I have been thinking about this a lot the last week. I have been under the weather (Vertigo) and work and blogging and volunteer projects have been weighing me down. I can’t remember the last time I sat down in the evening and didn’t do work of some kind. It got me thinking…what am I doing this for?
I like blogging, I do. I like sharing my recipes, my craft tutorials and my makes with the blogging community. I like the record of my children’s little lives. Time moves so fast now I often feel like I am in danger of forgetting the little things – and if I do, I can be reminded of them all here on my blog.
I like reviewing products and getting to see what is new in the world for parents and for children. Bean is ever so excited when something new comes through the door for her to try, and I must confess that the joy at getting something in the post is one of the joys of childhood that sort of lingers a little to adulthood!
I like the mummy / parenting blogging community that surrounds you when you are a parent blogger. Need a tip to help with chicken pox? Just as twitter. The wonders of modern technology never cease to amaze me, and you know that there will always be someone at the other end of that ‘middle of the night feeding the baby’ tweet. This community does help us to feel less alone.
Next year I hope to be a little braver, to spread my wings a little further, to pluck up the courage to head to blogging conferences, to meet fellow bloggers in real life and to make new friends, and learn new things.
Most of all I like reading other blogs, I like the inspiration they provide, the ideas, the affirmation and the solace that they can give. I love looking into other people’s lives and using that to reflect upon my own.
So, I guess I have answered my own question – I am blogging for me – and in turn for others like me, who like looking in upon my life, who will get inspiration from my family, and can find solace in my woes.
But most of all I am blogging to keep this special time in my life alive. My children are only present in the moment. The next moment they are a little older, a little wiser, a little changed. It is a privilege to watch them grow up, but it is also great to have a keepsake of those little moments that take them on that journey.