Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 3.57.09 pmI have struggled with writing this introduction for a long time, because I know it’s going to make me sound like an asshole.

The truth is, I started this blog as a reaction to other mummy blogs. There are some good ones out there. There are some great ones out there. There are some that would work better as a diary. And there are some that take this whole parenting thing so seriously that I want to strap them down and beat them around the head with the 1985 hardcover version of “Dr Spock’s Baby and Childcare” book.

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That sounds brutal. The truth often is.

This blog is a reaction to those blogs. The ones who take this all too seriously. The ones who think we care about every belch and bowel movement their babies make. The ones who portray parenting as some sort of blissed-out spiritual experience; where every day we learn some wonderful new lesson and are feeling really Zen, even though the fucking house has damn near burnt down and the kids are pounding the bathroom door with roundhouse kicks because you decided to take a piss by yourself.

I mean sure, sometimes a particularly difficult day with young kids feels like a months-long peyote trip, but parenting doesn’t automatically gift you with some great insight about the universe. It’s just breeding. People have done this shit for millennia.  


Who am I?

I’m a late-30’s mum of two boys; 5 years and 3 years old respectively. My oldest son is the product of IVF and my youngest son is the product of nature. My oldest son talks too much and my youngest son was born with unilateral deafness. I work from home as a freelance writer and I’ve been a blogger and fanzine-writer since the 90’s. Before I had kids I was obsessed with building the best indie record collection ever, but then the internet came along and ruined all of that. Everyone is a freaking hipster these days.

Contact me:

Email: hugzillablog@gmail.com

Twitter: @hugzillablog

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hugzillablog

Check out some of my most popular posts.

I’ve been named one of the Top 100 online creatives in Australia as part of Kidspot Voices 2015, and a Top 30 finalist in Parenting & Style.

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28 thoughts on “ABOUT ME

  1. Love this. I totally agree about some of those mummy blogs. Some I have read are soooo boring they make my brain feel mushy. Except mine. Mine rocks. And so does yours! Hey I freelance write from home too. Whaddaya know. Keep on keeping it real Zilla. It keeps me sane. 😉

    • While we’re having a mutual love-in here I’ll ‘fess up and say that yours is my favourite mummy blog. No contest. I still laugh when I think about that magpie post. That was a cracker. I’m actually looking forward to the next nesting season so we might get a sequel. BAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHA!

      • THANK YOU. Nothing like a compliment from someone whose work you admire. That fucking magpie. I’ve started thinking about him on my runs already. As soon as the weather goes all funky and unseasonably warm again my hat is going on and I’m changing route. It will be so nice to go back to trying to ward of panic attacks while running again. Pffft.

  2. My blog is very much an ode to the tiny human that didn’t actually make it out of my vagina but came out the sun roof. It was started as a way to document our lives as opposed to going on Facebook, which just seems to be a huge ode to other people’s opinions that I don’t always agree with and their COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY ADVANCED tiny humans (I am so over it). So I’m just being honest. Yes, it is boring but it is for me and my family.

    I have stumbled across your blog as you commented on one of my pages and I have not stopped LBLMAO (http://cleanupinaislethree.com/2014/06/12/pardon-my-leakage/) ever since. THANK YOU! I agree, I do take parenting very seriously, but this is JUST WHAT I NEED!

    I have even shared this blog address with my hubby, who has not stopped laughing since reading it himself after asking me why I was laughing so much. And I am in the grips of pregnancy stress so he knows how odd that is for me.


    • Wow, if you were gunning hard for the “Best Comment Left on a Blog EVER” award, you just won the prize! Unfortunately the prize does not involve cash, whitegoods, hampers of gourmet chocolate or anything remotely desirable, but you have just made my year. That’s your prize. LOL. Thank you so much for that feedback. Seriously awesome. Glad you’ve enjoyed the madness.

  3. Haha I love this. And totally get what you’re saying. Don’t worry, I’m #notanothermummyblogger. Usually. But sometimes throw a few a splashes in for fun 😉

  4. Oh you are funny, I am so happy I have found you, I think we are going to get along just fine….a) because you have used the words turd, vagina and hipster….I mean, I know I live under a rock up here in the NT in no mans land, but when did the word hipster even come into play?? Seriously….who starts this shit? Oh, and yes, I do need to get out more….:)

  5. How have I not discovered you before now? I have some serious catching up to do. But shit, I can’t continue to binge read your posts right now, I have to go pick up my goddamn kid from school!

  6. I started blogging on a whim very recently for similar reasons. I wanted was to find a halfway funny and honest blog about pregnancy and couldn’t find anything that I didn’t find dull, patronising, or both. Mostly both to be honest. Turns out I needed to learn the lingo. Today I redid my original search query, this time replacing ‘pregnancy blog’ with ‘mummy blog’. You were the eighth result on Google for ‘mummy blogs that aren’t shit’. Thoroughly well-deserved. Looking forward to reading more from you.

  7. I LOVE the above comment – I’m going to type that in just to see what comes up…brilliant. Was going to leave a comment on other posts but decided to come and see what you are about. Love your writing, love your post topics and love your ability say what we are thinking (specifically the post about the baby you thought you might hate…). Mamahood is a road that goes on without a fixed destination – just as you think you have it down pat, along comes another bump. My ‘especially tricky’ (read nearly broke me…) eldest is now 13 yrs. Gorgeous and taller than me and still a big pain in the butt. Somedays I would trade the lot of them in for a very small sum (enough to buy a plane ticket to go away, far, far away). But then those moments of gold – nice to read about someone who doesn’t think it is all a piece of cake. xx

    • Thank you so, so much. What an incredible comment. Strangely enough, blogging can feel like a bit of a lonely pursuit and sometimes it feels like you are just shouting into the abyss. Thank you, really – this was so lovely to read on a Sunday morning x

  8. Hugzilla! You make me laugh!
    How I love what you are doing here on your blog! So much so, that I am nominating you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Mazel Tov! Enjoy and have at it! I will keep on reading. You rock!

  9. Dear Hugzilla

    Your Aldi report is hilarious -I havent laughed so much over the ‘German way of life’ you were lucky enough to experience where you reside!!😀😀😀😀😀😀 I am a foreigner still, after 33 years……. and I think even I at the beginning had similar experiences !!!
    I have to tell you ,I had Mr Albrecht of Aldisüd on board( I was an hostess with lufthansa), and although he and his top manager travelled first class-Mr Albrecht eorth billions came on board with nothing but an Aldi plastic bag! He was just opening up in the corporation of usa and one of his had presented him with a crocheted cloth of the Aldi logo -this meant so much to him as he proudly showed the item off. Heonly had a glass of water and a cup of tea-so … there you are – thats why they become billionaires-being scant and skimpy to themselves!!!
    God Bless your sense Humor-God keep you safe-by the way Mr Aldi-Albrecht is dead now and for what its worth he couldnt take a penny with him and his children are fighting over the money!!!! So you see we all have our ALDI problems more or less!!

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