I can’t believe my baby is one week old – whoop! Not my actual baby, he’s a bustling 14 month old. No, my blog baby, Motherhoodery.
If someone had said a couple of months ago I’d be entering the blogging world, I wouldn’t have believed them. But I was missing my pre-baby creative life and knew I was on the verge of something. I just didn’t know what.
I was one of those naïve women who thought being on maternity leave would be the ideal time to write a book.
‘Fool’ I hear you cry. Yep.
However, once little rocket man had made his grand entrance and I was feeling less like a deer at a roller-disco, I did start getting the urge to write. I’d had an idea for a book for a few months and like so many foolhardy peeps before me, declared, ‘It can’t be that difficult.’ Guess what? It is that difficult.
As Tutti napped I tentatively typed ‘Chapter 1’ and after about four lines realised I had no clue what I was doing. Two weeks later the file named ‘Book’ was no longer opened.
The desire to write and the craving to be part of the real world didn’t leave me. I love being a mum (to be honest, far more than I ever thought I would), but felt I could do more. I could be more.
When you’re a stay-at-home mum, all the thoughts and questions you ponder have nowhere to go apart from around in your head. Poor Hubster has to put up with me exploding into conversation the minute he walks through the door. I tend to save everything up and then vomit it out to him, the second he hangs his jacket up.
Blogging seemed a good way to get my thoughts out into the world, interact with actual adults (all be it virtually) and bring a bit of ambition back into my life.
I can’t remember the precise moment I thought ‘I’m going to write a blog,’ but it may have been whilst watching the 9am episode of Pioneer Woman on Food Network. I remember Ree Drummond saying she started a blog when her kids were little. A few years later, here she was showing the world how to make Cowboy Quiche.
Maybe that piece of info sowed a seed? I’m not sure, but a few weeks ago I began conjuring up blog names, brainstorming with Hubster and reading a fair bit about starting a blog. I’ve always lived by the saying ‘fail to plan, plan to fail,’ so I research the hell out of everything. Doesn’t mean it always goes smoothly, but at least I’m prepared for it!
Fairly quickly my domain name was purchased, web host confirmed and theme installed. Motherhoodery was born.
SO WHAT HAVE I LEARNED AFTER ONE WEEK OF BEING A BLOGGER?
* It’s all about community
I had no idea there were so many parent bloggers out there. And seemingly they all help, advise and guide each other. Every single one I’ve had contact with has been friendly and supportive. I thought blogging might be a lonely place, but how wrong I was.
There is a whole online community ready to offer words of encouragement and join you for a virtual cup of tea and a chat. I’m still the outsider, but hope one day to make real friends with these wonderful like-minded people. In the meantime, to anyone who has liked, followed, retweeted, commented or emailed me, THANK YOU.
* I’ll need to be an expert juggler
Even after just one week, I can see how all-consuming blogging could be and I want to keep a balance. Coming up with ideas, writing posts, taking and editing photos, keeping up with social media and building the brand, all whilst looking after a toddler 24/7 = challenging.
It’s worse at the moment because everything is new and takes me an age to complete. I’m hoping once it becomes more familiar I’ll be able to automate some things and get into a routine.
* I’ve got a host of new skills to add to my CV
I’m now an IT specialist, photographer, social media manager, event planner, brand ambassador and of course, a writer. Anyone that says blogging is easy is very much misinformed. So much work goes into each post. Clicking ‘publish’ is just the beginning. I know I’ll need to work my ample-sized butt off to have any chance of my posts being seen by the masses.
* I can speak a new language
Last night Hubster blurted out ‘Can you hear yourself?’! Without realising it, I’d just spent 10 minutes explaining the nuances of subscriber sign-ups, email lists and site stats. From all the jargon I was spurting out, he deduced that I’d attached a jetpack to a male chimp. Confusion ensued.
My vocabulary has certainly increased in the last few weeks. From favicons to nofollow links, it’s been a very steep learning curve.
* I have an unhealthy attachment to all technological devices
It gives me the biggest buzz to see people liking, following and commenting on Motherhoodery. It’s amazeballs to think real-life humans around the world are looking at my content. If I think too long about it, it blows my mind. I’m a complete newbie so my stats are small, but I love every single interaction. Technology is very much my friend.
So, happy one week anniversary Motherhoodery…you’ve given me my own little space on the world-wide web and a new sense of purpose.