The Bottom Line Is That Blogging Makes Me A Better Mum

This week I have realised, perhaps for the first time just what my blog means to me.

It was – it turns out – hacked last week.

Something that despite spending a week trying to figure what was happening, I only discovered yesterday.

A week of writing very little, made me realise that I don’t just write to make a difference to others.

It made me realise that I write because I need to.

It gives me an outlet. A way to be honest, not only with the with the world but with myself.

It made me realise that I blog first and foremost for me.

This week, I’ve missed that. I’ve missed the sense of freedom that writing gives me. The sense of purpose is gives me. But perhaps more than anything I’ve missed the sanity it gives me.

If I’m honest most of the time as I write I’m not sure I think about those of you sat reading my words.

Don’t get me wrong, I am incredibly flattered that so many of you take time out of your day to do so. It means a lot to me, especially when you are kind enough to leave or comment or send a message about something within our story that has resonated with you.

But I guess the truth is, if I thought about people reading my writing as I write, I would censor it more. It would be less authentic. Less of my own voice. And that isn’t want I want.

Not for me. And not for you as my readers.

I want to show you an authentic slice of our world. The ups and the downs. Reality. Our greatest hopes and our greatest fears.

I want to make you feel less alone when things get tough, in the way you make me feel less alone when things are difficult.

I am not sure how I would have got through this year without writing about it.

Somehow I’m sure I would have. But I’m equally sure that I would have been less whole.

So I guess the truth is. The real truth is that I blog because blogging makes me a better version of me.

A me that is more whole.

And that makes me a better mum.

And honestly I’m not sure I can think of a better reason than that.

 

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38 Comments

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    five little doves

    September 7, 2017

    I completely relate to this. Writing has always been my “thing”, and the best form of therapy I’ve ever had. Without my blog I would write regardless, whether anyone reads it or not. Glad you’ve got your blog back!

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      Mummy Times Two

      September 8, 2017

      Thank you so much, it really does make a difference doesn’t it? X

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    Nichola - Globalmouse

    September 7, 2017

    I love this, writing is my creative outlet too, I think it’s a great thing to have.

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      Mummy Times Two

      September 8, 2017

      Thank you, it really does help doesn’t it? X

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    Jen

    September 8, 2017

    Absolutely agree with you, if your blogging isn’t you, then there is something not quite right about it. And that is what I like about reading blogs. I know of many people that it has been an outlet, and helped. It is a great place to share, to inform, to relate. On many levels, about many things.

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      Mummy Times Two

      September 8, 2017

      It really is x

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    Stephanie Merry

    September 8, 2017

    For me blogging a great outlet as well, and it makes me happy which is why I couldn’t give it up if I tried x

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      Mummy Times Two

      September 8, 2017

      It really does make a difference doesn’t it? X

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    Baby Isabella and Dawn

    September 8, 2017

    My mummy loves blogging it’s a creative outlet for her and recently has kept her mind focused while in hospital and recovering. Once she goes back to work next month, she’ll step down a bit and make it her hobby (and see her Tots 100 score go down no doubt!).

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      Mummy Times Two

      September 8, 2017

      Bless her, I’m glad mummy is starting to feel better and that blogging helped x

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    Rachel Cox

    September 8, 2017

    I completely get where you’re coming from!

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      Mummy Times Two

      September 8, 2017

      It really does make me feel more Whole as a person x

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    joanna

    September 8, 2017

    I completely agree with this blogging really is an outlet for me and something i love doing.

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      Mummy Times Two

      September 11, 2017

      It’s such a great way of processing thoughts and feelings isn’t it? X

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    Sarah Bailey

    September 8, 2017

    Bless you I bet this has been such a horrid week for you, I really hope you manage to sort out the after effects soon. Our blogs really can mean so much to us.

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      Mummy Times Two

      September 11, 2017

      Thank you so much. I don’t think we realise quite how much they do mean until things go wrong x

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    Melanie

    September 8, 2017

    Blogging is a great way to share thoughts and express yourself. Love writing always have :)x

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      Mummy Times Two

      September 11, 2017

      It really is x

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    Kate Williams

    September 9, 2017

    My blog was hacked last year and it was really stressful. Glad you got yours fixed – writing is so cathartic.

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      Mummy Times Two

      September 11, 2017

      It really is very stressful isn’t it? X

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    Kirsty

    September 9, 2017

    You’ve summed up exactly how I feel about blogging as well! It gives me time to do something for myself and having that source of unloading thoughts and emotions is great isn’t it.

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      Mummy Times Two

      September 11, 2017

      It really is x

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    Rebecca Smith

    September 9, 2017

    I totally relate to this, blogging is a fantastic way to express yourself and your thoughts. So sorry you got hacked.

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      Mummy Times Two

      September 11, 2017

      Thank you so much, you are very kind x

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      Mummy Times Two

      September 11, 2017

      Thank you so much x

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    jill conyers

    September 9, 2017

    It’s so interesting to learn the why behind the blogger. You shared what many bloggers feel.

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      Mummy Times Two

      September 11, 2017

      Thank you x

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    Anosa

    September 9, 2017

    I am glad you were able to retrieve your blog. My blog is really my outlet of my emotions and experiences so I can say I really can relate to you as well that we don’t actually blog for others but for ourselves as the main reason.

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      Mummy Times Two

      September 11, 2017

      It definitely helps me to process my thoughts and feelings by writing them down x

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    Healthy & Psyched

    September 9, 2017

    Sorry to hear that you got hacked and glad to see your blog is okay now. Thanks for this post- I know a few people who would like to start a blog as an outlet for their thoughts and feelings but they are reluctant to start. I will show them your post.

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      Mummy Times Two

      September 11, 2017

      Thank you so much, you really are very kind x

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    Elizabeth

    September 10, 2017

    I totally agree with you too. I blog for me, because I love it. I write how I think; it just flows out with very little thought. If I edited it I’d spend too much time worrying and it wouldn’t come out the way it does (it might be better, who knows!) but I wouldn’t enjoy the process as much. Sorry to hear you were hacked; I hope that’s all fixed?

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      Mummy Times Two

      September 11, 2017

      Thank you so much, yes fingers crossed everything is fixed and working as it should be now x

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    Ana

    September 10, 2017

    I am sorry to hear that your blog http hacked but beautiful words about what blogging means to you. Well done for finding something you are passionate about x

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      Mummy Times Two

      September 11, 2017

      Thank you so much, you are very very kind x

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    Ruxandra

    September 11, 2017

    Blogging has so many positive effects! it not only improves writing, but it definitely is a great creative outlet.

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      Mummy Times Two

      October 11, 2017

      That is so very true x

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    clarissa

    September 18, 2017

    I find it helps also, A release if you will x

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