It’s been a year since I started blogging, can you believe it? I can’t. It’s been an amazing year for me and I’m saying goodbye to 2014 with no regrets. I’ve met some lovely people, made new friends and got introduced to brands I never knew existed.
I was that first time mom who bought almost everything at the store but later realised what a fool I was. I wish I read more blogs and chatted to moms before purchasing anything. Buying expensive products doesn’t make you mom of the year.
Being a South African Mommy Blogger is a bit different compare to bloggers overseas. Blogging isn’t exactly big here but it’s definitely getting there and I’m so excited to be part of that journey.
To me, a blog isn’t for bragging about freebies, it’s about connecting with your audience on a personal level and learning from your readers. I learn from my readers every day. I love chatting to moms about their experiences and challenges.
When I started blogging, I never really understood what it meant and I wasn’t sure what I was going to write…I didn’t even realise how many South African bloggers there were. I remember my first draft said: “Hey guys”. (Ha-ha)
The reason I started You, Baby and I was because I felt like I needed a place to share my thoughts and opinions. I wanted to connect with moms who were just like me. Honestly before the blog, I felt alone. I was a frustrated first time mom who received so much advice that it overwhelmed me. I needed a stranger’s opinion, I needed a mom community!
I admit, at first I was overwhelmed by freebies and just wanted more and more but then I realised that my readers don’t care about the new bath wash I received or the fancy party I attended, there’s so much more to blogging than a goodie bag. My readers wanted to know more about me (that made me feel very important 😀 ) and the products I love, not the brands I want to promote.I didn’t even realise you could earn from a blog until recently! Yes I do earn from my blog but it isn’t exactly a big amount.
A blog is hard work, you should do it because you passionate about writing and not just for fame or money. Trust me, it won’t last. It’s so much more than just typing out a post. I spend hours every day working on a blog post and researching.
Blog for yourself and the world will find you.
My highlight of the year was definitely being featured as a Huffington Post writer. I always doubt and underestimate myself. Huffington has given me a home away from home. I opened myself up to a world of negativity but it was worth it! It made me a stronger person.
The blogging world has become an industry on its own and having a support system is very important. I’m glad I found a group of bloggers that support me and teach me every day.
Today, because of the blog I’ve learnt that I’m not the only one breastfeeding a 2 year-old and I’m not the only mom have sleepless nights. I finally understand the challenges of motherhood and how different but alike we are.
Thank you to everyone who reads my blog and supports me! Your comments mean the world to me and yes I do read them!
Thank you to the brands who supported me from Day 1 and gave the newbie blogger an opportunity.
I’m so excited to be nominated in the South African Blogger Awards and would really appreciate if you could vote for me. This is the big one for South Africa and every vote does count! You can click here and vote for me in both categories. You will receive an email to a link to confirm your vote.
I will be taking a little blogging break from December 25th until January 4th. I’m looking forward to spending this time with my family and friends.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Lots of Love the Vijendranaths.