I went away this weekend, and had the most fabulous time which should not be a surprise as we were staying in top notch London hotel and had spa treatments and a limo..what’s not to like? However, I always worry about being in large groups of people, as I get very nervous and insecure. I am a terrible worrier and often wonder what I have to offer people. I shy away from telling people I blog, partly because they don’t get it, partly because I worry it is boring and partly because I am embarrassed. I know that sounds awful, but I think people think, what kind of saddo puts all her thoughts out into cyberspace and claims she has friends on twitter?
After this weekend though, and a long talk with my best friend, I am coming out of the blogging closet so to speak. I am proudly going to say that I have effectively taken what started as an online diary and memory scrapbook of my kids, to a working blog that has PR interest and ok, does not make any money (yet) but has potential (maybe). My hubby will go mad at this, as he will say he has been saying this for months! He has been an incredible support.
In less than a year my computer skills have increased, my confidence as a stay at home mum has increased because I have something that makes my brain tick, I have learnt to network, negotiate, and liaise with all manner of people and have started to see the workings of the advertising and media world. It has been a huge eye opener and a fabulous experience.
Most of all I have met and found support and friendship with some amazing people in the blogging community and seeing as this is coming into the festive spirit I thought was the perfect opportunity to say some thank you’ s.
Firstly to the lovely The Boy and Me. A lady whose blog I read from when I started and it looked so professional I believed she had been blogging for years, but in fact she was only a few months older than me. In the beginning when asking for advice and giving random pleas for help she was one of the few people who responded and gave me advice and encouragement.
Next is a big ‘ta’ to the kind sir of Him Up North. A man with a fantastically dry sense of humour, a brilliantly creative story telling ability and the strangest phrases from up North that I have actually had to google to interpret! He, however in the first few months, when I had that insecurity blip and thought of jacking the whole thing in, emailed me and told me to pull myself together, get some broad shoulders and continue if I enjoyed it and so I have. Thanks HUN, you’re a star.
Then the lovely Anne from NewBornFree - a lady I got to know after reviewing the products without request (because I used them with the twins and loved them) and then kept chatting via twitter and Facebook. I entered the Born Free CyberMummy Competition last year to be sponsored to go and I won! Anne has been a fabulous support of my writing and has since become a great friend. I now proudly write for the Baby Born Free panel on their parenting blog.
The strong-minded, totally independent and confident Nickie from Typecast. Nickie tugged at a raw nerve after writing a post about education. I wrote a comment expressing my feeling as a teacher and how I did not agree with her. She wrote a devil advocate comment back. I bit and wrote back. I got an apology the next day… she claimed the wine was talking! I love that you can be free to debate with Nickie. I admire that you can disagree with her, and it does not make her not like you, she just loves the fact that you will engage in a debate with her. Since then I have emailed Nickie on a number of occasions with various questions and asking for advice as I really value her opinion and also know she does not beat around the bush. She is honest and to the point. A great support to newbie bloggers.
The amazing Mummymummymum. This lady started just after me and got chatting via twitter as most blogging friendships start. She then came up with the idea of posting science experiments on her blog and then asked me if I would like to collaborate (as I am a science teacher by trade). Science Sparks was born. After meeting and attending at CyberMummy, we decided we would set up Science Sparks as its own blog. It has done amazing well in the short few months that it has been running. We have both be struggling for time, but we both really want to push it next year. For those of you that don’t know, but it is about engaging your children in science at home and any support is gratefully received so go and check it out..when you finish reading this of course!
The girls that all started out at the same time as me, including The Crazy Kitchen, Mummy, Daddy and me takes three, New Mum Online, Would like to be a Yummy Mummy, Not yet a yummy mummy, Mummy and the Beastie and Seasider Clare. All of which are fabulous woman and all of which have become friends over the year, and all of which I have met! Yay!
There are so many others that I could mention including my ‘big sis’ Aresidence, for making me believe in myself, but these are the most significant so far.
And a huge thank you to you if you are reading me and enjoying it. Every time I get a comment or see a page view, my confidence increases and it is all worthwhile.
I will now proudly call myself a blogger, and never shy away again.