No-one likes to admit to being jealous but I need to confess that the green-eyed monster has taken up residence in my house recently. I have total blog envy. Not of one, particular blog – I’m not some sort of creepy cyber stalker – but of all the lovely, entertaining, WELL ESTABLISHED blogs that I am discovering each day of my own, new, blogging journey. When I decided to start a blog at the beginning of the year I had absolutely no idea of the world that awaited me. No idea of the amazing network of people up and down the country sharing their lives and talents with each other on a daily basis. I had even less idea of how what was supposed to be an occasional outlet for a bit of writing would become almost an obsession. Or that I would be lying awake thinking about likes, Twitter followers and DA scores.
The trouble is, I am not terribly good at being patient. I hate gardening because things take so long to grow, I am more of an instant gratification type than someone who is good at playing the long game. Equally, I really hate being the new girl. Coming onto the blogging scene feels a bit like when I changed secondary schools at the age of 14; standing in the playground alone and nervous while all the cool kids lounged around in little gangs exuding we-were-here-before-you-ness and we-know-the-ropes-and-you-don’t-ness. What I need to remind myself is that it wasn’t long before I was in the gang and, as for the garden, all the things I have planted have grown into beautiful flowers. Am I going mad in metaphor land here?
Basically, I am frustrated with being a newbie and in awe of the tremendous work that people have put into their blogging. Will I be able to do the same? I hope so, although I am already struggling with working full-time, racing around after the teen and tween, and trying to grow a blog all at once – how do people do it and fit in sleeping as well?
So, I offer thanks to Older Single Mum, Who’s the Mummy, Hannah Gale, You Baby Me Mummy, The Secret Divorcee, Slummy Single Mummy, and The Ramblings of a Formerly Rock ‘n’ Roll Mum (to name but a few) for being the cool kids and inspiring me to up my game and, please, if you have any tips for a time poor but enthusiastic new girl – send them my way.