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.
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.
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.