Welcome back to the Thirty Day Blogging Challenge! Today’s challenge is –
2. The meaning behind your blog name.
I’ve spoken quite a bit about where my blog name has come from, actually, but it never hurts to go a little more in-depth!
Now I know I have a few readers in the US, and I’m not sure if speed bumps are a thing over there? (I’ve been there, but only in New York City, where the roads are too busy to have speed bumps).
Basically, a speed bump is a man-made obstacle in a road designed to make you slow down a little.
When I got pregnant, one of my parents’ biggest fears was that it was the end of everything I’d aimed for – graduating, a career, my ambitions in the theatre industry etc. They saw it as a stop sign.
It took me a while to come to this conclusion, but once I’d spoken to my lecturers and knew that I wanted to give university my best shot alongisde the pregnancy, I actually said this to my parents – “This pregnancy isn’t a stop sign. It’s a speed bump”.
At the time I was just trying to reassure them – the irony of what I’d just said (y’know, the whole speed bump = bump = baby bump thing) was totally lost on me, until a little while later. It was around the same time that I’d decided to start blogging, as a bit of an outlet for my feelings.
Lo and behold, “The Speed Bump” was born. My pregnancy felt like an obstacle; something with the potential to slow me down – but it was never going to be a stop sign. In the end, my pregnancy – and the blog – also fulfilled the purpose that speed bumps fulfil for cars and their passengers. I don’t like to imagine what my life would be like without SB, and blogging has made me so happy, and opened up so many doors for me.
I think the name is pretty darn accurate.