Blogging is a funny old thing, it’s really hard to explain to someone who doesn’t really know all that much about it. It’s something which has become a part of me, of who I am, and I am now just automatically programmed to think about my blog each day- to check twitter, instagram or to read blogs, it’s part of my day to day routine. I’ve made lots of friends through it, had many opportunities and been able to showcase my freelance work. Of course there are times where I wonder what the point is, why I obsessively document our memories, or times where I wonder why people want to read about it. Our life is happy and simple, but it’s pretty dull. We are just an average family, with nothing particularly exciting going on. But then I know why I read my favourite blogs, because I am genuinely interested in their lives and I love to hear about what they are up to.
There are times where I feel really uninspired, when I can’t be bothered to pick up my camera and it sits behind the sofa collecting dust, or where I need to just spend my evenings with my husband and not worry about writing a post. There are times when I just need to switch off and there are times when life gets in the way and I just don’t have time to record our memories, or absentmindedly flick through my social media channels. But after doing this for over three years, I know that there is something ingrained in me to always come back to blogging- that it’s ok to take a break, to feel uninspired or to just quite frankly not be bothered for a while.
One thing I do love doing is writing these Ordinary Moments posts each week. When I haven’t written or done much blogging all week because of being busy, or feeling uninspired, I know that I have this post to write. I know I don’t have to do one each week, that I could leave it for a couple of weeks, but it’s almost like I have become programmed to write it. Like with anything, it will get to Saturday afternoon and I will spend the girl’s nap time writing a post when I should be doing the housework, but I like the fact that I started this little project and that I am documenting our day to day life. Because really I am such a creature of habit, I love the days out or the exciting times, but home is very much where my heart is. I thrive on routine, and as such so do my girl’s, so our weeks pass quickly in a blur of mealtimes, seeing friends, nap time and bits and bobs. It’s not particularly thrilling but I really do relish these times the most. I am happy living our slightly boring, ordinary life.
A couple of months ago I was contacted by Clarks who had found my Ordinary Moments project and wanted to collaborate with me on their new Autumn/Winter brand book. I was genuinely thrilled that they wanted to work with me and a couple of days ago they sent me a few copies that have finally been printed. My little ethos on celebrating and documenting the ordinary moments will now go out with every single pair of first shoes bought, as a reminder that it’s not just the big milestones that are important, and that makes me feel really proud. Out of all the opportunities I have had through my blog, this one has really stood out for me because that is exactly why I started my blog in the first place- to record our family life together.
My blog may not be the most exciting, the most glamourous or indeed the most interesting blog to read- I don’t do many reviews, I don’t write posts that stand out or make a difference, or that make people inspired or laugh out loud, but it has reminded me exactly why I will continue to spend my very rare and limited spare time coming back time and time again to this blog.
To record and treasure our Ordinary Moments.
Because they really are the ones I want to remember.