Why I Blog!
A friend asked me today why I love writing my blog so much. I share my life with anyone who has access to the internet, I often stay up until the early hours of the morning tapping away on my keyboard, and I don’t get paid to do it, except for the odd bit of pocket money from a sponsored post. So why would I want to do this?
It is a good question and one I know that many of my friends and family have probably asked themselves since I started this journey almost a year ago. So I shall tell you.
First and foremost, I have discovered a passion for writing. I had an inkling that I possessed this passion as I have dabbled in attempting to write novels over the years. I never found the time to get deeply into them though. With a blog, I can write something and get it out there immediately. No waiting for years as a book plot develops. One click of a button and it is published for the world to see.
When I wrote my very first blog post back in September 2014, I had no idea what I was doing. I very rarely read other blogs and didn’t even fully understand what writing a blog involved. All I knew was that I had something to say and I wanted it to be heard. I was shocked to see what a great reaction I had and began to discover the power of social media.
I love to write in an honest, friendly and frank way, like I am having a chat with a friend. I don’t think long and hard about what I have to say. I just start tapping away on my keyboard and it all comes out. I often say that it is as though 11pm hits and my tired head changes into a new gear. A gear that allows me to enter a world where I feel like I have had a few glasses of wine and my tongue, or fingers in this case, can flow freely.
I love to inspire people and remind them to not get bogged down in this whole parenting thing. I have come a long way since first becoming a mum. Pushing out four bundles of joy in six years means that I have learnt a thing or two along the way. I am no expert by any means but I have learnt that you need to appreciate the little things and no matter how tough things may seem, we are truly blessed to have the children that we do. They grow up all too quickly and we need to appreciate the time we have with them. Sometimes we all need to put things into perspective and stop listening to the advice we are getting left right and centre. If posts such as ‘Breastfeeding Debate….Again!’ and ‘Maybe Your Child’s Just Not Ready Yet!’ have helped people to do this they have been worth writing.
I also discovered early on that people actually find me quite funny! I think I’m funny…………..my husband thinks I’m funny (or at least he used to before we entered the stressful life of parenthood!)………….and my two year old think I’m funny. It could just be that you are laughing at me of course, but I like to think that you are laughing with me in my journey as a sense of humour goes a long way. The responses to my posts ’10 Mischievous things my Toddler Has Done’ and ’18 Signs You Are A Mum Of Boys’ confirm that hopefully the latter is true! I get a real buzz thinking that the signs you are a mum of boys post is still whizzing round the internet being shared across the world. I am slowly getting over the trauma that a picture of me dressed as wonder woman is being seen by such a wide audience but hey ho, my humiliation is a small price to pay!
I have made a little bit of money doing something I love! The first month that I started blogging, I came across professional bloggers who make a living out of their blog. ‘Fantastic!’ I thought. ‘I will do that too!’ Then the harsh reality struck. To make a real living out of blogging you need to give it your all. You need to ‘work’ at it. It needs to become your job. Well, I made a decision long ago that I wanted to be a full time mum and as much as I love blogging, I am not going to allow it to interfere with this. Any blogging that I do is late at night whilst the boys sleep. I have done a few sponsored posts which I have loved doing and I won’t lie, it has felt great to earn some money from it. I vowed to myself early on though that I would only take on sponsored posts that fitted with my blog. Ones that would be of interest to my readers. I have seen so many other bloggers sell out and write about something on their blog just to earn the money. That isn’t why I started blogging and I intend to stay true to myself above any monetary gain.
My blog has led me to things that I never even imagined. As a joke one day, I put an infographic on a t-shirt. Apparently you guys liked it so I thought, ‘hey, why don’t I do this for real?!’ Never one to hang around, I put all the wheels into motion and just weeks later was in possession of fifty t-shirts with my own design imprinted on them. I have also become a blogging ambassador for MAMA Academy and worked with Pampers to raise awareness of newborn tetanus. If I can help such worthy causes as these through what started as one tiny blog post, then surely that is reason enough to do it.
My blog has also given me the opportunity to speak out about things that people may be too scared to raise. My ‘Post Natal Anxiety’ post touched many people going through the same thing. People who felt that they were totally alone now know that they are not. I have also addressed the often misunderstood world of tourettes. Bit by bit we can make a difference to peoples perceptions. My post ‘It’s Not About Labelling Your Child’ also gave me the chance to speak about a subject which many dare not voice. If this has made the difference to just one family then it was worth every word.
I thought that this was going to be a pretty short and sweet blog post but I have been sitting here writing for an hour and a half now. If I ever have a week of writers block and ask myself why I am doing this, I only have to read my words here back to myself. There are so many reasons why I blog and writing this has made me realise even more how much I love it.
The thing that means the most about writing my blog though is that I am leaving a legacy for my boys. Right now I just read them the odd snippet that makes them laugh but one day they will actually take a proper look at my website. It may be when they are entering adulthood. It may be when they become parents themselves. It may be when I am no longer in this world and they want to reminisce about our time together. Whenever that time comes, it will be there waiting for them.