She has other plans too for 2015:
“I’d like to continue working with medical professionals to improve impartial support for parents making agonising decisions at point of diagnosis, and to help ensure a high standard of healthcare for those with a learning disability throughout their lives.
I’m also keen to work more closely with other bloggers and writers, be they parents or young people with Down’s syndrome. Our voices are so much stronger together, and we can share the workload.”
She also has plans for her blog, which she intends to streamline and make easier to navigate.
We asked Hayley to share her top three blogging tips with us – this is what she said:
- Stay steadfast in your original motivations for starting your blog and maintain your focus. It will be organic, it will grow and go where it needs to go, you will change, your writing will change, your family will change. That’s healthy, but it’s easy to get sidetracked and become motivated by stats or sponsorship or reviews or competitiveness and this will take your eye off the ball and the bigger picture. Remember we are part of a collaborative group as bloggers, so find those who are like-minded and support each other.
- Be honest, truthful and yourself. Your voice is unique, so find it, hone it and let it be heard.
- However infrequently you post, act professionally. Always consider those who will read your words, and the impact they might have on them. Respect the privacy of others, especially in photos. And consider your children’s feelings ten years from now when they read what you have written. I like to re-read a post the next day before publishing, to see if my mood and perspective has changed, to check that I have been fair and not omitted anything.