We have nurtured our baby for 10 months now. Those 10 months have been hard work. We have learned on the job, made countless mistakes while devouring tips on development, social interaction, and good practice. Sleepless nights and an inability to think about anything else have become the norm!
Then suddenly something changed. Dissatisfaction started creeping in. I no long felt I was meeting the needs of my baby - it deserved more, and so the seeds were sown for our blog make-over!
My greatest discovery in our blogging journey has been the blogging community. I am still constantly amazed by the friendship and support I have been offered during the last few months, and the generosity of others in sharing their knowledge and skill. So when my light-bulb moment came, and I realised I was ready to see my blog grow up, I also realised that I had all the tools and resources at my fingertips, thanks to my lovely blogging friends.
Everything I read influences me. Which is the power of blogging in a nutshell. And I am grateful to every blog I read for the knowledge and inspiration that they impart. But one blogger, in particular, has been so instrumental in both my development, and even more importantly, my growth in confidence, and that is the lovely Nikki, over at the View From in here.
All of Nikki's posts inspire me, and I couldn't begin to count the number of things I have learned from her, but if I was to pick the post that found the tipping point that led to our redesign it would be Who do you want your Blog to be when it grows up?
We love our new look, but know that our baby still has a lot of growing to do. It still needs to develop its own personality, grow in new directions and learn what it wants to be. Angela, over at Daysinbed, recently published a fabulous post How to Find your Blogging Audience which really resonated with me - it was one of amazing moments when you read something at exactly the right time, and I plan to work through her thought provoking questions, as we work out what we want to grow into.
My final inspirational post, that I will be using to work on our own images is 13 Tips for better Food Photography by Charlotte over at Charlotte's Lively Kitchen. Her recipes and photography are, in my mind, perfection, and she is another lovely blogger who so generously shares what she has learned on her own blogging journey.
These, of course, are just a handful of the posts that have inspired me over the last few months - there are many more, and I would just like to say thank you to everyone who has made me so welcome at their link-ups, on their blogs and in their social circles - I love and appreciate you all xxx