Blogging – 6 months in. 

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I’ve just passed my 6 month blogging anniversary and what an unexpected 6 months it’s been. My blog, like my children had quite an unexpected birth. It stands to reason therefore that I was just as unprepared for the world of blogging as I was the world of ‘newborn’. I had wanted to start writing a blog for a long time, but it was only when having my first child I really thought about it. However, sleep deprivation and the new baby whirlwind swept me up and I just didn’t make the time for it. Following the premature arrival of our second (some 11 months later) and having gone through so much in the preceding year or so the urge to put pen to paper, metaphorically speaking, grew that bit stronger. It was only when we were on holiday in Butlins (of all places) last October I sat down the night before we were due to travel home and just word vomited onto my iPad. I  very much doubted anyone would give a shit about our family holiday, or that they would even read it but I didn’t really care, I just wanted to write about it. I am to this day not 100% sure what made me do it but 6 months in am so glad I did. I have learnt a lot in the last 6 months so here’s some things I have learnt and what I might done differently.

The start up and research (or lack thereof)

Given how the blog started it won’t surprise you to learn that I didn’t do too much research when it came to starting a blog. I opted for WordPress but only because I’d tried and failed to set up a blogger account 12 months earlier (Incidentally I am glad that I ‘ended up’ with WordPress – see below and tackling going self hosted) I didn’t know what a theme was, what a Linky was, I didn’t even have Twitter or Instagram. I was well and truly running before I could walk by writing the post first. In hindsight it might have good have been a good idea to look into this whole blogging thing a bit more, in fact I would certainly recommend doing just a little bit of research, or in my case reading the entirety of Aby’s from you baby me mummy Blog Club before starting, take my word for it, some bloody brilliant advice there. Turns out blogging is rather like an alternate universe. When I get my blog out of an evening and head toward a Linky I feel like I’m re-opening a good book and delving  right back into the story – I am so immersed in a different world. It is a whole other world that I wish I had known more about when starting. I have quite literally learnt on the job, my blog has evolved with me and whilst it is still very much a work I progress it has come a long way from the early days.

Anonymity or selfie blogger?

In an ideal world I think would have liked anonymity, it would have given me a little more freedom to write things I may sometimes hold back given that I publish my content on my personal Facebook page. However, due my lack of research I didn’t know how else to initially publish my blog, so Facebook it was. I must say there have been positives to this, it has reconnected me with people I hadn’t spoken to for a while. Unexpected people who have read my posts and enjoyed them.  It also gave me confidence, I generally kept myself to myself about personal tales and life in general, particularly when it came to social media, but since starting my blog I worried less about people’s opinions of my choices, my content and my photos and just got on with it and wrote and posted what I wanted.  So all in all I am not unhappy with how it has it has turned out.

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The alternate universe 

The blogging world really does feel like a totally different place. A secret club that so many are in yet so many are not, and I am really quite late to the party, this world has long since existed. People have been sharing antidotes, funnies, thoughts and feelings for so long I don’t even feel fashionably late, more like I am sprinting as fast as I can to keep up. I now have a group of blogging buddies thanks to the lovely and brilliant Katie who blogs over at Mummy in a Tutu, they are people like me who sit behind a screen and connect with another over our shared hobby/profession. These ladies are friends to me, we talk daily and share in each other’s trials and tribulations. It is strange to think I have never actually met them (welcome to 2016 ey) but hey ladies – BRITMUMS..who’s up for it?  There are also those in the blogging community in general, a super friendly and helpful bunch who all seem to have each other’s back. If you’re looking for acceptance then this a good place to start.

It’s just so technical. 

I had no idea why I didn’t think it would be technical it is after all internet based, but oh my I was not prepared for the level computer literacy needed. My ICT GCSE did not stand me in good stead. It wasn’t so bad before I went ‘self hosted’ but I used to look at other blogger websites and have blog envy so I just had to go self hosted. Talk about mission. It took the best part of week, lots of contact with the support team and lots of googling technical terms. Again had I researched my blog properly I wold have started up self hosted and I would have saved myself the trauma of moving my blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org. Now I am self hosted I much prefer the aesthetics of my bog and the freedom it gives me, but still find myself facing technical challenges and what feels like insurmountable hurdles however I have come to learn that I generally get there in the end. It seems so many bloggers have mastered the technical art I can’t help but think I can too…eventually…

The biggest challenge 

For me the hardest part about blogging is without doubt time. It takes so much time and for me time is the one thing I do not have in abundance. With two under two my days are full and my blog is generally reserved for the evenings (chances of them napping at the same time is slim). You could fill a 39 hour working week with blogging (we can but dream) because there is just so much to it. Somebody was said to me, ‘so you just write then?’ Ironically this couldn’t be further from the truth. I had a naive fanciful impression that I would sit at my laptop (don’t know why cause it’s dying a slow death, I’m generally swearing at my iPad and the crap keyboard) and let my creativity run away with me and just publish post after post. Wrong. I actually read a lot more than I write – a lot more. I would love to post more than I do, but even that takes time. Writing, editing, proof reading, editing photos, cover photos, which takes a particularly long time on the chuffing iPad or flailing laptop. When you do then publish, you have to get the word out over multiple social media platforms, reply to comments take part in links, which in turn requires you to comment on other posts – when you only have a few hours a week, they are easily filled. Now don’t get me wrong, I have said this before it is a labour of love and I enjoy all aspects of it, I just simply don’t have enough time to give all that I feel I have or want to, not yet anyway

 

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The future 

I know my blog hasn’t grown as much as some do in 6 month and I haven’t achieved as much as many do in that time, I feel as though I have spent a lot time playing catching up and not actively driving it forward. Whilst I am proud of this little space that I have developed, I still feel I have a lot to give, I have post ideas flying around in my brain that are forming an orderly queue to get written. I know the type of posts I want to write but they don’t always end up being the ones I actually write, not well anyway. I started my blog spontaneously  and for me, the last few months however have seen a spike in my traffic and I have started to generate attention from brands and PR companies. Whilst this wasnt initially my intention I have started to own up to the fact that actually this is an exciting direction I would like to take my blog. I would love to generate an income and have some element of professionally it’s about it. So over the next six months I am going to try to give my blog more attention (sorry mr TM), whilst I doubt I’ll over take the world with my blogging prowess I certainly would like to see where I can take it, at my own pace. 

So for any and all of you that have read my blog over the last six months I want to say a massive thank you, I hope you have and continue to enjoy.

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114 Comments

  1. May 6, 2016 / 11:48 am

    I really like your honesty, I just started my blog last week and just like you, definitely ran before I could walk. I relate to a lot of your post. I think you should be proud of how far you’ve came and accomplished. Your site looks fab and I’m not scared to say I’ve blog envy :)

    • tammymum
      May 6, 2016 / 8:06 pm

      Thank you that’s a really lovely comment. It took a lot of computer stress to get to this stage lol. Yeah I think you just get excited and swept up in wanting to hit that publish button and then you think a… So what happens now and turns out there’s a massive blogging world out there to discover. Good luck with your blog, I hope you enjoy it and get to grips with it easily enough xx

  2. May 7, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    Shout out to da tribeeee #KCACOLS

  3. May 7, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    Happy six months! I’m two and a half years in but only really been taking it seriously for six months and I think everyone goes through that “running before I can walk” phase – it’s like everyone is supposed to have that awkward phase they went through as a teenager that they look back on and cringe at 😉 wishing you many more months and years of happy blogging! #KCACOLS

    • tammymum
      May 8, 2016 / 7:10 am

      That is a perfect way of describing it! That’s exactly how I felt for most of my blogs lifespan to date lol xx

  4. May 7, 2016 / 9:22 pm

    Happy 6 months! I still feel like a relative newbie with self hosting and logos to tackle but delaying it as know I’ll get brain strain! Wishing you all the luck with taking your blog forward! #kcacols

    • tammymum
      May 8, 2016 / 7:11 am

      I put my off for so long I was so scared about doing. Must say, very glad Iv done it now though. Good luck when you tackle it, and thank you :) xx

    • tammymum
      May 8, 2016 / 6:52 pm

      Thank you lovey xx

  5. May 7, 2016 / 9:44 pm

    I love this! I have only been blogging for 4 months and I am finally getting to know you all! I read this and thought, ‘It’s not just me then!!!’ There is so much work involved, isn’t there but give yourself a massive pat on the back because you have achieved so much! I’ll bet it was only when you started to write this post you were able to reflect on what a steep learning curve it has been and how much you have learned (and how much you still have to learn!) Thanks for sharing #KCACOLS

  6. May 7, 2016 / 9:48 pm

    Oh this is a fab post!! The best ‘beginners guide’ I have seen because it’s so accurate! Blogging is totally like a secret new world. I attended a bloggers event today and had such a fantastic time; on my way home I just thought how strange it was that I never knew about this world before this year…(newbie too). It is very similar to having a baby! You just don’t realise how much work it’s going to be, how much you will love it or how it will change your life. Also the technical side of things is definitely my downside, I thought my IT was ok but i have quickly realised that I am clueless and need to learn a lot…! Which leads me onto: time. It is very time consuming and really i could use up an endless supply of time in this world, whether it’s getting my head round tech terms, uploading photos, social media interactions or oh, actually writing! #KCACOLS

  7. May 7, 2016 / 9:49 pm

    I found that the amount of time that needs to be devoted to be the biggest surprise. I’ve been at it just over a year now, and can tell you that you never stop learning, both the computer parts of it, and how to improve and grow as a writer as well. #KCACOLS

  8. May 7, 2016 / 9:58 pm

    I was nodding along to all of this. I’ve blogged before, semi-anonymously, and it’s been a big boost to my confidence to post something under my own name and not worry about what people at work, or people I went to school with, or total strangers think of it.

    It’s definitely a time sink though. My touch typing has improved A LOT over the last year or so! :) #KCACOLS

    • tammymum
      May 8, 2016 / 6:54 pm

      Yes it is good for the confidence isn’t it, but not so great for the spare time. Thanks for your comment xx

  9. serenityyou
    May 7, 2016 / 10:09 pm

    I have been blogging for almost 5 years and I am still learning new things all the time #KCACOLS

    • tammymum
      May 8, 2016 / 6:54 pm

      Wow I clearly have a long way to go yet! Xx

  10. May 7, 2016 / 10:37 pm

    Happy six month anniversary. It seems as if you have had a busy couple of month and that you have finally found your feet! I am so glad that I become a blogger there are a bunch of lovely people out there only took happy to offer advice. Thanks for sharing! #KCACOLS

  11. nsalama1
    May 8, 2016 / 12:44 am

    Great post! You’ve done an amazing job in such a short time. I’ve been blogging about the same amount of time and am still trying to get readers etc. I also struggle to find the time between taking care of my son, working and everything else but it’s fun and a great creative outlet so I’m going to keep going! #KCACOLS

    Nicole | The Professional Mom Project

    • tammymum
      May 8, 2016 / 6:56 pm

      Thank you, that very kind. Yes it’s hard isn’t it, I find linkys are a good way to get readers xx

  12. May 8, 2016 / 5:54 am

    Congratulations on reaching 6 months! My blog is around the same age and I definitely feel the same on the time front. I post 3 times a week and that seems to be a good balance for me – like you I spend far more time reading and commenting than I do on writing my own blog! Here’s to the next 6 months! #KCACOLS

    • tammymum
      May 8, 2016 / 6:57 pm

      I’ll drink to that! I don’t always get 3 times a week in, I try but it can be a bit hit and miss getting it all done. Thanks for your comment xx

  13. May 8, 2016 / 7:24 am

    I’ve recently moved over to being self hosted myself…three years later…if I’d known then what I know now! But I’m glad I moved over and I’m so much happier with my blog now! #kcacols

    • tammymum
      May 8, 2016 / 6:58 pm

      Yes it definitely helps being self hosted. So glad I did it! 3 years of blogging, that amazing! Thanks for your comment lovey xx

  14. May 8, 2016 / 7:38 am

    I think I must be coming up for my six months. I still see myself as very much a newbie and I haven’t tackled half of the things you have! I don’t even know what self hosted means… The shame.
    Well done on what you’ve achieved!
    #KCACOLS

    • tammymum
      May 8, 2016 / 7:00 pm

      Thank you! I don’t really feel like Iv achieved a great deal to be honest, and I also definitely still feel like a newbie xx

  15. May 8, 2016 / 7:53 am

    I started last sept but not really properly until Feb time. all the challenges you write about are similar to mine and I know what you mean about the technical side of things. I actually find blogging has helped my work side of life though – which is amazing. and vice versa – im a marketing manager so that has def helped! good luck to the next 6 mths! #KCACOLS

    • tammymum
      May 8, 2016 / 7:01 pm

      Thank you. Thats absolutely a good thing that it’s helped your work life out, see blogging has many perks lol. Thanks for your comment xx

  16. May 8, 2016 / 8:26 am

    I now know far more about html that I ever dreamt possible! Happy bloggiversary! #KCACOLS

    • tammymum
      May 8, 2016 / 7:02 pm

      Thank you! Ha it’s amazing what you learn isn’t it…can’t say I’m too au fait with html lol xx

  17. May 8, 2016 / 8:44 am

    Happy 6 months!! Blogging definitely takes up much more time than I ever expected too. Good luck with the next 6 months, you’re doing a fab job xx #kcacols

    • tammymum
      May 8, 2016 / 7:02 pm

      Thank you lovey that’s really kind to say xx

  18. May 8, 2016 / 8:55 am

    Oh I could have written this – threw myself in to blogging without any research – i’m 5 months in and have learnt ridiculous amounts – I’m super proud of starting something that is mine, have met some great ‘friends’ that share the same love for blogging – I haven’t been brave enough to switch to self hosted yet but I may be hounding you for advice when I do lovely. See you at BRITMUMS!! #KCACOL

    • tammymum
      May 8, 2016 / 7:04 pm

      Oh goodness I still haven’t booked my ticket *hides head*. Absolutely do feel free to ask for advice, having someone to ask questions to is really useful! Ahh can’t believe you’ve only been going 5 months, you’ve done fab lovey xx

      • May 9, 2016 / 6:15 am

        Thank you so much xx booked yet?

  19. May 8, 2016 / 9:18 am

    great post I’m 2 months into blogging and id zero research before I started. I’m learning all the time and have made some great connections. not self hosted still holding onto blogger for the time being while I get my bearings. thanks for sharing #KCACOLS xx

  20. The_tale_of_mummyhood
    May 8, 2016 / 10:01 am

    Congratulations on reaching 6 months! I’m about two months in and I’m learning so much everyday. It’s such a lovely community to be involved in! Great post :)

    #KCACOLS

    • tammymum
      May 8, 2016 / 7:05 pm

      It really is isn’t it xx

  21. May 8, 2016 / 10:22 am

    I have been blogging for about a year (had to take a break as my dad was ill and unfortunately passed away), now I am putting more into it and linking up to more blogs. I am looking into going self hosted soon so that I can do more with my blog.
    You have come a long way in 6 months, your blog looks great and is a good read, I can see it growing a lot more.

    • May 8, 2016 / 10:23 am

      #KCACOLS

    • tammymum
      May 8, 2016 / 7:06 pm

      Thank you that’s very kind. Sorry to hear about your father. I would definitely recommend going self hosted, it’s worth the hassle xx

  22. May 8, 2016 / 11:18 am

    I’m about to go self hosted. We tried with godaddy but that was no bueno. Apparently a friend will help out. I’m hoping it’s not too traumatic! Here’s to the next six months of blogging #KCACOLS

    • tammymum
      May 8, 2016 / 7:07 pm

      Ooooh good luck lovey! I use blue host if that’s any help. I found it really good and you can carry on using WordPress which was a greys help xx

  23. baddadu
    May 8, 2016 / 11:33 am

    I’d be interested to know what caused the spike in your numbers. I’ve been going for three months and have steadily been getting less and less readers. I think there was an initial “ooh he’s doing a blog” interest from people I know. Perhaps I’m being impatient! #KCACOLS

    • tammymum
      May 8, 2016 / 8:43 pm

      Oh I had that too, I reached a bit of static point and I think my readers (Facebook crowd) prob thought the same. Initially my biggest source of traffic was Facebook but now it is Twitter and Linkys. I think getting doing a regular set of linkys prob helped, it’s like showing your face isn’t it and people get to know you and your blog. Also reading/commenting/sharing others blogs is always a good things, there is some truth in the saying the more you give the more you get back. Hope that helps and thanks for your comment

  24. May 8, 2016 / 11:54 am

    I’ve been blogging for 8 years and am still learning new things. Happy 6 Months, BTW!
    #KCACOLS

  25. May 8, 2016 / 12:41 pm

    Your blog is brilliant honey – you’re doing fabulously xx #KCACOLS

    • tammymum
      May 8, 2016 / 7:07 pm

      Thank you lovey xx

  26. May 8, 2016 / 2:14 pm

    I love the layout of your blog, it’s tempting me to go self hosted but I have no IT skills so I’ll need to wait until I have a lot more free time! I was also late to the party and have only just joined Twitter and discovered linkys in the past few month, I spend hours reading other people’s posts, it’s so much fun! Thanks for sharing your experiences #KCACOLS

    • tammymum
      May 8, 2016 / 7:10 pm

      Thank you lovey. Yes going self hosted was time consuming but it was definitely worth it, good luck when you do xx

  27. min1980
    May 8, 2016 / 2:19 pm

    Happy blogaversary! I feel like I’ve learned loads from the other tribesters and am learning all the time, which is funny for me as I’ve blogged on and off and had various different blogs since 2008! #KCACOLS

    • tammymum
      May 8, 2016 / 7:10 pm

      Thank you. Yes tribesters are a massive help and support aren’t they! Sounds like there’s always new things to be Learning., xx

  28. May 8, 2016 / 2:54 pm

    My blog is about 6 months old too, and I can completely relate to all of this! Especially the time factor- I worry that I am not spending enough time with my husband and kids, and I lose out on an adequate amount of sleep because of it. But I just love it so much! It has consumed me like no other hobby, and I hope that someday it could grow into the site I dream for it!
    #KCACOLS
    Tori
    http://www.themamanurse.com

    • tammymum
      May 8, 2016 / 7:12 pm

      Yes definitely makes me lose out of the sleep I could be having, feel your pain there. Good luck for you’re blogging future lovey xx

  29. reimerandruby
    May 8, 2016 / 5:16 pm

    I’m on the same boat as you, having not much time to blog and yet there’s a lot in mind to write about. But hey, congratulations on your 6months of blogging, you’ve really done well. Keep up the good work! #KCACOLS

    • tammymum
      May 8, 2016 / 7:12 pm

      Thank you lovey xx

  30. May 8, 2016 / 7:47 pm

    I identified with this post a lot. I have been blogging just over a year and I too didn’t do enough research, didn’t know any technical aspects of blogging, didn’t know what a Linky was and I definitely didn’t realise how much time it would take up! I love it but I don’t get chance to put as much as I’d like into it at the moment so I don’t feel like it’s doing as well as it could. Saying that, I’m happy to go at my own pace, like you #KCACOLS

  31. Sara Handy Herbs
    May 8, 2016 / 8:02 pm

    I felt exactly like you when I started blogging. I was surprised how much there was to learn and I am continually surprised about how time consuming it can be! Happy 6 months! :) Lovely photos too ! #KCACOLS

  32. May 8, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    I seriously cant believe that you have only been blogging for 6 months! I think you’ve done pretty amazingly in that time. I really enjoy reading your posts, its always great to see you link up to Marvellous Mondays and I love the new look and feel of your blog too. This is a lovely post that you’ll be able to look back on and marvel like I am now at how much you’ve achieved :-) Emily #KCACOLS

  33. May 8, 2016 / 8:19 pm

    Happy Half Blog Birthday!!! I’m not sure however much research you do prepares you for blogging! Enjoy the next adventure:)

  34. May 8, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    Happy 6 month anniversary! I just passed my one year anniversary and I’m still trying to get to grips with some aspects of blogging! Enjoy the next six months! #KCACOLS

  35. May 8, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    Wow you’ve only been blogging for six months!? I thought you’d been blogging for a lot longer…you seem so together and competent and your blog is so full of bits. Haaa but then I’ve been blogging for well over a year now and still pootling around on the same free WP theme I started with! Interesting point about anonymity and how to start with that…I suppose there are some things that need thinking about but I also think a lot of it is a ‘learn on the job’ sort of thing #KCACOLS

  36. May 8, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    Well I have to agree that there is so much to learn – so much that, as an outsider/non blogger you don’t have any clue about at all! One of my issues is that I have all these ideas for posts that seem great in my head, but then I just can’t make them work. So much time spent writing, editing, starting again, for something that never ends up published. I always was an extremely good procrastinator!
    x Alice
    #KCACOLS

  37. May 8, 2016 / 9:08 pm

    Wow 6 months of blogging already lovely, I would have honestly said that you have been blogging longer than that! You have achieved so much, and I love reading your blog posts too. I think I’ll be coming your way for help on how to go to self-hosted – I really need to sort that bit out before I go back to work and BritMums. Good luck for the blogging future, I hope you don’t annoy your husband too much? Claire x #KCACOLS

  38. May 8, 2016 / 9:18 pm

    5 years on and I’d still say time is the biggest challenge, there is always more that I want to do than have time for on my blog. Well done on a great 6 months. #KCACOLS

  39. May 9, 2016 / 12:48 am

    I agree with the challenge being finding the time. So hard. I am glad to see you are making it work. congrats on you 6 months :) #KCACOLS

  40. May 9, 2016 / 6:26 am

    I also started my blog without much research – but I think sometimes it is easier to “learn by doing” as it makes more sense when you can give it a try! I am still learning, but like you, time can be a bit of an issue! Good luck in building your blog X #KCACOLS

    http://Www.arthurwears.com

  41. May 9, 2016 / 7:36 am

    Congrats on reaching 6 months – your blog is fab and I really thought you’d been blogging for years! I started straightaway too and learnt on the job so to speak, it is a bit tricky when it gets technical and I have no clue what I’m doing 😉 keep up the great work on the blog, I always enjoy reading your posts and getting to know you through the Tribal Chat xxx

    • May 9, 2016 / 7:42 am

      Ooops forgot to write coming here from #KCACOLS

  42. May 9, 2016 / 10:51 am

    I can completely relate to this – particularly the time aspect. It started off as just a hobby that I love but now I feel so lucky that I earn a wage from it too #KCACOLS

  43. May 9, 2016 / 3:31 pm

    I struggled with the anonymity or selfie blogger issue as well, I didn’t even think of being anonymous as an option? haha DUH. I would like to by anonymous because, as you’ve said, you can be more free with your writing, and also just in case there are people I don’t want reading my blog..reading it. However, it has connected me with a few people that I would have never been friends with if it hadn’t been for the blog, so I’m happy I am a ‘selfie’ blogger. : ) Great post! #KCACOLS

  44. May 9, 2016 / 6:44 pm

    Happy 6 month-versary! There’s no doubt that blogging takes up immense amounts of time but as you say, what you get out of it is immense too :) Thanks for co-hosting #kcacols

  45. May 9, 2016 / 7:55 pm

    It’s always about time (or lack of!) I have pants at IT too, thankfully i have two bloggers i frequently go to for IT help phew! I have a love hate relationship with my blog and it’s been going over a year now. I plan on doing so much but never get round to it. One day i will :) #KCACOLS

  46. May 9, 2016 / 8:56 pm

    My mummy threw herself into blogging and just ‘winged it’ sometimes that’s the best way! Good luck with your blogging journey! #KCACOLS

  47. May 9, 2016 / 9:06 pm

    Lovely post! For what it’s worth, I’m anonymous which also has its downsides. I can be brutally honest about everything, but it is harder to connect with the audience as there are never pictures of me or my child. Well done for your achievements so far. :-) #KCACOLS

  48. twotinyhands
    May 9, 2016 / 10:26 pm

    Well done for getting to 6 months. I struggled with the anonymity thing when I first decided to start blogging. I’d never posted a thing on facebook about even being pregnant, so when I launched into blogging in February and changed my profile pictures to one with a baby I got a few, oh “hello baby” comments comments come my way. It’s funny that you say 6 months. When talking about the amount time the blog takes up with my other half, me basically asking if it is okay, and my reasons (background reasons) for doing it. We gave a sort of deadline of 6 months of promotion etc and then seeing if making any money from it is viable then rather than worrying about it in the interim. 2 months in and I’ve a few fishes in the pan (so to speak!). #triballove Great to see you in #kcacols

    • tammymum
      May 10, 2016 / 5:06 pm

      That must have been quite a a change from no posting to a blog, which is all about the promo. I think you’re doing fab after only a couple of months so god knows where you’ll be by 6, good luck!! I hope those fishes pan out… For want of s better word xx

  49. May 10, 2016 / 6:33 am

    Fantastic post. Your blog is lovely, well done on the first 6 months, you have achieved more than you give yourself credit for, especially with two young babies. xx

    #KCACOLS

    • tammymum
      May 10, 2016 / 5:02 pm

      Thank you that’s really kind of you to say xx

  50. May 10, 2016 / 6:49 am

    Congratulations! Sounds like you are in the way to the next chapter! You are echoing many of my thoughts on many fronts. I will come back and read this in more detail. #KCACOLS

  51. May 10, 2016 / 9:31 am

    Happy 6 months! It sounds like you are coming along just perfectly in the world of blogging… xx #KCACOLS

    • tammymum
      May 10, 2016 / 4:58 pm

      Thank you xx

  52. Yeah 6 months! I can’t wait to get there! I have to completely agree with the “dream” of blogging! Not as simple as I thought either….So much time! You are doing awesome!#KCACOLS

    • tammymum
      May 10, 2016 / 4:57 pm

      Thank you! All the best for your blogging future xx

  53. May 10, 2016 / 5:56 pm

    I started my blog with just a post and then thought ‘ah crap I suppose I ought to make this look like a proper blog’ before realising just how much work actually goes into it.I’m far too warm and cosy with WordPress.com to change now.I know I should but I’m happy bumping along for now.I find the biggest problem is time too x #kcacols

  54. May 10, 2016 / 7:01 pm

    I think you have done a great job in 6 months – its not easy trying to fit everything in with two little ones. I started my blog with a random post and everything grew from there and its been a steep learning curve (which I am still trekking up), like you I wish I had a bit more time to dedicate to blogging! Congrats on your 6 months and good luck for the next 6 x #KCACOLS

  55. May 10, 2016 / 7:13 pm

    It is amazing the stuff you learn and all these terms after blogging for a while. You learn so much and it is great place to have as your own. With my blog it is something that I can feel proud about and has given me confidence in myself! Here is to many more anniversaries X #kcacols

  56. May 10, 2016 / 7:37 pm

    Happy 6 month anniverary! I just hit 6 months too. It’s a steep learning curve! Here’s to many more for both of us! #KCACOLS

  57. May 10, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    What an amazing 6 months! Its so tricky isn’t it when you literally don’t have time to work and catch up on everything?! I’m knackered in the evenings and then feel guilty when you don’t have the energy to work. I’m always catching up on bits and pieces so I definitely need to work on that! :)

    #KCACOLS

  58. May 10, 2016 / 11:51 pm

    Happy 6 months! I a a few months behind you and completely understand how you feel! I am still working on balancing my time! #KCACOLS

  59. May 12, 2016 / 9:02 am

    Happy 6 months blogging! I started blogging in February this year, I did a little bit of research but I think nothing can prepare you for the blogging world, like you said it’s like a completely different universe. Your blog looks amazing and don’t worry I think time is a major problem for every blogging parent. I usually write my posts on my commute in to work, but at the moment I have to use that time to read up on potty training- joy! Crazy how even in your spare time you end up doing things related to your little one. :o) #KCACOLS

  60. May 12, 2016 / 11:45 am

    Hehe I am guilty of the word vomit too! I love this post, completely reflects what I feel two months in..I went balls deep and have been playing catch up with myself ever since..mostly emailing wordpress going..HELP ME..or trying to figure out the strange language of code whilst crying and eating a snickers..Love this little space you have made yourself, #KCACOLS

  61. May 12, 2016 / 11:55 am

    I nodded along to so much of that post hun! Happy 6 month blogiversary to you! It is such a wonderful thing to be involved in isn’t it? It sounds like you totally love it and that’s what matters I think! You’re blog looks awesome for 6 months in! Well done you! #KCACOLS xx

  62. May 13, 2016 / 7:42 am

    Great post! I too started blogging without really knowing what I was doing. But I think sometimes it’s easier to learn as you’re doing it :)
    Happy 6 months!
    Laura x
    #KCACOLS

    • tammymum
      May 13, 2016 / 7:52 pm

      Ha yes it can be and I’m too impatient to sit and learn first lol, just like I’ll never read the instructions in the kids toys and just delve right in! Thank you for your comment xx

  63. May 13, 2016 / 1:59 pm

    Congratulations on your first 6 months! Very accurate account of what it’s like – it is a steep learning curve, a whole other world, and there is never enough time! #KCACOLS

  64. May 13, 2016 / 2:04 pm

    Congratulations on six months. Mine didn’t really take off till then. I’ve just celebrated 1 year and so much has happened in the last couple of months, I can barely keep up. Like you I started out knowing little and learnt as I went a long, I’m by no means an expert but finding my feet more and more every day. I think you’ve done amazingly well knowing how hard it is to juggle a family as well :) Looking forward to seeing where you’ll take your blog next! #KCACOLS

    Nadia – ScandiMummy x

    • tammymum
      May 13, 2016 / 7:51 pm

      Thank you that is such a lovely comment and certainly gives me hope and reassurance for the future! Thanks again lovey xx

  65. fairyqueen
    May 13, 2016 / 2:05 pm

    Happy first 6 months!! You’ve done amazing and your writing is really engaging!

    mainy – myrealfairy

    #KCACOLS

    • tammymum
      May 13, 2016 / 7:49 pm

      Thank you that’s really kind of you to say xx

  66. newmummyblogcom
    May 13, 2016 / 3:26 pm

    Happy 6 months bloggiversary! You’ve done so well, and really I love your honesty. It’s a crazy world, this blogging lark isn’t it?! We just get sucked in and love it :-) #kcacols

    • tammymum
      May 13, 2016 / 7:49 pm

      Ah thank you so much. You are pretty spot on there lovey!! Xx

  67. Tracey @ One Frazzled Mum
    May 13, 2016 / 7:10 pm

    Congrats on 6 months, I am just over 2 years in, still know nothing and pretty much winging it every single day! Here’s to the next 6 months #kcacols

  68. May 14, 2016 / 5:43 am

    It sounds to me like you’ve achieved a lot in six months! The time aspect is the part I really struggle with, not the writing but all the other blog maintenance, social media, post promotion etc. I would love to go self hosted eventually. Your blog looks lovely. Thank you for sharing #KCACOLS

  69. May 14, 2016 / 10:40 pm

    Ah yes every bit of this is so very true. And can relate to so many bloggers. I decided when it became a stress that I had to step back from it for a little bit and still do from time to time. I have my mindset as it’s a hobby more than a necessity and that seems to help. #KCACOLS

  70. May 16, 2016 / 9:34 am

    I could totally echo this!! TIME…time time; if only!! Blog posts always flying around! I am nearly 1 year old, myself. #bigpinklink

  71. May 16, 2016 / 10:59 am

    It’s like you’ve written this for me! I debuted last week so soaking up all the advice and tips I can find!! So much for me to learn…off to swot up on Linkys!!

  72. May 16, 2016 / 4:40 pm

    Ah I think you’ve achieved loads in 6 months babe!! Love your writing and your blog and I think you are actually superwoman for doing it all with 2 babies at home!! I can’t manage much and I only have one. I look forward to seeing where you go with this lovely blog, I’m sure it’ll be exciting. #bigpinklink

    • tammymum
      May 17, 2016 / 6:42 pm

      Ahh thank you lovey such a nice comment xx

  73. May 18, 2016 / 11:16 am

    Happy half blog-i-versary! I agree that it can be such a crazy journey once you decide to start blogging. I literally had NO CLUE about what an alternate universe it really is, and how many other people are in it and also, all the stuff you need to know!! I too thought that with hindsight I should have stayed anonymous as it definitely does limit what you can say about certain topics for fear of offending people close to you, but equally I know that it can be a struggle for people who are anon to stay anon and still get opportunities. I cannot believe you have just 11 months between your children and still manage to blog! Massive well done!! 😀 Thanks for linking. #bigpinklink

    • tammymum
      May 24, 2016 / 9:47 pm

      Ahh I have just seen this in my spam! Thank you for a lovely comment. Yes I hadn’t thought about the difficulties that being anon may have brought so perhaps it worked out for the best. Yep 2 babies 11 months, definitely crazy idea trying to fit a blog in too. Thanks again lovey xx

  74. May 22, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    I dont think you’replaying catch up at all. I think you are growingand going at your own pace and I think you and what you have achieved is awesome! Especially with 2 young babies to run around after. Great post. Great blogger!
    #bigpinklink #triballove

    • tammymum
      May 23, 2016 / 9:47 am

      Thank you lovey xx

  75. May 22, 2016 / 8:50 pm

    Happy 6 months! Great post – thank you – very reassuring as we’re just three weeks in and spent a lot of last week trying to figure out the whole linky thing!!! We’re having a great time though and really enjoying making such fab new friends :)

    • tammymum
      May 23, 2016 / 9:49 am

      Ah wow three weeks well done you I was still very lost at sea at 3 weeks. Glad you’re enjoying it, it’s great but very consuming. Thank you for your comment xx