Today marks 6 months since I first put finger to keyboard and set up Our Rach Blogs and what a 6 months it’s been.
I’ve always wanted to be a writer of sorts, even as a youngster I had a passion for creative writing and can remember when I was around 13 I began writing a book (I wish I’d kept it as I’d love to read that now!).
I don’t profess to be the most intelligent of individuals, I hardly excelled at school and left without any decent GCSE’s (aside from English) but I’ve always had that burning desire to write.
My idea for a blog came about at the beginning of June this year on a
slightly very drunken trip to Dublin with my other half Wes.
Compiling lists has always been something I’ve done, especially a to do list – that satisfaction of crossing a completed task off is a wonderful feeling! I’ve always been one for comparing too, and love charting my favourite things from food through to TV programmes; pretty much anything in fact. So, with that in mind Our Rach Blogs was born!
What started off as just somewhere I could talk about my favourites has now become something of almost an online diary. Somewhere for me to voice my opinions, talk about my life and experiences and to stand up for what I believe in.
At the start of August 2015, I decided I wanted to open up about something quite personal for both cathartic reasons and to raise awareness of a subject that I’m passionate about. This is when things changed slightly.
The post in question, was featured by the Bristol Post website as well as mental health charities and subsequently I was asked to take part in an interview with BBC Radio Bristol. A huge achievement for me and something I’m very proud of. It was a nerve-wracking moment, I won’t lie, but doing it proved to myself just how far I have come with my mental health.
I feel passionate about certain topical issues and one of these is ensuring women are supported when they embark on their journey into motherhood, both in the choices they make and with their own mental health. Perinatal mental health is so incredibly important, I recognise that now more than ever following my own personal experience.
I’ve written often about how I am very much of the opinion that it is a woman’s right that her decision with regards to how she feeds her baby is respected and she should never encounter judgment, nor should she be condoned for her choice. These articles I have written had on the whole received universal support, until this week that is.
It both saddened and disappointed me to read the judgmental and unhelpful comments that were posted on my Breast Is Best….But At What Cost? article. However, the overwhelming support the subject received from others was incredible. The commenters condemnation of women who have formula fed their infants have only spurred me on in my quest to ensure women are supported with their choices.
I’ve also very much enjoyed writing my more light hearted articles, this could be a review of a fake tan (love the stuff) or a television programme I’ve watched and felt compelled to write about; television (especially Reality TV) is a real passion/guilty pleasure of mine!
I honestly didn’t think, back in June 2015, my blog would take off quite how it has. I thought I’d get a couple of loyal readers a few times a month and that would pretty much be it. But my readership is increasing month after month and in November I broke the 10,000 ‘hits’ mark. Today, it’s only 10th December and I’ve already had almost 8,500 hits. This makes me so proud and so very happy.
Many women (and indeed men) have got in touch with me since I began writing about mental health and my stance on the breastfeeding debate to thank me and to tell me their stories. I would like to thank them from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to get in touch with me. I have heard some incredibly moving stories surrounding these subjects and they will stay with me forever. I can only hope more awareness can be raised for mental health and that in the not too distant future formula isn’t such a stigmatised word, as it makes me sad that it still appears to be in this day and age.
I would like to extend a massive THANK YOU to my readers. Without you, this website wouldn’t still be in existence as I probably would have taken the hint and stopped writing some months ago (I’m sure there are some out there who wish I would mind you). Instead of me ranting on here, I would be chewing Wes’ ears off with my opinions, so he probably thanks you too!
Thank you for taking the time to read my posts, to share my posts and to comment on my posts. Your support means the absolute world; you know who you are!
Here’s to another 6 months of writing, I’m excited for the future and for what this might one day lead to.
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a great 2016.
2015 has been such an incredible year for me (more on that next week!), and one of the main reasons for that has been writing this blog.
Over and out.