Welcome to my blog. I am the geekmummy, my real name is Ruth Arnold, wife to John (the geekdaddy), and mummy to two geek children. Our daughter, Catherine, hereafter referred to as the geekdaughter, was born in October 2007 and our son, David, known as the geekson joined the family in May 2010. Both kids are highly skilled at operating an iPad and will have a good go at any other technological device they can get their hands on!
I’ve been blogging in various different forms since I started a LiveJournal in March 2005. I still intend to re-vitalise my long-dormant World of Warcraft-specific blog called Permanently Lost, but having two kids means I have a lot less time for gaming these days. John and I are keen podcasters, starting with a show called Just Relax, It’ll Happen, which we used to share our journey to parenthood through infertility (both our kids were conceived via IVF). Now we produce a semi-regular show called Parental Geekery, which is an excuse for us to sit down in front of a microphone and talk about anything that interests us as geeks and parents.
Technology and general geekery form a daily part of our lives. This blog was established in August 2010 as a way to share geek news, reviews and advice that is relevant to parents, as well as family news and milestones that the children achieve. I aim to bring you regular updates on things that interest me, or that I find useful. The geekdaddy might stick his oar in a sometimes as well 🙂
In my “day job” I work part time three days a week for a large financial services company. I keep that very separate from my home and family life, and I don’t talk about it here.
We live in Cheshire, in England, and whilst there is some UK-specific content on this blog, a lot of geek stuff is universal, so I hope this blog will have world-wide appeal.
My attitude to life can be summed up by the following quote:
Work like you don’t need the money,
Dance like there’s nobody watching,
And love like you’ve never been hurt.
It’s still a source of constant amazement to me that anyone other than my Mum reads this blog, but apparently you do, and I’m hugely grateful to have won or been shortlisted for several awards:
|I have won two UK blogging awards:|
BritMums Brilliance in Blogging Award for Video 2013
MAD Blog Awards Most Innovative MAD Blog 2011
|I have featured in the Circle of Moms Top 25 Tech Moms list for two years running:|
|And I also made it into their Top 25 European Moms list:|
|Whilst we’re talking about lists, I also appeared in the Tots100 list of the Top 20 UK Parent Bloggers on Twitter in 2014:|
|I have been a finalist for the following UK Blogging awards:|
|MAD Blog Awards 2014 Finalist “Most Innovative MAD Blog”||MAD Blog Awards 2013 Finalist “Most Innovative MAD Blog”|
|MAD Blog Awards 2012 Finalist “Most Innovative MAD Blog”||BritMums Brilliance in Blogging Awards 2012 Finalist “Video”|
|I am listed in the following UK blog rankings (badges show my current ranking position):|
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