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Why I Started Blogging

Why I Started Blogging

I’ve wanted to write a post for a while on why I started blogging.

I first started this blog in June 2013.  My first baby was 2 months’ old and during the very long day (and night!) feeds, I spent a lot of time looking up answers to the endless questions I had about raising a baby, getting them to sleep, baby products to try and reading how other mums were doing it all.

It inspired me to capture my own thoughts in my own blog and I wrote a few early posts with some tips I’d picked up and reviewing some of the baby products I’d bought and liked.

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Life then got busy as I went back to work after maternity leave, we then moved from Australia back to the UK.

Fast forward to July 2014 when I got pregnant with my second baby!  I decided to start writing again, this time to predominantly ‘track’ my pregnancy, with a weekly pregnancy update that was more like a diary and outlet for me to complain about my symptoms!

As the weeks went by, I started engaging more with the blogging community – a wonderfully, welcoming group that I didn’t know existed!  Of course I knew that many people blogged, but I didn’t know how friendly, helpful and supportive they all would be.

I joined in with linkys, enjoyed reading and commenting on other blogs and soon enough, more readers began I visit my little corner of the Internet too.  I especially loved hearing from other pregnant ladies, comparing notes and symptoms and following each other’s journeys to the big birth day!

The more I blogged, the more I wanted to blog.

After my second baby was born, my pregnancy updates turned into post partum updates where I’ve been sharing how we are all adapting to being a family of four.

Soon after I really started blogging consistently in 2014, companies started contacting me to see if I’d like to review some of their products and doors have opened to collaborate more with brands along the way as I’m now a Blog Ambassador for Huggies Wipes and Babymoov as well as raising awareness for an amazing charity, MAMA Academy.

My head is constantly filled with new ideas for blog posts and my email inbox is never empty with offers of collaborations and fun opportunities but there just isn’t enough time in the day to do as much as I’d like.  My family are my number one priority and I’m enjoying watching my children grow as they really are only this little once.

Blogging has given us some wonderful opportunities already and I hope to be able to continue blogging for a long time to come.  I feel like I’ve finally found a hobby that I truly love – combining my love for writing, interacting with people and constantly learning.  I’m so happy I started.

If you share those passions, I’d strongly recommend setting up your own blog.  Aby at at Live Love Blog has a wonderful post on how to start a Blog really easily – I’d recommend you take a read!

If you already blog, I’d love to know why you started and why you enjoy it – let me know in the Comments below.

 

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45 Comments

  1. Jane Allen
    / 8:32 pm

    Mim, I love your blog. You’re so downright honest and inspirational. Glad you’re enjoying the journey. There are bigger achievements ahead.

    • / 1:58 pm

      Oh thank you so much!

  2. Kirsty @ My Home Truths
    / 8:56 pm

    I started my blog on January 1 2011 as a New Year’s Resolution – it’s been the only resolution I’ve ever kept!

    • / 1:38 pm

      Hurray – you’re definitely keep it well! x

  3. Elysia
    / 11:13 pm

    Great post thanks for sharing, I’ve only just started blogging and I love it it is a hobby that I’ve found too, great tips x

    • / 1:43 pm

      Thank you! It’s a wonderful hobby :)

  4. Mummuddlingthrough
    / 8:40 pm

    Hi, thanks for sharing your story. I just recently started blogging because I’ve been made redundant from my 14 year long job whilst on Mat leave… So I’m looking for something to do with my brain! I’m enjoying it so far… My head is filled with blog ideas, just need to come up to speed with the techy side and do a bit of work on my blog presentation. Early days :-) x MMT

    • / 8:52 pm

      It’s a wonderful new direction for you I hope :) and I’m the same, learning more technical things every day – we’ll be fluent in html…..one day! :)

  5. / 9:18 pm

    Lovely post. Blogging kept me sane with two small children and I love the blogging community – I have met some wonderful people that I would never have done without my blog.
    Thanks for linking up to #SundayStars

    • / 11:37 am

      Thanks lovely! The blogging community is just wonderful :)

  6. Tim
    / 10:45 am

    I’ve been blogging in various guises since 2007: sports (and more recently specifically cycling), TV, family, nostalgia, all sort of random stuff, really. My tighter parenting focus has only really been there since the start of 2013 – and even then I’ve only been seriously focussed on it since last summer.

    Why do I blog? Mostly because I’ve always loved to write, plain and simple. I find it easier to express myself in writing than verbally – I’m painfully shy in real life and am terrified of any large social gatherings – and it allows me to organise and share my thoughts in a way that pleases me. Becoming part of the parent blogging community has been a huge bonus for me – even though I do still write primarily for my own amusement, it’s always gratifying to know that there are people out there who read (and occasionally like) what I do, and I have made some genuine friends from that.

    Best of all, blogging has given me the confidence to start writing a book about my experiences as a dad. Without the blog, that would almost certainly never have happened.

    • / 2:33 pm

      I know exactly what you mean about being able to get on paper what you actually mean to say, rather than the randomness that sometimes occurs (for me, at least!) face to face! It’s lovely to learn why you blog too :)

  7. HonestMum
    / 12:44 pm

    What a lovely post, I started blogging to find a like minded community and to get back to being creative, it really is the most incredible place to be. Thanks for linking up, please can you add my badge or link back lovely x

    • / 12:54 pm

      Thanks lady! Ah I’ve added – I think I must have linked up during a sleepy night feed and forgot :)

  8. Betty and the Bumps
    / 9:12 pm

    I think, for me, my blog is about therapy and socialising but that is so not why I started! I wanted to make my millions!!! Ha ha! But, no, really, I started to share breastfeeding fashion ideas and then all of a sudden I started pouring my heart out and people like it! I also like tracking my weight loss. I wish I’d written about my pregnancy like you have, but Gwenn was about six months when I started up. x

    #sundaystars

    • / 9:00 am

      Ha ha million would be nice – hmm, one day! I wish I’d written about my first pregnancy, it would have been so nice have a written record of the two :)

  9. carol
    / 7:48 pm

    I loved this post, and as someone who has just started blogging again and really starting to find my feet this was lovely to read

    • / 8:13 pm

      Thank you so much and I’m so happy for you that you’ve restarted blogging! :)

  10. Tracey Williams
    / 5:12 pm

    I love reading how other people started their blogging journey. I started nearly 2 years ago when my hours dropped in work. I knew I wanted something to keep my brain active on the days I would not be in work. We love holidays and days out, and I wanted to share our adventures with people. I have met so many lovely people along the way, and I know I still have a lot to learn in the blogging world #SundayStars

    • / 8:13 pm

      That’s the wonderful thing isn’t it – so much to constantly learn as we go :)

  11. mummyofboygirltwins
    / 1:30 pm

    Great post – amazing how far your blog has come! :) I started as an outlet for my thoughts after having twins, and then it has turned into a lifestyle blog. I love it most of all for the social side and friends I have made xx Great post and thanks for sharing and linking up! Jess xx #SundayStars

    • / 8:14 pm

      Oh thank you lady! :)

    • / 1:00 pm

      That’s so true – I think I knew in the first week I was going to love it! :)

  12. Ali
    / 12:13 pm

    Your blogging beginning is parallel to mine! I never anticipated the community I would become part of and just how much I’d love it. I love reading how others got into it #sundaysstars

    • / 12:46 pm

      It’s amazing isn’t it – I had no idea a ‘community’ even existed and I feel very lucky to have become a small part of it :)

  13. Katie LifeonVistaStreet Haydock
    / 8:46 am

    This is a really thought provoking post for me. I started writing mainly because I was lonely in new motherhood. I discovered a world that I didn’t know existed on twitter and it changed my life. So that I’ll be eternally grateful. #sundaysstars
    Great post xx

    • / 12:48 pm

      Oh I completely agree with you :) Motherhood can often be very lonely and isolating – I never imagined that before I became a mum myself x x

  14. Claire Ridewood
    / 6:18 am

    Hey, thanks for sharing on #Sunday stars. I love finding out why people blog, I like to think of it as engaging interest but I think I’m probably just nosey!! Great read! I wrote my blogging back story this week too, there must be something in the air!!

    • / 12:49 pm

      It’s a time of reflection maybe ha! Thanks so much :)

  15. Amanda
    / 6:09 am

    Lovely to hear your blogging story, I started mine to record the madness when we moved from Qatar to Greece and as you say I got hooked and found a community of wonderful people along the way… Thanks for sharing this #sundaystars

    • / 6:11 am

      It is so easy to get hooked, isn’t it! Such a lovely community x

  16. Clare - My Tunbridge Wells
    / 7:41 am

    I love reading about other people’s journeys in the blogging world. I have only been doing it for a few months but we have already had some great opportunities. I know he feeling about having about head full of ideas – if only we had time to implement them all ;)

    • / 7:43 am

      Ah you’re right – there just aren’t enough hours in the day! Good luck with your blog :) :)

  17. Katie Heels and Hooves
    / 3:53 pm

    Lovely post! I started blogging because I was really missing writing (I used to be a journalist) and I was working with bloggers in my job and they seemed to be such a lovely crowd. I didn’t realise how lovely, welcoming and helpful you guys all are though and am really enjoying connecting with other mums and mums-to-be now that I’m pregnant xx

    • / 8:33 am

      Oh you’re so right – I also had no idea how supportive the community is – everyone is so lovely! x x

  18. You Baby Me Mummy
    / 3:22 pm

    Love this! Blogging is such a gift to so many people. I started as an online memory chest really and things went from there. Thanks for the mention and for linking up to #TheList x

    • / 3:29 pm

      Thanks lovely and my pleasure :) as I’ve said before, just wish I’d started blogging earlier! :)

  19. / 4:36 am

    I started blogging for very similar reasons. I was so sleep deprived I just couldn’t remember all the special moments so one day I wrote a post and never looked back. That was 4 years ago and I’m stil addicted :)

    • / 5:09 am

      It’s such a wonderful record of all the milestones :)

  20. Mummy Fever
    / 10:25 am

    Lovely post and great reasons – super that you point everyone to Aby as well, she has such helpful tips. #brilliantblogposts

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      / 3:22 pm

      Ah thanks lovely x

    • / 10:27 am

      Oh thank you and she does – I love the new blog! x

  21. Donna
    / 4:44 pm

    Oh I love this post. I blogged to document our weaning journey with our daughter and it just spiralled from there! x

    • / 4:48 pm

      Thanks lovely! Ah I wish I’d blogged Miss M’s weaning journey too – I’ll be checking out yours for inspiration :) x x

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