My 1st Blog Birthday – A Look Back
My blog is one years old today! I find it crazy to think I have been doing this for a year now. I will let you into a secret, I am faddy. I get really into a hobby for a few weeks and then that’s it. I lose interest and start something else. This is one of the reasons I am so proud of my blog and what I have achieved. I have stuck at it and that is an achievement in itself.
I started my blog to get things out of my very busy mind. At the time I was just coming out of my worst patch of post-natal anxiety and learning how to cope with it. One of those ways was to write things down. Instead of scribbling away in a diary I decided to start a blog and write it all there. I had no intention of anyone reading it to be honest. It started to form and I worked out what I like to write about, it was all a bit sporadic at first. There was no scheduling, barely any promotion and no editorial calendar!!
Then I started to get a few bloggers follow me on Twitter and Instagram and I started to realise there was a whole blogging community out there on the world wide web and I really liked it. I felt at home there and I learnt a lot about what blogging was and what my blog could be. I guess I got swept along with it for a while but then I realised how much I was enjoying it. By the time brands were getting in touch with me and I was being approached for guest posts I was in a routine and loving it. I love a good routine. With my part time job and Little Man to look after I decided I would publish three posts a week and have stuck to that ever since.
I’m proud of every post I have written but when I look back at the first few, they are a bit ropey. I have definitely developed a style of writing and learnt so much from fellow bloggers, some of which have been a huge inspiration to me. You can see my most read posts for the year here. My post-natal anxiety posts dominate this list and I am so happy about this. Having post-natal anxiety was a dark time for me and in one way not one I like to think about too much but they have helped a few Mummy’s and that makes it all worth it to me. Something good has come out of something bad. It is as simple as that. My favourite posts to write are of course the ones about my little man. I love to document a family life together; the good, the bad and the tantrums and I hope he can look back at this when he is older.
So, what has blogging done for me? It has given me my confidence. Plain and simple. Since becoming a Mummy my confidence has been knocked and receiving lovely feedback on my posts or a friendly tweet has given me my confidence back. It has given me focus, drive and lots of enjoyment. It has given me friendship, I have some lovely blogging buddies and I love the support I get from Twitter when I am having a bad day. There is a lot to be said for social media and what it can give you.
Well as we can see from all this babble, this is why I need to blog. I shall stop now, all that’s left for me to say is thank you to every one that stops by and reads and for everyone that has supported me with my blog so far (even the family and friends who don’t really know what a blog is!). I am not one for goals but I hope I can keep growing this blog but most importantly keep enjoying it. Here’s to another year…I better get writing!!