This is going to be my first ever bucket list post. I keep a blogging planner/journal jotting down plans for posts, books I need to read and review, social media stats and site visit numbers, so I thought why not bring everything together and write a post on my aims for the coming month. 

Books to read and review
1) Unwanted Truths by Tricia Haddon
2) The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith
3) When She Was Bad by Tammy Cohen
Increase social media followers

My current numbers from March are: 
Twitter 1996
Facebook 233
Instagram 279
Pinterest 238
I have always used Twitter the most so lots of room for improvement on the other channels.
Blog statistics for March 

Site views 1589
Blog visitors 679
Posts published 12
Blog Domain Authority (DA) 21
My site views for March were fantastic for my little blog due to running my 1st Blogiversary giveaway. 
My aim is to run at least one competition a month to try and encourage new readers to come and visit. 
Carry on improving the layout of my blog – I have started arranging the pages at the top of my blog but need to carry on with further tabs to make it easier to navigate around the different subjects. 
To try and leave the house more! – hard with a newborn, takes forever to get ready in the mornings! 
I hope you all have a good month and the weather continues to improve! 

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Cuddle Fairy

I had meant to write this post a few days ago, but I have been so busy with baby girl I didn’t realise the end of the month was here! So here it is – looking back over the month of March.
March has been a great month for us. My husband had his birthday and a week off from work. This gave us a really great first family week together. We went out and did something every day. This was great for me as I haven’t been able to drive due to my c-section.
March Roundup
We went out for lunch to our local Brewers Fayre, which was not the best experience I had as a breastfeeding mother, you can read about that Here.
We went for some lovely walks around where we live. Popped down to Hayle for one of the best Cornish pasties around at  Philps, then drove down to Marazion to eat them overlooking the sea and St Michael’s Mount. That’s what I call lunch with a view!

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I would love all my readers to consider me for the BiB Award in the Fresh Voice category. I have worked pretty hard over the last year to get it to where I would like it to be. Although there is lots more work to be done! 

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All votes are much apprecited, Thankyou. 
The link to the nomination form is HERE 
My Twitter handle is @RachelBustin which you need for the form. xx

As you know I have been very busy as a new mummy and totally forgot about my little blog turning 1 year old! I would have missed it completely if it wasn’t for a Facebook memory showing up in my time line! Thanks Facebook!
So as it’s my first Blogiversary I want to host a little giveaway as appreciation to my readers. I have 4 completely different books and a box of chocolates for you to win. In my eyes books and chocolates is a win win situation, as I’m sure you will all agree.
1st Blogiversary

Looking back over my first year of blogging I feel as if I have come a long way. When I started I didn’t have a clue what coding was (I’m still trying to learn more about that one!), meta tags, search descriptions, SEO. It was like learning a new language. I have never really been totally computer savvy, so it’s been a real learning curve.
I think of my blog as an online diary, writing inserts of my life. What books I am reading, what one word sums up my week with Word of the Week, the photos I love to take with #MySundayPhoto, what I win with the competitions I enter and also what recipes and gardening stuff I get up to.
It’s been a hard year with working full time, spending time on my blog and then finding out I was pregnant, but I have thoroughly enjoyed it. Here’s to the next year blogging through my new journey – motherhood!
So now onto the giveaway – the books to win are shown in the photo below. They are Atonement by Ian McEwan, a Jeremy Clarkson book, Campari for Breakfast by Sara Crowe, and the strange little book – A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka. Also not forgetting the small box of Cadbury’s Milk Tray!
1st Blogiversary giveaway

 

To enter the giveaway, please complete as many entries as you wish in the Rafflecopter below.
Unfortunately due to postage costs it will be a UK ONLY competition.
Good luck!
1st Blogiversary

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and Conditions: There is one prize of the four paperbooks shown in the image above and a small box of Milk Tray chocolates – the prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative will be offered. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter.com from all valid entries and be notified by Twitter. The winner will have 14 days to respond with a valid UK postal address before a new winner is selected. Open to all UK entrants aged 18 or over only. Facebook and Twitter are in no way associated with this giveaway. 

Entry to this competition confirms that participants have read, understood and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

Find more competitions here:
www.theprizefinder.com

SuperLucky Blog Giveaway Linky
A Cornish Mum
Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

I set up my blog 10 months ago and have found it really hard to get ‘my blog out there’ if you know what I mean. So to make a start on my 7 Hints and Tips Thursday series for the new year I have decided to do some research and come up with my own simple hints and tips to help promote my blog in the vast spaces of the World Wide Web. These are the hints and tips I want to share with you all.

  • Posts- Write high quality posts that will engage your readers. I have found the more I write the better a writer I have become. Don’t forget to reply to any comments on your posts – it’s polite to do so.

  • Promote Others Content-Find similar blogs/websites to your own and retweet/comment on it. Connect with influential bloggers, you may find them retweeting one of your posts to their many thousands of followers.

  • Daily Action Plans- Use tools like Buffer and Hootsuite to schedule your post tweets throughout the day. I schedule 10 tweets throughout the day, mainly that day’s post and a few of my other recent posts.  


  • Join Other Blog Linkies- One of my favourite parts of blogging is to link up to other blog linkies. It’s how I have discovered some of my favourite blogs. I try to link up with at least 3 a week. 

          My favourites are:

          
           #ReadWithMe from mamamummymum on a Monday. 
           #BrilliantBlogPosts from HonestMum on a Thursday. 
           #WordOfTheWeek from The Reading Residence on a Friday 
           #PicknMix from acornishmum and mummyandmonkeys on a Friday
           #MySundayPhoto from Photalife on a Sunday. 
      
          There are lots more out there to discover!


  • Share Posts on Social Media- After each post is published I like to share them on lots of social media sites such as Twitter, my Facebook page, Instagram, Google + Pinterest. Twitter and Instagram are my favourites and where I get the most interaction. The others I need to work on!


  • Social Media Buttons- I recommend including social media buttons that are easily accessible to the reader. These are very quick for the reader to share your posts or to follow you building your audience. This is one of my plans for my blog – to add social media buttons to one easy place.

  • Run Competitions- I found out last year that running competitions are great ways to build up your blog views. There are lots of compers out there that will add your competition to sites such as The Prize Finder and Competition Database where lots more readers can find your blog. If you run regular competitions you will get the same readers returning time after time. 
I hope some of these simple hints and tips you will find useful and apply to your own blogs. I would love to hear some of your favourite tips for promoting your own blogs. Also if anyone has any ideas that I could use to improve my blog, they would be most welcome.

Brilliant blog posts on HonestMum.com


A Cornish Mum

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