In my role as keeper of the key at MeetOtherMums, I am privileged enough to work with loads of fantastic and inspirational mummy bloggers. I consider it a perk of the job that I get to read so many fantastic blogs that make me laugh and cry, teach me so much and give me a shining little insight into life as a mum.
But lately something has happened.
Mummy bloggers are losing their blogging mojo, becoming disillusioned with the blogging world, even closing down their blogs altogether.
And this makes me sad. And a bit mad.
So my question is, where has the blogging mojo gone, and can we get it back?
Lately it seems that blogging has become something of a competitive sport and the pressure can be a bit overwhelming.
The pressure to:
- come up with unique and creative ideas for blogs
- be witty and insightful
- accompany all blogs with stunningly perfect photography
- promote your blogs across all social media channels
- use fun and creative ways to draw people to your blog
- engage with others across social media
- post blogs to linkys and read and comment on loads of other blogs
- attract brands to your blogs
- figure out how to work with brands and how to sell your service
- work out that you are now a brand and should act accordingly
- get the most visitor numbers and sponsored post opportunities
... I really could go on …
But is this fundamentally what it’s all about?
Is this why we all got into blogging in the first place?
Or did we get into blogging as a way to share a little glimpse into our daily lives as parents?
To give an honest insight into the highs and lows of motherhood.
To have a creative outlet, put it all in writing, have five minutes to ourselves to actually write something!
Was it to feel that we are not alone? That there are others out there who feel the same, who will offer understanding and support, who will relate to our latest poonami or toddler tantrum…
Isn’t that why we are bloggers?
So why am I writing this?
Why the rant?
Well, I’m hoping that something in these words will help you rediscover why you started your blog in the first place. And once you make that rediscovery, I urge you to hold that reason close to your heart and never let it go. Block out the distractions, comparisons, the desire for the perfect blog and to get back to what you love.
Write about you, your life, motherhood…write about what you think and feel…write about what you know.
Each of you bring so much joy into my life, and every time one of you stops blogging because of pressure and becoming disillusioned, a little light is extinguished.
Sounds pretty dramatic but it’s true.
So please take a deep breath, open a fresh page, and write about whatever the hell you please!
With much love and appreciation,