I’ve just realised that I’ve been blogging for a year. Happy blog birthday to me!
I started my blog because I had freelance clients asking me for advice on blogging so thought I’d better practice what I was preaching.
I’ve enjoyed blogging a lot more than I thought I would and I’m quite pleased with how it has gone. I’m nowhere near as successful as many other blogs I read – I don’t get 1000s of visits a day and I haven’t won any awards – but I think that considering I also work full time (part-time job + freelance) as well as having a child I’ve not done too badly.
It hasn’t gone completely smoothly though. I started my blog with a different name only to be told after 6 months that a company had trademarked a word in the name and so I couldn’t use it. In the end I think they did me a favour as I picked a better name and took the opportunity to go self hosted which has given me much better options.
- I have guest blogged for 2 websites and 1 printed magazine
- I have been asked by companies to review their products
- I’m now being approached by companies about sponsored posts
- I’ve managed to get into the top 800 mummy bloggers on Tots100 (my goal was in the top 1000!)
- My blog has achieved a domain authority of 24 which I didn’t expect for quite a while yet
Things I’ve learnt
- Blogging about yourself is much harder than blogging for a company
- You need to be very organised if you have a busy life outside of blogging
- If you get writers block take a break for a few days
- The more you blog the more visitors you’ll get
- You need to be very active on social media
- Link ups are awesome!
- Write about whatever interests you
- Self-hosted is the only way to blog
- Blogging will take over your life
Over the next year I hope to build up my blog even further by writing more regularly, increasing my daily visits and working with more great companies. I’d also like to start making a bit more money out of sponsored posts and advertising, not for the income itself but because it will allow me to spend more time on Digital Motherhood.
I am also really hoping to attend some blogging events over the next year. I chickened out of BritMums this year as I didn’t feel anywhere near as good as other “mummy bloggers” attending, but will put myself out there next time!
Thank you to everyone who has read my posts and left lovely comments over the last year – I’d definitely have given up by now if people hadn’t been reading!
Here’s to the next 12 months of blogging.
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