It’s fair to say there’s been quite a bit going on in my life in recent weeks – new baby, away from my beloved work (my second family), blog moving forwards in a great direction -however, all these changes left me asking myself some vital questions about my blog:
- Am I writing about what I truly love + what matters to me?
- Does my current writing topic come naturally?
- Does my blog reflect me + my personality?
- Am I conveying my true voice: (apparently) witty, (often) sarcastic + (always) truthful?
- Along with various other questions I find myself pondering at 2am mid baby feed!
The answer, unfortunately, is: probably not!
Back in November, I was lucky to be awarded the Amara Interior Blog Award for Best Organisation Blog for my work at the aforementioned beloved work (The French Bedroom Company) – where I freely muse about the hip/happening goings on within the interiors world; for this reason, I felt my natural place in the blogosphere lay within the interior design sector. HOWEVER, the more I have starred at my screen over the past 5 months wondering where to start, I’ve come to realise whilst interior inspiration is in abundance in my working life, my “real life” consists of so much more (often a bit too much more!) + for this reason – so should my blog! It is a reflection of me + all that I treasure!
Mummy Blogger?! I had a real (negative) thing about being a “mummy blogger”, insistent I wasn’t “one of them”. The last thing I wanted to be blogging about would be “The Top 5 Nappy Creams”; about what jnr had been up to for the past 2 minutes 34 seconds or reviewing teething gel. Then I read THIS amazing book for mummies + it opened my eyes to the fact there are mummies out there like me – willing to be brutally honest about motherhood (cracked nipples et al), whilst keeping a fantastic sense of self.
Lifestyle Blogger? At the same time, I felt my day to day life paled in comparison to the many 20 something “lifestyle bloggers”, who, on a daily basis, scatter my inbox + news feed with enviable images of their latest far-flung, self-discovery trip to some unnamed island in a crystal sea with their pal, the yogi trained monk, all whilst dressed in the latest designer string bikini + sipping on a cocktail at sunset; OR showing me their current fave hot London eateries to grab a bite (if you don’t starve during the 3 month waiting list for a table!). My life usually consists of a last minute bungled camping trip with a pit-stop at the closest drive-thru!
Fashion Blogger? This one got me thinking, as I always thought I’d loved fashion- but then I noticed that my wardrobe, for some time now has consisted of pretty much the same staples – grey tops, jeans, grey tops, white floaty dresses + more grey tops! I like to think of this uniform as “classic”, knowing what I like + sticking to it, but the truth is, it’s just easy – I know every grey top will go with the jeans + if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! Accessories on the other hand are my bag (excuse the pun!)! I love an on trend bag, pair of trainers (in days gone by this would have been heels!) + ring! So in actual fact, although I considered myself “into” fashion, I just very much like being on the periphery-accessorizing edges in a grey marl slouchy!
So, I’m a mummy, living a normal (read – chaotic + often accidentally comedic) life, who loves her home, design + grey t-shirts – so I guess that makes me a well-designed mummy blogger sharing her life, everything I love + the occasional handy tip on blogging! Who needs a pigeon hole anyway?!