Welcome all to the first ever ‘Share the Love’ linky and thank you so much for joining me.
‘Share the Love’ is a linky with a slight difference; you can link up any posts you like but they have to be written by a blogger other than yourself. The posts can be old or new and can be about any topic you fancy, so long as it’s a post that you genuinely think deserves to be shared.
The linky will open at 0600 every Thursday and will run until 2200 on Sundays so you’ve got plenty of time to link up your favourite posts.
Each week I’ll feature my three favourite posts from the previous weeks linky, mentioning both the blogger who wrote it and the blogger who linked it as well as linking up a post that I’ve read that I truly think everyone needs to read.
The post that I’m linking up this week is by the wonderful and hugely inspirational Hayley Goleniowska who writes at Downs SideUp; a blog about life after Hayley’s youngest daughter Natty was diagnosed with Downs Syndrome. Hayley works incredibly hard to raise awareness about Downs Syndrome, break down the stigma associated with the condition and support other families who have a child with Downs Syndrome.
So far this year Downs Side Up has won two prestigious blogging awards; the Inspire award at the BritMums BIB awards and the Outstanding Contribution award at the Tots100 MAD Awards. I’ve been very honored to meet Hayley on two occasions this year and you will be hard pressed to find another blogger who is as warm and friendly as Hayley or who seems as delighted to meet you as you are to meet her.
The post I’m linking up is called ‘The Doctors’ Waiting Room: the contribution our daughter makes’
Now it’s your turn!!
You can link up to three posts each week but each post must be from a different blog that is not your own. Bloggers found to be linking up more than three posts or linking up their own posts will have their links deleted.
Please let the bloggers whose posts you’ve linked up know that you’ve included them in ‘Share the Love’ . While you don’t need the bloggers permission to share their post it’s polite to let them know and anyway, who wouldn’t want to know that you think their post was so good everyone should read it.
Please comment on the post linked up prior to yours as an absolute minimum. The linky is called ‘Share the Love’ because that’s exactly what we want to do so please be generous with your comments and use #SharetheLove so that everyone knows how you found the post.
Let me know that you’ve linked up by tweeting me @23weeksocks and using #SharetheLove.
Feel free to feature the ‘Share the Love’ badge on your blog sidebar or on any of your posts that have been linked up. Do let the bloggers whose posts you’ve shared know where they can find this badge so that they can add it to their posts too.
Louise is a full time mum, a part time neonatal nurse and award nominated blogger who has battled depression for many years but was particularly ill during her pregnancy. She lives with her husband (the Northern One) their little boy (Squidge) and their three guinea pigs who live in the kitchen.
Louise blogs at 23weeksocks (http://23weeksocks.com) about lots of different (and seemingly unconnected) topics that she’s passionate about, including mental health, antenatal depression, neonatal care and baby loss. She’s also involved in #MatExp (https://www.facebook.com/groups/MatExp/); an online maternity experience campaign that was formed to help improve maternity services in the UK. As part of this she hosts the #MatExpHour Twitter chat every Friday and would love to see you there.