I have been blogging, on and off, for nearly three years now. To start with, I started the blog as a way to have an online diary of sorts and to document life with a new baby. I honestly had no idea that there was another ‘side’ to blogging until I joined Twitter and noticed an #lbloggers chat trending on my sidebar. I instantly joined in and did so every week for a while. I connected to lots of other bloggers, found blogging networks to join and grew more of a following.
When people started to get in touch to offer me things to review, I just couldn’t believe it! Then, when I saw how others are making a full time job out of blogging, I wanted to work harder and grow my blog more and more.
I am by no means an expert, and I know there are far more experienced and successful bloggers out there, but I just wanted to share how having a blog has changed my life.
It has given me a bit more of an identity. I think it can be easy to lose a bit of who you are when you have children but I feel like I do have a say and can make a difference. Identifying myself as a ‘blogger’ when asked by people what I do / what my hobbies are, makes me feel good and is always a conversation point – I feel quite privileged to be able to share what I know about it with non-bloggers and I receive such positive comments about it.
Perks for my Children
One of the best things is the great things that I am offered for my children to try out and different events that we are invited to. Product launches, fun days out, toys to review – the children of bloggers are very lucky! Yes, it takes time to write up review posts or photograph and edit but they are getting something that I wouldn’t necessarily buy for them, particularly throughout the year – big things like a jumperoo or BeatBo would normally be bought for something like Christmas or birthday.
The blogging community is amazing! I don’t have a massive circle of blogging pals but there are several bloggers that I follow, and that follow me, and we just share ideas and advice and of course interact on things like Instagram. I have been to a few events so get to meet some of the bloggers and that just makes the friendships better. I have found the blogging community to be really supportive and friendly and it would be a big thing I would miss if I was to stop blogging.
Income & Career Path
I’m not sure that I’d ever be a full-time pro blogger (though I make a little from my blog and I would love to be a full time blogger), but having a blog has really helped me to think about what I want to do career wise, when the children are back at school. PR, SEO or blogger outreach would be really interesting and it is completely different from what I was doing or thought I would be doing. All this has come through being a blogger and opening my eyes to a whole new world. When I went to self-hosted WordPress, I really noticed a difference in the amount that brands would want to work with me and the income side of things really picked up. I’m a little fish in a big pond but it really has helped me to be able to stay at home with my babies, do something I love and earn an income.
All of the other ways a blog has changed my life have been positive – this one is a bit of both. I really enjoy social media and interacting with followers and sharing my thought and what we are up to. However, it can be a double edged sword unless you get the balance right. The social media side of having a blog can be time consuming and sometimes I feel like I am constantly glued to my phone or laptop. If I can figure out the right balance then that would be a big help and it would be a positive in my blogging career.
How have you found blogging to change your life? Anything else you would add to the list?