The lovely Helen over at The Mumatron Blog has been wonderful enough to nominate me for The Blogger Recognition Award. As I am sure many of you have, I have seen these awards floating around the blogosphere for a while now, and I am really grateful (not to mention surprised!) to have been nominated by Helen. If you haven’t already, check out her shiny blog which she has recently taken the plunge to self-host!
Firstly… here are the rules:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Write a post to show your award.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
- Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
- Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
The Birth of MummyMamaMum
I started writing the blog because I felt like I had something to say (don’t we all!) about motherhood and parenthood in general. More than that, I had started to get this rep amongst my friends of being some kind of super-mum type, and I wanted to go some way to dispelling that theory! Not that I don’t think I am a good mum, or that I think there is anything wrong with trying your bloody hardest to be great, but that I feel like there is this pressure in modern society not to just try but to be fantastic all of the time. For most of us that just isn’t reality, and so I wanted to talk about the times that we aren’t so great and why that’s ok, and to celebrate the wins when we have them. I also felt like a lot of the things that my friends thought made me “super-mum” were actually fairly simple life hacks and basic humanity (like having our single mum friend’s beautiful little one for a weekend so that she could have her first break in 18 months). It upsets me that doing things like this makes people think you’re some kind of God, because that tells me that people just aren’t experiencing simple kindness very often in their lives. As mums, dads, and parents in all shapes and forms, we are all well deserving of a little support, understanding and kindness, and quite frankly I think the judging and pressure to be perfect can do one!
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t really all that sure that anyone would read my blog when I started, but I also wasn’t overly upset by that fact. I wanted to write, so I wrote. So I guess my first piece of advice to new bloggers out there is write about what you want to write about! If you feel like you have something to say, then say it. But if you start writing posts and find you’re losing interest, or you just don’t have enough to say, change direction! It’s perfectly ok to let your blog grow, adapt, and change with you. The Mumatron Blog is a great example of this.
My second piece of advice is, if you really want to get your voice out there, you have to do the leg work. I’m a firm believer that nothing in life comes without a little hard work, and you get out of endeavours what you put in. I guess there is this kind of unfounded belief that blogging is totally easy and we are all sitting around in our PJ’s waffling on and rolling in follows, likes, page views and reposts (I am in my PJ’s, but whatever, that’s a perk, right?!). There is no such thing as a get noticed quick scheme, so if you really want to be heard there are some things you will need to do. A great start for new bloggers is to find some link-ups and start adding your blog posts to them. Not only will this ensure that someone will actually read your posts, but the chances are you will start chatting to other bloggers and make some friends too!
My Award Goes To
I would like to recognise the following amazing bloggers!
The Greenwich Mummy
Foxfairy Twins Blog
Now my Name is Mummy
The Mum Project
reflections from me
Pink Pear Bear
Mommy and Madness
Carolina Twin Mom
The PhD Mum
This Brighton Mum
Big Family Little Income