Just a few thoughts about the year ahead.
Last year, I blogged less. I had to. Life with three children is brutal. There is never enough time. In the past, I have fought against this lack of time, blogging during the day even though my kids wanted/needed me, blogging into the night when I should have been watching crap television with Brendon.
The balance was out. The priorities were topsy turvy.
But the blog, the blog! When I write, the people come. When I don't, they still come but far less often. If this is my career, I need to feed it, feed it, constantly be building it.
I want to feed it, build it, create and write and take this thing to the limits. I want to do that.
But now is not the time.
I have three small children and the time is not now.
Have we had this conversation before?
This thing I have created, this accidental detour on the way to being a freelance writer, this blogger thing, is in cruise mode. And it needs to stay there for a little longer.
My goodness, that's hard to accept.
But there it is.
So I can't promise constant content – even though my head is constantly creating it. But I can promise that I will continue to write in that raw and slightly uncomfortable way that I seem to specialise in. I will tell you too much and quietly pray that I am not the only one. And you, you'll let me know that I'm not, and my god, that will be the best feeling in the world.
Thank you for giving me that feeling.
I can also promise that when I work with brands, it will be because I think they're worth working with, that there is a story worth telling, a product worth sharing. I will make sure there is something in it for you and me both. I will make sure it is worth our time. I will ask to be paid whenever I can because my time is valuable and I write the shit out of everything I work on.
And as inspired by Claire at ClaireyHewitt, I will be asking all the brands I work with in 2014 to do A Little More with their PR efforts. Where possible, I am asking brands to help me support the charity that I have personally adopted as my very own, St Kilda Mums. This might be by donating products (just as Stuck On You did recently) or in other ways but I am determined to do what I can, when I can, because doing so has completely altered my life.
St Kilda Mums has transformed me. I am personally invested in the amazing work that they do for families in need. Being a part of that, in my small way, feeds my soul and gives me purpose. I share this soul food with my children so that they experience the power of giving, too.
So thank you for coming on this journey with me, for those who have been with me from the beginning and those of you who have just come aboard. For all of you who show up in my stats and let me know I am not screaming into the void.
I have so many stories to tell you. It just might take some time…..