I started blogging 2.5 years ago when the twins were toddlers. At that point I was a full-time Stay-at-Home-Mum (SAHM) as I’d opted not to return to my former Human Resources (HR) career, after maternity leave.
I fell into blogging through a friends recommendation; I didn’t know anything about the industry at all and I definitely didn’t realise that people earned any money from it. I set up a Wordress.com site with little research (or thought!) and simply started creating content.
It was more than just writing and publishing blog posts for me at the time; it quickly helped me to find a community of parents that supported me and helped me to cope – when I needed a quick chat/vent. Plus I could relate to these other bloggers and what they too were writing. It was also a release from the tough days and the loneliness of being at home with two little ones.
I quickly made plenty of friends through blogging and met up with several of them; realising that they too were equally as passionate and excited about starting their own blogging adventures. My social media channels grew and I was discovering plenty of new style & life inspiration from other bloggers.
In addition to this it was something for me to put my mind to having given up my HR career, as well as an avenue for me to channel my creative energy. Although I adored being a SAHM (and didn’t want to return to my old job) I also missed the challenge of working and stretching my mind. Blogging therefore allowed me to do this and at whatever time of the day that I wanted to sit down and create. There were no boundaries.
Now, 2.5 years later, I have a few freelance writing contracts and I regularly earn from my blog. It is now my job & source of income and it brings me and my family some amazing opportunities. I have worked hard to build up my readership and social media following over the last few years but equally I have turned it into something that I am truly passionate about. I’m not sure I ever felt this way about working in HR.
My blog has also significantly changed from when I started. Going from solely writing content about parenting the twins, into more of a family lifestyle blog. Besides parenting I now have other things that I am passionate about sharing too, including interiors, fashion, fitness and the odd blogging tip!
I’m never sure what’s around the corner from within the digital influencing industry, it continues to surprise me on daily basis but that’s what’s also the really exciting part about it – you never quite know what’s coming up next!
Love, Jess x