Have I lost my way?

Yesterday I was in London attending a workshop that I’d been asked to take part in. It was lovely to be invited down to London and get to chat about my blog and family life.  I chatted to the various people in attendance who for the most part either had not read my blog or even understood blogging.  They asked me questions such as why I started blogging, the subjects I write about and whether I get people contacting me for advice or thanking me for sharing a similar experience to them.

As I Sat on the tube on the way back to the car. A thought suddenly crossed my mind…

Have I lost my way?

I began to think over the questions that I’d been asked and the answers I had given. I pondered whether when I look at my blog, talk about my blog and why I started my blog whether I have lost my way.

That was then

I started writing my blog back in August 2011, just as I was preparing to return to work following maternity leave. Something that I didn’t want to do but unable to afford not to work I had to return.  Over the following months, I shared my struggles with working, childcare and what happens when one of the children are ill.

I’m not sure if working life became easier or whether I gained the capacity to deal with it better. Gradually I talked less about these struggles, I guess in many ways to stop boring you all with yet another moan and groan about working and juggling childcare.  I started to chat about the products in our lives, the days out we went on and subjects around the home. 

And this is now

Nowadays, my blog is about family life, home, travel and everything in between. But should it be about all those things? Should I be sharing more of what life is like as a parent? The real nitty-gritty stuff about how bad days happen, how tiring it is and how lonely it really can be.

Every parenting journey is different. Every child is different. Does reading about other parents struggles and milestones really help us realise that we are not alone?

We can all feel like the world’s worst parent at times and we all want to hide under the duvet and not patent some days. But there are times when we have got this parenting thing, we have survived another day and ready to tackle the next one.

Reflecting

I guess I’m just in a reflective mood and pondering what it is my little corner of the internet says about me – and why on earth anyone would read it. 


Photo Credit: Spencer Watson

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6 Comments

  1. October 11, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    Because you’re beautiful?

    It is so strange isn’t it? I was such high maintenance when I started blogging with my little ones, I relied on blogs for reassurance and felt by writing one I could offer the same.

    I still read your blog, for that reassurance. What you write about Roo prepares me for what I have to come. What you write about Tigger offers assurance that I’m not way off with my parenting, and of course seeing Piglet satisfies all my broodiness.

    Your place on the internet is definitely one of hope, happiness and honesty. And regardless of where your reflections take you, I don’t doubt you’ll stay true to you.

  2. October 13, 2017 / 8:12 am

    I love your blog for the fact that you DON’T overshare everything, yes parenting can be tough, but we all chose to have our children and we all know what we were letting ourselves in for, so actually reading blogs like yours about all the fun you have and the ‘good’ parts of parenting is much more interesting to me than ones who seem to be fighting for the spot of who has the worst parenting deal!!
    Be true to yourself, your children are wonderful little beings and that’s all down to you (and hubby) xxx

  3. February 10, 2018 / 9:57 am

    Life can be super tough and along with that, we can be incredibly tough on ourselves. I started my blog, for me, because I was doing things for everyone else that I had nothing for me. Now I do and I will try to keep it for as long as I can. Just be kind to yourself more! We could all do with being a little kinder to ourselves I think. x

  4. February 16, 2018 / 9:49 pm

    Ahh I think we all have our moments, life is hard work and being a parent even harder!

  5. February 17, 2018 / 8:59 pm

    Ah i always question this!

  6. February 18, 2018 / 7:46 pm

    I have these thoughts about my blog too, I’ve dipped in and out of it over the last few years. Never quite having any ‘direction’. I’m back into it at the moment and just writing the kind of stuff I’d like to read – it’s the happiest I’ve been with my blog in a long time. x

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