Many people ask me, Why do I blog? and why not do software development? (which I suppose to do as per my education) So here is the answer to the question. How did I start blogging? it’s another interesting story. I never thought I’ll have a blog or neither I planned for it. But Hellomomy just happened to me and it’s the special part of my life.
I was working with Tata consultancy services back in India. My office was the world’s best place to work :-). As it had the most wonderful work environment and supportive colleagues(If I wouldn’t have been blogging then I would have been in the same company now). Siya was 1 year old and I could comfortably manage my work and family. In 2011 my husband moved to Singapore for his office project. It was a very disappointing fact for me, as I had to move with him. I didn’t want to leave my job and go away from my parents. But after rounds of discussions, somehow he convinced me. It was decided that I’ll be with him for a few months and then we’ll return back together to India.
I resigned from my job and came to Singapore. No doubt it was a fantastic experience to be housewife and full-time-mommy to little Siya. I could give all my time to her, which wasn’t possible due to my job. I enjoyed playing with her for most time of the day. But I felt boring when she slept in the afternoon. And I was new to the place so hardly knew anyone. It was the first time in my life, I felt empty, lonely. So I started searching for things on the internet to keep myself busy. Reading is my hobby, but I couldn’t read more because of my work. ( As I was working and after coming back household things and Siya kept me total occupied.)I started reading interesting blogs and stories online. Reading blogs became my favorite pass-time. This Is when I felt an urge to start writing. But I hardly had any knowledge of the blogging at that time. So initially, I started writing a diary about interesting things, Siya’s growth milestones and travel experiences. Reading my own diary made me realize my mistakes and helped me to learn new things. But maintaining a diary was tough. This is when hubby came to help and suggested me to start my own online blog. He was quite sure, that I could write. But I was afraid of blogging online. I didn’t have any knowledge about blogging and worried about disliking it by others. So I never started an online blog. I met a few fellow mommies during kids play date. And the whole time we discussed our kid’s diet and healthy recipes. Many mommies had questions about their child’s growth and diet. This is when I thought to blog down all the information with the hope of sharing it with others. Also, this information and recipes helped me for future references. I started writing small posts about pregnancy, delivery, baby care and my experience as a parent. During my pregnancy, I collected information about baby care, pregnancy, delivery, diet during pregnancy etc. I noted it down for my blog.
My friend Veena and hubby helped me to materialize the things. And I started a blog kidsinpune.com in the year 2013. I learnt website designing from fa ew tutorials and designed the kidsinpune.com. I posted all my written articles on it. I thought it might be useful for a someone, somewhere. I worked mostly when Siya slept in the afternoon or night. It was interesting to learn something new and I enjoyed every step of it. But I didn’t knew that my blog wasn’t presentable and there were many mistakes as well. The blog didn’t have any social media presence and proper SEO, but I was happy to post the contents. It was exciting to read my readers comments.
Then I had to take the break from blogging for a few months as my second child was born. I couldn’t give much time to blog. I continued my favorite thing during this time as well- yes it’s reading. I read loads of blogs written by talented bloggers and dreamt of having the same blog as them.
I started blogging again in 2015, on the blogspot. I didn’t want to invest money for own domain and that’s why I went for blogspot. (It was the easy and free option available.) It took time and efforts to design Hellomomy. This time I was more careful about the design, theme, posts, social media. So Hellomomy was more specific as I learnt many things from my previous failures. I started receiving accolades from many readers. It was pleasing for me to know that people like my blogs on Hellomomy. I got a chance to work on some assignments by renowned brands as well. During this time I met a lady who happened to be a marketing professional and she suggested me to have my own domain for the blog. Kind lady provided some tips and this is when I started working for own domain.
I was getting good page views of around 12k+ on hellomomy.blogspot.com. But as suggested by many readers and friends I decided to go for own domain. I selected the blue host as the host provider and launched thehellomomy.com in January 2017. I learned WordPress and designed the current blog. I knew web technologies like CSS, HTML and could implement changes as per my expectations. Migrating contents from BlogSpot to WordPress was quite easy, but I had to spend hell lot of time on formatting, editing. It was too time- consuming, somehow I managed to migrate contents. ( If I would have done it back in 2013, then I could have saved lots of time. Which I could have used for content creation.) Finally, my own blog got ready and it looked lovely. (we like our own creations and It’s obvious ).I post about parenting, pregnancy, baby care and nutrition. I post my favourite recipes on the blog for readers and my future reference. It’s liked by many people and I’m grateful for all the love from the readers.Hellomomy gets 12k+ views every month and lovely comments as well. I don’t take the statistics seriously, As the happiness of sharing information is more important for me.
When do I work on the blog:
Hellomomy is my third child (This is what my hubby says)and I give the fullest attention to it as and when I find time from mommy duty. When my both kids go to school I work on Hellomomy. And when kids go to sleep at night I start my work. I work until 2 a.m.generally.(Can’t exceed this time though I want to, as next morning my children go to school and I have to get them ready by 8 a.m.).I wish I could get some more time :-).
Guests on the blog:
I’m grateful for all the talented guests for contributing their work and making Hellomomy more colorful.
Tips for new bloggers:
If you are serious about blogging then go for own domain from scratch. Invest and go for own domain on a good host provider service. As migrating contents latter might be time-consuming. Also, you will save time for formatting, editing.
Have your social media presence and post your work on it regularly. Social media presence will give you more visits.
Post all quality contents regularly and there no stopping for you.
So it was all about my blogging journey so far. It’s the most special thing happened to me. I learned 10000 things during this journey, met extremely talented people, got many wonderful friends across the world and the confidence in myself. Yes! When someone appreciates my work I feel more confident and content. I wish I could do a lot and make Hellomomy more useful and colorful for all.