Today marks one month since I started this blog, so I thought I would write a little post about how it’s been going. I think it’s fair to say that I knew nothing about blogging before starting and was quite naïve about what it actually entailed and the time involved. I guess I thought that it was just about writing posts, how wrong I was!
I had thought about writing a blog for a while and finally bit the bullet last month after encouragement from my husband Mike. He helpfully told me about using WordPress and how to get a free account set up. I then did a bit of googling about starting a blog and mummy blogging, mostly reading advice from other blogs. This was really useful but also pretty confusing, I had suddenly entered a world with a lot of phases/words that meant very little to me e.g. Hosting/themes/HTML/follow links/SEO etc. The realisation of the social media aspect of blogging was perhaps the most unexpected part of all.
Social media playing such a large part in the world of blogging probably seems bloody obvious, but as I said before I was pretty naive. Of course, after publishing a post you needed to let people know about it in order for it to be read, I just hadn’t really thought much about the promotion of the blog beyond friends and family. Before starting the blog, my only social media platform was Facebook which I used like the majority of people for browsing and being generally nosey in other people’s lives! After reading about the importance of social media in blogging, I now have a Facebook blog page, instagram and twitter account and I think I am just about getting to grips with these slowly but surely! I think My husband has found it quietly amusing how enthusiastic I have been about instagram and twitter after discovering them years after the rest of my peers including him! I am particularly enjoying using instagram at the moment.
In terms of writing the blog posts, I am really enjoying it and find it such a good release. It’s very therapeutic to just write down your thoughts especially now I am back on maternity leave so during the day it’s just myself and Hayden, who is not talking yet! Ideally I would like to be writing and publishing posts a bit more frequently than I am currently, but I find it difficult to write bits of a post and come back to it later. I prefer to sit down quietly on my own and just write the post in full, this with a toddler in tow is often just not possible or certainly not during the day. I think I probably need to work on scheduling my time better particularly in the evening. I am about to start a bullet journal so I am hoping this will help with my scheduling and organisation.
I would also like to take the opportunity to say thank you to all my family and friends who have been extremely supportive of my blog, without your support I would not have the confidence to continue. It’s lovely to that people have been reading the blog and enjoying it, I really appreciate any comments/likes/shares that I have received.
I know I still have a lot to learn about the world of blogging, but what I can say so far is that I am really enjoying it, both the writing the actual blog but also the social media side, I have ‘met’ online several other mummies and I am enjoying reading about their experiences and lives and hope that I can continue to do this with more people. I am also enjoying, perhaps unexpectedly, finding out more about the technical side to blogging. It is very interesting albeit quite confusing to me, as I have never been particularly technicologically minded.
My goals for the next few months are
- Write and publish 2 blog posts a week
- Try to increase my twitter/instagram/Facebook/Wordpress following- I don’t have a target in mind, but would just like to see the blog being read more steadily (hopefully!)
- Be more organised with writing/drafting/planning posts ahead of time
- Be brave and continue to try VLOGGing- my first attempt was last week and was pretty awkward!
- Continue to find out more about WordPress and the technical side to blogging
- Engage with more people on instagram/twitter/Facebook
- Try to get a good blogging/life balance so my husband doesn’t threaten me with divorce for becoming blogging obsessed! (I am one of those all or nothing people when I find something I’m interested in, an example being when at uni and starting the gym, I then went religiously twice a day 6 days a week.. though sadly it didn’t last! Plus who has that much time now!)
Anyway not a normal mummy related post and won’t interest some of you, but thought a blogging update was a good thing to write about and help me organise my thoughts/reflect on it. Although I have written those goals above, I am also acutely aware that I am about to have a newborn baby in a couple of weeks time, so best laid plans…. we shall see…