It’s Been A Whole Year – Bloggerversary

I missed it, after an entire year of trawling through emotions, stories and ideas about parenting, I missed my One Year Blog Anniversary. I had a pretty good reason though – our newly born baby has been nestled in my arms for the past week and I’ve been revelling in baby cuddles as much as I can with a three year old running around me also looking for attention. Needless to say, I’ve been a little preoccupied and the blog has taken a major backseat. But I can’t let this week go out without recognising what I think is a major achievement in my writing career. Over Heaven’s Hill has been on the go for an entire year. I posted my very first post about “Becoming Momma Bear” on the 30th May, 2016. I’ve been a blogger for a whole year now. It’s zipped past so damn quick and been a bit of a rollercoaster as I’ve shared my experiences with you all. I’ve loved every minute and I can’t see Over Heaven’s Hill stopping any time soon.

I’ve learnt quite a lot about blogging in the past year and my attitude towards the blog has changed dramatically, especially since I became pregnant. I adore blogging. I adore sharing my ideas about parenting, whether anyone agrees with them or not, with an audience who might say, “yes I agree, thank you for sharing.”

The blog has almost become a part of my identity now. I’m proud to say that I won an award for my blog – Best Original Writing for a Website at the 2016 Web Awards and was also a Finalist in the 2016 Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards – something I never imagined would happen. Recognition is one thing but to read and enjoyed is another. Almost 350 of you subscribe to my blog and another 4000 follow me across social media – Holy Flup! I never thought that would happen either!

“When Your Child Favours One Parent” is one of my most poignant posts. So many related to it and oddly, since we’ve brought D home, A has somewhat rejected me and clung to Papa Bear since I seem to always be holding the baby.

Since becoming pregnant in September last year, my energy levels dwindled and my ability to write as many blog posts as before eased up – a lot. I went from being what others considered a “prolific blogger” with four to five posts a week to one post a week these days, if I’m lucky. The slow blogging approach has actually helped me to write better posts, more focused and poignant posts, blog posts I feel proud of and want to share, posts that are important to me.

Being a Mommy Blogger can come with a lot of bad press but I’d be lost without reading the raw truth behind parenting from other bloggers who share their experiences. It’s so good to know that others have been there before you … and survived!

I’ve learned to relax when it comes to stat watching. If you’re a blogger, you’ll know how addictive it can be to watch your followers grow on social media, your followers on the blog, the number of views every day. At the end of the day, I write for myself. I write for my love of creating and for sharing the wonderful days and the hard days of being Momma Bear. My blog, essentially is for myself, but if I can share my story and others can take heart from it, then I’ve done my job as a writer and a parent to share the emotions of parenthood.

Probably one of my favourite posts because it was so raw and honest. I absolutely hate being pregnant and make no apologies for saying so. I can’t be the only one!

For an entire year I’ve opened our door and given you a glimpse into parenthood and pregnancy and I’ve no intention of stopping. I’ve made friends through the blog, I’ve been offered incredible opportunities and I’ve found a part of myself that is important to maintaining a bit of me in this whole parenting journey. I’ve written for parenting websites Mumsonline, Family Friendly HQ, BabyGaga, and The M Word. And I’m proud to say I’ve shared my thoughts with parenting magazines Mums & Tots, Easy Parenting and Maternity & Infant Magazine.

So Happy One Year Bloggerversary to me! Here’s to another year! Here’s to a million more words. I have so many ideas for blog posts for the future (which I really should write down before I forget).

Thank you to every one of you who read my posts, who have joined me on this journey and have stayed with me as I sometimes ramble on, complain and get lost in being Momma Bear ๐Ÿ™‚

In case you missed them, some of my favourite posts over the year include:

The story of my first C Section. A scary time but the start of my journey as Momma Bear.
Some days being Momma and Papa Bear can really suck. Sorry but it’s the truth, parenting has its shit days
Because rules are important
And after pregnancy. Im currently on the look out for all of the tell tale signs for postnatal depression.
A bloggers dilemma. I’m still not entirely sure which side of the fence I sit on with this one.
5 Tips on Returning to Work after Maternity Leave Over Heaven's Hill Parenting Blog
Because returning to work is one of the cruelest moments of a Momma Bears life. I’ve been there, I’ve done that and I’ve worn the tears

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  1. Happy Anniversary Geraldine. I’ve loved reading all your posts for the last year. The best of luck for the future, I look forward to reading more xxx

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