A year ago this week, I started my blog.
It was the random mumblings of a second time mummy. Nothing more, nothing less.
Somehow I’d thought that the second time around, the feelings would be less intense, the answers a little clearer and my brain a little more objective. Number Two’s arrival blew all of that out of the water. The adoration I felt for him, was exactly the same as that I’d felt for my firstborn. The answers I’d thought I’d known, I didn’t. And life was once again thrown into disarray.
Blogging gave (and still gives) me a way of organising my thoughts, both then and in the months that have followed.
It gives me a place of sanity amidst the craziness of google, especially where Number Two’s difficulties are concerned. I write because it’s my small way of making a difference in the world, but I also write because I love it.
I had no idea when I began just what a steep learning curve it would be, or how many skills I would learn over the year.
I am no longer quite the technophobe I was back then, and I have throughly loved working on my photography. I drive my family more than a little crazy with all of the pictures I want to take, but that said both the Other Half and Number One get excited now if they spot the perfect photo. In fact (long time off though it may be), Number One is very enthusiastic about the possibility of doing a photography GCSE. It’s lovely seeing her embrace such a positive hobby. Without the blog, I’m not sure she would have thought about photography in that way.
But perhaps more than the technical skills, I have been surprised by the friendships.
I have met some incredible people through blogging – both bloggers and non-bloggers. It always surprises me when someone comments on a post, or shares something on Facebook. I am honoured by every view, every like, every virtual hug I have been sent. I am grateful for the kindness in the blogging world, the support given when I haven’t known an answer (which is often), and the encouragement on days when things don’t go to plan.
I will never forget the number of people who shared posts for me when we were in hospital, a ray of light in a week of darkness.
We have done some lovely collaborations, learnt about incredible products I may never have otherwise discovered, and spoken to lovely representatives from those companies.
I often sit and wonder what the future will bring for my blog and those of others that I enjoy.
I’m excited that I’ve been able to mark the blog’s anniversary through its rebranding and I hope you like the changes that we’ve made. And I’m also thrilled that the week will end with me attending Blog-On my first ever blogging conference.
I’m looking forward to discovering both where the blog will go and how many more friendships I can make.
What I do know however, is that whatever happens throughout that year we will make sure we live our more than ordinary life to the full.
Because an ordinary life isn’t necessarily a better one.