On this day a year ago, I was sat staring at a computer screen (one that wasn’t even my own) bleary eyed from lack of sleep, holding my breath and wondering if this was going to work. Wondering if this was the right thing to do. Wondering if I would even be any good. Wondering if, like so many other things, I would quit or grow to hate what I was doing. Wondering if I should even do this. Wondering if all the hard work would pay off. If the month of preparation, the expenses already incurred, the time spent writing the 50 or so posts currently waiting to be scheduled was worth it or if I should have been doing what a lot of new mums were trying to do and rest. I sat holding my breath, my hand poised over the left mouse button, cursor poised over the blue button. Waiting. Then, I exhaled and at the same time that mouse button clicked “Publish” and my blog was Live. Live for the first time and there for anyone and everyone to see….
I can’t believe this was a year ago and here I sit now typing this, what will be my 322nd blog post, a freelance blogger and writer scarcely able to believe how much has changed in a year. You see, I didn’t start off slowly – looking back I can see that I jumped in feet first and oh boy am I glad that I did. I went straight to self-hosted and always owned my own domain – I started out using my own email straight away too and never had an @gmail or @hotmail or anything at all. I also didn’t think “Ooo I’d like to start a blog!” and begin publishing right away… oh no! I spent a month writing before launching – writing posts on anything and everything to give myself a good head start… in fact I created enough to see me through Christmas and well into the New Year. I couldn’t have done it without my sister who spent that month before launch building my first ever website for me (she also had a hand in re-building and creating my current one too!)
So much has changed in this past year – did you know that before I started blogging, I had never used Twitter or Instagram and now they are my favourite social media platforms?! I am not sure I remember a time without them and thank goodness I learnt how to use them fast as they have opened so many doors for me I cannot even begin to explain.
I am not really sure when I started calling myself a “Blogger” though I officially went self-employed back in April so I suppose you could say that is when I “turned pro” but honestly all that mattered to me to begin with was that I found a job that allowed me to stay at home with Alyssa but it has brought me so so so much more. Not only am I able to be with her every morning and every night, I am also able to support the both of us doing a job that I can honestly say I absolutely love. I have never really loved any of my jobs – they were merely jobs I happened to fall into because I was trained or good at something and whilst it is easy to get very burnt out blogging because you are often never able to turn off, I completely adore it and wouldn’t change it for the world.
Some of my favourite posts this past year have been:
- My Soulmate: The One I Loved. The One I Lost – it was so cathartic writing this post and getting out something that had lived inside of me for so long… it felt like I had finally breathed out.
- The Day She Almost Died – sharing this with everyone really highlighted for me the importance of parents knowing first aid for their little ones and I have been privelidged to work with a number of companies promoting pediatric first aid courses.
- Get Off Your Arse – Blogging Isn’t A Real Job – this one connected me with so many bloggers all over the world and even got me a spot on a couple of Radio shows and the BBC News. Sometimes it’s nice to know that you aren’t alone.
- Personal Ad: Blogger Seeks Tribe – despite the success of some of my other posts, this has by far got to be my most successful one – not in page views or comments or shares or anything like that. This post brought me my tribe and now almost a year old, we have a thousand followers on Twitter, a very active Facebook, a chat that never sleeps and I have friends who I know will be friends for like and ones I share everything with. My blog brought me them.
My blog is still so young and yet I cannot imagine a time when it wasn’t such a huge part of my life. If I ever have a problem, it seems the one thing that really helps me deal with an issue is writing it down. Having a good “word-vomit” moment and getting it all out and hitting publish. Sometimes, I still get nervous about how a post will be received but then I think that it doesn’t matter because ultimately my blog is for me and anyone else who happens to enjoy it is a complete bonus.
I have so many more dreams and aspirations for my blog – I’m thinking a blog world takeover, what do you think?! At the moment I am sat at home writing in my pyjamas or sweats with my hair scraped back with the occasional venture out to a welcomed blogging event However, you never know, in the future I may need to don a ladies suit and head on into the big city – who know’s?! In the meantime, I just want to say the biggest thank you. Thank you to anyone who has taken the time to read my blog, comment, like or share – you don’t know how much it means. Thank you so much to my family, particularly my mum and sister for all their help and support. Thank you to Alyssa for being such a wonderful little one and finally thank you to my blog itself – it’s always there when I need it. Here’s to many more years to come!
This is a collaborative post – all opinions are my own