My first month as a Mummy blogger

It has been just over a month since I started this blog and I thought I would take the time on this quiet Sunday to reflect on my blogging experience so far.

What I love about blogging:
• Having a place to express myself, write down my worries and document what’s going on with Leo.
• Feeling the love from other bloggers through their lovely comments on my posts.
• Embracing my creative side and indulging my inner writer.
• Discovering lots of other parenting blogs and reading so many inspiring posts.

What I dislike about blogging:
• Using an android tablet and mobile phone to write my blog. The blogger app is ok but everything would be so much easier if I had a laptop. Copying and pasting html, adding images and even just typing text are 10 times more difficult that they need to be on a tablet.
• Blogger. I regret deciding to use Blogger to host my blog instead of WordPress. There seems to be more design options and you get a .com url when you have a WordPress blog. Ah well, I’m sure if I put a bit more effort in I can make my blog beautiful.

What I’ve learnt so far:
Writing and perfecting posts is quite time consuming.
• There are these amazing things called linkys. These are weekly/monthly post sharing events hosted by other bloggers. They are a great way to get your blog seen and the prompts can give you inspiration if you are suffering from writers block. My favourites are The List and Twinkly Tuesday. If you want more info on linkys click here.
• I have lots of ideas but not enough time. As soon as I started my blog I knew that thinking up content would not be an issue for me but finding the time to write it all would be. My head is bursting with post ideas but this is just a hobby and I don’t want it to consume all my free time.
• Social media is essential to grow your blog audience. I have kept my Facebook page just for personal use but I am now sharing my blog on my Twitter account. In the last month I have had several interactions with other bloggers who have been lovely enough to retweet and share my blog.
• Honesty is the best policy. The best blogs I have read are written by people who are not afraid to be themselves; their posts are real and honest and this makes for much more enjoyable reading.
• Trolling does not seem to be present in the parent blogosphere (well I am yet to experience it anyway). I was worried about people judging me and my parenting skills when I started this blog but everyone seems to be really lovely and supportive.

What I still want to learn/do:
• How to add text to pictures.
• How to add big social sharing buttons to my page.
• Improve the layout/design of my blog.
• Write posts more regularly.
• Find and get to know more lovely mummy/daddy bloggers.
• Fix laptop so blogging becomes easier and therefore more enjoyable!

The stats:
I know it’s important not to get bogged down by statistics but I am just looking back out of curiosity…
Posts: 13
Pageviews: 765
Comments: 37
Subscribers: 0
New twitter followers: 25
Most popular post: TimeHop: A love/hate relationship.

So there you go, a brief look back at my first month as a Mummy blogger. Are you also a newborn blogger? I would love to know how you are enjoying it all.

If you’re looking for some great blogging tips I recommend giving You Baby Me Mummy blog club a look.

I am really loving this whole experience and I look forward to getting to know even more of you and continuing to write about mine and Leo’s adventures.
The Twinkle Diaries
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15 Comments

  1. thetwodarlings.com
    May 5, 2015 / 8:12 am

    You're doing really well for one month in, I'm about 4 months in now and I have to agree, the comments and support from other bloggers is so refreshing and wonderful! #TwinklyTuesday

  2. May 5, 2015 / 9:41 am

    I am also new to this blogging thing so recognise a lot of what you have reflected on here. I can see how it could get addictive but it is just a hobby for me which I am enjoying so far but being a mummy comes first and blogging about it comes well after this! #TwinklyTuesdays

  3. May 5, 2015 / 10:11 am

    Welcome to the blogging world! I pay about £3.99 a month for pic money, there is also the free version too. You can upload pics, add text, use it to create buttons and if you want, place frames on your pictures. It may help. Angela xx

    Angela recently posted "Cinderella Daddy Daughter Date" http://wp.me/p5XRN6-1k6

  4. May 5, 2015 / 10:50 am

    Well done you on your first month! You've done really well!
    Glad I came across your blog through Twinkly Tuesdays. I'll be adding you on my list!

    I use PicMonkey to write on photos. You can use the free version or the pay a little price for a Royale account.

    🙂 And well done you on having the patience blogging using your phone !! I could never do that!

    Beth | http://www.life-as-mum.co.uk

  5. May 5, 2015 / 2:21 pm

    Yep..it's one of the best bits 🙂 xx

  6. May 5, 2015 / 2:29 pm

    Yes..mummy first..blogger second!it's a fun hobby though!xx

  7. May 5, 2015 / 2:31 pm

    Thank you Angela!I will have to have a look at that site..sounds perfect!xx

  8. May 5, 2015 / 2:33 pm

    Thank you :).yes I am going to have a look into pic monkey.Ohh blogging on the phone can be very frustrating at times..desperately in need of a laptop!xxx

  9. May 5, 2015 / 7:28 pm

    hi! i am just in my first month of blogging too! you can find me at Muddypuddlesandglitter.com

    its really lovely to get comments back from regular bloggers isnt it. i'm still finding my feet but get there slowly! you have done very well! 🙂

  10. May 6, 2015 / 12:59 pm

    Well done on your first month in the blogging world! That's amazing you've done it all without a laptop – i can't even imagine. I've been blogging since January, just for fun – but it is addictive. I did things bit by bit, like adding social media buttons, the design etc – so it's not so overwhelming to do it all at once. Good luck xx #twinklytuesday

  11. May 6, 2015 / 7:04 pm

    What a great post and thank you so much for mentioning us as one of your favourite linky's! To be up there with #The List is awesome! You are doing so well already with your blog. I may mention that if you do want to move to wordpress, it may be worth investigating how to do it…with so few posts it'd be much easier now than later on down the line! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

  12. May 7, 2015 / 2:19 pm

    Oh yay, someone else who's new to this!yes lovely comments are amazing!I will pop over to your blog for a read soon 🙂 xx

  13. May 7, 2015 / 2:21 pm

    Yea the lack of laptop is a nightmare!I think you're right..doing it bit by bit is a good idea!xx

  14. May 7, 2015 / 2:23 pm

    You're welcome. .I love #TwinklyTuesday.. one of the few linkys I've found where you can link posts about anything and everything.not sure what to do yet..might be lazy and stick to blogger!xx

  15. May 7, 2015 / 2:23 pm

    You're welcome. .I love #TwinklyTuesday.. one of the few linkys I've found where you can link posts about anything and everything.not sure what to do yet..might be lazy and stick to blogger!xx

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