I’ve been doing lots of contemplating over the last few weeks. Contemplating change and where the blog is going. Over the last year it’s definitely become less parenting focussed and more about me, my lifestyle, the things I love. There has been less parenting drama and it has become increasingly apparent to me that I don’t want to be in the nice market that is ‘mummy bloggers’. Not that there’s anything wrong with mummy bloggers, it is after all where I started six years ago and what the blog was originally intended to be. But as bloggers we grow. Our creativity shifts and as we get older our style changes and so does our outlook on what we write.
Despite what some say about my job working in social media I do not spend all day on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest doing ‘nothing’ – I do actually research trends and look at why this is becoming such a popular area for many to work in. It cannot be denied that many bloggers have social klout online and are clearly brilliant at what they blog and tweet about. Many mum’s have gone on to make careers out of their writings and are successful women with an excellent network of contacts who should be listened to. I have a ‘Hire Me’ page that invites companies to work with me on a longer term scale to help them build or manage an online reputation and one of my most popular blogs every time is a review I did of the Nano Speed Crash Set that gets over 2000 impressions a month.
My blog is a vital part of my life. Why? Because for me it is a creative outlet, where I can air my views, my fears, my joys and my successes. I’ve met some amazing mum’s through my blog – many who I am proud to call my friends and have their friendship to turn to. The blogging community is full of compassionate people and there’s been several occasions in the last 5 years since I started writing where I’ve seen bloggers pulling together to support one another, put on amazing events and offer words of encouragement and mugs of coffee or shoulders to cry on.
I’ve been blogging for over 10 years and themummyblogger.co.uk will be 5 years old this year but this is the first year I have considered asking for sponsorship to attend an event. Through the blog I’ve had some brilliant opportunities to review products that I wouldn’t have known about for Miss Roo and go to amazing events as well as meeting some of the nicest bunch of mum’s and dad’s through various social networks. My blog is more though than just a review platform, for me it is the space I have to rant about the days when parenting isn’t all sweetness and light and to celebrate the wondrous moments you do get from being a parent.
Several weeks ago now I was lucky enough to be sent something for me…yes a mummy gift! Something gorgeous and indulgent to treat my tired self to. That gift was beautiful Taylor & Taylor toiletries.
I loved their handwash which they had sent in pomegranate and cassis and the smell was lovely every time I washed my hands, I am down to my last quarter of a bottle and will be sad when it runs out.
The nice people over at Taylor & Taylor though know how stressed mum’s get and they’ve been kind enough to offer one mummy blogger the chance to win a goodie bag packed full of their beautiful toiletry range. The goodie bag will feature the current Taylor & Taylor toiletries signature fragrances; divine pomegranate & cassis and sea kelp hand wash and shower gel so something to indulge yourself with once the kids have gone off to school in the morning!