Earlier this month, my little blog turned five years old, can you believe it? I’ve basically spent the last week trying to decide what sort of blog post I could write in celebration of this. My initial idea was to just buy myself one of those giant helium balloons of a big 5 but the weather’s been awful(so no cute outdoor photos) and I’ve been poorly with a cold, boo!
So now that I’m finally getting around to writing a post to mark five years of Love, Maisie, I thought I’d tell you about all the things that blogging has given me.
Confidence in myself
Over the last 5 years my own confidence has been a bit of a roller-coaster. Break ups, moving countries, losing friends, it all takes it toll on you and in my case anyway, your confidence. Thankfully, I have always had my blog to utilise as my creative outlet to help me through the tough times. I feel that I’ve grown into a (fairly) confident young woman who is not only a mummy, but a small business owner too, which sounds crazy when I write it out! I put this all down to this little corner of the internet, I really do.
Confidence in my writing
I’ve mentioned in past posts that I’ve been able to start supporting my family financially through my blog which is just wonderful! Now, I am by no means saying that you need someone to want to pay you for what you love to do to be deemed good at it, but it really has given me such a confidence boost! I’ve been writing in some shape or form my whole life and to finally be able to do what I love and create an income from it is amazing.
A friend for life
I’ve been really lucky to meet some amazing people along this online blogging journey, but I’ve also been lucky enough to meet some of those said people in real life, including Lyndsay. If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ll already know that Lyndsay and I bonded through Twitter when we were both pregnant at the same time back in 2016. We still talk everyday and we’ve even managed to meet up twice already this year! It’s been amazing to have such a wonderful friendship come not only from being mamas, but bloggers too! We’ve not yet run out of things to talk about and I doubt we ever will.
A real passion
My blog is without a doubt my biggest passion in life. I’m naturally a passionate person and always put my all to things that I love and care about, so it’s no surprise really that my blog has gone from something I thought would be a “cool” idea to my truest passion in life. Of course, I have my moments, but I will always love my little space here on the internet. You know when you’re growing up and it feels like everyone around you has a “thing” but you don’t? Well, I just took a little longer to find my thing, but I’ve found it!
Better time management skills
Becoming a parent also plays a part in this, but blogging has definitely taught me how to manage my time well, allowing me to prioritise and complete things in better time. This is of course transferable into pretty much all the other aspects of my life. My home life and work life included. And hey, who doesn’t want to write “excellent time management skills” on their CV and not be lying?
Really thinking about it, blogging has given me so many things, taught me so much more and really helped me to keep my head above water through some tough times. I’m so thankful for each and every person that chooses to read my blog, because although this blog is ultimately for myself, it’s so heart warming to know that other people are interested in what I have to say! So, happy birthday Love, Maisie! Here’s to the next 5 years!
What has blogging given you?