I’m feeling quite flattered today. When I started my little family and lifestyle blog 7 months ago, I wasn’t sure if anyone would read it. In all honesty I thought I’d probably do it for a few months and it would run out of steam.
Still, I felt like I had something to say. I wanted other working mums to know that the struggle is real! They are not alone in feeling frustrated or guilty. Similarly, you can be a superhero and fit everything in, because let’s face it that’s what parents do every day.
I began it as a way of reaching out to other mums too. As soon as you go back to work you drop out of the regular routine of baby groups and meet ups, especially if you work full time. It was a way of knowing others were feeling the same way as me and getting some help from the parents who have gone before me.
It was also a way of maintaining my skills and keep my brain ticking over. If I could earn a few extra pennies along the way, then fantastic. So I poured out my thoughts and slowly revealed a little more of myself over time. I posted content that was less generic and more about the issues and experiences that affect me. I’m careful not to overshare (I hope) as I think it’s important to keep part of yourself back. Plus, its my blog, not my child’s or husband’s.
I’ve had moments when I thought I should quit. I don’t have many overheads in running the site, but I do have some. The biggest expense is time though and like all parents I’m time poor. I’ve asked myself if it’s worth it.
My husband, ever the supportive one, keeps saying “keep going, I think you’re great” and I reluctantly believe him. But this week, I’ve had a few wins which really have made the difference. So, to pick up from my ten week “weekly win” posts I did in the New Year to celebrate life, I’m writing this.
Two significant things happened to me this week. The first was being contacted by a television researcher asking if I could participate in a panel discussion on a current affairs programme. They’d seen my post about the childcare offer in Wales and thought it was well written and informative. I wasn’t able to take up the opportunity for a few reasons, but wow was I flattered. The other thing was being listed by the blog reader Feedspot as one of the top 10 working mum blogs that people should follow.
These two things proved something to me this week. Keep doing something if you love it, even if it’s hard. If you don’t love it, stop! But don’t stop because you’re feeling down on yourself. Trust your gut. Take a compliment. Take pride in your accomplishments, even if they’re small.