third baby treatment- hands on, all the time.
I'v been writing this blog for about 2 years now and over that time I've written hundreds of post and read thousands of yours.
I read blogs about design, interiors, lifestyle and fashion but my favourite type of blog fits neatly into the 'parenting' category. In fact, I'll take it one step further, it fits into the HONEST parenting category.
Why? Because I'm a parent and it's of personal interest to me.
I initially began The Beetle Shack as an outlet for my parenting struggles, woes and realities. Four years ago when Zeph was born, I found being a mother overwhelmingly challenging and isolating and I'd find myself turning to blogs for a little bit of virtual companionship. The only this is, I'd sit on my size 12 bum with a hot cup of full cream coffee, surrounded by filth and washing and read about beautiful, rhythmic occasions where mothers were in love and engaged with their babies, their homes and their lives.
A little bit of Post Natal Depression ensured that I felt like a substantial failure whilst everyone around me (in the virtual realms) was successful and fabulous. Clean homes, neat kids and popular blogs.
Some two years ago, I wrote a few dark and honest posts here about my life as a stay at home mum. When I look back on them I can see the heavy cloud looming above them, one that has since lifted and with it comes a refreshing sense of 'okay-ness'* that I hope sticks around.
But I sometimes wonder if now, with my new found 'okay', I write a blog that lacks some raw honesty and integrity. One that shares the best rather than the balance.
Yes, it's true that this space has become both my hobby and a little bit of a job. Yes, it's true that I do sometimes write posts for money and receive nice stuff for free which i'll be honest, I'm pretty stoked about. But it's also true that my initial reasons for starting this blog remain.
I want to keep an honest account of my life life at home. I want my children to look at this blog and see the whole truth - that some seasons were incredibly difficuilt and some were utterly fabulous. I want there to be a record of their early lives and I hope that one day this blog offers them a little insight into what it's like to be both a child and a parent. Mostly, I hope that when my kids have children of their own, they understand that experiencing the fullness of every emotion does not make them alone or a failure, it makes them awesome and human.
In doing that I may, from time to time, wander from the path of, you know, reality and write the odd flowery post about nothing but hopefully I'll always come back to whats ordinary and mundane - because really, thats what's great about life.
What is it that you love about reading blogs? and if you write one, what do you enjoy about that?
*I was going to say 'ease' but that would have been a lie. being a stay at home parent in bloody hard 99 of the time.