My virtual friend Rob (Art By Rob Goldstein) nominated me for the blogger recognition award.
- Thank the person who nominated you and give a link to their blog. Done
- Display the award on your post and write about it. Done
- Give a brief history on your blog itself. Okay
- Offer a piece of advice to new and upcoming bloggers. Okay
- Select 10 other bloggers you wish to nominate. Going to
How it all started
I’m blogging now for just about 1 1/2 years and it truly has been an amazing experience. I’ve played with the idea of starting a blog for years. Actually I guess from the moment we moved to Australia and I realized that there is such a thing as blogging. But then our second child was born and life got pretty busy. The idea of blogging kind of disappeared again. A bit of a shame as I actually always missed writing.
A little while into our stay in Down Under I met a beautiful American woman who became a friend of mine and started an expat blog on WordPress shortly before they left back to the US. It was then when blogging got back to my mind. Again though I didn’t pick it up. I thought that I needed a clear idea of what I was going to write about. An idea I simply didn’t have.
There was so much going through my mind. I moved from all the way over there to all the way over here. Up Over to Down Under as I usually call it. I had so many things to say about this experience but not enough to make my blog an expat blog. After all I never really felt like a typical expat. We were never really considering to move back or move to another country after only a short time. So was I still an expat? Could I honestly call my blog an expat blog? Not really, at least not only.
Then I was a woman, a wife and a mom. And that opens up so many layers to write about. But I’m also a rather private person. I would never blog about details of my relationship with my husband. And there were also no issues to write about. I had plenty to say about being a mom. And of course the homeschooling of our children gave me even more thoughts to share.
Back then I thought I need that niche to fit in. And that kept me from starting blogging way earlier.
It was September 2014 that I decided to just do it. This is my life. It’s how I live it and it’s what I can talk about. My thoughts. And I really love sharing them. So I jumped into the cold water only to find out that the water was actually not as cold as I expected it to be. What I found was an amazing community, inspiring people and an exchange that I really don’t want to miss anymore. A Momma’s View was born and I found my way back into writing.
I exceeded my goal for 2015, my first proper year of blogging, reached numbers I never thought I would see, especially not that early. And guess what?And not only that. Numbers are only numbers. What is even more exciting is the community that I found. The new friends I’ve made through blogging, even if they are only virtual. All the conversations I’ve had with all of you over the time. And the things I’ve learned through your posts.
My tips for new bloggers
Not sure if I’m experienced enough to give tips just yet. But if you would ask me for advice, then this is what I would tell you:
Just do it. Write about what you want to write about. Share your thoughts and stay true to yourself. Interact with your readers and reach out to new or different blogs. It will inspire you. If you have found a clear niche then good on you, but if you haven’t don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t blog without having a clear niche.
I don’t have millions of followers and I’m not making money with my blog but I have just over 1500 great people who thought my blog would be interesting enough to follow on a regular base. And that makes me happy! Your blog is your space. It’s like your home. You decide what you want to share and your readers are your guest. Guest that you welcome in. They might like your place or they might not. But keep it your place. Because then it will make you happy.
What I also found is that your blog will develop, evolve. You might think that you have a clear idea of what it’s supposed to be but over time it grows and it might grow in a totally different direction that would you had in mind. Accept it and go with it, it’s what it’s meant to be.
As always too many great blogs to only pick 10. Thank you all for your constant support, all your comments, shares and likes. I appreciate it so much!