Everyone starts blogging for different reasons but it’s often on the journey that you realise what it has come to mean to you. In this first Editors Talk, we’ve taken this opportunity to step back and have a think about what blogging really means to us. We’ve also identify our 6 blogging essentials, 2 things each that just optimise blogging!
Starting a blog has been the best thing I have ever done. It has given me confidence, motivation and also brought me so many friends.
This time last year I was feeling low after having a new baby and felt excluded from the outside world. Blogging opened the whole world up to me and every blogger I have met has welcomed me with open arms.
I have never had a hobby, I always felt as though I was missing out on something and this has been it! I now have a new love of photography and never leave the house without my DSLR! Something besides the hobby side of things though is the fact that I am now a business woman. I love that I earn my own money and am in complete control over everything I do- no more answering to others. It is a lot of pressure but I thrive on it!
One thing I wasn’t expecting was for my blog to make me a better person. When you write about your life and open up your world to people, it makes you very aware of your actions. My blog has meant that I have taken account of myself as a woman, as a wife and as a mother. Reading other people’s blogs inspire me every single day and for that I am eternally grateful.
Katy’s Blogging essentials
1. Nikon Digital Camera – I love being able to create those blurred out backgrounds, it is one of the only reasons I got a DSLR!
2. Picmonkey – I think I am a little bit addicted to it, especially for Pinterest!
Blogging is my passion. It encompasses so many wonderful things and has changed my life in ways that I would never have believed. I started blogging when my daughter was five months old and two months before I was diagnosed with PND. Before I became a mum, I had a job that I loved, which was also the centre of my social life. Most of my friends were tied up with work, so I saw them most weekends and I was always in contact with people. I was always working and that was fine, because I loved my job.
Then my daughter came along (after a long wait) and everything changed; I was on maternity leave and most of my friends drifted away. Blogging has given me back my feeling of self-worth, a profession, a purpose (outside being a mum), sanctuary, therapy, support and the most wonderful friends.
Aby’s Blogging essentials
1. GoPro Hero – I adore my DSLR but a more recent love of mine is creating family videos. Photographs are amazing, but there is something about moving pictures that capture memories like nothing else.
2. Editorial Calendar – whether you use pen and paper, a spreadsheet or a plugin, an editorial calendar is a must and I would be lost without mine. I use the Editorial calendar plugin and it lets me plan weeks ahead, drag and drop posts, create drafts and generally be super organised.
Blogging has literally given me a purpose in life. After having Reuben, I was on a fast track to becoming a housewife and while I loved the idea of it, the reality was that the only element I enjoyed was cooking. So, I quickly found a ‘job’ (blogging) and while the clothes, dust and dishes piled up around me, I got stuck in. I’ve always been quite entrepreneurial, from the age of 13 I had a bunch of different jobs and I was always looking for new ways to make money. From Granny sitting (think baby sitting not actually sitting on a Granny) to dog walking to cleaning (the irony), if it was paid I’d do it. Blogging allowed me to always be thinking like that, to find creative ways to work with the brands I really liked and get paid. Don’t get me wrong, it took me forever to get to that point (2 and half years to be exact) but it is an element of blogging that I get fired up about, making my own money!
But that was never really what it was about. It was about finally finding my passion. I love the challenge, the quiet time to think and create, the opportunities for myself and my family. They say if you’d do it for free you’ve found your passion. Well, this is it.
Hannah’s Blogging essentials
1. ‘Focus the Mind’ Reed Diffuser – We’ve recently moved house and I now have an office! I love quiet time to reflect so just smelling this gorgeous scent in my office gets me in the blogging zone!
2. Facebook Pages App – Facebook and I are in the funny love affair that was a total curveball. I had no idea when I started that I would connect with so many wonderful, supportive mums through the Mums’ Days Facebook page. It’s where all the action happens for me!