I can’t believe it’s been six months since I first pressed publish on my first post having no clue what world awaited me. My little online diary that would help me make sense of my thoughts and get them out of my head. It didn’t take long for me to be bitten by the blogging bug and I love it, I can’t imagine a time when I won’t be blogging.
Here are my rambling thoughts of six months blogging…
Since September when we made the decision for me not to return to work and to look after our two girls, which was the best and right decision to make. I found myself a bit lost, I was loosing the person that I was and in its place was Alice and Holly’s mum. Now, I love being their mummy more than anything in the world, but I also needed to be Laura. I first thought about doing a blog four years ago when i was on maternity leave with Alice, but I just didn’t quite have the push to do it. My thoughts returned to it, I thought long and hard about it, discussed it with Andy and then made than final decision to do it. The reason being that I needed something for me, something that would give me my identity back, a place for me to record my life with my family and blogging has definitely done all that.
I quickly stumbled upon the blogging community and was amazed at what a lovely supportive bunch bloggers are. I was lucky enough to meet some lovely bloggers at BritMums Live recently and put faces to names. You hear a lot about blogging tribes and that you need to find your own. I don’t really like the idea of tribes, it makes it sound very non-inclusive where people have their tribe and no one can join it. But, I do think that it would be lovely to have some blogging friends, people that you connect with and can bounce ideas of, ask those stupid questions and generally have a chat with. But, that means putting myself out there and I am not very good at that bit, I worry about the door not being opened. But, its something that I will try to work on and see if I can find some blogging buddies.
Promote, comment, promote, comment! These are the two things that as a blogger you have to spend a lot of time doing. No one is going to just randomly find your blog, and while at the start you may not care if no one reads it, this quickly changes. You start to think it would be nice if someone took the time to read what has taken you a long time to do. This takes most of my time, prompting my posts across social media and also reading and commenting on other bloggers posts. This part I really enjoy and I am always amazed at the variety of posts people write.
Photos! I always took a lot of photos of my girls, but its all changed since I started blogging. I still take a lot of photos, in fact I take more photos. But, I take different photos, I see things differently, I think about the photo more. Obviously I do this quickly as they don’t stay still for long, but I have learnt so much about how to take the perfect photo and I am still trying tot take those perfect photos. But, I definitely think my photos have got better in the last six months. It’s the area of blogging that interests me the most and one that I want to develop. Joining in with the Me and Mine Family Project has given me photos of the four of us that I never would have taken and that I will be always be grateful for.
I have even started my own linky, Sharing the Blog Love, with the lovely Katy over at Hot Pink Wellingtons. I enjoy taking part in linky’s and I wanted to run one too and was so pleased when Katy said ‘yes’ to hosting one with me. We launched it last week and had an amazing 36 bloggers link up, which Katy and I were amazed and delighted about. We love our linky and we really hope that everyone else will to.
Blogging has given me so much in the last six months and I can’t wait to see where the next six months takes me.