Exactly one year ago today i sat down and started this blog. I never thought that i would still be writing it a year later, i honestly thought i would give up after a few weeks, like i do with most things. When i started my blog i had no idea what i was doing and my first post Why Write A Blog was pretty rubbish. But i remember being so happy that about five people had actually read my blog post!
I started Newcastle Family Life as a way of recording my pregnancy with baby number three and to record days out with my girls, an online family diary to occupy me while i was bored on maternity leave. I never in a million years thought that anyone would ever read my blog and now thousands of people each month do, so i would just like to say a huge thank you to every single person who has taken the time to read or comment on my blog or followed me on social media.
The past year has been rather amazing both personal wise and blog wise. I have recorded my whole third pregnancy and welcomed my baby boy Jacob into the world who has completed are family. We watched Sophia grow and celebrate her first birthday and Chloe my eldest turned twelve.
Blog wise things have been equally amazing i have started making money from my blog and have registered myself as self employed, i am so amazed that i can make money doing something that i actually love doing. Early last year i was a Morrison Mum and got to take Sophia to Swimming lessons. I was a Mother and Baby Magazine award tester and a Baby's R Us Babyologist tester, I have reviewed for many brands on my blog including Sassy Bloom, Theraline, Tommee Tippee, Bright Starts and the The Gro Company to name just a few. I was also invited to a Motherecare re-opening event as a VIP blogger and i got to interview Myleene Klass .I attended a Baby Natal class and recently attended a craft event. I am also a Blogs For babies resident blogger, a Mama Academy ambassador and i have been working in partnership with Berry Clever. So many amazing opportunities which i am so thankful for.
I heave learnt that social media is such a huge part of blogging, a year ago i had never even been on Twitter now i have over 2500 followers! I set up my Facebook page at the end of last year and have 150 followers (i would love some more followers, pretty please) and since joining Instagram in the summer i have 430 + followers. I have also recently joined Pinterest and have 40 + followers there too. I am now a social media addict, but i have met some lovely people through social media who make this such an enjoyable experience for me.
Even though i have had such amazing experiences in my first year of blogging, recently i have been feeling a bit like maybe blogging is not for me. Now i have two very small children i simply do not have much time to spend on social media and don't always have very much time to write. I also feel like i do not have any close bogging friends like so many others have been lucky enough to find, i sometimes don't feel like i fit in. I have also found blogging quiet competitive and i have no interest in stats and begging people for votes for awards. I simply want to write because i enjoy it that's all.
But now that i have made it to a year of blogging and after much deliberating about if i should carry on or not i have decided that i am going to carry on with my blog as i do enjoy it, its my 'me time' and i don't think i can imagine a life without blogging now. I am planning on making a few changes to my blog and hopefully writing more and making things even better in the next year. And i even have my ticket for Brit Mums Live 2015 where hopefully i will learn lots about blogging and fingers crossed make some close blogging buddies of my very own.
So happy first birthday Newcastle Family Life Blog, thank you for an amazing first year and i can not wait to see what a second year will bring.