Five years of blogging

On 1st August 2011, I left my three kids downstairs and sneaked off to read my friend’s blog. Having read it, I noticed there was a link to click to create my own blog. So I clicked it. And there it was! My very own blog!

Now what to call it? Well, I’m a mum of three and it’s about my world. I know, I’ll call it MumofThree World!

And, five years later, it’s still here. My smallish primary school children are now biggish and big. My tiny 5 year old just-left-reception girl is 10 and about to enter year 6. My 10 year old boy is now 15 and towers above me. My cute 7 year old boy is about to become a teenager.

Life has changed in five years. But I’m still a mum of three and they’re still my world.

Since 1st August 2011, I’ve written about our world almost daily. Sometimes I wonder how I keep thinking about things to write about, but I always do. Because with three growing kids and their schools and hobbies, there’s always something to write about. And sometimes I write about myself too – my running and my bad skin and sometimes my work. It’s all a part of my world. As are the books I read and review, which hardly anyone reads. But I still review them because I like writing about books.

A lot has changed in blogging since I started out too. There weren’t so many bloggers five years ago. I think people were quite proud to be parent bloggers. But now that’s not enough, everyone wants to be a lifestyle blogger. Everyone needs a niche – photography, travel, craft, recipes, being thrifty…

Not me. I just write about life in all its glory. The good and the bad.

There was a period where my blog was quite popular. I made it to the finals of the MAD Blog Awards in 2013 and 2014. Hearing I’d made it to the finals for the first time was definitely my proudest blogging moment. Until then, I didn’t really think people read my blog.

But by 2015 I was old hat. I didn’t write about lifestyle or travel or craft. I didn’t blog recipes, advice on being thrifty or share beautiful photos.

I was just me. Writing about life in all its glory. The good and the bad.

Less people read my blog now. Sometimes it makes me slightly sad. But I’m not writing it to be popular. I’m writing it as a record. The small stuff of family life. In a few months, I’ll forget how I cried because my son managed to do his drama performance the day after he broke his toe. I’ll forget that my daughter won the school matchbox challenge and challenged the head teacher to a times tables competition in assembly. Well, I would forget these things, if I hadn’t written them in my blog.

The small stuff of family life is perhaps too small, too personal, for many people to be interested in. It’s not going to win my prizes, not going to turn me into a ‘big blogger’, but that’s not why I blog. I blog because I have an overwhelming urge to write and remember. To treasure these little moments, no matter how small. Because they mean something to me. And, in years to come, the kids can read my blog and know how much it all meant to me, and they meant to me. Even if I was being a bit grumpy and they were doing my head in.

So I’m not having a big celebration or doing a big giveaway. That’s really not my style. But I’m proud to have made it to five years of blogging. So many bloggers have fallen by the wayside in that time – some after only a few weeks or months, some after a couple of years. Some of my oldest blogging friends have recently given up blogging or taken a step back for very good reasons. I feel lucky that I’m still going, still enjoying blogging. Even if I’ll never be cool.

Happy blogoversary to me!

Blogging, Sons, Daughter, MumofThree World

Author: Sarah Mummy

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28 Comments

  1. Happy fifth blogiversary to you! I enjoy reading your blog because it’s you. I feel like I am having tea with an old friend.

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    • Thank you! That is such a lovely comment, I really appreciate that ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. 5 years is amazing, congratulations. I love a bit of glitz and glam in a blog … sometimes. I’ll never forget when I first found your blog and commented that our families were like doppelgรคngers! Ballet and scouts, guinea pigs, grammar schools and running. Your blog is always waiting on my phone when I wake up in the morning and I enjoy reading it with my morning cup of tea. I marvel at your consistency and honesty. It’s a brilliant record for your family, yes, but it’s also a privilege and delight for all your regular readers. Well done x

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    • Thank you! What a lovely thing to say, I really appreciate that! It is nice to read about other families similar to our own. x

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  3. Congratulations! I love the authenticity of your blog and it is still going strong whilst you remain true to yourself. I’m sad that I had to give up and ma no longer on this journey with you but hey, I’ll be back some day, some how, I’m sure. X

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    • Thank you! True to myself is the only way I know how to be! I miss you in the blogging world, but sometimes other stuff is more important than blogging. Hope to see you back one day. x

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  4. Happy 5 years Sarah!!! I’m sure I actually remember your girl being 5, feels so so long ago. Half a decade is such a long time and I’m so glad I found it, as I found a very good friend from it. Blog awards will come and go but you’re a true blogger, blogging things that blogging intended! May you have many more happy years of writing x

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    • Thank you! What a lovely thing to say! I’m so glad we found each other because you are definitely a very good friend ๐Ÿ™‚ x

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  5. I think you should be really proud that you have achieved five years and stayed true to yourself. It is important to write what you want and believe in and it will be an amazing record of your life as a parent in years to come. I love reading your blog, so here’s to the next five years!

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    • Thank you, that’s such a lovely thing to say! I’m pretty sure I’ll still be here in five years time – with a 20 year old, a 17 year old and a15 year old, blogging about university, GCSEs, A Levels and teenage issues!

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  6. Happy blogoversary! Five years is absolutely brilliant, and it will be wonderful to look back on with your kids, so true.

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    • Thanks very much! I look forward to the days when I can share it with them and they can understand that even when I wrote slightly negative stuff it was because I love them all!

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  7. Nah whatever, you are SO the coolest blogger around! I read all your posts and I haven’t found one that I didn’t enjoy yet. I love the fact that you can write about the little things in life and make them interesting – in a way that makes me remember that one day I’ll look back and the little things will be the big things.
    Nat.x

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    • Thank you! That is such a lovely thing to say! I like to think I can make small stuff interesting, but it’s good to know that my readers agree! x

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  8. Sarah,

    โ€œMighty oaks from little acorns growโ€

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    • Thank you! How very true ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. Yours is the only blog I read more or less daily, I feel sort of like you are my pen friend, filling me in on what’s going on in your life – and if I ever meet your kids I am sure I will freak them out because to me I know them, even though we have never met! Keep it up lovely lady xxx

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    • Thank you! I am very happy to be your pen friend ๐Ÿ™‚ I think there are a lot of people who feel they know my kids! You probably know them better than some of their own friends do! x

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  10. Congratulations on your 5 years blogging….
    I love your blog. It is so real and I enjoy reading about you and your family!
    You are cool by the way ๐Ÿ˜€ x

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    • Thank you! I really appreciate that ๐Ÿ™‚ (And I’m glad you think I’m cool!) x

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  11. I always enjoy reading your blog Sarah. I think it is an honest and true account of your life with no bells and whistles and sometimes that is just all you want to see. I am lucky that I have found something I love as a result of my blog and am using it to get better. I think that many people keep writing and going until they find their niche – but you have found yours and stick to it. Congratulations on the 5 years, I shall continue to be one of your readers (even if I don’t always comment!) xx

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    • Thank you! I really appreciate that ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s great that you’ve found your niche through blogging. Just telling little stories has always been my niche – I’ve always kept a diary and I’ve always entertained my friends with my parenting anecdotes, managing to make mundane situations sound far more entertaining than they should do! x

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  12. It’s brilliant that you’ve been doing it so long, a fabulous account to look back on. I love reading stories, much more than lifestyle posts. I read all of your posts (via Blogloving, usually) but sadly don’t always have time to comment. Please keep doing what you’re doing (not that you show any signs of stopping) ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thanks very much! That’s lovely to hear that you’re a regular reader and I definitely won’t be stopping any time soon! It’s great to hear that there are people who prefer reading stories to ‘lifestyle’ posts.

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  13. Happy 5th blog birthday ๐Ÿ™‚ I can remember your blogs as being one of the first I ‘got into ‘ I perhaps haven’t commented all the time but I have been reading and watching your family grow. I started a little earlier (when my youngest was born and he’s 6 next week) but my current blog is 5 yrs. I’ve not found my niche and gave up looking ages ago. Just like you I write for myself and it’s what I love. Game and fortune can pass me by , I’ll still be here and I hope you will be too. I’m so sad to see bloggers giving it up because it’s all changed so much, it doesn’t have to change of you don’t want it to xx

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    • Thank you for such a lovely comment. It’s good that there are people like us who are just happy to blog for ourselves because we love it. What a great record of family life we are putting together. x

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  14. How did I miss this post, HUGE congratulations on 5 years of blogging. I credit you as the reason I started blogging nearly 3 years ago. I found your blog via twitter, started reading it as our kids are similar ages (though you have one more than me), and thought I would like to do that too. You are a huge inspiration to me, you blog daily, you write honestly and you are just as fab in life. Keep doing what you are doing Sarah and here is to the next 5 years, though in 5 years it might just be daily posts about those cute little guinea pigs (now there is a niche lol) xx

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    • Thanks very much! I love that I inspired you to start blogging! I’m pretty sure I’ll still be here in five years, but daily guinea pig posts might be a challenge! ๐Ÿ˜‰ x

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