinion and over the past few weeks and months with the madness that is blogging awards and particularity in the past week with my fight to get blogging seen as a real job, I have come to realise that everyone is a success in their own right. So, we find ourselves here and with me opening up the doors to Mummy in a Tutu for the first time to a guest post series. This series is here for any and all bloggers to talk about success; their success or the success of someone else that they want to recognise. Welcome to “I’m a blogging success because… Let’s hand over to Terry-Ann from Not An Effing Fairytale!

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Success for me is just about doing it. Finally thinking, “okay, lets run with this and see where it takes me”.

I fell into blogging by accident. I have been a writer for years, mainly comedy editing for Stand Up comics and television shows. I also write web copy, and while revamping a nanny agency website, I asked the owner who wrote the parenting blog that appeared on it every week – it was frankly dire and did the website no favours. As it turns out, she hated it too and asked me if I could write a parenting blog for her site.

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I said, no, but I will write you funny articles centred around parenting that you can put up in blog form, and that’s what happened. The blog on the site was a huge success and a part of me thought, “Hang on, I want a bit of this” and one night, notaneffingfairytale born.

It took a while to find my blogging voice – these days its not all parenting, I write about anything and everything. I swear. A lot. I tell inappropriate stories. A lotcomputer phone notebook and camera. It’s not a diary of my life. Every piece begins as a series of notes for a Stand Up routine and slowly turns into a blog from there.

I don’t sugar coat, I don’t talk about what I do and don’t do as a parent and I unashamedly bare myself (metaphorically speaking, you’ll be pleased to hear) and take any criticism on the chin.


But, that is my personal blogging success – finding my voice and just bloody doing it. As a writer and even when I was a Stand Up comic myself, I have always been constrained in what I can and can’t write. My blog is my platform to get away with saying whatever I want to.

I will never be nominated for any blogging awards, I will never be asked to review anything and I will never reach the hallowed inner circle of the ‘mum bloggers’ (because a) all the swears and b) it’s not really wholesome family fun) but I am happy with what I am doing.

So Success to me is three simple things: Going for it, doing it and being happy, no matter what anyone else thinks.


You can find Terry-Ann right here so go give her some blogging success love…

website – twitter – @cookiekibbles facebook – notaneffingfairytale insta – cookiekibbles

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If you would like to take part in this series then please email me on with your piece and all your social media links and subject it Blogging Success. I hope you join me again next week to help celebrate more blogging success. Joining us next week will be Sarah from Mum & Mor!
Thanks to all of my contributors

Dont for get to check out Week 1, Week 2, Week 3


  1. Thank you so much for having me!

  2. finding your voice is probably the most successful thing to do! The best way is definitely just to keep writing, a lot! Having your own space to do that is pretty amazing! Toddles off to follow terry-ann #abloggingoodtime

  3. I love this: “finding my voice and just bloody doing it”. That’s what it’s all about it, isn’t it? So much of blogging is about just sitting at the computer and actually writing the stuff, rather than just thinking about doing it.

    Also, I’m a big fan of all the swears. #ablogginggoodtime

  4. I love hearing how things start – an unexpected conversation, an apparently random turn of events, a chance encounter. Keep on writing. #ablogginggoodtime

  5. I have just read one of Terry-Ann’s posts – what a great writer. I started mine because people were interested in my photos on facebook (I was also keeping people up to date with wedding prep). I hated sharing it at first but now I love blogging. Sarah #ablogginggoodtime

  6. Sonia says:

    Not worrying about what other people think is the number one thing for me- easier said than done though sometimes! #ablogginggoodtime

  7. From Day Dot says:

    Oh you sound right up my street, Terry-Ann! I love a bit of funny sweary writing so I’ll be checking out the blog. Love your definition of success too, it’s not about the numbers or awards or trying to break that inner circle. Love it! #ablogginggoodtime

  8. Charlene says:

    Uhm, completely disagree with your second to last sentence. Why not? Brands want to reach real parents and real parents do swears 🙂 #ablogginggoodtime

  9. I’ve recently come across your blog Terry-Ann and I find it hilarious! I love hearing how people start their blog, and your outlook is refreshing and it’s great that your blog is your outlet for writing what you want, when you want. #ablogginggoodtime

  10. Loved her recent article about dick pics! #ablogginggoodtime

  11. A great interview – another great piece in the series! Looking forward to reading the next one – always so inspirational. #ablogginggoodtime

  12. Love you both ! What a great post and your reasons for blogging are terrific. I love learning about the inspiration and the perspiration too. Thanks for #ablogginggoodtime all! <3

  13. Twin Pickle says:

    As a newby I’m ‘just doing it’ but am not really sure what I’m doing! haha… the more of these interview type posts I read the better I feel about just letting it be and seeing what happens. We will see what the next year brings 🙂 #ablogginggoodtime

  14. Rebecca says:

    So much love for this… anything in life should be done because you love it! I too have always loved writing hence the reason I started blogging… It feels great to be doing something I love even if it is not making me the mega bucks (I mean fingers crossed right… haha!) #ablogginggoodtime

  15. Wow, such lovely comments! I look forward to reading more about other bloggers too!

  16. Jaki says:

    I love this – it’s our space to be able to say what we want when we want and that’s how it should be for everyone. Everyone has their own different successes – mine change all the time. I achieve one thing and I move on to another. It’s my way of keeping motivated – but in all honesty, I’ve already succeeded by keeping it going as long as I have. #ablogginggoodtime

  17. I love this series. It’s so interesting to read about why and how others blog, and also about what success means to different people. I love the story of how Notaneffingfairytale started to blog, and love the Snow White pics too! #ablogginggoodtime

  18. Terry-Ann – good on you girl – finding your voice and just doing it – love it! I love this series and how diverse the response are to what seems like such a straightforward question. x #ablogginggoodtime

  19. Amie says:

    That’s really awesome. I love finding out what makes other bloggers tick and to what they owe their success #ablogginggoodtime

  20. Exactly how you say it – doing it, loving it, not worrying what others think. thank you for inspiration..

  21. This is the best definition of success I’ve heard yet x

  22. natalie says:

    I love this and totally agree – blogging success can often be defined as the amount of followers you have or how many big campaigns you have but for me it has definitely been about gaining the confidence to put myself out there and have a little something that is mine. For me that is quite an achievement! #ablogginggoodtime

  23. Awesome. What’s the point of any of it if it doesn’t make you happy?

  24. Such a fab post, I love the bare all blogs and yours is perfect, thanks for sharing #ablogginggoodtime

  25. success is just bloody doing it. I agree completely. It takes a bit of courage to put yourself out there like we do #blogginggoodtime

  26. Goind for it, doing it, and being happy. Sounds like a success to me. Good for you! #ablogginggoodtime

  27. The snow white picture is amaze-balls! Thanks for sharing your bloggin stories, they are inspiring and educational! #ABloggingGoodTime

  28. I always say write for yourself not anyone else. It is the only way you will feel good about it. .#ablogginggoodtime

  29. Helena says:

    Brilliant. I love her approach. #ablogginggoodtime

  30. Blogging for yourself, for your own pleasure, is the only way to truly enjoy what you do. Great post.

  31. Tammymum says:

    I think this is my fav one of these – what a fab way to determine your blogging success. Saying/writing what you like and sticking to it regardless. I love all the swears and the honest posts and admire those who write them! xx #ablogginggoodtime

  32. Definitely going for it and just being ‘you’ is vital, I think. Thanks for hosting #ablogginggoodtime

  33. Love your definition of success and it’s nice to find someone that’s doing their own thing. Being individual and true to yourself is a great start for success. Don’t put yourself down Terry-Ann anything is possible in the future ? x #ablogginggoodtime.

  34. Haha i love Not An Effing Fairytale. Mostly because I wish I’d have thought of that domain! I love her honest style. Loving reading this series hun x #ablogginggoodtime

  35. Crummy Mummy says:

    That’s a really interesting interesting way to ‘fall’ into blogging – it’s funny where life takes us! #ablogginggoodtime

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