So, we made it to our first anniversary! We made it past the first year.
I hear time and time again that the majority of blogs don’t make it to a year. I am chuffed to bits that we are still here!
Where it all began
It was January 18th 2016 when I sat down with my new Macbook. I had wanted to do a blog, a proper one this time. Not just the one that I had kept for years as a diary (which you can find here if you fancy being nosey).
I just started writing, and then hit publish on my first post: Finding Out.
HELLP – My Story
In my head my blog would be about my pregnancy journey. I figured I had a story to tell, awareness to raise and something worthwhile to write about. I had no idea that this journey into blogging about my pregnancy and HELLP Syndrome, would actually be therapeutic. In fact it was more than that, it did what counselling couldn’t. It healed me. Enabled me to draw a line under it and move on. Isn’t it amazing what the written word can do, the power it has?
It was also a pleasure to work with the Preeclampsia Foundation last year during preeclampsia awareness month. I am looking forward to supporting them this year as well.
The thing is, although I had a story to tell about HELLP syndrome, I realised that I couldn’t write solely about that. After all no-one wants to read dramatic post, after dramatic post. So I interspersed these posts with posts about our life.
In time, these types of posts became the norm. After all there was only so much to say about my HELLP story. It eventually reached its conclusion.
In the summer I teamed up with my pal Gemma (Life is Knutts) and we started a new Instagram community #capturingtheday. Which has been one of the most enjoyable parts of my week, I love Instagram at the best of times so I have loved seeing people tag us in their photographs.
I have also branched into the inevitable, reviews and sponsored posts, which I have loved doing as I have discovered some fabulous products. I have also had fun doing my first Twitter giveaway this week.
Friends and Tribes
Now here is the unexpected surprise. I knew that there was a blogging community out there and I was lucky enough to stumble across a load of linkups and Facebook sites that fellow bloggers use. Facebook groups, like Blogger Club UK, are really valuable for the blogger. Not only does it mean you are getting supported by fellow bloggers, but it helps you to find and follow other bloggers progress. When I say supportive, for the most part, I really and truly mean it. You will see that I share a lot of stuff from other bloggers – they do the same with my content. This really helps to get our blogs noticed, and for that support I am truly grateful.
Anyway, there is more to it than just this. I have actually made friends. Real proper friends that I can talk and rant to when required. People who, although I have never met (how crazy is that?), I know I can count on. This year I plan to actually meet up with these new friends and I cannot bloomin’ wait. After all, who can understand this crazy world of blogging better than other bloggers?
I am now going to share with you some of the nicest bloggers you will ever virtually meet. I am sure that a lot of these names will be familiar to you if you read my blog or follow me on social media:
- Life is Knutts
- Dear Bear and Beany
- Five Little Doves
- Hot Pink Wellingtons
- Meme and Harri
- The Culinary Jumble
- Hey Little Sweet Thing
- Nia Patton Looks
- Smiles and Sundays
- ELM Photo Studio
- A view from in here
- Simply Marina
- You Baby, Me Mummy
This list could actually go on and on, but I will leave it there for now. I think you get the idea!
When I look back at the goals I set myself in the summer, I was amazed that I have ticked the majority off. I say the majority because I still have a LONG way to go with figuring out Pinterest! So that remains a goal for me in 2017.
So that leads me on quite nicely to what do I have planned for 2017!
Well at the end of the year I took part in Aby’s (from You Baby, Me Mummy) end of year wrap party. It really helped me get to grips with what I want to achieve and put a plan in place for the year. Also doing this at the same time as other bloggers meant I actually completed it, which was great. Nothing like the support of the blogging community to give you a much needed kick up the backside when required.
Anyway, I am going to put myself out there and put my goals on the blog. Then you can all hold me accountable going forward!
So check out my blog on Tuesday to see what I have planned for 2017. I initially put them on this blog post but when I got to well over 2,000 words I thought it was best to split it into two! You can find the post here once it goes live.
I am truly hoping that everyone has a great year, I want to thank everyone that reads my blog or interacts with me on Social Media! You have made this journey all worthwhile.