The Newbie Takeover guest blogging series is back! I took a bit of an unplanned break from this series, not because I didn’t have any submissions but because the summer holidays happened. I have been trying my best to keep up with blogging commitments but having to look after Leo and Alex full time again has meant I’ve had to let some bloggy things slide in order to spend lots of quality time with the boys. Anyway, I’ve managed to claw back a bit of time so I am now relaunching The Newbie Takeover and next up is Vicky from The Mummy Bubble with a brilliant post about why you should blog. Over to you Vicky..
Why blog? – The Mummy Bubble
I procrastinated over launching my blog for ages.
Would it be any good? Would I have the time to do it when I’m under orders from two tiny dictators 24/7? Would I get my head around the technical aspects of running a website while in a haze of child-induced sleep deprivation? So many doubts held me back.
I also worried if I had enough ideas to fill a blog week after week without it becoming like a chore.
I looked at other blogs. My friend Claire over at The Pramshed, who I’ve known since we were at Cardiff University together longer ago than either of us would care to admit, started her blog while I was on maternity leave with my first child. I love reading her posts about her experiences of parenting and it all looked so fun running a blog.
I also follow Sleep is for the Weak, The Unmumsy Mum and various others on Facebook. I love how reading words from another mum can make you laugh, provide comfort on the toughest of days and help you to see the bigger picture when everything is hazy from lack of sleep.
In the end I started a list of blog post ideas. Then I kept on adding to it until finally I had a list of 30 things I could write about and the ideas just kept on coming. Turns out the tiny dictators provide hourly inspiration! So they’re good for something at least.
I work as a newspaper journalist. I’ve covered countless murders, court cases, political storms and was among the media pack outside the Lindo Wing when a newborn Prince George made his debut. So you might think writing has always been my thing. But the truth is I’ve never been comfortable with feature or opinion writing. It’s something I’ve avoided in my career wherever possible. I stick to hard news writing.
But with parenting as my subject I feel like I’m finding my voice and I’ve surprised myself with how much I love this style of writing.
In the end I decided I just needed something that’s mine. I have no hobbies, as I can’t call occasional cinema-going and watching Netflix hobbies. Now I class blogging as my hobby, something I do for pure enjoyment.
Although I write about my children, the blog is my space to talk about what I want to.
The technical side of things was nowhere near as hard as I thought. Using WordPress makes it extremely straightforward. It basically does all the hard work for you.
One thing that has surprised me a lot is the social media side of blogging is way bigger than I realised. It’s as time-consuming, if not more so, than the writing side of it. But I love this part of blogging. Connecting with other parents, reading their blogs and talking about them. It’s a lovely community.
Because I love a good list, here’s why you should start a blog:
It can help you switch off. Whatever you’re writing about, even if it’s your kids, it helps to take your mind off the things we all fret about as parents. I spend so much time thinking about every little detail of caring for my kids, having the blog has been a great way to turn my brain to something else for a while.
Writing is therapeutic. Putting your thoughts and feelings down can really help to make you feel better. Maybe it’s a traumatic birth story or the hell of sleep deprivation. Talking about it really makes a difference and fellow bloggers are extremely supportive because they have been there before!
It helps you connect with other mums. The social media side of things is all about starting conversations with people. It helps to know we’re not alone!
It can open doors. At the moment it costs me money to write the blog. But I don’t care because I’m doing it as a hobby. If I break even by the end of the year, great. If not, doesn’t matter. But some people are incredibly successful and have turned blogging into a career. You may also get opportunities to review new products or visit exciting places.
It can kick that baby brain back into high gear. Baby brain is a real thing, I know because I’ve ambled around my house confused at what I set off looking for. Using your brain for something other than how to get a wriggly child into a sleepsuit can bring it back to life!
So, anyone reading this and thinking about starting a blog, I say go for it. You really have got nothing to lose.
A bit about Vicky:
Hi, I’m Vicky, mum to two children, aged two and eight months. I live in the South East with my husband of six years. I’m on maternity leave with my second child and return to work as a journalist in the new year. I blog about parenting my two girls, with a bit of humour and the occasional rant, as well as family trips out and parenting news.
Thank you for this post Vicky. It sounds like you have an amazing career and I am glad you stopped procrastinating and started your brilliant blog. I completely agree with all your reasons to start a blog too, there really is a lot more to it than people think but it is so worth it to be a part of the amazing blogging community.
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