I’ve been blogging for a little over 2 years now and being a blogger does mean a lot to me, it’s become an intrinsic part of me and my identity. With my gradual wind down towards baby girl’s arrival, alongside a lot of sleepless nights, I’ve had some time to think about my blog, being a blogger and what I want from it moving forward.
I’m not in the big leagues, I am a very small fish in a very large ocean but I am proud of what I produce. I love writing and I will only publish posts that I think deserve publishing. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe that everything I write is of such fine literary standards that I deserve to win any awards, however alongside the day to day family snapshots, I write content that makes me proud of what I do. From silent reflux and raising a high need child, to current affairs and letters from the heart, I put a lot into my writing and it’s something I’ve been passionate about since childhood.
At times, being a blogger had frustrated the heck out of me and I’ve wondered whether to bother with it all. I’ve seen slow but steady growth in my readership and I’ll admit that there have been times that I’ve seen blogs with ten times the traffic I’ve got, yet whose actual writing doesn’t seem to have any passion behind it. That bugs me, I won’t lie. I’ve often wondered why, even when I follow all of the ‘How To Grow Your Blog’ tips, mine just doesn’t take off in a big way, but then I remind myself why I do it.
Let’s Start At The Beginning
I am at no risk of ever going viral with a post, even ones I think deserve to! But two years ago, I didn’t start this blog with that intention, I started because I was wondering pregnant with our first baby and wanted to document it. My style may have changed along the way, I may now also do product reviews and I may now also write about many other topics alongside my own family life, but that intrinsic purpose behind my blog’s existence remains the same: To capture my family’s life as our children blossom and grow.
What’s In A Name?
I called my blog Budding Smiles because to me it represented my wishes for my family. Buds are delicate and beautiful, they hold the joy of life and beauty. Likewise, to be a ‘budding’ something is to show promise and I want my children to be born as beautiful buds with the promise of futures full of smiles and happiness.
I know, pass the bucket and all that but it’s true! I didn’t call my blog ‘Budding High Flyer’ because, well it sounds stupid, but it’s not what Budding Smiles is about.
Being a Blogger
Being a blogger has given me opportunities, experiences and friendships that I never would have expected and for that I am so very grateful. I’ve worked with wonderful brands and PRs, been to fantastic events and received amazing products to review. I’ve made some of my closest friends and I have my family’s story in one place to always look back upon.
It’s awards season in the blogging world and I’ve cast my votes for both the MADs and the BiBs. As much as I would love the idea of being even nominated, I know that my blog doesn’t reach people the same way others do and I’m okay with that! So instead, I’m thinking about the bloggers whose writing captures my soul, whose photography brings brightness to my day and whose words inspire me.
Being a blogger is a huge part of who I am and I love it. This blog holds the stories of two pregnancies, currently one birth (keep your eyes peeled for the second one!), celebrations, holidays, special moments and also difficulties that we’ve faced. I often get emails from parents of silent reflux or high need babies thanking me for being so open. I may not reach tens of thousands of people through my writing, but if I reach those who need it then I’ve made a difference. If not, well then at least I’ll have a nice memory book to print for myself and my family when the time comes to pack it all in!
I’m just going to keep doing what I do until either my kids ask me to take the site down or I stop loving my blog. It’s that simple!