Ever since I started blogging about motherhood and toddlerhood and everything else that falls under that umbrelIa, I am often asked two questions:
1. What do you blog about (meaning what is it that you write about?)
2. Why do you blog?
I'm now proud to call myself a Mummy Blogger. It's fun, enlightening, cathartic. And it's something I don't mind burning the midnight oil for (as opposed to doing yoga or exercising… too much effort after a long day). So I've listed some of the main reasons I blog – mummy blog to be specific – and why I absolutely love it!
What do I blog about?
Hello, I have a toddler. Who is curious as curious can get about the world around him. He wants to experiment, challenge, learn and do. Which makes life very exciting for him, and gives me loads of subject matter to blog about. Like the time he got his head stuck in the potty (you can read about that scare here) or the weird/strange/annoying and utterly amazing things that only a toddler can manage to do (click here and here to see what I mean).
Then there are all the firsts. For Little Man and for me. Important milestones in his life, and important life lessons for me. Special moments that make for ever-lasting memories (or not-so-special experiences that you would like erased from your memory forever). Nonetheless, both make for interesting posts. Both make up the roller-coaster ride of motherhood.
There are trials, tribulations and everything in between. Confessions, moral dilemmas, strong emotions, letting go of some things and holding on ever-so-tight to others, that are a part and parcel of raising a child.
Over to point number 2.
Why do I blog?
- To document things/incidents/experiences which I otherwise wouldn't take the trouble to write down, for instance, the weird things that I do as a mum, that I can read with Little Man when he's older and we can share a laugh together. (I refer to my blog as 'My baby about my baby').
- To remember how tough it all was, but how WORTH it, it all is (when Little Man's at Uni and I'm missing him).
To have a voice and share it with other mums. Motherhood, despite taking all 24 hours a day of your time, can sometimes be a lonely journey. You go straight from being a working, partying girl to a stay-at-home mum (also working – non-stop – although in a not-so-glamourous role) whose entire life revolves around baby. The routine, the repetition, the constant chores can get monotonous. You lose/forget your previous self and soon realise the only identity you now have is that of MUM. Which is great, but you are still yourself too. And blogging becomes that outlet to let your previous self shine through.
For me, it's a double whammy because I am a writer at heart. And by profession. I've worked as a journalist in a buzzing newspaper throughout my twenties. I've always loved to write. So blogging lets me continue doing what I love, even as a SAHM. It keeps my creative juices flowing (along with all the other fluids my toddler throws at me!). I could've started a blog on anything, but motherhood is what is currently defining my life, my role and my time, and being something that I am experiencing for the first time, it is also a huge learning experience for me.
- To connect with other mums, share our experiences, our common complaints (such as not being able to have a hot cuppa anymore:(), our ups and downs, little joys and big challenges, and other mummy rants in general. To be there for one another when we're having one of those REALLY TOUGH days. To dole out advice, or ask for it. To share useful tips, learn new recipes and craft ideas to enjoy with your kids. To be part of a community: the sisterhood of motherhood as I call it.
- To pat our backs. Mums, we're all doing a great job!!!
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