Hello, hello dear and patient readers! It has been a long time between drinks here. You might be wondering what the hell is going on. I know I have been wondering the same thing.
HELP! I THINK MY BLOG MIGHT BE DYING!
Some of you may know that this blog has been kicking around since 2009. That’s almost 8 years of writing in this little corner of the internet. Over that time, I have experimented with what I want this blog to be, how I could possibly make money from it and occasionally wondering whether the whole thing has been a terrible waste of time.
In the last year, I have been unable to answer any of those questions. And that has meant that I’ve lost the impetus to write here. But I think I’ve come to some conclusions and I thought it was worth sharing them with you.
HELP! MY BLOG ISN'T MAKING ME RICH!
Firstly, this blog is not how I will make money as a writer. It just won’t work for a whole lot of reasons. I don’t command giant audiences, and trying to sell stuff is an awkward fit for the kind of writing I do here. It took me a while to figure it out but the realisation is freeing. It means I can return to the way things were when I started. I wrote whatever I liked, whenever I liked and I wasn’t anxious about my blog stats or whether I was an attractive proposition for PR companies. I just like to write.
HELP! I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO BLOG ABOUT!
But what to write about? When I started The Little Mumma, I was up to my eyeballs in all things babies and toddlers so it was natural that I would talk about the challenges of that day to day grind. But the kids are older now – almost 10, 7.5 and 5 – and I find myself less inclined to share every detail of their lives. The older they get, the more I feel like stories about them should belong to them. Of course, I still share little bits here and there but there is a natural move away from the mummy blogging scene.
The Little Mumma suddenly feels less and less relevant as a blog name so I think even that will have to change soon enough.
HELP! I DON'T KNOW IF I SHOULD CLOSE MY BLOG DOWN!
It had crossed my mind to shut the whole thing down. By doing so, I could remove the nagging feeling that I’m neglecting this space. But I spent so much time building it up. There’s a lot of writing on here that I’m proud of. And of course, there’s you guys. I still have stories I want to share with you and the fact that you’re still here despite how infrequently I have been writing tells me that maybe you still want to read them. And that maybe, if this blog eventually morphs into an author page, that you’ll stay with me on the journey and hopefully want to read my books someday.
RELAX! I'M JUST GOING TO BLOG MY OWN WAY.
So the blog will stay. You can expect to read a new post about once a week. I’ll run the occasional giveaway if I think it’s cool (or they’re offering me something awesome) – heads up, I’ll be giving away some designer sunnies very soon! And I’ll probably be talking about books and writing more – heads up, I’ll be giving away some children’s books very soon! But don’t worry. I’ll still be Angie – anxious, sweary, over-sharing Angie.
And if you’re not getting enough anxious, sweary over-sharing here on the blog then please remember that I hang out on Facebook and Instagram more frequently than I do here. I share videos of myself that I almost always regret and photos of my kids looking adorable but with a caption underneath explaining why they’re actually little jerks. If that sounds like your kind of good time, then I’d love you to join my communities there if you haven’t already.
My blog is NOT dead. And my writing career is just beginning. Thank you as always for coming on the ride with me.