Today I have decided to answer Karin’s question as she shared with us the beginnings of Café Bébé.

Why did I start blogging? This was partially answered in my second post, “Why Write Random Thoughts?“. Yes, I love writing and telling stories, always have done. And Sexy Hubby enjoyed my random thoughts emails so much that it gave me the idea to do it on a much bigger scale. But there is more to it. I consider it as a showcase of my abilities, a fantastic way to show the world – and potential employers – what my writing style is, how I analyze a situation, what details I choose to give importance to or not, etc. And when you decide later on in life to change careers, to give up employment in a company to go for what you truly love, your very own blog, enabling you to demonstrate that you do post, and therefore write, regularly is a very useful thing to have.

There is also the aspect of recording what happened in your own life and the lives of the people you love. This is important, because we do forget. Time will dampen the most powerful of feelings, if not erase them. And I do not want these little moments of happiness or of sadness to fall into oblivion. This is why I have also handwritten the milestones, funny words and experiences of both my daughters into one notebook each, to be given to them on their twentieth birthday. My blog is also a fantastic way to share our life in Germany with our family and friends, scattered over three continents and many countries. I can send a quick email and then re-direct them to the latest posts, enabling me to keep in touch easily even when time is short.

I started off in April 2010 with a free WordPress blog. Three months later, my first achievement was to be “freshly pressed” and to appear on WordPress homepage with my “Public swimming pools? Fascinating!” post. I was very proud! Slowly the need to register my own domain name and therefore exist a bit more in the Internet sphere increased. I do not have to tell you the benefits of self-hosting, I guess, and of course this figured strongly in the equation too. So in March 2011 I took the plunge and transferred my blog. Although in the end it is not that complicated from a technical point of view, it did take much longer than I had anticipated to finally have everything the way I wanted to. That transfer moment is nerve wracking to say the least, but it went seamlessly et voilà, Funky Wellies’ Random Thoughts was live!

Slowly but surely my blog is developing. I have now decided to post more steadily, and this effort shows in my stats already. I was also very pleased to get my first PR contact in June, and hope many others will follow! I would also like to point out that Sexy Hubby has been incredibly supportive of my new career and keeps encouraging me, and of course I am able to do this because he is the one holding a traditional job at the moment, with a salary coming in every month. I cannot thank him enough, and strongly hope I can do the same for him in the not too distant future.

What else can I say? Oh yes, I love my blog!



More flashbacks here: Cafe Bebe.

24 thoughts on “Why I Started Blogging”

  1. What a fab post. Your blog is obviously doing well. Keep doing it 🙂 I love the idea of writing everything in a notebook to be given to your girls on their 20th. x

    1. Thanks so much! My blog is not where I want to take it yet, but after less than five months I am pretty happy with the results. 🙂 And I hope my girls will enjoy their notebooks!

  2. OUTSTANDING! I’m loving this post…can you see me giving you a standing ovation! Pure inspiration! 😉

    Thanks so much for linking up lovely. Great post…


    1. Thank you, Karin! A bit overwhelmed by the reactions this post is generating, I have to say… It is a great prompt you gave us this week, and I am really glad you decided to carry on with Flasback Friday! 🙂

  3. This is so lovely. I have braved it and just transferred to my own domain and self is very scary and i have lost everyone so I hope they will try and find me again. Again I m just loving the blogging and have a very supportive husband which really helps. This is like a witness to your life that stays alive forever, I love it, a great post. x

    1. Thanks so much, and congratulations on your blog transfer! 🙂 I think your followers will find you again, I know almost all of mine did, and of course I got new ones! Happy to read you have a supporting hubby too! 🙂

  4. Amazing – you are a truly extraordinary person … not that I didn’t know that already ;-), but your creativity continues to impress and wow me! Wonderful post, thank you so much for sharing!

    1. OK, by now I am really blushing, with all these compliments!! 🙂 Thank you. You know how much I value our friendship, and I like to think that we fuel each other’s creativity! 🙂

  5. Fab fab fab! It’s so important to love your blog and congrats on your PR contact. You and your blog have always been very welcoming to me ever since we discovered eachother through The Gallery.

    1. Thank you for your lovely comment! 🙂 Perhaps that is what is missing in my post: this wonderful community spirit amongst bloggers. I am happy we found each other through The Gallery too! 🙂

  6. I guess we all started a blog for simmilar reasons and I´m always happy to read your posts and get to know you!

  7. Your story is pretty similar to mine, I got a Freshly Pressed too in Sept 2010, it amazed me and convinced me to go further. I too took the plunge and moved to self hosted and lost people like Multiple Mummy along the way but I love the community spirit, the feeling that people are out there do pop in and I try try to get back but sometime steal life gets in the way, this is one of my failings I think but hey, I’m still here.
    Don’t ever stop blogging, and if I ever get to see BJ one day you’ll be the first to know 🙂
    PS Can I add your RRS to a Google Reader? maybe via Feedburner?

    1. I love the fact that our stories are similar! 🙂 I do hope you will carry on with blogging too, and perhaps we will get to see Bon Jovi together one day? 😉
      To subscribe to my blog, you can use either the email icon on the top left or the RSS one just underneath. Thanks!

  8. Great post, Thanks. It’s made me think that maybe I should have more of a ‘plan’ for my blog rather than the bumbling along I’m currently doing.

    1. Thank you! 🙂 I think the plan kind of forms itself along the way, I discover new blog hops, new ways of getting my blog “out there” and I just go for it! 😉

  9. Love seeing how others started blogging, or why. We are all so individual and different but our reasons for starting are much alike. Congrats on growing and building. Best wishes for you and your blog.

  10. It’s kinda addictive isn’t it? When I starte dblogging I hgave myself three months; if it hadn’t achieved some sort of success by that point I was going to kill it off. In those three months I was a guest at Downing St, been invited to start a Huffington Post blog and been given two guest blogging spts elsewhere! I’ve just kept on ever seince and love it. Great idea to keep handwrittne books for your girls. I may do the same. Such a thoughtful idea. #MMWBH

    1. Congratulations on your achievements!
      And glad you like my handwritten book idea. Hopefully my girls will appreciate them. xx

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