The end of this month will see my blog turn one. I will have been blogging for 12 months. I wrote a similar post at the halfway stage, Blogging 6 Months in. I mentioned in this post how my blog was born, one very sporadic Thursday night without any thought or research, cue 6 months spent working out what the hell you actually do with a blog, other than writing posts. I also wrote about the future of blog and where I would like to take it…
The last 6 months have seen a bit of a transformation in my approach to blogging, and I think its fair to say I have come along way in the 12 months since I wrote that first post. Aesthetically my blog is better and I do believe my content has improved but I put this down to practice. I have started to carve out a bit of niche for myself, albeit a rather broad one and have found a real penchant for taking photos. I originally wrote ‘photography’ but that feels a little too professional for the snaps I take, they’re not all Pinterest perfect or Instagram Features but I enjoy it nonetheless. I have loved developing my Instagram feed and improving the photos I take…I would LOVE a fancy pants camera to take these photos with… maybe then they will be Pinterest perfect eh.
My blog and social media following has improved somewhat over the last 6 months and I have started to note a considerable increase in the amount of PR related attention coming my way. Whilst this wasn’t the reason I started blogging I have said before that it is an avenue I am keen to explore and am excited about the potential my blog has brought me and the direction it is going in. I have great plans for the future of my blog and can’t wait to bring them to fruition.
Whilst my blog may not be my source of income, (dare I say, yet?!) and it may not be the biggest or most popular out there, to me, it is so much more than a hobby or wage packet. I started to increase the time spent on my blog earlier this year and in hindsight I don’t think this was a coincidence. It was a difficult time in my life, I had my second baby in 11 months, who was premature, still poorly and a one year old. I was elbow deep in sleepless nights, nappies, feeds, reflux, consultant appointments, toddler/baby gate, I had a house to keep in some kind of order and a partner working all hours, on piss poor sleep to provide. I put myself at the very back of a long queue, that is motherhood, especially that of two very young babies. I am not complaining for I know, just as I did then, that it was a phase to get through but looking back it was a dark phase at times.
During this time my blog gave me more than a space to offload, moan or celebrate the good. It gave me some wonderful friends, people to talk to in the middle of the night when our kids wouldn’t sleep, people to keep me company on those lonely parenting days and people to guide me through the blogging world. It also gave me something I wasn’t expecting, something I hadn’t had for a while, it gave me a purpose – a purpose that was for me and didn’t involve tending to someone else. That’s not to say my babies were not purpose enough, far from it, believe me when I say – they are my everything. It is just that gave me something to do that was mine and for me alone. It gave me a space to get lost in, it gave me a mental and personal challenge but most importantly it brought me back to life at time that was becoming increasingly dark and difficult. Blogging gave me, me.
Now, that I have made the difficult decision not to return to work and stay at home with my babies blogging provides me with an adult space that I can pour my thoughts and brainwaves into and tt gives me something that I miss from the working world. It also gives me the potential for a future.
When people ask me about my blog I do it I tend to mumble something inaudible and pass it off as, ‘it give me something to do’. This is selling it short, it is so much more than something to do and I love it.