My blog is officially one month old. Not quite time to celebrate with one of those cute photos of a candle in a cupcake but it’s a mini milestone nevertheless. I’m amazed at how much I’ve learnt in just a few weeks and just how much I’m loving it.
Now I’m on maternity leave, I’m so looking forward to Thursdays and Fridays – my son struts off happily to nursery and I have some ‘me’ time. Which means curling up on the sofa with my laptop, a cup of tea and writing a blog post or two.
One thing I’m relishing about this blog is the escapism from motherhood. Just to be clear (again), my family are my world BUT the blog is my mental retreat from nappies and CBeebies. It’s reminding me of exactly who I am, what my interests are and that there is life beyond little ones.
Here’s a few other things I’ve learnt along the way…
Finding a voice is really important. My blog needs to sound like me. I’m no expert at blogging (obviously!) or writing for that matter, but I want each post to feel more like we’re having a chat over coffee. I’m completely being myself and sharing the things I’m genuinely interested in.
Read, read, read as many blogs as possible. There are so many inspiring blogs out there, each with their own style and take on life. Getting to know some of my favourites has really helped me decide the direction I want my blog to go in.
From the start, I’ve known I didn’t want to be thought of as a mummy blogger. I wanted my blog to be more than just me talking about motherhood non-stop and sharing glossy photos of my son. Sure, there will be some photos of him along the way and the occasional parenting rant. Mostly, I want the blog to be inspiration for all the things I love – travel, days out, recipes, restaurants not-to-be-missed, home renovation and interiors…the list goes on.
Invest in some good stationery to jot down ideas. I know we live in a technical age but somehow having a pretty notebook feels more authentic than using Notes on an iPhone.
One piece of advice that I find oddly reassuring is not to expect too much, too soon. I’ll admit, it is really disappointing to see a blog post I worked hard on hasn’t had many views. But I’m not getting disheartened at this early stage – maybe six months down the line… For now, I’m just going to concentrate on doing something I love and hope that in time others will enjoy it too.
Plenty more blog posts to come – about books, fashion, my garden…so please keep reading!