Believe it or not, my blog is three years old. I wrote my first blog post on 23rd March 2012.
In March 2012, I had just returned to work after 3 months off sick with depression. During my time off work, I began to see a Cognitive Behavioural therapist. She suggested that I start writing a blog as a form of therapy.
When I am low, I struggle to remember the things in my life that bring me happiness. I need to remind myself that this world is full of wonder and beauty. I decided that I would write a blog that would focus on the moments that make me smile.
Mrs H’s favourite things was born.
Blogging became a sporadic hobby. I didn’t publicise my posts (apart from the odd email to family). I had never heard of Britmums, Tots100, WordPress or a linky. They all sounded very alien to me.
I wrote when I felt like it and when I needed reminding of the good things in life. I wrote the post Smiles of summer a few month after suffering my first missed miscarriage. I needed to know that in amongst the sadness there had also been happiness and laughter.
Between March 2012 and June 2014, I wrote nine posts.
Then one day I completed a survey for Mumsnet about my miscarriage experience. Shortly afterwards, Mumsnet contacted me and asked me to write a blog post in support of their Miscarriage Care Campaign.
The response I received was amazing. Sharing my experience helped others. And that meant a huge amount. I was able to turn a negative experience into a positive.
From that moment, blogging became a passion.
I spent hours reading other parenting blogs. I soon found my favourites that I read frequently. I began to feel that I knew the women behind You Baby Me Mummy, Diary of a Midlife Mummy and Mummy of Boy Girl Twins.
I loved their humour. Their sensitivity. Their kindness. Their style of writing. And I loved the warmth of their personalities that shone from every word.
I read their blogs to laugh, to cry, to learn and to be inspired. They inspired me to be a better mother and a better blogger.
Gradually, I gained more confidence in my writing and I began to post more frequently. I joined Google+, Instagram and Facebook. I read essays on how to publicise posts on social media, how to hone my writing skills and the basics of SEO.
I interacted more on Twitter and stumbled across a fabulous group of blogging friends. These women support and inspire me every day. They have encouraged me to grow my blog. But they have also held my hand through some tough personal situations.
They taught me that my blog didn’t need to focus on baking, craft, family, parenting or books to be a success. These wonderful women helped me to discover my blogging niche. And that blogging niche is me.
No one else can write with my voice. No one else can share the experiences I have been through. No one else can capture my thoughts and my feelings.
I am an individual and my blog is a representation of that individuality.
And that is why I love it. It is a little piece of me that I am sharing with the wider world.
I might never get wonderful stats. I might never be award-winning. But I am okay with that.
I write for me. I write for my family. And I write for any person who has suffered from mental health problems and believes that it will stop them living the life they want.
Because I was that person. At 23 years of age, I thought my life was falling down around me. I could not see a future.
Now I am a wife, a mother and a blogger.
So, dearest blog, I want to thank you. Thank you for making me realise how far I have come in life. As a person and as a blogger.
Thank you for boosting my self-esteem and confidence. Thank you for giving me a sense of pride. Thank you.
You are more than a blog. You are a dear friend.
Ps. If you enjoyed reading this post then please nominate me for the Inspire category at the Brilliance in Blogging Awards 2015. Thank you so much, you lovely people.