Success comes in all shapes and sizes doesn’t it? It can be an award you’ve waited your whole life to get. It could be recognition for something or from someone that matters. Or it could be something as small as your child saying I love you. We don’t celebrate success, in whatever form enough in my opinion and over the past few weeks and months with the madness that is blogging awards and particularity in the past week with my fight to get blogging seen as a real job, I have come to realise that everyone is a success in their own right. So, we find ourselves here and with me opening up the doors to Mummy in a Tutu for the first time to a guest post series. This series is here for any and all bloggers to talk about success; their success or the success of someone else that they want to recognise. Welcome to “I’m a blogging success because… Let’s hand over to Terry-Ann from Not An Effing Fairytale!
Success for me is just about doing it. Finally thinking, “okay, lets run with this and see where it takes me”.
I fell into blogging by accident. I have been a writer for years, mainly comedy editing for Stand Up comics and television shows. I also write web copy, and while revamping a nanny agency website, I asked the owner who wrote the parenting blog that appeared on it every week – it was frankly dire and did the website no favours. As it turns out, she hated it too and asked me if I could write a parenting blog for her site.
I said, no, but I will write you funny articles centred around parenting that you can put up in blog form, and that’s what happened. The blog on the site was a huge success and a part of me thought, “Hang on, I want a bit of this” and one night, notaneffingfairytale born.
It took a while to find my blogging voice – these days its not all parenting, I write about anything and everything. I swear. A lot. I tell inappropriate stories. A lot. It’s not a diary of my life. Every piece begins as a series of notes for a Stand Up routine and slowly turns into a blog from there.
I don’t sugar coat, I don’t talk about what I do and don’t do as a parent and I unashamedly bare myself (metaphorically speaking, you’ll be pleased to hear) and take any criticism on the chin.
But, that is my personal blogging success – finding my voice and just bloody doing it. As a writer and even when I was a Stand Up comic myself, I have always been constrained in what I can and can’t write. My blog is my platform to get away with saying whatever I want to.
I will never be nominated for any blogging awards, I will never be asked to review anything and I will never reach the hallowed inner circle of the ‘mum bloggers’ (because a) all the swears and b) it’s not really wholesome family fun) but I am happy with what I am doing.
So Success to me is three simple things: Going for it, doing it and being happy, no matter what anyone else thinks.
You can find Terry-Ann right here so go give her some blogging success love…
website – www.notaneffingfairytaleblog.com twitter – @cookiekibbles facebook – notaneffingfairytale insta – cookiekibbles
If you would like to take part in this series then please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org with your piece and all your social media links and subject it Blogging Success. I hope you join me again next week to help celebrate more blogging success. Joining us next week will be Sarah from Mum & Mor!
Thanks to all of my contributors
Dont for get to check out Week 1, Week 2, Week 3