Mummy Blogger – One Week In And Loving It

August 17, 2016

Computer screen showing that Motherhoodery blog is 1 week old

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.

WRITER’S ITCH

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.

 

You Baby Me Mummy

 

Diary of an imperfect mum

20 Comments

  1. Reply

    Alana - Burnished Chaos

    Yay, congratulations! As a fellow newbie (3 weeks in) I know how hard it can be to get going and how steep the learning curve is. I must say though I love your theme, I’m still searching for one and being far too picky! Anyone visiting your site without reading this would have no idea you were a newbie so you’re obviously doing a great job x

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      Kirsty

      That’s so kind Alana, thank you. Newbies together then! I took quite a while to find a theme I liked and played with colours for quite some time. I’m sure you’ll find something you’re happy with. Just think about how it will look out of your blog context as well, for example on business cards. x

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    Franki ~ Wonderful Chaos

    Happy one week anniversary and welcome to the blogging world. It’s a great place to be and I for one have made so great friends if nothing else from blogging.

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      Kirsty

      Hi Franki, thank you for the shout out! I’m off to BlogOn next month, so it will be lovely to finally meet these wonderful fellow bloggers. x

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    TheIrishBabyFairy

    Hi Kirsty, congrats on your first week of blogging. I’m not too far ahead of at 3 months and I’ve found it gets even more all-consuming as you go along!!! I love it though. Best of luck #ablogginggoodtime

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      Kirsty

      Oh no, don’t tell me that! Sounds like I’m going to be busier than ever – eek! Well done on your 3 months. x

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    Katy (What Katy Said)

    Ah happy one week – it is amazing isn’t it? I am so so glad I started my blog when I did, it has given me so much confidence and brought my family so much. Here’s to the next week and many many more!! x

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      Kirsty

      Hi Katy, I definitely need to thank you, as I have referred to your posts several times. Some really helpful tips. I’m excited for the future! x

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    Catherine

    Wow! A week in and it looks and sounds like you have been doing it for ages!! I’m a month in and still feel like I’m very very new . ?Still getting to grips with it all and considering making my site look more professional. Love the community side of it!! So many lovely other bloggers out there!! #ablogginggoodtime

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      Kirsty

      Aww that’s really sweet, thank you. I’m a complete control freak, so have to have things a certain way! Take your time, there’s no rush. It’s good to find out what you like from other sites and then see what you can do with your own. I’ve never read so many blogs in all my life! x

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    Becky

    Congrats! I am a newbie blogger too, and yes it takes a lot to get everything up and running! I do really enjoy blogging though! When I first became a stay at home mom I thought I would never get “bored” staying at home but after seven years I needed to find a creative outlet! Nowadays my youngest child has special needs so I am pretty busy and not able to go back out into the workplace, so this is definitely a nice balance! Nice to meet you and thanks for linking up with #ablogginggoodtime

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      Kirsty

      Hi Becky, I think my friends and family know me very well because they all said ‘are you sure you’ll cope with being at home all day?’ I was sure I would, but it wasn’t long before I felt the urge to do something more. Gosh, I can imagine you are very busy. I love that blogging lets me be at home and connected to the world at the same time! x

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    An imperfect mum (Catie)

    Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging and it is amazing, addictive and all consuming. I hope you enjoy every moment of it! Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime ? it is great to have you join us & I look forward to reading more! ❤️

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      Kirsty

      Thank you for the welcome! Despite working in marketing, blogging really hasn’t been on my radar until my little rocket man was born and I desperately searched for helpful articles at 2am in the morning! It’s all come about quite quickly, so I’m taking baby steps and seeing where it takes me. Hopefully I’ll have lots more to link to up ? x

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    Emma T

    I always think it’s amazing how so many new bloggers come in knowing all this stuff, are in the community already and getting this number of comments and views. When I started I didn’t even read blogs, I didn’t know that there was a parenting community – it took me 6 months to know that, and another 6 months to really get to grasp with everything that goes with it.

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      Kirsty

      Hey Emma, tbh it was only a few weeks ago that I discovered the world of blogging! I read a couple of well known blogs during my maternity leave, but had no concept of the huge community out there. It has been a wonderful surprise. I was lucky enough to stumble upon ‘You Baby, Me Mummy’ and used some of Aby’s brilliant blogging tips. x

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    Jade-Marie : Tiptoes Clever

    Lovely post Kirsty! I’m a newbie to the blogging world too! Started mine on the 12th August 🙂 I see so many similarities between us with researching and wanting it to look right and at least know a little of what you are doing, before taking the leap. I hope it goes well for you, but really I just hope you always enjoy doing it. Thats the main thing! Like you, I needed a creative outlet too and somewhere to write my thoughts. It’s great meeting other bloggers and Mama’s and lovely meeting you now too! Big high five to your first week! xx

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      Kirsty

      Ah congratulations! Just popped over and it looks fab – we have similar layouts! It feels like the start of a new adventure doesn’t it? Although it’s made me extremely busy, I’m really enjoying it. High five to you too! x

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    Kelly Danson

    Hi Kirsty,
    Great post, I was drawn to it as I’m probably as far along as you, I’m all set up to go theme, domain and a handful of posts. I’m nervous excited about this new journey and it’s nice there’s other newbies out there, this is so completely different to anything I’ve ever done before, I do vlog on a YouTube channel but blogging to me is very different.
    I’ve also just read your post about losing your identity and what to call yourself, haha I have been feeling like this for 13 years, since i became a “stay at home mum” and i still don’t know the answer!! hope to see you around the community.

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      Kirsty

      Hey Kelly, thank you for stopping by. Newbies should definitely stick together! I’m very impressed that you vlog. I feel I’m a long way off having the confidence to be on camera! Ha, gosh 13 years…wonder if I’ll find the answer the any sooner! Absolutely, I’m sure we’ll bump into each other in ‘the community’. x

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