This time last year Sarah and Louise Mum’s the Word didn’t exist. It is very difficult for me to remember a time without it, but it was only 6 short months ago that we began. I had no idea what blogging was, apart from reading the words of others on the odd occasion, and imagining that they must have a very good manager to be able to promote their blogs so I was able to read them.
But on 1st January 2016, after weeks of sending each other endless amusing texts about our offspring which included phrases like “Why are your sandwiches in the washing machine?” “Stop trying to brush Daddy’s winky (with the hair brush) and PUT YOUR SHOES ON!” and “Stop licking the car/ your brother/ my leg/ the floor/ the bin lid” (delete as appropriate), we decided that we would share our words with the rest of the world.
The blog, we felt, was mainly a source of therapy. An outlet for the chaos, hilarity, rage, joy and despair of motherhood. We expected that a few friends and family would maybe enjoy laughing at us and might even follow us on Facebook, but not for one minute did we imagine that the blog would take off as it so quickly has!
In the last 6 months our blog has brought us the most unexpected experiences and I am humbled by the amount of people who have taken the time to read our ramblings. We have almost 800 followers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our website. We’ve done photo shoots; We are columnists for the local newspaper – The Kentish Gazette; We have shared our posts and vlogs on other blog sites like Selfish Mother and Medium, we’ve been nominated for awards and our blog has been read all over the world from New Zealand to Brazil.
We have recently had our M.O.T.H.E.R song shared in an online magazine in the United States and have been contacted by a journalist in Los Angeles! All of this has been far beyond our wildest expectations, but I haven’t written this post to be boastful, I wanted to share three of the best and most important things I have learned during the last 6 amazing months. These are as follows:
- Blogging is truly therapeutic
I never realised until I started my very first sentence of my first post that writing was the thing that I was missing in my life. For years and years I have had a constant narrative in my mind and never known what to do with it. Most of it has been utter rubbish, but there are some things I wish I had been able to share and I never did. Blogging has helped me to say some very difficult things at times. It has helped me to think about how I am actually coping with the enormous role of motherhood and it has helped me laugh… a lot, at things that would have otherwise made me cry. But above all it has helped me realise that I am not alone. The comments of other people have been inspirational and very reassuring.
- The Kindness of strangers
One of the best and happiest things that has happened in the last 6 months is that I’ve discovered that other ‘mum bloggers’ are some of the nicest, kindest and supportive people I’ve ever (not) met. I was astounded when we first started at the number of other parents who had already taken to the world of blogging and I expected that, completely understandably, there would be a lot of competitiveness amongst so many people.
How wrong could I be? The ‘parent blogging community’ have been nothing but helpful, encouraging, caring and friendly. From the @TheUnmumsyMum, who always takes time to like our tweets to her and talk to everyone, to @WaffleMamaUK, @mummyrules_uk and Molly and Anniki from @SelfishMother (and so many more), you have all been so welcoming and I would absolutely call you all friends, even though we’ve never met. Thank you.
- My friendship with Louise has reached a whole new level!
Louise and I have been best friends for over half our lives and boy have we been through some experiences. Teenage angst, boyfriends who wore my dresses, drunkenness and hangovers, festivals, terrible jobs in call centres, fertility treatments, pregnancies and losses, anxiety, births, deaths, marriages. You name it, happy times and sad, Louise has always been at my side, so there is no one else I would rather be on this roller coaster ride with. I don’t know why we didn’t think of it sooner!
There is a real air of creativity between us now and we have so many ideas we struggle to contain them! We are working on Vlogs and songs that will make you cry with laughter, (I sang one to my nan last week and she laughed so much I thought she wasn’t going to make it!) so many blog posts, books for children and adults and who knows what else will come to us…
Louise, without you this blog would not exist. Your writing and vocabulary make me laugh until I can’t breathe. I am so proud that we’ve found something we can do so well together and I’m looking forward to continuing for years to come until we are old, smelling a bit funny and in a home and blogging about our imaginary friends!
Our blog doesn’t make us money… yet, but it makes us happy. So thank you one and all for your love, support, comments, likes and shares. We really couldn’t do it without you.