Wow I am finding it hard to believe that blogging has been a part of my life for the last 3 years, what I find even harder to believe is that is has only been part of it for 3 years as it really does seem like I have been blogging for much longer.
When I started out on this journey I wanted a place that was mine, somewhere I could take my thoughts, my memories and the moments that happen that pass by often without a second thought.
Most of all I wanted a voice.
I have never proclaimed to be a writer or anything else that requires a super grasp of the English language nor someone who could write without the excessive use of an exclamation mark … what I have proclaimed from the beginning is I would remain honest and with my hand on heart I can say it is still the same today …
Throughout the last 3 years there have been some utterly epic moments on this journey, outings, meet up, PR events, review holidays and products but most of all for me its been about 3 very clear things, my voice, friendships and the support that brings and the fact it started me on my self employment journey that means I can work from home and support my kids without being tied to a 9-5 job … even at the expense of too many hours after midnight working!
Blogging has not always been sample reviews, days out, holidays and happiness, there have been some sad, disappointing and soul-destroying times too. Many folk still do not understand the concept behind products, payment and what I do, yes I may get to keep a product after I have reviewed it, however that does not feed my kids and it certainly doesn’t cover the amount of hours needed to build a following and the social accounts needed to be asked to review it in the first place… my time is not free so therefore the product I have been given to review is not free either.
As with any job or profession not everyone will get on, not everyone will want to be friends and not everyone will be who they portray themselves to be. The sad truth is there are more folks out there that claim to be one thing and are in fact something entirely different and would like nothing more than to put a knife in your back in order to gain what you have … it took me quite some time to realise that, and once I did I felt a whole lot more complete with who I am, what I do and I no longer care what others are up to, what events they attend or what they are reviewing!
Looking back over the last 3 years I can’t believe how much I have learnt, how much I have pushed myself outside of my comfort zone and a how many wonderful people I have met along the way along with some amazing charity work I have helped with.
I no longer have aspirations to win awards as most do in the beginning, I just know for the first time in these 3 years I am feeling like this is where I belong … in my own little corner of the internet, cooking badly, spelling appallingly, grammatically incorrect but loving my blog and loving my journey…. Roll on year 4 I can’t wait to see what another year brings on this slightly insane journey.
Thank you to each and everyone of you that has taken the time to read any of my posts over the last 3 years