I didn’t even know my blog already turned 1 year old until I saw Facebook’s “On This Day” last Friday.
I don’t know why the featured image is not showing; it’s just my header though. Teehee.
I had blogged many years before I started blogging here, in Joyful Mess dot com. I’ve had DavaoMommy.com since 2012 (?) — it’s still up now but I haven’t touched it in a year.
Davao Mommy was doing well, honestly, but I just felt a need to start all over again because of three reasons:
- There were several posts there that just attracted negative vibes. Somehow, some people think I cannot speak my mind in my own blog, and I wasn’t even offending anyone #defensivesila.
- The blog title was too localised. I realised I could have been alienating potential readers not from Davao or not familiar with the city. I received plenty of local event invites though haha.
- I don’t mean this negatively, not at all, but I grew tired of having the word “mother” tied to my name. I am a mother and I love being one, but motherhood doesn’t define me.
Which is why I thought of starting an entirely new blog. And it was new. I started from scratch (later on, I imported several posts) and started again from the bottom. I didn’t bother setting up a redirect because I also wanted Davao Mommy to stay on the interwebs, so I had to manually tell people that I’ve got a new blog. I had to manually get it out there again.
Was the change worth it?
A resounding yes!
Thankfully, my old readers (not all, but many) found their way to Joyful Mess dot com, and I’ve gained new readers in the process. Thank you! My ranking is not as high as it was before, but it doesn’t really matter. When I was blogging in my old blog, I was ranking-obsessed. I would blog every single day just to avoid dropping in the rankings. Now I don’t even think about it. I don’t bother posting every day, and my sanity thanked me for it haha.
But most importantly, my new blog reflects me as who I truly am. It is no longer full of sancti-mummy posts, trying to show people how to do stuff when, in reality, I mess up all the time. And that’s what this blog is all about. I share not only the good moments but also the bad. I write about my victories, and I write about my messes. I stopped acting like an expert; now I ask more questions. I admit my shortcomings.
And this is my reality. My life is a joyful mess.
PS: I planned to host a giveaway on my blog-versary but I didn’t know (or I forgot completely) that it falls on July 1. Bawi po ako sa Christmas!
PPS: I need a new logo!