How blogging gave me life

I’m not one for anniversaries. I’m even trying to forget my own birthday (please don’t make me 30) but I’m pretty sure Vix Meldrew is 2, just about now. How much has my life changed since I started my little Blogger account all those moons ago?

Blogging has given me life. It’s given me confidence. It’s given me an outlet. It’s given me friends. But above all, it’s given me,Β  me.

Rewind to this time 2 years ago. I was a MISERABLE teacher and girlfriend. I was over worked and underpaid. I was over loving and under appreciated. I was also a bit lonely. All of my friends were progressing in life and moving away and I was just stuck. Stuck in a relationship that broke me down at the core and stuck in a job where I felt I couldn’t do anything right.

Then I started Vix Meldrew after being obsessed with blogs for the last 5 years. One thing that has lasted since the beginning has been my ’10 things’ posts that I hope have brought many chuckles to you, my readers. I might not attempt fashion posts or write my boring wishlists any more, but I think the heart of my blog is still here. The heart is me.

So how did blogging make me, me?

Just look at the big changes my life has gone through in the last year or so…

At work, I don’t feel so under appreciated. I’m not striving for career progression, because I strive for better things with my blog. This means I can focus on what’s important in my line of work – the children. I make sure I don’t bring work home because I’d rather be blogging, tweeting or attending events. I’m also a lot happier with my work life balance which means the kids get a funny Miss, not a pissed off one.

When my relationship broke down in October, I was immediately added to a blogger Whatsapp group. A group with girls I now consider best friends. They were with me through every foray into the dating world and held my hand as my moving on overwhelmed me. My blog was my outlet for my dating woes and as you related and commented, I felt strong and happier than I’ve ever been. You were all there to laugh at the crazy monkey porn moments and get angry at the ghosting gits who ended up in the Graveyard.

When my Mum passed, my Whatsapp group were literally with me every second of her death. Then when I posted my news, the response, love and support was overwhelming. In a time I felt like I was falling down, you all held me up. Just releasing thoughts and emotions into my space helped me work through it.

And now as I enter new stages in life, whether that’s a new year at school, a new relationship or turning 30, I know I’ll always have my blog to turn to, to give me life again.

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10 Comments

  1. May 25, 2016 / 8:43 am

    I love this post so much Vix – your blog is one of my all time faves, and that’s because it has bags of personality and authenticity. Happy blogging birthday – long may you continue x
    <a href="http://www.sophiecliff.com">Sophie Cliff</a>

  2. Alice
    May 25, 2016 / 9:55 am

    this is incredible to read as someone at the start of their blogging journey, i’d been obsessed with others blogs for ages too and after being stuck in a rut every day felt like i’d dive in and give it a go. its now what keeps me going! i hope i still have a love for it after 2 years like you do and find some amazing people that it sounds like you did. its a wonderful corner of the web, you should be proud πŸ™‚

  3. Victoria Nightingale
    May 25, 2016 / 12:35 pm

    Just wanted to say I’m super proud of you lovely. I’ve followed your blogging journey for quite a while now, and it’s great to see how you’ve gone through so much but powered on. And of course, the blogging community will always be here for you through everything. x

    vvnightingale.com

  4. Samantha Betteridge
    May 25, 2016 / 5:57 pm

    Happy blog birthday, and what a lovely post. Your blog is such a refreshing read and I always enjoy what you have to say. You’ve clearly been on an amazing journey, and should be proud of how far you’ve come xxx

    Sam // http://www.whatiknownow.co.uk

  5. Lauren Aitchison
    May 25, 2016 / 7:02 pm

    I LOVE YOU. I’ve blogged on and off and this is the first ‘proper’ go I’ve given it. You have made me feel less afraid to be honest in my writing (I’m writing about promiscuity right now and my post about ‘bad sex’ is still the most popular I’ve ever done). Thank you xxx

  6. May 25, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    Happy birthday. I love song your posts pop up on my feed because I know I’ll be reading something honest, & usually it gives me a smile too. I wish I had found blogging before I started chasing career progression… Now I have it’s a great outlet but would have been better for me sooner. Looking forward to the next ‘ 10 things’

  7. SparklesofLight Blog
    May 26, 2016 / 10:14 am

    Happy Blog Birthday πŸ™‚

    I’ve been loving reading your blog and you’re definitely one of my favourite bloggers #alltheloves but due to a hectic year (like seriously I’ve been cursed) I’ve felt my blog has suffered, I’ve not been in blogger chats, I’ve been missing out on commenting and I’ve been missing it all. It’s great to have a support network, and be able to have such a good work/life balance.

    This has ended up a major ramble… I’ll cut it now haha

    Rosy | <a href=http://www.sparklesoflight76.blogspot.co.uk>Sparkles of Light Blog</a>

  8. Nicky
    May 26, 2016 / 3:49 pm

    Happy blog birthday! Your posts always bring a smile to my face and make me chuckle out loud, so keep it up! I’m glad your passion for blogging and the blogging community has had such a positive impact on your life πŸ™‚
    Nicky x | http://www.teaandtakeaways.wordpress.com

  9. Dannielle | While I'm Young and Skinny
    May 29, 2016 / 3:05 pm

    Yay, well done! I wrote a post a few days ago with a similar sentiment. Blogging may take over your life, but it’s been a completely positive thing for me. It helps so many people with their mental health, gives us a purpose and even forces / motivates us to go out and do things – even if it is only for the pics!

  10. Tasneem
    December 18, 2016 / 7:42 pm

    Hi Vix, I have recently just come across your blog, via a post written on TAPEPARADE (Laila) and I am enjoying reading all your posts, because your sense of humour really shows in them πŸ™‚ And I like the fact that you are not afraid to speak honestly and openly πŸ™‚