Quite often when someone sets up a blog, they assume it’ll be a ‘get rich quick’ kind of thing. Most of these bloggers disappear after a while because they have no passion in their writing, photography and effort and they make little connections in the community. Blogging certainly isn’t a get rich quick thing, it takes years, dedication and so much hard work, with no guarantee of success. But this isn’t why many of us blog.
Every time I hit ‘publish’ on a post I get a little buzz, hoping it’ll get read and wondering by how many people. I’m not a big follower of my stats but I’m not going to pretend I don’t check them everyday, because I do. I think we all like to have a nose each day. I also smile each time there’s a new follower on social media, chats to me or leaves a comment. I don’t read that very often by other bloggers, but I know first-hand that every new follow, comment and view of a post we’ve spent time writing and editing means so much to us. That’s just one of the wonderful parts of blogging, the acknowledgment of your time and efforts. For little old me, who lives a fairly average family life, it’s such a rewarding feeling.
The best part about blogging is the community. I’ve said this before in my Britmums post, about how lovely other bloggers are. But the more I meet and the more I chat to, the more it confirms it.
When I first started blogging I didn’t even know there was such thing as a ‘blogging community’. It took me quite a while to even find the one that’s suits my blog niche. There are various communities from fashion, to lifestyle, to foodies to parenting. Of course I slot into the fashion community, I mean, leggings are really on trend, they’re like my second skin. I’m just kidding, I’m far from a fashion blogger and I’m very content being slotted into the parenting bloggers community.
Some are blogging as a career, while the rest are blogging as a hobby. Many are like me and love the enjoyment writing brings, it’s also a brilliant way to document family life. The parenting blogger community is predominantly women, though there are many Dads that blog too, which is gradually rising.
It’s the most supportive and welcoming group of people I’ve come across. If you were to take away any of the wonderful opportunities we’ve received as a family thanks to this blog, I’d still continue to blog purely for the love of writing and the community that surrounds it.
It’s odd that you feel like you know someone when you may not have met, a little like online dating. We’ve read each others blogs and chatted online, that we almost know each other on a friend basis. Sometimes I think the beauty of blogging is forgotten but for me its realising a passion of mine and creating friendships with other wonderful parents and bloggers.