I honestly can’t believe that a year ago today I posted my first blog post. I had spent the Christmas period finally deciding after three years of thinking on and off about starting a blog, to just do it. And I haven’t looked back since…
Writing my blog has given me so much, it has given me a place to capture all those little moments of my girls, the moments that I will treasure forever and now I will never forget them. It’s a place for all the thoughts whirling around of my head. And it’s all mine. It’s my little space and it has given me back a little bit of me.
I love being at home with my girls, but I did feel like something was missing and that I needed something for me. My blog has given me this and for that I will always be grateful to have it.
I remember writing my first post and then shocked when people commented on it. Like, ok people do actually read it, I thought it would just be my mum. It was a welcome post, my first proper post was my first The Ordinary Moments post, which is my favourite linky to join in with. I’ve captured so many of the little moments of our lives and I will be continuing to join Katie this year too.
I’m really proud of myself for sticking with it and not only that it hasn’t become a chore. I genuinely love it.
I very quickly learnt that being a blogger is so much more than writing. And whilst writing will always come first and is by far the most important thing, it is also the bit I spend the least amount of time on. Which is crazy really! I am not just a writer, I also have to do the IT bits, take the photos, do the social media, then there is the finance side of things and all the boring admin bits. I’ve probably missed other stuff too. There really is a lot that goes into having a blog. But weirdly even though I always have a long to do list, it is always a list that I love to do.
I thought I would structure this post, but it’s turning into a bit of a rambling post, which is what happened when I wrote my, six months of blogging post. I think because I don’t often write about my actual blog, it just all pours out of me.
I did have a wobble moment back in May when we were on holiday in Portugal. Not that I didn’t want to blog anymore, but that it all become a bit overwhelming. I am definitely the type of person that likes to throw themselves into something and then wants to do the best they can at it. It’s the way I’ve always been with all my jobs and I was doing this with my blog. There was just so much that I wanted to do with it and so much that I wanted to write, there just weren’t enough hours in the day. Or in fact enough child free hours for me to do it in. I was becoming frustrated and a bit grumpy to be around.
I took a step back and structured my time better, meaning that the time that I did have to blog was being more productive. I got the balance better and since then I haven’t looked back.
I also made a big step while I was on holiday and sent an email to the lovely Katy, over at Hot Pink Wellingtons, about starting a linky together. I really want to start a linky as it’s a great way to be part of the blogging community and wanted to see if Katy wanted to co-host with me. I was incredibly nervous sending the email and relived when she replied and said yes. Then #SharingtheBlogLove was born and we are both thrilled with how well it has been received. I’ve since met Katy and her gorgeous son Max and she is as lovely as I thought she would be. I hope that #SharingtheBlogLove continues to do well in 2017, as we both love reading all the blogs that join us.
Over the summer I started to fall out of love with how my blog looked and I felt that I needed a refresh, that my blog needed to grow up a bit. In October it had a refresh and I love it, I think I will stick with it for a while now.
I’ve been looking back at the posts that I’ve written and it still makes me smile that a post I wrote about a Wooden Door is one of my popular posts. My favourite post that I’ve written is, I’ve learnt from the best, my mum.
I also did something that I didn’t think I would and started to film some videos. I’ve loved doing them and I really want to do more this year and grow my You Tube channel.
There has been two big surprises that I was not expecting when I started blogging. First was how much I’ve fallen in love with photography. I’ve always loved to take photos and I was always the one on a night out with a camera, but now I am learning so much more. I am a complete novice and teaching myself at the moment. But it’s an area that I really want to improve on and learn to edit them better.
The second surprise has been the blogging community. I had no idea that there was this world of bloggers out there and they are all so supportive of each other. It’s lovely chatting to people who totally get blogging and are there willing you on. I’ve been lucky to meet some lovely ladies in person, either on play dates, at conferences or for a coffee. People that I would never have met without my blog. And there are the people that I chat to online too and hopefully one we will meet too. It’s lovely to feel part of something, as blogging can be very isolated at times.
The last couple of weeks I’ve written about my blog plans and my goals for 2017. But there is one thing that neither of them include that I am going to do this year and that is be braver. I’ve got draft posts written that I’ve not been brave enough to share and that is something I’m going to work on this year. I feel like it’s holding my writing back a bit, because I’ve not shared things that are happening in my life. I always wanted my blog to be honest and whilst everything I’ve ever written has been completey honest, there are things that I haven’t yet shared.
Of course there is always going to be parts of our life that I won’t share and that’s fine. So, 2017 is the year I get brave.
Thank you to everyone who has ever read a post, shared a post or left a comment. I will never not get excited to read all the lovely comments that are left. Who knows what 2017 will bring us, but I know that whatever it is I will be blogging about it….