I have said many times before what blogging has bought to my life. It’s strange but I almost can’t remember a time before it, it’s become such a big part of it. It’s just my ordinary life now- I wake up, I look after my girls, I check in on social media, I write a blog post or I see what my online friends are doing- it’s just become a second nature to me.
It’s a hard thing to explain to someone who isn’t a blogger. For a long time I was embarrassed of my little online space, fearing people would think I was ‘weird’ for sharing so much of our lives online, or ‘odd’ for chatting to people I didn’t know via a computer. And to an outsider, maybe it is a little hard to comprehend.
But this weekend I sat in a room full of women (and a few men too!) who ‘get it’. People like me. They understand what it is like to feel an incredible connection to people who you only speak to through typed words on a screen, or a ‘like’ on social media. How it feels to feel like you know someone inside and out even though it’s the first time you have met face to face. All united in the fact that we are women and mothers who share a love, a passion, and a very special hobby.
I spent lots of time with some amazing friends, real life friends not just ‘online’ ones. Friends who I confide in, laugh with, cry with and share a very special bond. Ladies who I am exceptionally proud to know. I got to meet so many lovely people and I wish I could name each and every one but I would get finger ache, there’s that many. I got to share many hugs and happy words, even if they were just a fleeting hello. It’s a great feeling to feel such a sense of unity, support, kindness and love amongst people from all different walks of ilfe.
And to top it all off I won an award. All the finalists in my category were amazing and I was in such shock. I reached the stage shaking like a leaf and mumbled something about how I wasn’t very good at this kind of thing but it meant the world to me.
And that’s just it. It really does.
Without being cheesy, blogging has changed my life. It’s brought me opportunities I could only dream of, it’s enabled me to finally take the leap to work for myself, it’s made me meet people who I am lucky to call my friends and it’s made me appreciate every.single.second with my girls. It’s taught me that incredible sadness exists, that it’s ok to cry in front of a room full of 500 people and that we are all connected by this quite frankly amazing online community.
Blogging is such a ordinary moment for me now, as much of a part of my day to day life as brushing my teeth. But when you stop and really think about it, it’s actually a very extraordinary thing to be a part of. I am truly thankful to get a chance to be part of a community of ‘people like me.’
(I was a bad blogger and didn’t take many photos this weekend but here a couple I did take- would have loved to have taken some more with others.)
Toilet selfies and Lucy, my bestest.
Still in shock.
*Disclaimer- Winning an award is definitely not an ‘ordinary moment’ for me but it’s ok to bend the rules every now and again. 😉