The Power of Blogging

On Thursday I ventured into London for a blogging conference that was being run by Tots100. It was all about blogging and business which I thought would be great for me as I’m starting to turn this little blog into a business.

london victoria

I’m a mum to three little ones, day to day I make meals, ferry them to school and back, take them swimming, change nappies and read bedtime stories. I gave up the commute and the rat race 8 years ago to put my children first. I sacrificed a lot to do this – my career – I have two degrees and was studying to be a solicitor when I fell pregnant. I gave up my friends, and now make small talk with the postman I am so desperate for a snippet of adult conversation.

Most of all I gave up my autonomy – I can’t pop to the shops quickly and easily. I can’t sit down and eat my lunch without sharing it with someone, most days I struggle to go to the toilet by myself! I lost self-confidence and I feel like I have lost half of my brain too.

Don’t get me wrong, for me the positives of being at home with the kids outweigh these negatives. I have new friends (I like the postman!) and I have a new wealth of knowledge that might not be as complex as learning laws and statutes but I know how to breastfeed, how to nutritionally balance a meal for a fussy child and how to make playdoh! I started this little blog and now have a new photography hobby, website design knowledge, seo knowledge and have started to earn a little bit of money myself again.

 As I was sat in this conference and speaking to the other ladies there I realised that I was sat in a room full of people who are taking control of their lives through blogging. Women who have often sacrificed their old careers for their children. Women who didn’t want to work seven until seven and never see their kids but still wanted to do something.

These are women who have the confidence to rock up to an event in London where they might not know anyone, some of them with their children in tow, and who are taking control of their futures. There were some inspiring talks – ordinary people who are now Instagram sensations (Roco Runs), people who have set up their own businesses around their families (24me) and entrepreneurs with brilliant ideas and the drive to make them work (Mifold & Zeek). The wonderful Lucy was there talking about Instagram but really I think she is also such an inspiration for anyone wanting to use their blog as a springboard for a business – she describes her blog and Instagram as a living CV which is a brilliant idea.

So excited for this! @capturebylucy #blogcampvibe

Blogging can be absolutely amazing. The difference that just you can make to your own life is limitless. Not just that you could make it to be a hugely successful pro-blogger like Vicki at Honest Mum (I mean what an inspiration!) but also, in the more everyday sense, even us with ‘little blogs’ are making a difference. I earn my own money now, I have something that is for me and I am proud of. My blog has made a difference to me and my own self confidence. I have made new friends, learnt new skills and I love it.

So, I learnt a lot in that room in London – that blogging is a powerful thing, an empowering thing, and that I am so lucky to be a part of it.

blogging

 

 

Follow:
Share:

27 Comments

  1. October 19, 2015 / 3:28 pm

    Great post! I am so sad that I couldn’t get childcare. It looked like an awesome event and like you I am so proud to be part of the blogging world x
    Donna recently posted…Living Arrows – 42/52My Profile

  2. October 19, 2015 / 10:12 pm

    So, so touched to be mentioned in your touching and empowering post on your beautiful blog. What a wonderfully inspiring day and I love Lucy, should an inspiration and a fab friend too. Thank you for your kind words, it’s your support that dares me to dream to keep pushing forward to realise all my career dreams. Thank you xx
    Honest mum recently posted…Baked Eggs with Spinach, Parmesan and PaprikaMy Profile

  3. October 19, 2015 / 10:18 pm

    Awwww! I love this post. I hate the thought that you have any uncertainty with self-worth, alongside being a parent I find you so inspiring as a business owner.
    I know that if you choose to put your enthusiasm and motivation behind your blog as the window of you, and your business, it will be a fantastic success.
    I look forward to reading the journey which unfolds. x
    Debbie recently posted…Word of the Week #WotWMy Profile

  4. October 20, 2015 / 6:54 am

    Blogging is an amazing thing! I started mine as a hobby while on maternity and it’s grown a lot since then. Even though I’m back at work now, I dtill l9ve blogging and I hope to continue it.
    Tori Gabriel recently posted…Halloween Special – What Are You Afraid Of?My Profile

  5. October 20, 2015 / 2:44 pm

    Such a great post and working full time often means I feel left well and completely out of the loop competing with others wo are at Uni or have the time to do more x

  6. October 20, 2015 / 2:45 pm

    Great post. I wish I had known about this before hand. It sounds like something I could benefit from, plus it would be fab to link up with fellow blogging mums. I understand what you mean about losing half your brain. I lost mine 14 1/2 years ago… spent a long time boosting it back up and then had another baby a year ago. (I think I did a degree in the middle :p ) Well done for going, and glad you gained from the event x

  7. October 20, 2015 / 4:48 pm

    This sounds like it was a great event. I’m too shy and too far away from anything to go to things like this. I’ve not worked since I had my first child 9 years ago and I think I’ve lost all my confidence now!
    Charlie recently posted…Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural ReviewMy Profile

    • October 20, 2015 / 11:25 pm

      I’m shy and was far away too! Don’t be put off by events like this, there are always other people who don’t know anyone and it just takes a minute’s worth of confidence and you can make new friends!

  8. October 20, 2015 / 7:53 pm

    Awww what a great event this sounds like. Blogging is an amazing hobby which can lead to many great things! Keep going x
    Sabina Sher recently posted…Winter WarmersMy Profile

  9. October 20, 2015 / 9:17 pm

    I agree blogging is given women a medium of freedom that you will often not find in the workplace and we should be proud to call ourselves bloggers. I think many don’t realize how difficult and time consuming blogging is but we wouldn’t change it for a thing x
    Ana De- Jesus recently posted…I’m Feeling 22My Profile

  10. October 20, 2015 / 9:21 pm

    I hope you’re successful in being able to turn your blogging passion into a career. For me it’s not something that I would consider because I have greater dreams that I want to achieve but it’s always interesting to hear about others who are pursuing a career through their blog.
    Lorraine recently posted…It’s was a painful experienceMy Profile

  11. October 20, 2015 / 9:39 pm

    I often think the same about us stay at home mums. We give up so much, and people always say to me…..well that’s your choice!! Yes it was my choice to have kids and raise them myself instead of paying strangers to raise them for me. It was my choice to sacrifice my career, money of my own, my Freedom!!
    I very rarely get a positive about what I do.
    I blog now to keep my adult brain active. It can become completely braindead, I forget so much and feel completely unorganised on some days.
    Blogging is a way of talking to adults, even if it is just through social media, it is also what I absolutely love doing, giving my opinion on a particular product or hotel.
    I always wanted to be an AA Inspector for hotels. So….this is the nearest I’m going to get to my dream job.
    Renna recently posted…Chocolate & Hazelnut Spread Test – What’s the Best?My Profile

  12. October 21, 2015 / 2:57 am

    Ive been blogging for the past 5 years and to think that its my job now is crazy! I hope all of your dreams come true xxx

  13. October 21, 2015 / 7:34 am

    I was meant to be at this event as well, but I was so poorly last week I could barely talk! It sounds like an amazing day, I’m gutted that I missed it but thank you for sharing your thoughts on it
    Sally Akins recently posted…A Weekend in DublinMy Profile

  14. October 21, 2015 / 8:06 am

    I couldn’t sort child care! I was gutted It looks like such an amazing day!!
    Claire recently posted…#MilkdrinkersmilkMy Profile

  15. October 22, 2015 / 8:56 pm

    Blogging is awesome. It is now my job – and I love it. My family and I have gained so much from it. I was due to go to BlogCamp but couldn’t make it 🙁 Kaz x
    Ickle Pickle recently posted…Strictly Come Dancing Fascinating FactsMy Profile

  16. November 1, 2015 / 11:08 pm

    I think you’ve hit the nail on the head. Everyone in that room had made sacrifices for their families but didn’t want to give up on doing something for them, and make a success of it. Blogging is amazing, especially if you think that had any of us had been told we’d be so into it five or more years ago we probably would have laughed! Now it’s part of us 🙂
    Claire at Tin Box Traveller recently posted…Family days out in Hampshire this Christmas – a bucket listMy Profile

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge