You may have seen across social media and YouTube that we’ve had a baby. We’ve not really posted much about it… (Sarcasm)
We’re calling this ‘The New Era’ and we’re currently on Day 13. It’s absolutely random that my motivation to write something has actually kicked in 13 days into Blake’s existence, with 13 being a pivotal number for Donetta and me.
Actually, that’s what I want to talk about in this post. Not the number 13, but the motivation coming back after such a life-changing experience. I’ll be honest, I’ve not been sure about where all of this David and Donetta stuff has been going for a long time and throughout our pregnancy, I became even more unsure of what would happen once Blake arrived. It’s not even the extra person to take care of, the inevitable lack of sleep having a newborn or the increase in the difficulty of life having 4 children brings. That to me is all basic and manageable. I guess it was really would I be bothered about all of this social media stuff anymore?
Well, 13 days into this new territory I can tell you the answer is yes and no. Well, that explains it, thanks for reading… HA!
Yes, I am bothered and yes, the motivation and the bug for creating content around our life is still at large. I feel myself wanting to write more and more and wanting to capture as much footage on film as possible to re-live in years to come.
The ‘no’ part of my answer is in terms of all of the pressure around social media numbers. I genuinely feel that for the first time my mindset has now fully switched over to the path I’ve been working towards for at least the last 12 months. I’ve always tried to convince myself that numbers don’t matter, it’s the content that matters. I’ve said this on many occasions and if I’m honest I’ve only ever been 50% bought into that as the words left my mouth. I know it’s how I wanted to feel but it’s not until Blake’s arrival that I’ve actually felt the shift inside my own mind to believe it 100%.
I’ve always been so focused on success and what’s next, that I’ve never really taken a moment to appreciate what’s already been achieved and what’s been done. Since we started David and Donetta only a little over a year ago, we’ve achieved so much and that’s without breaking the internet in terms of YouTube subscribers and Instagram followers. I wrote something in our ‘WORK WITH US‘ page when we launched this website,
WE’RE NOT BUILDING NUMBERS WE’RE BUILDING A COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE AND FRIENDS, SOMETHING MUCH MORE MEANINGFUL.
I wrote this, we’ve certainly acted on this however, the whole numbers thing still seemed to eat away at me. The week leading up to Blake’s arrival and these first two weeks of her existence has given us a little time to hit pause and reflect before tapping play again. I’ve thought a lot about the sentence above and how we’ve had some seriously amazing opportunities and have met many amazing people through creating our David and Donetta content, and almost none of it has been because of our social media numbers. We’ve actually secured a couple of awesome brand deals recently where numbers were never even mentioned in the entire conversation, it was all about our style and content.
This isn’t at all being said in a braggy way, more of a call out to the many of you that let social media numbers control your moods, inject negativity into your life and generally feel pressure over how many ‘likes’ your photo’s get.
We’ve genuinely created so many good relationships through social media as well as real-life friends locally and across the UK. Through building this community, opportunities have come our way. That’s the way we wanted to do it and that’s the way we will continue to do it.
Back to what sparked this off, Blake. We’ve had a baby and there’s something about having a baby that makes you re-evaluate your entire life. What’s important to you and what’s important for your family. It’s a little bit like New Years when people feel it’s the best time for a new beginning, only you have a baby with a nappy to change rather than an alcoholic beverage and Auld Lang Syne.
I’ve been wanting to write something for a few days now and I tell you what, it feels good. I’ve got these thoughts out there and you can do with them what you will. A change is as good as a rest, probably not the best phrase to use when the change is a newborn, there is no rest! Having said that, something does feel much fresher in the air of this new era.
David and Donetta 🙂