Birthing Pains

Strawberry Fields Benguet
Strawberry Fields Benguet

Taken in Baguio last March. I PC-restored my laptop recently and unfortunately lost many of my photos.

My eyes accidentally went to the stats on top of my day-old blog. It read very meagre numbers, very very small. The numbers were a speck compared to my old blog’s stats.

Surprisingly, I didn’t care, not even the tiniest bit.

You see, another reason why I started a new blog is to free myself from the mindset of competitiveness. I got tired of always monitoring my statistics. I needed to let go of such an unnecessary stress.

However, I would be lying if I said completely starting a new blog from ground up is easy. It’s difficult, and sometimes, I have to remind myself why I’m doing this.


For starters, there’s virtually nothing in the blog. I made the choice to not migrate my old blog, so I have to write a lot during the next few months for it to have acceptable content.

On the other hand, it is exciting to have the chance to focus on writing content again with brand new categories and stuff. To be honest, I stopped writing relevant content in my old blog because I thought it wouldn’t matter anyway, I would be transferring anyway. Well, I have no excuses now!

Can you spell blog-horrhea?


I’m currently using a free feminine theme from Angie Makes right now. I find it really pretty, but I’m also hoping to have a customised design just for A Joyful Mess. It’s not my priority now, though. Maybe when we reach a point of stability, we can contemplate on having a customised design made. 🙂

And everything else

I published my first blog post yesterday, but really, my blog was (and is) still not 100% ready. I just figured it would be great to finally start blogging here since it’s the first day of the second half of the month. I’m not sure what the relevance is, but I like the timing.

Looking at my blog now, I realise there are still a lot of things I need to do. Setting aside my pining for a customised design, I also need a new author picture (not that one, which I just grabbed from my old blog!). There’s nothing wrong with that picture – aside from the little fact that both Yuri (my son) and I look different now.

I also need to update my about and contact pages which, you guessed it, are all just grabbed from my previous blog! Even my job is not the same any more!

Outside the blog, I also need to update all of my links. Eventually, once we are able to publish more posts, I’ll also have to revisit blog directories and submit this new blog.

In other words

Starting a blog is just like having a baby. The conception of an idea is only the beginning, and the work doesn’t end with giving birth. You need to feed it, clothe it, nurture it, and be consistent in loving it – an inconsistent mum would be really scary.

But it’s satisfying and oddly comforting. And yeah, it’s also a lot of fun.

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  • Reply Grace July 5, 2015 at 7:51 am

    i feel you sis. i’m glad you started writing again as inspired by what your heart feels and not for any other reason. may you enjoy your new baby even more and I will also follow your posts as well. 🙂

    • Reply Maan July 7, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      Thank you so much Grace! I’m so excited to begin again.

  • Reply Ba Isla July 5, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Oh! This is exciting. When I started my blog, I really had to ditch the old one and start from scratch. It is still a work in progress and I’m just happy to share my thoughts. 🙂 Congrats to your new baby.

    • Reply Maan July 7, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      It feels so light and stress-free to begin again! It is exciting, thanks!

  • Reply Jacq Paraguya July 6, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Competition really does make a number of bloggers stressed out. I’m glad you made a new one to allow yourself to focus on what’s really important to you… and not the pressure. God bless your new blog! 🙂

    • Reply Maan July 7, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      Thank you Jacq! Yeah I want to make this blog as personal and as stress-free as possible!

  • Reply Mommy Anna July 6, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Congrats on your new blog 🙂 you are right blogging it’s not a matter of number or stats as long as you write what you like.

    • Reply Maan July 7, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      Amen! Hehe

  • Reply Jackie July 6, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    I also get tempted to look at the stats. But I try to remind myself that I’m doing this for myself. I just have to do what I’m passionate about then everything else will fall into place 🙂 congrats on this new project of yours!

    • Reply Maan July 7, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      I also need to remind myself of that, Jackie. Thank you!

  • Reply Celerhina Aubrey ★ July 6, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    There are days when I’d want to start a new blog too. Start from scratch. Have a clean plate. But I’ve been with my current blog for almost 10yrs. So hard to let go. So I am just “cleaning” it up a bit. 🙂 Di bale Maan, this blog naman is sooooo you.

    • Reply Maan July 7, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      Sayang din naman yung almost 10 years! Good thing mine was only 2+ years young lang haha. Weee thank you Reigne!

  • Reply Lique Dimayuga July 6, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Change is necessary, and I’m happy for you that you started this change, free from stress and worry 🙂 Good luck!

    • Reply Maan July 7, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      It really is sometimes. Thank you, Lique!

  • Reply iSSa July 6, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Congratulations on your new blog Maan! 🙂 Here’s to years and years of joyful blogging!

    • Reply Maan July 7, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      Thank you, Issa! I’m so clicking on your link haha!

  • Reply Nilyn Matugas July 7, 2015 at 6:49 am

    Congrats once again on the new blog Maan! I’m sure this will be as successful as davaomommy. I can completely relate! Before I met all these wonderful blog communities, I was so alone doing my blog, I didn’t even know if someone else was reading it! haha.

    • Reply Maan July 7, 2015 at 3:51 pm

      Thank you so much, Nilyn! I’m just aiming for a more personal style now – less sponsored posts? Not sure! 😀 Good thing there’s the MBP community!

  • Reply MrsMartinez July 7, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Naku I know how you feel… ganyan din ako. Suko na ako sa competition I just let my blog be. Stress free at mas relax na ako now.


  • Reply Rose Angelie July 8, 2015 at 6:36 am

    I love this! Super relate ako mommy! I just recently rebranded my blog too! (New domain, new host, new blog name, new design, lahat! haha)

    At first I didn’t want to export my old as I wanted a REAL fresh start from scratch. But when I read my old posts, sayang naman for those really good content I loved. Now, though I already introduced my blog (and even created my welcome giveaway), it’s still in the works. So many things to do pa, I haven’t even added our about page/sidebar. As in wala pang photo. Haha

    Hopefully I can complete everything asap.

    Congrats sa new blog! Cheers to an awesome blogging journey!

  • Reply Cha July 8, 2015 at 9:08 am

    I also tried to create a new blog before yet I stick to my old blog since naisip ko sayang ung mga old posts ko dun. Anyway, Congrats on your new blog mommy! Happy blogging!

  • Reply Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen July 9, 2015 at 6:56 am

    Congratulations on starting a new blog! It’s great to know na stress free ka with this blog.

  • Reply Balot's Chatter July 9, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Congrats on your new blog! As long as you’re happy blogging regardless of numbers then do it 🙂 More power messy mum 🙂

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