My first blog post was 3-months ago. Back then, I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into. 3-months ago, I certainly did not know what a mummy blogger was. I did not know about RSS feeds or widgets and I was blissfully unaware of site stats and comments.
It was The PR Geek who first suggested to me that I start writing a blog. Now, I already knew about blogs, but I had only read two – St.Murphy and Lady Sadie’s Emporium, both written by friends who had posted links to their blogs on Facebook. Whilst I loved reading both blogs, I didn’t consider writing one of my own.
These two friends in particular are naturally very witty, very engaging and very clever. They also do a great Moulin Rouge medley…
I just wasn’t sure I was quite that fabulous enough to write a blog that anyone would find quite that fabulous enough to read.
For inspiration, The PR Geek sent me a link to Richmond Mummy, a brilliant mummy blog from bump to beyond. Richmond Mummy writes about adjusting to life with a little one in Richmond, obviously.
It was then that I discovered that a whole army of mummy bloggers existed! I spent the first few weeks reading as many blogs as I could, from the sweet and the serious to the absolutely hilarious.
The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to give it a go. Then, one rainy Friday afternoon with The PR Geek and Grenglish was born.
My first post was nerve-wracking. It took me 3 days to publish it and another 2 to publicise it. I wasn’t actually sure that I would even ‘put it out there’ into the blogosphere, but when I sent the link to St.Murphy and Lady Sadie for their professional feedback, they both posted it immediately to their Facebook & Twitter pages and the decision to go public with my blog was taken completely out of my hands… for which I will be forever thankful! If they hadn’t done this, I’m not sure I would have had the courage to do so myself.
So, 3-months on this is where I am now:
- I have a published blog, of which I am quite proud
- I post 2-3 times a week
- I have now met Richmond Mummy in the flesh AND she is FAB.
- I am following other blogs, properly subscribing, not just dipping in if the links are sent to me
- I am going to Cybermummy next week, my first blogger event
- I have a new online support of bloggers, tweeters and mums
- I have over 400 followers on Twitter (I’m not bragging, I’m just amazed!)
- I have tweeted 789 times! About toddler tantrums and wine o’clock mainly.
At times, I feel overwhelmed by how much I still have to learn about being a blogger. Most weeks, I can’t think of anything to write about. I am still not sure what my blog is really about, what I am trying to say, or if I have found my true voice yet. I also know that I am not getting as much as I can out of wordpress (the wordpress workshop at Cybermummy should help with that!) but I do know that at 3-months in, that is ok. I am writing, I am publishing what I am writing and 3-months ago, I didn’t have this whole new exciting world before me.