Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Why I Started My Blog

Why I Started My Blog
I have been blogging for as long as I can remember, as early as 2001 to be exact. I was just never consistent with my previous blogs in terms of themes, blog names and content. I did manage to build a good following with my previous blog, up until I started Open University and working Full Time, I had to put my old blog on the back burner until it became kaput and was eventually shut down. I feel sad that it is gone because I built a rapport with my readers and the brands I worked with and it came to such a sudden end and my DA had disappeared along with it. But, at the same time, I look back on it and think, I did that all by myself and I was self-made. I was quite proud of myself.

Fast forward to 2020, I am 30 years old living with my boyfriend Matthew and we have a nearly 20 week old baby together (or he will be on Saturday 11th April). I am nearly on my 6th month of maternity leave and I have a lot more time on my hands, even with a baby I do manage to get a lot of jobs done, feed myself and live a relatively normal life (sometimes). So I thought why not restart my blog back up, mainly as a hobby of course and create lifestyle and parenting type content! I definitely have the skills and experience now, right?

It's Fun

One of the main reasons I started my blog is simply because I find it fun! I love being able to create brand new content for people to read and I find writing is therapeutic, even if I do have a baby babbling beside me for the most of it, but we shall call him my little assistant. I like sitting down and writing down ideas of blog posts I am going to write and ticking them off as I go along. I even have a check list and a blog post planner to help me plan my content, so even if I am doing it as a hobby, I can still work on the SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) of the blog, so I can try and reach a wider audience.

I Have The Time

My blog is not my full time job, as I currently do not make money from my blog and I do not receive PR gifts in consideration for a review, so I don't have the pressure to post. However, I do have the time to post if I wish. As It is a hobby, I'm not under a deadline to get content up, so I can create content and post whenever I please. But, as I like consistency, I try not to leave it too long between postings. At the same time, I also don't have a weekly plan of when content will be going up, I just kind of wing it at the moment.

Kind Of Relatable

I have noticed that there is an increase in lifestyle and parenting bloggers since time has gone by. Bloggers that I follow have become mothers themselves and as they have grew and changed with their children, in a motherhood kind of way, so has their content. So when I had a child of my own, I could relate to their content and with my blog. it will be relatable to them too. That and there is a current niche in the market for parenting bloggers and it's not too saturated. With parenting, the blogging topics are never ending.

Sense Of Community

With all different types of Social Media being at your finger tips, it is easy to stay connected to other bloggers whom you may share the same interests with or bloggers whose content you enjoy the most. You may post on Instagram sharing your everyday life through photographs and short captions or what is mostly known as 'micro-blogging', but that in itself is a taboo subject, so we won't go into that. You can also share your content on your socials, so you can reach a wider audience and I find there's nothing better than getting a new notification to say someone has commented on your post.

Cures The Boredom

I'm not saying the only reason I blog is because I am bored, but it definitely kills the boredom and gives me a sense of fulfillment, doing something that I really enjoy and something I don't find is a complete chore. I get excited at the fact that there is a chance that someone out there is reading my blog and actually enjoying my content, but may be able to take something from it too. Sometimes blogging can be challenging, so it is definitely one to keep the boredom at bay.

Writing About What I Love

I only ever write about content I would be interested in myself and what I would like to read on other peoples blogs. But, I also write what I think other people would like to read too. I get to write about an array of different topics, such as beauty, food, lifestyle and parenting. I only really create content and write about topics that I am confident in writing about. I won't ever feature something on my blog if it is something that would never normally interest me originally, so you can expect 100% honesty from me.

So there is a few reasons why I started my blog back up again! I hope you enjoy my future content x
*Disclaimer: All honest opinions and words are that of my own. Image sourced from Unsplash.

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  1. I always find it so interesting when people have had other blogs before! I've had one on and off for probably just over 10 years now but it's interesting to see which one truly sticks and you really make the effort to grow! I love the sense of community x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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  2. This is awesome! I have been trying to put myself on a timeline to post but I feel like that just sort of adds pressure and such. I have started planning out my posts thought which makes it more fun and less stressful!

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