I know. I'm totally late to the party but I'm pregnant and can't be expected to get to things in a timely fashion.
Naturally, when I am 28 weeks pregnant, dying in this heat and just generally feeling exhausted, I start to think What am I doing with my life? Am I happy with the direction it's taking? And what about my blog and my writing? Am I maximising the opportunities there?
Well, in terms of my life's direction, the trajectory is fairly clear at this point and leads straight to a delivery suite. After that, endless nappy changes, sleepless nights and tears of joy/frustration/gratitude/exhaustion.
I think 2012 is kind of sewn up in terms of 'Wonder what this year has in store for me?'
And the blog? Well, I neverstop thinking about that. If you've ever started a blog, you'll know. You think in 'blog' all the time. I find myself writing blogs in my sleep and in the morning, wrack my brains trying to remember what genius I came up with at 3am. It's kind of like when you first join Facebook and you start thinking in clever status updates. It can't be healthy.
But I do seriously wonder about The Little Mumma and the ways I can keep my current (beloved!) readers and attract new ones.
I read other blogs and I notice many of them aim to be helpful, to offer advice, parenting tips, that kind of thing. Readers go there to learn. I thought about that for a second and then I almost died laughing. Because I? Can not help you. Seriously, I am as lost in this wilderness as you are! I have no business telling you anything about anything. That much I know.
But I thought maybe from time to time I could ask someone more knowledgeable than me (a long, looooong list of people) to weigh in on something that I am having trouble with and maybe, it might help you if you're going through something similar.
Also, something I meant to do last year, something I even told you I was going to do last year, is share the stories ofwomen/mums I have found to be an inspiration. I proposed to call it Mummaviews and among those I sought to interview was a mum with a 'heart baby,' another whose child is on the autism spectrum, a woman who picked up her entire life (including a newborn baby) and moved overseas and one powerhouse of a lady who took a body ravaged by three caesaerean sections and worked it into the best shape of her life.
Their stories are amazing and I thought you might be interested to hear them, too.
You might notice many 'mummy' blogs run lots of giveaways. Bloggers are often courted by PR companies to help promote their products. In general, I avoid these because it doesn't feel authentic to what I'm doing here on The Little Mumma. I can't imagine you want to win dishwashing liquid and I certainly don't want to review it for you. The giveaways I have run have been products that I have loved from businesses I have approached personally. This blog is about my writing. That you come here for that makes my heart sing and so when I can offer you something in return, like a little giveaway, then I love doing that. But I don't want this blog to be a vehicle for companies to flog their goods.
In saying that, I have two little giveaways coming up that are out of the ordinary for me. It's unlikely I'll do anything like them again but in any case, you could win stuff so keep an eye out in the next few days.
What else? I'm just going to keep writing. I'm going to tell you stuff that would make a sailor blush, I'm going to show you photos of my kids because they are so damn cute it's idiotic and I'm going to go absolutely insane when my baby daughter arrives and take you along on that amazing ride with me.
Oh, and I fully expect to vlog soon. Yes, live action Angie. Can you handle it?
Thank you for sticking with me and if there happens to be something I don't do here that you think would be cool, let me know.
And a thousand blessings to you and yours in 2012.