I thought for my latest blog post that it might be a good idea to take some time to explain why I am here on this platform, why I began blogging and what I get from it all? Because in all honesty, I don’t think I’ve properly taken the time to do so, or at least not provided a more updated version since my blog has evolved into the version you have in front of you today dear reader.
So, let’s begin. How did I get into blogging?…
I started blogging initially because I write, I always have (obviously not including the years in which I was learning to do so – don’t be smarmy – but how good was that feeling when you got the thumbs up on moving from pencil to pen at school?! Remember that? – but I digress) whether it was during my preteen/teenage diary writing years, I had 3 volumes in total, I say had as I destroyed all evidence before starting up home with my partner – I never wanted them to see the light of day – cringe. Or the times in which I was writing for magazines, I was once a features editor for 4 years for a magazine and it was during that transition that I then began blogging.
I’ve had 3 personal blogs including this one – my first was one that I began during my university years, I had moved away to another city for 3 years and so wanted a way to document my experiences, it very quickly evolved into a film/event reviewing, interviewing, fashion feature blog which I thoroughly enjoyed writing, but once I began working full time fell by the way side. This is my most recent and most successful blog, successful in the sense that writing for this blog isn’t a chore for me. I finally have found my true interests/ theme.
Why do I blog?…
I’ve already touched on this slightly, but I blog because writing has always been an interest of mine. It always came naturally to me to write down my experiences and feelings, I don’t know for sure where this stemmed from, but I believe being an introvert has something to do with it. As an introvert I may often come across as slightly reserved, distracted or shy in person – and I really can be in instances when I’m not around my close friends and family, but for the most part it is because my head is constantly buzzing with ideas, analyzing and empathizing situations and zipping back and forth between present and past experiences. So writing for me, has always helped make better sense of my feelings and thoughts, or perhaps at least being able to better get them across and explain myself, than vocally. Plain and simply, I find it to be therapeutic.
On top of this factor, the blogging community is a big reason behind why I continue to blog and share my experiences. It is through reading others blog posts, hearing their stories and sharing their experiences that has given me the strength and comfort to be able to share my own. I want to use this as an opportunity to thank those of you out there for being as welcoming as you have, and for helping to encourage me to share (without realising) you are a big reason as to why I am still here posting today.
What is this blog all about? And how I chose our theme.
‘I didn’t choose the theme, the theme chose me?’ – doesn’t work quite as well as the original. But essentially true, I knew that I wanted to get back into blogging and perhaps thought about doing a lifestyle blog of some sort but that was as far as my thought process was originally – that and documenting the stages before our wedding day and our adventures.
Since then in the past year it has evolved into what it is today, our tagline: Post PCOS, Pre Parenthood Adventures – One couples journey
I suppose it’s not quite removed from my originally idea, I could argue that it is still somewhat a lifestyle blog, in the sense that it follows our life together as a couple. It has evolved because we have. Wanting to become parents is a big part of our lives together now and has been a pretty big part of my life since first being diagnosed with PCOS over 12 years ago now. It wasn’t until I re-engaged with the blogging community that I realised the majority of the information you will find around PCOS, IVF treatments and other infertility related topics could best be found through woman/couples openly sharing their experiences through their blogging and I am so thankful that I did, because without it, I don’t know that I would be coping at all currently.
My blog is essentially snippets of my life and my partners life from my perspective. My thoughts, my feelings and experiences – in an aid to document our fertility journey (the good, the bad and the ugly) as well as remembering the adventures we had during the ‘post pcos diagnosis and pre parenthood years’. I don’t want our fertility journey to be all consuming as that’s not entirely healthy for me, which is why you will read posts about our adventures, diet/restaurant reviews (big factor around pcos) as well as mental health musings. But because our fertility journey is such a big factor in our lives, that is why I am open about it, to help me grow and heal with the process, to reflect and get other peoples advice through their experiences and to hopefully, help others in similar positions understand that they aren’t alone and there are more of us out here in similar positions.
Why I hope you might consider blogging too.
So here we are, the home stretch, and here is my proposal to you. Why do I hope that you might consider blogging too? I hope that blogging entices you to share, I hope that it encourages you to be more open about the difficulties you are facing, to share and allow for others to have that opportunity to give you positive support. I hope that you might consider blogging too, because blogging has given me a voice I never thought I had. Because who better to advocate on behalf of you, than you. Because blogging is therapeutic, whether you dive head first into the blogging community or whether you dip your toe and remain faceless and anonymous, it really makes no difference. It is the experiences and thoughts you share that truly bond us all on here, I hope you consider starting to blog because this wonderful community deserves to grow.
Once again, thank you to whoever you are that may be out there reading another one of my blog posts. Your’e all part of the journey too. Until next time,