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.