Today this blog is three. Just three years since I started blogging and what a roller coaster it has been. Little did I realise when I started it all those years ago that I would be where I am now.
It was a shaky start. This was my first post: So this is it. I had no clue what I was doing really. No idea if anybody would read it and I was convinced I would get bored quite quickly and give up. Sadly for you, dear reader, that didn’t happen. I can’t imagine not blogging now.
Why? Well because I am part of something much bigger. I am part of a community that I can’t imagine leaving. The blogging community is the most welcoming and inclusive I have known. We might blog about different things but by ‘eck we are supportive. Yes there are darker elements to bits of it and the occasional drama, as there is with any group of people that are passionate about what they do. On the whole though blogging rocks and I recommend anybody who wants to voice their opinion, or share their talents, do it.
In just three years there have been awards nominations and victories, days out, weekends away, new toys to try, speaker roles and countless other opportunities that wouldn’t have landed on our doorstep without this blog. There have been some astonishing achievements, notably of course Team Honk, none of which would have been possible without other bloggers all getting involved. Bloggers raising over £42,000 for Comic Relief in two years.
And friendship. In three years I have made friendships that I could never have imagined. Friends that I now see as best friends. Friends I cannot imagine living without.
This weekend I went to Blogcamp, a one day blogging workshop, run by Tots100, a network I am proud to be a part of. I went for one reason only. To meet Sally who runs it. I hadnt met Sally before and wanted to thank her for all her support and to meet the legend that is La Whittle. To then be asked to speak with Annie and Penny about fund raising was a real honour.
To spend a day with friends I have met before but rarely get to see, and to FINALLY meet people I have chatted online with for years, was a joy.
So here is to the next three years. I can’t begin to imagine where the blog will take me in the next three years but I do hope you will join me for the ride.