Blogging: My First 3 Months

April 17, 2016 32 Comments
Blogging

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

  • Sarah April 17, 2016 at 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 April 17, 2016 at 6:28 pm

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

  • Emma April 17, 2016 at 9:31 am

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

    • Kerry April 17, 2016 at 6:30 pm

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

  • Natasha Mairs April 17, 2016 at 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 April 17, 2016 at 6:34 pm

      Thank you, that’s lovely to hear x

  • Emma Jones April 17, 2016 at 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 April 17, 2016 at 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

  • Single Mum Speaks April 17, 2016 at 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 April 18, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      Thank you, that’s really sweet of you x

  • Nicole @ The Professional Mom Project April 18, 2016 at 2:19 am

    Congrats on the first 3 months! Wishing you the best going forward #KCACOLS

    • Kerry April 18, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      Thank you x

  • Allyson Greene April 18, 2016 at 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 April 18, 2016 at 5:39 pm

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

  • Jason April 18, 2016 at 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 April 18, 2016 at 5:42 pm

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

  • Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons April 18, 2016 at 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 April 18, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      Thank you, and thank you for stopping by x

  • bread April 18, 2016 at 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 April 19, 2016 at 6:52 am

      Thank you, that’s lovely to hear x

  • motherhermit25 April 20, 2016 at 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 April 20, 2016 at 2:24 pm

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

    • Kerry April 20, 2016 at 2:27 pm

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

  • ajay kalva April 20, 2016 at 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

  • Clare April 21, 2016 at 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 April 21, 2016 at 5:40 pm

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

  • To Arizona and beyond April 22, 2016 at 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 April 22, 2016 at 2:05 pm

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

  • Laura - dear bear and beany April 23, 2016 at 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 May 1, 2016 at 3:47 pm

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

  • A Moment with Franca April 23, 2016 at 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 May 1, 2016 at 3:48 pm

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

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