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5th December 2016
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#ABloggingGooodTime Week 28
7th December 2016

I Can’t Believe It’s Been a Year!

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On this day a year ago, I was sat staring at a computer screen (one that wasn’t even my own) bleary eyed from lack of sleep, holding my breath and wondering if this was going to work. Wondering if this was the right thing to do. Wondering if I would even be any good. Wondering if, like so many  other things, I would quit or grow to hate what I was doing. Wondering if I should even do this. Wondering if all the hard work would pay off. If the month of preparation, the expenses already incurred, the time spent writing the 50 or so posts currently waiting to be scheduled was worth it or if I should have been doing what a lot of new mums were trying to do and rest. I sat holding my breath, my hand poised over the left mouse button, cursor poised over the blue button. Waiting. Then, I exhaled and at the same time that mouse button clicked “Publish” and my blog was Live. Live for the first time and there for anyone and everyone to see….

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I can’t believe this was a year ago and here I sit now typing this, what will be my 322nd blog post, a freelance blogger and writer scarcely able to believe how much has changed in a year. You see, I didn’t start off slowly – looking back I can see that I jumped in feet first and oh boy am I glad that I did. I went straight to self-hosted and always owned my own domain – I started out using my own email straight away too and never had an @gmail or @hotmail or anything at all. I also didn’t think “Ooo I’d like to start a blog!” and begin publishing right away… oh no! I spent a month writing before launching – writing posts on anything and everything to give myself a good head start… in fact I created enough to see me through Christmas and well into the New Year. I couldn’t have done it without my sister who spent that month before launch building my first ever website for me (she also had a hand in re-building and creating my current one too!)

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So much has changed in this past year – did you know that before I started blogging, I had never used Twitter or Instagram and now they are my favourite social media platforms?! I am not sure I remember a time without them and thank goodness I learnt how to use them fast as they have opened so many doors for me I cannot even begin to explain.

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I am not really sure when I started calling myself a “Blogger” though I officially went self-employed back in April so I suppose you could say that is when I “turned pro” but honestly all that mattered to me to begin with was that I found a job that allowed me to stay at home with Alyssa but it has brought me so so so much more. Not only am I able to be with her every morning and every night, I am also able to support the both of us doing a job that I can honestly say I absolutely love. I have never really loved any of my jobs – they were merely jobs I happened to fall into because I was trained or good at something and whilst it is easy to get very burnt out blogging because you are often never able to turn off, I completely adore it and wouldn’t change it for the world.

 

Some of my favourite posts this past year have been:

  • My Soulmate: The One I Loved. The One I Lost – it was so cathartic writing this post and getting out something that had lived inside of me for so long… it felt like I had finally breathed out.
  • The Day She Almost Died – sharing this with everyone really highlighted for me the importance of parents knowing first aid for their little ones and I have been privelidged to work with a number of companies promoting pediatric first aid courses.
  • Get Off Your Arse – Blogging Isn’t A Real Job – this one connected me with so many bloggers all over the world and even got me a spot on a couple of Radio shows and the BBC News. Sometimes it’s nice to know that you aren’t alone.
  • Persotribe logonal Ad: Blogger Seeks Tribe – despite the success of some of my other posts, this has by far got to be my most successful one – not in page views or comments or shares or anything like that. This post brought me my tribe and now almost a year old, we have a thousand followers on Twitter, a very active Facebook, a chat that never sleeps and I have friends who I know will be friends for like and ones I share everything with. My blog brought me them. computer phone notebook and camera

My blog is still so young and yet I cannot imagine a time when it wasn’t such a huge part of my life. If I ever have a problem, it seems the one thing that really helps me deal with an issue is writing it down. Having a good “word-vomit” moment and getting it all out and hitting publish. Sometimes, I still get nervous about how a post will be received but then I think that it doesn’t matter because ultimately my blog is for me and anyone else who happens to enjoy it is a complete bonus.

I have so many more dreams and aspirations for my blog – I’m thinking a blog world takeover, what do you think?! At the moment I am sat at home writing in my pyjamas or sweats with my hair scraped back with the occasional venture out to a welcomed blogging event However, you never know, in the future I may need to don a ladies suit and head on into the big city – who know’s?! In the meantime, I just want to say the biggest thank you. Thank you to anyone who has taken the time to read my blog, comment, like or share – you don’t know how much it means. Thank you so much to my family, particularly my mum and sister for all their help and support. Thank you to Alyssa for being such a wonderful little one and finally thank you to my blog itself – it’s always there when I need it. Here’s to many more years to come!

 

This is a collaborative post – all opinions are my own

31 Comments

  1. Tammymum says:

    Happy blog birthday lovey! You’ve done bloody brilliantly! Xxx

  2. Congratulations. It can be so easy to look forward and think that we are not where we want to be in life because we have aspirations. But it is wonderful to take a look back and see where we have come from. Happy first blog birthday! #ablogginggoodtime

  3. Congrats on a year! I can’t believe how organised you were in setting up your blog and running it professionally. I have so much respect for how hard you have worked, and it’s clearly paid off – you should be proud of how much you have achieved, and it can only get better from here. 🙂 #ablogginggoodtime

  4. Rach says:

    Congratulations! You have achieved so much and you should be very proud. It’s an amazing milestone hitting a year! #ablogginggoodtime

  5. Happy blog anniversary! You achieved so much in one year hurrah! I wish you the same success (and even better) in the future year. xx

    #ablogginggoodtime

  6. aww this is lovely! I love your introduction – I could feel the emotions so well – that feeling when you first hit publish! Seriously well done on an amazing year – I’m almost there too – and what a year but I am no where near your number of posts – amazing achievement my lovely! Raising my glass of bubbles to you lovely. Glad to have got to know you through the tribe xx #ablogginggoodtime

  7. Awwwww, Happy Bloggy Birthday! You have achieved so much in a year! Thank goodness for the tribe too and thank you for setting it up! It’s just brilliant how blogging has given you so much. Here is to more exciting blogging adventures in 2017 #Ablogginggoodtime

  8. Congratulations on your first year! It sounds like an amazing year, full of great achievements. Keep your enthusiasm, as it brings inspiration for us, who are just a few months old!:) #ablogginggoodtime

  9. Happy blog birthday! Wow, you really did dive in head first. It looks like it has well and truly paid off tho. It’s great you are working in a job that you love. That is SO important, but so often overlooked. #ablogginggoodtime

  10. Happy Blogiversary to you! I’m new to your blog and still new to blogging myself, but I loved reading this and get the feeling that you’re so passionate about doing this, and your achievements so far are brilliant! Look forward to getting to know you better 🙂

  11. ^^ Oops, forgot to tag #ablogginggoodtime 🙂

  12. Emma Reed says:

    Oh wow you are so much like me with the social media side. I had never used twitter and it’s taken me all year to really start to get it! I am slow with catching on but now I have started to build up a little network with fab people like you I am getting there. Well done, I cannot believe how much you have achieved in such a short amount of time! #ablogginggoodtime

  13. Happy bloggy birthday! One year really is an accomplishment!

  14. themotherhub says:

    amazing what youve achieved in a year – i hope youre really proud of yourself ! #ablogginggoodtime

  15. ohmummymia says:

    I’m impressed! You achieve so much only in one year. I would love to achieve at least half of it:D Congratulations and happy Blogiversary:)
    #ablogginggoodtime

  16. congratulations! I’m just getting started with my blog and its great to read your experiences a year in! #ablogginggoodtime

  17. Lucy At Home says:

    Congratulations! You’ve done such a lot in such a short amount of time. I bet Allysa will be so proud of you when she’s old enough to understand what a brave and clever mummy she has. I’d never used Twitter before starting blogging either and now I really love it 🙂 #ABloggingGoodTime

  18. Absolutely go for a world blog take over – we are right behind you!!! Huge congratulations – you are one of my inspirations in the blogging world and I love reading about things going on with you and your gorgeous Alyssa – here’s to many more years of blogging greatness 🙂 #ablogginggoodtime

  19. Nicola says:

    Reading this has given me so much hope! I started blogging nearly a year ago and was definitely not as organised as you as I didn’t have anything in the pipeline, just my first post. But it just seemed to me that there must be a way to be at home, be a mum, do something I love and earn a living from it. I’m not earning anything yet, but I know these things take time and I truly believe I will get there! Happy blog birthday! #ablogginggoodtime

  20. Congratulations on your blog birthday! All the best for the year ahead! #ablogginggoodtime

  21. Congratulations. You were very brave! x
    #ablogginggoodtime

  22. congratulations! Thats a lot of work done in a year’s time! #blogginggoodtime

  23. Wow, congrats, you were super organised at the beginning. 322 posts, cripes, what a wonderful achievement. Well done you xx #ablogginggoodtime

  24. Happy first birthday to your awesome blog. I can only hope this time next year I will be half as successful as you! (Total envy of those who can stay at home and blog full time) #ablogginggoodtime

  25. Happy blogversary and well done for achieving so much in just one year! I always think of you as a super blogger and I love reading your fabulous and honest posts x #ablogginggoodtime

  26. Helena says:

    Wow only a year. You’ve achieved soooo much. #ablogginggoodtime

  27. Crummy Mummy says:

    Sounds like you did a lot of pre-planning – that’s a lot of scheduled posts! #ablogginggoodtime

  28. Helen Quinn says:

    great post! really inspiring read and congratulations on everything you have achieved!

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