Our guest editor this week is the lovely Alice from An Essex Wife.
Three things you didn’t know about Alice:
- Alice is a massive Leyton Orient fan, and actually met her husband while at a football match!
- She cannot pronounce the word ‘Variety’, and so refuses to watch the Royal Variety Performance as her whole family keep asking what’s on TV just to make her say the word (only family would be that cruel. Funny, but cruel…).
- She’s a cheese-o-holic – and has been known to spend £20 of a weekly shop just on different types of cheese.
Alice’s favourite joke:
How do you turn a duck into a soul singer?
Put it in the microwave until he’s Bill Withers.
So – over to Alice as she ponders:
This time last year…
I wasn’t a blogger,
I had only sent 54 tweets
I hadn’t even heard of Instagram or Pinterest
I never had an over-spilling ironing basket (I feel this may be linked to the Pinterest discovery)
I had never been interviewed on the radio
I used to cook my dinner and then eat it without taking a photo of it (I know, how was that even possible)
I had never met up with someone I had only talked to online
I used to give my children my full attention
I was a SAHM who felt a little lost since giving up her teaching career
Blogging has filled the void in my days left by giving up work and on that level it really has changed my life. It has helped me make some wonderful friends and taken me to some amazing places. I have found myself in rooms full of excited woman at blogging conferences, staying at some of the most luxurious spas and hotels in Essex, interviewed on BBC Radio Essex and writing for a local magazine to name but a few. From something that started one lazy Sunday morning out of curiosity I have done pretty well and, hopefully, this is only the beginning.
Blogging as a parent is more than a hobby for most; it’s a link to the past life they had before children and/or a chance to carve out a new place in the world and work towards a better future. I’ve learnt in the past few months that people blog for many different individual reasons, but I think we all have one reason in common, we blog because it makes us happy, we blog because it makes us proud.
So what I’d love to know, as I’m a nosey so-and-so at times, is why do you blog? Has it changed life for you? And, with this Olympic summer of national pride upon us, what have you blogged today, to make you feel proud?