I haven’t blogged one off for ages. The sort of blog post where it’s actually me talking about whatever is ruminating around in my mind. I have been pondering on a few posts that I haven’t written.
Posts such as:
What is the role of a mother?
Why are women so self-sacrificing?
If you want to pick up these posts then linky back to me – I can’t be the only women in the world thinking about these issues.
I recently attended BlogCamp and ventured into room full of bloggers, me included. We chatted to PRs and we discussed a little about why people blog. In my humble opinion I think people generally (sweep, sweeep, sweeeeeeeeping generalisation so please don’t spin out if this does not apply to you and you in fact blog) begin blogging because ultimately they want to be writers.
Or perhaps, I should just keep to my own little sphere of experience and say for a fact I began blogging because I wanted to become a writer. Initially, I was dabbling and I didn’t understand what I was opening up for myself in terms of contact and experience. I would go as far as to say that I have ventured on a blogging journey and I am still on it.
In the early days of my blog I wrote passionately from the heart – this is my first ever blog post on the 31st October 2009 Reach For The Skies and on the 16th May 2012 my blog A Modern Military Mother was born – this was my first post A Modern Military Mother
I wanted to share my experiences and my life, my opinions and perspectives, unedited and free. To be honest I still do – this hasn’t changed. I have less time to blog so freely and over the last 18 months I have been on an unstoppable roller coaster, which has changed me eternally. The UK military community hated the blog and some even hated me. How very dare I? Speak out loud my thoughts and share it with the world. In the beginning there was much hostility; but in the end I moved away from the community and don’t even give so much as a flying fuck if they agree, disagree, read it, don’t read it – I am officially indifferent.
The blog itself is a technical platform that through techie wizardry breathes a life of it’s own so the once coveted and sought after affections of those who disapproved are no longer needed to pump readers into it’s veins. It’s my platform and now it has grown from a baby into a toddler with a Google Page Rank of 4. I have even have a rate card and commercial relationships with brands. The changing digital and media landscapes means that PRs and journalists engage with me to ask my opinion, or to promote theirs.
I have a logo and branded products to sell in my shop:
I have a column in Wiltshire Life magazine – A Modern Military Mother
I have a You Tube channel and made a TV Show – AMMMTV
I have a slot on the Huffington Post – Clare Macnaughton – Huff Post UK
And I have just secured a professional contract to be one of three journalists who are writing the English web content for the non stop global solo yacht race – The Vendee Globe
so I guess when I began my blogging journey on the 31st October 2009 I didn’t know that my dreams would come true and I would become a writer but they have. The journey is not over and my blog will grow with me. I love my blog and I love the opportunities that it has given me and the connections I have made because of it. When people tell me they have a book in them I advise them to start a blog. If you want to be a writer – you have to write and if you want to put your writing out there and test the water then blog. Blogging is a journey, an adventure, a skill and it will take you places within your soul to which you have never ventured before, it will introduce you to people who also want to express themselves through this form and if you are committed to your blog it will take you to places you could never imagine you would go. Happy places and dark places – it’s a new world and like all new worlds it is full of angels and demons. Just be aware that not everyone is your friend.
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Have you ever wondered why you blog? Whatever you do though if you love it like I do – don’t stop!