New Beginnings

I’ve had an awful year. There has been lots of personal problems that have divided my attention and time. But these past two months things have turned a corner. Perhaps one I wasn’t expecting or initially wanted, but perhaps what was needed.

For all the best intentions in the world, sometimes things just cannot work out the way you want them to. Things break. Stress, life and illness can get in the way. 

So, what does that mean here on the blog? Well I am still rebranding. I am still sticking with the name and nothing much will change. However, for a while at least there will be little posts on parenting and family for personal reasons. I may comment on life as a parent but in a less direct manner. Instead this blog is going to be purely concentrating on gaming. Due to my pending move from one home to another in the near future, I do not know when I will finish the posts I have been writing behind the scenes. I also currently do not have access to my computers or consoles (I need to buy new ones). With my handy smartphone being much more blogging friendly, it means I should be able to update or at least converse over Twitter or Facebook more to chat with you all things life and gaming. 

I am in talks currently with hosting options and the blog will be gaining its own domain name which makes me very excited! I am also looking for an artist who can help me with the logo and design of the page. 

Related news is that soon I will be starting a journalism course which will gain me more links in the industry and in the press world. Rather exciting. I also plan to get back in with all you fellow bloggers and perhaps meet some of you at events across the UK. 

Thank you for being ever so patient and still following me. Please come and say hi on Twitter or Facebook the links of which are below. I look forward to giving you all further news and developments and talking to you all.

Always forward, forward always.

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The Future of The Gaming Mum!


Well hello!

So as some of you may have seen on Twitter  new stuff is happening behind the scenes. I am working on getting a domain and self-hosting, a new blog design, and continuing to make The Gaming Mum bigger and better!

A few weeks ago, I was also approached by Tyler at and I am now part of the network, submitting my posts on there too! I also plan on putting unique articles that perhaps don’t necessarily fit here on the blog on there and vice versa obviously.

I am quite busy as you can imagine haha! But I’m loving it. Perhaps in the future I can stop working in the industry I do for long, stupid hours and can write full time. That would be my dream.

So don’t forget to follow me here on the blog, and on all social media! And please check out my profile on which you can find here!

Thank you for following, engaging and reading my blog. It really means a lot to me, and I hope you are as excited as I am to see where we can go together next!

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Why do I write?


Why Do I Write? (c)The Gaming Mum 2016

Someone asked me recently a key question I think all Bloggers should think about. Why do I write? It’s a loaded question isn’t it? And one that certainly requires thought.

When I started this blog, I had written several personal blogs from teenage years (some of them I’m so glad the services got taken offline, I bet they were full of teenage angst!). With no job at the time, and parenting being a sometimes lonely exisitance, I wanted to write. Since meeting my Hubby, my love for games has grown and reminded me why I used to play games in the first place. Me time. Everyone needs that personal time to themselves. But at the same time, I wanted to write out my feelings with parenting and my opinion on games. I am a fairly unique dynamic, being female, a parent and a gamer. I have tried to make games in the past, but must admit I’m pretty lost over it all! I have a lot of respect for developers who can create these beautiful games to share with people the world over.

I digress. Back in early 2000’s I was at University and it was suggested to me because of issues at the time that I changed my BA Hons in Drama to joint with another subject to ease the pressure (Drama is not as easy as it looks, it is an absurd amount of pressure and time consuming…). I looked around at what my University offered as I was about to enter my final year and a lot of courses would be out just purely because of prerequists. Then I found the Creative Writing course. This was a new course and the third year students would be the first to graduate on it. My personal tutor at the time knew I had some sort of creative bone this was because I’d shown her a script for a one act stage play. So, that was my minor as a Joint Honours. In the end, I didn’t complete the degree due to one specific module and other personal issues, but I did get enough credits to get a DipHE in Drama with Creative Writing. Those Creative Writing classes were amazing to me. I could set myself free. At the time, I did consider the fact that I could write as a career but when I finished University, the Recession hit and jobs everywhere were like needles in haystacks – especially for someone with a University Diploma rather than a degree in Journalism or suchlike. The period of time after that is definately another story.

So just over one year ago, why did I chose to start The Gaming Mum Blog? I had what I called itchy fingers. I wanted to write, and although I could finish that novel that is waiting for me to go back to or write some short stories, I had no idea what to do with those. Plus if writers block hit, I really would be back to square one. Plus I wanted to be heard. I didn’t want to write and it be stuck somewhere gathering virtual or physical dust. What’s the point in writing if it is not read? I was watching a lot of Twitch streamers at the time (okay, I still do!) and thinking, well I could do that. Maybe not stream as I’m microphone shy and get anxious, but I can comment on games. And there is a lot of parenting blogs, why not include that in there too? I’m still a parent after all. I’m still a struggling parent who soon has to deal with the first day of school milestone… And The Gaming Mum was born.

A year on, my blog did get neglecting a little (so sorry sweetie!) due to securing full time work. But this is still my home. My space. My opinions. And I love it. The joy I feel after completing a blog post, seeing page views go up and people interacting with me on Twitter who happen to have thousands of followers… it’s amazing. Right now I am in discussions to securing a permanent home complete with my own URL! It’s exciting. I am slowly getting myself more organised, starting with my desk (it was  a pigsty dumping ground) which is now more organised and I’m making it a proper work and game space. I also plan to make more videos and perhaps branch out into more videos on Youtube with audio commentary as well. And I’m trying to get over my fears of streaming (hey, I’m an anxious and nervous person really!) I have plans for where I want to be in a year’s time. If I could make talking about games, consoles, PC Gaming and making associated video content as a full time job I would jump for it. That would be the ideal. I do not want to work in my current industry forever. I want to interview developers, be physically at GamesCon and especially Blizzcon as not just a gamer, but a commentator on games. As a blogger.

So the original question, Why Do I Write? It’s simple. Because I want to. I have something to say. I enjoy it. And most of all, I think everyone who visits my blog or engages with me enjoys my little space on the web. And as long as I have the passion there, this blog will continue and you’ll hopefully continue to see my love for games and my parenting antics as time goes on.

What do you think? Do you blog or write? Perhaps you stream or make Vlogs or other types of Youtube videos? Why do YOU write?

Comment below or on social media, I’d love to hear your answers!

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Why do I Stay Anonymous while Blogging?

Why Do I Stay Anonymous Blogging? -picture sourced from

Why Do I Stay Anonymous Blogging? -picture sourced from

I have been meaning to write this for a while. Some may have noticed I go by two names WitchySparkle and The Gaming Mum. So why not my real name? Why do I use aliases for my family?

Really this is simple. Privacy. In a world where you can get every detail you have ever put somewhere with one press of a button, privacy is a must. Each one of us is leaving a digital footprint that can lead right back to you.

Take Facebook for example. Facebook actually have in their Terms and Conditions that they own any content that you put on there, and can use it as they wish for marketing purposes. So those photos of your adorable baby? Facebook own it. Drunk night out? Facebook own it. Does that scare you? It certainly scares me.

What’s worse is that if you apply for a job, even while at that job, if you post on social media there will be someone’s job to hunt through everything on your profile. It will be this person that reports to your boss saying “Boss, yourname said on Facebook/Twitter that the company sucks.” And, you’re fired. People use social media as a way to communicate their thoughts, somethings though you should keep private.

A couple of weeks ago I saw there was a hashtag on Twitter where some Youtube guy had teenagers giving up everything to this guy via public tweets. Their pictures, their full name, their age, where they lived! Wait, did nobody teach these kids to be careful what you put online? These things are enough information for a criminal to find one of them. Seriously, I don’t understand how this behaviour is acceptable. My guess would be if (and I really hope not!) something did happen and the police looked through social media (which they do in criminal cases), they would say “well, you pretty much painted a target on yourself.”

As a parent, maybe I’ve become a bit more aware. I have also got friends who had to be in a Refuge and see how they had to disappear and why. Everything is “geotagged” with your location. Everything can be used against you. Having started my job, privacy is even more essential as if a client gets my contact details? That would be disastrous. It would also get me fired if I ever accidentally posted something about work (even just the name of my company). I don’t want in sixteen years time or so, my daughter saying “Mum such and such post you made in 2015 lost me a job.” All because I posted something that started her digital footprint. As she gets older, she will be taught about online safety and using aliases and never giving out private information. And being who I am, I’m keeping an eye on the digital world for the new up and coming technologies to make sure that I know how to help keep my daughter safe.

The world is different now in 2015 from when I was a teenager in the late ‘90s/early 2000’s. And in ten years time it will be different again. But I’m doing my best to make sure that privacy is our family’s top concern on the internet.

What about you? Do you use an alias online? Does everything being “broadcast” to the world worry you? Tweet me or comment below with your thoughts!

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