Thank you for 2016. This time last year, I hadn’t even imagined you. In fact I didn’t even know what a blog really was. And yet now you are as natural to me as breathing.
When I uploaded that first post, just 8 short months ago, I could’ve had no clue what adventures were in store; of the friendships I would make, the empathy I would feel, the confidence I would gain. I thought I was writing to help other people, and yet somehow I’m the one who has benefited.
Having spent 5 years as a stay at home mum, who would’ve thought I’d be tapping out professional emails and hob-nobbing with PR companies?! Thank you, blog, for giving me that opportunity; for reassuring me that I still had a brain, and that I was capable.
Blog Out Of My Comfort Zone
Who would’ve thought that, top of my 2016 Christmas list, would be a tripod?! When I started, Blog, you were just illustrated with stock photos. Then my post on the best things about being a young mum was featured on Little Lullaby and they needed some original images. Suddenly, Lucy the Photographer was born!
I definitely need to keep practising but you gave me the push I needed, Blog, to try something new. In fact you constantly push me out of my comfort zone, and I love that!
What about that time when I had to be a model for that contract with Bravissimo? Or when I started campaigning against the Nappy Police in Anglesey? Even Twitter – I didn’t have a Twitter account before I met you, Blog. It definitely took a while to get to grips with it all, but you set me new challenges all the time.
And I am learning that I can rise to a challenge.
Confidence And Space
And Blog, you have given me back some confidence. In the “real” world, I’m quiet. I’m not good at putting my ideas forward, and a lot of people underestimate me. Here, in this little space we’ve created together, I have the freedom to express myself. And, better still, people seem to like what they read. My thoughts and opinions matter to them. That has given me the confidence to push myself forward more in my everyday life. I see that I do have something to contribute; something unique and valid, that others find useful.
You’ve also given me a place where I can reflect. A sort of therapy, I guess. Life is busy, rushing from A to B. But when I blog, I have chance to sit down and process how I’m feeling. I remember writing about the end of Reception Class through an onslaught of tears and confessing some of deepest fears when I wrote that letter to my grown up children. Blog, you allowed me to tell others how I was feeling, and for them to reassure me.
We also had a bit of fun, didn’t we. Do you remember the song we wrote about trying to get the kids to school on time? And the fab stories that have been featured in our guest blogger series, Bloggers Bluff? Oh and we loved designing cupcakes, didn’t we.
You’ve introduced me to so many wonderful new people, Blog. I know it’s fatal to list people because I’m bound to miss someone, but, as a flavour…
- Hayley gave me the encouragement I needed to pitch to that first brand
- Vicki has inspired me to reach for the stars, and yet to still make time for everyone
- Wendy has been constant and loyal – one of the first blogs I subscribed to
- Bridie gave me the confidence to believe in my blog by always leaving such lovely comments
And all of these people were unknown to me before. It is thanks to you, Blog. You have shown me that the world is full of lovely people, if you know where to look.
Yes I’m 8 months in, but I still do a little jig every time someone subscribes. It feels like such an honour. I’ve earned someone’s trust enough that they’ve signed up to be notified about the things I write! Like they’re worried that they might miss something. That is almost too much to comprehend! How did we get here, Blog? We’re just a regular mummy and her little hobby.
But I’m glad we’re in it together. 2016 has been all-the-better because you were around. I know we’ve had our disagreements but we’ve worked it out. It’s hard trying to keep everything balanced but I can see now that you aren’t the time-guzzling monster that I once thought you were. You give back what I put in – you support me and reward me and encourage me. My life is enriched by you. And because of that, I am able to be more to those around me.
Thank you, Blog. 2016 has been a great year for us. Here’s to many more x