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Blogging idol – glancing back after a decade

I started blogging almost 10 years ago as part of IT World Canada’s “Blogging Idol” contest. While the contest rules evolved over the few years it existed, Blogging Idol started off simply enough: contestants were given a set of topics and a fixed number of weeks to post blogs, with one topic per week. The goal was to get as ... Read More »

‘I got my Year 1 class blogging – and it has transformed their writing skills’

This primary teacher explains how getting children to contribute to a class blog has had a significant impact on literacy scores “Has Doreen been on yet?” That’s the shout that starts most of my Year 1 classes each day. The call is followed by children running into the class to see if they have any more flag hits or comments on our ... Read More »

Friday Cat Blogging – 28 July 2017

What happens when you plant a cat in a pot? It ripens! Ours went from light gray to deep black, and is now ready for picking from the cat bush. As you can guess, what really happened is what always happens. Hilbert saw Hopper in the pot, and suddenly decided he wanted to be in the pot. So he wandered over, circled around, and ... Read More »

Women in the Blogging World – Part 2

A decade ago, women made a bigger move into the world of blogging, joining thousands of other voices like them – focusing on lots of experiences, particularly motherhood. Now there are millions of blogging voices, with a majority of them female – And it takes a lot of hard work to be heard. Some of the women who blog start ... Read More »

Kitchen gadgets review: silicone bagel moulds – holy snack heaven!

It’s a bit like cremating mini traffic cones. Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian What? Lekue silicone bagel moulds are conical moulds with perforated bases. They hold dough in ring shape through rising, boiling and baking. Why? Who could passover homemade bagels? (Note to self – bagels contain yeast, so are not eaten at Passover. Idiot.) Well? The stakes feel ... Read More »

Insurance policies underwritten by Gable due to be cancelled – replace your car cover ASAP

If you’ve car insurance underwritten by Gable Insurance, you’ll need to arrange alternative cover before your policy is voided at the end of next week, following the company’s slide into liquidation. Liechtenstein-based Gable Insurance underwrites motor insurance, home insurance and liability insurance policies in the UK for firms that have included Sure Thing, Paragon and Towergate. Gable went into liquidation ... Read More »

Drivers face £75/year car insurance hike due to compensation shake-up – check if you can save now

The cost of car insurance could jump by an average of £75/year following the Government’s decision to award larger compensation payments to people who have an accident and suffer life-changing injuries, insurance experts have warned. Young drivers are expected to be worst hit by the move to push up the price of personal injury claims, with industry experts predicting that ... Read More »