Why It’s Great To Be A Blogger Right Now!

One day my world changed.  It still looked the same from the outside, I had my amazing husband, my wonderful children and one on the way but something was different and it was never going to go back how it was.

Things should have been rosy shouldn’t they.  My glass was very much half full and some.  But still,  I was left with a hole that needed filling somehow.  I didn’t have a clue how I was going to do it.  I was fragile in my hormonal and pregnant state and my brave face was running for the hills.  The thought of being left observing lives going by on Facebook was filling me with total dread.  What the f*** was I going to do.

Then I scratched the surface of something that opened up a world of possibilities and beautiful people who wrote about their lives, and more on the net.  Where on earth had blogging been all my life, I’d completely missed the invite to this party!  I had no sense of what I was doing or where I was going and there will definitely be a post called ‘the things I wish I knew before I started blogging’ one day, but it was a journey that I liked the look of, so I jumped on the train.

I’ve posted, I’ve tweeted and I’ve connected with a group of amazing people who have a powerful and influential voice.  I’ve even posed whilst breastfeeding with Vicky from Honest Mum, I’m not sure I’m going to forget that in a hurry!  It’s not necessarily what I have done that makes me excited about blogging, it’s the possibilities and surprises it might will have in store for me.  I’ve already coordinated a local blogging event, yeah me!!

Now is such an exciting time to be in the blogosphere, and if any of you out there are losing your mojo and thinking about jumping of the train.  Don’t!  Stick with it.  Put those hours in as it is going to pay off.  PR’s are taking us and our medium seriously.  Know your worth, your a voice speaking to a captivated audience that knows you and trusts what you have to say.  Brands want a piece of that!

Your audience will only get bigger as people spend more and more time surfing the net. The average person is knocking up nearly 3 hours a day on their smart phone.  This is and will dramatically change how advertising budgets are targeted going forward.  Think of all those parents whiling away the small hours while nursing sick or hungry children and how they keep themselves awake.  We all know it as we’ve all done it!

So this weekend I went to my first ‘real’ blog event.  I didn’t plan my sessions, I just went with the flow.  My calling card was definitely my little baby girl who got more than her fair share of attention.  I enjoyed listening to some amazingly talented and charismatic women who spoke with passion, dedication and credibility.  I came away with a sense of, ‘I want to be in this club’, no matter what happens.  I might have missed out on some photography tips but I came away knowing I want to get better at this shit and that so far, even though I’m busy with a baby and a toddler, maybe I wasn’t doing such a bad job after all.

So I’m not throwing  whole heap of tips at you, or a ‘this is how you get more readers’ kind of post.  This is more of a ‘believe and you will achieve’ kind of message.  I definitely believe after #BCUK so thank you Tots00 and the team for an amazing day and to all the great women I met!

Zena's Suitcase

Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life.

Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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14 Comments

  1. Sam
    October 20, 2014 / 8:03 pm

    Ah, I needed to read something like this right now – I’ve been trying to work out how to get more readers for ages but I’ll definitely just start believing! X

    • Zena
      October 20, 2014 / 8:36 pm

      I think there is something in hard work and effort, but also great content. We will all get there 🙂

  2. Claire
    October 20, 2014 / 8:16 pm

    I had lost my blogging mojo, but feel inspired to give it another go – thanks Zena x

    • Zena
      October 20, 2014 / 8:37 pm

      Do it! The more bloggers, the bigger the voice! We’ve got to stick together too 😉

  3. Mo
    October 20, 2014 / 10:05 pm

    My o my, another lovely post that challenges me about what’s holding me back from blogging. I definitely identify with the ‘stumbling on blogging’ and the surprise at the world that keeps unfolding once the curtain is pulled back. It’s exciting, isn’t it? Thanks for sharing, it’s lovely to enjoy what one is doing.

  4. October 21, 2014 / 5:31 am

    What a fantastic post lovely! GO YOU 🙂 The Tots100 event sounds like it was lots of fun. Really want to make it out to something soon and meet you in real life lady. I’m definitely going to Brit Mums next year but that seems like light years away xx

  5. Kiran at Mummy Says
    October 21, 2014 / 6:47 am

    Zena it was so lovely to meet you on Saturday. I’m also so glad to read this post, it sounds like you had an amazing time and have such a healthy attitude towards blogging. Making friends in this wonderful community is one of the loveliest things about it – so I hope to see you at more events soon x

  6. October 21, 2014 / 9:15 am

    Great post Zena. I was the same. Dipped my toe into craft blogging, but wasn’t until I found parent bloggers that my view on blogging changed. Definitely a great world to be a part of, and something to be proud of in what you achieve.

    Wish I’d been there on Saturday, but chicken pox got in the way at the last moment. Hopefully will meet you soon – I’m not far from Nottingham, but couldn’t make the one you organised.

  7. October 21, 2014 / 9:49 am

    A great post Zena 🙂 So disappointed I didn’t make it last weekend but there will be more – and I look forward to seeing you at them! x

  8. October 21, 2014 / 11:01 pm

    What a brilliant, empowering post, so glad you feel that way because it’s true-blogging is amazing. So good meeting you, hanging out and cuddling your beautiful little girl, was so much fun! Remember the first shot-I looked like I was breastfeeding another baby that wasn’t mine-so wonderful you were nursing in that shot, the most natural, beautiful thing in the world! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts x
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  9. bunmi
    October 22, 2014 / 10:57 pm

    this is such a great post. you’ve made good points that i agree with. being a blogger is amazing! hope you had fun at your first blogger event!

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