Two years ago today I created A Cornish Mum and the next day posted for the first time. I have no idea where those two years have gone, but they have been absolutely amazing.
I am grateful for so many things that blogging has given me. I suspect this is where people expect me to list all the ‘stuff’ and quote numbers at you. How many site views, how much I’ve earned, how many followers I have.
I’m not going to though. If you are really interested, then scrolling to the bottom of my site will show you all of my follower numbers on social media. The numbers aren’t the important bit at all though, my little space on the internet has given me way more than money, stuff and random statistics.
It has given me some hilarious moments such as;
The time that I called my blog a ‘bog’ in a typo within a tweet and the lovely world of Twitter retweeted it to hell.
When a lovely PR wanted to know my statistics and I sent over my bra size and pants size … In my defence it was concerning an underwear brand, but they actually wanted to know my average site views.
The time when I told the very lovely Hayleigh of Budget Food Mummy that I was going to high five myself over something and, she pointed out that high fiving yourself is actually clapping.
As I said in my one year blog anniversary post, blogging has given me myself back. My confidence has grown so much in the last two years and as a result I am so much happier as a person.
It has given me and my little family some wonderful experiences and holidays in the last two years.
My youngest opened a Smiggle shop with me.
As ambassadors for Butlin’s we visited Minehead last year and are off there again next month with friends this time in some pretty amazing accommodation. We’ve been to Seaview Holiday Village, Hendra Holiday Park and The Langstone Cliff Hotel. Si and I had a romantic night away at The Moorland Garden Hotel as well, which was just perfect.
I’ve made a difference.
That sounds a bit egotistical I know, but I don’t mean I have made a humongous difference to the world by writing my blog. I have however had emails and messages online from parents of children with Type 1 Diabetes who have told me that some of my posts have made them feel a little less alone, a little less scared and a little happier.
Sometimes it really is the little things that count and it really feels so much to me that I’ve been able to do that. The posts I am most proud of on my site include my open letter to the BBC and Eastenders, my simple guide to Carb counting, my Meet the Parents series and my faces of Type 1 post.
Of all the things my blog has given me THIS is the one that has made the biggest difference in my life. I didn’t really just how lonely I had been at times until I wasn’t anymore. I have made so many amazing friends in the last two years, that I can’t even begin to list them all.
These are people who share my happy days and are there for me on the bad days. There are those that I speak to pretty much every single day on Facebook Messenger who I really do have to mention. Donna, Hayleigh, Natalie and Beth – you all make me laugh til I cry, smile when I want to cry and you are all quite frankly bonkers, which is probably why I get on so well with all of you in the first place!
Hayleigh also puts up with my awful driving to blog events and with me pretending to be a squirrel in public.
There are so many other wonderful bloggers that have made the last two years a lot of fun, I won’t list them as it would take all day but you know who you are. The blogging community on a whole is pretty fantastic and I love the feeling that I belong in it.
Thank you to everyone who reads my blog and enjoys my random ramblings on social media. I am so looking forward to what year three brings along for A Cornish Mum.