New Year, New Direction

I’ve been thinking about the direction I want my blog to go in and rethinking the articles I want to write, probably starting when Heath was born and more so with the start of the New Year and after reading this article about wanting more from mummy blogging by Steph at littleeandbean.com. When I started this blog, over a year ago, it was mainly about my passion for food and craft. But after I found out that I was pregnant, I knew I really wanted to share my pregnancy experience. You may wonder why I would share that publicly and it is quite a selfish reason actually. I knew it would motivate me to write regularly and not to delete anything. As a teenager, I used to rip up everything I wrote as I was so critical of myself and now have no written memories from my younger self. So I shared and the number of monthly visitors soared which was obviously thrilling, especially when I hit 10,000 views. Now that I don’t have my weekly pregnancy updates to think about, I didn’t really know what direction to take. I didn’t want to be motivated by stats, freebies (as nice as they are) or to follow the crowd. As a reader, when I see my favourite blogs contain too many ‘Sponsored Posts’ or ‘Ads’, I feel a bit cheated. I absolutely loved reading a couple of blogs until I knew that it was all a bit fake (not saying it applies to all of them, just some of the ones I used to read regularly). And this is where Steph’s article fit in. What I used to love about in those aforementioned blogs was the truth. The things good or bad that happened in their real life. I enjoyed seeing the process of decorating their nursery and I was saddened to hear that they had postnatal depression. I didn’t however like reading an entire article only to find that it was sponsored by a really big company that didn’t really fit in with their style before the moneymaking revamp! I also hated scrolling through a blog seeing endless product reviews. But enough about that, you must be wondering how this related to my blog and my plans moving forward, right?

Well, I’ll first start by saying that although I haven’t been dishonest up until now, I haven’t really shared the nitty gritty of my life. I have only focused on the positives as, like Jonathan Saccone Joly believes, I do think there is too much negativity out there (I can’t watch a lot soaps for this reason!) but I do feel that I should try to strike a balance. I still won’t tell you anything that may upset my family or friends or that would embarrass my children when they are older for obvious reasons but I will let you know about my hardships. I will tell you about my battle with postnatal depression (after Annabelle was born and triggered by finding out that my dad had cancer, which up until now I had only told one or two friends and my closest family about) and the tough times we have had since Heath was born (I haven’t had postnatal depression this time around as the challenges have been ‘fixable’ and temporary). Phew, that was a long sentence…

In summary, this is a taste of what you should expect to see going forward:

  • Two birth stories
  • My struggle with breastfeeding and postnatal depression
  • Our family adventures: Trips to visit the in-laws in Cornwall, hopefully a family holiday to Thailand
  • Some OOTD (Outfits of the day as I love reading these!)
  • My Monday Meals (same reason as last bullet point)
  • Postpartum Monthly Updates
  • A few parenting articles: What’s in my Changing Bag, Mummy Must Haves

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for reading in 2014 and to wish you a Happy 2015! I hope it is kind to you. With love from me and my family to yours. Bx

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13 thoughts on “New Year, New Direction

  1. beamfrost says:

    I totally agre with this post. I started reading blogs and felt in awe at how many reviews people did and how lucky they were to do them. Then i saw they did everything, from reducing energy costs, to mortgages, to prams. Then i started to read them with a pinch of salt.
    I like the odd freebie, who doesnt, but i choose things relevant not just anything. It is like blogging is life or deatb to some. Apologising for not posting, or staying up to post if they havent yet but need bed. Just enjoy life!
    Im enjoying reading newer bloggers posts, ones without financial advice or the hard sell.

    • Beth says:

      Wow, I haven’t seen that kind of blog post yet and I’m not sure I’d enjoy writing (or reading) about those topics either.
      I must admit that I like to read a mixture of veterans and rookies as ‘old schoolers’ tend to have really well written posts but newbies have fresh ideas. X

  2. anotherbun1 says:

    It can be hard to find that baby l ance, and it is disappointing when you feel your favourite bloggers have sold out so to speak. Looking forward to reading your posts this year x

    • Beth says:

      Thank you. X
      Definitely, I think that’s what bugs me not that the writer has accepted the sponsorship or freebie just that it seems to be their sole motivation. Bx

  3. Kathryn says:

    I am a fairly new reader, but have really enjoyed all of your posts so far. I share the same view as you about blogs with too many sponsored posts and product reviews – they really annoy me too! It saddens me to see bloggers compromising their personal style for something that is rather dull. My favourite blogs are the ones that are personal and honest, sharing the writer’s passions and coming from the heart. Yours definitely fits into that category, and I am looking forward to reading your future posts x

    • Beth says:

      Thank you, Kathryn. It’s very sweet of you to take the time to write such a lovely comment.
      I agree, it is nice to know that a blog is written with passion and honesty. I do like to read reviews (especially with big purchases or little known brands) and the occasional sponsored post if, like you say, they don’t compromise the writer’s personal style and it is in keeping with the blog. I’m glad you are enjoying reading and feel that mine comes across that way. Bx

  4. Mabel Kwong says:

    I enjoyed your blog last year, Beth. I like the teasers you have there at the end, so I will keep checking back when I can!

    I understand how you feel when you see “Sponsored by…” on some blogs. When I read blogs I really am after personal opinions and experiences. The last thing I want is to be sold something and that’s a big turn off for me. Then again, people blog for different reasons. Sometimes if a blog gets a lot of traffic it can be hard and time consuming to maintain – so why not get some money out of it at the same time for your efforts (a bit of a crude thought…but that’s the way the world works). At the end of the day, it really depends on what you want to achieve with your blog.

    I think I’ve said this before to you, but best wishes this year to you, your family and your blog. Stay safe and healthy 🙂 ❤

    • Beth says:

      I’ve been catching up on your blog posts during Heath’s night feeds as I’ve missed a few of them recently. They are so well-written and thought provoking.
      I agree, it must be nice to be paid to write and hard to turn down the offer of sponsorship when a multinational waves it at you. Especially if there is a management/PR team adding pressure as they want a stake of the cash. It’s just a pity they can’t strike a balance and remain true to what their blog used to be about and kept me going back in the past. Like you say, it all depends on what we want to achieve from blogging.
      I hope you stay safe and healthy too. Wishing you only the very best life has to offer. x

      • Mabel Kwong says:

        I’ve thought about doing sponsorships on my blog. Not that any companies are trying to get my attention. And I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not something I’m comfortable with. It doesn’t feel right to me to grab money from views/readers when I’ve set out to share my thoughts here for nothing in return (but my book is another thing altogether, and that’s another story).

        Thanks for the nice words, Beth. No hurry to read my posts. Real life is what matters in the end and family first. I hope all is well with you and all 🙂

      • Beth says:

        I would be happy to read any posts of yours that were sponsored (and to buy your books when they are published) because I know that the money isn’t why you are writing the post, it is simply supporting you so you can continue doing what you love. Bx

      • Mabel Kwong says:

        Thank you, Beth. That is very nice of you to say and thanks for the support :’) I’ve thought about working in a writing job (for companies) but not too sure if that will make me happy. But writing my own book, I think so 🙂

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