Today is the first anniversary of the ‘launch’ of this blog. On this date last year I sat at an old PC in the corner of my attic and fought with WordPress to produce a post ‘Why am I here‘. My hope was this would be an outlet for a ‘lost’ bit of me. It’s fulfilled that wish, this blog as given me space to stretch my brain, develop new interests and share things that are important to me (cheesy but true).
I wanted to ‘connect’ with other mums and other women, I was working 4 days a week at the time, none of my immediate colleagues had children of a similar age to my son. I felt as if life was made up of two halves, work and being a parent, and that was it. Because I worked 4 days I wasn’t spending much time with other parents, I felt isolated. It’s difficult to go into work and say; ‘I’ve been up since five and I feel trashed’ and ‘does anyone else have a view on the new Cbeebies schedule for bedtime hour?’, which was where my head was at.
Blogging has been a fantastic opportunity to connect with other bloggers and other parents. Male and female. I have been able to step out of the virtual work and into the real world and have ‘actual’ cups of tea with real life people I’ve met through blogging. Wonderful people I now consider to be friends. I am extremely grateful for that. Last June I attended CyberMummy and met many other bloggers, it was, initially, slightly overwhelming meeting ‘new’ people who, in fact, you all ready know an awful lot about already (wine at 11 am helped considerably). Actually, there’s no need for small talk, clearly it was; ‘friends you haven’t met yet’. I’ve gained a lot from reading other people’s blogs, learnt about lives, issues, parenting. Thank you fellow bloggers. Huge thank you to every person who has read this blog over the past year. For all the amazing and gratefully received comments, which have often touched my heart. Big Big thank you to everyone who subscribes and likes; I never imagined anyone would and very much appreciate that you do.
If out there in Cyber Space your reading this and thinking; “I wonder if I should start a blog?” DO. DO. DO. It’s a wonderful journey. But it may take over your life.