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