When I first started writing back in January 2010 I joined the BritMums community and there were a few hundred bloggers on the forum. It was easy to get to know people and there was no ‘working with brands‘ or it was on a much quieter scale than it is today.
When I told polite enquirers as to how I spent my day, ‘I blog.’ came my excited reply. I was met with a quizzical look, the braver people would ask, ‘What’s that?’ The less brave would change the subject.
Today’s blogging scene is vibrant and it’s a sassy, smart thing to do. There are thousands and thousands of bloggers up and down the UK. More and more people are starting every day, younger fresher, smarter talent.
- They arrive on the scene and their blogs look professional – it took me five years to get to the design you see today.
- They know all about their cookies and their HTML.
- They start their blogs with a clear idea and a plan on how to get where they want to be – I’m still trying to figure it out!
So I take a quiet step back.
I realise I am getting old. Gulp.
I ask myself, ‘Will there come a day when I am no longer blogging? Should I be giving this up and making way for the new crowd?’
Has my blog reached it’s sell by date?
Since the day I started Mari’s World I never had a plan, I never knew where blogging would take me and I didn’t know if I’d still be writing five years down the line. However I did have a Lifeplan.
I had a page back then called Lifeplan, it was about writing down where I’d like to be in 1 year or 5 years time, let me show you a bit of it,
My question was: Everyone has ideas of what they’d like to accomplish in a certain period of time. Where would you like to be in 1 year, 5 years, 10 years time?
I wrote …
So what happened?
In 2010 we moved house. The finance bit wasn’t accomplished, my blog wasn’t making money at that point. I didn’t write the book however it is still an idea I am hankering after and I didn’t lose my twin tum, that is also a work in very (slow) progress.
In 2015 (back then ‘in 5 years time‘) A baby? Which hell of a planet was I on? That must have been some serious hormones meddling with my brain. No more babies.
Career? A-hem, still no book although I have thrown down about 5000 words and made a start, don’t hold your breath people, this might take a while.
Finance – I think back then I was dreaming of a quick fix, like winning the lottery wealthy. I was made redundant when pregnant with the girls and unable to go back to work, that hit me hard not having the financial independence I was used to. It was also the years of the credit crunch, money was tight for lots of families. We didn’t win the lottery but things got better.
Shall we just skip the healthy and fit thing? Actually I am blessed with a healthy body, apart from my knees showing the first signs of old age and I’m reasonably fit. Sort of.
I have shared all this with you as I shall be 50 next year and I am asking myself where do I want to be in ten years time? Will I still be writing Mari’s World or will it be locked away for the girls to read should they wish one day? Was it just a means to get by?
Do I still have a place on today’s blogging scene? Or should I give up and pass the baton to the younger, smarter crew?
Do you have similar thoughts about where you’re going and what lies ahead?
Editor’s note – if you look carefully at my pretty blue pic there are 2 ‘a’s in financial and it’s too late to go back and change it, sorry!