I suppose I started blogging for therapy, but also for fun. I battled with Postnatal Depression (PND) after my first pregnancy, so when I had my second baby; blogging was the perfect way to vent and make sure that I did not feel isolated. Did I get depressed again? No. I believe that my blog had a huge part to play in that and so for that one reason I will always consider my blog to be a success.
I didn’t think that anybody would even bother to read my blog or really care about anything I had to say, but they have and they do… thousands of people. Compared to other blogs, my following is tiny. But the fact that I have a following at all makes me extremely happy and proud and it grows slowly every day. I don’t blog for money. I blog for passion. So my blog is not yet ‘successful’ in the business sense. But if money comes later, then great! I will always blog about things that are important to me and things that I think my readers can relate to. My aim is to make people smile in recognition, nod in agreeance and occasionally laugh their arses off.
I recently won the BISS blogging competition for my posts about PND and Sex after childbirth. Both pieces were very personal to me, but they resonated with so many mums and even opened the eyes of a few dads. While I was super excited to have won something, I was even more excited to connect with my audience, to encourage people not to be embarrassed and to get people talking about such important issues.
When I receive messages and comments from other mums (some friends, some strangers) who have been able to relate to something on my blog, or my blog has helped them in some way; that is best reward for me. If I can use my blog to stop someone feeling isolated or lonely, or if I can help a person in any way at all – THAT is true success. To me, anything more is quite simply a bonus. x
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