Why bother blogging?

Recently I have taken a few weeks out of blogging (it doesn’t help that half my computer keys do not work thanks to sticking fingers!).

But having time away from the blogging world has made me realise how much I miss it.

I started blogging nearly a year ago now, just after the birth of Molly, and as I was still at University I didn’t have much free time to speak to my friends. Being a new mum I had many worries and questions and blogging gave me the opportunity to express what I was going through to other people, getting their advice and help. I cannot tell you how hearing their opinion on what works with a new baby helped me and still continues to reduce any concerns today. All new mums worry if what they are doing is right or if what they are doing is good enough and often some are too embarrassed to say anything. Blogging any worries or simply asking a question on my Facebook page suddenly gave me the reassurance and relief I need, at all hours of the night, especially when I was all over the place not only with travel but emotionally too.

Today I blog as a way for Molly to look back on her life one day and as a way for me to remember all the little things about bringing her up that made me smile or even scared. When she has a baby herself in the future, chances are she will go through the same anxieties as I have and I hope she can find reassurance through these posts.

Life is so busy, and as I am now looking for work, it is only going to become more hectic, so taking the time to blog gives me some me-time at the end of the day, when it is not really possible to socialise with friends and allows me to reflect on Molly’s day – what made her happy and what parenting technique could I improve on. Molly is my life and being able to look back makes me  strive to do even better in the future. I don’t want to forget any moments with Molly so what’s better than to write them down forever.

Some people do disagree with blogging though. I have heard this through my blogging journey and I am sure it’s not the last I will hear of it. Displaying your personal life across the internet is something people tend not to agree with, and I understand that it is not for everyone, but I do not write to seek approval or to try and fit in or show off, I write for me and my baby. The fact that people respond positively and support me is just a massive bonus.

Sometimes I would like to write even more personally though but I hold back for fear of scrutiny but I do often find myself asking why. This is me. If I have to hold something back then it feels like I have to hide it from the world and I am fed up with always worrying what people think. I have ideas of what I want to write about and I hope I can pluck up the courage to actually do so, with the hope that those posts may help somebody out there, but I apologise if anybody disagrees with my choice to do so.

Looking forward at this year I hope to be blogging more frequently and expand my blog as much as I can. It is something I love, which has actually quite surprised me as I have never been one to keep a diary or any kind of journal, and having time away has certainly shown me that I am not ready to say goodbye to addingup2bemum just yet.

Why do you blog?

How personal is too personal?