I’ve been writing Crazy with Twins for almost six years now and South West Reviews for three years. Blogging has changed my life in so many ways. It’s been not just a hobby, but a passion of mine. I’ve bared my soul in dark times, I’ve shared my positivity in good times, I’ve taken my readers on journeys with me. I’ve written some awful posts. I’ve written some amazing posts. I’ve inspired people. I’ve helped people. I’ve probably bored people too! I’ve raised awareness of Thyroid Cancer, Pre Eclampsia and HELLP Syndrome. I’ve fundraised for charities through my blog, walking, running and a prison stay. My blog readers have seen me through a twin pregnancy, a single pregnancy, an ectopic pregnancy. A cancer, a divorce, an engagement and a marriage. Countless birthdays, holidays and four Christenings.
Writing this blog has given my family and I opportunities that we would never otherwise have had. From horseback riding in Menorca, to soaking up the luxury of a cruise liner or facing my fears in a helicopter above the town where I live. From testing Stevia in a lab or learning about cervical cancer in a hospital, to the politics of the Saatchi bill inside the houses of parliament. From testing toys and making my first video for YouTube, to collecting not one, not two, but three trophies at glamourous awards ceremonies. From sipping tea or champagne with other bloggers, to sitting in an isolation unit in hospital reading tweets of support from other bloggers. Blogging has changed me and lifted me, so many times.
When I think about my time as a blogger, I think, WOW! What a journey!
And I’ve learnt so much – about running a website, SEO, photography, working with brands and what it means to be a “social influencer”. About being controversial, not being controversial, learning to be less judgemental, dealing with trolls, learning about politics and ironing and how to be a better cook. How to be a better wife, mother, friend and about the sort of person I want to be. I think that blogging has made me a better person.
Yet here I am, debating whether I should give up blogging, or blog more?!
So where is this all coming from?
This past year, I’ve found it hard to keep up, with being a working mum, a wife, trying to maintain a social life and being a blogger too. The social life and the blogging have slipped. Being a mum, a wife and working have taken priority. And rightly so. But I’m the sort of person that wants to do everything and I’ve come to realise that I simply can’t do it all. Something’s got to give.
In the past few months I have pondered giving up this blog, to focus on my travel blog. But this blog holds a little piece of my soul and I’m just not sure I can give it up.
I’ve pondered giving up both blogs altogether. I’m so far behind on posts and videos I was making, that I have the beginnings of over 100 drafts. Sometimes it can really get me down that I’ve not written everything that I wanted to.
And who really cares right? There are thousands of blogs out there. I’m pretty sure nobody would notice if I stopped.
But then the other day, an idea struck me.
I could give up my “real job” instead, and become a full time blogger. Turn my blog into my career. But can I? Am I good enough? Am I brave enough? Can I really make that leap? Many of the bloggers who started their blogs the same year that I did, are now freelance writers, social media managers, authors, working in PR or marketing or quite simply just blogging full time. Many have been on TV ad’s or in magazines. And here I am, working in a cafe, blogging randomly, feeling like I’m not where I should be. I didn’t up my game in the same way that they did. Maybe it’s time?
Now I am stuck in conundrum-land whilst I deliberate my worth and my talents as a blogger. To friends of mine who write blogs – have you ever wondered if it might be time to give up blogging? What did you do? I’ve always seen my blog as a success, but perhaps it could be even more successful?
What do you think?
Should I give up blogging? Or blog more?