6 Months into Blogging!

I can’t believe it! My little blog is 6 months old already! Thank you to all of you who have been supportive and reading it. As you know I started it as a way to remember various points in our family life, but it’s also becoming a bit of an emotional release for me too. I haven’t, and don’t plan to sugar coat my life or how I’m feeling when it comes to parenting, I’m keeping true to how it is because then I can look back and realise how far we’ve come and be proud that the hard days made the good days that much better.

So what have I learned/accomplished in these 6 months of blogging? Lets have a look…

  • The blogging world is ginormous. A lot bigger than I thought, and there’s a blog for just about everything!
  • The parenting blogger community is just that; a community. I’ve not met a mean/nasty blogger (yet) and I hope to keep it that way!
  • A lot of work is put into a successful blog. It’s not just a case of writing a few posts and becoming a viral sensation.
  • Keeping tabs on a range of social media platforms is quite a task, but it can be worth it if done properly.
  • Love the writing. It’s not much fun to blog “because you have to.” You’ve got to remember why you started to write it in the first place, and if you’re not enjoying it, it’ll become clear in your writing!
  • I’ve still yet to work out how people juggle housework/kids/family etc and still manage to whack out a couple of posts a week!
  • There’s a lot of ways to connect with other bloggers, through guest posts or linky’s (you might have seen a few I’ve joined in with!) They’re great fun and another way to find new blogs!
  • I’m part of the #blogsquad over at Meet Other Mums where once a month I post over there too!

I’ll admit I started out as one of those naïve people who thought it would just be a case of writing a few posts, spreading it across a few social media platforms and voila! I’d be raking in the views and people would love what I write. But the more I delve into what makes a good blogger, the more I realise its not that easy. And anyone who thinks it is needs to do a good bit of research! The majority of my audience is primarily friends and family (thank you <3) and with so many other parenting bloggers out there, it’s a wonder any of them get read at times! But I’m not bothered by this, because I’ve learned that a good blog takes a lot of time and effort, and quite honestly, I don’t always have the time or energy to put into it just yet. I’m happy for my blog to be what it is, and eventually it might progress further.

Things I’d like to achieve in the next 6-12 months:

  • To go self-hosted at some point!
  • I’m still trying to find the button which allows me to add more menu buttons at the top of my page (can anyone help?)
  • I think I might opt for a new theme at some point.
  • Create a “set featured image” for my posts as opposed to the random jumble of colours I have right now.
  • A new homepage banner.
  • Promote my social media platforms a bit more and perhaps delve into pinterest…we’ll see on that! and generally be more active.
  • Join in with more linkys and guest post series.

So happy 6 months to Bringing up the Berneys, I’m very much excited to see where the next 6 months will take us! Thank you to you all for being great and reading it!

Becky x


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  1. June 20, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    You’re right blogging is so much more involved than I thought it was before I started! Good luck.

    • June 20, 2017 / 1:10 pm

      Thanks! – You too! The blogging world is so much bigger than I thought too!

  2. June 20, 2017 / 1:44 pm

    Woo hoo! Happy 6 Month Blog Birthday! Keep up the good work #TriumphantTales xx

  3. June 20, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    Congrats lovely! Blogging is so much more than I thought too – but it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. Keep it up and I’m sure we’loll both be viral sensations in no time!

    • June 20, 2017 / 7:18 pm

      Thank you :)) Yes definitely, I love my little blog (and yours too actually haha!) Maybe one day 😉 I’ll keep my fingers crossed until then lol x

  4. June 20, 2017 / 11:59 pm

    woo happy six months! It’s my first blogging anniversary next month and I finally went self-hosted a few months ago – it was totally worth it and you definitely should do it! #triumphanttales

    • June 21, 2017 / 8:53 am

      Thank you! Ooh exciting! 😀 crazy how fast time goes isn’t it!? Yeah I really want to, just gotta find some spare pennies lol x

  5. June 22, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    Happy 6 month blogiversary! I love blogging but it really does take up a lot of time. I was up until 1am last night writing! #triumphanttales

    • June 22, 2017 / 9:14 pm

      oh my goodness that’s late (mind you I think 10pm is late these days! haha!) there’s a sense of accomplishment every time you press publish though isn’t there?! sometimes that feeling makes it worthwhile! x

  6. June 24, 2017 / 3:08 am

    congrats, a lot of people get discouraged early and give up. I think you nailed it when you said that a love of writing is one of the most important aspects to sticking with it. Its very eye opening what a full time job it quickly turns into #triumphanttales

    • June 24, 2017 / 9:55 am

      Thank you! Yeah I did read somewhere before a lot get discouraged early on, which is a shame really! Definitely, I find that if I’m just not feeling it or I’m stumped as to what to write I leave it alone and come back when I’m ready. Forcing it would make me dislike it more! Thanks for stopping by! x

  7. June 25, 2017 / 12:52 pm

    It sounds like you know exactly what you want out of blogging and with the right drive to achieve these goals. Im excited to see your journey. oh and by the way self hosted with TSO is really easy and pretty cheap. I did it 2 days before Christmas because Im a sucker for pain and it was such an easy transition, just remember to write a post on this blog redirecting to the new site!
    Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week.

    • June 25, 2017 / 7:36 pm

      Thank you! 🙂 yeah TSO were who I was thinking of going with, I’ve heard nothing but good things about them. Oh wow haha! I guess all the Christmas shopping would’ve been done by then! 😛 ah okay yep brilliant thankyou 🙂 x

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