Today my blog turns two whole years old! It is crazy to think that I have been blogging for two years, I still feel like such a novice, with so much to still learn. Seriously Google is my best friend at times as I am forever googling how to do blog things or what they mean.
I started this blog to record my pregnancy with baby number three, who is now an 18 month old little boy! He is like my blog baby, his whole life is on this blog, more or less. My blog has changed so much in the last two years, it looks much better for a start as it was quiet horrific in the beginning. This blog is now not only my hobby to keep me occupied whilst I was on maternity leave but it is now also my job, which is amazing.
As I sit to write this the house is silent for once and I have a whole evening to just sit and write, every blogger will tell you that is a dream come true! My little two are tucked up in bed fast asleep and my eldest and my other half are out at a Little Mix concert (yep I'm jealous). I have been wanting to write this post all day, to say thank you to everyone who reads this blog, to say how blogging has changed my life and what I have learnt and experienced over the last two years. However I don't seem to know what to say really, I am just sat here unsure what to type.
I am not a successful blogger and nor am I ever likely to be, I am ok with that though as I am just happy doing my own thing. I don't have the time nor the energy to blog daily and spend ages on social media. I have a teen and two toddlers who are with me 24/7 as I have no childcare or help with them as my partner works shifts. I have also suffered badly with post natal depression since my son was born.
One thing I have not been happy with though is my blog, granted it looks a lot better then it did when I first started, trust me it was horrific. I still have loads of little changes I want to make to the look of my blog, I just never have the time. Over the last six months or so I have been really unhappy with the content of my blog, I feel like I lost my way a bit. I don't have a lot of time to blog and what little time I did have was taking up with paid posts and reviews and the personal posts disappeared a bit. That is not what I want my blog to be about, when I see blogs and it is just review after review I stop reading as I don't like those kind of blogs myself.
Over the last few months I have been thinking about what direction I want my blog to go in and I have decided that I will still be writing relevant paid work and reviews, however I want a lot more personal stuff. The reason most people start blogging is to record family memory's, it is certainly why I started and I have lost sight of that lately.
I have decided to bring back my weekly weight loss posts, as they were the only way I stuck to my diet and I want to show people losing weight can be bloody hard work at times. I will also be featuring more Slimming World recipes as I get a huge traffic boost of those on Pinterest, seriously post a Slimming world recipe on Pinterest and it will get re-pinned thousands of time. I also want to feature more family days out and things we have been up to, so we don't forget special family time. Even though I hate messy play, crafts and all that kind of thing I have decided that I am going to just embrace it while I have two toddlers. I will be starting a weekly toddler activity type post as it will motivate me to actually do messy things with them and Sophia needs me to do this with her as she has suspected sensory issues. I will also feature the odd personal post as I love reading those type posts myself and those are the ones I actually enjoy writing the most too.
I did lose my way a bit with paid work and reviews this year as my blog became a little bit more established but I also experienced some pretty great times during the last year too. I attended my first Britmums thanks to my sponsor MAM baby. I also reviewed lots of great products, experienced some great events like Gung-Ho and Disney on ice and a hotel stay. Most importantly I met and became friends with some lovely bloggers, although I am rubbish at keeping in touch with everyone.
I feel like eventually after two years I am starting to find my feet with blogging and I know what direction I now want my blog to go in. I don't have a mam any more as she died in a freak accident when I was 21, their is so much I did not know about her and so much I wish I could ask her. I never want my own children to feel like that if I die, so this blog is going to be a way for them to know everything about me. I want to record all the days out, all the special moments, recipes they love and little bits about life and lots and lots of family photos.
I hope that you will join me into my third year of blogging and as a thank you to all you lovely people who read this blog starting on Monday I will be running a week of giveaway's. Make sure you check back next week to enter as you never know you might be lucky and win a prize.
Happy second birthday Newcastle Family Life.