Wednesday, May 8, 2013

So... why do I do this?

Lets face it - blogging is a lot of work. Don't get me wrong - I love it, but writing posts and uploading photos (and trying to decide what photos to upload) and scheduling posts and link ups and responding to comments AND reading my favourite blogs... Well, it's time consuming. So why do I do it?

Hooah and Hiccups

I started blogging in January 2010 right around when Mitch and I found out we were moving to the Netherlands. We had 8 weeks notice and although the move wasn't entirely unexpected, packing up our lives and saying goodbye to our family and friends was a little overwhelming. Blogging was something  I could do regularly that felt normal and I wanted to use it to keep everyone back in Australia updated on our whereabouts. It kinda transitioned into a bit of a travel diary and then when I announced we were expecting our first baby (in a foreign country no less!) it became a way to also keep everyone updated on the pregnancy.

Then when Oliver was born and I was (and still am) figuring out this crazy thing called motherhood, it became a therapy of sorts. A way to get out not just what's going on in our day to day lives, but process my feelings. Because it has been a CRAZY few years - 2 international moves, becoming parents, new jobs, new friends and countless travels... A crazy few years I wouldn't change for the world however :-)

When I first started blogging, I had no idea that a blogging community even existed let alone how to find other like minded blogs. I wrote mostly for myself but also for friends & family. In fact, I think in my first 2.5 years of writing, the only people that read my blog were family, friends and a small number of fellow expats. When I re-opened my Etsy store in October last year, I decided my blog could be a platform to help kick that off and started actively trying to grow my blog.

What I didn't realise at the time was just what that would mean. And I'm not talking numbers - as I've mentioned before, one thing I've discovered over the years is that readers are more important then followers. Over the past 6 months or so, I feel like I've 'met' and gotten to know a small handful of really lovely ladies through blogging. Sure, like anything there are cliques and unfortunately you do see some nastiness flying around online from time to time. But I am just so very thankful that I stepped out of my comfort zone and started exploring the world of blogging because the benefits definitely outweigh any negatives.

When it all comes down to it, I started blogging for me and I'll continue doing it for me - blogging has become one of my favourite pastimes. It's my me time while the kiddo is napping and although I definitely feel like I go through phases where my mind is just bursting with ideas for potential blog posts while sometimes I just can't face sitting down at the computer, la petite lulu is here to stay :-)


And on a side note... We are back from Mexico!!! I don't know where to start and need to sift through more photos, but lets just say I am feeling refreshed - that much needed period of rest was definitely achieved :-)

6 comments:

  1. That dress is amazing.
    I think most blogs start as an online journal/keeping family in the loop deal. And then they progress from there. I agree that blogging is one of my favorite pastimes. It keeps me sane and helps me better define my thoughts.

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  2. Lovely post, great to hear the story behind the blog! I also started in a similar way, thinking no one would be interested in what I had to say - but they do! :) the blogging community is awesome - a perk amongst many.

    Happy Blogging

    Lyndsay xx
    www.fizzypeaches.com

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  3. Glad you're feeling refreshed! Can't wait to see some photos!

    And thanks SO much for the sweet words. I totally appreciate it. :)

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  4. We basically started for the same reason! And yes, blogging is very time consuming. I always feel so bad when I forget to comment on my favorite blogs, respond to comments, etc. Ah!

    Love seeing your beautiful photos!

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  5. I wish I would've started with my first pregnancy! I-like you-had no clue that this little universe existed! What a fun journey it has been :)

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  6. I always find it interesting to read why people started blogging, and then to see how the blog grows along with their life.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

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Thanks for reading, your comments make my day :-)

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