I can’t believe my little passion project has just turned one! My first blog post was about Oli’s Magic Party, and a year later I’ve just blogged about his Carnival Party! Celebrations all round.
I still can’t quite believe how much my ‘space’ has grown in just 12 months. I started the blog as a way for me to document my experience of parenthood. I started blogging for me, and that’s how I intend to keep it. Mommalikeme has become so much more than I could have ever imagined. It’s been a way for me to share my voice, the ups and downs I face, the everyday issues I go through with the hope that by documenting it, it might help just one mom having a shitty day who’s about to lose her shit after sharing her bed with her kids for the fifth month in a row.
I’ll never forget the adrenaline rush of hitting ‘publish’ for the very first time. I still watch in awe to see who is following me, especially from around the world, countries I’ve never ever dreamt of. Mommalikeme has brought so many amazing and phenomenal people into my life, some of who I’m honoured to now call ‘friend’. I’ve become part of the most amazing community of women I may never have gotten to be a part of, a community where I feel community over competition. In the last year I’ve gotten to work with some amazing brands, and have gotten to give away some incredible prizes and experiences. I’ve also turned down a lot of products, reviews and events because I want to stay authentic to me, the space I’ve created, and the community I’ve worked so hard to grow.
This has become an amazing creative outlet for me, something I felt my life was lacking. I’ve always enjoyed writing, but being able to create my own content, find my own niche and have readers who enjoy and engage with what I put out, is a dream come true.
My advice for anyone wanting to start a blog? Do it now, don’t wait. It took me 5 years to realise this dream. Do it for the right reasons – nothing is for free and you need to manage your expectations, don’t go into this for the wrong reasons. Be authentic. Register your own domain (it’s nowhere nearly as complicated as I thought it would be), trust me, moving a blog to a self-hosted domain is a big task.
Thank you for celebrating this milestone with me, and for following along, I value each and every one of you. I’m so excited for what’s to come! Happy Birthday to me, happy birthday to Mommalikeme.