Wow! This weekend my little blog has reached it's first milestone! I have been blogging for a year now! It has been lovely to look back on my first year, you can read my very first blog post here. I started this blog as an online journal to document my life with my family and for the first year this blog has very much been a hobby for me, I felt rather than heading in feet first I would give myself a year to learn all about the blogging world and do some courses and develop my writing skills.
So lets rewind twelve months and I will let you know how I started. I decided to blog to record those special times with family, I love documenting my life with my loves and writing about my beloved mum, moments can pass us by so quickly, It is so important to me to record them in one special place. The blog posts I find really easy to write about are the family posts I can honestly say they come straight from the heart.
I get a lot of inspiration from fellow bloggers, for me the perfect evening is settling down with a cuppa or glass of wine! To catch up on a few of my favourite reads if you haven't already I would recommend popping over to some of my favourite blogs!
The Beetle Shack
Seeds & Stitches
Me & Orla
I get inspiration for my writing from lots of things that's pretty much how I came up with my name, my family, my home, holidays, milestones, my friends, a weddings, birthdays, pretty flowers. cooking crafting or restyling a room or a simple trip to the park with my little ones I can honestly say after blogging for a year I love recording special moments and things that are important to me.
Techy stuff - haven't got heaps of information on this I use Blogger and soon to move on to my own domain for my web address. I find blogger really user friendly and straight forward another bit of vital advice is back up your files, blog and photos, We have invested in Seagate and it gives me so much peace of mind for photos and my blog.I would be gutted, so gutted if I ever lost all the information on my blog so every post is backed up on there.
Apps - My two favourites apps for photo editing are A Beautiful Mess App and a new one called Little Moments App both are great for editing images on my iphone or creating something for my blog.
Images and editing - I use Pic Monkey very user friendly and photoshop with my hubbys help! I take photos on my iphone or Nikon bridge camera.
Design/Templates - Etsy all the way! There are so many fabulous graphic designers, I used Etsy for my logo and template, both designers were lovely to work with and affordable. So if you are looking for a template or logo I would recommend heading to Etsy.
Courses - Blogging Your Way by Holly Becker was a fantastic course for me, I learnt heaps from Holly and the tutors and it gave me so much inspiration.
I also really enjoyed The Prettiest Workshop and you can read all about it here it was hosted by Emily Quinton of Makelight and Allison Sadler of The People Shop it was such a gorgeous workshop and I have got to say I really did get heaps out of it, both ladies shared lots of hints and tips on styling, I learnt more about Instagram and useful apps to use and Emily shared photography skills it was a great day and very valuable for a new lifestyle blogger I am hoping to do another course next year to develop my skills.
Linkys - Its has been great to link up with fellow bloggers, here are a few of my chosen linkys I try to link up with when I can.
Meal Planning Monday
Stills - Weekly Collection
Love Your Home
Me & You
So that's wraps it up really, I hope you found some of the information useful and enjoyed finding out a little bit of information behind the scenes of My Sweet Things! As mentioned my first year has really been a hobby for me. So where do I want to take it to next..... I would really love to grow readership and develop this blog. I do need to be prepared for the hard work ahead of me and it takes time to build a successful blog, but if only a handful of people are enjoying my posts at the moment I am happy with that :) It takes time, so my plan is to carry on writing, documenting our life, everything that inspires me, my home and a few more recipes, more giveaways and try and find some time to attend some of the amazing blogging events out there and meet some more bloggers.
I feel ready now after one year of learning and treating this space as a hobby to take it to the next level. So I guess my advice to any new bloggers out there is take your time, enjoy your writing and use social media as much as you can, I am not great at this and its something I really want to work on going into my second year!
So to celebrate my first year I have a fab giveaway, a way of saying thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my posts, follow me, comment, like my facebook page, follow on twitter and instagram I am so, so grateful :)
So here is information of my giveaway the most important bit the price, yay! It is £20 to spend in my store Simply Chic
To enter please follow me on Bloglovin Instagram and follow my facebook page for instagram followers please repost the giveaway photo. To give you plenty of time I will be running until Monday 21st July and I will announce the winner on Instagram, facebook and my blog.
We are off to Devon tomorrow for a week of quality family time and a festival yay! After our time in Woolacombe we are heading to Somersault next weekend so I will be back soon to tell you all about our adventures! And Thank you. thank you so, so much for all your support, your comments, your follows and for reading it means the world to me.