The freedom to truly be me 

I’ve been blogging, albeit inconsistently, for a few years now. However, I would never call myself a blogger. I would be even less likely to admit that, I would like to see if I could transition it from a hobby into a business. Gasp. 

Right, I have said it out loud now. Please don’t judge me. I do enough of that.

I am my biggest critic. When I think about trying to see if I could make a living out of this, my mind comes up with a million reasons why it won’t work.

 

 

Firstly, do I even know how? Secondly, my content just doesn’t have enough ‘reach’ and thirdly even if it did, who would actually want to consistently read my content and lastly how do I do this without ‘selling out’?

It is exhausting having this mindset and it has stopped me from moving forward with my blog. I am very lucky that I have a great set of friends and family who support me and believe that I can do whatever I choose to with My Mama Musings.

But, they have to say that, don’t they? This is why it came as such a surprise to me when I went to Kayla’s amazing Love for the Mama event at Prezzo in Moseley, Birmingham.

 

 

I bought tickets as Harriet the creator of the super successful parenting and lifestyle blog Toby & Roo was going to be there and there was free food. Win Win. I hoped I might get some tips and a full belly too, but to be honest I got so much more than that.

I met Natalie Ford the gorgeous women behind The__Norm. She produces beautiful hand written/drawn pieces available on her website.

Anyway, I have been following The Norm on Instagram for quite a while and it wasn’t until right at the end of the event I realised exactly who Natalie was, I was a little start struck, but I think I hid it well. Any way I digress.

 

 

The point was I spent most of my time talking to Natalie and Lovely Helen from The Mini Finns. Natalie actually already followed me on Instagram. We spoke about a recent change in my content and the reason I have more than one account.

As we were talking I spoke about the blog and how I worry I have no authority to write about anything. That I worry that people will judge me and think, I think I am so great putting my time thoughts and feelings out there.

They both encouraged me to just write, to write what I know and said that learning to have confidence in myself and the value/worth of my content was my biggest obstacle, they encouraged me to just do it.

 

 

After Harriet’s talk, which was both hilarious and informative. I was suddenly really inspired and enthused. I felt a little voice inside saying “you can do this”. I felt really encouraged by the conversations I had and also from listening to Harriet’s story.

The biggest thing that I came away with, was that it is OK to be me. Flaws and all. I don’t have to censor myself out of fear. Fear hasn’t be got me very far.

I need to step out of my comfort zone because that is where growth happens.  Hopefully the growth will manifest both internally and within My Mama Musings.

 

 

Going to Kayla’s event really opened my eyes up to the fact that there are a lot of women who are there to support and guide other women. I am sure that Helen and Natalie are both unaware of the influence their support and encouragement provided me.

So, if you a difference in the style of the blog. Please know it is coming from me and it is a way for me express the many sides of me.

 

♥ Do you struggle with putting your content out there? What did/do you do to over come it? Do you have any tips? Also please feel free to leave any links to your work below in the comments, would love to see what you do.

♦ Click on people’s names or site addresses for direct links to their Instagram and website accounts, happy browsing

 

Much love and many thanks

Cherie

 

 

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5 Comments

  1. August 29, 2017 / 8:14 pm

    Loving this, you write from the same place that I am.

    Enjoying your style no end and hope to get to know you better in the process.

    Keep doing what you are doing x

    Rachel |Life with Amelia

    • August 29, 2017 / 9:09 pm

      Thank you so much for your lovely commment Rachel, I agree we do write from the same place. I look forward to getting to know about you and Amelia too.

      Cherie x

  2. August 30, 2017 / 8:27 am

    Its a tough one isn’t it as writing a blog post takes a long time relative to the amount of spare time you get as a Mum. I started writing my blog 8 years ago when I had no kids and time to garden and cook to generate interesting content. Most importantly I had time to share comments on other peoples blog and create a bit of a community. Having kids has caused long periods without posting and theses days I don’t think many people read it. I still get a lot of hits each day but its for my preserve recipes from 2010! In that sense my blog us serving its purpose as a recipe archive at least. I’ve accepted that I like to write and if no one reads it that’s ok because its my creative outlet and memory capture for my boys.
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    • August 30, 2017 / 11:24 pm

      Nic,

      You hit the nail on the head, the amount of time it takes to write a blog is hella long in comparison to the amount of ‘spare’ time we have as parents.

      That’s amazing that you have been writing for your blog for 8 years. That is a great achievement. I like the idea that posts from 2010 are still being read too. Great way to keep a recipe archive for yourself and others.

      I guess it is great when you truly write for yourself, but there is a definite buzz when someone reads your writing. I love people commenting (like you do, I thank you for this). It is such a great way to create a sense of community, but like you say it is so hard when you have children.

      I really love having the blog as a creative outlet. I just hope that what I resonates with someone. That’s just an added bonus.

      Thanks as always for taking the time to comment.

      Cherie x
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