Ok so actually I am a week late with this one – I didn’t even twig that it was my blogiversary until I wrote my piece for Live. Love. Blog the other day! It was only when I sat and thought about it that I realised what the date was! It should be easy to remember really as it is May 4th and people spend all day saying ‘May the 4th be with you...’ but no, I will blame baby brain 😉
I cannot believe it has been another year, it doesn’t seem a minute since I was writing about my 1st year in the blogging world. Yet here I am, a whole year later and loving it more and more every day. Reading through last year’s post, everything is still true to this day. This blog gives me a sense of self, something to sink my teeth into every day. The only real difference now is that this blog is my job – this time last year I had only just started making money but now it is regular and I have other income coming in through freelance work.
This year has been a funny one really, I fell out of love with blogging after the summer and didn’t really find my mojo until March of this year. Last year was so full on, with event after event, opportunity after opportunity, that I was left feeling completely exhausted. That probably sounds really ungrateful but honestly when you are left with little time to be you, to enjoy your family, it doesn’t seem such a great deal.
The problem was the fact I was putting a lot of pressure on myself. I felt as though my blog would just be forgotten if I didn’t post every single day. I thought that if I didn’t take up every opportunity that nobody would ask me ever again. I can safely say that is all complete and utter nonsense and now that the pressure is off I am able to enjoy my blog once again.
Finding out that I am expecting a baby has really put things into perspective for me, I cannot be blogging every minute of the day once he is here and so I need to make sure I keep up that balance. Above anything else, I am a mama and that always needs to be my priority.
It is funny really as the pickier I have become, the more selective I have been about posting, the more I have been approached by brands. Quality over quantity is what I aim for now, taking more time over photos and writing longer, more thoughtful posts. When I look at the blogs that truly inspire me, it is that style that I am drawn to – less a magazine style and more a story of their lives.
One thing I am really loving at the moment is YouTube, I treated myself to a new camera, recommended for vlogging and it has made filming so so easy. I was nervous about speaking to camera at first but the joy of creating videos, capturing my girls at this amazing age, overrides that fear and pushes me on. My aim is to build up my channel to a point where I vlog several times a week but at the moment I am starting small and doing once a week plus any extras that happen along.
If you had asked me last year where I thought my blog would be now, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you. I would never have believed that I would be a freelance writer, working for some amazing companies. I would not have believed some of the brand campaigns I have been a part of. I certainly would have laughed if you’d said my blog would have a pregnancy focus right now!! So I cannot even begin to imagine what this next year will bring. Of course I will be taking quite a step back once baby arrives but now I am not afraid of losing readers, I have finally stopped looking at stats. I love my blog, the memories it holds and the opportunities it brings, if others love it too then that is just the icing on the cake 🙂
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