One day just over 3 months ago i was feeling a bit meh. I felt i needed a little project, i know i though i will start a blog!
So i did. And here is what i have learnt…
1. It’s very, very time consuming.
I really didn’t have a proper understanding of just how much time i would be devoting to blogging before i started. I spend a hell of a lot of time just reading other blogs, then there is writing my own posts, replying to comments, fannying about with my blog layout etc etc. Add twitter, facebook, instagram, pinterest and G+ to the mix and you could easily be working a full time job.
2. Stats and the Tots 100 are not the be all and end all.
There really is a popularity contest going on. Judging by reactions on twitter some people are seriously obsessed with their rankings and page views. Me? I’m just happy that i have any any visitors at all, the fact that people take the time to read what i write and post comments blows me away and developing a regular reader base is the icing on the cake.
3. I’m not really interested in doing reviews or PR*.
As my blog has grown in size i have had a few approaches, i have nothing against anyone who does reviews but it’s not for me. I just don’t have the motivation to spend time fudging together posts in return for packet of halloween hob nobs or pineapple scented bum wipes. *I reserve the right to modify my above option should i be approached to review a 5* family holiday to the bahama’s.
4. It’s hard to predict what post’s get the best reactions.
I would love to report that my most popular post was something incredibly deep, funny or well written but it’s actually this. If you type ‘postman pat cake’ into Google you will find i am in the number one spot and as such i receive a fair bit of traffic from desperate parents of pre-schoolers with incredibly annoying birthday cake requests. WOHOOOOOOO my blogging work here is done!
5, There are some very talented and lovely people out there.
As i’ve already mentioned i read a lot of blogs, It would be impossible to name everyone but there are a handful that i adore for a whole manor of reasons – stunning photography, funny stories, great writing, all round loveliness! When i see posts pop up by these guys i like to grab a cup of coffee or mug of gin (depending on the time of day) and sit down for a good read! So check out Katie at Mummy Daddy Me, Dean at Little Steps, Carie at Space for the Butterflies, Rachel at Three Years & Home, Jess at Along Came Cherry, Spencer at @adadcalledspen, Wally Mummy at Just a Normal Mummy and Helen at Actually Mummy.
**************P.S. I have a new book OUT NOW! You can nab it on Amazon here or in your lovely local bookshop :)