(Ok – so far I’ve not really found anything bad, but if I do, I promise to update this post and report back immediately!)
Ok, so let’s start with…
Back in December of last year, there is no way I’d have imagined that I would soon be classed as a blogger!
Sat here now typing yet another blog post.
There was not even an inkling that other people in the big wide world out here might know an alternative ‘me’!
But it is something I’ve certainly grown to love.
My new found hobby.
I’m a VERY small fish in a VERY large pond, but I’m happy and content with that, as my reason for doing this was never to be ‘popular’ as such – it was purely to journal my family’s life.
So to think I’ve made some new friends along the way is amazing to me.
I never really even thought this would happen.
And going with the theme of fishes in ponds (!?!) I think I’ve met a few other lovely fishes along the way too.
And I know this may sound a bit silly or premature but it’s as if we’ve all become friends
We’ve bonded over a love of similar things.
Here is just a little shout out to the ones I’ve probably stalked the most:
We’ve obviously all got kids or are having kids, we make each other laugh, we feel each other’s pain and sorrow, we can reach out to one another for advice or a virtual hug to make us feel happier and warmer inside.
We’re talking all the time with people who are going through the same things as us.
We’re speaking in the same language.
I’m learning so much about other people, other situations, other peoples beliefs, other peoples traditions, listening intently to others hints and tips, words of warning and guidance, reviews, advice and wise words of wisdom.
On twitter it can seem like only minutes that you’ve been tweeting someone, whereas you’ve actually been chatting online for over an hour!
Tweets back and forth……
……..Another joins in……
……….It can take up your whole evening.
But how lovely is that?
It really has opened my eyes to a whole new world.
To new people,
To new things to see or do with my family,
To places to visit,
To new possibilities for the future.
My new found online friends have been thoroughly supportive too.
It was only last week that I posted a rather more serious post than my usual, jovial antics.
And the support and comments I received back were beautiful.
I can honestly say I was overwhelmed, and rather choked at how people I’ve never actually met in person, can be so kind, offer words of advice and comfort and just affirm that they’ll be there with you along the way, by taking an interest in your story and helping you get through the difficult bits.
So far, I can hand on heart say this has been a truly fabulous journey for me on a personal level too.
I love that I am being more creative.
I’ve found a love of words and photography.
Rightly or wrongly, it’s given my family life a new burst of excitement.
It’s making each minute, hour, day, week so much richer, as I’m learning to appreciate the little things so much more.
Yes, because I want to write them down in the blog, but hey – its making me take in every single moment in intricate detail.
Things I believe normarily I’d have probably just let slip by and forget over time.
The precious moments.
The ones that money can’t buy that I want to remember and keep hold of.
Beforehand, I found everything in life was going too fast, and there was nothing I could do to stop it or at least slow it down.
So, instead of stopping it, I had to record it.
And since that day I published my very first post, it’s become my beloved hobby, my bit on the side as Mr B calls it.
I love that it can be a sounding board, somewhere to go if you need a giggle, a place to seek advice.
But whatever it is – it’s my daily life and I feel privileged that people want to be a part of it.
But now to…
The Downright Ugly!
There’s a darker side to blogging though.
There are those people out there who attack others for their personalities.
I just don’t understand how there can be people out there who badmouth other people’s opinions, and points of view through nasty, vindictive and just plain rude comments.
I’ve not experienced this myself but know of others who have.
And its upset them.
And I can certainly imagine why.
Personally, my blog very much has an element of humour to it; with silly stories, and tales of immaturity. All very tongue in cheek and never meant to be taken seriously or offend.
But surely it by no means suggests I’m a bad mother,?!
I just like to have a giggle along the way – and I don’t see anything wrong with that.
I expect there are others out there who disagree with this though
Ok – so not everyone agrees on subjects, parenting matters etc, but hey- we should all be one big happy family.
At the end of the day – we’re all in pretty much the same boat, all of us with the same end goal of bringing up and raising happy, contented children and teaching them to look after themselves ready for that big scary world out there. And as long as we’re each doing it responsibly, with our children’s best interests at the forefront, it really shouldn’t matter to one another ‘how’ we each get there.
It’s funny really, as one of my fave mummy bloggers, Jess, who blogs over at Mummy Of Boy Girl Twins has already posted something very similar to this (read it here), this very same week.
It’s so obviously hit a nerve.
Ok so we each have our own views, but it’s horrible to think that some feel they can express this opinion on others.
As I said above, this has been an amazing journey for me.
And I just hope that others who read my blog are appreciative that there are so many different types of mummy’s and daddy’s out there, all of us doing the best we can through a love of the blogging world.
Let’s all just enjoy reading and listening to other peoples tales and delight in sharing our own.
After all – isn’t this why we all began in the first place?