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