Starting this blog back in February 2015, I don’t think I realised just how much it would change my life. I think one of the best things about blogging is how unexpected it is and how unique the journey is for everybody. Your blog is a space where you can achieve anything, if you work hard and set your mind to it.
Everyday I’m astounded by the opportunities that other bloggers get, and by the messages that crop up in my own inbox. Yes, being a blogger is hard work. It’s not just a case of writing a few words and pressing publish. The hours are long and the work that goes into creating and promoting posts is crazy. But the rewards so far have been incredibly worth it.
What started out as a creative outlet for me while on maternity leave, has turned into a huge part of my everyday life. I feel so lucky to get to share our life, and the fact that people want to read about our little Cornish adventures astounds me.
Every comment that hits my page brings me so much joy, as does every linker that shares their adventures on #whatevertheweather, and every person on social media who likes a post enough to share it.
One of my favourite things about blogging is the community of people that surrounds it. It is such a friendly community. I’ve met some incredible people who I reach out to daily. I love being a part of their journey and I love that they’re apart of mine, helping behind the scenes, giving advice and friendship.
Reflecting back on the last year and what blogging has given to my family, I am in awe.
We’ve been lucky enough to go on two staycations, one in St. Mawes and one at Bedruthan Steps, we’ve been sent some beautiful products, been out for both delicious and fun adventures and been featured in the local news. I’ve been given the opportunity to write articles for some incredible websites, been a brand ambassador for a lovely company and to top it off have been nominated for a blogging award as ‘parent blogger of the year‘.
None of this would have been possible without the support of my beautiful family and the encouragement from all of my friends. Thank you so much to all of you!
I have big plans for 2016, both in my personal life and my blogging life. I plan to hone my writing skills, to do some serious nesting in my home and to travel, travel, travel. I also have a big dream to make my own organisation products and sell them through my blog.
I hardly touched my laptop at all over Christmas, and although it felt so good to disconnect, I missed the community of friends I’ve made, and I missed Life Unexpected.
The break has left me feeling refreshed and inspired and has given me the chance to have a look back over old posts, to reflect on what I’ve written and to plan and prepare for 2016.
Back in May I wrote a blog bucket list for 2015 and I managed to achieve pretty much all of it. This year I’m going to dream a little bigger and I am determined to achieve it all. Here are my blog goals for 2016:
1. To attend a blogging conference and meet my blogging friends. Brit Mums Live here I come!
2. To travel with my blog.
3. To start an Instagram hashtag community.
4. To make a regular income from my blog.
5. To get the opportunity to work with some amazing brands that I love.
6. To write and publish an e-book.
7. To create and sell products.
8. To be a brand ambassador again.
9. To be featured on a big website.
10. To start a guest series.
Do you have any blog goals or a blog bucket list? What would you add to this list?