This week, Denise O’Donoghue meets Alan Herbert.
Alan Herbert, 42, started his parenting blog, ‘OMG It’s A Girl’ following the birth of his daughter, who joined a house full of boys, including Alan’s son and his partner’s two older boys. He hoped to share some funny stories of his experiences.
“I started with the intention of writing the humorous accounts of raising a girl in a house of boys.,” he said “Since then I’ve covered gender equality, mental health, adoption, and days out.”
He met his partner and her sons a decade ago, and in the meantime they have added to their family.
“Ten years ago I met my partner and her two sons. We’ve since added a boy and girl of our own.”
Alan says blogging is an outlet that helps him to connect with others even when he is busy running around after four children, one of whom requires full-time care.
“At the moment I am a full-time carer for my stepson, who has been diagnosed with autisim, ADHD, dyspraxia, and tics.
“Between his appointments and therapist visits and the normal running around that comes with raising four children, there isn’t much time for anything else. Blogging and social media has given me a voice of my own and other people to talk to.”
The friends and support Alan found since he started blogging and using social media have been a highlight. Although he has not met his online friends in person, he says they have all been involved in each other’s lives.
“I use social media lots. I most enjoy the friendships I have made, although I’ve not met any in real life.
“I consider some of them very good friends. After all we’ve watched each other’s children grow up for the last two years, shared each other’s happy moments and sad times.”
Twitter and Instagram are Alan’s favourite social media sites, and between the two accounts, which can both be found at @omgitsagirl2015, he has over 7,000 followers.
“I spend the most time on Twitter. I love the fast pace and the diversity of people you can interact with. I also enjoy Instagram, although my feed is far from picture perfect.”
He says the blogging community in Ireland is very supportive of its members.
“The Irish blogging community is fantastic to be a part of. It’s a real family feel about it. Everyone is pleased for others’ success.
“There are lots of wonderful bloggers out there. Kind, funny, friendly, and always happy to help.”
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