1 month of Blogging: What I’ve learnt

Today is the one month anniversary of that big scary moment of pressing publish on my first ever post. Since that first post, I have done it another 24 times. 25 posts in my first month. It feels like a lot.

So I’ve been reflecting today on what I’ve got out of blogging in my first month and what I’ve learnt, about blogging but mainly about myself. Turns out I’ve learnt quite a lot….

Blogging is addictive (or maybe I’ve just got an addictive personality)

I’ve always been the sort of person that if I’m doing something, I’m going all in. I can’t just dabble, I have to do it properly or not at all. When I first started my blog, I actually thought I’d just post once a week. Once a week! Can you imagine? It didn’t take long to get to the point where I post most days. Well I say most days, I haven’t missed a day in a while, and the thought of it makes me feel a bit ill.

Blogging is free therapy

This is one of the best bits. See something in the news that annoys you? Blog about it. Have a rubbish day with the kids? Blog about it. Feel like a failure at life? Blog about it. I’ve always been a talker, I have to talk about my problems, I can’t help myself. Turns out writing them down is even better!

Aparently I do have a creative side

I’ve never thought of myself as a creative person, I was much more comfortable with science and maths at school than art and drama. Because creativity is subjective isn’t it? No one Β can argue with the fact that you’ve got all your sums right, but produce something creative and you have to rely on other people to judge it and tell you how good (or not) it is. And that’s scary. But actually I really enjoy putting words together to bring my ideas to life on the page, and taking pictures that not only capture a moment but also look beautiful, is a skill that I love working on (and making very slow progress).

It’s not actually that scary

Ok, so a dented ego is a very scary prospect, but at the end of the day, that is the worst thing that is going to happen to you through blogging. My 2 biggest fears when starting blogging were that no one would read it, and that people would read it and think it was rubbish and say mean things about me. In reality, I love getting comments on my blog, and everyone has been nothing but lovely. If people do think it’s rubbish, they aren’t telling me, so who cares? And a few people do read it every day. Not hundreds, but some. The number doesn’t really matter to me, as long as I don’t feel like I’m taking to myself, I’m happy.

You can burn out quickly

I have fallen into the trap a few times of staying up past midnight to finish posts and then having to do a couple of night feeds over night and then up with the girls before 7am. I don’t do well on a lack of sleep and burning the candle at both ends is only going to end in disaster. As much as I love my blog, being awake and functional for my family is obviously my first priority. I’m still working on trying to get a balance and I think I’m going to have to give myself a strict bedtime soon!

Blogging makes me a better person

Before I started blogging, I had all these ideas in my head of things I wanted to do and changes I wanted to make in my life. Most of them I never ended up acting on (I still can’t play the ukulele for example). Now, instead of keeping them in my head, I blog about them and it makes me much more likely to actually do them. I’m accountable to the blog now, and I wouldn’t want to let it down!

Now I’ve started I can’t stop

I love my tiny little piece of the Internet. I love that it’s all mine and I can put whatever I want on it. I love that my children will have this to look at when they are older. Maybe they’ll read it when they are teenagers, and then read it again when they have their own children and fully understand it for the first time. Historically, I’ve not been great at sticking at things…. But I feel like this is different!


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19 Comments

  1. March 14, 2016 / 9:54 pm

    Awesome! Congrats on your first month! I started blogging around the same time. πŸ™‚ I agree with all your lessons learned. It is addictive.

    • Louise
      March 15, 2016 / 10:37 pm

      Oh brilliant, I hope you are loving it as much as I am!

  2. March 14, 2016 / 10:26 pm

    Good grief that’s a lot of blogging! How on Earth do you do it with 3 little ones?! Good work, congrats on your 1 month anniversary πŸ™‚

    • Louise
      March 15, 2016 / 10:38 pm

      Haha I don’t know! Too many late nights! Thanks

  3. March 15, 2016 / 12:12 am

    Congratulations on your first month! I started about a month ago as well. I have loved keeping up with you and your sweet family!

    • Louise
      March 15, 2016 / 10:39 pm

      Oh thank you, that is such a nice thing to hear!

  4. March 15, 2016 / 12:21 am

    Happy one month birthday! I’m with you on this! It’s great isn’t it! I’m struggling with burn out, it’s past midnight and I don’t think my Littleun will let me get through the night without at least one wake up!

    • Louise
      March 15, 2016 / 10:40 pm

      Thanks. I know, I keep telling myself to have an early night but I can’t help it, I’m addicted!

  5. March 15, 2016 / 8:58 am

    I so relate to all of these (although I’m nowhere near as prolific as you are!) Congratulations on your first month birthday – I’ve really enjoyed reading!
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    • Louise
      March 15, 2016 / 10:42 pm

      Oh thank you, that’s so nice of you to say. I love your blog too!

  6. March 15, 2016 / 9:24 am

    I’ve been at it a year and the burn out really got to me, especially with full time work, so now I post a couple of times a week. Your blog is lovely x

    • Louise
      March 15, 2016 / 10:43 pm

      Oh thank you! I think I will calm down and post less eventually. I’m just full of enthusiasm at the moment.

  7. Alice
    March 15, 2016 / 9:25 am

    I would so blog as well, I’ve thought about it so many times! Then I think who would actually want to read what I write?

    • Louise
      March 15, 2016 / 9:33 am

      I would! It’s free to try, give it a go! X

    • Louise
      March 15, 2016 / 10:44 pm

      Oh thank you! That’s nice to hear.

  8. March 22, 2016 / 10:02 pm

    Happy one-month-iversary!
    I only recently started my blog too, love yours! I presumed you were a seasoned blogger, you seem like a natural πŸ™‚ x

  9. April 10, 2016 / 6:44 am

    Lovely post, I definitely feel like it is therapy too – it always seems to help once you write it down. xx

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