I started this blog a few weeks ago, around 4 months into my maternity leave.
Up until the moment I created ‘muffin top mummy‘, I’d been perfectly happy learning the new ropes of motherhood and watching too much Netflix. But suddenly, I needed something more.
I can’t quite believe I’m saying this, but watching TV all day was getting boring. I’m sure my pre-maternity self would bitch-slap me right now, but I’m committed to be honest with you. I needed something to stimulate the decaying cells in my fuzzy, postpartum brain.
It was reading a book my sister had given me for Christmas (The Unmumsy mum, of course) that I realised blogging would be perfect. Considering I’d always thought I’d write a novel during maternity leave (ha bloody ha), creating a blog seemed like a pretty logical solution to my problem.
And although I now do a shit-tonne of work on building this blog up from the ground (pretty sure I work more than I did 9-5, Mon-Fri), I absolutely love it.
So, if you’re considering starting a blog during your precious few months off with your little one, here’s my 5 reasons why you should go for it:
1. Maternity leave can be lonely. If, like me, you have few (if any) friends around, then you can start to feel pretty isolated with your new baby. Blogging is a community that you can very easily be a part of. During the short time I’ve been blogging, I’ve constantly been involved in a social media conversation that has kept me company during long, late nights and lazy afternoons.
2. Writing a blog combines fun, creativity and mental stimulation. When you’re knee deep in human bodily fluids and drinking coffee through a straw, you can be forgiven for wanting to curl up in front of Skins (just me?) and switch your brain to potato mode. But that just didn’t satisfy me. I like to think that ordinarily, I’m fairly smart, so I really wanted to do something that required more than just pressing a button on a remote control.
3. You learn new skills for your CV. Content writing? Check. Understanding SEO? Check. Website design? Check. Engaging audiences through social media? Check. These are all things you learn quickly when you throw yourself into the world of blogging – and all things that are in demand in today’s job market. Even if you aren’t looking for a change of career, going back to work with new skills under your belt can never be a disadvantage; who knows where it could lead?
4. People make money from their blog. I’m so new to blogging that I can’t give you any real-life examples of my own just yet, but I wouldn’t rule it out for the future. I’ve read plenty of other blog posts from fellow parent bloggers that detail just how much they make from their website – and it’s a pretty decent amount of pocket money! You don’t have to monetise your blog at all if you only want to use it to fuel your creativity, but the option could be there.
5. It could lead to new opportunities. If people discover you are good at writing and engaging an audience, there could be far more than money up for grabs. Think writing for big-name websites or building a business around your blog. I would love to freelance, but wasn’t sure how to start, or if it’d be a viable option for me. Again, I’m not writing for anyone else yet, but I’m building up a fantastic portfolio of my work that could very well lead in the direction I’d like it to. It might not of course, but at least I’m not sitting around wondering what could have been. And I’m very much enjoying myself too.
I’m sure there are more reasons to start a blog during maternity leave, but these are my top 5. Please leave a comment below to let me know if you have any more great reasons, how it’s helped you, or if you’re thinking of starting but need some words of encouragement! I’d be happy to help.