Three years ago today, I sneaked away from the kids, as they sat slumped in front of the telly in their pyjamas, eating their breakfast, to read my friend’s blog upstairs. Then I saw a link. You could create your own blog! So I followed the link – and there it was! My own blog.
I’d had it in mind for a while to start a blog – I wanted to record and share the funny things my kids said. A blog seemed a good way to do it, but I didn’t know it was so easy to start one. Three years on, I’m not sharing the funny things my kids say any more (although I will treat you to a few for old time’s sake and to celebrate the blogoversary in a day or two).
But since that day, blogging has slowly taken over my life and I have no regrets. I love it. I love writing and sharing my experiences and I love that people read and relate to what I write.
So what’s changed and what have I learned since my two year blogoversary?
The biggest thing for me is that blogging inspired me to believe in myself – that I could take voluntary redundancy and go it alone. That was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Yes, I’m not working all hours or making my fortune yet, but I’m getting there slowly and I’m enjoying it! Without blogging, I never would have had enough confidence to make the leap.
Another big change is my move to a WordPress self-hosted blog. I’d always been happy with my humble Blogger blog – I’m not all about the design and the photos, I’m all about the words and that works just fine on Blogger. But the spam comments every three minutes were getting out of hand and I was allegedly up to 5,000 page views a day. It was all spam and I’d had enough! So I moved. Thanks to Geek Fairy, who both moved my blog over and did the redesign (she comes highly recommended for anyone who is planning a similar move!). I would never go back to Blogger now! I thought maybe I was getting about 10% of the page views Blogger was telling me. It turns out I wasn’t even getting that. Oh well. Who cares about that stuff anyway?
This year, along with my lovely blogging friends 3 Children and It, Secrets of the Sandpit and Not My Year Off, we launched Loud ’n’ Proud – the linky for sharing all those achievements you’re proud of. It runs on a Thursday and we rotate hosting, if you’re interested in joining us! It’s open right now with Not My Year Off, but then we’re taking a break over August and will be back in September.
Last year I learned that I wasn’t the winner of the MAD Blog Awards best schooldays blog, but I never expected to be. I was just so happy to be a finalist and certainly enjoyed the party for the awards night though! In March this year I was pleased to hear I’d made the finals again (hooray!) and will be heading to the award ceremony next month, where I totally expect to not win again.
This year I made the shortlist for the BiBs awards for the first time, but didn’t make it to the finals – not surprising as my category is ‘family’ which pretty much sums up every parenting blog from pregnancy to teenagers. It would be nice to make it to the finals next year, but I’m not holding my breath.
So what’s for the next year? More of the same, I reckon. A lot of parent bloggers lately have become uncomfortable with the words ‘mum’ and ‘mummy’ and are re-branding themselves as lifestyle bloggers. Well, I ain’t a lifestyle blogger, I’m a parent blogger. And I’m proud of it! So I’ll carry on sharing the ups and downs of family life with my two big boys and my quite-big-now girl – the funny bits, the sad bits, the bits that make me burst with pride and the bits that make me yell and shake my head with exasperation.
Thank you to everyone who has read my blog and supported me over the last three years. I really do appreciate it and hope you keep on reading!
Happy blogoversary to me!