You may have noticed that I have neglected my Ordinary Moments over the last few weeks. Part of this is due to being on holiday in Orlando, part of this is due to bugs and lurgies striking us left, right and centre, and part of it is due to an ever increasing amount of work. The reason I started the Ordinary Moments all those years ago was to write about the simple things, the every day things, the little, almost insignificant parts of our week, or those little habits or traits in my children that didn’t warrant a whole dedicated post of their own. I love that I have got such emotional and special posts as a result of it.
I’ve been earning money from my blog and from this whole crazy online world now for years, I’ve been working on on it full time for three now, something which I am very grateful and for which I honestly pinch myself about at times. I know a lot of people don’t get it, why would you want to make money from doing something like this? And I understand that, it’s not for everyone. But something that has been the most wonderful hobby and an absolute joy for almost six years now, something which I have worked on for hours upon hours upon hours just for the love of it, is helping me support my family and in turn I couldn’t be more thankful for that. I have always turned down the majority of work I get asked to do, feeling it isn’t right for my blog, or feeling it isn’t right for my family. But as more brands become interested in bloggers, I am getting asked to work with brands that I could only previously dreamed of working with. Therefore it is of course hard to say no to that.
In all honesty my ordinary moments posts have also slipped in the last couple of weeks or so because I have been so busy. There have been videos to film, brand posts to write and content to create. There have been numerous emails to reply to, all sorts of things going on, and something has had to give. And sadly that has been my ordinary moments and that does genuinely make me sad. This blog will ALWAYS first and foremost be our family diary, and even though I put my heart and soul into the brand posts just as much as the family ones, and I make them as natural as I can, I never want the brand ones to overtake the family ones. I hope that is the case, I hope people read a collaboration or brand post of mine and enjoy it as much as the non branded ones. Please let me know if that isn’t the case! Don’t get me wrong, I have the ultimate respect for those blogs which feature more branded content, I love that blogs are almost like a magazine style nowadays and you can find out all sorts of things from them, but mine I have always wanted to be a family diary. It never set out to be something which I earned money from, but over the years it has become a very unexpected but amazing bonus, and I am so proud of the fact that I now do this full time. It is amazing that all these parents I know are making a living for themselves online, I am so proud of all of us, of this community. It has changed so much over the six years I have been in it.
I’ve also been over on You Tube a lot. I didn’t take to making videos naturally, in fact I still find it quite hard at times, especially the sit down chatty ones as I feel so awkward, but over time making videos has become my biggest passion, especially our travel ones. I have made some travel videos that I am so incredibly proud of, and I am learning more about video every day. It is something, alongside photography, that truly gives me so much pleasure.
I decided I was going to do Vlogmas again this year, which to the non You Tube lovers around you, is a video a day until Christmas time. Therefore at the moment I am naturally over there more. So many other bloggers are doing it too, so time spent normally on my blog is being spent editing videos every evening, or watching and supporting my fellow bloggers. However I will always love my blog more than You Tube, always. My blog is my ultimate love and always will be.
December is traditionally a very crazy time in the blogging and brand world. It all calms down a bit in January and a sense of normality ensues. The one thing I want to do in 2017 is make sure I carry on with my Ordinary Moments (and of course my Siblings and Me and Mine ones too, but that goes without saying!) and really get back to the reason I started this blog. To record and document all the little things in our family life. I’m really excited as my lovely friend Donna who has been a loyal supporter of the Ordinary Moments from the start, is going to be joining in me in hosting it each week. It just means that we will both have the code on blogs, so you can link up to either of us this week. It just means less pressure as if one of us is away, as of course we do travel quite a bit, and there will always be someone you can link up to. We would love it if people continued to link up, a new year and a new start an all that. I can promise it is so lovely and special to capture moments that you perhaps wouldn’t have necessarily documented. I have so many little moments captured and preserved forever now as a result of this blog and for that I am so grateful. I am so excited Donna will be part of it with me too.
I am thinking of taking a little break over the festive period. I am filming a video every day for Vlogmas anyway, so our everyday moments are in video format for a while. I want to have a proper break over Christmas from my blog, as in literally switch off for a week or so, and it is so quiet anyway as of course people are all doing the same and enjoying the time with their own families. I think I will do one more week and then take a break until January 8th. We would love to have you join us then if you fancy a new project for 2017.
In the meantime I thought I would share my first couple of vlogmas videos today. If you haven’t already subscribed to me on You Tube I would love it if you did, I am having so much fun over there creating videos. If you are doing vlogmas why not link up one of your videos below too?