Blogging: My First 3 Months

Blogging: My First 3 Months

So I started blogging just over 3 months ago, and what a whirlwind it has been so far and this is only the start! So I thought I would share my experiences of my first 3 months of blogging, and what a steep learning curve it has been.

Blogging: My First 3 Months

I wanted to start a blog for years, but just never had the time or inclination to just go for it.  Over the Christmas period I was between jobs, and ploughed my energy into cooking, creating and crafting things for Christmas. I realised how much I enjoyed being creative, and wanted to find an outlet to document my successes (and fails!), and give more of a purpose to my re-established hobbies.

I was due  to go back to work part time in January, so it seemed to be a good time to start.  I did my research and read loads of blogs and tutorials on how to start, and on January 1st 2016 my blog was born.

The first thing I did was decide on a name. I already had the idea that I wanted to blog about trying to achieve domestic bliss, that would encompass all my hobbies and my most important pastime of being a mum. So I googled variations on that to see what was available and came up with Blissful Domestication. Whilst I’m aware it’s not the catchiest of names, I thought it would allow me to take the blog in any direction.

I decided to go self-hosted straight away and invest some money into my new past time. Everything I read suggested to go with WordPress. I had no idea what this was or where to start, but I chose a hosting company that supported it.  I spent the entire weekend building a little website, and wrote my first blog, and set up a Facebook page and new Twitter account to support it.

I had no idea at the time that I had just used a basic web builder program and had not opted for the WordPress option, but I happily plodded along and was quite pleased of my little space on the internet.  I started posting some of my recipes, and enjoyed putting the posts together and baking lots (so was James!) in order to get the pictures.

Twitter took some getting used to, I really didn’t understand it at first, I had no idea what these linky things were that people kept tweeting about it, but by the end of January I had 100 followers and felt like I was finally getting the hang of it. Unfortunately at this time I also realised the limitations of my website, and after contacting my hosting company discovered that in order to use WordPress I would need to start my blogging website from scratch, so I bit the bullet and went with it.

As a complete technophobe, I found WordPress extremely daunting at first, it took me hours to find out how to access my dashboard! After a very frustrating weekend of starring at a computer screen, crying, and spending hours on live technical support I got the basics up and running and reposted some of my original blogs.

February was a better month.  I definitely had got the hang of twitter, and followers sored from 100 to over 1000. I posted my first ‘mummy blog’, about my relationship with my tummy, something I’d wanted to write for years, and was amazed when it started to receive comments. I joined my first linky, and discovered how easy it was, so started linking up with more. I really started to enjoy blogging, and if i’m honest it took over my life a little bit. I was literally happy dancing when I had my first subscriber than wasn’t related to me!

March started off well, I still had a massive enthusiasm for my blog and spent every spare minute I could on it. I started using Instagram more, and literally started taking pictures all the time. I was approached by Brtish Military Fitness about being part of their Spring Into Action campaign and, as I believed in the ethos of getting kids outside and playing, I agreed. I was so excited by it, and the fact that this could be the start of bigger things to come.  Towards the end of the month I wasn’t able to post as consistently as before due to work and other life commitments, but this is something I need to work on to get the blog/life balance right. The month was finished off by receiving nominations in the MADS awards for best new blog, and best craft blog which was a nice cherry on top of the last 3 months.

So what do the next 3 months hold? Who knows? I’ve just ranked #1289 in the TOTS100 chart, not bad for just 3 months, but this is definitely something I want to improve on. I also want to post more consistently, and continue to build my audiences on Facebook and Twitter and use Instagram more. I’ve just invested in some artwork for my blog and social media channels, and I love the new look. Maybe I’ll even try a vlog? Whatever the next 3 months of blogging holds, I just want to enjoy the ride!

 

 

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32 Comments

  1. Apr 17, 2016 / 8:01 am

    Well done you are going great guns. I started mine for a couple of months last year, but then gave up for ages, but now I’m back again and determined to make a go of it now, especially that I feel I have virtual blogging friends to cheer me on 🙂 #KCACOLS

    • Kerry
      Author
      Apr 17, 2016 / 6:28 pm

      It definitely helps having blogging friends to keep you going, you’re doing a grand job x

  2. Apr 17, 2016 / 9:31 am

    Well done you are doing really well and it sounds like you are learning lots too. 🙂 #KCACOLS

    • Kerry
      Author
      Apr 17, 2016 / 6:30 pm

      It’s a constant learning curve! But I still have so much to learn x

  3. Apr 17, 2016 / 10:31 am

    congratulations on 3 months blogging. Your blog looks very professional and looks like a blog that has been going for a long time #KCACOLS

    • Kerry
      Author
      Apr 17, 2016 / 6:34 pm

      Thank you, that’s lovely to hear x

  4. Apr 17, 2016 / 5:51 pm

    Sounds like a brilliant first 3 months and some fab results. I started in November and am fairly happy with my social media growth apart from Facebook which is stuck at below 100! Good luck & happy blogging. #kcacols lifeinthemumslane

    • Kerry
      Author
      Apr 17, 2016 / 6:38 pm

      Thank you, yes my Facebook suffers too, but it’s slowly building. In truth I don’t spend as much time on it as I should. Ill pop over and add a like for you x

  5. Apr 17, 2016 / 9:37 pm

    I agree with what one of the other commenters has said, your blog looks very professional. Congratulations on your first three months, and here’s to many more! #KCACOLS

    • Kerry
      Author
      Apr 18, 2016 / 5:34 pm

      Thank you, that’s really sweet of you x

    • Kerry
      Author
      Apr 18, 2016 / 5:36 pm

      Thank you x

  6. Apr 18, 2016 / 3:37 am

    You are doing great! it can be so stressful and time consuming sometimes (I understand completely I just spent half my weekend fixing a stupid error). But, I think it is worth it! Keep up the great work! #KCACOLS

    • Kerry
      Author
      Apr 18, 2016 / 5:39 pm

      Thank you, yes it can be stressful, but I still love it x

  7. Jason
    Apr 18, 2016 / 8:39 am

    What a fantastic progression in your first 3 months! I’m more than a year in and only 500 twitter followers. Might have to try and fix that! Thanks for sharing #KCACOLS

    • Kerry
      Author
      Apr 18, 2016 / 5:42 pm

      Thank you, I’m struggling on FB to get a following but will keep at it! Thanks for stopping by x

  8. Apr 18, 2016 / 2:29 pm

    Congratulations on your first 3 months! You’re doing a fabulous job and getting great results from your work too – here’s to the next 3 months! #KCACOLS

    • Kerry
      Author
      Apr 18, 2016 / 5:43 pm

      Thank you, and thank you for stopping by x

  9. Apr 18, 2016 / 6:49 pm

    You’re doing great. WordPress can be very hard if you’ve never dealt with CMS before. And I like your blog name. #KCACOLS

    • Kerry
      Author
      Apr 19, 2016 / 6:52 am

      Thank you, that’s lovely to hear x

  10. Apr 20, 2016 / 1:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing- you’ve inspired me- I’ve only been blogging 2 weeks and I’m really enjoying it but I’m the same with Instagram- need to use it more! #KCACOLS

    • Kerry
      Author
      Apr 20, 2016 / 2:24 pm

      Ahh, thank you, that’s nice to hear! Stick with it and thank you for your comment x

    • Kerry
      Author
      Apr 20, 2016 / 2:27 pm

      Ahh thank you, that’s nice to hear! Good luck and thanks for popping by x

  11. Apr 20, 2016 / 10:33 pm

    First of all thanks for sharing your insights, and choosing wordpress is like swimming a sea without CMS knowledge, and being frank you are doing great, and the name KCACOLS is awesome. Visit you again bye

  12. Apr 21, 2016 / 2:24 pm

    Blogging is fab isn’t it? The artwork looks brilliant! A very successful 3 months lovely! I hope you continue to enjoy it, you have such a lovely blog! #KCACOLS xx

    • Kerry
      Author
      Apr 21, 2016 / 5:40 pm

      Thank you, that’s really lovely of you to say x

  13. Apr 22, 2016 / 1:56 pm

    You’ve achieved so much in 3 months! Well done for being self hosted, it’s something I’d considered but haven’t been brave enough to do. I too spent hours looking up things to do on the WordPress dashboard and I only joined Twitter a few months ago. I still don’t understand it really! Good luck for the next few months #KCACOLS

    • Kerry
      Author
      Apr 22, 2016 / 2:05 pm

      Thank you, I still have so much to learn though x

  14. Apr 23, 2016 / 3:37 pm

    Well done! I’m a newbie too and blogging has totally taken over my life, I love it! I’m sure you will continue to do well x

    • Kerry
      Author
      May 1, 2016 / 3:47 pm

      Thank you, and you, good luck with your blogging future x

  15. Apr 23, 2016 / 3:40 pm

    Congratulations on your first 3 months of blogging! You have achieved a lot in such a short amount of time!! Your blog looks great!! Blogging is amazing and the blogging community is fabt!! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS, 🙂 xx

    • Kerry
      Author
      May 1, 2016 / 3:48 pm

      Thank you, I appreciate that from one whose blog I admire. Thank you for hosting x

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