Are you still doing that blogging thing?

August 22, 2019

Are you still doing that blogging thing?

August 22, 2019

Eight years ago to the day, I sat on the sofa with my laptop and decided to start a blog. After spending many hours reading blogs over the course of my maternity leave with Tigger. Many of which were stay at home mums, who shared what life was like at home with a baby/toddler. As I was about to return to work following maternity, I thought it might be a good time to share what life as a working mum was like.

I wasn’t entirely sure about what I was doing but managed to stumble my way into setting up a Blogger blog. Selecting my nickname Boo (from Monsters Inc. – as I used to like wearing my short hair in pigtails), along with those of my then two children Roo (as we bought lots of Roo items whilst we were pregnant with her and it just stuck) and Tigger (as he bounced around so much whilst I was pregnant).

Coming to the end…

Just like that Boo Roo and Tigger Too was started, with my very first blog post ‘coming to the end‘ giving a little glimpse into how I was feeling about returning to work. Something I didn’t want to do, however, financially I wasn’t able to stay at home. So it was back to work I was destined to go, albeit part-time hours around Roo being at school.

For the first year or so, I think most of my posts were me complaining about juggling work with childcare – or the lack of it as the case usually was. With children being ill and having to leave work early, only to return again once What The Dad Said got home from work so that I could make up my hours. The heartbreaking childcare juggles in the work car park between colleagues who had agreed to look after the children so you could work when the school/nursery was closed over Christmas. With little family support, it was difficult to find the balance. It is still is.

During my lunch break, I would type up blog posts and email them to myself at home so that I could copy and paste them over. Ensuring that I was able to post semi-regularly as well as be there for the children at home. However, up until I was made redundant, none of my work colleagues knew about my blog. I’m not entirely sure why I never spoke to them about it. If I’m honest, I didn’t really get a great reaction from family members who I told about my blog, so figured that they would feel the same.

Life has moved on

Eight years down the line, my family life has changed somewhat. We have welcomed Piglet into our family and I am now a work from home mum. Redundancy gave me the push to work harder to ensure that I’m able to make blogging a full-time role and work around the needs and 101 after school commitments that they have.

Three years ago saw us finally relocate to the city, so that What The Dad Said could be closer to his then day job (although this has all changed this year with a new work/life balance). Whilst it was a bit of a change for us all, I do believe that it is something that we should have done years ago. Possibly even when we first found out that we were expecting Roo. As we were in the middle of selling out first flat and buying a house. Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

Why blogging?

Blogging started as an outlet for me, a chance to share my thoughts and feelings about being a working mum. To give an insight into all those who believe that working mums have it easy. That dropping our children into childcare and heading off for a few hours or a whole day without having to look after them is the easier option. I’ve had the comments about why have children if you’re not going to look after them. At the time I’m able to laugh it off, change the subject etc. However, it is hurtful and by no means is going out to work the easy option for a parent.

Nowadays, my blog is my job, it is my source of income. Something which I will be eternally grateful for. I’m able to work around the needs of the family (just about). I get to attend the story and reading cafes, I get to volunteer to go on school trips, to help out and listen to children read etc. This comes at a price, which will see me tapping away on my laptop until late in the evening so catch up on those hours lost during the day. Thankfully blogging and social media never sleeps so it doesn’t matter if I’m publishing a post late in the evening or first thing in the morning.

Are you still doing that blogging thing?

A few weeks ago, someone asked me if I was still doing that blogging thing. A sign that what I do for a living is still not really understood by those around me.

The short answer to their question is yes, I am still doing that blogging thing.

14 Comments

  • Emma lander August 22, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Someone said something similar to me and I’m done with trying to explain. I’m so glad you’re still here. Happy blog birthday:)

  • Stevie - A Cornish Mum August 23, 2019 at 8:14 am

    Happy blog birthday! I’ve been blogging for four and half years now and I get the same sort of comments, most people just don’t get blogging, but 8 years and turning it into a career is definitely something to be proud of, well done!

    Stevie x

  • Kristina August 23, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Happy Blog birthday and congratulations on making this a career 🙂

  • Jennifer Gladwin August 23, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Eight years is a massive achievement! I really wish I’d started my blog earlier but I am so glad I did eventually do it. I’ve just passed two years and I still love it as much as I did when I started.

  • Kim Carberry August 24, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Happy birthday to your blog! Congratulations to eight years and here’s to many more x

  • Fritha August 24, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Totally get this! It was a really similar experience for me, and people still don’t understand it!

  • Lyanna Soria August 24, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    I have a similar situation regarding that. 8 years and making it into a career is a huge achievement in my opinion. Happy blog birthday!

  • Jenny August 24, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    I don’t tell anyone in real life that I blog either! My life has changed so much since I had my kids, the only constant has been my blog 🙂

  • Bella at Dear Mummy Blog August 25, 2019 at 9:30 am

    My mummy is still doing that ‘blogging thing’ too as a hobby and has been for 6 years! It’s grown into that vlogging thing too! She has never considered making it her career as she loves her work too much, but it’s fun. People outside ‘the blogging circle’ don’t really understand it! Glad you have moved forward and making a living out of it xx

  • Rhian westbury August 25, 2019 at 9:47 am

    I think blogging can be so important to the people who do it as it’s a release and helps you to get away from the reality of life. I much prefer reading posts to watching videos etc and hope it won’t die out x

  • Melanie williams August 25, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    I love that you have blogged this long and stuck with it. Also, I like how you are going to continue to blog…it is a fab thing to do xx

  • Kara August 27, 2019 at 9:27 am

    My family just don’t get it and are surprised that I have carried on – I think it may have rubbed off on my daughter as she is starting one now too

  • Akosua A August 30, 2019 at 12:13 am

    I can really relate to this blog post, as a new blogger myself this is one of my concerns; the reaction of my family and friends to my new venture. Very inspiring to know that it worked for you and hopefully it does for me also 🙂

  • Ava Miller September 10, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    Wow, happy birthday blog! seems like time just flies!

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