How brilliant to be featured in the Kidspot Ford Territory Top 50 Bloggers! You can read about my approach to blogging, and how this gives me a point of difference, in my interview with Kidspot here: Kidspot Top 50 Bloggers 2012 — Be A Fun Mum. The grand prize for this blogger competition is a trip to the BlogHer-12 conference in New York (amazing!) and a Ford Territory for a year (again, amazing!). There are details at the end of this post about how you can vote for me, and by voting, you can win yourself $5000 (bonus!).
As part of this entry, I want to share with you my journey into blogging.
My Blog Journey
It’s like having little adventures between folding the washing. That’s what blogging is to me. I get up in the morning with a spring in my step, knowing I can create, speak, ponder and connect in this little spot on the web. This blog is a space where I found my voice, and in many ways, rediscovered myself amongst sleepless nights, unbrushed hair and sticky fingers. I can breathe here.
This blog was born in July 2009 when, after a very long time, I saw the sun again. There was a time when my voice was clouded by something heavy and dark; this thing called depression. The evolution of the Be A Fun Mum banners displays an eerily clear picture of where I was, and what I’ve become. You see, this blog changed my life.
The banners tell the story
I will always love my first banner. It’s complex and beautiful; intricate and dark. It’s me in the stages of rediscovering myself. The shadows are still there, but too: there is endless possibilities and bursts of hope.
My banner now is extreme in contrast. It’s light and bright; happy and clear. It reflects the fact that I’m more confident, clear headed and joyous.
I didn’t mean for the banners to speak so loudly of my journey. I didn’t mean for them to tell my story, but there it is: retrospect in pictures.
I’m an adventurer. I know that now.
I love creating. I know that now.
Connection is like sunshine. I know that now.
Moments are amazing. I know that now.
My blog has given me the opportunity to travel, it challenges me to try new things and opens paths into new places. All these things, yes, but what keeps me passionate is knowing someone is reading somewhere out there, and we are connecting, you and I. That connection, even if I don’t see it, I feel it, and it’s an incredible thing because it’s there.
This post is about my journey into blogging…but it isn’t really about blogging. It’s about being open to change and investing in life. Does the journey dictate moments or do the moments define the journey?
Vote for your favourite 2012 Kidspot Top 50 Bloggers for your chance to WIN $5000, thanks to Ford Territory. You can vote for as many bloggers as you like but you can only do it once. Just click the icon below. Thanks for listening!
BookChookApril 13, 2012 at 6:10 am
Voted! New York would be a buzz!
KellyApril 13, 2012 at 7:59 am
Wouldn’t it? Thank BC.
frogpondsrockApril 13, 2012 at 8:43 am
Good luck 🙂
KellyApril 13, 2012 at 8:58 am
Thank you lovely Kim. I think it would be awesome if you win x.
frogpondsrockApril 13, 2012 at 9:04 am
I think it would be awesome if we all won *grins* I don’t think I have the supporter base to get enough votes but I have enjoyed trying. Also I enjoyed reading your post, our blogs have been very important to us haven’t they. x
KellyApril 13, 2012 at 4:33 pm
Haha. THAT would be awesome!
Yes indeed to that last comment.
Deb @ Bright & PreciousApril 13, 2012 at 1:06 pm
What a contrast your blog headers are! I can sense your creative, adventurous and joyous spirit. Yes you are more confident and clear-headed now. What a journey. And congratulations. x
KellyApril 13, 2012 at 4:34 pm
Thanks Deb. LOVE getting comments from you even more now that I have met you. xx
Lara at This Charming MumApril 13, 2012 at 1:55 pm
I am fairly new to blogging and I’m already loving that feeling of freedom and creativity. Thank you for sharing your reflections on your journey and congrats on the Top 50 nomination!
KellyApril 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm
Hi Lara! Thanks so much and all the best for your own journey. 🙂
Nat - Muddy FarmwifeApril 14, 2012 at 3:59 pm
Good Luck Kelly.
Just discovered your blog, enjoying reading. Love the shoes!
JanetApril 15, 2012 at 9:14 pm
Congratulations Kelly, and to think I got to meet you at the first Word Writers Fair when it was all very new! Love how your banner reflects your life (& blogging) journey, even without you knowing it!