10 Reflections on 3 Years of Blogging

10 Reflections on 3 Years of Blogging

Today marks my 3rd year of blogging. Saturday 15th September 2012, I published my first blog post. Little did I know then, that when I did what sort of journey I would go on, where it would take me and what sort of doors it would open. I continue to enjoy the ride and I just wanted to share some of my favourite moments, together with thoughts of the last 3 years.

1. Being able to share my poetry

I have been writing poetry and lyrics since my very early twenties but, until I started this blog, I had nowhere to share them – or any motivation to write them. I had a break somewhere in the middle of around 10 years and then, 8 years ago I picked up a pen and started writing again. My blog has encouraged me to write at least one poem a week. In turn, it has also enabled me to co-edit the Britmums poetry and prose round-up – and I have shared that job with 3 different people so far. My current co-editor is Maddy from Writing Bubble. On top of that, I continue to run my poetry and prose linky, Prose for Thought.

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2. Making the finals of 3 blogging awards

I feel very privileged that my blog has been a finalist 3 times now. Within the first 6 months of blogging, I had made the finals of the Most Innovative Category at the MAD Blog Awards and then the Video Category at the BiBs. I then made the finals in the MAD Blog Awards again the following year for the same category. The MAD Blog Awards takes place again this Friday and I wish all the finalists the very best of luck.

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3. Winning a holiday with Mark Warner

Mark Warner ran a competition at BritMums Live in 2014 for 10 bloggers to go on holiday courtesy of them. Last July I found out I had won and then, in September last year, I spent 5 days in Rhodes, Greece with 9 other bloggers. We became firm friends and I really enjoyed spending time with every single one of them.

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4. Re-igniting my love of photography

Many bloggers are also very talented photographers and I saw my blog as a perfect opportunity to get back into taking pictures. Back in my late teens, I attended the London College of Fashion and one of the things I learned about was photography and it’s creativity but I never followed through with this passion – something I have always regretted. Then, last Christmas, Ross gave me a DSLR and I have not looked back! I have completed courses and am still continuing to learn. Photography is now one of my favourite past times and something that I do to relax.

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5. Some great opportunities

I have worked with some really wonderful PRs and companies. The list is not exhaustive but some of my favourites have included Higgidy, Forest Holidays, the Royal Garden Hotel, Soar Mill Cove, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the Harry Potter Studio Tour, Planet Hollywood, Truprint, Gtech, Ovusense, Brewers Fayre, Dulux, Hotter Shoes and Hillarys Blinds.

6. Speaking to some of my favourite musicians

Blogging has also meant that I have had the opportunity to speak to some of my favourite people from the music world. This has included Rosabella Gregory, Rick Astley, Nik Kershaw, Carol Decker and, of course, the wonderful Peter Cox and Richard Drummie from Go West (my favourites, in case you hadn’t gathered!).

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7. Understanding social media 

If you had asked me about Twitter, Google +, Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook pages 3 years ago, I would not have had a clue! I love them all for different reasons and I have thousands of followers on each platform (goodness knows how that happened!). I have taken a bit of a step back over the past few months as they were starting to take over a bit but I still love engaging with people. For example, I had a conversation about dunking jaffa cakes over on Twitter the other day – I love the randomness of it all! 

8. Helping to raise money and awareness

I have been lucky enough to help out a number of charities which I truly believe in over the past 3 years. This not only includes Team Honk and the amazing work that they do, but I have also helped Womens Aid, done the Race for Life with Brioche Pasquier to raise money for Cancer Research and I have helped raise awareness and money for Unique, the rare chromosome support group. 

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9. Attending some great events

I have not only attended BritMums Live 3 times now but I have also been to a couple of BlogCamps with Tots100, baked with Brioche Pasquier and attended both Traverse and WTM. The next event I am off to is River Cottage HQ in just over a week – something that I am really looking forward to.

10. My on-line diary

I think that this has to be the most important one of all. The main reason I started all of this. A record of my life, of Grace’s life as she grows up, and my relationship with Ross. These are all things that we can look back on one day and that Grace will be able to show to her family. Not only are we taking photographs but we are writing about our experiences – that, to me, is something very precious.

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Later in the week I shall be sharing my 3 goals for my next year of blogging. I kind of feel that I have reached a bit of a stalemate situation recently, so I am looking at shaking things up a bit around here! If you are interested, then please pop back to see what I have in store. In the meantime, I would like to thank each and every single person who keeps me going and reads and comments on my blog posts. I am truly grateful to you all.

 

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  1. October 22, 2015 / 2:50 am

    Congratulations. What a wonderful achievement and what exciting adventures and opportunities your blog has opened up. Here’s to many more fabulous posts πŸ™‚
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  2. September 25, 2015 / 11:37 pm

    I’m always insanely jealous of your photos, interviews and tales from Rewind. It’s crazy that we still haven’t gone there given that I am a confirmed 80s nostalgist and we’re less than an hour down the road.

    8+ years on from starting my first blog, I still love the process of putting finger to keyboard, even though relatively few people read what I write. And. like you, I have really enjoyed learning about the ins and outs of social media through my blog in a way that I would probably not have done to anywhere near the same extent otherwise.

    Here’s to year 4!
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  3. September 25, 2015 / 4:43 pm

    Love this post, even with a Rick Astley photo instead of a Peter Cox! πŸ˜‰ I need to know who the fellow jaffa cake dunker is too, I’m always getting told it’s wrong but it so isn’t! Here’s to many more brilliant blogging years πŸ™‚ xox

    • September 26, 2015 / 7:32 pm

      Thanks Lisa – I tend to save more of the Mr C photos for myself these days πŸ˜‰ I can’t remember who I was talking to about jaffa cakes now but I am glad you are on my side too! Thank you so much πŸ™‚ xx
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  4. September 21, 2015 / 5:15 pm

    Happy bloggerversary. I feel like I know you so well and have followed your journey from almost the beginning and consider you myb friend, in a non stalky way πŸ™‚ I really hope one of biggest dreams comes true over this next year and I am going to look out for your 3 blogging goals too πŸ™‚

    • September 21, 2015 / 5:38 pm

      Oh Tas, thank you so much – I feel the same way about you! And nothing stalky here either πŸ˜‰ I know exactly what you are talking about, and so do I! Thanks – a bit behind on that one but the post will be up soon! x
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  5. September 20, 2015 / 9:22 pm

    Happy 3rd Blog Birthday! Raises glass to Victoria! Thank you for being so generous to other bloggers by sharing your expertise and the #pocolo linky

  6. September 19, 2015 / 5:37 pm

    How lovely it was to read with all the fab things you managed to do within your blogging journey πŸ™‚ Sounds like you have had a blast (and will continue to have a blast too! ) πŸ™‚
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  7. September 18, 2015 / 11:28 pm

    Amazing what you’ve done in 3 years, which isn’t a very long time. Look forward to seeing how you shake things up around here. #pocolo
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  8. Tracey Abrahams
    September 18, 2015 / 7:02 pm

    Well done on going for three years. I am coming up to three months and even that seams like a long time. #pocolo

  9. September 18, 2015 / 8:08 am

    Hi Victoria, congratulations on reaching your three year blogaversary! I bet when you started out you had no idea quite how successful your blog would be. Blogging is certainly a way of sharing our passions interests and lives in general and you have managed to balance it all nicely within your blog.

    Now I’m off to read that very first post of yours!

    xx
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    • September 20, 2015 / 12:44 am

      Thank you so much Debbie. You are right! I had no clue about how this would all pan out. I hadn’t looked at blogging that way before really and I am so pleased that I have managed to strike a balance. Thank you for reading x
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  10. September 18, 2015 / 6:56 am

    Congratulations on your successful 3 years of blogging Vic! πŸ™‚ sounds like you’ve had an awesome blogging adventure! We’re firm believers in the online diary thing…if anything else comes out of it that’s an added bonus! πŸ™‚ #PoCoLo xx
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  11. September 18, 2015 / 6:43 am

    When I’m feeling a bit down about blogging, it’s great to look back on what you’ve achieved and what you’ve got out of it.

  12. Izzie Anderton
    September 16, 2015 / 10:18 am

    Wow… when you list everything you’ve done over the past three years it’s one heck of a list. As always, I’m astounded that you manage to cram quite so much in but I’m so grateful that you do. Here’s to many more years of successful blogging x
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  13. September 15, 2015 / 10:15 pm

    Congratulations. Blogging really is great for discovering new things about and aligned to blogging. Brilliant for personal development as well.

    There was me thinking my 3 years was next month, but that’s my 3 years self hosted. I don’t actually know when my first post was – maybe the May. Must go and have a look.
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  14. September 15, 2015 / 7:23 pm

    Gosh, has it really been 3 years! I remember you bursting onto the blogging scene, full of infectious enthusiasm, very clearly. I’m so glad it’s been such a happy experience for you xx
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  15. September 15, 2015 / 6:26 pm

    What a lovely post and so many congrats on your successes over the last 3 years, totally deserving xx PS see you at River Cottage πŸ™‚
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  16. Sally Collingwood
    September 15, 2015 / 4:51 pm

    Absolutely well done, that’s some going!!

  17. September 15, 2015 / 1:40 pm

    The blogging world is lucky to have you Victoria! Congrats on 3 years…and what the heck is a jaffa cake??
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  18. September 15, 2015 / 11:45 am

    eewww, no, never dunk a jaffa cake! πŸ˜‰ so glad you came along and made the blog world a brighter place. You’ve done amazingly well and I’m sure there’s more in store for you. Have hit a bit of a blogging break due to lack of time myself, and I miss it and all the interaction! xx
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    • September 15, 2015 / 5:19 pm

      Hahaha! It is gorgeous! Thank you so much lovely Steph, what a kind thing to say. Yes, I feel like I am bit out of the loop at the moment too! x
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  19. September 15, 2015 / 8:37 am

    An impressive 3 years congratulations! Really looking forward to hearing your plans for shaking up your blog!
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  20. September 15, 2015 / 7:51 am

    Congratulations on your third blogaversary. Story Snug is three next month and I also didn’t realise what writing a blog would have in store for me. Twitter was an unknown quantity and I had no idea how many wonderful contacts I would make through the blogging community.

    Have a lovely day celebrating and I look forward to seeing how your blog develops πŸ™‚
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