Happy Birthday Blog!

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My little blog is 1 on 1st February!

When mummy and I started it, we never, ever thought it
would grow into what it is today.

We have had an amazing year, thanks to our blog and want to thank every single
person who has visited, read, commented and supported it.

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Here in a nutshell is our blog journey over 12 months –
Feb – 1st post. New Twitter and FB as well, and shortly after, Instagram. Oh and then
Pinterest too. Then Linked In and Google Plus. Our first contacts and pillars of support (they still are) Zena and Emily.
Thank you for welcoming us into the blogging world.

Slowly, slowly posting, joining linkys, building our little corner of the Internet.
Our first blogger opportunities were to review a canvas and phone case – how excited were we! And when mummy became a #MorrisonsMum we couldn’t believe it!

In June last year, we decided to go self-hosted, moving from blogger to wordpress. We had a site design upgrade by the fantastic Zoe Corkhill

These were our blog stats on 1 June, when our blog was 4 months old –

“My stats today (10 June) are – I have 206 Bloglovin followers, 774 Twitter followers, 62 Google Plus followers and 52 Networked Blogs followers. My facebook page has 606 likes. I have 121  followers on Instagram. I have 59 Pinterest followers and 94 Linked In Connections.
My Klout score is 60, dropped since the migration.”

We have reviewed books, toys, hotels, a carpet cleaner, clothes, boots, gadgets and
recently a holiday and coming up, another hotel mini break, a window washer, an ear
thermometer, and much more.
We were short listed to be a Q Hotels Family Ambassador, and have become an AveryBlogger, and a
BluestoneBlogger.

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Mummy attended Blog Camp, Cardiff Lush blog event, and a Welsh blogger event in Swansea. She is going to Blog On Cymru and Britmums Live 2015 this year and has already secured one sponsor, Maverick Books Huge thanks to them for their support.

Towards the end of last year Mummy decided to blog full time, and put all her efforts into The Little Life of Ickle Pickle. On 1 January this year, Mummy launched a second blog, Our Little Life by the Sea for herself, her business, hobbies and life in Pembrokeshire.
We have worked with Travelodge, Vax UK, Premier Inn, Karcher, Braun, Wow Toys, Tommee Tippee and many more.
Do’s
Do expect to put hours of work in to your blog. It pays off though!
Do approach businesses to work with – be polite, positive and respectful always.
Do build relationships with other bloggers and brands.
Don’t’s
Don’t get hung up on stats, numbers, followers etc just do your thing and enjoy it!
Don’t rant on social media, it is still there long after you forget it – and brands and
companies can see it too.
Don’t get disheartened, which is easy when you see other bloggers doing ‘better’ in your
eyes, than you. Every blogger has worked hard for where they are – they started where
you are too.
Don’t forget why you started your blog in the first place!
We hope this has inspired you, or encouraged you to start, or carry on blogging. Please
stay with us as our journey into year 2 begins!

Look out for a whole load of competitions with great prizes over the next few days.

 

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15 Comments

  1. Wow you’ve had a great year! My blog is 1 in April, can’t wait to do my update!! happy birthday ickle pickle 🙂 #binkylinky

  2. Wow! what a year. Well done and a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY 🙂

  3. Happy Birthday Ickle Pickle. Hope you have a great second year 🙂

    #PoCoLo

  4. Happy Blog Birthday! I think when mine turned a year last November it also marked a big turning point for both me and my blog – I’d kept something going for a year, and since then it has got bigger and better! #binkylinky

  5. Happy Birthday, you have had an amazing year heres to year 2. Its my birthday on 26th Feb I am so excited xxx

  6. Happy blog birthday! I’m coming up to my 2nd year soon, but I’m very much a hobby blogger. I struggle with one post a week so am in awe of people who blog daily – or have more than 1 blog! #thelist #pocolo

  7. Happy Bloggy Birthday
    That sounds like a wonderful and impressive first year of achievements to me – well done! xx

  8. Happy Blog Birthday! I love seeing what blogging has bought into people’s lives! Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

  9. Wow, thanks so much for the mention! I hope I’m still a part of your journey next year too. You’ve achieved so much it really is onwards and upwards for you little chap Zx

  10. Where did that year go?! And well done on all you have achieved – especially with what you have been going through. Great words of advice. Thank you for continuing to support #PoCoLo x

  11. Happy blog birthday! Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

  12. aw happy blog birthday. It’s also my blog birthday this month. You’ve done so well x

  13. Happy blogiversary Kaz and Pickle 😀

    Here’s to the next fabulous year!

    Louise xxx

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper

  14. Happy Blog Birthday, and some great advice!
    Hope this year for your blog is as exciting as the last =D

  15. Happy Blog Birthday! What a great journey you ve been on so far. I hope you had cake to celebrate!

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