AD – This is a collaborative post but all thoughts and opinions are my own
This blog has been a big part of our lives for a long time now, it has grown into something I don’t think even I had imagined.
Not everyone gets it, it stumps people sometimes when I say I blog as they don’t really understand it. When you start to explain it to them they then start to assume you spend a little time writing and a lot of time getting freebies from companies.
It couldn’t be more from the truth really. I spend at least 2 hours on my blog daily, this might not always be writing, it could be admin work in the background, blog updates or just replying to emails and social media. The reality is I’m a small fish in a big pond too when it comes to blogging so I take my hats off to the bloggers who do this as their job as they juggle so much more than me.
I will however always be grateful for this blog and the opportunities that come along with it. There are some things that we have taken part in that we would never have been able to do without it. It also gave us a little financial stability during some pretty tough times in our life.
Over the last 6 months or so my job has taken so much of my focus that my blog has fallen by the wayside a little, then I discovered my love of streaming and again the blog got pushed to the side again. Recently though I had a week off from my job and used that time to just get a little focused on the blog and what I wanted to achieve from it. I realised what I enjoyed writing about and what I felt I should write about are different. It seemed I had been swept along in some blogger comparison that I didn’t really need to think about.
With a bit of a break and a renewed passion for my blog, I have started to plan on where I want to take the blog in the coming months and years. I know the reality is I will never have a business from my blog other than my self employed revenue, no office with my own cosy reception sofa and fancy desks. It is also highly unlikely that I am going to ever get big enough to need a management team to beat off all the brands interested in working with me for peanuts.
But do you know what, that is completely fine? I started this blog almost 8 years ago to be a space to record our lives, share our recipes and reviews. It was never meant to become what it is today, even though I am incredibly grateful for what it is.
With a fresh look at what I want to get from this, I find writing has come much easier over the last few weeks. Getting on the blog to writes hasn’t become a chore, it is now something I look forward to being able to do at my own pace.
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