As I go into my fifth year of blogging, I couldn’t resist looking back at some of my older posts. I must admit that these kind of anniversaries often pass me by and I’ll realise a week or so later but this time, for whatever reason I knew the date was coming up and I couldn’t resist revisiting my very first post. It’s here if you want to take a peek too. Actually, as first posts go, it’s not all that bad (well it could have been a lot worse anyway) but it certainly feels like a million years ago!
Of course, there are posts that I do look back on and cringe. I was quite ranty in my earlier blogging years and looking back now, I can see how I used to use my blog almost as a way of working out my own feelings especially when life wasn’t too rosy. I started out completely anonymously and I really would write like nobody was reading. To be fair, hardly anyone was reading in those early days, I still remember being cockahoop when I reached 100 visitors! Ha! I’d never delete old posts though even the ones that are really really cringey. Even the worst of posts tell a story of sorts. And yes, even the ones that are really badly written. They just show how my writing has (hopefully!) grown over the years.
I started my blog on a whim. I had stumbled across lots of parenting blogs through Twitter and with lots of encouragement from my pal Susan, wanted to try my hand at it too. I can’t believe that I have stuck at it so long, being the flibbertygibert that I am. But looking back I can see how my blog has grown along with me and my family and I think that’s exactly why I’ve stuck at it so long. My blog has always been whatever I want it to be but mostly, it has been my happy place. I’ve never conformed to so called blog rules (they can bore right off!) and I’m a big believer that my blog’s niche is in fact me. I have seen so many bloggers get bogged down in the politics that can come along with blogging if you let it, and I’m so glad that I never get sucked into that rubbish. I think some people actually forget that this is supposed to be FUN!
I have had the chance to work with so many great companies through review opportunities and also lend my support to charities that I truly believe in which makes me feel very lucky looking back. I’ve also made the most incredible friends who I love the absolute bones of which I never saw coming when I started out. But best of all is being able to look back at such an incredible record of this time in my life. It’s so lovely to stumble across an old post that I can’t even remember writing. Blogs have a way of capturing the minutiae of life that I’m quite certain would be otherwise lost over time.
So thank you for still reading, especially to those of you have been here for the whole journey. It means so much to me. My blog is all about the conversation and it wouldn’t be what it is without all of your lovely comments here and over on social media as well of course. So cheers everybody! And here’s to (hopefully) another year of blogging!