2 babies and a blog

I’ve got two adorable babies – okay, to be exact, 1 toddler, 1 baby, and a hubby who sometimes acts like a baby.

And I’ve got a blog. Yes, the one that you’re reading right now.

This blog was born on 11 January 2011. Inspired by a simple strand of four words that sprouted from my then 2-year-old’s mouth. And as it approaches its 9-month birthday, I’m beginning to realise that there’s little difference between bringing up a blog and bringing up a baby.

The blog doesn’t poop, doesn’t cry, doesn’t need to be cuddled or rocked to sleep (it doesn’t sleep at all, in fact), so what the heck am I talking about?

It’s the sheer amount of effort required to upkeep a blog. The fresh milk of content that you need to keep feeding it. The creativity needed to clear its hiccups. And the pure passion to keep it alive even when you’re so zonked out.

Even when it throws up undigested bits of its last milk feed on your shirt…

Bringing up a blog is bloggy hard work.

You have to be willing to bare your soul to the world. It’s like baring your baby’s poop-clad bottom on youtube. And sometimes…sad to say, you’re the only one who loves viewing it.

And maybe your hubby.

And what happens when the kids grow up, and start questioning why you chose to broadcast their every move (and bowel movement) on the Internet…

You have to crack your head to think of fresh ideas, ideas that entertain, move, surprise, or delight your readers. You have to be original ALL the time. (And I’m actually quite amazed at the amount of interesting / provoking content that’s out there. Just waiting to be stumbled upon. Most inspired by the very mundane things that fill the lives of mums and dads.)

All this while having to run after an energizer-bunny-of-a-toddler and caring for a baby who pees/poops at will?

What I find most challenging is the push for popularity. I detest hard-selling (on a normal day), and suddenly I find myself bordering on shameless, asking friends and family to like my posts, and show their support for my new Facebook page. What’s with me??

Sometimes, I ask myself ‘what the hell am I doing?’ bringing up a blog, when there are real human lives to invest in, deadlines to meet, and endless washing of bottoms to do.

Then I get reminded of the original purpose of this blog, the one I wrote in the About me page –  I hope to share what I’ve learnt (and continue to learn) as a young working mum, and hopefully encourage and inspire other young mums out there.

Encourage and inspire. Parenthood is such a BIG thing. Make that a big and often lonely thing. Most days, I could sure do with a big dollop of encouragement and inspiration to keep going.

I realise I need to keep the faith – keep the candle burning – to stay true to myself and the things I’m passionate about. And hopefully, one day, the kids won’t mind seeing their lives splashed out in all their messy splendour.

Whether you LIKE it or not, I’m gonna keep having blogs. Though I can’t say the same about babies.

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Comments

  1. says

    NIce final “Whether you LIKE it or not, I’m gonna keep having blogs. Though I can’t say the same about babies.”, for me this post was interesting and in some parts I laugh. Best regards !

  2. says

    This was a wonderful read. I enjoyed it. I always believe in blogging from the heart and staying true to yourself. I always fall back on that when I lose the inspiration to blog. I haven’t thought about my kids being embarrassed about reading about themselves on the blog – I would imagine they’ll be having a good laugh at themselves actually. 🙂

  3. says

    Hi June, I enjoy reading your blog, your stories and hearing your journey as a mom of 2 now! And as a fellow mummy blogger, I do agree that it takes effort to upkeep a blog with the kids in tow. But you know what, the blog will be a great source of memories for all those moments when we struggle with parenting, look back on how far and fast the kids have grown and be thankful we have a blog that document all those precious memories. Keep blogging and I love this network of parent bloggers 🙂

  4. says

    Heh heh! Well, at least your hubby reads your blog! LOL! Mine… *cough*… I guess he has enough first-hand auditory experience of my yakking he doesn’t need to visually see it! LOL!

    I love your blog, and your style of writing, and I agree with you (on the yes to blogging and no to more baby-ing)! Here’s to more fresh milk of the word of the blog! 😉

  5. says

    Hey June, blogging has been my passion for many years, and though my kids were the reason why I started the blog in the first place, it is now the blog that has disciplined me to keep taking photographs of them and documenting every step of their lives. =) Keep blogging! The rewards are well worth it when you look back. =D

    • says

      Hi Kless, you’re right, it’s all about the kids, and what we enjoy most abt life with them! =) Sorry, but Madonna’s song ‘Papa, don’t preach’ is ringing in my head. And the verse: “I’m gonna keep my bab[ies]” (haha, totally out of context, but nevermind!)

  6. pc says

    I hv to agree that there is something in this blog attracting me:)… And i wonder how on earth you find time to post do many & do stunning job on giveaways?!!! Hahaha, I admit I’m bad in time management. Anyway, keep up the good work & nice having you in blogsphere:).

  7. says

    Glad to hear that u will be persevering at blogging despite the challenges. I have been blogging since 2007, and I do through seasons where I have little mood to blog and times when I have too much to say. I can imagine it is alot tougher for since u have 2 kids and work full time. Looking back, the effort to maintain the blog will be all worthwhile, esp with all the treasured memories about our kids and life in general.

  8. coolinsights says

    Glad that you’re back on the blogwagon and like all the other commenters here, I’d encourage you to document the life of your babes and your family. It would be an incredible and invaluable resource in the future. Soon, you’ll find that it becomes so much a part of your life that it is inseparable from your routine!

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