When I started blogging 10 months ago I didn’t have a clue what was involved. My early posts were utter tripe, they really were! I would get so excited to see that some random person somewhere in the world would be reading it and it made me feel good. My stats in the early days made me happy- 4 people read my blog! Amazing!
Fast forward to now and I still find it amazing that anyone anywhere reads my blog- except now it is 1000’s of people! I have built up my Twitter following from zero to 2,600 ish, my Facebook page is growing day on day and I feel like I am finally getting a grip on Instagram!
It isn’t easy though, I learned very early on in life that you don’t get anything for free. I knew when I started this blog that I wanted it to be more than a hobby, that is not to say that there is anything wrong with anyone who blogs for fun- some of my absolute favourite bloggers do it for the sheer joy of writing. It just isn’t for me, I want to turn it into something that will hopefully one day support my family. Of course I do love writing, it is a passion I never even knew I had!!
What does my blogging day look like?
We wake up at 7am and go downstairs for breakfast, while the girls eat theirs I check my emails, Twitter and Facebook. I have to be careful not to get sucked in to social media otherwise I would probably get nothing else done!
At 9.30am Little L goes for a 2 hour nap. Wednesday-Friday Little G is at nursery so I use this time to catch up with any commenting. Some days it takes the whole two hours just to reply to comments on my blog, visit other blogs and comment on any linky posts I am involved in.
Throughout the day I have my phone to hand, updating Instagram, posting on Twitter and Facebook. I try my best not to look at it too often so I can play uninterrupted with my girls but I really struggle with this- especially as my phone acts as my camera so I often catch sight of a notification and get hooked!
Once Mr F gets home it is dinner time and then the bedtime routine kicks in. They are both really good so our evenings are our own after 7.30pm most nights. I work from 7.30- 11pm, this has caused issues in the past as Mr F felt like I was never around. However, with the introduction of a ‘date night‘ every Wednesday he is much happier and understands that for this to be my job I must work at it.For those 3 1/2 hours I will write posts, enough for 2-3 a day, reply to any outstanding comments, schedule Facebook posts, reply to emails and if I have time I will deal with any blog admin (updating plugins etc..). To say blogging has taken over my life would be an understatement, it takes up all of my spare time- which isn’t much when you have 2 toddlers to tidy up after!!
On top of that I have my real life job as a teacher too, I only work part time but it adds to the workload doesn’t it?
Why do I do it?
I love this world, I have my own space and have complete control over everything I write. I love interacting with people, whether it be through a tweet or comments on my blog. Running a linky is fab, reading and commenting on everyone’s posts does take time but I love it. I have received so many heartfelt comments over the last few months, people enjoying being a part of our small community. Reading other people’s blogs inspires me every day, getting to know people I wouldn’t have chance to meet in real life is fantastic- you all make me want to be a better person. I am so much happier than I was a year ago- I finally feel like I am comfortable in my own skin.
Of course a great part of blogging is the opportunities it can bring, I have worked with incredible brands, am a Mumbassador for Britax and have also started working as a freelance blogger for a great business. I have also been lucky enough to attend the MAD Blog Awards and Blogfest last year! I have already booked tickets to Britmums and BlogOn and cannot wait to see some great friends there!
The workload may be heavy but it is my passion and I am going to continue for as long as the blogging world will have me, hopefully that will be for a very long time!
Is your blog your job or a hobby?