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Welcome to #FOODIEFRIDAY Week 16
25th November 2016
Highlights of the Week – #28
26th November 2016

I’m A Blogging Success Because… Week #12

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Success comes in all shapes and sizes doesn’t it? It can be an award you’ve waited your whole life to get. It could be recognition for something or from someone that matters. Or it could be something as small as your child saying I love you. We don’t celebrate success, in whatever form enough in my opinion and over the past few weeks and months with the madness that is blogging awards and particularity in the past week with my fight to get blogging seen as a real job, I have come to realise that everyone is a success in their own right. So, we find ourselves here and with me opening up the doors to Mummy in a Tutu for the first time to a guest post series. This series is here for any and all bloggers to talk about success; their success or the success of someone else that they want to recognise. Welcome to I’m a blogging success because… Let’s hand over to Jane from Maflingo!


Having read all of the other posts in this series, one of the themes seems to be ‘what does success in blogging’ actually look like? How is it measured? Is it about how much money you earn? Is it about your following on social media? The brands you work with? notebook diary and pen with a cup of coffeeThe nominations, awards and accolades you’ve accumulated? Or is it something else?

I’ve only been blogging since last December after leaving my twenty year career in pharmacy, so as far as bloggings success goes, I’m not sure I’m there yet. At least, not in terms of huge stats or making a living from blogging.

I started blogging because I’m a creative person. For as long as I can remember I’ve been writing, drawing, sewing, making things (my mum would say ‘making a mess’). That’s why I was so unhappy in my pharmacy job towards the end. I was desperate for a creative outlet because my job was so uncreative.

The week after I left my job, Maflingo (so named because my daughter couldn’t pronounce flamingo when she was little) came to be. I blog about homes, interiors, money-saving tips, organising, DIY and craft but most importantly, I get tgirl sat at table writing in a notebook with a coffee next to herhe chance to share my random musings and hopefully witty ‘Jane’s eye’ view of the world. So, in between Ikea Hack Bedroom makeovers and tips about driving down the cost of motoring, I’ve shared my list of Room 101s, I’ve explained ‘Why I want a dog and can’t have a dog’ and ‘I’ve revealed 25 shocking facts about me’.  I’ve also shared more personal stories as part of the #BloggersBeatingCancer campaign which I was proud to be involved in (HERE).

Having found something I love doing, blogging success for me would mean me never having to return to pharmacy ever again! This would mean earning enough money from blogging to match my two day a week pharmacy job. I’d like to think this is achievable.  As I’ve explained, money isn’t my main motivator, but I do have to be realistic. I can’t keep blogging simply because I love having a creative outlet. I can’t keep blogging simply because I love this wonderful friendly and supportive community I’ve discovered. I do need to make it work financially, for us as a family. computer on a bed

That aside, I’m a success in some ways already. I can’t tell you how much it means to me to be able to write about the things I’m passionate about. To create, photograph, comment, get involved, support other bloggers, learn new things. Plus, I have to remind myself when the blogging journey is more of a cliff face than a learning curve, I’ve come a long way. Having followed and become great friends with other newbie bloggers, it’s safe to say, we all have.  We’ve successfully bought a domain name, designed a logo, set up self-hosted blogs, designed a website from our chosen themes, set up social media profiles and started to gain followers, got to grips with Pinterest, WordPress, Plugins and Linkys. Phew! That’s before we even think about writing content! woman sat at a computer writing with a cup of coffee

I’m a blogging success because I’ve already had the chance to work with some of my favourite brands too. This has been a real confidence booster for me because it proves that brands are willing to work with me, regardless of my monthly page views!!!

I’m a successful blogger because I have so many words to share and so many things I’m interested in and thankfully, wonderfully, remarkably, I have a loyal band of engaged readers who want to read what I have to say!  I feel so blessed because I’ve finally found my niche in life and a kind comment or word of encouragement can keep me going for a week. If I’ve moved someone, if I’ve made them laugh or cry or both, then I’ve succeeded. If I’ve helped someone with my money-saving tips or made them chortle about my Room 101s then that’s why I blog.

I’ve also succeeded in overcoming a significant hurdle, this whole idea of niche. I worried for months about whether my blog had a ‘niche’…It seemed one needed to have a niche to be successful. However, I had a lightbulb moment recently when I realised my niche didn’t have to be a particular topic or topics, but instead it could be a mood or a flavour. In the end I came to the conclusion my niche was ‘positivity’.  I realised I wanted my blog to be the ‘good news’, the ‘and finally’ you used to get at the end of a depressing news bulletin. I wanted it to be somebody’s happy place (I wrote about it here: Where’s the good news? Where’s the ‘and finally?’). computer phone notebook and camera

Don’t get me wrong, I may have to have a rant at some point. I can’t tell you how much I wanted to rant about head lice last week when my daughter got her seventh infestation since starting school ….All because parents think a cursory glance at their child’s head from one hundred paces is enough to detect head lice…Don’t get me started!

So, coming back to the question (sorry!), for me, being a blogging success means being able to keep blogging, write what I want to write and to connect with my readers. I want to be their ‘happy place’, and in some small way, to make a difference.

P.S. If I could rattle off a blog post without faffing and press publish in less than 3 hours, that would be blogging success too!!

If you want to hear more from Jane you can head over to Maflingo 

Or follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Youtube!

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If you would like to take part in this series then please email me on [email protected] with your piece and all your social media links and subject it Blogging Success. I hope you join me again next week to help celebrate more blogging success. Joining us next week will be Emma from Emma Reed!
Thanks to all of my contributors

Dont for get to check out Week 4, Week 5 and Week 6


  1. Jane Taylor says:

    Thank you so much for featuring me, Katie, and thank you for being one of those bloggers who’ve supported me, shared my posts, tweeted,commented and gone out of your way to encourage me. You ‘out give’ me. Every. Time. I’m sure I speak for other bloggers too. It doesn’t go unnoticed.

  2. Alex says:

    Jane is a total success in my eyes – I’d still be blogging to my family and 1 friend if it wasn’t for Jane, she’s such an inspiration. I know she’ll ‘make it’ eventually to the point of matching her old job wages, and more. She’s a wonderful person, hilarious and a wealth of information in the blogging world. I think she knows I think all of this about her but… just in case she doesn’t ! And also for everyone else to know too.

    • Jane Taylor says:

      Aw, thank you lovely friend! Choked me up. I predict great things for the wonderful mylifelongholiday. Your writing and humour and ‘off the beaten track’ travel diaries are a joy.

  3. I have only recently found Jane and her blog and really what is there not to like? If her purpose is to achieve positivity amongst her readers she is definitely doing that and am sure she will hit her target very soon. #ablogginggoodtime

  4. Sonia says:

    Happy blog Birthday! I started in March this year and haven’t got anywhere near as far as you with time constraints of life, work and children!! The more I read these posts, the more I want to do more with my blog to try to make it successful. I haven’t gone self hosted yet and find the idea quite scary! It’s also a question of deciding to put money into something as a bit of a gamble. Your gamble is definitely paying off Jane- fab blog! I think I need to jump in with both feet……… #ablogginggoodtime

    • Jane Taylor says:

      Thanks for your lovely comment, Sonia. I was self-hosted from the start. I bought ‘WordPress the missing manual’ by MacDonald and I went for it. I’m with HostGator because I wanted 24 hr support but I think they are expensive. I think lots of folks use TSO Host. I am currently looking at changing my theme as although I love it, it is very slow and has lots of issues! I’m looking at pipdig themes as they are reasonable and the support is great. Lots of bloggers have used them. Good luck!

  5. Rach says:

    Really interesting post. There’s some talented bloggers out there for sure. #ablogginggoodtime

  6. Twin Pickle says:

    Congrats on going full-time 🙂 How exciting! I wish all the luck with your success! #ablogginggoodtime

  7. Brandi Puga says:

    Yeay for going full time! You are certainly a success in my eyes, and i can only hope to learn enough from you to be half the success! #ablogginggoodtime

  8. This is a very inspirational post. I love the way Jane looks at her blogging, the way she loves her writing and how things sometimes just fall into place if you are true to yourself and being positive! x

  9. Another fab post in the series. I love Jane’s blog, it always brings me to my happy place. Thanks Jane 🙂 #ablogginggoodtime xx

  10. Jane makes some excellent observations about what success is in blogging terms…she seems to be doing very well indeed! #ablogginggoodtime x

  11. Helena says:

    Lovely series. It’s really interesting to read Maflingo’s take on success and her view on why she’s struggled finding happiness in a job before. #ablogginggoodtime

  12. Kudos, Mazel Tov and Happy Bloggerversayry all in one! That alone is a success. It’s great to have a space to see and visit with such positivity. Carry on and keep inspiring us all along the way! M’wah! xoxo #ablogginggoodtime

  13. themotherhub says:

    ah – i always wondered the name came from! the great thing about blogging (tho it drives me mad a lot of the time) is that you can create your own space and measure your own success., so we are all successful in our own way. #ablogginggoodtime

    • Jane Taylor says:

      Exactly! ( I don’t know why I said that in a scouse accent in my head)!! My blog name is a blessing and a curse! I love that I’m on the first page of google just because it’s so unique but have to spell it out and pronounce it all the time!!!

  14. Hahaha I need to learn how to stop faffing too! That’s a great read, I will head over to her blog and check it out. #ablogginggoodtime x