6 months of blogging

Back in the summer, when I lay awake one night imagining all the things I’d blog about, I didn’t really comprehend all that there is to creating and maintaining a blog.

It’s more technical than I imagined. It’s more about reading than writing. It’s more about looking outwards, connecting with people, than an isolated exercise of regurgitating your own thoughts and feelings on to paper. (Sorry, screen.)

4 weeks in, I reflected on what I’d learnt. As I approach 6 months of blogging, I wanted to take another gate review, and share some of the things I’ve learnt along the way – particularly for any new bloggers reading this.

1. Pinnable images.

Never underestimate the strength of a strong image. It’ll be how your post ‘attracts’ views on linkies, it will be used if your post is pinned to pinterest, and will be visible via linked tweets. I try and stick to squares, as they are insta-friendly. Try and use my own where possible (to avoid any sticky rules on licensing) and use the same recognisable font. Oh, and of course, include your blog url. I did this from the start, but I didn’t realise how important it would be.

2. Social Media.

Love it or hate it, generally, people won’t ‘stumble’ across your blog on the internet. You need to put it some where people are going to see it. I use mainly twitter, with a dabbling in pinterest, google plus and instagram. Not facebook, for reasons I shared here. I’m sticking with that decision for now – I find twitter sucks up alot of my time already so that’s enough for me, at the mo.

With twitter, instagram…Use hashtags as often as possible so people ‘find’ you – tricks include use of trending hashtags (#xfactor on a saturday night, #kidsofinstagram, or #pbloggers, #mbloggers at every opportunity). Also make good use of follow friday #FF, #mondayblogshare, #sundayblogshare etc etc. Just remember…there is a real world Β to live in outside twitter too πŸ˜‰

3. Linkies.

An amazing and essential part of getting your blog out there and meeting ‘the community’. There are so many great ones to join in with – several every day in fact. You will find the ones you love, then new ones will appear, from bloggers you love. Hell you may even start your own. My advice is this: join in when you can, when you feel like it, when you want to. There is no rule that says you need to be there every week – this is fun remember? If you’re busy, don’t sweat it. There will be another linky, or ten, tomorrow. I have a few favourites which I try and make it to – but we are all human and we all understand we have busy lives. The linking is the easy bit…it’s easy to run out of time with the reading, which in some link ups is highly frowned upon!

So you’ve joined several linkies. It looks like fun, all the good blogs will come to you? I can do that can’t I?! Yes, true. But, as a fantastic blogger warned me – starting a link up will be a lot of work. Prep, promoting, retweeting, reading, commenting. I didn’t think I needed a co-host at first…but Talya basically saved me from drowning a little in the reading on a Thursday for #coolmumclub. I do however love the feeling that I have created something special – a community of like minded women (and one man, once) who enjoy a good laugh and haven’t given up on themselves. No regrets here.

4. Going self hosted.

Should probably have done that before starting a linky…but anyway…two weeks in to #coolmumclub launching, I took my usual approach of just jumping right in. Why? Because I had read that wordpress.com, my previous platform had limits and boundaries with where you could take your blog (i.e. monetising) and there were certain elements I couldn’t use (like an embedded thumbnail linky) which reall really bugged me. I used TSOHost as a third party server provider – for a few pounds a month, and they migrated my site. Word of warning – it doesn’t mean you end up with the exact same site, on a SH platform…you will need to redesign the blog using wordpress.org which works differently to wordpress.com. It’s obviously do-able (I did it) but expect a steep learning curve, choose a time your life isn’t already manic, and be prepared to cry over the laptop. Once it was mastered, there was no looking back. Instead of widgets, you will learn all about plug-ins. And I’m not talking the ones that make your room smell nice.

5. Content.

First lesson, only write what you are happy to be read. Obvious right? But it’s so easy to get carried away on that keyboard. Even if you are anonymous, people you know might, will, have read your blog. I try to always bear that in mind so rants about who may have wound me up that day are definitely not blog material.

Some guidelines say the best blogs are all positive and nicey, but some of my favourite blogs are all about the nitty gritty reality of parenting – so I don’t buy into that theory. Keep it real, true to yourself. That is what makes your blog yours. People might love it, people might hate it. Don’t worry, variety is the spice of life.

If you aren’t feeling like writing…remember you are the boss of you. The beauty of blogging is that you are driving this thing. Don’t want to write? Then don’t. Fancy a night in front of the TV? Do it. Got a busy week? Forget the laptop. You choose to write when suits you…try not to let it overwhelm you.

6. Start a series.

I have a few, #coolmumclub, #hidethebags, our big build, quotes from the G-unit. They will keep you on the blogging straight and narrow if you’re having a blank moment. I have to admit, some of mine aren’t all that popular (like quotes from the G-unit) but I love capturing the gorgeous things my kids have said – so I don’t care! I’m sticking with it.

7. Hosting a guest series.

A little like #6, but this time you are sharing the limelight with other bloggers. This advice was passed on to me by my lovely co-host Talya who loves a guest series. Be warned though…this isn’t a case of just letting someone else do all the work! It’s no easy ride…You need to reach out to bloggers, chase them up, edit, prepare posts, pinnable images, promote as usual…but I have to say I have loved kicking off #coolmumclub;meetthemembers. Seeing my featured bloggers connecting with dozens of other bloggers through #coolmumclub makes me feel a little bit warm and fuzzy. Like I did something good today.

8. Blog bucket list

Try and think about small blog goals – where are you going? What do you hope to achieve? Who would you love to work with, be it other bloggers or brands? Write it down. You could even share it, like I did here. I can’t believe how much of this I have actually achieved in such a short space of time. With a bit of tenacity, a little bit of help from some amazing bloggers and a lot of support and understanding from an incredible husband.

9. Blog design.

I had the perfect opportunity to redesign my blog when I went self hosted. But, in a way it was too much to do all in one go. I also kind of like my little corner of the internet as it is? For now…I guess one day I’d like something more proffessional, maybe some images that connect my header with parenting, coolmumclub..make it instantly recognisable. But it says alot about me. Nature, blue skies, the sea, Kent. I really really love some blog designs like The Twinkle DiariesΒ , Running in Lavender and Hello Archie. One day, I hope I’ll be as slick and beautiful on screen as they are.

10. Being anonymous.

I’m in the middle of writing a post about this, so will keep this short, But, I’m still anonymous for the most part. I’ve shared my blog with more friends and family than I initially thought I would, but still only a select few. For me it’s not about telling people I know, how I feel, it’s about reaching out to Mums, parents, who feel the same way I do. Offering support, a giggle, a knowing virtual hug. I guess that’s my blog voice – and I don’t think you need to see my face to hear me.

N.B. Twitter does weird things where it finds your contact lists and sends invites to people you know. If you’re seriously wanting to be 100% anonymous, bear that in mind! I was pretty shocked the first time people I knew followed me on twitter or told me they liked my blog. But stick with the first rule in point 5, and you’ll be fine.

11. Monetising the blog.

Focus on making your blog the best it can be, and it will (might?) come. Or so I believe. If you really want this – go self hosted. If and when you are approached, consider carefully what you say yes to, and don’t be afraid to ask for payment. Or more payment. Create a work with me page on your menu. And a disclosure statement. Don’t expect to get rich quick, but don’t give up either. Do reviews JFF (just for fun) to showcase your work. Accept reviews of random stuff for free for the same reason. Think about what you want to achieve, and go for it. It may be you can use your blog to support another good cause, or raise awareness for something you are passionate about?

11. Be gracious.

The blogging community are pretty lovely. I cannot recommendΒ this more, but get out there, find your favourite blogs – be they huge pro-bloggers or tiny little baby ones just starting out. Read, comment, read some more, share, pin, tweet and read some more. Be nice, you will be overwhelmed by the comments and niceness that comes back your way. Like I have been. Thank you to those of you who know who you are. x x x

 

It’s not all been a bed of roses. The blog has been really hard work, consumed a lot of my energy, and I have definitely had days I wonder WTF I am doing, what is it all for, and had major panic over why I am sharing these thoughts with…well…I don’t know who. But I have also had comments and compliments that have made me feel that I have created something special, that gives me the drive to keep going, for now.

I don’t know what the future holds for me, and the blog; but I look forward to finding out.

 

xxx MMT

 

 

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85 thoughts on “6 months of blogging

  1. mand Reply

    6 months!!!

    Im torn with the staying anonymous point. Its nice to put a face to a post but im not too sure about putting my sons face out there.

    I blog for fun, started as somthing to do when my son napped. I love reading and instead of googling everything id rather read 1st hand accounts from mums going through it as i am. I’ve seen self hosting referenced a few times aswell as reviews etc but my knowledge of websites is very limited. For now im enjoying connecting with other mums when time allows.

    1. MMT Reply

      you are right it’s nice to have a focus for online parenting reads…I’m not up for putting the girls faces out there either.Sounss like for now you have nailed it. enjoy! Xx

  2. Robyn Reply

    Yours is one of the first blogs I started following when I decided to have a go at blogging myself, about 3 months ago. I seriously can’t believe you’ve achieved so much in six months, I’d thought you must have been around for AGES because you seem so ‘established’, haha! I love all of your tips but especially the ones with the message to relax and just do what you want to. Thanks for reminding me the only one putting any pressure on me is me πŸ™‚

    1. MMT Reply

      We are all guilty of it! I have had weeks where I have published a post every day and weeks with none. I always wonder if I should hold off publishing them, save them for a quiet week… But always decide against it! Thanks for your kind words x

  3. wyldfamilytravel Reply

    good article lots of valid information and very relevant
    #marvelousmondays

    1. MMT Reply

      Thank you x

  4. The Anxious Dragon Reply

    We started blogging at virtually the same time. I have followed virtually the same path as you except for the self hosting thing. I still manage to talk myself in and out of that on a daily basis.
    I love your blog and am glad to have found it so early on xx #fartglitter

    1. MMT Reply

      The feeling is mutual! Thanks for the kind words of encouragement… Throughout the whole time! X

  5. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

    Well done with how far you have come. It really surprised me that only about 10% of my blogging time is writing! #Fartglitter

    1. MMT Reply

      It really is… I wonder how some of the pro bloggers do it? Especially ones with kids?! I imagine them having a team of blog elves in the HQ pretending to be them online… That or they are superhuman! X thanks for reading and taking time to comment

  6. An imperfect Mum (@animperfectmum) Reply

    Wow you’ve achieved such a lot in 6 months. I use pseudonyms for my kids and don’t use my surname but I have yet to go self hosted. Not sure about that yet. #fartglitter

    1. MMT Reply

      The self hosted thing was a one off stress…not ongoing, if that helps?! thanks for the comments x x ps. my kids aren’t really called Tigs & Dangermouse…the latter may be more obvious but Tigs was born out of Toddler-G which I hated typing out! X

  7. cvnxena Reply

    Such a lovely & useful post! I can’t believe you have only been blogging for 6 months! I love MMT and I see you around the linky circuits too! I went self hosted originally but you learn quickly there is so much more to a blog haha I feel like there is a never ending list of things l want to do with mine… I forget to take a step back and stop being so full on :p plus if i’m feeling particularly write-y then I do lots of linkies :p #coolmumclub made it onto my linky lovin’ post too! Thanks for sharing! #MarvMondays

    1. mummuddlingthrough Reply

      You are so right – the to do list never ends, it just changes! So much to learn…I’m already thinking about my 2016 bucket list πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by x

  8. Anna Brophy Reply

    Seriously in awe of you right now!! I am not far off 6 months and I don’t even understand most of the tech stuff you’re referring to! This is my big let down. Love writing, love blogging, love the community: crap at IT and photography. Learning more every day from the likes of this post! Thanks! #fartglitter

    1. MMT Reply

      I think I’m just a bit obsessive with whatever the latest project is! You’ll get there. And who says you have to? Enjoy it and you’re already winning… X MMT

      1. Anna Brophy Reply

        Thanks!! I am bloody feeling alive again. This is my new ‘work’, given I am a SAHM (desperately hankering for my old job, but not financially worth it). So I have a whole new world of ‘colleagues’ to chat to! xx #coolmumclub

  9. Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows Reply

    Fab post- my thoughts exactly in all your points. Love the new look! x

    Thanks for linking up to #fartglitter x

  10. Sleepingthroughyet Reply

    Wow you’ve achieved so much in 6 months already. Great blog and lovely post to read. I think you are so right about blogging when you want to, although easier said than done, I find blogging so addictive. I’d like to go self-hosted one day but I don’t think I’m quite ready just yet. x #fartglitter

    1. mummuddlingthrough Reply

      It is, isn’t it! I don’t think I have actually had one blog free day in months, whether linking, tweeting, tinkering or writing! x Thanks for reading and commenting

  11. Lucy Reply

    Really useful post, thank you. I’m very new to this whole blogging world myself (2 months in) so it is really interesting to hear from people just slightly further down the line. The idea of going self-hosted scares me silly though! #MarvMondays

    1. MMT Reply

      There’s a lot of cloak and daggers in relation to going self hosted…lots of mentions but not a huge amount of real info on what it involves. I always swore I would be the one to write that brutally honest post…but forgot all about it in the chaos! Good luck with your blog x

  12. Sarah Howe (@RunJumpScrap) Reply

    You have done a tonne in 6 months lovey and it’s ace! Going self hosted and hosting a linky are massive and can take up a lot of time but the benefits of writing and meeting so many people has been brilliant. Lets see what the next 6 months brings xx #fartglitter

    1. MMT Reply

      Thanks Sarah… The linky definitely took the blog to the next level, but certainly at a cost! It’s alot of work, but I do love it that new fab bloggers find their way to me. Thanks for the kind words x x

  13. mumisthewordblog Reply

    Wow. How informative and inspiring. I am a new blogger and still on WordPress. I think I’m definitely going to get researching SH, thanks for the helpful post #fartglitter

    1. MMT Reply

      I think the best advice anyone gave me is to just enjoy it…do that and you’ll always be on top of things πŸ™‚ Good luck!

  14. beth Reply

    Oh wow. 6 months?! Well done you.
    I love joining in with linkies xx

  15. Morgan Prince Reply

    What a great list of tips! I love linkies, it’s not always possible to join in with every one you want to but there’s so many out there you could never do it! I think you’re right though, blogging should be fun first. πŸ™‚

  16. Told By Mum Reply

    Great post! I am about two months into blogging and really enjoying it but sometimes I get frustrated that there is so much I ‘need to do’ and I only have a snatched 30 mins here and there!! But some great tips here. Thanks πŸ™‚ #MarvMondays

  17. Ky Reply

    Woah 6 months?! Well done, I’ve been blogging on and off just over a year now and if I’d done any of what you’ve done I would be proud. I’m terrible at planning, and finding time. I go through phases of wishing I’d gone anonymous, I sometimes feel like I can’t open up/write about what I want to for fear of offending family or friends.x #marvmondays

  18. Melissa Reply

    I love everything about this..except that it makes me feel I should be further along by now πŸ˜‰ But seriously, the “more reading than writing” is so true (even in book writing!) and I’ve tried to explain exact thing to people who don’t write or who are considering blogging and they think I’m insane or doing something wrong. I love all of your points on things you have learned and I’m going to try to put many to practice! #fartglitter

  19. nightwisprav3n Reply

    I’ve been blogging for six months now too and I’ve learned a lot. I don’t use Facebook that much to promote either. I have a page for my blog that I use to promote but my personal account usually doesn’t get much action. It’s for personal use so while I will post some things both from my own blog and from others, I don’t do it often. I am going to be starting a guest posting series this week. I was contacted by someone who wants to do it and even though I’m a little apprehensive about it, I figured I will just give it a try and see what happens. #abitofeverything

  20. Dean B Reply

    Great points! I’ve been blogging on and off for the past several years and only have sort of taken blogging “seriously” lately. Well sort of… I use the word “seriously” not that seriously πŸ˜‰ Anyway, I’ve also been thinking of self-hosting. Still with wordpress.com. Will take the plunge early next year. As for being anonymous, I’m still sort of semi-annoymous too. Not sure I want to give that one up… at least not just yet πŸ™‚ #abitofeverything.

  21. Kaye Reply

    Fantastic tips, it took me at least a year to learn all these! Congrats on going self-hosted, I think eventually we all want as much control as possible over our blogs. Thanks for linking up to Marvellous Mondays, hope to see you again next week! Kaye xo #MarvMondays

  22. Kirsty Reply

    Brilliant post – really helpful for a new blogger.
    Will keep these points in mind going forward.

    Thank you!!

    numerotwentysix.blogspot.co.uk

    KT xo.

  23. Irina Reply

    Thank you for sharing, it’s so helpful to read about another blogger’s journey. I just started blogging a couple of weeks ago and it can feel a bit overwhelming. I needed a good dose of optimism πŸ™‚
    Happy I found you on #abitofeverything!

  24. Lucy @bottlefor2 Reply

    Wow. Impressive. You’ve done and learnt a lot in your 6 months. And started a linky with lovely Talya. Well done you. It takes up such a lot of time though, doesn’t it. I’d love to do more, but finding the time is such a challenge I think there would be too much pressure on myself for something that is meant to be my hobby, not my job! Love that you advise to take the pressure off. If you don’t want to do it today, don’t. Wise words. #coolmumclub

  25. butterflymum83 Reply

    Congratulations on your blogging half birthday! You have achieved so much in just six months πŸ™‚ These are fantastic tips and I’ve saved this post to my home screen for future reference as I’m collecting blogging tips right now (need all the help I can get!) Thanks for sharing.

    #coolmumclub

  26. rhymingwithwine Reply

    I can’t believe that you’ve only been blogging for 6 months? And you’re already self hosted and hosting a linky? Brilliant! You must be really proud. Thank you for the great tips and advice. I’m with you on remaining anonymous, I wonder whether my lack of images will hold me back, but I just don’t feel too comfortable sharing pictures of the kids. (Great for those that do though – it does bring a post to life!) As for self hosted, I wouldn’t even know where to begin but thank you for the pointers. If ever I feel brave enough I might explore a bit further….

    Thank you for hosting.
    #coolmumclub x

    1. mummuddlingthrough Reply

      Lack of images? You mean thats not you in the avatar?! πŸ˜‰ xx

  27. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) Reply

    Wow that’s a lot to have learned and done in 6 months – I was a bit further into my blogging journey when I discovered some of these. Going self-hosted definitely makes things like hosting a linky a lot easier and I love the sense of community that comes from being part of one and hosting one, even with all the work that it involves. I was quite surprised when I realised just how little writing blog posts is part of being a blogger. Learning that it’s okay not to blog if you don’t want to is very important – it is so easy to get overwhelmed and feel like you have to post all the time and join in as many linkies as possible and that just leads to exhaustion. Happy blogging half-birthday – always love reading your blog and joining in with #coolmumclub πŸ™‚

  28. Smallstuffandme Reply

    I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for 6 months! I thought you had been at it for years! I love your approach to blogging and think the advice you have shared is really useful. It’s so easy to get caught up in “having” to blog rather than “wanting” to. it’s nice to see evidence that it’s OK to break “the rules” I prefer to stay anonymous-ish too.

    1. mummuddlingthrough Reply

      Thanks hun xx

  29. Nadia - ScandiMummy Reply

    Congratulations on six months. I just celebrated my first six months. These are great tips, something I’d have loved to read when I was first starting out. #coolmumclub

    Nadia – ScandiMummy x

    1. mummuddlingthrough Reply

      I’m pretty sure I did read posts just like this in the beginning…and had no idea what anyone was talking about! been a steep learning curve hey? Thanks for stopping by xx

  30. toughcookie11 Reply

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing. I think I am going to start self hosted at Christmas as I would have been blogging for 4 months and feel that the time is right to totally go for it, and spend some time on the look of the blog at the same time. Fingers crossed for the future #coolmumclub

    1. mummuddlingthrough Reply

      In hindsight I’m pleased I did it sooner rather than later…good luck! x

  31. Kyles Reply

    I am beyond impressed. We’ve been blogging for about the same time and I haven’t done half of these things. It’s funny though, different things work for different people. I find for my type of content, Facebook works best. I’ve even been considering getting rid of my actual blog and just having a Facebook page to stop the double-work. Congratulations on everything you have achieved. Onwards and upwards! #coolmumclub

  32. Rebecca @ AAUBlog Reply

    so impressed with all you have done, and learnt, after only 6 months! I was so scred to self-host it took about a year lol #coolmumclub

  33. occupation:(m)other Reply

    Ooo I’m feeling all inspired! I’m going to go and have a blog brainstorm now. I have a few projects I want to do and I particularly like the advice to just do what you want, how you want, when you want…I’m having a mini-break while I have a think about what things will look like, and it’s very useful to remember it’s ok to do that. No one is putting me under pressure other than me! Love #coolmumclub. Congratulations on a fab 6 months (I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for six months!)

    1. MMT Reply

      Thank you! xxx

  34. Ellie @ Hand Me Down Baby Reply

    Only 6 months?! That’s amazing; you’ve achieved so much in that time – you must be so proud!
    I’m looking forward to reading more about the choices you’ve made. Great post, thanks!
    #coolmumclub

  35. lifeofaglasgowgirl (@ofaglasgowgirl) Reply

    Really good tips! I myself am thinking about all the things I have learned since starting blogging and they are very similar. Self hosting is great and a great way to attract more people I would say. I love blogging now. It really is filled with a lot more technical stuff than I originally thought. Great post! Very informative. #coolmumclub

    Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

  36. Kat @ Eat.Love.Live Reply

    Happy 6 month blogaversary! You have learnt loads in such a short time! Some of these points I don’t have the guts to face after 9 months of blogging ha! X #coolmumclub

  37. wendy Reply

    This is a really good post, full of great advice. I have been blogging about 9months and my blog/approach to blogging is nowhere near as organised as yours. I know all the things I need to do but I can’t find the time/energy to do it. I never expected to love blogging as much as I do though, every is so lovely and supportive xx #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      I think I need a little rest! Planning some blog down time over chrimbo…much needed, it’s been hard work but I am proud of my ‘third baby’!

  38. maestromummy Reply

    Fab advice – thanks for sharing. Congrats on a very successful 6 months & here’s to 6 more πŸ™‚ #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      Cheers hun x

  39. mumof3 Reply

    Amazing to see how much you’ve achieved in 6 months! Though I started my blog about a year ago I, erm, was too nervous to tell anyone about it, or reach out to other bloggers. So I’m a real newbie to it all, and there are so many amazing posts out there I wish I’d dived in sooner. Thanks for the advice – and congratulations on a fab 6 months! #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      Thanks for stopping by – I really loved your post! x

    2. MMT Reply

      Thank you x

  40. Claire at Tin Box Traveller Reply

    My, you’ve done a lot and learnt so much in your first six months. I’ve been blogging three years (I’m not sure when that happened by the way) and it took me a lot longer to get half of this down πŸ™‚ There’s some great tips here for new bloggers #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      Thanks, I don’t quite know how I got here, but it’s been fun. And hard work!

  41. thesparklenest Reply

    I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for 6 months, I thought you were a long standing pro! You’ve achieved so much and that’s an inspiration. I’ve just gone self hosted after about 6 months and I’m glad I did although I’m still stuck on a few things, and yes there were tears of frustration over the keyboard! I stick my name and face on my blog, but I still don’t tell people about it ‘in real life’ – I posted about breaking up with my partner and then got a text from my cousin asking if I was ok having read my blog that morning – then I realised that more people who know me read it than I think!

    1. MMT Reply

      I have had similar experiences…nothing is really secret when you’re putting it out there on the internet! Thanks for stopping by x

  42. The Anxious Dragon Reply

    Coming back from #coolmumclub. I have made the decision to do the self hosting rhifn at christmas. There, Ive said it, now you have to hold me to it xx

    1. MMT Reply

      If I can do it, you can xxx

  43. reimerandruby Reply

    Great list with great advice! I’m also in my 6 months of blogging and same as you do I’ve learned a lot of things, and most of all I belong to this great blogging community which is full of wonderful people. I wouldn’t have known about if I didn’t dare start blogging. Congratulations and wishing you more fruitful years of blogging! #coolmumclub

  44. motherhoodtherealdeal Reply

    Happy 6 months lovely! I’m so pleased you’re part of this crazy blogging world! xxx #coolmumclub

  45. Mrs Lighty Reply

    Some great advice here, thank you! I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for 6 months, I love your blog! Here’s to the next 6 and many more, hurrah! Thanks for hosting the #coolmumclub πŸ™‚

    1. MMT Reply

      Thanks sweetie x x x

  46. agentspitback Reply

    Happy 6th month blog-versary! Thanks for sharing your journey. I am so glad to have met you in this blogging world! I have enjoyed being part of the wonderful community you have created! Thanks for sharing with #abitofeverything

    1. MMT Reply

      Ah, thank you gold pants! Xxx

  47. tammymum Reply

    That’s a really helpful post thank you. Especially the bit about self hosting something I am considering but not sure if I have the time (ability) to do it. I am still a fledgling blogger but loving it but you are right it can be time consuming so fitting everything in isn’t always easy! Lime you say there is much re to it than writing. Thanks for the advice though, it was a great read #coolmumclub xx

  48. Mum in Brum Reply

    I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for 6 months – you’ve achieved so much! Brilliant lessons for any blogger. I had a nightmare going self-hosted but I much prefer it now. Creating a blog series is something I’ve got planned for the new year, I think it’s also a good idea to have a regular topic for those ‘writer’s block days’ (I’ve had a few of those recently!) It’s funny but the anonymous thing isn’t something I ever really thought about when I first started, but I can definitely see the appeal – most of what I write isn’t really written for people who know me and sometimes I’m put off writing about certain things as I wouldn’t want to be judged offline – but having said that, I haven’t found it a major problem. I do despise it though how social media knows exactly who you are! xx #coolmumclub

    1. mummuddlingthrough Reply

      Thanks Nat! It’s so sneaky that…I soon realised I needed to be Okay with any content I published. It help me find my blogging boundaries which has probably been a good thing πŸ™‚

  49. This Mum's Life Reply

    I didn’t know you had only been blogging 6 months! You have achieved so much, and I thought you must’ve been doing this for several years. All of the things you talk about are so relevant, and so true. Especially the opening paragraph-I literally thought blogging would be just me and my computer, pouring my heart out to a faceless number of people who might have stumbled across it and read it. Then I discovered twitter and a whole new world of wonderful people, and amazing blogs! And ways to get my posts looked at too! But I do need to be careful of my growing linky fomo, I do try and link up to my favourites every week, whatever the cost, and I need to stop pressuring myself to, because nobody will worry if I’m there or not! I was sure I would always be anonymous, but have now revealed the picture for your series, but for the most part, I won’t be putting pictures of myself in my posts, and will never put the boys faces out there. Great post, and very sound advice.
    #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      Aw, thank you Love. It’s actually 5 months… It’s been a funny old journey, I didn’t imagine Id take it so seriously! guess it’s replaced my job, and my work ethic. I don’t do things by halves… Hence why I’m looking forward to a little blog break over chrimbo. Enjoy your little week in the spotlight! Xxx

  50. Parent inPJs Reply

    OMG totally inspired! Great advice! Thank you! *pads off in pyjamas feeling fabulous!* will absolutely be better, will absolutely be better xxx

  51. ethannevelyn.com Reply

    This is really interesting. You have achieved so much within 6 months! Incredible! Well done! I am almost 6 months too and I will need to do my list pretty soon. I feel like I am so behind you. I really need to catch up. You are very inspiring and so I have pinned this under “HELP! Bloggers”. Hope you don’t mind. πŸ™‚ xx

  52. Something Crunchy Mummy Reply

    Time just flys doesn’t it and we learn so much. Great list. I’m still not self hosting and it’s totally alien to me. #coolmumclub xx

  53. Walking With Anxiety Reply

    Great post, I hope I am where you are at six months. The problem with me is I am also a freelance writer, so after all my clients work it’s a bit like a busman’s holiday to blog, but I love doing it. Keep up the good work.

  54. Jo - Mother of Teenagers Reply

    Hi Sarah
    I know this is a long time after the post but this struck a chord with me. I am 2 weeks in and yours is the first post I have read that pretty much sums up exactly how I feel right now, in fact I posted something today on my journey so far. There is so much more to it than just writing which I just hadn’t factored in. I am learning every day but there is still a long journey ahead. Interested to read your self-hosting comment too as been thinking I should have done that from the off so you may have just inspired me to take the plunge and get on with it. I am also doing it anonymously in that my offline mates don’t know apart from one who happened to sneak through the twitter barrier! Will be joining in with your next linky. Great advice.

    1. MMT Reply

      Hi Jo, thanks for the lovely comment. I’m glad this post has helped you. Good luck with the blogging journey and see you on Thursday for #coolmumclub xx

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