Today my blog is six months old and at the same time my first day back at work. I just wanted to take a few moments to reflect on it all. What started off as just a few pictures of me and Emma down the park has evolved into something that I am fiercely proud of. It’s my baby and the only thing I’ve ever had which I have created from scratch – every detail on this blog is me through and through.
As I approached the six-month mark, I completed a 5 day productivity challenge with Aby from You Baby Me Mummy, which changed my perspective on organisation for my blog. When I decided to go back to work, I honestly worried that my blog would go down the pan…I was feeling quite down about that. But this course motivated me and made me realise that I can do this, if I get a bit organised and savvy using tools to help me.
One topic that we spoke about on the course was goals. Now this is something I am so rubbish at. Quite a few times I’ve read motivational posts about blogging and they ask you “what do you want out of your blog?”. I would always bury my head in the sand, and mumble something about how I love writing. But for once, with the help of a fantastic group of bloggers on the course who were positive and supportive, I have lifted my head back up and set myself some goals. I thought the 6 month milestone was a great time to reflect on them.
Consistency: Continue to post 3 times a week, but don’t feel guilty if I can’t.
Vlogging: Develop my YouTube channel a little more by engaging with the community.
Followers: Continue to build social media followings, focusing on Twitter and Facebook for the moment.
Photography: Practice a bit more to lessen the number of stock photos used on my blog.
And A Few Priorities
This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately…I’ve been feeling quite guilty as I’m often imbalanced with writing for my blog and family life. Now that I’m starting work again, life will be even busier and I know my time, especially with Emma and the boys will be less than it has ever been. For the first time, priorities are a bit more important, so I’m going to try and put the social media to one side after 9pm. I am truly addicted to my phone so we’ll see how that goes 😉
Above all, it’s good to remind myself sometimes why I started blogging in the first place. I just love writing and it was never any more than that when I began. Over time it has evolved, my writing style has become a bit clearer and I’ve also changed the look of the blog from those beginning weeks. But sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of why I pressed publish for the first time, how it felt to be recording the little memories I have with Emma.
Six months feels like a short space of time, and a milestone at the same time. I had no idea back in March the bonkers world I was about to step into, but it’s been fantastic and it’s wonderful to have something just for me that I can enjoy when I want a bit of escapism after work. So onto another six months of my ramblings I’m afraid, thanks for reading so far!