As I mention in my first post introducing myself, this is my third attempt at writing the A Blonde And A Baby blog. However unlike the previous attempts I am so much more committed this time, and actually I am really enjoying it. It’s slotted in to my life now and I almost can’t imagine not blogging, I think I’m hooked! Not only is it fun to write my blog, but I truly believe it is making me a better mother. Here’s why:
1. It allows me to vent.
There are times when you just need to let go of all the tangled up thoughts in your head. I find spewing them on to my laptop so therapeutic. If I didn’t let all of my thoughts and feelings out in to my blog I would bottle them up and then most probably snap-at my husband, or cry lots. (OK I still do those things too but I would do them even more!) Sometimes I have written a whole blog post only to later delete it as I didn’t feel ready to publish those thoughts after all. However simply getting those thoughts on to a page makes me feel better and calmer.
2. I read other people’s blogs
Whether it’s a linky requirement (side note, Joe hates the word “linky”… I don’t know why!?), someone asking for advice on a post, or just something that popped up on my newsfeed I fancied reading. I read and get to know other parents and their experiences in parenting. I find I’m not alone when I sometimes feel like a bad mum when Lily is throwing her fourteenth tantrum of the day, everyone goes through similar things.
3. Better quality time with Lily.
Because I’m always thinking about how I can link my life back to my blog, and a post, I often think about things that would be good to do that I can then write about. For example for fireworks night Lily and I made firework paintings out of toilet roll tubes. For Christmas we have made various little crafts, and went on trips. These kind of things are great to write posts about, but more than anything they are great to do and enjoy with our children.
4. The support of other bloggers.
The blogging community is one of the most supportive I have come across. Always there to answer questions, to make suggestions or just to chat with. I feel like I’m a part of a group of friends where I can ask any old silly question and not be made to feel stupid.
5. It makes me feel like I’m using my brain.
In my line of work on the outside world I don’t do much writing. However my heart has always been more in arts and literature. I studied Drama at university and got used to writing essays and reading a lot. When I started work this stopped, and I am thoroughly enjoying writing again. Only this time I can write without fear of a bad mark, I can write just for me.
If anyone reading this hasn’t yet got a blog themselves but maybe thinking of starting one, I would highly recommend it. Don’t put pressure on views and statistics, just write for you. I know I’m only a small time blogger, I’m still so new to it, but for now I am just enjoying having my little bit of space on the internet that I can do what I like with.