Why I wouldn’t be without my blog…
I haven’t written much on the blog lately – it wasn’t an intentional quiet spell, I usually try to update this little online space of mine two or three times a week but I guess life just gets in the way. And whilst I have missed it so it has actually been really lovely taking a step back and losing my evenings to a little show called Love Island (don’t shoot me).
And whilst I have been hiding under a blanket on my sofa it got me thinking about why I wouldn’t be without my blog. I was with a few friends a couple of weeks ago, the topic of social media came up and so the conversation slowly crept towards my Blog and Instagram. And so I thought I would answer a few questions I am often asked.
Why do you blog? When do you find the time to write? And does it make you smile?
Yes it makes me smile. This online space of mine allows me to be creative. It is a space for me to share what makes me happy. I work full-time in an industry that allows little creativity so in some ways my blog allows me to be me. And after four years my blog and Instagram are a part of who I am and who we are as a family. Both my blog & instagram are so important to me and whilst I hope they make my readers smile, help them in some way it also makes me smile. And for that reason alone I will continue to come back to my blog day after day.
It’s my online journal. I’ve always kept a diary or day journal for as long as I can remember – I have so many draws filled with little notebooks. One day I need to look back through them. When George arrived I wanted something more than just words, I wanted to be able to look back on our family photos, milestones and more. We all know how easy it is not to press print. When was the last time you printed photos? It must be nearly 12 months for me, I need to change that and update our photo wall. Pronto.
And so my blog was born although back then it was called ‘Mummy Hargreaves’. There was a small part of me that also wanted to share our story, or maybe even help someone that may have turned to google one night looking for tips on ‘how to potty train’ or advice on ‘ life with a premature baby’. Just like I did. This little corner of the World Wide Web is my place to record our journey as a family.
Within a year I rebranded and the name ‘Life As Our Little Family’ was born – it came about as I sat on a beach watching my boys paddling in the sea, the sun setting with a glass of fizz in one hand and my camera in the other. And whilst the direction of my blog is less parenting focussed these days and now equally spread across family, lifestyle and fashion it will forever be my space to share my little loves.
And to answer the question when do I write, in the mornings when I’m not training, on my lunch break, in the evenings, on weekends, on long car journeys. In my spare time really although I do try to keep weekends free for family time. I have to remember at times to switch off and step back when it all gets a little too much, social media can be a little addictive as can constantly feeling like you need to improve.
The sense of community has become another reason why I continue to write. Who knew that when I started my blog over four years ago I would find one friend let alone a whole community that I could turn to. Over the years I have met and made some really lovely friends that initially were fellow bloggers. Some from similar niches like family, travel and fashion as well as those that share my passion for photography and photo styling. I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone, travelled to London to meet bloggers, represented brands, chatted to so many familiar faces only known to me by their blog name or Instagram handle, took part in photowalks (yay for that) and so much more.
I am forever thankful that I have a handful of friends I can turn to that understand. Pamela, Jenny, Sarah, Colette, Karen and Darren are always there for me, to talk things through, offer advice, endless voice notes and WhatsApp messages, creative support and inspiration. Its something you’d expect from a friend of 10 years not necessarily someone who you initially met by reading their blog! True friends, peers and colleagues in an online world I love to be a part of but one that can be a pretty awful place at times. You need likeminded friends who understand.
Opportunity. I started my blog started just for me and over the years this space has created so much opportunity for our little family. It is now a business and one which I am so very proud of. I’ve worked incredibly hard over the years to carve out this little space and I hope to still be updating my blog in another four years.
My skills are evolving, I have found a passion for photography and constantly feel like I am challenging myself. I’m feeling ever so slightly proud of the end results of a recent campaign we have been working on and hope that this direction could be a new addition to my blog. I’m so grateful to all the brands that have chosen to collaborate with us, put trust in me and our little family to represent their brands but also be true to our followers in the content we crest and products we recommend. To inspire and create exciting content is something I am really passionate about.
Who knew just over four years ago when I pressed publish on my first post that someone would find comfort in my words let alone read my blog. It’s still a mystery to me but whilst you’re still reading I’ll continue to share. You see for me reading a blog or scrolling Instagram is just like reading a magazine. And whilst I know there are people and friends of mine out there that just don’t get it, I love this game and will continue to update this space with all my little loves.