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It is a large club. All the members I’ve spoken to are lovely, friendly and willing to offer advice and help. I’ve had many a happy twitter conversation with a fellow mummy blogger.
Yet, I still feel like an interloper. A gate crasher at a wedding. A fraud. A fake. A phoney. A bad Cliff Richard impersonator at Wimbledon.
To explain these feelings, we need to travel back in time to when this blog was born.
In April 2012, I was just starting back at work after 3 months off with depression. I was trying to get back to normal life and I was having therapy to address some of my issues.
I like to think I am a positive person. But it isn’t always true. I suffer badly from negative thinking. My therapist suggested that I needed to find a way to remember what makes me happy. Thus, Mrs H’s Favourite Things was born.
This blog became part of my therapy. I didn’t think about my readers or statistics. I blogged when I felt like it or when I had an event that I wanted to record.
Zoom forward to the present day and my blog has grown and evolved. Once more it has become a form of therapy. It has become my link to a bigger world. It has become my proof that I am not just a mum and a wife. I have more to offer.
Over the past month I have been spending more time writing posts, giving the blog a spruce up and embracing social media. I also did research on what it takes to become a successful blogger.
This research scared me. A lot of the paraphenelia that comes with blogging just isn’t me. I could spend hours ensuring that my blog has perfect search engine optimisation and is the most beautifully designed blog around. If I do that I run the risk of losing me. I worry that I won’t know who the Mrs H in Mrs H’s Favourite Things really is.
Dear reader, I hope that you enjoy my posts. I hope you like them because they are honest and come from the heart. I hope you like them because they contain a little piece of me. I hope you like them because they are a little rough around the edges. I hope you like them because just like me they aren’t perfect but they are genuine.
And I hope you’ll stick around as this blog continues to grow and develop. It would be lovely to get to know you.
P.S. I would love to hear your thoughts. Do you do anything that makes you feel like a fake?
P.P.S. Depite feeling like this I appear to be attending Mumsnet’s Blogfest on Saturday 8th November 2014. Wish me luck and a big dose of courage.
P.P.P.S I have linked this post up to a number of linkys including the fabulous @SundayStars. A linky run by a number of fabulous bloggers including myself. Steph from Diary of a Midlife Mummy and I are your hosts for this week.