I have finally taken the plunge to go self hosted. Little me with my tiny blog in a world with gazillions of other blogs. Fighting the way through for decent page views, visitor numbers and of course doing everything known to man to try to increase my DA.

why go self hosted

So this is my account of what it’s like to go self hosted and why I did.

It’s been over 14 months since I started blogging. I chose to go on blogger as it was very simple to set up for a newbie like me. I don’t have a lot of web experience so the simpler they better.
Now 14 months later I felt as if I had out grown my blog. I wanted to add bits that you are unable to do on blogger. During my 14 months there I have changed my them and header design a few times but you are just limited with what you can do.

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It’s that time of the month again for the June Roundup and July Bucket list combined. As you know from last months post that I’m combining the two together. I love to look back over my month of blogging and also my day to day life and incorporate what I need to do into my bucket list.
I suppose the way of looking at it is what do I want to achieve in July aand how can I improve on June?

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Time is short at the moment with a fussy 4 month old so I have decided to combine my monthly Roundup and Bucket List posts into one. It’s actually a bit of a brain wave for me to come up with time-saving ideas that might help!

May Roundup

May has been a really good blogging month for me. I started the blog everyday in May challenge. To be honest I think I was a bit optimistic in thinking I could write a blog post everyday for the month with a baby. But I have published 24 posts out of 31 so not too bad.

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Hello! Welcome to my April Roundup post. I achieved lots this month and have had a few blogging opportunities presented to me as well. I am really excited!
My best achievement for April was being contacted by Meet Other Mums and asked if I want to contribute a monthly piece of writing to them and also have a profile on their page. Having a piece of writing published is an amazing feeling. This is my first as you can probably tell! I have re posted the article How Hard is it to Breastfeed? on my blog now as well so you can pop over to take a read. I would love to know your thoughts.
 Another opportunity this month is that I have been chosen as a Milton Mums Ambassador. I’m really excited about trying out their products. Perfect for a new mummy like me. They have sent me a cold water sterilser with tablets to try, antibac hand gel and antibac wipes. I have been using the wipes for baby girls non wash toys at the moment as she is drooling everywhere!.
Milton

Book Reviews

I have read 2 books on my to-read list and wrote reviews on them The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith and  Unwanted Truths by Tricia Haddon. They are very different books but very rewarding.
Unwanted Truths by Tricia Haddon book - review
The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith

 

At the beginning of April we popped along to The Cornwall Baby Show which wasn’t quite what we expected but we came away with some great information on our local baby sensory course.
The Cornwall Baby Show

 

The Cornwall Baby Show
I also wrote one of my favourite posts to date as it’s a campaign very close to my heart since I had baby girl and that was April: C-Section Awareness Month.
C-Section - Awareness
I am very pleased with the direction my blog has headed over the last month. I have gained new followers across all my social media channels which I am very grateful for. I am obviously writing stuff that people like to read!
Have you had a good month?
 
What one standout thing have you achieved that you are most proud of?

 

 

I hope you all have had a great month. April has had pretty poor weather, so here’s wishing May is so much more warmer!
I have had a fantastic blogging month for April which you can read about next week in my April Roundup post.  My followers have increased lots, so thank you to all of you for taking the time to follow me, and read about my ramblings on!
May Bucket List

Here are my lists of statistics and things I need to do for the month of May:
Books to Read and Review:

1) Six Tudor Queens by Alison Weir
2) Let There Be Linda by Rich Leder
3) Geek Girl by Holly Smale
4) Finding Home by Lauren Westwood
5) Last Rituals by Yrsa Sigurdardottir and Bernard Scudder
Increase Social Media Followers

My Current numbers from April are: 
   Twitter 2258 (+262)
    Facebook 244 (+11)
  Instagram 283 (+4)
Pinterest 241 (+3)
So I have increased followers on all areas if only by a little! Twitter is my favourite so I am on there practically each hour of the day! My Aim for next month is to work on the other areas one at a time. I think the hardest is Facebook.
Blog Statistics for April

Page Views 2259 (+670)
Unique Monthly Users 811 (+132)
Posts Published 28
Blog Domain Authority (DA) 21
  • As always I look forward to the challenge of increasing my blog page views. I believe in commenting lots, on other blogs bringing backlinks to yours. So I’m going to make a special effort in joining lots of blog linkies and commenting.

  • I am having a new blog header and a badge created because I’m not happy with my attempts. This is something I am very excited about! Watch this space!

  • I need to look at adding my own social media buttons instead of using that ghastly plug in which I am not keen on. 

  • Arrange another blog competition.

  • I am joining the Blog Everyday in May Challenge (BEDM) as well. I did it last year and only missed out 2 days which was really great considering I was suffering from horrendous morning sickness. Lets see how far I get this year with a 3 month old!


I hope you all have a great month and a Happy Bank Holiday!

Twinderelmo