This summer has been very significant for me in blogging-terms. No, I haven’t signed a book deal or won a £10,000 brand contract.
I’ve had a blogging day.
Yes this summer, hubby booked a day off work to take care of the kids so that I could have an entire day blogging. In fact it happened twice – one day in July and one day in August.
I know it might not seem like a big deal, but to me, it was a huge step. It symbolised that my blog was important.
But for two days this holiday, my blog took priority.
For me, it felt like a big step – like we were acknowledging that this little piece of internet is valuable. It has a place in our family. It’s not just a hobby that can be squeezed into the margins around everyday life.
But, you see, it’s true – my blog is important. It’s important to me. It’s important to my kids (even if they don’t know it). Without my blog, I wouldn’t be the person that I am today. My blog has given me so much, and has given our family so much.
- I am more confident
- I have career prospects
- I am earning money
- We’ve had some amazing family experiences
- My opinions count
- I have something that is just mine
- I am interacting with people
- I using my skills
- My family are involved in my work
- I can work from home
- I am negotiating
- I have professional responsibilities
Blogging isn’t just about tapping away on a computer; it has propelled this stay at home mum into the business world.
I never imagined I’d be emailing companies and negotiating with them. I never dreamed I’d be selling advertising space. Who would have thought The Daily Telegraph would be interviewing little old me?? And yet here I am.
And I’m loving it!
And what was the catalyst? What really transformed this little hobby (that I fell into by accident) into a viable business? Quite simply, I stopped calling it “my blog” and started calling it “my business“.
I am a big believer in the power of words. And it’s amazing how labelling something differently can really change your attitude towards it. This isn’t just a hobby anymore. It’s real. It has potential. I can see a future in it. And it’s a future I want.
So what’s the next step in the master plan? Simple – I want a proper office; a work space of my own.
I have spent both my blog days sat in hubby’s office, and my productivity has sky-rocketed. It’s the same principle – I am sat in a power chair, looking confident, feeling capable, ready to make those contracts happen. I am in a professional environment so I feel professional.
A work space of my own
Yes, sure, you can blog from anywhere. That is, after all, the beauty of it. But sitting up at a proper desk, with my notebook and pens stacked neatly beside me, gave me a confidence in my blog that hadn’t been there before.
As well as tackling the mountain of scheduled posts I’d need to maintain the blog through the holidays, I managed to negotiate four brand contracts sat at that desk.
So now I’m pitching for a work space of my own!
- I want something bright and colourful (to reflect my personality)
- I want clear, uncluttered spaces (probably not going to happen if I’m sharing the room with hubby!)
- I want modern
- I want somewhere that’s a real contrast to my house, so that I walk in the room and instantly switch from “mummy” to “business woman”.
The Penketh Group
The Penketh Group specialise in office design. Their website is full of eye-catching, colourful designs and it’s just the sort of thing I’ve been imagining. Obviously I would need to downsize a little as they focus on large office spaces for multiple people. But the bold prints, white furniture, and multi-purpose work spaces are exactly what I have in mind.
I may need to win a few more contracts before I can do a complete overhaul of our little office room, but for now, I’ll start with a desk. Move over hubby – this mama has work to do!
I’d love to know – do you have a specific work space at home? Do you feel more in control of your work when you’re sat at a desk? Or do you prefer the laidback approach? Is your blog a hobby or a potential business?
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Penketh Group. All opinions are my own. For my details, check out my disclosure policy.