I noticed the other day that this was going to be my 150th blog post. Wow, that’s a lot of posts. So I thought I would mark this occasion by blogging about why I love blogging!
I’ve been writing this blog for over 2 years ago, and I remember when I started it, I was doing it more because I felt I should. Then I remember being delighted when I saw the first few people reading it. Now when I look at my stats I’m overwhelmed by how the number of readers have grown. I try not to think about it otherwise I find it a bit daunting when writing more personal posts like this! But I want to thank you all for reading my blog and looking at my photos, it really does mean a lot to me that so many people take an interest in my work. I know I’m not the best writer in the world (thank you to those who take time to let me know about any typos!) but I really do love writing my blog and I hope that shows.
Even when I am crazily busy, I always make time to write a blog post at least once a week. Even if it means writing it when I really should be sleeping! I never really understand why so many bloggers don’t write a post for months then write ‘sorry I’ve just been too busy to update my blog’. I see it as an essential part of my business. As essential as keeping on top of your accounts (although my accountants would tell you that my blog looks a lot more organised than the pile of receipts I hand them each year!)
So here are the 3 reasons I love blogging:
- It’s the voice of my business. I’m a big believer that people buy people. I’ve been known to walk out of shops if I’m not keen on the shop assistant, and on the flipside, I’ve bought many things I don’t really want or need, just because I really like the business owner. Inviting someone into your life for an hour or 2, to photograph your family is a very personal thing. You need to like your photographer and trust them in order for them to capture the best shots. I think it’s only fair that my clients learn about me, my life and my family too. More about this in the last point!
- It’s my living room wall. I am extremely passionate about what I do. I love love love taking photos and capturing memories for families. So I’m always just as excited as my families about their photos. But it would be slightly odd for me to have photos up on my living room wall of other peoples’ children! So just like my clients show off the photos around their homes and on Facebook, instead I use my blog to show them to everyone. I really love showing off my recent shoots and it also means that new clients can easily see my recent work and can see that I’m busy too!
- It’s my journal. Every year I love reading back over my blog posts to remind myself what I’ve been up to. I include posts on here about my holidays, my children and my life. I love the fact that often when I turn up to shoots, my families are already asking me about Harrison & Sam, about where we’ve just been away and how Karl is! And when I need to make important decisions about my business it’s my blog I share them on. So my blog has become a bit of a diary for me, albeit a very public one!