Four years ago, on January 8th 2015, I clicked publish on the first blog post on Pushing the Moon. ‘It Is Happening Again‘ (Twin Peaks fans will know that reference) was me dipping my toe back into the occasionally murky waters of the blogosphere after a break of two years.
In the four years since that first post, I have changed tack from being a family lifestyle blog to purely lifestyle. Four years ago I wrote about trying to come out of the fog of PND, the trials and tribulations of having a Threenager, and a very high maintenance toddler who, at the time, lived life as though she was in a battle with the entire world.
Nowadays I don’t feature my children unless it is with their express permission. We are lucky that occasionally we are offered the opportunity to attend days out or review family restaurants, and they understand that it is for mummy’s work, and as such, they will feature in a blog post and possibly on my social channels. But I no longer write about the peaks and throughs and the milestones in their life. That is not my story to tell anymore.
What I will say about them though is that Threenager is now a kind and considerate Seven-year-old with a heart of pure gold, and the angry toddler has turned into the funniest and brightest Five-year-old who has the ability to wrap even the most Scrooge-like person around her little finger. As kids go, they are pretty bloody ace and I am very lucky to call them mine.
But back to Pushing the Moon and where I am now, and where I want to be.
Well, to be pretty honest, I have struggled a lot with the blog over the last year. I struggled with social media too. I didn’t ever seem to find my groove if you know what I mean. And it’s not that I wasn’t inspired, or motivated – because I was. I just let outside forces and my life outside of the blog take up more of my time and brain capacity than I would have liked.
Part of the problem is that I have struggled to take ownership of this being my job – if people asked me what I did for a living I would say ‘freelance copywriter’ or ‘I work in social media and marketing’. I never said ‘I am a blogger’. Because, to a certain extent, I felt like some people still didn’t consider blogging to be worthy of being called a job.
But then towards the end of 2018 I was invited to a couple of events and found myself saying the ‘B’ word when people asked me what my profession was, and honestly, they didn’t bat an eyelid. And I realised that actually, it was me that had the issue with using the term ‘blogger’ and I should just bloody get over it. And so that’s what I did.
And here we are, it’s January 2019, and Pushing the Moon is Four years old. I’ve set myself some goals for the year ahead as far as this blog is concerned, which I won’t bore you with at the moment. But needless to say, I am stepping into 2019 excited about what the next twelve months have in store.
Happy New Year.
And don’t forget that I am currently running a fab giveaway to win a copy of The Bullet Journal Method book by Ryder Carroll and also a little bullet journal starter kit I have put together, including a bullet journal, a pack of Stabilo fineliner pens, and a selection of cute washi tapes. Head over to yesterday’s blog post to enter.