For Day 27 of #100DaysNoTV I did something I never believed I would (or could) do: I gave a talk about my blog to a group of people I’d never met before. To say I was out of my comfort zone is a massive understatement! But, I survived and, for many reasons, I’m so glad I went through with it.
I was invited to give a talk at a Mummas & More event, and Emily – the brains behind it all –was so lovely that I felt I couldn’t say no. When I told Rob about it, the fear set in: I would be speaking aloud, publicly, about myself. That’s something I tend to steer well clear of!
In a heartbeat Rob said, “Do it. It’ll be good for you.” It was the little nudge that I needed.
I’VE COME A LONG WAY
There was no set brief; Emily simply asked for a short talk that might help inspire other mummas to get into blogging. I thought it was a lovely idea. When I first ventured into the blogosphere I was clueless, so it was nice to think I could help others and give them a leg up!
The experience gave me a chance to reflect on my 2015 reincarnation as a blogger, and realise just how far I had come. When life is on the manic side with hardly a moment to pause and think, it’s actually quite a useful exercise to sit down and really consider what you’ve achieved – this is true for all aspects of life.
the day arrived
Two other bloggers joined me at the event and it was great, if a little surreal, to meet them after following both on social media: Helen of the stylish and very honest teenage parenting blog, Just Saying Mum, regularly gives me food for thought; and Lizzie whose lifestyle blog, Marmalade Pie, always leaves me with a smile, filled as it is with beautiful images & words.
My ever-supportive Rob took the day off to be with me, and our littlest, Ben, came too. It helped a lot to have them close. Emily was great, and the other mummies’ friendly welcome meant the nerves disappeared much quicker than I’d expected.
Three Mummas – Three Very Different blogs
Helen started her blog at the start of this year, and her refreshing approach to talking about life with three teenagers is always a lot of fun to read. She introduced her new series of interviews with famous parent bloggers. First up was the Unmumsy Mum, who I absolutely adore! It’s no surprise that Helen has a great following, even before her first blogiversary. 🙂
Lizzie lives close to me, and it’s fun to see a lot of her photos in places that are well known to me. She blogs about things that she’s passionate about, or inspired by – which are always beautiful. I particularly love her outfit posts; she’s one stylish lady! Lizzie’s blog sits alongside her shop where she sells gifts, homewares & accessories that she’s handpicked herself.
And, then it was my turn! I explained how #100DaysNoTV was born, and the topics covered on my blog, such as crafts, cookery, upcycling, fitness & fashion. I talked about opportunities that blogging has given me: invites to cool events, working for Cambridge Style Week, and being employed as a social media professional.
I finished by emphasising that blogging is something that anybody can do; there are absolutely no barriers. I wholeheartedly stand by that, and hope that anyone who wants to discover what blogging can do for them, will find the time and confidence to go for it. 🙂 I’m always here to help and support wherever I can.
That which does not kill us, makes us stronger
For a number of reasons this was probably the hardest of my 100 Days so far. To get over my anxiety about speaking in public – made doubly worse when the subject is Me – and give a good account of myself, is an experience I will never forget. I met some lovely people too and it reinforced just what a positive experience blogging can be. 🙂
Are you a blogger? What advice would you give to someone starting out?
Do you want to get into blogging? What, if anything, would stand in your way?
Bye for now!