Blogging – Inspiration, Encouragement & becoming your own.
I’ve said before about my huge passions which are photography and writing, so when I came across this wonderful way of combining the two – I couldn’t resist, and its been a big part of our lives ever since. Back when I started, I was going through a very tough time with personal circumstances and I just wanted to keep in tune with embracing and enjoying motherhood as much as I possibly could. For me, this meant documenting the simple things, the tough times that we overcame, the blossoming bond between my girls and this continued this way when our little boy came along. I have always had doubts of what I share, and if it was the right thing to do to write about our life on the internet, as its such a powerful place to be at times but its something special to us (as it is to many) and I am very aware of what and how I do share those things.
Along with this, I have made some lovely friends through this community, I may have only met a couple face to face once but there’s something so inspiring and comforting when you’re talking to people on the same ‘wave length, who have that same drive to create great content, document life, encourage others and to feel uplifted themselves. Last June I attended my first ever blogging event Blogtacular, and wow what a buzz that was. To finally meet people I had spoken to for over a year, got to learn some wonderful things and to just feel like I’m understood. It may have only been for a day but the people I did meet face to face were so lovely in ‘real life’ and made me feel a lot more at ease, and that I wasn’t the only one wanting to learn, and who still felt a little overwhelmed but equally excited about the evolution of the blogging.
I’ve been one of those people in recent years since learning more about this wonderfully baffling blogging world that has been sucked in my the pressures, the comparisons, the feeling of defeat. Then a few months back it hit me.
We’re all here doing what we love, and that’s exactly what it should be about.
Yes it’s nice when you have some recognition through emails, comments, likes etc but there’s so much more to it. As long as you are creating the content you want, write from the heart, follow your own niche, of course feel uplifted and encouraged by others work but this is about you, your journey. and this is something I am forever bearing in mind. On the flip side of that, it is a lovely thing when you support one another, likes, comments etc but just to know not get sucked in by it all and let it be the reason you’re in this.
When looking back on my blog I can see the evolution of it – in a good way. Change can be hard, but its also a good thing. I’ve gone from literally using it as an online diary/family documentation to gradually including more of my photography skills, videography, advice on certain topics, or most definitely words from my own experiences that may help others in some way but for me, i’m proud of the added elements. I’ve been lucky to work with some lovely brands throughout this pregnancy, collaborating on some lifestyle posts, & have some fab opportunities that are still yet to unfold this year and for that I thank blogging.
If I talk (or waffle on!) about blogging in ‘real life’ I often get the impression that it’s just an odd interest for some people, misunderstood maybe. Trying to have a conversation with people who have no clue about it is something I often feel a bit rubbish about because I love to talk about it, I want people to know that as much as its an interest/passion – it also takes a lot of hard graft, tiring late nights, thoughts and effort to get where I am. Especially with three littles and one whos arrival is imminent!
For me, its progressed on from being that online diary, and I want to make something of myself doing what I love, its a place for me to create, dream and inspire – and feel inspired myself! It gives me the drive to keep learning new things as its such a diverse area. It has made me step out of my comfort zone, gain more confidence in my abilities as a writer & photographer with the additive of stepping in front of the camera too. I have always loved photography, and have slowly been planning a business start up, but for now I am continuing to put my all into this blog as its something I’ve stuck at for years now. When baby is born and life becomes a new level of normal for us, I will carry on with the business start up too!
So where do I see my blog in a year or so?
Who knows, but I have so many plans including redesigning my page, I want to continue engaging with others and to support them also, we have our newest family member joining us really soon so I’m pretty sure I will continue to document snippets of our life here too. I want to further my creative side, and delve into lots more interests of mine and share that with you here.
Whatever I do, I will give it my all and try to embrace it all.
Here’s a little round up of some of my favourite posts from 2016 so far:
1.’Why I love capturing, documenting and preserving our memories of our life’2. ‘Do you ever feel Mama guilt?’3. ‘Believe you can, and you will – my tips for a positive birth’4. ‘Breastfeeding – My hopes & fears fourth time around’5.’Siblings in March 2016′6. ‘The six week countdown’
7. ‘They love you already’8. ‘Kitchen love – Our home sweet home makeover’
So theres a little round up of recent loves! And with all that being said (probably lots of rambling there!) I’d love to be voted in the MAD Blog awards this year, and also the Bibs. I believe that if we all continue to inspire, feel inspired, encourage one another in this blogging community, good things will carry on happening. I’m definitely casting my votes to those who do just that and think everyone who has a blog they love should be proud! So which ever category you feel fits me, please spare two minutes by clicking the pictures below and cast a vote for me (maybe in the photography, family or pregnancy categories?) or vote for any of your favourites really! and thank you so much to those who have voted so far, it really does mean the world to this wonderful community!
Thank you so so much 🙂 XO