Kidspot Ford Territory Top 50: Feel the difference

I know right? A strange post. For the Kidspot Top 50 bloggers. An entry if you will {shudder}. To show that I would like a chance to win a trip to Blogher. And the use of a car for a year. And stuff. It all makes me a little awkward and nervous and embarrassed rolled into one. But here it is nonetheless.

Let’s go back. 6 years back. Riiiiight back, to when I looked like this.

DEAR GOD WOMAN! Won’t someone think of the poor peoples on the interwebs having to see this?

I lived in a terrace in Newtown with my husband Rob and I worked 5 days a week in a Financial planning office in the suburbs. I didn’t drive or have my licence. I thought I was doing an amazing job, you know, being pregnant and all, sipping my skim lattes in takeaway cups, going to the Art Gallery on weekends, eating at restaurants and having friends over to dinner in our little house. I spent my time in the office reading blogs – American blogs – because it didn’t seem that there were any Australian ones to read. One day I decided that we should have a blog – Rob and I and the baby to be – and so I called Rob to ask him to set me one up. And he did. And there is was. Facebook didn’t exist. Twitter not even thought of. Times were different. People actually called each other up to catch up rather than pressing a like button to check in. You waited for a text message when a baby was born, not seeing a status update minutes after the actual event. What seemed like a very strange thing at the time for friends and family, “A blog? What’s a blog?!” I started writing stuff down. Taking pictures. Remembering funny things along the way. BabyMac was born. Even before the real BabyMac was born.

After Daisy was born the blog became a place to record my time at home with my newborn. To remember the pain of a breast abscess, or to take a picture of my precious baby. I wrote, kept writing, not sure for who really, but it became part of my normal life as a stay at home mother. When I went back to work it changed a little, became a little more about me, my struggles with work and being a Mother, about finding my place back in the big bad world. I wrote, kept writing, because it was my place to do so. Then, somewhere along the way, some people started to read. People who weren’t my family. It was liberating and frightening all at the same time. I got retrenched. I got a new job. I got pregnant again, I wrote, kept writing, and the issues became more complex – working and being a mother and being pregnant. Harper was born and too quickly I was back at work. People kept reading, while what I had to say wasn’t any more important to the next woman, I felt like whatever I had to say was being listened to. And enjoyed. I had this amazing community of people who got me, understood me, supported me each and every time I opened up my laptop. They cheered for me, consoled me, and so I wrote, kept writing, as we made some huge life decisions for our small family. We packed up and moved down to the country where we knew not a soul, to start a new life for us all. But…I knew that each time I felt lonely I only had to open my laptop and there they all were – supporting me all the same just as before. I would never have made that decision without having my blog. Never. Fancy that!

Since we moved down here almost 2 years ago the blog has transformed from a place of memory keeping for my children to something quite different. As each year of my life brings changes, so does my blog. It evolves and grows just like my children, just like my husband and I. While before it was about babies and breastfeeding, juggling work and the rest, today it might be about recipes, and good design and purchases of silly (but fabulous) bins. It’s a celebration of all the bits of my life. Life has dealt me some pretty good cards and right now, I am soaking them up, enjoying them and sharing them, each and every day.  I don’t think anything much sets me apart from the next blogger out there. I might have been at it for a little longer, but my story is the same. The struggles. The endless joys and frustrations. I don’t know what is around the corner for me, or for the family, or for technology for that matter, but I do know that each and every day I’ll come into my little space of the web, open up a browser and hit NEW POST. There will be silliness, excitement, sadness, lots of fun in between but always honestly. Complete honesty.

That’s me.

And that is the story of BabyMac. So far…

Now go listen to this song, really loudly. Come on Ford, you know you want me…

And go on, head on over for me and have a vote. You could win $5000 just for chucking in an email address!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06124224647059797583 kim at allconsuming

    And still I am BAFFLED as to how we have only known one another for a year. Quite frankly I feel JIBBED that we haven’t known each other longer.

    So much lost time to catch up on, so much more to look forward to.

    I’m ever so glad you started blogging and have kept writing because you and your little slice of the world? Are now an intrinsic part of mine.

    Love ya guts.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13532745692260007030 Daisy, Roo and Two

    Beth, you are amazing! I nearly always click over as soon as I see you have posted (thank goodness Facebook exists now, I think), and am always enamoured with you and your writing. I love this post, I love you (in a completely non-stalker way).
    Also, couldn’t help smiling at your silly but fabulous bin!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02005492484650666091 BabyMac

      Thanks Daisy! Oh Ben the bin…x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18254275544017629129 bigwords is…

    I am just checking out how HOT you are and how babies and treechanges have really suited you, you spunk xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06911678503912496884 Donna

    This was such a great recap of your blogging world! As someone who has only stumbled across your blog in the last 12 months I just loved this retracing of steps. You do have a divine little slice of cyber space x

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02005492484650666091 BabyMac

      Thanks Donna!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05837824105735439845 Suzi

    Great post Beth, I love reading your blog and gazing enviously at your home and garden. Good luck with the top 50!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13823564682558900328 Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky

    Good luck, I’m cheering you on! 2012 is the year of BabyMac!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02190695242707409677 Ms Styling You

    You rock Beth. Rock. Today I shocked my readers with a photo of me preggers as well. Wearing leggings as pants. With socks over the top. And boat shoes.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15742167397662346566 Corrie

    Gorgeous!!!!! I’m so glad you blog all about life where you live because it’s one if my favourite places and one day I’m going to live outside Sydney:)

    You also just reminded me I need to do a blog post for the competition!!!!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09345662692259541964 Kymmie

    I’ve already voted. And I love your blog. Mostly because you’re so honest, but mostly because you and I have been blogging for FOREVER! The same time, roundabout.

    We’re the ones who’ve stuck at it.

    Good on you honey! And c’mon Ford, you know you want to give this chick a Terror.

    xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00753028071925685075 LINDA from OEKE

    voted. done. good luck. go beth (-:

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15086980189762813286 [Good Mum Hunting]

    Voted. Go girl!

    x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16543791863884733714 Mum on the Run

    Love it.
    The story.
    The blog.
    The fabulous bin.
    The power of one fabulous bin.
    All of it.
    Good luck.
    :-) xx

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02005492484650666091 BabyMac

      Thanks so much!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08970799811800725500 Rhi@FlourChild

    I voted for you the moment the voting lines were open dude.
    Love your work :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02005492484650666091 BabyMac

      Dude!

  • http://www.tinysavages.com/ Carli @ Tiny Savages

    I haven’t read many (any) top fifty blog posts yet and I don’t think I shall read many (probably any) more. I’ve only recently discovered your blog too but I love your honesty and cooking and taste in music xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04339773113889860348 Miss Pink

    Love it Beth.
    I remember being asked from a PR guy last year that what would we do once our kids grew up as we can’t just keep popping out babies forever, so we have a shelf life as “Mummy Bloggers”. I almost decked him. I will ALWAYS be a mother, I will always have a story regardless of my children’s ages. I am still a mum when they’re 30 and beyond, just as I am now. My role, it changes, but it gives me new stories.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02005492484650666091 BabyMac

      PUZACTLY!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07251131676081523546 Gemma @ My Big Nutshell

    This is beautiful Beth!!! warmest congrats on your wonderful nomination and congrats too on this lovely, lovely post. xxx

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02005492484650666091 BabyMac

      Thanks Gemma!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13151973819133926868 Mama of 2 boys

    Ohhhh I love it lady. I know Ford will too! This blog is responsible for SO many great things… YOU and your world are responsible for so many great things. I’ll keep reading, as long as you keep writing my friend. Good luck with the entry xoxo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09393571810604343918 Veggie Mama

    Let’s make out.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02005492484650666091 BabyMac

      Um yes, let’s. My husband might ask to watch. Oh and Mr Woog too probably.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03283618400442819761 Sonia LifeLoveandHiccups

    Go you good thing – you know that car is so yours!!! I already posted a pic on Instagram after the Kidspot night saying Beth’s car and everyone thinks you won it anyway. Cough it up Ford, she’s earned it! xx

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02005492484650666091 BabyMac

      I know! So many peeps came up to me at the Blogging conference to congratulate me and everything! Awesome.

  • Rosie

    You’ve got my vote Beth! Feel like I owe it to you as I’ve been visiting your site for the past month. You and your words, make me smile everyday :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03582244643626059944 Designs by M

    Love Love Love your blog! Just voted – good luck!
    Marita x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13272090974052486539 Mrs Woog

    You rite good and stuff. x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06684371160724409966 Amy@MyLifeasaCake

    What a great post. And it’s all so you. I love having been on the BabyMac train since nearish the beginning (I think I started reading a few months before you got pregnant with baby 2?).

    Good luck for the competition.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02005492484650666091 BabyMac

      Thanks Amy, yes you have! That’s dedication. Thank you x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13009715674974259128 So Now What?

    Ahh, so I searched twitter first before I started to write mine to get a glimpse. And yeah, now I feel like perhaps I should just concede defeat. Man, amazing. I love this. I love that (we had this convo last year) but I love that you guys found what makes you happy and went for it. I admire it and I think it shows what kind of cool you own.

    Bern xx

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02005492484650666091 BabyMac

      Bern, as IIIIF! Thanks so much – coming from a blogging veteran such as yourself that means alot. Now, go write the shit out of that post and I’ll see you in the Top 5 x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09540262327167845010 little miss olive

    hi there..i’m a new reader and i really enjoyed this post, it was like a friend telling me what your blog is/was all about. i look forward to reading more (and reading back, too.)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08915960873730826839 Anna @ green tea n toast

    So great to hear about how your blog has evolved. What a great story. I just love what you do here Beth. Keep it coming and don’t ever stop! x

  • http://www.lipglossmumma.com.au/ lipgloss mumma

    What a great way to describe a blog ‘evolving and growing’, so true. Loving following your journey Beth x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16345845081078674548 emmavc

    Thanks for writing Beth, your blog is full of honesty but also a good dose of fantasy. It’s fun to get a taste of living where you do in that beautiful part of oz. x
    Emma @ http://thisamsterdamday.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04193070164584925505 MJ

    You have my vote, too. I’m fairly new to your blog, but reading your recap here, I’m struck by the parallels in our lives – inner city groovers once upon a time, first daughter six years ago, then a second, then packing up and moving somewhere far away with no friends or family around. All very familiar, except the great blog part – you win on that count :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02005492484650666091 BabyMac

      MJ! Clearly we have exceptional taste!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04659789458460830707 Cherie @ ‘a baby called Max’

    Don’t ever stop!

    Ever.

    I’m just so glad I stumbled upon this incredible place while going through the maze that is reading blogs, & deciding which ones to add to your reader.

    I read you after breakfast every day. And I adore you.

    It took all my strength to pretend to be cool, & not gush this kind of bullshit out to you in Sydney.

    But there is seriously something special about you!

    Keep at it, for me, & for Nanna Maureen xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01556432714220385619 Amelia {Weddings, Babies… Everything}

    You are fantastic, and I think even moreso now I’ve actually met you. I shall stop gushing.
    But you so deserve this.
    BlogHer and Beth are meant to be. xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04215161182830545561 Reannon Hope

    I voted before but I’d vote again if I could cause I just LUV YA!! Your the type of gal I rekon I’d be friends with in real life. Your my kind of person xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01961073051488605924 hapee1

    Ditto! Reannon I agree-so weird to totally relate to someone that you’ve never met you don’t know me but I know you thingo going on lol Beth I LOVE reading your blog-keep the good coming!! Big VOTE for you love! Kate

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18133173713045801244 vancybec

    i did it, i was always going to. you and blogher will be HILARIOUS! i have everything crossed for you, which might make things a little awkward but i’m doing it for you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07654995193578848394 Heather

    You got my vote Beth. I love how you write and that post is just beautiful. I love how honest you are and just how the written word is just so natural for you. That is a gift to be able to write so effortlessly. Good on you. I look forward to many more heartfelt posts! x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01684186270132435867 Rhi @ Hummingbird’s Song

    I luuurve the world of BabyMac. Good luck Beth!

  • http://loulouloves.me/ loulouloves.me

    Loved reading this! Good luck. I’ve voted.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03438808939279643867 Good Golly Miss Holly!

    I had to mention you and your awesomeness in my post x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04885518999842201095 Gallop Lifestyle

    Voted! Good luck

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10576986106653716208 Lizeylou

    I very happily have voted for you – good luck!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08056174055525454288 Little Pinwheel

    all over it lady! I loved reading about your journey into blogging. Ace x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17302990839186249103 Andrea

    You have just convinced me that blog evolution is good. Mostly blogs are for ourselves anyway right…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13272090974052486539 Mrs Woog

    Congratulations on getting into the top 5! xxx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12100344594099646839 Cathy

    Congratulations on making the Top 5! Best of luck xx

  • http://www.borntoloveclothing.com/ FMZ

    Congratulations on making the top 5!