Blogging 1 Year In

Blogging 1 Year In

The end of this month will see my blog turn one. I will have been blogging for 12 months. I wrote a similar post at the halfway stage, Blogging 6 Months in. I mentioned in this post how my blog was born, one very sporadic Thursday night without any thought or research, cue 6 months spent working out what the hell you actually do with a blog, other than writing posts. I also wrote about the future of blog and where I would like to take it…

The last 6 months have seen a bit of a transformation in my approach to blogging, and I think its fair to say I have come along way in the 12 months since I wrote that first post. Aesthetically my blog is better and I do believe my content has improved but I put this down to practice. I have started to carve out a bit of niche for myself, albeit a rather broad one and have found a real penchant for taking photos. I originally wrote ‘photography’ but that feels a little too professional for the snaps I take, they’re not all Pinterest perfect or Instagram Features but I enjoy it nonetheless. I have loved developing my Instagram feed and improving the photos I take…I would LOVE a fancy pants camera to take these photos with… maybe then they will be Pinterest perfect eh.

zara and toby in the bath

My blog and social media following has improved somewhat over the last 6 months and I have started to note a considerable increase in the amount of PR related attention coming my way. Whilst this wasn’t the reason I started blogging I have said before that it is an avenue I am keen to explore and am excited about the potential my blog has brought me and the direction it is going in. I have great plans for the future of my blog and can’t wait to bring them to fruition.

Whilst my blog may not be my source of income, (dare I say, yet?!) and it may not be the biggest or most popular out there, to me, it is so much more than a hobby or wage packet. I started to increase the time spent on my blog earlier this year and in hindsight I don’t think this was a coincidence. It was a difficult time in my life, I had my second baby in 11 months, who was premature, still poorly and a one year old. I was elbow deep in sleepless nights, nappies, feeds, reflux, consultant appointments, toddler/baby gate, I had a house to keep in some kind of order and a partner working all hours, on piss poor sleep to provide. I put myself at the very back of a long queue, that is motherhood, especially that of two very young babies. I am not complaining for I know, just as I did then, that it was a phase to get through but looking back it was a dark phase at times.

 

macbook and nspresso

During this time my blog gave me more than a space to offload, moan or celebrate the good. It gave me some wonderful friends, people to talk to in the middle of the night when our kids wouldn’t sleep, people to keep me company on those lonely parenting days and people to guide me through the blogging world. It also gave me something I wasn’t expecting, something I hadn’t had for a while, it gave me a purpose – a purpose that was for me and didn’t involve tending to someone else. That’s not to say my babies were not purpose enough, far from it, believe me when I say – they are my everything. It is just that gave me something to do that was mine and for me alone. It gave me a space to get lost in, it gave me a mental and personal challenge but most importantly it brought me back to life at time that was becoming increasingly dark and difficult. Blogging gave me, me.

Now, that I have made the difficult decision not to return to work and stay at home with my babies blogging provides me with an adult space that I can pour my thoughts and brainwaves into and tt gives me something that I miss from the working world. It also gives me the potential for a future.

When people ask me about my blog I do it I tend to mumble something inaudible and pass it off as, ‘it give me something to do’. This is selling it short, it is so much more than something to do and I love it.

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27 Comments

  1. October 21, 2016 / 5:41 pm

    Congratulations! This is a great achievement 😊
    I can’t wait to see where you take your blogging – you hcan take it wherever you want and I am sure you could earn a living from it ☺

  2. October 21, 2016 / 7:29 pm

    I know what you mean – I kind of pass off blogging as ‘something I do’ when people ask me about it, but it’s really important to me – it’s given me a great circle of friends and a fantastic creative outlet. Congrats on year 1 – can’t wait to see what year 2 brings!

  3. October 22, 2016 / 9:33 pm

    Happy 1st blogging birthday! I have only been blogging ten months and I love it. I can’t imagine it not in my life now. You have done so much in your first year and I am sure that your second year will be just as brilliant, if not better x #KCACOLS

  4. October 22, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    Congrats on your one-year anniversary, an achievement in itself! All the best for your second year #KCACOLS

  5. October 23, 2016 / 8:45 am

    Aww definitely seeling yourself short – it’s a wonderful blog and quite an achievement to get to a whole year. You should be proud. I am only on 9 months so far but excited to pass my year milestone – so many don’t get that far. Thanks for linking with #KCACOLS. We hope you come back next time.

  6. October 23, 2016 / 12:15 pm

    Congrats on making it to a year! I love your comments – I haven’t even mentionned mine to anyone, almost like I’m embarrassed of it yet why?! I feel the same about it giving me some adult time, it might not be a job but it’s more than a hobby and introduces you to a great community of people in similar positions – often very inspiring people!! Well done! #kcacols

  7. October 23, 2016 / 3:59 pm

    Congratulations on a year of blogging! I love your blog, it is something to be very proud of. Not many of my friends and family know about my blog, I don’t think they would get why I do it. Can’t wait to see what you do over the next year with your blog x
    #KCACOLS

  8. October 23, 2016 / 8:10 pm

    Congratulations on 1 year! In some ways I’ve been blogging (verybuncessefully) for 2 years but due to recently going self hosted and working to get an it more if a social media platform I feel as though I’ve really only just started :) #KCACOLS

  9. October 23, 2016 / 8:14 pm

    I love reading these blog updates. I have only been blogging for three months and sometimes I think I am KILLING it- then the next day my traffic nose dives no matter what I try and do to change it. It is quite difficult to balance all aspects of the blog AND be a full time mama isnt it? Congrats on one year. That is certainly an accomplishment.
    #KCACOLS

  10. October 23, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    Happy Blogging birthday! It’s great to reflect on what you’ve achieved and it looks like you have achieved lots! #KCACOLS

  11. October 24, 2016 / 7:21 am

    aww I’m nearly a year in too! Oh and we shouldn’t sell it short – oh my word the blood and tears! How much effort do we put into this? I love it too though and totally agree that it helps fill that gap that not working opens up. So glad you still love it and your love of photography too – I’m loving that aspect as well xx #MarvMondays

  12. October 24, 2016 / 7:50 am

    Congratulations on your first bloggerversary! You definitely seem to have done well so far.. keep going! It’s so true though blogging really does give you so much more than just something to do. I’ve met some wonderful people through blogging and it’s really helped me through my down days, in fact I haven’t has an absolute all out bad day over the last few months where i’ve been chatting to other bloggers more, it’s definitely an amazing community x #KCACOLS

  13. October 24, 2016 / 8:44 am

    I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging a year, I would have guessed much longer. I’m only three months in and I can totally relate to everything you said. I feel like I finally found me again too. Happy blogoversary x

    • October 24, 2016 / 10:40 am

      Eh, I can’t believe you have only been blogging for three months! That’s a lovely thing to say about ‘finding me again’.

  14. October 24, 2016 / 10:37 am

    I love reading these ‘anniversary’ or #blog milestone’ posts! I am only two months in and it’s so encouraging to read about bloggers’ positive experiences about the whole business. Congrats to you on growing your lovely blog. I get the whole ‘adult space’ thing. So important when you are at home all day with smallies. Good luck for the next year of blogging! Onwards and upwards! #MarvMondays.

  15. October 24, 2016 / 1:12 pm

    Isn’t it funny how we all poohpooh our blogs to other people? No wonder everyone thinks it’ about “free stuff” haha! Happy Blogiversary #KCACOLS

  16. October 24, 2016 / 2:44 pm

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on being a new blogger. As a mom blogger 2 months in, I hope that I – like you – will have the fortitude to stick it out through the wackiness life throws our way. Great job!

  17. October 24, 2016 / 2:45 pm

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on being a new blogger. As a mom blogger 2 months in, I hope that I – like you – will have the fortitude to stick it out through the wackiness life throws our way. Great job!
    #KCACOLS

  18. October 24, 2016 / 5:10 pm

    Congrats on your bloggversery. I also find it hard sometimes to talk to people outside of the blogging world about what it means to have this little corner of the internet to yourself. Its more than a hobby but its hard to describe what exactly it is besides using words like therapy or creative outlet and feeling kind of foolish. #KCACOLS

  19. October 24, 2016 / 9:45 pm

    I found myself nodding in agreement to this post. It truly becomes a labour of love. #KCACOLS

  20. October 25, 2016 / 1:24 am

    Congrats on making it through a year of blogging and with so many other things going on in your life. My blog is around the same age and it’s often challenging but worthwhile in the end (I think). #MarvMondays #KCACOLS

  21. October 25, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    Blogging is a great form of therapy. I started when my eldest was 3 months just as something to do when he slept, now I have 2 children and no time to do anything haha I always make time to blog because thats what I love and its great to have a little something for yourself :) #kcaols

  22. Laura
    October 27, 2016 / 4:33 am

    Happy 1st birthday!!! Congrats too you have an amazing blog! I know what you mean, the best part about blogging for me has been the people I have met along the way! The blogging circle is so supportive I love it! #KCACOLS

  23. October 27, 2016 / 2:42 pm

    How exciting to be at a year! I’m only 5 months in and I’m already hooked on blogging – I love having my own little space in the world! #MarvMondays

  24. October 27, 2016 / 8:20 pm

    Happy first blog birthday! Big milestone! I’m sure the next year will bring amazing things for you and your blog! x #KCACOLS

  25. October 29, 2016 / 11:41 pm

    Congrats on the one year blogging anniversary lovely! It such a great achievement. I bet it all feels like its passed very quickly :-) Blogging really is a wonderful passion and hobby to have. Just like you it gave me something that was just mine that I could escape to when everyone else was at work and I had no one to talk to. To have it turn into so much more really is the most wonderful thing :-) You have a lovely blog and I seriously cant believe that you’ve only been blogging for a year. Thanks for sharing this on #MarvMondays. Emily

  26. December 19, 2016 / 6:56 am

    Hey Sarah, Its been only 1 year and you are doing so well that no one could guess it right. My blog is around the same age and yes, I love it too. Struggle comes when I need to explain someone that I do this because I like this. Its admirable that you managed blogging with all those hurdles and came up as a winner. Great going!