The one with a promise to myself 

Blogging for me can be very much of the moment but sometimes you can be too darned busy enjoying the actual moment to take the time to journal it. Before you know it, the moment has passed and by then you think it’s too late to bother writing about it. But actually, does it matter if a post isn’t completely of the moment? When I look back on something I wrote in years to come, I know for a fact that I won’t think yeah that’s all well and lovely but why didn’t you write it three days earlier? I’ll just be glad to read it at all I bet.

The one with a promise to myself (Mostly) Yummy Mummy BlogThat’s the thing, I love stumbling upon old blog posts. Often I’ve forgotten they were ever written never mind the memories they might contain. You see it’s the little things that you might enjoy the most at the time but actually, it’s the little things that can be forgotten in time. The minutiae of everyday life. You don’t think at the time that you will ever forget all those special albeit everyday moments not to mention the countless parenting firsts (and seconds, thirds and fourths) You think that these times will be ingrained in your heart and memory forever but the truth is that things do get forgotten over time. That’s why I love taking so many photographs. Real concrete evidence capturing those very moments. But also that’s when my blog really counts too.

Writing from the heart isn’t always easy and of course there is always that element of putting yourself out there for people to criticise and trample all over your feelings. There will always be that one idiot who forgets that there is a real live person tapping away at that keyboard. And do you know what, I look back at some old posts and cringe but I don’t regret anything that I have ever written here. I might not feel the same way about something as I did when originally penning the post but that doesn’t mean that my feelings weren’t valid in that very moment. Heck, I’ve been known to change my mind about things while I’m still writing the post never mind before I press that publish button or let alone five years later! But actually I love that my blog is not only there as a record of life’s milestones but also as a sounding board for gathering my thoughts. And yes, while a few old (and very opinionated) pieces make me look back and cringe, I can also smile at the person I once was and the person I am now. I’m not going to harshly judge myself (or anybody else that matter) for an of the moment rant written years ago. Things (and more importantly people) change thank goodness otherwise it would be a boring old world.

When I started writing here back in 2010, in many ways I was a very different person to the one I am now. But I mean this in a good way. My thirties for me have definitely been my best yet but so much has happened and I have grown and changed so much. (I will go on to say the same about my 40s, 50s and 60s too such is life of course) But I actually love that even the most cringeworthy moments and yes, those silly wobbles over what turned out to be nothing have all been part and parcel of a record of these great and ever changing years.

Here’s to that notebook full of ideas and musings actually getting further than that scrap of paper and making it all the way here on to my blog. Although that’s not to say that I won’t stop scribbling anything and everything in a notebook mind. So today this is a promise to myself to actually care less about missing that short window in time and to write about it anyway. Even if it isn’t strictly of the moment it really doesn’t matter. One day, just one day I might just be glad of the memories.

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10 thoughts on “The one with a promise to myself 

  1. Lins @Boo & Maddie says:

    What a great post. Sometimes I think bloggers can feel such a responsibility to blog “for other people” that you forget perhaps what the blog was originally about – capturing your moments and memories, a place for you/family/life to remember and reflect X

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  2. CalifornianMumLondon (@CalifornianMum) says:

    So true. Wonderfully put! Sometimes, with various linkies and reviews, I put off writing more mundane things. But our blogs will be such a treasure when we’re older, when our children are grown. It is important to write more for ourselves and our families than for our readers (though they are wonderful too).

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    • (Mostly) Yummy Mummy says:

      Absolutely! Linkies and reviews and such like are certainly fun and I think there is room for a bit of everything with a bit of juggling but I think sometimes it’s nice to remember why we started writing them in the first place.

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  3. sandy calico says:

    I have heaps of blog post ideas, literally heaps, from scribbles on the backs of receipts to full notebooks. I did another one today, I started a list of my most-hated cliches on the back of an envelope. I’d like to get back in the habit of turning them into posts. Thanks for the inspiration – beautiful post x

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  4. From fun to mum says:

    You touched a nerve. I blog for me, I blog to keep a record of my life and I’ve recently been very lazy with it as the politics of blogging has left me a bit disillusioned. Your post is making me feel as if I need to blog more regularly again. For me. Not for anybody else. Thank you x

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  5. mummyofboygirltwins says:

    Lovely post – so true. I too look back on old posts and can’t believe what happened and what memories we already have. Blogging is so therapeutic but also an amazing place to share the highs and lows of parenting with others. So well put, Jess x

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