And, we reach the magic 100…
Somehow (and I still don’t quite know how) this is post number 100 for me. It has taken me some time to get here but I’m proud to have reached this milestone. After all, this whole blogging adventure arose from a new year’s resolution. And we all know new year’s resolutions are not meant to be kept…
I started blogging on 1 January this year. You may not know that I started out with another blog, on Blogger, called Krusty Kernels (I kid you not…). I wrote 7 posts on there before I went away on holidays and the inevitable slackening off from the first frenetic burst of my resolution set in.
I came back from holidays and then was hit by a flurry of real life issues – getting the kids ready for school, settling my youngest into daycare at the tender age of 10 months and preparing myself for my return to work from maternity leave. The blog remained idle as I literally did not have the time, nor to be honest, the inclination, to return to it.
Then, in March as I returned to work and experienced the tug of motherguilt, my husband renewed his subscription to his website and asked whether I would be interested in returning to blogging and moving my blog to it’s own domain. So My Home Truths was born – the first 7 posts I wrote on Krusty Kernels were moved across and I began my second attempt at blogging.
My husband (gem that he is!) also introduced me to the Digital Parents website as he had been undertaking the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge there.
Now, you are going to think that I am mad, but before this point I hadn’t really read any other blogs, particularly parenting or mummy blogs. It’s true, I’d read a few but not that many and I had certainly not promoted nor pushed my blog anywhere.
The introduction to the Digital Parents community was an amazing eye opener into a whole new world. A world I am still trying to find my feet in, a world that presents so many opportunities while posing many other challenges.
While I have been trying to find a writing groove and produce quality and consistent content, I have also been sitting back and watching how others have fared, and have been considering the big issues of monetisation, advertising and sponsored posts.
I’m still working out where I sit with all that (on the fence for now) but my gut tells me to do my own thing, to try not to compare myself to others and just write what I want to write when I want to write it.
This blog is for me and I’m not sure I want my thoughts and vision (what little there is of that!) compromised by advertising or the constant need of disclosure. More honestly, I don’t think I want the hassle of having to negotiate advertising rates with businesses nor make the decision of what I support on the blog.
That sounds a little too much like work to me – I already have a paying job, I really don’t need to worry about my unpaid hobby on top of that!
So while it would be wonderful to be invited to bloggers brunches and PR events and the like, I’m cool just being me. And that’s the honest truth.
So, where to from here? In the short term I want to continue building up my new linkup on Sundays, I Must Confess. We’re heading into week 3 and it would be great to have some more people linking up. I’m also having another go at Problogger’s 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge (hoping I actually finish it this time!)
In the medium term, I’m looking forward to attending the Digital Parents Conference in Melbourne in March. It will be my first opportunity to meet some bloggers in real life and I’m really, really looking forward to it!
For the long term – who knows? I have no long term goals, save maintaining the drive to blog for as long as I can. It is my hobby and my passion and I will blog for as long as I have things to say and I have the passion to share them.
I just hope some of you keep coming along for the ride…
Seriously, thanks to all of you for supporting me and reading my ramblings and being a source of advice and support – I really do appreciate it! Cheers to another 100 posts!