Tuesday, 24 April 2012

today is possibly.. maybe... my blogs birthday?

Lots of other bloggers know when they started their blogs, they have a very firm date, the first post and from then on their blogs grew and grew, some bloggers know when they reach their 100th post, or 500th post or their 10'000 tweet or whatever milestone crops up, marking the occasion with something of worth.

Me on the other hand don't really know any of that!

I started this blog officially I guess on 11th December 2010 promising myself I would stick to the blog, I had no real idea what I was doing at that point and didn't really expect anyone to ever read my blog, it was like a new beginning a brand new baby I so wanted to nurture and grow.


But after only posting a handful of posts over Christmas, we had a rough start to the new year, real life got in the way and my blog got left high and dry until this very day a year ago. 24th April

Thats when I was able to really start posting again, having just moved house the blog took my mind of things and gave me something to focus on.

This day last year I very nearly didn't bother coming back to the blog, it wouldn't have been unusual, I had done it a couple of times in the past where I started with great intentions then something happened and all them hopes were slashed and put on hold (like my failed 366 challenge), so it wouldn't have been surprising if this blog had sat collecting dust with tangle weed blowing through it occasionally forever more, never to be revisited.

But for whatever reason it was, on 24th April I decided to post again, infact I went abit over board and posted three times that Sunday afternoon! (you can read them posts here)

After that each month my blog grew abit more, I changed the header from the standard blogger variety and put my own stamp on it, I set up a facebook page and joined in more and more of the blogging communities and now I am pretty proud at where I have got, I really do love this little space on the corner of the internet, I still consider myself to be very much a newbie with sooo much to learn and improve when it comes to my blog but I do know the most important thing is making sure that love and enjoyment, that excitement of hitting publish on a post and receiving a comment that drew me into blogging in the first place is never lost.

There are huge talks of the whole business side of blogging flashing around over the Internet at the moment, making money is obviously a huge draw to bloggers and I think theres not that many of us who can truthfully say they would not want to be paid for doing what they love, but it is not easy when you tiptoe into the corners of that side of the blogging world, it is a slippery path one that can make or break a blog. Having a constant thought about how to make money, and wondering what you should be doing more or less of in order to attract that illusive fortune is draining, it is mentally exhausting and will quickly zap the love right out of any blog, and we have to remember that blogs are nothing without the heart of the writer behind them.

So what have I learnt in the past year? Too much to write here.

What do I hope for the next year? To be honest I really don't know but right now I just aim to continue to love care and nurture my blog as it wobbles into its toddler years, and  if by this time next year I can look back on my blog and see 24 months filled with blog posts, brimming with photos, preserving those smiles of my children that I desperately want to capture and store safely forever more then I will look back with a smile on my face like I do now as I flick through the posts of the past 12 months.




25 comments:

  1. Happy Blogaversery Sarah! I'm so glad you decided to blog as you are one of my Favs! Hope you are blogging for many more years to come! x

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  2. Yes, happy anniversary! We hit the 2 year milepost last week. Love the picture of your little boy in the woods, such great expressions!

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  3. I'm definitely feeling the blog love at the moment. Whilst I don't make any money from blogging, I do use my blog to promote my other activities (writing and art) and these do make a bit for me.

    Blogging is a great way to remember things as they happen, and share with others.

    Lesley x.

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    1. theres so much potential when you have a blog, meeting friends and people with common intrests, sharing photos and stories gaining inspiration, promoting other intrests its such a wonderful hobby

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  4. Today is the 24th April though... just kidding! Happy blogging anniversary, hopefully my blog will get there some day!

    Ana xx

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    1. whoops! **blushes** my mistake have quickly changed the typo... looks around hoping no one else noticed!

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  5. Well give yourself a pat on the back - your blog is great, you write from the heart and take lovely pictures. Make sure you back you blog up every now and then too. One of the reasons I blog is for my kids - when they are older and I am really old and grey, if they want to know about their childhood they will have many happy memories to look back on. Keep it up!

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    1. Thank you Rae, I backed my blog up for the first time the other week and will keep on top of it from now on would hate to loose it :D x

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  6. Your blog is like the Queen - it has a real birthday and an official birthday.

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    1. hehe my own little piece of royality :)

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  7. Hi! lovely blog! and happy blog birthday ;) You have some really wonderful photos of your kids, what camera do u use?

    thanks for popping my blog, all boxes are now unpacked and the first official guests arrive after dinner (speaking of which, that needs cooking haha) =)

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    1. Thanks for commenting over here Kimberly I use a very cheap point and shoot camera believe it or not, one day maybe I will get myself a proper camera but sometimes I think the best shots are gained by having the ease of use and quickness you get with a small point and shoot :)

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  8. Happy birthday blog, im so glad you carried on i love to read your posts. I am the same with mine not really sure where im going with it either but enjoying a little place to write and meet new people.
    making it as mum xx

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    1. Thanks Catherine its very addictive blogging I spend far too much time blog hopping but I love reading other peoples blogs :)

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  9. Really interesting reading! I agree about the money side of things, but also about following, I'm increasingly frustrated by the amount of 'you follow me and I'll follow you' posters, what is this, the Pied Piper? Surely you write because you want to not because of numbers following and you read other blogs because you find some value in them. Sorry about that, rant over!Rx

    http://sandersonsmithstory.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. thanks for commenting Rachael, some people write for themselves some people love to share, I guess by having public blogs most of us want readers as well as somewhere to write, we all blog for the love of it but having followers and receiving comments certainly always bring a smile to my face. And don't wrry about ranting thats something bloggings great for too :D

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  10. happy blogversary! I missed my last one yet again this year :-( great to have your own little piece of cyber space :-)

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  11. Happy Birthday to your blog!!!!!!! Keep posting and do it because you love it.

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  12. happy blog birthday - I don't know the start of mine because I deleted posts! duh!
    lovely photos.

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