Anniversary: Time to Get a Plan!

I completely forgot to celebrate our six-month anniversary!!!  Double the Monkey Business is now nearly seven months old and I cant believe how much has changed in that time.  I did read that a lot of blogs don’t make it past the first year, so I am excited to be over half way there!

I think now is a good time to really reflect back on the past seven months, think about the future and (gasp, horror!) maybe get a plan together!

I need a plan!!!

What have I achieved?

  • Sharing my HELLP syndrome story

    • This has been huge for me. I can honestly say I feel like a different person now that I have got my story out there.  It has helped me hugely.  I have been encouraged by the lovely comments that people have written. I have loved speaking to people who have been through the same as me and understand what that feels like.
  • Preeclampsia Foundation

    • I love that I have been in contact with the Pre-eclampsia Foundation and I have been so happy to help raise awareness for their campaign in May.
  • Huffington Post

    • This is huge for me.  I realise that this isn’t a paid gig, but to get the recognition to write on their website has been the highlight of my blogging year.  To visit my profile, go here.
  • Community

    • I have said it before, but I have been so pleasantly surprised by the blogging community.  I had not idea that all those lovely people were out there.  I have been blessed to be able to say that some of those community members have become close friends – you know who you are!!!!
  • Blogging Challenges

    • I was a bit unsure if I would have time to do the blogging challenges when I first heard about them.  How would I fit it in I wondered.  However, I am so glad that I gave it a go.  It changed everything about my blog, how I write, what I write about, the frequency of my blog posts.
  • Self-hosted

    • In April I moved to self-hosted and I have never looked back.  I guessed that would be the case, I just was frightened to make the leap.  The website is not exactly how I want it but I will come to that…
  • Reviews

    • I was excited to be given the opportunity to review a few things on the blog.  It has added an extra dimension to my website.
  • Meet other mums

    • I have become a regular blogger for  This has been so exciting for me, especially as I am in such good company πŸ™‚
  • Guest Series

    • I have loved featuring some guests on my blog.  I have been fascinated by their individual stories.

This weekend we are off on holiday to Bavaria.

I am hoping that taking time away from work, school runs and general day-to-day monotony, provides an opportunity to about what I want to do with this blog and where I want it to go.

What do I need to plan?

  • Review my social media outlets, what works, what doesn’t

    • Decide if I should just focus on a couple of these rather than tackle them all.  Once I have figured this out, I need to decide how I am going to use them.
  • Facebook Page

    • This is something that I want to give a bit more love to over the coming months.  I will plan out how I am going to use this a little more and try and post there everyday with different things, ie: instagram photos, blog posts and general updates.
  • Review the links ups, what works, what doesn’t

    • I want to get this down to a handful of linkups that really work for me.
  • Buffer and Hootsuite

    • This is something that until this week I had not really used.  I plan to try and use this to help with my Facebook page, hopefully setting things up in advance to auto-schedule might help me become more organised.
  • HELLP syndrome and pre-eclampsia awareness

    • My story has concluded but I still want to keep raising awareness.  I plan to start sharing other people’s story on my blog.
  • Blogging conferences

    • I completely missed the boat with this in 2016.  2017 will be different and I plan to go to a couple throughout the year.
  • Brand Involvement

    • The only problem is that I don’t know where to start with this.  I hope the blogging conferences next year will help with this.
  • Weekly plan

    • Work out what I am going to do throughout the week and when.
  • Website

    • I would like to have a proper think about what I want from the layout of my blog as I am still not really happy with it.  I want to consider different themes and look into the possibility of buying one for a more professional look.
  • Brainstorm some ideas for future posts

    • This is always good to have in my back pocket for busy weeks or when I have blogger writers block!

I have said a few times before that so far I have been pretty much flying by the seat of my pants since I started this blog! The main reason for this is I just didn’t really have a clue where I was going with it. I didn’t know what I wanted out of it.  Most of all, I didn’t realise that people would actually want to read my stuff!

I am starting to wonder now if I should maybe take this whole blogging thing a bit more seriously!

Wish me luck!





  1. 14th July 2016 / 8:04 pm

    Well done! It shows how much you love blogging that you missed your 6 months πŸ™‚

    • Double the Monkey Business
      1st August 2016 / 8:24 pm

      Thank you x

  2. larabeeuk
    13th July 2016 / 7:26 am

    Congratulations! It’s great to take stock occasionally to take sure you are on track, no better time to do it than a milestone!

    • Double the Monkey Business
      26th July 2016 / 9:17 pm

      That is true! thanks x

    • Double the Monkey Business
      26th July 2016 / 9:17 pm

      Thank you x

    • Double the Monkey Business
      26th July 2016 / 9:18 pm

      Thanks hunni xxx

  3. 12th July 2016 / 4:58 pm

    Happy 6 month anniversary! It sounds like you have done so much and that you have so much planned! Well done you! I hope the next six months is even better for you!

    • Double the Monkey Business
      26th July 2016 / 9:18 pm

      thank you x

  4. 12th July 2016 / 9:11 am

    You should be proud of yourself – you’re doing this like a boss!

    • Double the Monkey Business
      26th July 2016 / 9:18 pm

      Ah thanks hun xxx

  5. 11th July 2016 / 4:42 pm

    You’ve achieved so much in just seven short months! Well done, you!

    • Double the Monkey Business
      26th July 2016 / 9:19 pm

      Thank you hun x

  6. 11th July 2016 / 12:54 pm

    Happy 6 months x Lovely idea to review your blog too – I love your name and monkeys always makes me smile x

    • Double the Monkey Business
      26th July 2016 / 9:20 pm

      Thanks x

  7. 10th July 2016 / 6:14 am

    You don’t need luck because you’re brilliant!!!
    Well done Yvonne. You’ve achieved sooooo much in your first six months – more than I have in a year!! I was on blogger for a while (until January this year) and then changed over to WordPress – best decision ever. This year has been one of finding my feet and trying things out…many of which haven’t worked!
    Hopefully we will be able to tackle a couple of these conferences

    • Double the Monkey Business
      1st August 2016 / 8:10 pm

      Thank you hun, definitly on the blogging conference, I am counting on it πŸ™‚ x

    • Double the Monkey Business
      1st August 2016 / 8:10 pm

      Thanks xxx

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