Some people may perceive success as winning awards, having thousands or followers on facebook or gaining a celebrity status but, for me, true success can only be measured by your own expectations. It is important to have you own personal goals in life, to set obtainable standards and work hard to reach them.
My journey with blogging actually began through my writing of a book. As a stay at home Mum who has always previously worked I felt that I needed a new venture to keep my mind active and to still have a part of my life that was just ‘me’. The idea behind my book came about once my son started teething at a very early age. He would be in so much pain, very little touched it and he seemed to suffer from every symptom under the sun. I sought advice from, not only family and friends, but also at the Doctors and Dentist but I found very little help other than the recommendation of Calpol. I had heard of a few of the other products but, being a first time Mum, there were many that were new to me and I had no idea what to try next, how they all worked and which would actually work for him. I spent a lot of time having to research these to find the best solution for my son’s symptoms. As I built my knowledge I began making notes and getting as much information down as I could. From there it slowly developed into a book to help other parent’s through what can be a very difficult time; and so ‘Your Teething Baby, from one parent to another’ was born. The book was self-published on Amazon and from here I realised that I needed to start self-promoting. I had never dreamed that one day I would write a book but here I am now with this achievement under my belt and if this book can help another parent like myself who finds themselves at their wits end, not sleeping, not being able to console their baby then I have succeeded in my aim.
My passion for writing had been ignited and blogging seemed like a natural progression.
For me blogging has allowed me to write about all of my interests, cover topics that are important to other parents and to be able to reach out to others via social media, who I may never have had the chance to ‘meet’ in a normal situation. My numbers may not be huge but I measure my success in a different way. I am overwhelmed when even just one person messages me to say that a post has moved them and that they felt compelled to write to me to talk about their own experience. There aren’t many heavy blog posts but I feel that all areas of life need to be spoken about and for me being open and honest is the best way to reach out. Tackling topics that I can write about from a personal experience is so important as is just being myself.
I do also love to make people laugh and writing a quirky poem every now and then is a fun way to lighten the load of parenting problems and to highlight the fact we are all going through the same stresses and strains each day.
I think that if you have the passion and drive to write about your life to enable others to see that they are not in it alone, well, that is success right there.
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