Happy 1st Birthday to my blog!

On the 12th of March 2015 I published my first post ‘Frustrations of a Mummy‘ onto Educating Roversi. If you pay it a visit, you’ll see that it actually was transferred from a previous blog I had begun back in the September of the year before. This blog was called “Becky, Bump and Beyond”, or something to that effect, but I struggled to develop with it, form an identity and I didn’t like that my first name was in the title. When I came up with Educating Roversi I was really pleased and I still, to this day, like it. I think half of the struggle in beginning a blog is deciding on a name for it!

When I began it, I knew literally nothing. I didn’t know why I was writing it, who I wanted to read it (if anybody) and I didn’t know how long I would keep it going. It’s fair to say that the fact that I have been running it for a year and have written over 100 posts is something I am proud of! The face of Educating Roversi, in terms of design, has changed over the year however I’ve finally got a theme I can work with and a logo that reflects me and my life (hopefully!).

cropped-header.jpg

The technical side of the blog is still something I have a lot to learn about, but YouTube and other peoples helpful posts is slowly developing my knowledge!

What I have learnt is:

  1. Blogging isn’t as easy as it seems. I naively thought that I’d use it like a diary, documenting life and my son’s milestones, however you need your own style and I soon realised I didn’t want mine to be a diary. It wasn’t very interesting! Not only that but, if you want anyone to read it, it takes time and dedication to get your blog, and posts, seen by others.
  2. Twitter is where it’s at. I have about eight times more followers on Twitter than my Facebook page. Facebook posts don’t get seen by as many people and they encourage you to pay to promote in order to increase your exposure. With a little effort on Twitter – mainly interacting with other bloggers and joining in with links – I have found my followers steadily increase and with that I have found lots of blogs to read!
  3. There is A LOT of competition. Although competition isn’t the right word because the blogging community is so supportive and kind but there are literally millions of blogs and thousands on parenting/motherhood, which is mainly what I blog about.
  4. It’s relaxing. Blogging is my little bit of relaxation. It’s my me time. My sanctuary. I can think, document my thoughts/worries/experiences and I’m really enjoying having a hobby that I can keep going with, despite having a child. I also love that there is a log of my son as he grows.
  5. It’s a support network. Last week I wrote this post about my son using a dummy. Following it going live, I received comments supporting me in my decision and giving me advice for when I chose to wean Mini R off them. Anything I need advice on, I can write a post or tweet and usually someone will have some kinds words to help me. It’s brilliant! I’m lucky that I haven’t been subject to any trolls yet!

I don’t have goals as such for my blog. I don’t want to put lots of pressure on myself for fear of losing the love I have for it. It’s a struggle to fit it in with my life as a teacher, mum and wife so sometimes being a blogger takes a back seat. What I do know is that I want to continue with it, I hope I will continue to improve as a writer and my following will continue to grow. So with that I’ll say “Happy 1st Birthday Educating Roversi” and thank you to those that read, comment, follow and like. It’s truly appreciated 🙂

IMG_7047

Cheers! 

As always, I love to read your comments so post below or find me on Twitter and Facebook!

Linking up with #FabFridayPost</a

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

About Educating Roversi

30 something wife and Mum to one. Blogging about parenthood, home, days out and anything else that takes my fancy!
This entry was posted in All Posts. Bookmark the permalink.

18 Responses to Happy 1st Birthday to my blog!

  1. Pingback: The Post I Wasn’t Going To Write… |

  2. Suburban Mum says:

    Happy 1st Birrhday to you! Lots of very valid points I think most of us struggle to get as much interaction on Facebook as we do Twitter!

    I do love the blogging community too – everyone is so supportive of one another.

    Thank you for linking up to #Kcacols and I hope to see you back again on Sunday

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Silly Mummy says:

    Aww – congratulations on your 1st birthday! I’ve nearly been doing it a year too – how time flies! I agree that it is so much easier to interact on twitter (who knew – I never used it before the blog!). Facebook is so complicated to get anywhere with. Though it is a better referrer of blog traffic, often. #KCACOLS

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Aaah congratulations. It’s a lovely feeling that 1st Anniversary I’m sure. A lovely time to look back and reflect on what your blog has become. It’s interesting to see how you have changed your initial thoughts slightly. I’m just thinking I have kind of done that too. I guess that must be quite common. Here’s to the next year for you. #KCACOLS

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Congrats! Yes blogging is so great isn’t it? I love it, I blog now instead of watch TV or read a book. #FabFridayPost

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Happy Blogiversary! its also mine as well! xx
    #KCACOLS

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Becky, Cuddle Fairy says:

    Happy Birthday lovely!! How exciting! Cuddle Fairy turns one in a couple of weeks. I agree with you – Twitter is where it’s at. Facebook would be amazing if they didn’t limit our reach in order to get paid. They can be a very frustrating network. I find blogging like a support group too – such an amazing community! #KCACOLS x

    Liked by 1 person

  8. The Pramshed says:

    Happy 1st Blog Birthday to you, and a big well done! I love reading your blog posts. I think it takes time to find an identity and style for your blog, and that I believe can only be found once you’ve been blogging for a while, and know your style of writing, what to write and who your audience are. I’ve only been blogging for 2 months, so still very new, but starting to find my direction, I just need my blog to match that now. I agree with you Twitter, it’s by far the best platform to speak to other bloggers and promote your posts. Claire x #KCACOLS

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Tracey @ One Frazzled Mum says:

    Happy blog birthday, I think you are totally right about it not being so easy it really does take time and dedication to turn it into something other want to read doesn’t it #KCACOLS

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Double the Monkey Business says:

    Happy Anniversary! Here is to another fab year, I will be reading 🙂 #FabFridayPost x

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Happy Bloggiversary! I agree with all your points. Maintaining a blog is hard work but addictive and very rewarding.
    Here’s to many more years
    #FabFridayPost

    Liked by 1 person

  12. moderatemum says:

    Happy blogday! Bloggiversary! Or something x

    Liked by 1 person

Let me know what you think and leave a reply!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s