2020, What a Year for Sweeney’s Blogs!

2020 has finally come to a close, words that some people thought they would never hear. The year has been beyond anyone’s predictions, with numerous highs and lows dotted throughout the past 12 months. Over the course of 2020, Sweeney’s Blogs grew at a rate faster than I could ever have imagined, more than doubling our views from 2019. That’s what we are going to be looking at in this blog, how Sweeney’s Blogs did this year!

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We’ve Passed 15,000 Views!!!

On Wednesday 11th November 2020, Sweeney’s Blogs passed over 15,000 total views!! This was a massive milestone for the page to hit and was actually the year-end goal that I set for the page at the end of 2019. The page has been growing faster than I could have ever anticipated, which is down to all of you, the readers, and I could not be happier with the direction that we are currently going in!

Let’s take a couple of minutes to celebrate passing such a momentous milestone!

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As of last Wednesday, Sweeney’s Blogs now has over 15,000 total views! When I initially set the year-end goal of 15,000 views for the page at the end of 2019, I never once thought that I would pass it with a month and a half left in the year. The page has gone from getting a total of 5,000 views from February 2019, when the page was created, to the end of that year, and in this year it has gotten an additional 10,000 views in the first 11 months, it’s insane!

I wanted to take a minute to say a massive thank you to everybody who has helped get the page where it is today. If it was not for all of you, the page’s readers, the page would not be here today. You make it possible for me to share all of my stories, experiences and views on a huge range of topics on this incredible platform! I’m really proud that I have been able to build a community around this page, one that will continue to grow and flourish into the future!

I think it’ll be good to give a few small updates on what has been happening over the last few weeks, and some things that will be coming up soon:

  • I have moved back to Swansea for the time being, due to the Lockdown that has come into play in England for the next month.
  • I’m currently studying a few courses on platforms such as LinkedIn Learning, OpenLearn which is run by the Open University and more.
  • I am hoping to get back into writing my book soon if all goes to plan and I have some time on my hands.
  • I’ve got a couple of guest blogs lined up which will be really good when they are finished and ready to go up on the page. If you would like to write a guest post for the page, or know anyone who does, please do get in contact and let me know too!

That’s all I want to talk about in today’s blog, thank you all for reading! One final big thank you for helping get the page to where it is today! What do you think of today’s blog? How is everybody doing with lockdown and everything else that is going on in the world? What do you do to help pass the time? Let me know your thoughts and answers to the questions above, as well as any other thoughts you have on the page in the comments below!

Thank you all for reading and I hope you have a great day!


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I Guest-Starred in a New Podcast

On Saturday 31st October, I was asked to be a special guest on a brand new podcast, called “26 minutes with”, which has been created by Respect Mental Health and the amazing Benjamin Seal. It was an honour to be asked to e the first guest for the show and we are going to be taking a bit of a closer look at the podcast in today’s blog!

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Sweeney’s Blogs has over 8,000 views!

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As of Saturday last week, Sweeney’s Blogs has now passed over 8,000 total views! It is an absolutely amazing milestone for the page and is a great reflection of all the work that we have been doing recently! I started the page back on the 3rd February 2019 and we have already got so many more views than I originally thought possible!

I just wanted to say a big thanks to everyone who has helped support the page, be that through reading the blogs, writing blogs, commenting on your thoughts on the page and so much more. All the help that I receive on the page is greatly appreciated and ultimately helps make the page better for everyone!

The way that I write blogs has dramatically changed since I started the page and that is all down to experience and learning where I go wrong in the past. Some of my earlier blogs have had a bit of an update recently as I thought I could improve them a little bit and make them more consistent with the rest of the conent!

As I was updating all of my blog series, by giving them all their own pages, I edited a few of the blogs to fix any mistakes that were there or if there was a part that I thought I could write better, I reworded it to make the overall flow nicer!

In terms of what you can expect to see on the page in the next few weeks, I have a lot of content planned. The What do we mean by Success series is still running on the page and will be going for another few weeks. I also started the Ideas for Lockdown series on Saturday and the next blog for that will be coming tomorrow.

I will be starting a few series in the next few weeks/months but at the minute I am not sure which order I am going to release them in. I am looking to start a series about the real life of students where I give a real view of the University experience from someone who has been in the position of a student living away from home. I do have a lot more series ideas that I am thinking of and when I have a definite plan for when they are going to be posted, I will let you all know!

That’s all I want to talk about in today’s blog! Thank you all for reading and I hope you have enjoyed! Thank you all for over 8,000 views too, I really appreciate it! I have done a blog a day for the past 16 days now so we’ll see how long I can keep it going for!

Thank you all for reading and I hope you have a great day,

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James Sweeney

We’ve Passed 7,000 Views!

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Last week we passed 7,000 views! That is an incredible milestone for the page to hit and I could not be happier with the progress that we are making! We have been running for over a year now and growth seems to be increasing more and more each week! If this carries on we will be well on our way to hitting 15,000 views by the end of the year!

To commemorate hitting 7,000 views, I have drastically changed the layout of the page. The Blogapedia page has now been moved to the dropdown list Blogs, which has a few pages inside. The Blogapedia still acts as a hub for all of the series that I run on the page and will be updated each time a new series blog is released.

The Blogs page itself will act as a highlight page for the blog page itself. In the page, you can find blogs that I recommend reading, the most informative blogs on the page, the most popular posts and much much more! This page will be updated regularly and will hopefully give new readers a great place to start reading blogs!

We now have a page for all of the poems that I have written on the page! This page is called Poetry Corner and acts as a showcase for the poems that I have written and for ones that are still in production! Each poem will have a photo and short description with it and a link back to the original poem post! hope you all enjoy all of the poems!

Thank you all for reading and a massive thank you for getting us to 7,000 views! I have some great ideas in relation to the future of the page so keep an eye out for some new developments! We are smashing through milestones this year so let’s keep this trend going and see where we end up!

Thank you all for reading and I hope you all have a great day!

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Sweeney’s Blogs is Over 1 Years Old!

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On the 3rd February 2020, Sweeney’s Blogs turned 1 years old! I cannot believe how much we have achieved in only the first year that we have been running and the difference that we have made and hopefully will continue to make in peoples lives. I have tonnes of ideas and plans in the place for the next year and hopefully we will continue to grow and expand into an even more successful second year!

In our first year we have already had over:

  • 6,800 Total Views
  • 134 Blog Posts
  • 81 Total Followers
  • 366 likes on our Facebook Page

As you can see from the stats above, we have had an amazing year! Going forward, especially with our partnership with HHRUK, I hope to see these stats continue to grow as we expand and develop more and more content, blogs and courses aimed around Stuttering, Stress and Mental Health.

I am also still looking for some guest bloggers for the page so if you are interested please let me know. In regards to the content i am looking for, it can be absolutely anything you want. If you want to write one post every week or one every 6 months that is completely fine! If you have any ideas for blogs or stories chuck me a message and we’ll discuss it further.

I would just like to say a massive thank you to all of the help that I have had on the page. The page would be nowhere near where it is now without all of you readers, all of the ideas given to me by readers and the advice and support I have received in starting the page. As always i am happy to talk about anything with my readers, within reason, and if you want to have a discussion on any topics that I write about, it is something that I would love to see more of.

Thank you all for reading and I hope you have an amazing day!

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James Sweeney

I’m 21 Years Old Today!

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Today, Monday, January 14th 2020, is my 21st birthday! I was born back in 1999 and I cannot believe how fast time is going! I have been thinking about how to do this blog for a while and think that I am going to use this post to go through some of my biggest and proudest achievements to date.

  1. Starting Sweeney’s Blogs!

Although I only started this page back in February 2019, it has become one of my biggest accomplishments! We have covered so many topics already and this is only the start! We smashed all of the goals I set last year and are branching out to more and more people each day! I am so proud and grateful for everything that the page has done and all I can say is thank you for all the help I have gotten over the year! We still have a long way to go but what a start to the page!

2.  My Charity Skydive for The Alzheimer’s Society!

One of the maddest and best things I have done in my life has got to be the 12,000 feet Charity Skydive I did for The Alzheimer’s Society back in October 2019! It was a huge jump for me, ( sorry I couldn’t help myself!), and to raise money for a great cause whilst doing it was even better! We managed to raise over £900 in the end and it was a great day out! I will be doing a blog on it sometime this year so keep an eye out!

3. Coming to the University of Reading!

Coming to University was one of the biggest steps I have taken in my life. The majority of people I spoke to before coming up told me that I wouldn’t last living away from home and that I would drop out in the first few weeks but didn’t I prove them wrong! Working closely with Henley Careers has been amazing too! I even managed to get a blog on their blog page!

Meeting all sorts of new people at University has also been amazing! My flatmates in the first year of university are absolutely incredible people! Meeting great people from all walks of life on both the Computer Science side as well as the Business side of my course has also been great!

4. My jobs as a Lifegurd and Swimming Teacher

I have been a Lifeguard and Swimming Teacher for over 3 and a half years now. It has been an amazing experience for me and I have learned lots of different transferable skills. Being able to teach, advice, help and support people in and out of the pool is a great experience to be a part of and has helped me meet people from all different walks of life.

And so much more! When I first started writing this list I was going to make it a lot longer than it actually is. I only stopped because I noticed that as I was typing more and more ideas were coming to my head and if i carried on then you’d be reading for hours! Instead I am going to make blogs like this every so often as like a recap blog, letting you know what I’ve gotten up to.

Unfortunately the last blog in the Alzheimer’s Avoidance series will not be released this week. I was soriginally going to do it today but due to lack of time, I have not been able to do it. It will be coming next week though so keep an eye out!

Thanks for reading!

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2019, What a Year for the Page!

2019, an incredible year for Sweeney’s Blogs! I started in February 2019 and the progress and milestones that we have already passed are absolutely amazing to see, and provide lots of promise as to the future of the page! Today’s blog is going to take a look at some of the best achievements we made in 2019, some of the blogs we covered and what we hope to do going forward, I hope you enjoy the blog!

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I started this page in February 2019 and we have already done so well. As of the 1st January 2020, we have achieved:

  1.  Over 5100 views!
  2.  Over 350 likes of our Facebook Page!
  3.  Over 900 comments on the page!
  4.  116 Blog posts!
  5.  82 Followers on the page!

As you can see from the points above the page has been doing incredibly well and I am really happy with the progress. I set a goal at the start of the year of 5,000 views thinking that I would never be able to do it and we managed to get over 5100 in the end! I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who reads the posts on the page. Whether you have read 1 or 100 of the posts, thank you for your time and energy and welcome to the community! The page wouldn’t be where it is today without its readers so a massive thank you to all of you!

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We have also covered a vast array of different topics on the page over the past year! Ranging from individual blogs, podcast reviews reblogs of other bloggers posts and finally the blog series we have run, the content that we have talked about on the page is enormous. If you haven’t checked out any of our series yet you can access them through this link, https://sweeneysblog.com/blogapedia/, or by clicking on the blogapedia tab.

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In regards to what content we have looked at, the list includes:

  1.  Male Mental Health – Both in individual blogs and in the Looking Into Male Mental Health blog series
  2.  Stuttering – Through the Stuttering in Mainstream Media series and a few individual blogs
  3. Alzheimer’s – Mainly through my Alzheimer’s Awareness and Alzheimer’s Avoidance series.
  4. Being Different and how that is a good thing through the Being Different series
  5. Positivity and Motivation
  6. Mental Health as a whole
  7. How to balance stress and life
  8. Adaptability

Plus much much more!

2019 was a great year for us and that is only touching on a few things that we have in the works! I have a business deal that the page has which I cannot wait to share with everyone, we are going to start launching courses in business doing talks on Stuttering, Stress and Mental Health and of course, we are going to have a lot more blogs coming, covering content both far and wide!

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Thank you all for reading and I hope you enjoyed the blog! How do you think we did in 2019? Are there any changes that you want to see on the page? Would you like to be a guest writer on the page? Would you like to have a course or talk led at your business? Let me know!

Thanks again for reading and I hope you have a great day!

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We’ve hit 5,000 Views!!!

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I am very happy to announce that this week we surpassed the 5,000 view mark! This is a huge step forward for the page and it is all thanks to all of you lot, our readers! We are growing so much faster than I originally thought the page would and it is amazing to see!

As the page has been doing so well lately I feel like now is a good time to ask, what sort of content would you like to see more of? Would you like to see more poems on the page? Maybe longer posts or smaller posts that really tackle important issues? Would you like blogs on a certain topic/topics? Let me know what you want to see and I’ll do my best to do it for you!


There are quite a few exciting things happening with the page going into the new year but I’ll wait until it is closer to the time to give any more details on that. Guest blogs are definitely something that I want to see more of going into the future of the page! if you have any ideas for a blog or know someone who might be interested in writing please let me know!

I will be trying to update the Spotify Playlist over the next few days too! if you haven’t seen the playlist yet you can view it here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0o8E5x2GB0yqct6FlVIhOj?si=n52SSSG7SaSwSWSuhum4SQ.

Thank you all for reading and I hope you have a great day! Let me know what you think of the page and what you want to see in the future!

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Stuttering. The speech stopper. The verbal blockade.

I am very proud to say that as of the start of this week I had the honour of writing a blog that has been posted on the Henley Careers blog page! It is a huge honour and achievement for me and my business and it is a massive step in the right direction for my developing career. The blog itself is all about Stuttering and as National Stuttering day was on the 22nd of October I feel like it is a great time to learn more about Stuttering and how it can affect people in the world of work.

I want to say a massive thank you to Sarah Chorley and the rest of the Henley Careers team for giving me the chance to write this blog and I hope we can work together more in the future! The blog is live now so if you are interested, please take a look. If you read the blog and enjoy it there are plenty more blogs on both my page and the Henley Careers page!

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Stuttering affects approximately 68 million people in the world, but do we ever stop and think about how a stutter will affect someone in and around the world of work?

Stuttering is a condition that I think doesn’t get the focus that it needs. People think that a stutter just affects how you speak but it can affect you at a much deeper level too. In this blog, we are going to be taking a closer look at what exactly a stutter is and then we are going to look at stuttering in the world of work, how it affects people in interviews and how employers could potentially behave if they are interviewing someone with a stutter.

What is a stutter?

Stuttering is a condition that has a lot of different definitions. Personally I like the definition provided by the NHS, as it breaks stuttering down into three separate definitions:

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Stuttering in Mainstream Media – Blog 7: Stuttering as a Lifeguard and Swimming Teacher

Growing up people always said to me that I could never be a teacher because of my stutter. I never understood this and I always questioned them saying why would my stutter hold me back? They never had a valid point to make in their answers and it led me to challenge their assumptions. Roll on to now and I have been a Lifeguard and Swimming Teacher for nearly 3 years.

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Today’s blog is going to be the eighth blog in the Stuttering in Mainstream Media and is going to focus on how my stutter has affected me in my jobs as a Lifeguard and a Swimming Teacher. I am the type of person who likes to surpass people expectations. As mentioned above when I was younger people always told me that I couldn’t be a teacher due to my stutter when in reality the only thing holding me back from teaching was myself. Of course, my stutter can make the job harder in some cases but that doesn’t affect my ability as a teacher. That is one of the main points of this blog, don’t let a stutter hold you back in life. A stutter doesn’t stop you from doing things, however, it does alter your journey.

I completed my first lifeguarding course back in June 2016 and got a job as a Lifeguard in my local Swimming Pool around three months after. My position in work is exactly the same as any of the other lifeguards there, my stutter doesn’t change my job, however, it does change the way that I go about some things. In a job such as lifeguarding, there are obviously going to be some minor changes in how each lifeguard does things.

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It can be quite hard to explain how stuttering has changed my job as most of the changes that I have discovered are all usually quite small.  The major changes that I find are when it comes to talking to members of the public or other members of staff. I’ve been in my job for around three years now and I love learning new roles like how to work reception and how to teach in different ways. I started to notice the first major changes in my job when I was covering behind reception for a few minutes when I was still new at the pool.

Most of the customers in the pool recognised that I had a stutter if I started stuttering when serving them and they were really patient and polite about it, however, there were some customers who didn’t have the same attitude towards my stutter. It was very rare that a customer was ever rude to me behind the desk however like you have in any job there were one or two. There was one person who came to the desk and because I got stuck stuttering on a few words she started saying phrases like “spit it out” or “hurry up and get on with it”. After they said those phrases I didn’t really know how to react. As I was in work I had to stay professional but I just couldn’t comprehend why this customer was being so rude. Like I said previously nearly all of the customers coming to the pool were great but one or two of them really make you think.

The second major change is when it comes to communicating with members of the public on poolside. As you would expect in our jobs as lifeguards we do have to enforce the pool rules if members of the public are not abiding by them. In some cases when I would talk to them I would start stuttering. Most of the customers again were more than patient with me but it started to make me feel nervous to speak at times.

To my knowledge see there are few if any policies in workplaces when it comes to stuttering. how I see it is that as there is such a massive focus being aimed at mental health and stress management nowadays that we should try and bring some other subjects like stuttering back into focus as well. Stuttering and stress/ mental health do go hand in hand in some cases. Stuttering can lead to massive self-esteem and self-confidence issues in the world of work. The question that I like to ask is why hasn’t anything really been done to help people with a stutter in the world of work?

Being a Swimming teacher can be one of the most rewarding jobs going in my eyes. I love my job as a Swimming Teacher as I get to see swimmers progress from being scared to go into the water to doing 100 meter swims without stopping. Watching people progress through the different levels/stages of swimming is truly a great thing to watch and it is the reason why I used to love teaching so much.

In my experience of teaching, my stutter has never limited my ability to do my job. As you can expect I do sometimes get stuck on the odd word or I may repeat myself a few times but it doesn’t affect my ability as a teacher. When teaching younger children you automatically think that they will notice you stuttering and try and mimic it but out of the few hundred that I taught, I can only remember one or two doing it. Even those one or two kids weren’t even mimicking it maliciously, they just didn’t understand what a stutter was at that point.

One of the only changes that I noticed as a teacher with a stutter was how some of the parents would act to my teaching. There have been a few cases over the past three years where a parent has asked me if I should be allowed to teach as I have a stutter. This is where the main problems with stuttering come into play. Like I mentioned in a previous blog the only thing that stops you when you have a stutter is yourself and to a degree the people surrounding you. There is such an ingrown stigma in modern society about mental health and topics like stuttering that at times it feels like you are fighting a losing battle.

The fact that I stutter does not change my ability to teach. It may alter the way that I do some things but overall the outcome is the same. When I started to plan this blog I was thinking of all the problems that I have faced in my job and the realisation hit me. The problems that I have faced in my job are down to a lack of understanding of what a stutter is from a third party. I could list all of the issues that I have faced teaching and lifeguarding with a stutter but they all come down to this same link.

Most people do not think about the effect a stutter has on people because it is so rarely brought up in the media and in conversations. Stuttering, in my opinion, doesn’t get the credit it deserves as living with a stutter can be really tough. If you spend just 5-10 minutes talking to a person who has a stutter about their stutter it would start to make more sense. The stigma around a stutter can be linked in some way to the stigma in mental health. They both stem from a lack of understanding and just as mental health is changing now the focus has been put on it, stuttering could do with the same focus.

That’s all I want to talk about in today’s blog. I hope you all enjoy the blog and have a great day! Let me know what you think of it in the comments or on our Facebook page!

Thanks for reading,

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