Wow, just wow. I can't believe that I am publishing this post exactly two years after I pressed publish on my very first.
Today, Mummascribbles turns two.
How did that happen?
Did I see myself still here, still writing two years on?
Honestly? The answer is no. We all start our blogs in the hope that we will manage to find time to write and that we will manage to keep writing half decent posts. Hoping that visitors will keep coming, that people will find us on our social media channels and interact with us on a regular basis. We can all hope that this is the case but over the last two years, I have seen a lot of bloggers come and go. A lot of course have stayed in the game and I feel very lucky to be a part of that fantastic blogger network.
As a full time working mum, time is of the essence. I don't have much of it and that could have been my downfall. Instead I was determined. I found something that I loved, something that was just for me. I have worked hard, I have tried to write regularly so that people know that my blog is current, up to date. There have been times when I have been too busy in my day job and days have gone by without a post going up. There have been weekends when there are no posts because I am having too much fun with Zach. Now at 7 months pregnant, there are days when I just don't have the functioning brain to write. There will always be blips but it's about overcoming them and believing in myself to carry on.
Over the past year (since I wrote my first birthday post), I have had so many wonderful opportunities come my way. I have worked with more wonderful brands, been able to take my little family on another holiday when we didn't think we'd be going anywhere and I have been paid money, something that I didn't even know was possible when I first started.
So what have been the highlights from the last year?
- I had my first published post on the Huffington Post
- I became an Emma's Diary blogger
- I reached 7000 followers on Twitter
- Twinkly Tuesday is still going strong every week
- Mummascribbles meets is still going strong
- I launched my working mum's interview series which has been amazing
- I have been nominated for 'working parent blogger of the year' in the mumandworking awards (you can vote right here to make me a finalist!)
Pretty awesome right?
Something pretty major happened outside of the blog as well, when in January we discovered we were expecting baby number two.
Knowing that we are expanding to a family of four and knowing that I desperately do not want to return to full time work after my maternity leave makes me so determined to keep going and keep creating these wonderful opportunities. I have recently signed contracts to be the Account Manager for Families (who are merging with Mums in the Know) in the East Herts area. I am already working on getting the site full of fantastic information for the area ready for go live.
It is safe to say that if it wasn't for my blog, I wouldn't have had the experience or confidence to apply for the role, let alone get the position. It is my first 'freelance' opportunity and I really hope that over the coming time there will be more. I plan to use my maternity leave wisely and work on whatever I can to get me in a good position at the end of it. I may be dreaming, I may be kidding myself but with a bit of hard work, I reckon I can do it.
There are a few people that I want to thank for their sheer awesomeness over the past two years.
Donna from What the Redhead Said for being simply awesome running the UK Parent Bloggers Group, for posting so many amazing 'tips of the day' and for posting countless opportunities to work with brands.
Aby from You Baby Me Mummy for being so generous with her blogging knowledge and helping so many bloggers, including myself, when it comes to all things technical and all things blogging. She is an incredible source of knowledge and the loveliest person ever. Such a busy lady but always finds time to help others better themselves.
Jess from Mummy of Boy Girl Twins who has proven that it is possible to make this blogging thing a business. Over the past year I have seen her work so incredibly hard at her blog, resulting in her becoming a freelance writer. It is so well deserved and is completely inspiring to those like me who have it in their dreams.
I'd also like to thank every single person who has linked up with Twinkly Tuesday, every single person that has sent me over a wonderful interview for Mummascribbles meets and every person who has taken part in my working mums interview. I am so proud of these three things and they really wouldn't be there without people contributing to them.
More thanks go to every single person who has ever read my blog. I hope that over the last two years, I have made you laugh, made you cry, made you think and made you happy. Without my readers, none of this would be possible.
A final thanks goes to my other half. Without his support I probably wouldn't have carried on. Without his believing in me, I probably would have questioned what I was doing. He is so supportive in what I do…even when there are a load of boxes taking up the front room waiting for reviews! And without him, I'd have had nothing to write about in the first place!
This weekend I'll be finding myself back at The Brewery for my second year at BritMums Live. The biggest blogging conference in the UK. I hope to go along, hug my wonderful blogging buddies, talk to some wonderful brands and more than anything, learn loads of new information to enable me to be writing another of these posts in a years time.
So from me to me, happy birthday Mummascribbles…you've been a life changer!