I mentioned last week that it was this little blog’s birthday – Pushing the Moon is One! Needless to say, R and I celebrated with a few glasses of Prosecco on Friday night – yay!
I’ve spent quite a bit of time recently thinking about my past year of blogging, and where I want to take Pushing the Moon over the coming year.
I have been blogging in one form or another for many years, eight in total, either for myself or for clients through my previous role within the content industry and, more recently, via my freelance work and my online marketing business. I have always enjoyed blogging. I like the freedom of blogging. To be able to share my thoughts and aspirations with like minded people. I love reading other blogs – I have so many favourites! – and have been lucky enough to make some good friendships with some amazing bloggers. I have found the blogging community, in the most part, to be very welcoming, friendly and helpful – always willing to help when I’ve needed advice.
I am so glad I made the decision to start another blog for myself this time last year (I shut down my previous blog a couple of years ago while I was going through PND, and it was a decision I have regretted ever since). When I wrote my first post in January 2015 I wasn’t sure what path I wanted to take the blog down – would I go down the parenting / mummy blogger route, or perhaps I would take it more along the lines of a lifestyle blog (I read Lifestyle, Interiors and Food blogs blogs far more than I do parenting ones)? In the end I decided that Pushing the Moon would incorporate a bit of everything, and tagged it as a family lifestyle blog.
In the last year I have covered things from days out in Norfolk, hotels, interiors, food, beauty, fashion and of course this little family of mine. However, over the last couple of months I have often come back to the question of ‘does my family really want to be included in this?’ I am very aware now that M is at school and maybe he does not want to be featured on here anymore – he definitely isn’t keen on having his photo taken nowadays!
Additionally, when I started the Pushing the Moon the only person who knew about it was R. I didn’t tell any family or friends about it. The reason for this is that I didn’t want any outside influence over the blog – I’m not very thick skinned, and I take any criticism (other than constructive criticism) very much to heart. But, through writing here this past year I have grown personally and now feel less bothered about peoples opinions. A few weeks ago I realised that people I knew in ‘real life’ had found the blog and R asked me how I felt about that. I responded with ‘It is what it is’ – if that had happened ten months ago I would have quite possibly crumbled.
Some of my most favorite posts over the last year have been more focused on the lifestyle element, and less so on the family side. Don’t get me wrong, I love writing about the kiddies, and taking their photos but I am becoming increasingly aware that they didn’t ask for this. So, going forward they will feature far less, and the focus will shift more to lifestyle – food, interiors, travel etc. They will still pop up from time to time (it would be hard for me to keep them out completely as, after all, they are my life!) on the blog and social media, but just much much less than before.
So, that’s where I am at with Pushing the Moon at the moment. I have lots of ideas for posts that I’m excited about sharing. I feel more confident, and at peace with myself and this little space of mine than I have in a long time. I felt incredibly lucky, and honoured, last year to have the opportunity to collaborate with a few brands and businesses, and I am excited to see what this year brings. But, most of all, I’m very grateful and thankful for everyone who has taken the time to stop and have a read, and comment, on my posts – everyone’s kind words have meant so much to me this past year, so thank you all so so much. I think you are all totally ace.