One Year On: Blogging & Opportunities
I don't usually write personal post but decided I need to tell this story.....
I started my blog May last year and to say I was naive about blogging would be an understatement. I knew my husband wrote one and I read it religiously. It was actually himself that persuaded me to write one. I just needed an outlet for myself, as I had given up my job to stay at home with Lillibug, which is something that I will never regret as I get to see her flourish everyday!
As I sat up at 5am setting up my blog and doing research into it I realised there is a whole network/community of bloggers and I had been reading them without even realising it. I thought they were online magazines or targeted websites (you see how naive I was?). I truly believed that hubby (out of politeness) would be my only reader! I wrote to keep my sanity, to have a hobby to exercise my brain, to improve my writing, and to take pictures (something I have always loved doing).
Then Twitter happened!!! I found a whole community of bloggers from Irish Beauty Bloggers, Parenting Bloggers, Lifestyle Bloggers, Fashion Bloggers and a whole lot more. They are all full of support, tips, and general fun chit chat. I have made friends through these networks and get to meet up with them on a few occasions.
Sometimes I see comments on Twitter about people doing it for the freebies or the great goodie bags that are given out. This was also a whole new concept and revelation to me (you see, there is the naiviety again). When I was invited to a company event for the very first time after blogging two months, I was totally gobsmacked and honoured. Yes I went to it and so glad I did, I met some inspirational ladies that day! We even got goodie bags, but I didn't feel like I deserved it. I had already been invited to a wonderful event, I couldn't possibly go home with a bag of goodies on top of that. I did, thanks to another blogger telling me to step forward and telling me that everyone was getting one including me. Shyness also plays a part when it comes to these things for me. I don't blog for freebies even though I won't lie, they are an added bonus but I will never expect them either!
So where am I now over a year later? I'm still blogging and I love it more each day and then the unexpected happened...I got a job!!!!!! I'm not going into too much detail yet, but this job opportunity would never of happened or come my way without setting up my blog.
For me it's the dream job. The one I dreamt of back in college! As the weeks go by my confidence is growing again (it has been two and half years since I worked). Ideas are bursting from my head and anything feels acheivable, the sky is NOT the limit. The best part is I'm still able to be at home with Lillibug, watching her grow, laugh, smile and throw the occasional tantrum.