I’ve only been blogging for about six weeks but I’m absolutely loving it so far! I’m connecting with new people, feeling motivated and just generally happier in myself.
Before blogging, I was feeling pretty fed up and was well and truly stuck in a rut. Don’t get me wrong I have absolutely loved being at home raising my children for the past nearly five years, but I think for most people there comes a point where you find that you just need ‘more’.
I’m not planning on going back to work until Evie starts school in September next year but I needed something else to occupy myself until then. I had even considered things like selling Younique products, but it just isn’t me. I wasn’t really looking for money, just something to keep me busy!
I had thought about blogging for a long time but as I’m quite a private person I always struggled with the idea of people knowing things about my life. When I wrote my first post I still wasn’t sure that I wanted other people to read it, it was more for me as an outlet and somewhere to have a bit of moan now and again. But it’s become so much more than that, I want to share it with people and I want people to read it.
I really enjoy writing and always have, I find it very therapeutic. I’ve definitely lost a few brain cells during my five years as a stay at home mum though, so I certainly don’t claim to be great at it. It’s nice to be able to open up about Max too, it feels good to write it all down, you know?
One thing that has surprised me about blogging is the amount of time and effort that you have to put into it. It’s not just as simple as typing up a quick post and clicking publish, there is SO much more to it. If you want people to actually read your blog you’ve got to share it, which means you need to build your following on social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. And then there’s the time it takes to reply to comments, take photos and edit photos. BUT I LOVE IT ALL!
I have to admit that I did start to become a little obsessed with stats in the beginning, constantly clicking refresh to see how many views I’ve had. It’s a brilliant feeling when a blog post that you’ve put a lot of time and effort into is being appreciated by others. I am starting to concentrate more on the writing now though, rather than the numbers.
I’m also loving the photography side of blogging too. I’ve always loved taking photos and I reckon I’m OK at it, but definitely no professional! But starting my blog has given me the push I needed to get my camera out and take photos. I love that I can share these photos with people on my blog for them to be appreciated.
My most popular posts by far have been the ones about Max. I do want to keep writing about Max and autism but I don’t want that to be all my blog is about. I want to write about other things I’m passionate about too, like food, makeup, clothes etc. It might not necessarily be what everyone wants to read but it makes me happy and that’s what blogging is about for me.
Thank you for reading.