Why this blog looks so different, and welcome to Mothers Who

If I have confused you (again) with my recent blog tweaking then I can only apologise profusely for the inconvenience. However, I’m pretty sure that most of you probably haven’t even noticed the name change that I have been squirrelling away at (aka on the phone to Go Daddy, rather confused about domains, re-directing and masking. WTF).

As I have explained in my writing throughout various parts of 2018, more so towards the latter, I haven’t been feeling this blogging and influencing way of life. It’s not you, it’s me. I just haven’t been as passionate about creating fancy lifestyle content, nor sharing polished images of myself so outwardly anymore.

And I have no real juicy reason as to why. Apart from the weak explanation that perhaps sometimes things just run a course, or the stage / mindset you are in, moves on.

So I tried to come up with a new, fresh and exciting digital idea for going into 2019…to little avail. Everything has either been launched and done to death, or simply hasn’t got me fired up in my belly. I have been waiting (patiently) for that ‘sitting up in bed light-bulb moment’ to happen to me…without any such luck.

Mummyofboygirltwins.com was the back-of-a-fag-packet name I decided to start a wordpress blog four years ago (although, for the record I don’t smoke, lol). It scratched a creative itch whilst on maternity leave, as well as giving me an outlet to use my brain and meet some amazing like-minded women. It has been superb for me throughout all that SAHM time that I’ve had with my twins, plus given myself and my family opportunities that I am eternally grateful for.

And I have typed that domain name out several hundred thousand times during that those four years; which, as a result, feels as dear to me as my own children’s names.

But, more recently, long-winded and out-of-date with my current life and musings, it has become. And, *whispers*, perhaps I’ve grown out of it lately too.

So recently, siting at my kitchen table, hot coffee steaming away, rain hitting the window, with a pen and a blank page open, kittens at my feet, I had some decisions to make.

Do I quit this blog and walk away?

Should I start a new blog?

Do I change the blog into something else?

Should I launch a new business?

And so on.

You can imagine how happy my husband has been with ALL my probing questions to him each evening about what I should do next too. (Not).

So after chatting it through with him and some of my closest friends I have decided to give things on here a little refresh. I realised that I still can’t walk away from the writing, I adore it too much, but stepping back from the personal lifestyle element feels more right.

Plus, this blog is my third baby; seeing it change and evolve is still very exciting for me. I love how it develops and transforms every time I do as a person.

So — welcome to Mothers Who (should it have an apostrophe? Hmmmmm, don’t answer that!).

I’d like to tell you that this new name has a deep meaning and was birthed from a long and exciting brainstorming session, but in reality the domain for it was available and cheap. But, (jokes aside), motherhood IS the very thing that runs through the core of me and my writing — my kids are my entire world — and so I truly wanted the word ‘mother’ to feature in it. And I like the ‘who’ because it allows this blog the ability to continue to develop and flex with me (and my journey) into the next few years.

So here we are.

Hi there!

So what can you expect?

Well, the same really. I haven’t got any grand plans to conquer the world or hire a team of people. I still want it to feel like a blog that you can sit down with a cuppa (or something stronger if you wish) and that we can continue to catch up.

I’m not going to start competing with anyone else’s blogs or magazines either; it’s still very much going to have my voice throughout it. I want you to know my heart has completely gone into it all.

I would like to carry on writing interesting content with honesty and feeling; striving to make it more about the words going forward. I therefore aim to have less of my face on here, which I’m sure you’ll be relieved to know, (although I’m sure the odd photo of me sitting on my staircase will slip in here and there!).

I also plan to have other people’s voices present here too, as well as including interviews and quotes from women I admire. If you do want to contribute anything (small or large) going forward then please do get in touch. You’d be most welcome.

There will also be a lot less sponsored and advertorial content on here too, you might be pleased to hear.

Quite simply, I want to focus on what modern women, (like us), think and feel about the issues that matter to us — such as motherhood, careers, fashion, our homes, relationships, health, wellbeing, beauty, feminism and current affairs. The highs, the light stuff, the harder issues, with a bit of advice thrown in too.

If you do have any comments, feedback, thoughts, or general disgust towards the new changes, then please do get in touch. I’m approachable, open and always love to hear what you think.

So…..that’s MORE than enough about the fresh blog change and why I made it. Now, let’s get going.

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Written by Editor, Jess Soothill

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5 Comments

  1. December 28, 2018 / 8:24 pm

    Wel down for going with your heart Jess realising something didn’t feel right anymore but knowing you wanted to watch your third baby grow still! I fell out of blogging quite a bit in 2018 and I’m still uncertain where I’m going with it but I have missed the writing! I look forward to seeing what comes next. Hope you had a wonderful birthday and Christmas xx

  2. December 29, 2018 / 1:30 am

    I also had a bit of a fall out with blogging this year. Maybe it was the year that things got a bit saturated or a bit samey?? I had my spinal surgery & just really struggled to get back into it I guess so I know why you mean when you say you kind of fell out of love but didn’t want to give it up completely. I’ve taken a lot of time to think & take the pressure off but I’ve got that spark back again, especially as I’ve got the confidence to do what I want to do rather than feeling like I need to be like someone else to be a successful blogger. Anyway, long comment over. I loved your old blog & im really excited to see the new direction you’re going in. Good luck for 2019 Jess although I know you’re going to smash it!

  3. December 29, 2018 / 6:53 am

    I wrestle constantly with the same thoughts.

    I hate my blog name but never know what to do.

    Well done for making the step and I hope you fall in love again xxx

  4. December 29, 2018 / 10:16 am

    I’m in that same rut!!! Since moving house back in July, I just haven’t had the time and then the passion I used to have for my blog. Having said that I miss it and definitely don’t want to stop! New year, new start. Now I need to get myself organised. Well done you hon xxx

  5. December 31, 2018 / 2:30 pm

    This all sounds fab, Jess, and well done you for seizing the opportunity to do something different when you weren’t feeling it. I’ve always enjoyed your writing and I’m looking forward to what’s in store. x

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