A few days ago my little blog turned 3 months, which seems like such a small milestone compared to some of the beautiful blogs I read daily. However to me, getting to 3 months is an achievement in itself – I read somewhere that at this time a lot of blogs don’t continue, so in the back of my mind I thought I might magically run out of inspiration to write. But I’m still here!
This coincided with an amazing weekend at BritMums Live and with all the inspirational food for thought, it left me in a bit of a reflective mood. It made me think about why I am writing this blog and what I want out of it. It made me think properly about my niche – the question I have been avoiding. So here’s a few thoughts on the last 3 months, if you can allow me to be utterly self-indulgent…
Blogging is cathartic
When I started my blog, I was feeling very lost as a new mum and wasn’t sure what I was doing with my life really! I had come from a career in a very intense working environment to motherhood – totally different, though equally challenging. I’ve loved creating something that is all mine, my escapism, especially as in those early months everything felt so out of control and crazy!
It’s the people that make it
Meeting an amazing group of bloggers was a real turning point for me, and gave me lots more confidence in what I am writing. Since becoming a mum, I’ve come across competitiveness more times than I’d care to admit and the idea of starting to write about my experiences was quite daunting. I love that with these girls there is no competition, just lots of encouragement and support. In particular, Mummy in a Tutu, Island Living 365 and Beauty Baby and Me have all been incredibly kind to me and I feel very lucky to have met them – you all rock!
Self-doubt is totally normal
How many times have I written something and thought….
“aaaaargh I think this is rubbish. I’m rubbish. I think I might pack in my blog”
I have to admit, this has happened quite a few times! But it’s so comforting to know that we all feel like that sometimes. We are our worst critic and those feelings are normal, it means we care about what we are writing and want to get it right. This was one of the best messages I took home from BritMums Live, keep doing what you love doing 🙂
Don’t get obsessed with stats…but take notice when something works!
It’s taken me a while to stop checking my stats every day – it’s a bit like the blog version of me stepping on the scales every morning. So if you see the figure you like, your day is amazing and you’re walking around like “hey, look at me and my amazing blog” and if it’s not great then you beat yourself up all day. So I stopped doing it and only check once a week now. However I have written a couple of things (here and here in case you missed it!) which people said they loved reading, and that feedback is so useful to know what works for me.
Celebrate your achievements, however big or small
I’m a big fan of celebrating the little things, and I try to do this with my blog too. Just a little pat on the back, and there’s been lots to be happy about over the past few months. In particular, writing a couple of posts for The Huffington Post, seeing my page views increase, reaching 2,000 followers on Twitter and starting a YouTube channel (which still needs lots of practice but I love all the same!) This has all made me very excited for another 3 months to come…
So there’s my thoughts on the first 3 months of blogging and here’s to another 3 months 😉 I’m absolutely loving it and can’t believe I didn’t do it sooner. I hope it might help bloggers just starting out but do let me know your thoughts in the comments below.