I can’t quite believe it but, this month marks 5 years since I started blogging. What began as a recipe/allergy based blog has become a safe place for those struggling with their mental health, parents seeking words of wisdom and those who love lifestyle content such as DIY and home posts, money matters and product recommendations. Blogging has taught me so much about so many different things. What it’s taught me about the most is myself. To mark this blogs 5th birthday, I thought I’d write about what exactly blogging has taught me, and what it could teach you.
My life was very different when I first started blogging. I was married, Mia was just 3 or 4 years old, and I had a baby that depended on me to keep him safe from his allergies and soothe his eczema. I was almost permanently frazzled, and in hindsight, in a really bad place mentally. Fast forward 5 years, I’m solo parenting two sassy children with only a small circle of support. I’m not complaining, in fact, I don’t think my mindset has been quite this positive in a very long time. Theo still suffers horribly with eczema, but the number of allergies he has has reduced immensely. Both of the children are a force to be reckoned with. We’re blissfully happy in our little house with our dog, Millie and our cat, Fudge. Life hasn’t panned out how I hoped it would, but I’m okay with that.
Throughout the good times and the bad, blogging has been my haven. I can’t even count on two hands the amount of posts I’ve written over the years that were never published. I find writing incredibly therapeutic. It’s a healthy way to channel my thoughts before they become consuming and my mental health dips. Blogging has been my umbrella during many storms and for that, I’ll be forever grateful.
Blogging has also given me some wonderful friends and experiences and we’ve worked with some truly amazing brands. I’ve had many ‘pinch me’ moments, such as being quoted in my friend Emma’s book. It all seems rather surreal sometimes. I’m so proud of this little corner of the internet, it’s like my third baby!
Not only is this blog an outlet for my thoughts and emotions, it’s also proved to be a great reminder of exactly who I am, what I have achieved and what I am capable of. Every single time I doubt myself, I take a look at old content, or come across past social media content and I remember, I’m the woman who succeeded against the odds. Blogging has taught me a healthy way to process my feelings, it’s provided an outlet. Not only that, it’s connected me to people I would have never met without this blog. Those people have been hugely influential in my blogging career.
When I feel like what I’ve got to say isn’t worth listening too, I remember the comments, emails and shares my content has received from parents who say ‘this really helped me’ or ‘I totally get it’ and that is an amazing feeling. It doesn’t matter whether my words have helped 1 person or thousands of people, the fact that it’s helping someone at all is phenomenal. Blogging has taught me that there is no shame in being proud of myself, and that it really is okay not to be okay.
Blogging and ‘influencers’ get a bad rep. The naive amongst us assume that bloggers/influencers are just after freebies and ‘insta fame’. The truth is, every single one of us has a story. The only reason we do what we do is because we want to share that with others. Many underestimate the power of blogging. So, if you take one thing from this post, let it be a consideration of what blogging could teach you. Look past the stereotypes and assumptions and really think about it. Look at what blogging has taught me over the past 5 years and consider how it could benefit you.