Wow, just clicking the “new” post button to publish a new blog post has me feeling nervous. Yup, is been that long. So long in fact that I’m actually beginning to wonder how many of you actually read my posts anymore. I know so many moms are enjoying the quicker micro-blog experience that Instagram offers and I wonder who really has the time to sit and read through paragraphs of information about somebody else’s life 🙂
But then I think about the blogs I still enjoy reading and I feel a glimmer of hope and excitement as I think of all the things I want to write about and focus on this year. I have had so many topics and life lessons bouncing around in my crowded head at the moment and, I know that even if it’s purely for myself, I need to get these thoughts and feelings all down for me to look back on one day. Or as proof that I wasn’t as crazy as I thought I was. (OR as proof for my kids to show them that despite all the shouting and screaming we were a pretty happy and normal family for the most part!)
I want this place to be a space where I can share my highs and my lows, my good days and bad. Instagram has become more of a highlight reel than anything else, and as much as that’s great to be sharing the “mostly” positive stuff, this has always been the platform where I can truly let it all out and document our lives in a deeper and more meaningful way.
So my plan is to get back to basics. In the beginning I was writing for the love of it and to have something to share with my kids one day, and then all of a sudden it became a competition, a task, a job. While I may still use this platform to make an income from time to time, I want it to essentially be about personal stories and my honest experiences. I will always ensure that the brands I do work with are in line with our core values and beliefs, and more than that, that they will hopefully offer you my readers something of value too. I will always be transparent in my partnerships and let you know when something is sponsored, that I promise you.
But I want to know from you… what are some of the things you LOVE reading about on this platform? What are the things you enjoy reading about no matter how long they are? The gripping, inspiring or motivational posts that appeal to you? Do you like more honest stories as well as practical ones? Reviews (the honest kind!)? Decor makeovers? I haven’t done one of those for a while. Anyone keen on a lounge makeover? Rugs, cushions, lights, baskets, shelving, plants?? Sound good? 🙂
I guess I’m really just hoping that my little slice of internet pie will experience meaningful growth this year. Not necessarily with numbers, but in the degree of positive influence I have on the moms and the impact I potentially have on women who frequent my blog and pages. I want to engage – like REALLy engage. I want to learn more about you and interact with you mamas out there who are in the deep-end of motherhood with me.
I want to celebrate the joyful milestones and happy experiences, but also moan from time to time about the often mundane and ordinary everyday routines we find ourselves in in this season of our lives. Because as beautiful and rewarding as these days are with young kids, they are also some of the most challenging and lonely. They stretch us to our capacity and can have us yearning for that sense of freedom we once had. Just ask me, I was like a child in a candy store on our recent trip to NZ. It was like I just didn’t know what to do with that sort of freedom 🙂
I want to be able to tell you guys that my kids are driving me dilly without feeling judged, and I want you to share your heart with me, knowing there is no judgement here ether. So if you’re up for that and are keen to help me get this little blog of mine back up and off the ground… then simply comment below and tell me what you want to see more of around here, so I can start creating content you love.
Have a great week you queens!
Love Leigh xoxo